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Looking For Group - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

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DCC RPG Quick Start Rules are On Sale - 5 Bucks plus Shipping

Tenkar's Tavern - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:43

Before you ask - yes, these are the same rules that were given away for Free RPG Day last month (the same day I got rear ended on the way to my FLGS - so THIS is how I'm getting my copy)

The DCC RPG Quickstart Rules cover the DCC RPG rules from Level 0 to Level 2 and includes both a classic funnel and a NEW Level 1 adventure.

+Jim Wampler is the one that took Joe Goodman's original work and whittled it down to something slightly simplified and hopefully not as intimidating as the full DCC RPG rules.
At long last, the DCC RPG quick start rules! Only $5! These starter rules were written specifically to introduce judges and players to the DCC RPG system. In some areas, rules have been condensed and simplified. These rules will serve primarily to get characters through their first level 0 adventure and their first level 1 adventure. Although the rules go up to level 2, for the full DCC experience and play at levels up to 10th, please refer to the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG rulebook! This book includes two adventures! You get the enduring classic Portal Under the Stars 0-level adventure for new players, plus in a flip-book format, an all-new level 1 adventure, Gnole House by Michael Curtis, inspired by the works of Lord Dunsany and Margret St. Clair who first wrote of the creature called the “gnole,” which Gary Gygax later evolved into the better-known gnoll! These quick start rules & intro adventures were originally released on Free RPG Day.With shipping it came to 10 bucks. Maybe I should have added an adventure or three, but I was just too excited to be able to order the DCC Starter rules (which is more accurate than Quickstart in my opinion, as you get to level and explore what a campaign actually is)

Nope, no affiliate money changes hands here. Goodman publishes excellent products. I expect this to be nothing less than excellent.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Figure Forge 93: Nemesis Command for Dropzone Commander

Gamer Goggles - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:13

In this Figure Forge Matt assembles  the PHR’s Nemesis Command.  You have to love how clean these models are.

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I had some problems with glue drying, but I am very happy with the end results.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 preview

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:12

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – the next bone-breaking chapter of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN!) This October, Ray Garrison – the cutting-edge war machine codenamed Bloodshot – will be wrenched back into the destructive ways he left behind for a soul-shattering mission to save his wife and daughter from a gallery of terrifying new threats… His next target? The technologically augmented powerhouse named Rampage!

Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?

This October, Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan soldier forward into a heartbreaking tale of villains, vengeance, and vendettas soon to be fulfilled that will define Bloodshot’s future once and for all time, only in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Monika Palosz (X-O MANOWAR), Philip Tan (Suicide Squad), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Glenn Fabry (Preacher)!

But first: A new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner nominated Bloodshot saga begins on September 20th in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN, SAVAGE) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! Violence awaits Valiant’s machine-made soldier as Ray Garrison and his newborn daughter, Jessie, enter an unforgiving gauntlet of punishment that will bleed into the dark future that awaits them both…and will forever redefine the tragic and brutal legacy of Bloodshot for years to come!

ALSO: Valiant is rewarding fans who pre-order BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s furious first year with the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE — available only as a pre-order set! The BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – twelve, 40-page massively expanded editions of the complete first year of Jeff Lemire’s staggering new series – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of July 27th, 2017!

Released monthly, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with eight additional pages of specially expanded bonus content and extra features including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and more at no additional cost!

PLUS: Fans that order this one-time bundle by July 27th, 2017 will also receive the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX – a FREE, LIMITED EDITION, and FULL-LENGTH COMIC BOOK – polybagged alongside the series’ first pre-order edition! Featuring the raw, black-and-white interior artwork of powerhouse artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan, plus brand-new bonus features – including “Top-Secret Mission Reports,” “The Biology of Bloodshot,” “Bloodshot’s Body Count,” and “The Complete History of Bloodshot” – this expanded encore presentation of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 is available ONLY as a pre-order bonus and will never be offered for individual sale!

 

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 20 (FOC – 8/28/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Covers by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 each [12 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 on sale SEPTEMBER 20 (IOD – 7/27/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by PHILIP TAN
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 25th (FOC – 10/2/17)


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover A (Standard) by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover B (Villains) by Monika Palosz


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover C (Violence) by Phillip Tan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-4 – Interlocking Variant Covers by Greg Smallwood


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Bloodshot Icon Variant by Glenn Fabry


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover A by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Pre-Order Coupon

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Historical Gaming without Magic or Alternative History

19th Level - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:30


If I see a game based on the Old West it's a pretty safe bet that the Confederacy is still alive and kicking. Similarly, there have been games set in the Roman Empire that have vampires and or beasties of the Cthulhu Mythos.

What I'm writing about is the tendency of historic RPGs to take place in an alternate past, usually with some fantastic elements. It's not a universal tendency - for example, TSR had both Boot Hill and Gangbusters, covering the Old West and the Prohibition-era. But I'm pretty sure that's a minority. And to be fair, there's not a lot of games set in the modern age that don't bend reality pretty hard - typically with a heavy dose of the supernatural or of superpowers.

I get the inclination to play with history and add the magic - setting a game in a historical era can feel a bit overwhelming and changing the past gives a lot more leeway for historical inaccuracy - "what do you mean you're upset that Perceval is listed as becoming Prime Minister in September instead of October of 1809 - the presence of dragons changes everything!"

That said, there's a few eras I'd love to see embraced as they were for gaming opportunities. The first of these would be the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series shows how exciting the era can be - there's room for naval battles, boarding actions, land combat, duels, courtship, politics, etc.

The Prohibition-era also seems to scream for a bit of love. It's likely players in such a game would be running the bad guys, but the gaming opportunities seem fantastic - build your gang from nothing to a criminal empire. Take on rival gangs. Make alliances. Avoid or bribe the law. Try to hold on to some moral code. I was a big fan of HBO's Boardwalk Empire which gave us a fictionalized account of Prohibition-era Atlantic City.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Figure Forge 92: Nasier Longhorn for Wrath of Kings

Gamer Goggles - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:57

In this Figure Forge Matt assembles the Nasier Longhorn with lightning speed.  This is one of the last models from the Wrath of Kings starter.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I think this is the last model of the box set.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Fortunes Won and Lost AAR Part 5 - Back Alleys

Two Hour Wargames - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:36
Part 3 

Meanwhile, outside the Dancing Frog...


 Sara Jane and Arizona Bob leave the Dancing Frog and are confronted by the three Italian soldiers. Time for a Fistfight. Everyone rolls 2d6 to determine the order of action. One Italian scores a 9 and will go first - everyone else scores an 8!

 The Italian goes first and moves into contact with AZ. Each guy rolls 2d6 versus Rep - AZ passes 2d6 and the soldier 1d6. AZ had a chance to KO his opponent, but only succeeds in landing a few punches that drops the soldier's Rep down by 1 point. The fight goes on...

 Bam, bam , bam! AZ passes 2d6 more than the soldier and down he goes. As the first fight is over, the rest of the guys roll off to see who goes next. Sara wins and will go next. She figures AZ has it covered so chooses to pass!

 The next active guy is AZ and he moves into contact with a soldier. Each rolls 2d6 and both pass the same number of d6. This means they both take 1 drop in Rep. The it happens  again!

 AZ takes out the soldier, but the 2 Rep points lost remain with him until ALL fights are over. The last Italian charges and the fight begins. Back in forth it goes with the Italian scoring damage on AZ, who rallies ...

takes down the soldier. AZ is now at Rep 2 for fist fighting, but lucky for him there's no one left to fight. His Rep returns to 5.
**********************************************"Bravo, AZ!", Jefferson Davis says. "I had your back buddy."AZ wipes the blood from his mouth and replies "Yeah, I could tell. And Sarah..."Sarah Jane smiles and cuts him off. "I knew you could do it, Bob, I mean AZ. Let's go back inside and I'll let you buy me a drink! "As Sarah walks over to Jefferson's lady friend, Jefferson asks - "Where's Sir Winston?"
**********************************************Here's a Quick and Easy, one  page, set of Fist Fight rules.Fist Fights

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Tavern Chat Tonight - 9 PM - Poo Poo Face is Signing Autographs - NOT!

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:32

Yep, its a Wednesday Night and you know what that means! No, its not half price drinks at the watering hole - its Tavern Chat tonight at 9PM

What is Tavern Chat? - a bunch of folks from the OSR get together and use the Chatwing widget on the right side of this very page to "chat". Yes, its very old school - its similar to an old chat room at AOL.

We literally never know who will show up but I can guarentee there will be names you will recognize.

It takes place from 9 PM to 11ish Eastern.

I'll see you there and please, BYOB ;)


Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

summer festival socks

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:13




Continuing with the seasonal socks theme, I'm thrilled to have my summer festival socks off the needles. These were such a blast to knit, mainly due to the interesting stitch pattern. I find that patterned socks knit up much more quickly for me than vanilla socks. The grey yarn is KnitPicks stroll in dove heather and the brightly variegated contrasting yarn is from KnittyAndColor. Not sure what the name of the colorway is since it was part of a miniskein set. It's funny how these socks came about: I had originally knitted the yarn into my cozy memories blanket but found that the bright colors didn't jive very well with the surrounding squares. I ended up ripping out the square and randomly throwing it in a bag with the grey stroll yarn. Something about the color combination caught my eye and prompted me to go on a Ravelry search where I came across this fun free pattern, appropriately called Froot Loop. It's funny how inspiration strikes like that. I am feeling like my sock knitting mojo is finally returning and can't wait to cast on another pair.

Things here have been pretty quiet of late. The little guy is at summer camp for the first time. He is having a fun adventure and making new friends. The hubby is starting a new venture of his own by exploring how to mine for cryptocurrency. It was hilarious how excited he was to mine $2 worth....in 24 hours. Oh well, it keeps him out of trouble. Meanwhile I've been getting lots of knitting and podcast listening in. My current faves are Little Bobbins, Yarngasm and Inside Number 23. Do you listen to knitting podcasts? Any favorite listens at the moment?
Categories: Knitting Feeds

Terror EK actor experiments with URL shortener fraud

Malwarebytes - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:25

Terror EK is an exploit kit made from a mishmash of stolen code and with very limited distribution. In the past few months, we have seen a few minor updates to its code base which remains largely simplistic in comparison to professional-grade exploit kits of the past such as Angler EK, or modern-day Astrum EK.

We recently observed activity from one actor that appears to be doing some experiments with the toolkit. This post takes a look at a malvertising chain that leads to Terror EK in which the individual had set up his own redirect and bogus fraud page.

Campaign

This particular infection flow started with malvertising related to adult and file sharing traffic. The final redirection to the exploit landing page was handled via a bogus site acting as a direct referrer to Terror EK.

Exploit Kit

As mentioned by Cisco Talos, Terror EK collects some information about the user such as plugins that are installed, and their version which it then sends back to its server. Compared to earlier versions of Terror EK that loaded multiple Flash files at once, it now uses a single one that can target Flash Player up to version 20.0.0.228.

Payload

This campaign dropped the Neurevt bot which downloaded a secondary payload shortly after. The malware’s purpose is to cycle through a predefined list of URLs and open up a new browser window to the next URL every 90 seconds. This list is maintained via a simple user interface hosted on the same IP address as the initial redirector to the exploit kit. This makes us think that the threat actor is managing his small own operation from end to end.

All these URLs are AdFly shortened links for fake remedies spam. AdFly typically pays you a small amount of money each time a new user clicks your link and visits the final URL. The way this business model works is by showing ads for a few seconds before allowing you to visit the URL you were looking for.

While the malware was running in our sandbox, one of such ads pushed a tech support scam:

However, using this piece of malware to generate revenue via AdFly seems like a pretty inefficient method. Indeed, AdFly will very quickly detect the suspicious activity when those links are visited from the same computer at short intervals.

Upon notification, AdFly terminated all the fraudulent shortened links.

Mitigation

Like other exploit kits, Terror EK relies on software vulnerabilities that have already been patched. The distribution we have witnessed so far has mostly been via malvertising but on a small scale.

Malwarebytes blocks Terror EK’s exploits and associated malicious traffic.

Indicators of compromise (IOCs):

Terror EK

188.226.159 .188/e71cac9dd645d92189c49e2b30ec627a/22ba13789663b77e4a7d9e849f42041f 188.226.159 .188/22ba13789663b77e4a7d9e849f42041f/683909/595c2c275d50e 188.226.159 .188/uploads/ufj.swf 188.226.159 .188/d/22ba13789663b77e4a7d9e849f42041f/?q=r4&r=3cd3ad4d7992a73038ad37c07e219138&e=cve20150313

Malware drop

404108a0066f6df22bfb4abcec849c214eed089c69b115f5300a2ac631863b1a

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Categories: Techie Feeds

The OSR is now "A Thing" at OBS - Interesting to Look at How it Tracks Differently at the Two Store Fronts

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:46
If you browse from the drop down list and select "OSR" at RPGNow or DriveThruRPG, you get a Hottest Sellers listing for the OSR. Its interesting to see how the market differs between the two storefronts.

At RPGNow, LotFP's Vaginas Are Magical sneaks into the first spot. Its 10th over at DriveThruRPG.


The DCC RPG comes in in the first spot at DTRPG. At RPGNow, its 9th.


Actually, only four releases make the Top Ten of both lists: VaM, DCC RPG, Beyond the Wall and Hubris.

Not sure what to make of it, but it is interesting to note that the two storefronts obviously have differing customer bases, even within the OSR.

The RPGNow OSR Hot List is here.

The DriveThruRPG Hot List is here.

The Tavern uses affiliate links to both of the above storefronts. A percentage of sales go to support The Tavern. The OBS Christmas in July Sale starts friday.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

BBC Books & Penguin Random House Announce Book Deal for the Thirteen Doctor stories

Blogtor Who - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:12

BBC Books and Penguin Random House Children’s UK are quick.  The book publishing duo has announced along with Ebury Publishing that they have acquired to publishing rights for Doctor Who series 11 from BBC Worldwide. The books will be available worldwide and in multiple languages. This announcement should come as no surprise to long term […]

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Categories: Doctor Who Feeds

How did the BBC Hide Such a Huge Announcement? Will Thirteen be Ginger?

Blogtor Who - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:51

I have to hand it to the BBC. They pulled it off.  The internet didn’t get it right. The bookies seem to smell something but Kris Marshall was still in the lead before the announcement (correct me if I’m wrong.) Chris Chibnall and the BBC managed to hide this pretty much everyone.  So how did […]

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Categories: Doctor Who Feeds

RICH REVIEWS: Flare First Edition # 5

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:22

Title: Flare First Edition # 5
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Terrance Griep, Jr., Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Alfredo P. Alcala, Sam Payne
Inkers: Alfredo P. Alcala, Mark Morales
Letterers: Jean Simek
Colorists: John Heebink, Dick O’Malley
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: The Divine Intervention” Story by Terrance Griep, Jr., art by Alfredo P. Alcala and colors by John Heebink.
A man confesses to a priest about seeing an angel. Yes, the angel was Flare. He is also a criminal.
The art is rough but brings apart the story well enough. Flare uses her light on the drug dealers. The criminal repents but he is not stupid.
The story does not really have an ending or much of a story.
“Retribution!” Philip and Teresa are brother and sister and as such, they do argue and fight. Philip is jealous of his sister’s abilities. Her brother is a cunning devil while Teresa is a loving soul but one who will only take so much. The art is rough here and the two characters in this rough style do look amazing.
“Fala!” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Sam Payne, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Dick O’Malley and letters by Jean Simek.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Flare First Edition # 4

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:21

Title: Flare First Edition # 4
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Mark Beachum, Habagat, Benton Jew
Inkers: Mark Beachum, Lou Manna, Rick Bryant, Benton Jew
Letterers: T. Owen, Jean Simek, Jean Simek, Carrie Spiegle
Colorists: Tom Luth, Travis Walton, Dick O’Malley, Janice Cohen
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: “Revenge!” Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi, Professor Gottmann. The art shows off Flare and her sister Olga is some very sexually provocative poses.
Flare aka Teresa does pick on and bully Philip her younger brother. He is sensitive and seeing him bullied is not nice.
Teresa is a pure girl. She though is written with an attitude.
A Bonus Icicle Adventure “Confrontation with Huntsman” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Lou Manna, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Travis Walton and letters by Jean Simek.
Icicle has a huge crush on the Huntsman but he does not have one on her. So there is drama. No action in this story but lots of interplay between the characters featured.
“Into the Viper’s Nest” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Habagat, inks by Rick Bryant, letters by Jean Simek and colors by Dick O’Malley.
Flare storms an underwater base. She is all action and posed provocatively. Her womanly attributes shine through. In a battle, we are shown just how tough she can be.
Flare has a unique way of looking at the drug trade. She may be right to.
A beautiful pin-up of Flare ends this story.
“Malice” a Champions story. Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Benton Jew, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors by Janice Cohen.
Malice aka Melissa is a powerful woman but still, she has feelings and needs. She wants to be loved. She does not want to be alone but she is. She is powerful and beautiful and you will pity her.
These stories show us that super-heroes and villains are still just people. The stories as well are done in a more mature vein. These characters are written as real people.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Who is Jodie Whittaker? We look at her career to date!

Blogtor Who - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:20

We’ve already welcomed the Thirteenth Doctor with open arms. But if anyone needs proof of Whittaker’s talent as an actor, look no further. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have the wisdom to keep off Twitter, you’ll already know that the Thirteenth Doctor has been crowned. Yorkshire-born actor Jodie Whittaker will take on the […]

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Categories: Doctor Who Feeds

VALIANT COMICS OCTOBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:00
   
ETERNITY #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Wraparound Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Blank Cover Also Available

A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! 

From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | PRESTIGE FORMAT | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

ETERNITY #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Covers by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Available only as a pre-order set! 

The ETERNITY #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – four 40-page, massively expanded editions of Valiant’s all-new visionary series – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of August 24th, 2017! Released monthly from October 2017 through January 2018, each 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 – plus an exclusive cover by interior artist Trevor Hairsine that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all four issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of August 24th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

$3.99 each [4 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+| PRESTIGE FORMAT | Issue #1 on sale OCTOBER 25th      BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by PHILIP TAN
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY
Blank Cover Also Available

Salvation through sacrifice!

Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the nanite-infused killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) soldier forward for a heart-wrenching, revenge-fueled firefight!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

   
SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES
Cover C (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN

The comics crossover event of 2017! Valiant’s superhero icon meets Rae Sremmurd, the multiplatinum hip-hop superstars behind the #1 hit “Black Beatles,” for an unforgettable showdown at the crossroads of life and death!

Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers…until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imagination. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of the defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…

The Valiant Universe collides with two of the most influential artists in hip-hop today as Shadowman and Rae Sremmurd come face to face to forge a new legend of fame, fortune, and magic – as told by rising star Eliot Rahal (BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF) and renowned artist Renato Guedes (Wolverine)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 4th

   
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #8
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES

Besieged!

War has returned to the world of Gorin – but, this time, the planet’s ravaged armies face a threat from the stars, not within! Now, as the intergalactic assault reaches a critical peak, it falls to Gorin’s newly coronated emperor, Aric of Urth, to fortify not just a kingdom, but an entire world! With his sentient armor to aid him, the earthborn warrior once known as X-O Manowar will confront the conquering force known as the Mono Men on the field of battle…but if he doesn’t act fast, his reign will end just as quickly as it began!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) let loose the cosmos’ fiercest dogs of war for the next punishing chapter of “EMPEROR” – and bring the best-selling independent comic debut of 2017 to a white-hot crucible of unimaginable brutality!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

   
WAR MOTHER #3 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by MEGHAN HETRICK
Variant Cover by VERONICA FISH

Into the badlands…

As the only force standing between her tribe and total extinction, War Mother must protect every man, woman, and child…no matter the cost…as she braves the long journey across the mutant-infested jungles and irradiated steppes once known as South America. But when this sworn guardian discovers that the new homeland she seeks might not be the haven it was promised to be, she’ll have to save her people from the one thing she never could have anticipated: themselves!

Join New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK) as they send War Mother on her darkest mission yet…and bring her first high-powered solo series to a brutal breaking point!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th     
HARBINGER RENEGADE #8
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover B by BALDEMAR RIVAS
Cover C by KANO
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON

Massacred!

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

“MASSACRE” seeks its final victim as Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) prepare for the biggest, bloodiest confrontation in Valiant history!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 11th

   
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #4 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by CARY NORD
Cover A by BARRY KITSON
Cover B by JEN BARTEL
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by CHRYSSY CHEUNG

The final countdown!

Bloodshot was a bust… Divinity didn’t work… Ninjak was nixed… No matter which of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes she recruits to her aid, Faith still can’t save the time stream! With time literally running out all around her, does L.A.’s sky-soaring superhero have what it takes to defend the entire universe…or will the secret key to saving existence itself come from the most darkest and most unexplored avenue of all?

Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (FAITH) is joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR) to bring Valiant’s spectacular standalone event to an unfathomable finale…and when the clock reaches zero, no amount of time travel can ever undo the damage done!

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th 


RAPTURE TPB 

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and artistic sensation CAFU (RAI) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside… and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone volume!

Collecting RAPTURE #1–4.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 4th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-225-6


BLOODSHOT REBORN DELUXE EDITION BOOK 2 HC
Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES, MICHEL FIFFE & BENJAMIN MARRA and ELIOT RAHAL
Art by MICO SUAYAN, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, KHARI EVANS, TOMÁS GIORELLO and RENATO GUEDES, with RAY FAWKES, KANO, and BENJAMIN MARRA
Cover by TOMÁS GIORELLO

New York Times best selling writer Jeff Lemire (Descender) is joined by acclaimed artists Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Mico Suayan (Moon Knight), Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) and many more, as they continue the epic saga of Valiant’s nanite-enhanced hero right here in the next deluxe volume of the most-nominated series of the 2016 Harvey Awards!

Stranded on a mysterious desert island, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical getaway… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends its old soldiers to die. Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And who or what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn?

Collecting BLOODSHOT REBORN #14–18, BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1-4, BLOODSHOT REBORN #0, BLOODSHOT REBORN 2016 ANNUAL #1, BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1, 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1 and BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF #1 along with 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!

$49.99 | 400 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th
DELUXE HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-227-0

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Morphite Blasts off for Switch, PS4, Xbox One on September 7

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:04

Morphite, the atmospheric exploration sci-fi shooter with platforming elements from Crescent Moon Games, We’re Five Games, and Blowfish Studios, will come to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in addition to the previously-announced PC and iOS versions. Morphite will simultaneously launch across all platforms Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. It is now available for pre-order for PlayStation 4 in Europe.

Set in a distant future where humanity has colonized the far reaches of space,
Morphite follows the story of Myrah Kale, a young woman whose life takes a sudden turn when a routine mission develops into an interstellar adventure revealing her mysterious past and connection to the coveted substance Morphite.

Myrah will voyage to the furthest corners of space to explore uncharted planets with diverse landscapes teeming with exotic flora and fauna. With the help of a scanner, Myrah can sell the biological information of organic lifeforms she comes across to purchase upgrades for her ship, suit and weapons.

Inside Myrah’s vessel, players will face random encounters in real-time combat, trade with other space travelers and utilize an easy-to-use Starmap to navigate a galaxy full of hand-crafted worlds where the fully-voiced main story takes place as well as procedurally-generated planets brimming with side quests.

“Morphite is an atmospheric sci-fi shooter with inspiration drawn from classic console games including Ratchet and Clank, Metroid Prime and Turok,” said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. “With those roots, bringing Morphite to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is a natural fit, and we look forward to sharing our universe with everyone this September.”

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Death Squared (Switch) is now available worldwide

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:56

Death Squared, the co-op puzzler where up to four players guide a team of robots through a deadly obstacle course, is now available for Nintendo Switch.

The Switch release features exclusive Nintendo-themed Vault challenges to test players who make it through the Story Mode and/or Party Mode’s treacherous puzzles.

Check out the video below for gameplay footage and check the Switch shop to grab the game!

FEATURES
* The perfect puzzle gateway game for you to play with your “non-gamer” partner
* 1 or 2 Player ‘teamwork’ story mode with 80 challenging levels
* 2 or 4 player party/chaos/family mode with 40 insane levels
* 10+ hrs of puzzling co-op gameplay
* Includes 30 “Vault” 2 and 4 player levels for those who want an even bigger challenge. Deemed too hard for the main game with more coming post launch for FREE!
* Best enjoyed in couch co-op with a friend or three sitting by your side, enabling you to cover each other’s back or simply just trash talk them when they die unnecessarily.
* Play by yourself in “Lonely Co-Op” mode if you can’t find a co-op partner. It’s definitely a harder challenge, like patting your head and rubbing your belly at same time!

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Adware the series, the final: Tools section

Malwarebytes - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:00

So far in this series, we have handed you some methods to recognize and remediate adware. We used this diagram as a guideline.

 

During this journey, we have touched upon several free tools that we used to get some insight on what type of infection we were dealing with and where the adware could be hiding. Our objective has been to give you an idea of how many different types of adware are around for Windows systems. Though most are classified as PUPs, you will also see the occasional Trojan or rootkit.

This, the final part of the series, will provide you with download-locations and a description of the tools. One word of warning: even though all the tools are free for personal use, that doesn’t make them less powerful. If you want to use these tools to remediate a problem, make sure you know what you are doing or have some kind of backup at hand, in case anything goes terribly wrong. If you want to learn more about removing malware, there are several online schools that offer free malware removal training.

The tools Process Explorer (Microsoft/Sysinternals)

Site:  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/processexplorer.aspx

We used Process Explorer to identify the process that belongs to a window and to identify parent/child processes and look at DLLs and handles. An introduction to Process Explorer and some more advanced information can be found on our blog.

Resource Monitor (Microsoft)

Built into Windows since Windows 7.

We explained how to use Resource Monitor to check which processes are connecting where.

FileASSASSIN (Malwarebytes)

Site: https://www.malwarebytes.com/fileassassin/

FileAssassin is a tool to delete any type of locked file.

Malwarebytes anti-rootkit BETA (Malwarebytes)

Site: https://www.malwarebytes.com/antirootkit/

Malwarebytes anti-rootkit BETA is the tool of choice when you are dealing with difficult to remove and even invisible infections.

FRST (Farbar)

Site: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-recovery-scan-tool/

There is a 32-bit and 64-bit version. Make sure you download the correct one for your system.

The Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) is a very useful diagnostic tool. It can also be used as a manual remediation tool, but I want to focus on reading the scan output it produces and which sections to focus on when we are looking for adware. So unless you have cured the problem using Process Explorer, MBAM, MBAR or FileAssassin we are now going to have a look at FRST. FRST works equally well in normal or safe mode and when a machine has boot up problems it will even work in the Windows Recovery Environment.

The output of the FRST scans is nicely formatted in a way that makes it easy to check most of the problem areas that we have pointed out during the course of this series.

Browser sections

These are divided per installed browser and there is a general section.

==================== Internet (Whitelisted) ====================

This section contains information like DNS servers that are in use in the format:

Tcpip\Parameters: [DhcpNameServer] {IP address 1} {IP address 2}

Tcpip\..\Interfaces\{CLSID}: [DhcpNameServer] {IP address 1} {IP address 2}

Internet Explorer:

==================

This section has the add-ons for Internet Explorer listed in the format:

BHO: {name} -> {CLSID} -> {path + filename} [{date of install}] [{signed-by-company-name}]

It also list other items like Startpage, Searchscopes, Handlers, Toolbars, Filters and ActiveX objects

FireFox:

========

This section holds the extensions for Firefox in the format:

FF Extension: {name} – {folder to the extension} [{date of install}] [{signed-by-company-name}]

And the Plugins in these format types:

FF Plugin: @{company}/{name} -> {path + filename} [{date of install}] ({signed-by-company-name})

FF Plugin ProgramFiles/Appdata: {path + filename} [date of install}] ({signed-by-company-name})

It also list other information about Firefox like Homepage, Default search engine and the presence of user.js files.

Chrome:

=======

This section holds the extensions for each Chrome profile in these formats:

CHR Extension: ({name}) – {path to the extension folder} [{date of install}]

CHR HKLM\...\Chrome\Extension: [{extension identifier string}] – [{update_url}]

It also lists information about the Homepage and policies that may be active.

Opera:

=======

This section holds the extensions for Opera in the format:

OPR Extension: ({name}) – {path to the extension folder} [{date of install}]

It also shows StartupUrls and StartMenuInternet where applicable.

Loaded modules

You can find some information about loaded modules in the section:

==================== Loaded Modules (Whitelisted) ==============

In the format:

{Date/time on system} – {Date/time created}  - {filesize} {permissions} () {path to file}\{filename + extension}

Note: it lists only unsigned files. Even if the files are signed by known malware publishers, they will not be listed.

Scheduled Tasks

Scheduled Tasks are flagged in the Addition log of FRST in the following format:

Task: {CLSID} - System32 or Windows\Tasks\{jobname} => {path to the file}\{filename} [date] (signature)

Services

Services are reported along with their startup method and whether they are running or not.

R=Running

S=Stopped

U=Unknown

The startup type numbers are:

0=Boot

1=System

2=Auto

3=Demand

4=Disabled

5=Unknown

In the format:

{Letter}{number}{name of the service};{path to the file}{byte-size creation-date}{signed by}

LSP hijackers

As the order of the LSP layers is stored in the Winsock Service Provider you will find LSP entries listed in the Winsock section of a FRST log.

Example:

Winsock: Catalog5 000000000001\\LibraryPath => restored successfully (%SystemRoot%\system32\NLAapi.dll)

The catalog numbers are important to keep in mind. Whenever you want to remove a Winsock:Catalog9 entry, it is recommended to use “netsh winsock reset”. This is to avoid the user ending up with a broken internet connection. You may have to repeat this after a reboot.

DNS hijackers and proxies

 On the victim’s computer there are a few options for DNS hijacks:

  • Alternative or altered hosts file. If the user has a non-standard hosts file FRST will report in Addition.txt: There are more than one entries detected in hosts”. This is not necessarily bad. Some security programs use the hosts file as a block-list.
  • The DNS servers are listed in the “Other Areas” section. This also requires additional research as most DNS servers are legitimate.
  • Proxies are listed in the “Internet” section of the FRST log.
Uninstall list

Programs that are listed in the list of installed Programs and Features can be found in the “Installed Programs” section of the Addition log including “hidden” entries.

ADS

Alternate Data Streams have a special section for themselves. Note that this section is white-listed, as are many others.  The format looks like this:

AlternateDataStreams: {Path to the file}:{name of the stream} [number of bytes]

WMI

Hijackers using the Windows Management Instrumentation can be spotted in the Addition log. Example:

WMI_ActiveScriptEventConsumer_ASEC: < ===== ATTENTION

Conclusion

I really enjoyed sharing some of the knowledge that I gathered over the years and I’m also glad I now have it in a relatively organized fashion. I hope you, the readers have found it useful too. Or entertaining at least. Feel free to let us know in the comments.

Index

Part 1

  • Identify the process
  • Clear browser caches
  • Remove browser extensions

Part 2

  • Proxies
  • Winsock hijackers
  • DNS hijackers

Part 3

  • Type of software
  • Uninstall
  • Remove file
  • Replace file

Part 4

  • Scheduled tasks
  • Services

Part 5

  • DLL’s
  • Handles
  • Parent process

Part 6

  • ADS
  • Rootkits
  • Fileless infections

Part 7

  • Tools to investigate with

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