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DC Announces Eight New DC Swimsuit Variant Covers, on Shelves August 2024!

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 22:29
Splash Into Summer With New DC Swimsuit Comic Book Variant Covers! As you’re preparing to have some fun in the sun in the coming months, keep an eye out for…
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Steven Moffat Returns for Doctor Who Christmas 2024 Special

Blogtor Who - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 22:00
Steven Moffat returns to bring Joy to the World this Christmas

Steven Moffat has confirmed that he’s the writer of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. He’s also revealed that the title of the new episode is Joy to the World. It will be Moffat’s 50th episode for the series, and 43rd story, making him one of the show’s most prolific writers.

The new episode brings Derry Girls’ and Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan into the Doctor’s world. We know little about the plot so far, but we can probably safely say the duo save Christmas together. The Bad Wolf team announced Coughlan’s casting as the character of ‘Joy’ just before filming last November. It certainly makes Joy to the World an appropriate title.

It’s the first time anyone but the current showrunner has tackled either a Christmas or New Year’s special. But with Steven Moffat having previously written seven Christmas specials during his own tenure, he’s clearly a safe pair of hands.

 

You can find out more about Steven Moffat’s return to Doctor Who in the new issue of TV Choice magazine

The news comes from a far ranging interview with former Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury in this week’s TV Choice. There, Moffat also himself downplays the significance of his return to the show in typical fashion.I said, ‘I don’t think it will be huge, that a bloke who wrote a ton of Doctor Who has now written even more of it.’” Yet clearly, many fans are eagerly anticipating this weekend’s battlefield drama Boom and this December’s Joy to the World.

You can read the full interview in TV Choice, where Moffat also reveals why he agreed to return to the show, the showrunner’s art of dodging questions, which of his monsters he’d like to see finally done “right,” and which of his previous Christmas specials he “didn’t love. I thought it was OK…“

 

Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) & The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA)
,BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,James Pardon Doctor Who continues next Friday at midnight BST with Boom on iPlayer in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

 

 

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Zenescope Special Comic Preview

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 20:02
When Robyn Hood discovers a nest of affluent vampires running an underground club in New York City, she quickly realizes she needs the help of Liesel Van Helsing, the world’s…
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REVIEW: Torchwood: Disco

Blogtor Who - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 20:00
The Gareth David-Lloyd penned Ianthology concludes in Disco – out now!

If you thought that the Big Finish Torchwood Monthly Range couldn’t get any better, think again. Disco is perhaps one of the simplest stories to enter the range plot wise, but it’s superbly effective. David-Lloyd plays a blinder here, in both his writing and performance. Big Finish sometimes falters by giving the listener too much exposition, whereas this particular story lets you realise what’s happening at your own pace. Director Lisa Bowerman notes this herself in the extras, which come as an added bonus with every Big Finish purchase.

Grief-stricken Ianto comes face-to-face with his father, exploring their relationship which has been hinted at for years. Getting to know his father throughout really adds another layer to Ianto. At this point, Ianto is a 14-story apartment building with the amount of layers he has! The way this story unfolds, really is a masterclass at grief, and parental troubles. Its simplistic nature adds tenfold to the emotions felt by the listener. In what has become the traditional Torchwood fashion, it ends on a line sure to leave you feeling an abundance of emotions.

 

The father-son chemistry between Gareth David-Lloyd and Rhys ap Trefor grounds a standout Torchwood story

Rhys ap Trefor, who portrays Ianto’s dad, Disco, is a superb guest star, leaving his mark on the Torchwood Monthly Range. The chemistry, banter and heartfelt scenes that he shares with David-Lloyd’s Ianto are as if they were actually father and son. The dynamic is instantly believable from the get-out, with Ianto slipping up on occasion leaving the listener panicking for him! It goes without saying that we would all love our favourite guest stars to return, but I have a feeling in this case it’s best left alone. This is without a doubt a standout Torchwood story in any medium, and it will definitely leave you with food for thought.

 

Torchwood: Disco. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Torchwood: Disco

It’s 1987 and “Disco” Jones is still dancing. Life and soul, bab, life and soul. Wednesdays is darts at The Merry Miller, Thursdays – shove ha’penny at The Boilermakers, Fridays played by ear, and Saturdays it’s the Disco at Cinderella’s.

So who is Tom and why does he want to build a fence with him?

Torchwood: Disco is now available to own as a collector’s edition single-disc CD (+ download for just £10.99) or as a digital download only (for just £8.99), exclusively here. Big Finish listeners can save money long-term by ordering Tube Strike as part of a six-release Torchwood – Monthly Range bundle for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). A 12-release Torchwood bundle is also available for just £110 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £96 (download only).

 

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DC Launches a Brand-New WildStorm Adventure!

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 19:57
Eisner Award winner Tom King teams up with Jeff Spokes for a six-issue Jenny Sparkscomic book miniseries!   “I’m not a superhero. I’m the @$#%@ who keeps them in line.”…
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Celebrate James Tynion IV’s Milestone 10 Year Anniversary with BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 19:53
New BOOM! Direct Reserve Campaign showcases the iconic writer’s library of work at publisher LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2024) – Since making his professional writing debut in 2012, James…
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Magnetic Press Reveals Official PLANET OF THE APES Role-Playing Game Coming to Kickstarter

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 19:45
MAY 14, 2024, (PITTSBURGH, PA) — Premium graphic novel and games publisher Magnetic Press has announced the upcoming launch for their pre-order campaign for the official tabletop Role-Playing Game based on 20th…
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STORM JOINS THE AVENGERS!

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 18:49
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes recruit Storm in Avengers #17.   Hitting stands in August, the upcoming issue of Jed MacKay’s hit run also marks the debut of Valerio Schiti as the…
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ABLAZE COMICS AUGUST 2024 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 17:49
ABLAZE proudly expands its catalog of manga by the legendary Osamu Tezuka with a special advance solicitation for NEO FAUST ahead of its November print and digital debut under the…
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JOIN THE RESISTANCE IN RICK AND MORTY RIOT: YOUTH IN RICKVOLT #1 –

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 17:39
Coming Soon from Oni Press! All-Star Creators Michael Moreci and Tony Gregori Lead an All-New Four-Issue Uprising in August COVER A BY TONY GREGORI PORTLAND, OR (May 14, 2024) –…
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CRAVE CREATOR MARIA LLOVET’S ALL THE THINGS WE DIDN’T DO LAST NIGHT ONE-SHOT TO HIT SHELVES THIS JULY

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 15:06

Sneak peek of preview pages revealed PORTLAND, Ore. 05/14/2024 — Bestselling creator Maria Llovet (Crave, Luna, Porcelain) returns with this sexy one-shot compilation of her three-part story—previously published in the Image…

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Key Trends in Online Gaming During the Last Decade

First Comics News - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 13:02

The gaming industry has undergone some significant changes in its relatively short history. Many of these changes have been driven by advancements in technology and processing power. For example, the…

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Fifty Years of D&D: Out Today!

Zenopus Archives - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 12:59

As I wrote three weeks ago, today is the release date for Fifty Years of Dungeons & Dragons, a new retrospective compilation published by The MIT Press celebrating the half-centennial of D&D. It includes a chapter that I co-wrote, along with Tony Rowe, about the work of J. Eric Holmes. For more details, see my earlier post, "50 Years of D&D: Forthcoming Book from MIT Press".

The book is now available for regular ordering from various booksellers. Here is the Amazon order page:

50 Years of Dungeons & Dragons

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Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston Explores ‘The Guilty Innocent’

Blogtor Who - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 10:00
Christopher Eccleston explores some of the most controversial verdicts in British history for Sky History in The Guilty Innocent

Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston returns to British television screens tonight with The Guilty Innocent. The Sky History documentary series marks the famous actor’s first presenting role, as he looks into two notoriously controversial convictions. This first series features two cases, those of George Davis and James Hanratty. These fascinating stories are brought to life in an exploration of how the justice system decided its verdict and what it says about our world today.

 

Each meticulously researched episode of The Guilty Innocent will see Christopher Eccleston lead an in-depth contemporary investigation into some of the world’s most controversial convictions. Using archive footage, talking head interviews with historical experts and reconstruction, each exciting close-ended episode will bring to life these fascinating stories and explore why and how the system got the wrong person and what it says about our world today.

On the case of George Davis, and the “George Davis is innocent, ok?’ motto that began to appear across England in protest, Eccleston says, “I was just a child so just seeing the graffiti. Usually, the graffiti I saw was about football allegiance or the name of a pop star. I remember thinking ‘George Davis’ was not a particularly exciting name. It’s not ‘Jimi Hendrix’, it’s not ‘Marvin Gaye’, it’s not ‘MUFC’, so what is that?

“Of course, my mother and father would have known but I had no idea it was the tip of this working-class grassroots movement of rebellion and challenge”

Although this is Eccleston’s first documentary, the subject echoes the role that first brought him to national attention. Let Him Have It starred the future Doctor Who as a young man with learning difficulties convicted and executed for the use of the ambiguous phrase “let him have it,” to a fellow criminal.

 

The Guilty Innocent with Christopher Eccleston starts at 9pm on the 14th of May on Sky History

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Kickstarter - HYPERBOREA: Modulistic Terror

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 05/14/2024 - 00:43

Just mentioning Hyperborea (formerly known as Astonishinh Swordmen & Sorcerors of Hyperborea or ASSH) should be enough to draw your attention. The modules published for Hyperborea by Jeff Talanian are second to none in terms of content and quality, and can literally be run with ANY D20-based OSR ruleset. Yes, even the DCC RPG, but it would take some tinkering ;)

You can get all three modules of the HYPERBOREA: Modulistic Terror collection, in Print and PDF, for 85 bucks plus shipping over at Kickstarter.

THE OBLATION SLAB OF THE HEPATOMANCER™

An adventure in Hyperborea for four to eight characters of 5th to 7th levels

Abductions and murder! For many months, small villages and farmsteads along the eastern coasts of New Vinland, and up the River Maedbh as far north as Bogrest, have been plagued by swift and deadly attacks. The few surviving witnesses describe a vicious band of Viking berserkers—led by a giant of a Viking and a beautiful Keltic woman—descending without warning in their sleek longship. They seize victims (some scarcely older than children), loot and burn homes, and slay any who resist. Rumours of these raids have reached your ears, as tales spread through mead-halls and taverns as far distant as Khromarium. Tensions are high in New Vinland; the jarls eye their neighbors warily, speculating upon the identity of the raiders and placing the political stability of the entire region at risk. Attempts by Keltic and Viking chieftains to suss out these malefactors have thus far been fruitless—but your party has now become privy to information that could put a stop to these murderous slavers.

Text: Joe Maccarrone 

Editing: Ben Ball, Jeffrey P. Talanian

Front Cover Art: Del Teigeler

Back Cover Art: Johnathan L. Bingham

Interior Art: Johnathan L. Bingham, Mick Fernette, Skye Talanian, Del Teigeler

Cartography: Andreas Claren

Book Format: Saddle-stitched softcover book with #60 unfinished paper and two-colour interior layout.

THE THOUSAND EYES OF THAUMAGORGA™

An adventure in Hyperborea for four to eight characters of 3rd to 5th levels

Bold is the man who travels to the Skarag Coast, where the fell bargains of desperate ancient folk birthed the terrible dæmon-blooded race known as the orc—a species of abomination which now rules the land with blood and iron. Bolder still is he who would dare to erect a stronghold on that accursed shore in open defiance of those Hell-spawned horrors. Just such a man is Ronan Svendoros, a fighter lord of renowned courage who left distant Brigand’s Bay to rear a keep at the mouth of the Bloody River Basin. Now your party journeys to his holding, lured by the promise of gold and glory. Will you triumph, or will your bleached bones join those of countless others who have vanished into the darkness of the dæmon-haunted Skarag Coast?

Text: Ben Ball

Editing: Jeffrey P. Talanian

Front Cover Art: Adrian Landeros

Back Cover Art: Mick Fernette

Back Cover Colours: Glynn Seal

Interior Art: Ian Baggley, Johnathan L. Bingham, Mick Fernette, Adrian Landeros, Glynn Seal, Phil Stone, Del Teigeler, Mike Tenebrae

Cartography: Ben Ball

Book Format: Smyth-sewn hardcover book with #60 unfinished paper and two-colour interior layout

THE VANISHING ISLES OF THE SUMMER KING™

An adventure in Hyperborea for four to eight characters of 4th to 6th levels

Avoiding the lawless pirates of the Zangerios Islands and the blood-thirsty half-bulls of Minotaurios, your party sails to the Isles of Maedsid, deep in the Hyperborean Sea. Maedsid is surrounded by treacherous waves and clinging mists, a place of mystery since time immemorial. Over three centuries ago, the isles became the sacred home to a clandestine sect of sun-worshipping druids called The Awakening Dawn, but they have not been heard from for about forty years. Concern has grown amongst mainland druids, prompting calls for inquiry. Furthermore, speculators, treasure hunters, and curiosity seekers of all stripes are attracted by growing rumours of treasures undreamed and the possibility of unravelling peculiar mysteries. Now, your party voyages to investigate the fate of the lost druids, but perhaps some things are best left unknown.

Text: Johnathan L. Bingham

Editing: James T. Demers

Additional Development: Jeffrey P. Talanian

Front Cover Art: Val Semeiks

Front Cover Colours: Daisey Bingham

Back Cover Art: Johnathan L. Bingham

Back Cover Colours: Skye Talanian

Interior Art: Johnathan L. Bingham

Cartography: Johnathan L. Bingham, Glynn Seal

Book Format: Smyth-sewn hardcover book with #60 unfinished paper and two-colour interior layout. 


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The Talk of the Town

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog - Mon, 05/13/2024 - 22:04

We did another show. I have to say, too, this is easily my best performance yet. There has not been a shakeup this big since my appearance on Inappropriate Characters! If you have been hiding under a rock this past week, go pop some popcorn and fire this baby up right now!

There are a lot of people that are less than excited about this. I am here even more of a monster than I have ever been. People actually enjoy hating me– if they can bear to speak of me at all.

This doesn’t bother me. My big debate with RpgPundit had a very similar vibe when it came out. At the time that it aired, everyone thought I was a moron. In the years since, however, there has been a significant shift. Guys that were heckling me in the chat ultimately changed sides as all parties involved began to show their true colors. Heck, one of them would end up doing thoughtful videos about Appendix N, endorse both Zero Prep gaming and a more RAW-oriented ethos, and even publish a retroclone that explicitly incorporated the time rule that nearly anyone else would have omitted before.

Some people walking into the middle of this conversation have no idea what we are talking about, though. I would normally be inclined to dunk on them, but I am feeling magnanimous as I experience this seismic shift in the rpg culture that is entirely in my favor. For the ten or twenty people that would like to know more of what I am alluding to in this conversation, please see the following:

That’s all old news, though. If you want to see some really exciting stuff, look at the people that have decided to apply these incredible ideas to their own campaigns.

Of course, I can see how you might not want to tune in to the sort of rpg hipsters that tend to run with me. I get it. We’re imposing. We come off as arrogant. People think we’re rude and insufferable. I know! We’re terrible people. Our only virtue is that we are having more fun than everybody else!

I laugh, but this really is a real problem. It would be nice if someone tried to experiment with some of these ideas but then did it all with people that haven’t been brainwashed by the Jeffro cult. It would be great if the that people did it were familiar with more recent game systems than the weird esoteric texts the bros regularly pick through. It would be great if the people that did it were more representative of contemporary gaming culture with more conventional tastes, normal senses of humor, normal types of banter, and much less of a chip on their shoulders.

And hey, y’all. I’ve got news for you. We finally have you covered:

What happens when a seasoned referee drops cutting edge “bro” innovations like Braunstein play and 1:1 time into more of a straight ahead 5e game that incorporates much more player autonomy than typical story type tables would think to do?

Well, see for yourself.

There’s some good stuff here. Although personally, I like it when the guy attempts to succinctly explain what playing 1:1 time is like and ends up rambling incoherently without saying anything that comes to a point or that makes any sense. Welcome to the club, man! You’re just like me, for real for real!

Seriously, though. I couldn’t be happier that some of my detractors showed up in the chat to ask what things about 1:1 time DIDN’T work and what things about this experimental campaign they liked the LEAST.

The players, who evidently are unaware of my utterly noxious internet persona really had to struggle to come up with something here. They have not drunk the Kool-Aid. They were not going to bombastically declare that 1:1 time is a panacea like I would. So, they kind of hemmed and hawed on this. I feel like they were forced to almost make up a non-problem in their efforts come off as fair and considerate and evenhanded. Either way, the sort of Achilles Heel that guys in the peanut gallery were clamoring for never really manifested.

As to the other question, no one else will notice this but they actually came right out and gave the most Jeffro answer that they could. The thing that they dislike most about their campaign is… they just haven’t had enough time to develop all of the parts of the world that they are most excited to play with. The biggest problem with their campaign is that they haven’t spent enough time playing in it yet!

That right there is funny, y’all.

At the end of the day, it’s all there: the comradery on display in this group, the level of engagement these people can now take for granted in their game, the excitement they share over the subtle shift from “my” campaign to “our” campaign that these ideas naturally engender…. It’s all there. If you know what to look for, it’s all there! There is no doubt that people that honestly want to run the campaign of their dreams cannot help but want to get in on this once they finally see it.

Lucky for them, you really can win at rpgs!

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RICK AND MORTY: FINALS WEEK Nominates CONTESTED CONVENTION #1

First Comics News - Mon, 05/13/2024 - 20:05

Coming in August from Oni Press and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products From Out-of-this-World Creators James Asmus, Jim Festante, and Suzi Blake, the Next 40-Page FINALS WEEK Adventure Brings…

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THE DARK SECRETS OF ARCHIE’S CURSED LIBRARY ARE REVEALED!

First Comics News - Mon, 05/13/2024 - 20:02

Archie Comics scream queens Jinx, Danni, and Madam Satan team up in THE CURSED LIBRARY series launching in August! THE CURSED LIBRARY: ALPHA main cover art by Craig Cermak Dark worlds converge in…

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FOR EARTH TO SURVIVE, CIVILIZATIONS MUST COLLIDE IN UPCOMING MINISERIES REMOTE SPACELAUNCHING IN JUNE

First Comics News - Mon, 05/13/2024 - 19:57

Sneak preview pages revealed PORTLAND, Ore. 05/13/2024 — Fan-favorite Cliff Rathburn (The Walking Dead, Brit) will launch an all-new, four-issue science-fiction  miniseries titled, Remote Space. This tale will kick off in June from Image Comics.…

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