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First Comics News - Sun, 06/23/2024 - 13:52
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #141, $9.99 BOOM! STUDIOS Animal Pound #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Peter Gross), $4.99 Animal Pound #4 (Of 5)(Cover B Yuko Shimizu),…
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Granularity in Stalwart

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 06/22/2024 - 17:04

It occurred to me this morning that there's an easy way to add some more granularity to Stalwart; you can add modifiers to your four core traits (the basic die), but this only affects rolls with the trait, and would not change the Static Values for those dice. You could receive a modifier of up to 1 below the next tier; so, you could have D4, D4+1, D6, D6+1, D8, D8+1, D10, D10+1, D12, D12+1, D12+2, D12+3, D16, D16+1, D16+2, D16+3... so this increases the 'available' range of scores significantly. The game goes from 6 possible trait ratings to 16... this does not affect the derived abilities; so with might D12 (whether it's D12, D12+1, D12+2, or D12+3), your endure is still locked at 6, unless you purchase tags to increase them. There aren't many other ways to add bonuses (other than a die shift), so this doesn't cause much in the way of power creep. It's pretty easy to add in - you get half your tier SV in bonuses to distribute among your traits. So, as a super (D10), you have 2 points to add... you could add +1 to your might D8 and to your reflex D6, or you could put the full +2 with your power D12. This would allow for a significant upgrade to overall character customization without even remotely breaking anything. If you're using the options for stablizing dice, you just keep the modifier; so your D12+2 with stabilization becomes D8+6 (D8+4+2). 

This little game keeps surprising me with what it is capable of... it might be time to start on the Stalwart Companion 2.

 

COMIC-CON ANNOUNCES 2024 MANNING AWARD NOMINEES

First Comics News - Sat, 06/22/2024 - 06:59
Comic-Con is pleased to announce this year’s nominees for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award (commonly referred to as The Manning Award). THEY ARE: Oliver Bly, writer/artist of The Mushroom Knight (Mad Cave…
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RICH REVIEWS: King: A Kane Odyssey # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 06/22/2024 - 06:54
Title: King: A Kane Odyssey # 1 Publisher: Rogue Matter Writer: Will Meldman Illustrator: Wagner Reis Colorist: Dinei Ribeiro Letterer: Thomas Owens Production Design: Zen Price: Free Digital Rating: 3…
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Mistland #3 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 06/22/2024 - 06:47
Mistland #3 Written by Felipe Castilho Art by Felipe Watanabe and Alex Shibao The true nature of the Mistland starts to unveil itself. A beast is tracking down the exiled,…
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Cold Hard Cash: A Martha Chainey Escapade #5 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 06/22/2024 - 06:43
Cold Hard Cash: A Martha Chainey Escapade #5–Conclusion Written by Gary Phillips Art by Adriana Melo Martha and her colleagues are on the brink of discovering the stolen funds if…
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Special Comic Preview

First Comics News - Sat, 06/22/2024 - 00:34
Liesel Van Helsing has made many enemies in her life, but few as deadly as the notorious witch known as Mother Margaret. So, when Van Helsing’s search for her friend…
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Retconning My Retconning

The Splintered Realm - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 23:30
I'm trying to get a LOT of ducks in a LOT of rows with the history of Doc Stalwart and his comic series. I keep moving things around and revising (even editing things I wrote three years ago), to get all of the various pieces to line up. For example, I changed the release dates (by about a year) for the Bronze Beacon storyline... because I realized the title of the series, "Raider of the Lost Art(ifacts)" would be a year before Raiders of the Lost Ark was released... so it wouldn't make sense that the creators would have created a pun for a movie that they didn't even know was going to be coming out...
I also moved the "Death of Doc Stalwart" storyline back three years as well (I originally had it around issue 200.. now it's in the 240s), because it didn't make as much sense where I had it. I also had two 'death' storylines in relatively close proximity, and decided to merge them into one. In its place at issue 200, I added the wedding of Doc Stalwart and Augury, since this would have been a big event (and I've never even mentioned who she was or when they got married - and that would be a big event in the comic). I also realized (after paging through my collection of Fantasic Four 21-40 in glorious black and white) that there was a LOT of melodrama and romance in those issues, so having a love story is an important element of borrowing from the source material.
There are a lot of moving parts here... but it's coming together.
The OTHER thing that I really, really like is that I'm linking events together - so when Doc's Secret Lab goes rogue (remote controlled by Simian Prime) and starts flying towards Simian City, Doc has to crash it into the ocean to keep it from falling into Prime's hands... and then it later is found by Lord Lamprey, and Doc has to go fight him in the ruins of his old HQ that is now a submerged wreck. The events in the story influence later events, which I saw as one of the things that gave Byrne's run on FF (my model for all of this really) such a great internal consistency. You never knew when something that happened 20 or 30 issues ago was going to suddenly come up again and matter in a new way.

First Look: BIKER MICE FROM MARS #1 Revs Up the Nacelleverse on July 17th!

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 22:38
Red-Hot Writer Melissa Flores’ & Eisner Award-Nominated Artist Francis Portela Throttle Forward in the Next Epic NacelleVerse Limited Series from Oni Press! COVER A BY DUSTIN WEAVER PORTLAND, OR (June…
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NEW YORK CITY BRACES FOR A MUTANT EVOLUTION IN NYX!

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 22:25
Check out all the covers for the debut issue of Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Francesco Mortarino’s NYX, on sale July 24.   New York, NY— June 21, 2024 —…
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RICH REVIEWS: Judgement Day # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 19:58
Title: Judgement Day # 2 Publisher: Archie Comics Story by: Aubrey Sitterson Line Art by: Megan Hutchison Colors by: Matt Herms Letters by: Jack Morelli Main Cover: Megan Hutchison with…
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RICH REVIEWS: Judgement Day # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 19:56
Title: Judgement Day # 1 Publisher: Archie Comics Story by: Aubrey Sitterson Line Art by: Megan Hutchison Colors by: Matt Herms Letters by: Jack Morelli Main Cover: Megan Hutchison Variant…
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CHRIS GIARRUSSO BRINGS HIS ICONIC ART TO VENOM WAR IN NEW VARIANT COVERS!

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 19:52
Each issue of VENOM WAR will have its main cover reimagined by Chris Giarrusso in new variant covers. Al Ewing and Iban Coello’s VENOM WAR crossover kicks off on August…
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TIMEBOMB COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 13:08
DICK TURPIN & VENGEFUL SHADE GN VOL 01 JUL242089 (W) Steve Tanner (A/CA) Roland Bird The plan was simple: Stop the coach and rob its occupants. But plans can go…
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STORM KING COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 13:05
TALES FOR A HALLOWEE NIGHT BROOKLYN STORIES TP (MR) JUL242082 (W) Tieri, Frank (A/CA) Cat Staggs Comic legends Frank Tieri and Cat Staggs have teamed up to offer tales of…
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RED 5 COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 13:00
LAST HARLEMITE #2 JUL241995 (W) Jeff Carroll (A/CA) Rustico P Limosinero In the midst of their post-apocalyptic existence, Mansa recounts the heroic tales of his father and the Harlem Survivors,…
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LEV GLEASON COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 12:57
HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN #1 (OF 5) (MR) JUL241792 (W) Carson Demmans (A/CA) Jason Sylvestre The award-winning TV series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein is back in this 5-issue limited…
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CRUSADE COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 12:52
SPOOKY SECRETS PRIVATE COMMISSIONS BILLY TUCCI JUL241528 (W) Billy Tucci (A/CA) Billy Tucci This 42-page black and white edition continues celebrating Billy Tucci’s 30th-anniversary in comics. Billy has gathered a…
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COFFIN COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 12:48
LADY DEATH DEMONIC OMENS #1 (OF 2) (MR) JUL241506 (W) Brian Pulido, Mike MacLean (A/CA) Diego Bernard Chapter 19 (Part 1) in the Coffin Comics Lady Death Universe. Hellageddon has…
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BROADSWORD COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 12:43
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #78 SKYCLAD MOTHER ED (MR) JUL241484 (W) Jim Balent (A/CA) Jim Balent Join Tarot’s Mom for a delightful tea party with her Faerie Friends…
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