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Art Of Wrestling #332: Bobby Fish

First Comics News - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:27

Bobby Fish is in the prime of his career between ROH and NJPW. Colt and Bobby have an interest talk about age playing into success, Japan, influences and more.
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Bobby Fish is in the prime of his career between ROH and NJPW. Colt and Bobby have an interest talk about age playing into success, Japan, influences and more.
Sponsors: www.Harrys.com (CODE: COLT) & www.ZipRecruiter.com/first

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Douglas Adams ‘The Pirate Planet’ Adapted by James Goss is Released Today

Blogtor Who - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:00

Today BBC Books release a brand new adaptation of Douglas Adams Doctor Who story ‘The Pirate Planet’. This new release is brought to us from writer James Goss. It is based on a long-forgotten draft of a script found in the Douglas Adams archive in Cambridge. A work by The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the […]

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Crawling Under A Broken Moon Issue 17 - Actual DCC Play Event! Into the Ruins of Seattle!

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 06:56
I received Crawling Under A Broken Moon Issue #17 via email about two days ago & haven't had a chance to review it. So when I got together with some friends this morning instead it was suggested that I actually run it. So I grabbed my copy of Dungeon Crawl Classics & headed over to a friend's house about six. Bearing in mind that these folks are all experienced DCC players & dungeon Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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500

Zenopus Archives - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 05:43
The adventuring party forms ... artwork by David C. Sutherland III for the module B1 In Search of the Unknown
Raise your flagons: the Holmes Basic G+ community just hit 500 members for the first time!
If you like this blog, you might consider joining the G+ group. Over there I often post links to articles (other blogs, discussion group threads, news articles, etc) of interest to the members. It's not strictly limited to discussion Holmes Basic; rather, anything of interest to fans of the era is fine. If you set notifications "on", you can get an email sent to your gmail "Social" tab when anyone makes a post (generally only one or two a day at most). Plus Chris Holmes has been hanging out there lately!

I created the community in Dec 2012 when G+ added communities. At the time I had privacy concerns so I set it to private (and can't change this now), so you will need to request to join, but I approve all requests that appear to be from real people interested in the community. 

Right now is great time to join because there's a fun collaborative project going on, organized by Jon of the Appendix M blog, which you can still participate in. Essentially, he's getting everyone to submit their stats/descriptions for anything shown in the art of the Holmes Basic rulebook. It will be assembled into a zine. If the art of the rulebook ever inspired you to create anything new, it would be perfect for this. Multiple submissions for each piece are being accepted. I've submitted my version of the lizardman riding the lizard art at the top of this blog!
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1050

Looking For Group - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 05:01

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Tracy's HackMoor Campaign 2016/12/28 - Into the Anarchy Nexus (T1)

Furiously Eclectic People - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 04:07

Games are on Thursday night sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Again I forgot what kind of pizza we had because it has been almost a week. Which leads me to the summary which should only be highlights for the same reason. That, and I took no notes worthwhile. At least there was no combat, so there is less detail to remember.

++++ START OF SESSION ++++

We left off with Elefus defeating the big Battlemage and a couple of Ogres. One thing I left out was as soon as the Battlemage died the general lighting turned red and there was an alarm.

(This was the lowest level of the dungeon and closest to the command center, and had more amenities, like light and flushing toilets.)

Meanwhile the remaining Ogres from the kitchen (yes the kitchen was the right side adjoining room) started to approach Elefus with their meat cleavers in hand. They where stopped by the Hill Giant by saying: "Leave these guys alone, they're MY friends!" Then, pointing to one of the Ogres, "Besides YOU just got promoted to Head Cook!" (Replacing the one who just got killed in the battle.)

Casually stepping inside the hallway and closing the door to the Kitchen, Scorpp the Hill Giant reacquaints himself with the Party. (Having led the party here two sessions before.)

Scorpp morphs into a female Half-Elf, (a 9th level Druid to be exact, which explains the shape change). She introduces herself as Kella, Blackmoor's deepest cover spy, sent by Fletcher William himself. "Sometimes the Infiltrator class just can't play the role properly." she says. She further explains, "The real Scorpp went rogue, and is up on the next level with a personal harem of female Ogres and Bugbear slaves. It was rather easy to take his place down here." "Meanwhile we need to take care of the alarm." she says. "I presume you've noticed the Secret Door opposite?"

Jack had noticed this, but the game was taken up with the Druid's explanation. Finding the door Wizard Locked apparently by the dead Battlemage and rather than take up time to undo the spell, Elefus kicked it down.

Their new Druid friend went through the busted door, pulled a lever and the lighting went back to normal. Next she pushed a button, spoke into a grille with a close approximation of the former Battlemage's spellcasting voice: "This was only a drill, repeat this was only a drill. Return to your regular duties of Evil."

Having bought some time. The party looted the Battlemage's secret room. I'll skip the details.

Next the party "gently" interrogated their recently Charmed 7th Level Cleric friend. (The Cleric they Charmed two sessions ago.) His name is "Barkinar", and up and comer in the Temple's hierarchy. Of note they learned his Black Scarab broach will get him past the trapped curtain in the Greater Temple. (Just around the corner.)

They also learned the gems to the Orb of Abyssal Death they were carrying could be found on Demi-planes of existence, the nexus gates to which were down even further hallways, eight in all. However half of the eight gates will send a traveler to one of the layers of the Abyss. So the question remains, which gates to choose?

By further deduction they learned from their charmed Cleric the temple used the gates to send "sacrifices" to their doom. The temple used all eight nexus gates equally, no sacrifice had ever returned, although betimes a Demon will emerge, saying they had been there for a "vacation" or a "light snack". They they would either gate away on their own or go down another gate.

By means of the Cleric's "best guess", they determined one gate had a propensity of similar Demons going in and coming out. So it must have been an Abyssal vacation "hot spot". The Party opted for that. But they had to get past the Greater Temple chamber which is closely guarded by a gaggle of Gargoyles and who knows what else.

(I'll avoid detailed descriptions of rooms and hallways to shorten this missive.)

The Party decided to don all the black robes they could find (purple being persona non-grata via the dungeon grapevine) and by the way one Party member also took the Battlemage's robe and Black Scarab. One of Huang's Monk (Sum Ting Wong, a shemale) was disrobed and made to look like a virtual sacrifice.

Escorting him, her, err ... it, past the Gargoyles, the Party went down the Purple corridor ostensibly to atone for the Purple factions' sins. They went past a Formorian Giant guard partway down the hall and continued on. They were immediately followed by another Formorian Giant, so the Party stopped and surreptitiously palmed their weapons for combat. This merely Giant walked past them muttering about those "damned bloody drills and false alarms."

Catching their breath the party followed this new Giant and caught up with him and two Giant Cheetah Cockroaches in the chamber at the end of the hall. Explaining their need for a fresh sacrifice, they sent Sum Ting Wong through into the gate and he/she/it disappeared in a puff of logic.

Expecting a return trip the party waited, Sum Ting Wong never came back. So as a group they told the Giant the Purple Faction's sins needed a greater sacrifice, as a result and to the Giant's relief, the entire party went through the gate.

They found Sum Ting Wong safe and sound. "By the way," Aerys taking long pause before handing them over, "here are your robes."

The Party also found itself in a sunken depression surrounded by ruins in an oval area about 350' by 450' in size.

(I originally told the Players they were at the top of a mound on a plain, (also with ruins). I had merely interpreted the map symbols backwards.)

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

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++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++

PART 2.

CHARACTERS
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Probe (an Infiltrator, Thief subclass).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Larcenist (Thief class).
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).

NPCs:
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Winds (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Pinger. (Fist level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.

MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.

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++++ RECORD KEEPING ++++

PART 3.

This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.



Tracy Johnson
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Valiant Marks The Biggest Release Dates of 2017 with “X-O MANOWAR WEDNESDAYS” and the X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR!

First Comics News - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 01:35

]Valiant is proud to announce that, beginning on March 22nd with the release of the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1, the fourth Wednesday of every month will officially be “X-O MANOWAR WEDNESDAY” – a consistent, monthly on-sale date that will include the latest issue of X-O MANOWAR alongside a brand-new launch title, jumping-on point, or key issue arriving from the best-reviewed publisher in comics! Across each and every fourth Wednesday in 2017, Valiant will now be giving fans at least two reasons to visit their local comic shop – beginning with the most important title of the year, X-O MANOWAR #1, arriving in stores on March 22nd right next to BLOODSHOT REBORN #0!

To support this unprecedented move and to reiterate Valiant’s commitment to building X-O MANOWAR’s brutal new beginning across 2017, Valiant is giving fans and retailers the tools they need to never miss an “X-O MANOWAR WEDNESDAY” with the X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR – coming free to all participating retailers in the United States, Canada, and Europe! Marking the release date to every issue of X-O MANOWAR in 2017, this one-of-a-kind calendar comes complete with reminders highlighting the Initial Order Deadline (IOD), Final Order Cut-Off (FOC), and “X-O MANOWAR WEDNESDAY” for the first year of X-O MANOWAR – the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling-writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse artists, including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn), spanning the series’ first year and beyond!

“We’ve told fans and retailers in no uncertain terms that the new X-O MANOWAR series may very well be the most vitally important series that we have ever published,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Now, we’re putting our money where our mouth is – and continuing Valiant’s record-setting streak of on-time shipping – by giving retailers a major new tool for promoting the series in their store with ‘X–O MANOWAR WEDNESDAY’ dates marked on this calendar. At the end of every month, on every fourth Wednesday in 2017, Valiant will be putting a major new release into stores for fans to rally around. And it all starts with X-O MANOWAR #1 on March 22nd. We’re extremely confident in the strength of this series with the first 13 issues already in production. Our new ‘X-O MANOWAR WEDNESDAYS’ are just the latest display of the momentum we’re putting behind this series, and just how far our plans for X-O MANOWAR stretch in 2017 and beyond.”

Packed with explosive artwork from some of the finest talents in the industry – including Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn, Savage), Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Kaare Andrews (Astonishing X-Men) and more, the X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR is a dazzling display item that will attract customers near and far! Retailers hoping to take part in X-O MANOWAR’s landmark takeover in 2017 and beyond will be eligible for the X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR based on their Diamond discount tier. For more information, retailers should contact their Diamond representative or the Valiant sales team (retailers@valiantentertainment.com). The X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR will also be available for free to all retailers attending this year’s ComicsPRO meeting in February.

A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon launches into comics everywhere on March 22nd with X-O MANOWAR #1 – part one of “SOLDIER,” a punishing, three-issue introduction that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago.

Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

In the wake of “SOLDIER”’s staggering assault in issues #1-3, X-O MANOWAR then continues in 2017 and beyond as a superstar cast of Valiant’s most acclaimed artistic talents chart Aric’s path from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH for a vicious, year-long journey of bone and bloodshed born from the battlefields of a herculean alien empire:

X-O MANOWAR #1 | “SOLDIER” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | TOMAS GIORELLO

MARCH 2017

X-O MANOWAR #4 | “GENERAL” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | DOUG BRAITHWAITE

JUNE 2017

X-O MANOWAR #7 | “EMPEROR” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | CLAYTON CRAIN

SEPTEMBER 2017

X-O MANOWAR #10 | INTERLUDE
MATT KINDT | RYAN BODENHEIM

DECEMBER 2017

X-O MANOWAR #11 | “VISIGOTH” – PART ONE
MATT KINDT | MICO SUAYAN

JANUARY 2018

Plus: Valiant is also rewarding fans who reserve copies of X-O MANOWAR’s complete opening story arc in advance with their local retailer with the X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE!

Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITIONS must be ordered as a complete bundle at your local comic shop by the initial order date of January 26th, 2017! Released monthly from March through May, featuring exclusive covers by series interior artist Tomas Giorello and clocking in a colossal 48 pages each, every PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues.

The only way to reserve these exclusive copies is by pre-ordering all three issues at your local comic shop by January 26th, 2017. Further copies will not be available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations, so don’t miss your chance! Simply copy one of the pre-order coupons included in this month’s Previews catalog or in every issue of Valiant’s January-shipping comics releases and present it to your local comic shop to reserve your X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER BUNDLE.

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN172113)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JAN172114)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JAN172116)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES (JAN172117)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MONIKA PALOSZ (JAN172117)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 22nd

X-O MANOWAR #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Covers by TOMAS GIORELLO (JAN172115)
$11.97 [three issues] | 48 pgs. each | T+
X-O MANOWAR #1 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale MARCH 22nd
X-O MANOWAR #2 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale APRIL 26th
X-O MANOWAR #3 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale MAY 24th


X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR – Cover Art by Lew


X-O MANOWAR 2017 CALENDAR – Interior Art by Kenneth Rocafort
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello


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Hail Hydra! Presenting a Special Launch Trailer For CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS!

First Comics News - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 01:33

New York, NY—January 4th, 2017 — It’s the story that shocked the world. Captain America is an Agent of Hydra?! Now – superstar creators Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz bring you the next thrilling chapter in their epic Captain America saga. It’s all happening in “Hail Hydra” – a new story arc kicking off in Captain America: Steve Rogers #7. Available now in comic stores everywhere, Marvel is pleased to present a special launch trailer for this blockbuster new story arc!

As Hydra’s tentacles slowly tighten around the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers machinations are just beginning! S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming apart at the seams. The Red Skull marches across Europe with an army at his back. Captain America can only sit back and smile – everything is going according to plan. But what is his mysterious endgame? The pieces are falling in to place, be there for the next shocking chapter!

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RICH REVIEWS: Harbinger Renegade # 1

First Comics News - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 01:27

Title: Harbinger Renegade # 1
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Written by: Rafer Roberts
Art by: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, Juan Jose Ryp, Darick Robertson, Richard Clark
Lettering by: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, Dave Lanphear
Color Art: Frankie D’Armata, Diego Rodriguez
Cover by: Darick Robertson
Variant Covers by: Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Dave Johnson, Kano, Pere Perez and Andrew Dalhouse, Clayton Henry and Ulises Arreola, Bob Layton and David Baron, Jim Mahfood
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.valiantcomics.com
Comments: Harada is an Omega-Level Psiot and he wants to rule the world. There is lots of action but no explanation. Harada is after another Psiot.
The Consortium is looking for Psiots to. They are willing to go the extra mile to find and bring them out.
Faith is gathering a team of new and old Renegades. Her, Jay, Kris, Ax, and Torgue.
This comic moves along so slowly. It is hard to become interested in what is going on.
Peter is coming back. He was the most powerful of all the Psiots. It looks like he still is to. He may not look like a super-hero but will he act like one.
Psiots need heroes to protect them. The Renegades will have to step up. It is great to see a Valiant team forming again.

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Tavern Chat - 9 PM Eastern Tonight - Talk on the Livestream and More

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:16
The Tavern Chat Livestream kicked off last Friday. Although it had a rough first few minutes, it went amazingly well over all and we'll be converting it to an audio podcast too.

Tonight is the regular weekly Tavern Chat, where everyone who wants to gets to join the chat room and chaos ensues.

My day has led me to crack open a bottle of red and I'm quite sure I'll be done with that bottle before 9 PM - Yep, we may have our very own chaos.

See y'all tonight :)
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“World of Tanks: Roll Out!” Issue #4 has unleashed today! Limited time Comic Book Mode takes over Tanks on Console

First Comics News - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 21:34


January 4, 2016 — Issue # 4 of the World of Tanks: Roll Out comic is available today in comic book stores across North America, Australia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Digital editions of the issue can also be purchased directly from Dark Horse Digital. Alongside the launch of the latest issue, tankers on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 can play the game in a special comic filter, with the Comic Book Mode available today.

In this exciting issue, all hell breaks loose in “God of Battles”, the penultimate chapter of the World of Tanks: Roll Out comic book series. Wargaming’s tale of hard-hitting tank combat continues on the smoky battlefields of post D-Day Normandy. British tanks receive heavy fire as they are overwhelmed by a hidden Sturmgeschütz (StuG) sneak attack, while the German soldiers and armored forces despair when the combat reaches its crescendo.

Commemorating the launch of the latest issue of the World of Tanks: Roll Out series, the in-game art has been redrawn to match the comic book style. Tankers will be greeted with a penciled sheen that will immerse console players in a genuine comic experience. Additionally, a special Open Fire Bundle will be available in all printed copies of issue #4, exclusive to tankers on console. This bundle is loaded with in-game items, a platform specific T1 Tank and in-game content including garage slots, fully trained crews and more!

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Marvel’s Deadliest Denizens Square Off in DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #1!

First Comics News - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 21:19

New York, NY—January 4th, 2017 — It’s the grudge match of the century! Two Marvel mainstays will clash in a barrage of bullets and blades! Lock and load, True Believers, because one humorless anti-hero is about to go head-to-head with one odorous super-zero! Oh yeah, we’re talking about DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #1 – the brand-new 5-issue limited series coming your way this April! Creators Fred Van Lente (Slapstick, Deadpool) and Pere Perez (Power Man and Iron Fist, Archer and Armstrong) put two of the Marvel Universe’s deadliest on a high-octane collision course that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Frank Castle – a man of unstoppable will, and a powerful desire to punish those who do wrong, rooted in the tragic killing of his family. Wade Wilson – the mercenary with the unstoppable mouth, and an knack for annoying those around him, rooted in the thought that he’s funny. An old friend from Deadpool’s past, codename: The Bank, has re-emerged. With financial ties to criminal operations all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before Frank Castle looks to put an end to The Bank once and for all. Just one problem, Deadpool isn’t going to let that happen without a fight!

“When the Punisher decides to bring The Bank down,” says writer Fred Van Lente in an interview with Marvel.com. “He’s gotta go through Deadpool to do it, and you know what? Frank doesn’t really have a problem with that, since he doesn’t like Wade all that much anyway.”

These two are in for the most brutal fight of their lives. As the destruction ratchets up to unthinkable levels, who will be left standing when the dust settles? Find out when both DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #1 & #2 come to comic shops and digital devices everywhere this April!

DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #1 (of 5)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY & JORDIE BELLAIRE
On-Sale in April!

DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #2 (of 5)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY & JORDIE BELLAIRE
On-Sale in April!

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Temptation

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:04
Knitting is a funny thing, and striking the right balance can be a challenge.

When there are too many projects on the needles, I get twitchy. I feel as if I should be knitting more and certainly much faster, but the quantity becomes distracting and interferes with my ability to focus, so I'm even less productive than I might be otherwise.

Oddly, I have a very similar reaction if there are no projects on the needles and no urgent ones waiting in the pipeline. When that happens I have severe withdrawal symptoms. I'm generally unsettled, I feel cranky and out of sorts, and my fingers itch to see productive action.

That's when swatching comes to the rescue, providing precisely the fibery fix I crave.

This means, sometimes I swatch to test new stitches.

Easy slip stitch (front):

Sometimes I swatch to see how different stitches handle color.

Easy slip stitch (front):



Sometimes I swatch to test reversibility.

Easy slip stitch (back):


Sometimes I swatch to see how different yarn weights and needle sizes affect gauge and scale.

Lucben | Worsted weight (grey) vs. sport weight (cream):





And sometimes I do what normal knitters do and swatch as a prelude to a specific project. 
Tikkyn | Front & back:



Here's my dilemma. I have one project in the finishing stages (Tikkyn Flagstone) and two on the needles (a shawl and afghan), all of which are progressing at a decent pace. 
There's also a new design in the works, which I'm eager to get underway. After several false starts, however, one thing has become painfully clear: The core concept works, but I've not yet landed on the right stitch. 
Since my top priorities this year are to focus and finish, we all know what I should be doing. Instead, I'm succumbing to temptation and indulging in some swatching. 

Connecting with the linkups in the sidebar.
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& Magazine Issue 14 is on the way!

& Magazine - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:10

& Magazine Issue # 14 — Animal Companions — is on the way!

We targeted publication for December, but the holidays make for less time to devote to hobbies. But all is not lost! Issue 14 is in layout and we expect to publish by the end of January.

Stay tuned for articles that include:

  • Animal Amalgamations
  • Ecology of the Gilderlo Hippogriffs
  • Dogs of the Lakelands
  • Tactical Magic – Familiars

Plus other articles:

  • Making the ‘God Call’
  • Archer Skeletons
  • (more) Hex Crawls

BTW: The image to the right is Robin Irwin’s piece that will grace Issue 14’s cover!

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TSR Tuesday,er, Wednesday - New PoD Releases

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 15:21


I missed this post last week and I'm late with it this week. as I've said elsewhere, life has been busy (and today has real doozy potential ;)

This week we have two TSR Era POD releases:

GAZ6 The Dwarves of Rockhome - it's a Gazetteer about Dwarves. Really, do I need to say more?  I'm tempted, because I never owned this back in the day and well... dwarves!

CM3 Sabre River (Basic) - I never owned the Companion rules, so I never owned this adventure / setting back when, but my God, it includes wresting rules for BECMI+Douglas Cole you might find this interesting. $9.99 in Print
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MARVEL UNLIMITED EXPANDS THIS JANUARY

First Comics News - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 15:11

Digital Subscription Library Continues to Grow with Latest Updates

New York, NY— January 4th, 2017 – Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 19,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this January:

Week of 1/2
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #11
BLACK PANTHER #3
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #2
CAPTAIN MARVEL #6
DARTH VADER #22
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #11
HAUNTED MANSION #4
HYPERION #4
MOCKINGBIRD #4
SILK #9
SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL #1
SPIDER-MAN #5
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #6
STAR-LORD #8 (FINAL ISSUE!)
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #9
UNCANNY INHUMANS #11
UNCANNY X-MEN #9
VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #9
A YEAR OF MARVELS: JULY INFINITE COMIC #1

Week of 1/9
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15
CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #11

CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #1
An Inhuman with the ability to predict the future has helped the heroes of the Marvel Universe clamp down on crime before it can even happen. While this thwarts most criminals, one man has found a way to keep doing what he does best. Wilson Fisk has managed to stay one step ahead of the good guys and his crime enterprise is BOOMING. But what’s his secret?! Rising stars Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home) and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (Wolf) present a gritty, street-level view of CIVIL WAR II starring the Kingpin in a world without crime!

CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES INFINITE COMIC #2
CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #2
DEADPOOL V GAMBIT #2

DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? INFINITE COMIC #1
What do you get when you cross Deadpool, Forbush Man, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Ham, The Punisher, Ant-Man, Howard the Duck, Rocket and Groot? Murder, madness, mystery, and mayhem! Marvel’s biggest WHODUNIT yet!

HAN SOLO #2
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: ULTRON REVOLUTION #1
THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER! As the Avengers unite once more, they’ll have to relearn how to work as a team. And they’d better figure it out quickly before Ultron’s master plan kicks into high gear! If that weren’t enough, the Scientist Supreme unveils the latest deadly creation from AIM!

MARVEL’S DOCTOR STRANGE PRELUDE #1
MARVEL’S OFFICIAL PREQUEL! A powerful, ancient relic has been stolen from the British Museum – a relic that could do significant damage in the wrong hands…Enter the MASTERS OF THE MYSTIC ARTS! The team is on a mission to find the relic and the mysterious mystic who stole it – but will they be able to track her down before it’s too late?!

MOON KNIGHT #4
POE DAMERON #4
SCARLET WITCH #8
SILVER SURFER #5
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #12
SPIDER-WOMAN #9
SPIDEY #8
THE PUNISHER #3
THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #8
VOTE LOKI #2

Week of 1/16
CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #2
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #2
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #4
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #7
ALL-NEW X-MEN #11
CIVIL WAR II #3
DAREDEVIL #9
DEADPOOL #15
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10
NEW AVENGERS #13
OLD MAN LOGAN #8
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #6
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT #7
SILK #10
VISION #9
WEB WARRIORS #9

Week of 1/23
A-FORCE #7
ALL-NEW INHUMANS #9
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #10
BLACK WIDOW #5
CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #10 (FINAL ISSUE!)
DARTH VADER #23

DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1
Deadpool is one of the best mercenaries on the planet. He may even be a passable Avenger—jury’s still out. But one thing’s for sure—Deadpool is a terrible team leader. Think we’re lying? Ask the Mercs for Money! Deadpool’s taken on a new high-paying mission to take out radioactive super villains…and his Mercs aren’t nearly as immune to radiation as his healing-factor is. Deadpool veteran Cullen Bunn brings us mo’ mercs, mo’ money and naturally, mo’ problems.

DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? INFINITE COMIC #2
GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #8 (FINAL ISSUE!)
NIGHTHAWK #3
NOVA #9
PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #8
SPIDER-MAN #6
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #7
SQUADRON SUPREME #9
STAR WARS #21
THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #10
THUNDERBOLTS #3
ULTIMATES #9
UNCANNY X-MEN #10

Week of 1/30
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #12
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.6
BLACK PANTHER #4
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #3
CAPTAIN MARVEL #7
CARNAGE #10
CIVIL WAR II #4
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #3
CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES INFINITE COMIC #3
DRAX #9
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #12
GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE – MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
HAUNTED MANSION #5 (FINAL ISSUE!)
HOWARD THE DUCK #9
HYPERION #5
INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #5

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VS. THE SINISTER SIX #1
HYDRA ATTACKS! With the events of SPIDER-VERSE and CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS behind him, things are looking up for Peter Parker! S.H.I.E.L.D. leader + respected hero + good standing with family = happy Spider-Man! What could go wrong? How about Doc Ock + Arnim Zola + Hydra?!

MIGHTY THOR #9
MOCKINGBIRD #5
MS. MARVEL #9
NEW AVENGERS #14
OLD MAN LOGAN #9
SPIDER-GWEN #10
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #2
THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #9
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #10
UNCANNY AVENGERS #11
VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #10
X-MEN ’92 #5
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #9

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and more! With January’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: Nova (1976), Invaders (1977), Untold Tales of Spider-Man (1995), New Warriors (1990), Spider-Man (1990), and Quicksilver (1997).

This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.

New to the Marvel Universe, and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover new pathways into the Marvel Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines or creators.

With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited and enjoy the experience of the Marvel Universe!

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Shadows Grip

Ten Foot Pole - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:16


By Jim Baney
KnightVision Games
Labyrinth Lord
Levels 2-3

Kobolds and Goblins living together? What has the world come to?

This is a very simple ten page/sixteen room cave complex with kobolds and goblins. The actual rooms are split over three pages, with the rest being maps, filler, etc. It has a very simple design. It seems disconnected in places, almost as if it were procedurally generated.

The party comes upon a smouldering farmhouse. Walking out is an asshole paladin with a shish kabobed kobold on his sword. The farmer and wife are missing. The party “track” them back to a cave, enter it, and kill everything. I’m not opposed to the smouldering farmsteam hook. In fact I prefer it to the more overly complicated shit and do-goodery that frequently shows up. Yeah, it’s tonights adventure and it’s obvious. At least you don’t have to put up halflings making a direct appeal to your kindness. But … would it be that much harder to add an obvious large chest, dug up, with gold (or even platinum!) coins trailing, and the paladin the tax collector here to check up on the guy? Lookit ma! Another motivation! It also adds another dimension to the “Asshole paladin” trope. You know, the one who can’t be bothered to rescue the captured farmer & wife because he wants to make sure the other farms are not attacked? But the local lord, out collecting taxes? He’d probably be willing to cut the party in on the take, a finders fee for getting him what he’s owed AND getting in better with the tenant farmers everywhere by looking out for the suckers. It’s not that fucking hard and adds/modifies maybe two or three sentences. On the plus side the whole intro is less just a couple of paragraphs, so no long lead-is, thanks god.

The dungeon proper then starts, with no real description of the journey to it or the entrance. Just rooms. The keyed encounters are … unusual. It’s pretty minimally keyed, think of B2. But the design is weird as fuck. Basically, each room has a kobold or goblin encounter. Here’s the description for the last room, sixteen: “Room 16 – Loose gravel is piled up along the walls. Part of the ceiling has collapsed. Goblin (1)” Weird, right? The description has little to do with the room shown on the map as well. It has stairs and a secret door. What’s the goblin doing in there? Who knows! What’s the purpose of the gravel & ceiling? Nothing! Here’s another example, from room six: “Room 6 – A putrid smell of rotting meat and urine permeates this room. A strange mist conceals the ceiling. Kobold (2)” The smell and mist are never mentioned. There’s no reason for it. It just is. Not mentioned is the chasm/bridge thing shown on the map that appears to span a large body of water. Other rooms are similar.

It looks like someone rolled on the random dungeon dressing table and just copied it in to the room descriptions. At the risk of telling you how to play D&D, I believe those tables are meant for inspiration, to help you build upon something, and not to be taken too literally. Because taken literally they add NOTHING.

I’ve already botched a bit about the descriptions not matching the map, but the lack of the pit trap is something I find interesting also. Room one has a pit trap. It goes on and on about the mechanics of it and how to run it. (Have I mentioned yet, ad nauseum, how I hate overly detailed mechanics? I hate overly detailed mechanics/rules in my adventures.) But … it’s not shown on the fucking map. The map shows bodies of water, and streams underground. It shows stairs. It shows secret doors (which never are mentioned in the text), it shows rubble piles. It has symbols for sinkholes. But it never puts a little “X” symbol on the map. Every fucking adventure from the beginning of time has marked pits on the map, but not this one. WTF? And the water/bridges, features are seldom mentioned in text. It’s like the map is divorced from the text.

The magic items present are decent. A pendant of invisibility you have to touch to activate. A hammer that teleports back to your hand after a hit. Those are ok. Not magnificent and weird but decent enough to show an effort was made. There’s also a nice tin can from ceiling sound trap. I love the classics. But then, there’s also this blue light bulb stuff on the ceilings in some places that is hardly mentioned. There’s no way in fucking hell the party ignores that. I don’t need an explanation spoon fed but “… comes from large bulb or sack-like structures hanging from the ceiling” is hardly supporting the DM. Just add “hacked insect abdomen” and I can go from there.

I don’t know why this exists. Was someone really “proud” to present it, as the publishers blurb states? No one is getting rich off of it, so presumably there was no time pressure to release it. Why was it published in its present form? Does it actually represent the vision the designer had in mind?

Now I want to start a freelance editing service. Not only do consumers deserve better, but so do designers. I suspect there is some attempt at copyediting and maybe even line editing from the big kids. But a real editor? I see a substantial gap there.

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Wednesday Comics: Storm: The Creeping Death

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:00
My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues. Earlier installments can be found here.

Storm: The Creeping Death (1982) (part 4)
(Dutch: De Sluimerende Dood)
Art & script by Don Lawrence

Storm and Huatl, back in the hands of the Manatecs, will be forced to face someone named Kuadro in the duel. At the appointed time, they are led into an arena where ancient missiles risen--worshipped as gods by these people too.

Kuadro awaits the two prisoners on the opposite end of a narrow walkway across a pit filled with mordillos. It's time for the fight to begin, and Kuadro drops his poncho:


Storm is overmatched by a foe with four arms. He's knocked from the walkway but manages to hang on until Kuadro stabs him in the hand. Storm's other hand reaches for something to save him. He grabs a metal bar--which turns out to be a lever. The platform begins to turn. Kuadro is thrown off balance and falls into the pit.

Storm is declared the victor and the new leader. Storm demures from the office, offering Huatl in his place--after he returns. Before the Manatec people can respond, the two race into the tunnel the god-missiles emerge from. The two jump on the transports that carry the missiles along a track through the subterranean tunnel. Huatl thinks this all is the work of the gods, but Storm explains that ancient humans made this (though he wonders at what the power source must be).

The two reach an area where the air is thick. Vegetation has grown over the ventilation. The two lose consciousness. When Storm awakens, the transports have stopped in a massive assembly hall, and a horror is in front of them:


The spider grabs Huatl and begins to enrapt him in webbing. Thinking quickly, Storm wipes grease from the transport's axle so he can climb over the web without sticking. He manages to do that without drawing the attention of the spider and free Huatl.

No sooner is that done than the two have to sprint after the transport, which has began moving again.

TO BE CONTINUED

8/10 REVIEW: Big Finish – THE NEW COUNTER-MEASURES SERIES 1

Blogtor Who - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:00

And the Counter Measures team are back and it’s the 70s. Here we are provided with four stand-alone stories for the New Counter Measures team. The 70’s world that our four lead characters inhabit is a wider, more international one in this new era. Counter Measures is an unlikely Doctor Who spin-off, featuring characters from […]

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PREVIEW: TITAN COMICS: Eleventh Doctor Year 3 Starts Today

Blogtor Who - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:14

For those like us, that are enjoying the ongoing Titan Comic adventures of Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) the short wait is over for the start of a new third year. Writer Rob Williams returns today to pen another blockbuster year with him is artist I.N.J. Culbard. Year Three unfolds in single issue stories, as the […]

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