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Five Best Things to Do In Your Spare Time

First Comics News - Mon, 06/24/2024 - 13:09
Life often seems to move at a rapid pace, leaving little room for relaxation and personal fulfillment. However, making the most of your spare time is essential for maintaining balance…
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Amid the Kobold Parts

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/24/2024 - 11:00


Our 5e Land of Azurth game continued last night with the party searching the room they fought the spider god in, then wedging shut the exits so they could take a much needed rest.

Once that was done, they explored beyond a secret door they had found. They gave goodberries to a troop of white apes to avoid conflict and then a suit of extra leather armor to a small party of rebel goblins. They took a seemingly magical crystal from the hands of an ensorcelled dwarf who appeared to have had his memories stolen by it, but unfortunately that led to his death despite the party's best intentions.

Having explored this level of the mind of Gob, they took the stairs down the the next level. In in the stairwell, they could hear the clamor of battle. They explored in a direction other than toward those sounds at first and came upon a pair of villainous Phanfasms gnawing on the choice bits of a wheelbarrow full of dismembered kobold corpses.

These guys the party fought and their numbers quickly won the day. Within the corpse wagon, they found a glittering gauntlet, one of the pieces of armor they sought!

Fantastic Comic Fan: Walking Dead

First Comics News - Mon, 06/24/2024 - 06:23
Laurie Calcaterra, creator of Path of the Pale Rider, joins me in discussing The Walking Dead. You can look at it as a primer to a long-running comic book. You’re…
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RICH REVIEWS: A Great Big Visual Hug

First Comics News - Mon, 06/24/2024 - 06:21
Title: A Great Big Visual Hug (GN) Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing Writer/Artist: Andres J. Colmenares Price: $ 16.99 US, $ 22.99 Can Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Website: www.andrewsmcmeel.com Comments:…
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INDY SPOTLIGHT: Man In The Mask Emerging From The Shadows #2

First Comics News - Sun, 06/23/2024 - 17:34
Man In The Mask Emerging From The Shadows #2 For years, Tommie Franklin has protected his hometown, Freebourne City, from those that would try to corrupt it. Now, he’s facing…
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TITAN COMICS SEPTEMBER 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Sun, 06/23/2024 - 14:30
BLADE RUNNER TOKYO NEXUS #3 (OF #4) WRITER: KIANNA SHORE ARTIST: RODOLFO TAIBO PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS FC, SC, 32pp, $3.99 ON SALE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2024 Tokyo 2015: Two Kalanthia survivors…
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COMICS SHIPPING THIS WEEK

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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