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November Campaign Design VIII - Fresh Off the Boat

Greyhawk Grognard - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:00
Part of the conceits of the Lost Artanis campaign setting is the idea that it so easily fits the "classic" campaign set-up, as a consciously inherent aspect of its design. That is, the PCs can literally enter the setting fresh off a ship from Hanar-Across-the-Sea, into a land they only have the vaguest knowledge of. Thus I don't have to worry about why the PCs don't already know a bunch of people (although I can still pull out the "someone you met on the ship" card if I need to introduce an NPC whom they can probably trust).

However, details as to what they see when they step off that ship are lacking.

First, I have to decide what the best landing point is. Do I want to start a party in Aedgaria, Lippegen, or New Valais? All have different opportunities for a band of adventurers. I choose Lippegen, specifically Osttur.

The PCs arrive in the port at Durst, and then are taken by coach to Osttur in a week, where the promise of employment by petty landowners to the northeast of the town has drawn them. They are to serve as a force of warders to "supplement" the soldiery of the Markgraf and protect the settlers. In reality, the Markgraf's soldiers never venture more than twenty miles from the town gates, so they're on their own, along with several other similar bands of warders who act in semi-competition. To complicate matters, there is a ruined Artanian town in the woodlands, and it is thought that many of the creatures that are making life hard for the settlers are coming from there. After five years, they are to be rewarded with homesteads of their own, but it's a dangerous job, and few live or stick around long enough to collect that reward.

Naturally, nothing says they all must come from the Dual Kingdom of Grott-Heimburg. The good folk of Lippegen are more than happy to get their employees from Valais, Wynnland, or elsewhere. Thus, if someone wants to play a ranger or a halfling, they have options that fit into this setup.

Next step: some small-scale maps of the area the PCs will be operating in, Osttur itself, and the ruined Artanian town.

The map is mostly unchanged, but I did add a few more
Artanian ruins, including the one in the woods northeast
of Osttur.
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“Batman: Gotham by Gaslight” arriving in 2018

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:59

The Dark Knight goes steampunk in the DC Elseworld’s blu-ray release of “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.”  Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, this turn on the century adventure will be available for digital download January 23, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD February 6, 2018.

Inspired by the one-shot Elseworlds tale by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, Batman is on the hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper in turn of the century Gotham.  While the city prepares to feature its advances in technology at the World’s Fair, a mysterious killer is on the loose and preying on Gotham’s women.  While Commissioner Gordon tries to calm the city of its fears, the masked vigilante known as Batman takes matters into his own hands.  Using both his own detective skills and the assistance from one Selina Kyle, the Dark Knight is determined to bring the Ripper’s murderous spree to an end.

After his performance in Batman: Under The Red Hood, Bruce Greenwood reprises his role as the voice of the Dark Knight. Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Limitless) makes her DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Selina Kyle. The voice cast also features Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls, Justice League Unlimited) as James Gordon, Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Merlin) as Alfred Pennyworth, Yuri Lowenthal (Batman Unlimited, Young Justice) as Harvey Dent, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) as Chief Bullock, William Salyers (Batman vs. Two-Face) as Hugo Strange, and Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls) as Sister Leslie. The cast also includes notable voice actors Tara Strong, Bob Joles, David Forseth, Chris Cox, Lincoln Melcher and Kari Wuhrer.

“We’re thrilled to bring this classic Elseworlds story to life,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Gotham By Gaslight is the original Elseworlds tale from DC, and we know the fans have been anticipating this gritty adaptation. Fans will be transported to an alternate reality with this unexpected tale of the Dark Knight.”

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight will be available in several formats.  It will also be only the second Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) . The film will also be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), and Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Check out the trailer below:

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DOLLFACE VOLUME 3 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:15

DOLLFACE VOLUME 3: Welcome to New Orleans!

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Zoe Stanley and Danielle Gransaull
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza
128 pgs./ M / FC
$14.99

Action Lab Entertainment’s best-selling witch hunter Lila returns in this third volume, dealing with the heavy fallout from the events of volume two. Emily doesn’t want anything to do with Lila, but Ivan won’t stop searching for her. And Lila? She looks into her past and gets help from the last place she expected: a good witch!

The third volume collects issues #9-12. The story is by ZOMBIE TRAMP creator Dan Mendoza and Action Lab Entertainment CEO/Publisher Bryan Seaton. Illustrators for the 17th century ball-jointed witch hunter this time around are Zoe Stanley and Danielle Gransaull

DOLLFACE is a mature title that has a lot of fun with witch hunting action and humor.

DOLLFACE VOLUME 3 will be available in comic book stores on January 24th, 2018. Order with Diamond item code NOV171122. See preview pages from the ninth issue of DOLLFACE:

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DARK CIRCLE COMICS FEBRUARY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:03

MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3
“Ambush”—The Mighty Crusaders are on the attack against the vicious Eliminators! It’s an all-out brawl with the odds in the Crusaders’ favor, until they’re faced with a new, dark entity: The Dream Demon!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR B Var: Tom Feister
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR C Var: Phil Jimenez, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Ship Date: 1/31
On Sale Date: 2/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

ARCHIE COMICS FEBRUARY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:02

MARVEL DIGEST

MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #5
Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are back in the ever-popular digest format! This fifth issue spotlights BLACK PANTHER and THE AVENGERS! This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will only be printed once!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Provided by Marvel
Ship Date: 1/31
On Sale Date: 2/14
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE HORROR

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 2 (TR)
The dark plague of the undead has swallowed Riverdale whole, forcing the survivors led by Archie, Betty and Veronica to flee the formerly idyllic town in search of safe haven. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 2 compiles issues 6-10 from the SMASH HIT horror series AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE. For TEEN+ Readers.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
978-1-61988-948-4
$19.99/$21.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
168 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/28

DARK CIRCLE

MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3
“Ambush”—The Mighty Crusaders are on the attack against the vicious Eliminators! It’s an all-out brawl with the odds in the Crusaders’ favor, until they’re faced with a new, dark entity: The Dream Demon!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR B Var: Tom Feister
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR C Var: Phil Jimenez, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Ship Date: 1/31
On Sale Date: 2/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW RIVERDALE

ARCHIE #28
With every last relationship in Riverdale in chaos, who’s with who? Archie has had to make some difficult choices in the last few months, but what does he do when the next choice he makes will spell disaster?
Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Archie #28 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
Archie #28 CVR B Var: Thomas Pitilli
Archie #28 CVR C Var: Dan Schoening
Ship Date: 1/31
On Sale Date: 2/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE ARCHIES #5
Featuring guest stars TEGAN AND SARA! After a wild, trippy ride to the 60s, the Archies find themselves back in the present day—and facing a major meltdown as one of the members quits. Can indie pop sirens TEGAN AND SARA help the band through the crisis, or has the tour gone kaput?
Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
The Archies #5 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Archies #5 CVR B Var: Joe Eisma
The Archies #5 CVR B Var: Thomas Pitilli
Ship Date: 2/7
On Sale Date: 2/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE ACTION

BETTY AND VERONICA: VIXENS #4
This is it! It’s the SERPENTS VS. the VIXENS in a face-off where all of Riverdale is at stake; but when the Serpents up the ante, things might get deadly.
Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
B&V: Vixens #4 CVR A Reg: Eva Cabrera
B&V: Vixens #4 CVR B Var: Cat Staggs
B&V: Vixens #4 CVR B Var: Jenn St. Onge
Ship Date: 2/14
On Sale Date: 2/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

COSMO #2
NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Space Aces” – Part Two: When a lunar rescue mission takes a turn for the worse, Cosmo and crew must make a daring escape from a chaotic carnival of creatures! This is one thrill ride you won’t want to miss!
Retailers: Combined initial orders matching or exceeding 75% of combined initial orders on issue #1 will receive an additional 10% discount.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cosmo #2 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley
Cosmo #2 CVR B Var: Jamal Peppers
Cosmo #2 CVR C Var: Evan Stanley
Ship Date: 1/24
On Sale Date: 2/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE CLASSIC

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #286
ONE NEW LEAD STORY: “Hot Times, Cold Nose” – Archie and his dog Vegas are spending a weekend in the woods—but when Vegas goes off to has his own wilderness adventure, will he make it back to his owner?
Script: Alex Simmons
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 1/24
On Sale Date: 2/7
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

THE BEST OF BETTY AND VERONICA VOL. 2 (TR)
Our best-selling series is back with THE BEST OF BETTY & VERONICA VOL. 2, showcasing some of the greatest stories about the two most famous BFFs, featuring intros and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from creators and famous fans!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-62738-941-9
$9.99/$10.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/14

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #259
ONE NEW LEAD STORY: Mr. Lodge’s connections with Hollywood get Betty and Veronica the chance to a visit a movie set—unfortunately, they won’t be the only ones seeing stars when they wreak havoc on set!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 2/14
On Sale Date: 2/28
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #76
ONE NEW LEAD STORY: “Run Away Run Way” – The Veronica Lodge/Sheila Wu Fashion wars are in full swing, and the school career week projects have brought it to a head! When Veronica tricks accident-prone Archie into helping Sheila out with her runway project, it’s sure to be a fashion catastrophe!
Script: Alex Simmons
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 2/7
On Sale Date: 2/21
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

TappyToon Set To Become the Leading Digital Platform for Comics

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:40

As comics grow into the digital format, TappyToon is building the go-to platform for fans NEW YORK, Tuesday, Nov 14 th , 2017 – TappyToon , the world’s first mobile content platform dedicated to premium webtoons and digital comics, is announcing significant traction and growth in the North American comic market. The company will be attending their first US industry event at Anime NYC this week from November 17th to 19th in New York City to connect with media, fans and the greater comic community to talk about the future of the platform.

Dubbed the Netflix of webtoons, TappyToon specializes in English language Korean Manhwa and Manga delivered digitally via iPhone , Android and at the TappyToon website. The Seoul-based company has raised funding from Digital Entertainment Ventures, SOSV, Bon Angels Ventures, and others to help the company expand globally.

In 2017, TappyToon has seen over 2000% user growth in the $1 Billion+ North American comic and graphic novel market. Almost half of paying customers are making repeat purchases to access TappyToon’s expanding library of premium and free comics titles. Over 90% of TappyToon readers are female, shattering preconceptions about comics fans—a glimpse into an under-served readership in the market as well as potential growth.

Hit title ‘Bloody Sweet’ by Narae Lee, who is best known for producing the art for James Patterson’s best-selling graphic novel Maximum Ride, has become the most popular comic on the platform. Users around the globe have read millions of chapters of ‘Bloody Sweet’ through TappyToon, and the comic is now being turned into a full-color physical book. The Kickstarter campaign for the Bloody Sweet book achieved its $10,000 fundraising goal within the first week (and is still growing), a testament to its passionate fan base.

“Working with Narae Lee to bring ‘Bloody Sweet’ to our readers is a perfect example of the ultimate goal of our platform,” said Sun Bang, CEO of TappyToon. “We want to make it easy and enjoyable to get the very best content from top talent in comics, manhwa and Asian graphic novels without having to scour the web or use pirate content.”

Much like how Spotify and Netflix reduced friction for music and movies, TappyToon wants to do for comics. As comics shift to digital, TappyToon is on course to be the premier place for readers to access top comics while supporting the creators that make them.

TappyToon CEO Sun Bang, head of product Ernest Woo as well as ‘Bloody Sweet’ creator Narae Lee are available for interviews regarding their platform and digital comics by phone or email anytime or at booth 721 at the AnimeNYC exhibition hall from November 17th-19th.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:37

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 AN ESSENTIAL ORIGIN ISSUE revealing the roots behind the much-demanded return of Bloodshot’s most unrelenting nemesis… On December 13th, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and explosive artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present, for once and all time, the brutal genesis of the man-turned-machine called Rampage in a brutal tour-de-force led by two of Valiant’s most masterful storytellers!

This is the story of two brothers, who were born into nothing and reaped an inheritance of anger… This is the story of Rampage – an imperfect reflection of Bloodshot’s potential, one enhanced by the very same nanite technology, but fueled by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

On December 13th, climb aboard here with a pivotal new standalone jumping-on point for the ongoing series.

The gut-wrenching origin of Valiant’s newest powerhouse villain is about to be revealed! On December 13th, THE BOOK OF REVENGE” drives another nail deep into Bloodshot’s soul and psyche with a gripping tale of trauma and terror from creative juggernauts Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan, only in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – featuring covers by Mico Suayan (Moon Knight), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Khari Evans (HARBINGER), Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE), and Cully Hamner (Red)!

 

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (OCT171910)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (OCT171911)
Cover C by KHARI EVANS (OCT171912)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (OCT171913)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by CULLY HAMNER (OCT171914)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 13th (FOC – 11/20/2017)


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Cover A by Mico Suayan

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Cover B by Juan José Ryp

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Cover C by Khari Evans

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 – Variant Cover by Roberto de la Torre

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

PATRIOTISM AND ACTION COLLIDE-‘PULP AT WAR’ DEBUTS FROM PRO SE PRODUCTIONS  

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:35

Pro Se Productions, known for both cutting edge modern fiction and harkening back to classic genres, announces the release of its military themed anthology-PULP AT WAR!

War is Frightening and often ugly. But Heroes are forged on the Battlefield. Action and adventure are not simply stories, but the very words men and women fighting for their beliefs, their countries, or just to stay alive live by every single day. Bullets flying and bombs blasting, PULP AT WAR takes one of the most popular genres of action tales, the war story, and through the pens of J. Walt Layne, Rob Mancebo, and Teel James Glenn, brings it to two fisted, kill or be killed life.

PULP AT WAR. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a stunning cover by Larry Nadolsky and logo design and print formatting by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, PULP AT WAR is available now on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Pulp-At-War-Walt-Layne/dp/1979233667/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1510764831&sr=8-1&keywords=pulp+at+war for 9.99.

This action packed collection is also available on Kindle formatted by Marina and lo Iacono for $2.99 at https://www.amazon.com/Pulp-at-War-Walt-Layne-ebook/dp/B076ZHY36Z/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1510764831&sr=8-1.  It is also available on Kindle Unlimited and KU Members get to read it for Free!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Reminder - Tavern Chat - Tonight - 9 PM Eastern - I'll be the Snotty One

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:19

Tonight is a Wednesday Night and that means Tavern Chat.

Your Tavern Master is under the weather, so if I sound like shit tonight, so be it.

When: 9 PM Eastern

Where: The Tavern's Discord Channel

https://discord.gg/fReGmuD

See you at 9 PM...
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Bad romance: catphishing explained

Malwarebytes - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:46

You’ve heard or read about some variant of this story before: Girl meets Boy on a dating website. Girl falls in love. Boy claims he does, too. Girl is excited to meet Boy soon. But at the last minute, Girl finds out that Boy (1) had an accident and broke a hip; (2) has a very sick relative he needs to look after; (3) is going away to a secluded place to “find himself”—you’re not the problem, he is, right?; or (4) (through a helpful and mournful friend) is dead.

Suddenly suspect, Girl digs a little deeper. Girl finds out that Boy isn’t the dreamboat he portrays himself to be. Boy is, in fact, her female colleague’s timid 13-year old son whom she met once at a work function.

Bummer, right? Here’s another one:

Two months ago, Deloitte revealed that it was breached by hackers, who most likely already had access to compromised servers since November 2016. Around the same time, a cybersecurity staffer at Deloitte was convinced to open a booby-trapped Excel file from a female friend he met on Facebook months before. Her name was “Mia Ash,” a London-based photographer. She was described as lovely and disarming.

She was also 100 percent fake.

Mia Ash is the latest in a lengthening line of online femme fatales who successfully infiltrated corporate systems by targeting and successfully duping smart men working in IT and cybersecurity—people who everyone expects to practice what they preach. Her equally fake predecessors went by the names of Robin Sage and Emily Williams. Although all three were created as social engineering lures, one significant difference stood out: Sage and Williams were the brainchildren of cybersecurity experts who wanted to expose the human weakness in the national defense and intelligence communities. Ash, on the other hand, was the product of a known Iranian APT group who deliberately took advantage of that weakness to achieve their nation-state goals.

Two very different stories, one common theme: romantic deception.

What is catphishing?

Catfishing (spelled with an “f”) is a kind of online deception wherein a person creates a presence in social networks as a sock puppet or a fictional online persona for the purpose of luring someone into a relationship—usually a romantic one—in order to get money, gifts, or attention. Catphishing (spelled with a “ph”) is similar, but with the intent of gaining rapport and (consequently) access to information and/or resources that the unknowing target has rights to.

Simply put, the former is out to break hearts (and bank accounts), while the latter is out to compromise individuals, organizations, and quite possibly even countries.

Can we say that catphishing has gone beyond bad romancing for money? Absolutely.

What motivates catphishers to do what they do?

The motivations behind the act are likely similar to why spies steal secrets: to make use of the stolen information to gain the upper hand against the target or organization they belong to. As we all know, stolen information in the hands of criminals can be used in many ways—for extortion, for sale on the black market. However, in the end, the organization that was compromised loses integrity, clients, business opportunities, and gets fined if they were found to be non-compliant with security and privacy regulations.

Catphishing is dangerous enough that most companies consider it a business threat.

On the other hand, those catphishing individuals might also use the information they gather from individuals to create even more social media profiles. Sometimes, catphishers mislead simply to bully people online.

Read: Tackling the myths surrounding cyberbullying

Blimey. Those catphishers ought to pay for what they’ve done!

Unfortunately, in many countries, catphishing (and catfishing) isn’t illegal. In the UK, “catfishing” is not even a legally-defined term. Although at present, the practice is pretty much legal, active campaigns are aiming to change this.

In the US, Oklahoma is the only state that made catfishing illegal.

Although one cannot lawfully pin catfishing/catphishing against someone, there are other legal areas that those affected by the practice can look into and decide whether they want to pursue these instead. They are (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Copyright violation (for photos stolen and used in the deception)
  • Criminal impersonation
  • Defamation
  • Identity fraud
  • Espionage
How can we protect ourselves from this?

Start by familiarizing yourselves with the following red flags, which indicate that you may be dealing with a catphisher online:

  • Everything that they claim to be seems too good to be true.
  • If you meet them on a dating website, and they suggest getting in touch with you via other means, such as email and other chat services.
  • They show no interest in a face-to-face meeting or even in using voice chat services.
  • Most (if not all) photos they use don’t include other people.
  • Quite a number of their social media followers appear to be sockpuppet accounts.
  • They ask a lot of information about you early on in the relationship like how much you earn, what kind of home you live in, and where your parents are (to name a few).

Stay safe out there!

Recommended reading for parents:

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Categories: Techie Feeds

Watch HOUSE OF HARDCORE 35 Free This Saturday!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:10

This weekend, House of Hardcore airs their 35th show live and free on Twitch this Saturday. The card will take place at the famed 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

The promotion’s Twitch channel can be found here.

House of Hardcore 35 Lineup

“House of Hardcore returns home to the 2300 Arena on Saturday night November 18, 2017!  Doors open at 6 pm, belltime at 8 pm.

  • First Blood Match:
    Tommy Dreamer vs. Joey Mercury
  • Austin Aries returns with a live microphone!
  • Nick Aldis vs. Billy Gunn
  • The Luchasaurus makes his Philadelphia debut!
  • The Squad vs. Guido Maritato & Super Crazy (with Big Sal E. Graziano)
  • Matt Cross vs. Petey Williams
  • Mystery Three Way Dance: featuring 3 superstars making their HOH Philadelphia debut!
  • Plus MVP, Shane Douglas, Bull James, Hot Young Briley and more!

Be there in person or watch LIVE streaming on Twitch.tv/houseofhardcore!”

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WBIE, TT GAMES, THE LEGO GROUP, AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF “LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2”

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:04

(November 14, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced the launch of “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” an original, humor-filled sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster game, “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.” In this all-new, epic adventure, the time-travelling Super Villain Kang the Conqueror has stolen numerous Marvel cities and locations ripped from time and space to form the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. To foil Kang’s diabolical plans, an elite team of Super Heroes must band together in cosmic battle that takes players on an exciting journey across the Marvel Universe. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by TT Games in partnership with The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment, “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

“Packed with signature LEGO humor, ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’ delivers a huge, intergalactic saga that spans the Marvel Universe,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “The game introduces new features and an incredibly large open world for players to roam and explore, from the mythical land of Asgard to the deep space base of Knowhere and many more imaginative settings.”

“The game offers unprecedented opportunities for exploration and imaginative creative play within the LEGO version of the Marvel Universe,” said Sean William McEvoy, VP, Digital Games & Apps, The LEGO Group. “It’s great to see so many larger-than-life characters, settings, and stories coming to life in this vibrant, beautiful, and epic game.”

“Whether you’re a Marvel fan or a LEGO fan, the collaboration with LEGO and TT Games has produced an original experience that will be fun for all players,” said Jay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “With a huge array of brand new characters from the Marvel Universe and an all-new mind-bending time manipulation mechanic, this game is sure to provide hours of fresh and authentic gameplay.”

Picking up directly where “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes” left off, this all-new sequel features a completely original branching storyline co-written by award-winning comic writer Kurt Busiek. This story brings together a diverse roster of iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different time periods and realities including Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Cosmo the Spacedog, Cowboy Captain America, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Green Goblin, Groot, Gwenpool, Hawkeye, Howard the Duck, Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, and many more. Players can roam and explore 18 different Marvel locations within the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis, from the vibrant jungle of Wakanda to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, along with Asgard, Attilan, Knowhere, the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, Kang’s Citadel, K’un-Lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, 2099 Nueva York, Old West, The Swamp, and Xandar.

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” also features a four-player local multiplayer mode, allowing friends and family to play competitively or cooperatively as a team in a series of themed challenges and battle arenas.

For players who want to further their adventures beyond the main game, the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Season Pass will include six Level Packs and four Character Packs. The Level Packs feature content inspired by Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” as well as comics-inspired content for Cloak & Dagger and The Runaways. The Character Packs, including Agents of Atlas, Champions, Out of Time, and Classic Guardians of the Galaxy, will add more than 60 new characters to the main game’s roster of over 200 Super Heroes and Super Villains. The Season Pass will be available separately or as part of the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition,” which features the main game, Season Pass, early access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack, and an exclusive Giant-Man LEGO Minifigure included in the physical version.

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WrestleMania Generates Record $181 Million for Orlando Region

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:53

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE® (NYSE:WWE) and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced today that WrestleMania 33 generated $181.5 million in economic impact for the Orlando region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks a new record for WrestleMania’s economic impact and the sixth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

WrestleMania 33 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl (Photo: Business Wire)

Over the past 11 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. WrestleMania 33 also generated approximately $22.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

“On behalf of the residents of the City of Orlando, I would like to thank the tens of thousands of WWE fans that converged on our city to be part of WrestleMania Week,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The week-long series of events boosted our economy by bringing guests to our restaurants, shops and hotels, and also benefited our city through community outreach initiatives. We look forward to welcoming WrestleMania back soon.”

“This historic result would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Dyer, the Central Florida Sports Commission and all of our public and private sector partners in Orlando that worked so hard to again welcome WWE’s global fan base,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. “We continue to be grateful to our fans who helped us deliver unprecedented economic results for our WrestleMania host city. We now look ahead to our return to New Orleans in 2018 for WrestleMania 34.”

A record crowd of 75,245 fans from all 50 states and 62 countries attended WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza this past April, making it the highest-grossing and most-attended event in Citrus Bowl history. Key highlights from the study include:

  • $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to the Orlando region for WrestleMania 33.
  • 79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the Orlando region and stayed an average of 5.6 nights.
  • $24.8 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within Orlando.
  • The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,730 full-time jobs for the area.
  • $9.3 million was spent by visitors to Orlando at area restaurants.

Next year, WrestleMania 34 will take place Sunday, April 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets will be available this Friday, November 17 at 11 AM ET/10 AM CT through Ticketmaster. The event will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.

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BARBARELLA #1 JIM BALENT (JETPACK EXCLUSIVE)

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:48
Exclusive to JetPack Comics

Includes regular (500), virgin(150) and granite edition (100)
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Exclusive to VIECC & Comic Combo!

Hope to see some of you there!!

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70-Page Lazarus, the Forever Man #1 Now on Kickstarter

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:30

Martian Lit is proud to launch the Kickstarter for our newest comic book, Lazarus, the Forever Man #1!

The massive, 70-page first issue follows our 24-page zero issue, which reprints the first two Lazarus stories from Martian Comics, setting the stage for the new series. The stories focus on the Biblical Lazarus, resurrected by a Martian Jesus!

The issue is written by Julian Darius and penciled by Sergio Tarquini, with inks by Tarquini and Sara Nietto. It’s colored by R. L. Campos and lettered by Darius and Steven Legge. Darius provides the cover, which was constructed using spraypaint and real bandages.

Be a part of making this happen on Kickstarter now!

For more information, you can visit the official Lazarus, the Forever Man page and see the zero issue on ComiXology. You can also follow the series on Facebook. And if you sign up for our mailing list, we’ll give you a free PDF book!

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Deadpool’s “Wet on Wet” Teaser

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:20

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. In Theaters June 1, 2018

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QUANTUM AND WOODY! #3 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:16

Valiant is proud to present your first look at QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 – a spectacular goatacular celebrating 50 landmark issues of the world’s worst superhero team from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH)! Because you demanded it – the return of Quantum and Woody’s fearless sidekick/roommate/emergency medical contact starts here with a momentous moment that will forever reverberate through the ages: the birth of the Goat’s baby!

If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited arrival of the Goat’s mysterious and mystifying offspring!

Will it be man – or beast? Can anything – or anyone – contain the awesome might of the Goat’s supremely powerful spawn? And, most direly, will Quantum and Woody get their deposit back once it has brought ruin and despair to every corner of their week-to-week one bedroom?

And the Eisner Award for “Best Goat Birth Scene” goes to…writer extraordinaire Daniel Kibblesmith and dazzling guest artist Francis Portela! Don’t miss the staggering spectacle as the entire Valiant Universe stands on the cusp of a milestone comics crucible…and uses lots and lots of hand sanitizer…when QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 brings the Goat (and family) stampeding back in comic shops everywhere on February 21st with covers by Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye), Geoff Shaw (God Country), and Dave Johnson (100 Bullets)!

Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

But first: On December 20th, raucous writer Daniel Kibblesmith and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) come out swinging with the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES that is QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

On December 20th, stand back and take notice because QUANTUM AND WOODY (2017) #1 is coming – with covers by Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye), Geoff Shaw (God Country), Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), comics legend Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow), and Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) alongside every single gimmick known to man!

 

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (OCT171904)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171905)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171906)
Q&W Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (OCT171907)
The Most Variant Cover of All Time! by CLAYTON HENRY, SPECIAL GUESTS, AND EVERY GIMMICK KNOWN TO MAN! (OCT171908)
$3.99 | 32 pgs.| T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC – 11/27/2017)

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #2
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (NOV172012)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (NOV172013)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (NOV172015)
Q&W Icon Variant by MIKE ALLRED ((NOV172016)
Blank Cover Also Available (NOV172014)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+| On Sale JANUARY 31st (FOC – 1/8/2018)

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW
Q&W Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st (FOC – 1/29/2018)


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 – Cover A by Julian Totino Tedesco
QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 – Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by Geoff Shaw


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 – Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by Geoff Shaw


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3 – Q&W Icon Variant by Dave Johnson

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How to Make No Sew Bag Linings with Cricut Maker!

Moogly - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:00

I love using my Cricut for all sorts of paper and craft projects. And now with the Cricut Maker and it’s ability to cut fabric, I can use it to create custom no-sew bag linings for my crochet purses and pouches in record time – it’s so easy! Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written [...]

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Cryptozoic and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Announce Release of DC Deck-Building Game: Confrontations

Cryptozoic - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:00

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, today announced the November 29 release of DC Deck-Building Game: Confrontations. In the 2-4 player team vs. team game, each player selects a DC Super Hero (Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or Zatanna) or DC Super-Villain (Lex Luthor, Circe, Ocean Master, or Felix Faust) and joins another player on his or her team for a clash against two opponents. The game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine, which has players build up their decks with the goal of defeating one of their opponents. The new keyword “Assist” on many cards allows a player to lend some help to his or her teammate. 

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Basic Megadungeon Play and Procedures

Hack & Slash - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:00
A megadungeon campaign differs mechanically in several important ways from a normal campaign. This is often treated as "information everyone knows" and yet never documented (much like the actual procedure for hexcrawling). 
Sessions are objective-focused not plot-focused. Each session revolves around the completion of a specific quest. Sometimes this is a request from someone with a reward granted upon successful completion, sometimes this is the players with a specific goal, such as finding the location indicated on a treasure map. The dungeon is a puzzle (or death trap) designed to be solved, rather than a story to be completed.
Movement
Movement and turns are tracked rather strictly and in a game-like fashion. Historically turn is approximately 10 minutes, there are six turns an hour. This is not rigid, a turn means “the time it takes to complete a significant action". During a character’s turn the whole party may move,  or each character can engage in an individual action, such as picking a lock, try to bash open a door, looking for secret doors, etc.
Players may move a number of 10’ squares as indicated by their movement. An unencumbered 5th edition party may move 12 squares or 120’. Encumbrance slows this pace. A 5th edition party with an encumbered character can only move 8 squares. This is assuming careful, quiet, cautious observant movement. Players that move more quickly over unknown ground receive substantial penalties—always surprised, trips all traps, no mapping or distances given, hazard die rolled every turn, etc.
Encounters
Traditional dungeon exploration uses an encounter die that is rolled, with a 1 indicating an encounter. More modern old-school takes on this turn this die into a “hazard” die with every result indicating some sort of decay of resources. This die is traditionally rolled every other turn, or three times in an hour. Often this die is rolled additionally in response to players arguing, making noise, or wasting time. The Hazard Die for Numenhalla is as follows.
1: Encounter2: Monster Sign3: Torches Burn4: Torches & Lanterns burn, Ongoing effects, conditions, and statuses end.5: Rest or gain a level of exhaustion. 6: Dungeon Effect
EncounterI generally pre-generate 6 encounters or so, and select one randomly when this occurs. It is perfectly acceptable to generate encounters on the fly, which often happens when players exercise their agency to go anywhere in the dungeon they wish.
The encounter begins per the standard rules 20’—120’ (2d6x10 feet) away from the party as long as they are within detection range. If you roll 100’ for the distance, and the farthest visible point of dim light is 80’ away, start the encounter at 80’. If you roll 100’ and the party can see 60, but psionically detect opponents to 100’ then start the encounter at 100’. If either party is surprised, then the encounter distance is 10'—30’ away.
This will frequently require adjustment based on the layout of the immediate area!You are encouraged to use your judgement to create a reasonable scene based on what the dice tell you. If you are in a giant room, and are surprised by trolls, have them drop from the ceiling or climb out of a secret hatch in the floor, or burst through a nearby door moving to the encounter distance indicated by the die.
The combination of the randomness of the encounter and your skill at integrating it into the current action contributes significantly to the emergent gameplay of the megadungeon.
Monster SignThis is identical to an encounter roll; except the players will usually be aware of the monster somehow and the monster will be in the dungeon out of sight. Perhaps the players hear the monster or see signs of its passage. You choose a location for the monster, and when the players take a turn, the monster moves its movement in a random direction or a direction based on your judgment. They then become another entity moving around the dungeon. If the players continue to follow where it has been, then they will continue to see signs of its activity. Alternately, the players may attempt to track down the monster.
It is this cat and mouse that make the feature of empty rooms significant.
Torches BurnTorches are either brightly lit, dim, or burnt. Each time this result occurs, lit torches decay. Brightly lit torches provide 40’ of illumination, 20 feet of bright and 20 feet of dim.Dim torches provide 20’ of illumination, 10 feet of bright and 10 feet of dim.Burnt torches do not provide light. 5 torches are a significant item.
Torches and Lanterns burnLanterns are always brightly lit. A single flask of oil will survive 3 depletions. On the 4th depletion, the lantern goes out. A lantern is a significant item. A flask of oil is a significant item.
Some things to keep in mind regarding lanterns and torches. They take a hand to use. If holding a torch or lantern in your shield arm you cannot use your shield. If dropped, lanterns have a 2 in 6 chance of breaking and starting a small fire. If torches are dropped they become dim, dim torches that are dropped become burnt. It takes a move action to set a lantern down gently.
Also, variable effects such as nausea, paralysis, temporary blessings, or other limited conditions end when this result is rolled.
RestCharacters must spend this turn at rest, checking their equipment, eating, catching their breath. If they do not, they gain a level of exhaustion. Adding this to the hazard die, rather than attempting to recall when 6 turns have passed makes this easier to keep track of. Unencumbered characters may ignore this result one time.
Dungeon EffectEach area in the dungeon has certain features that help distinguish it from other areas. When this is rolled, one of the listed effects occurs. This can be anything from sounds in the distance, to monsters being released, to blessings, curses, flooding, tunnel collapse, wormsign, etc.
Doors
Doors are inimical to dungeon explorers. Unless otherwise noted, doors are stuck. Most doors have a listed difficulty. If not, they have a Strength check DC of 13 + 2 * the Dungeon level to open.
On a failure, they door does not open. The players may try again, but no matter what they roll, the door won’t open.
Once open, unless a player specifies that they are holding the door open, the door rapidly shuts. Players may choose to spike a door open, but this triggers a roll of the hazard die. Unless they are one way doors, players need not check to open an already unstuck door.
Finally, if you are unable to kick down a door, you may if the door is wooden (or rarely stone) hack the door apart. A wooden door takes 1 turn to hack apart, if reinforced by bars 2 turns. A stone door can be destroyed in 4 turns. If players are hacking down or through a door, roll for encounters 3 times each turn as nearby wanderers investigate the noise and assume all monsters in rooms within 200' are aware of the attempt. If an inappropriate non-magical weapon is used it may break. Some doors may not be destroyed.

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