Category Archives: Conventions

Road to Gen Con 2016: Fantasy Flight Announces Star Wars: Destiny

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new collectible dice game, Star Wars: Destiny. The game allows you to put a team together of famous characters from Star Wars and pit them against each other in dice battles. Along with a deck of cards, each character has unique abilities that you can use in battle.

The game features characters that run the entire history of Star Wars, so you can really pit any characters against each other.

The first chance to check out the game will be at Gen Con 2016 where demos will be run and extended art promo cards will be given out.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Czech Games Edition’s Codenames: Pictures

Codenames Pictures 1Czech Games Edition has announced that Codenames: Pictures will get a pre-release at Gen Con 2016. This is a follow up to Codenames – their best-selling, Golden Geek Award and Spiel des Jahres winning 2015 title.

Codenames: Pictures uses similar mechanics to the original game, but with a few differences:

  • There are nicely drawn pictures instead of words.
  • The grid is 5 × 4, instead of the original 5 × 5.
  • The rules for valid clues are simpler.
  • Each agent now has its own individual image underlining the spy theme.

The 280 black-gray-white pictures have been carefully picked and designed for interesting game play. The pictures usually contain two or more elements that create witty combinations, tell interesting stories, leave some space for imagination, while still being relatively simple for good playability.

They are the work of great artists like Tomáš Kučerovský, David Cochard, and others.

What are these strange symbols on the map? They are coded locations where spies must contact secret agents!

Two rival spymasters know the agent in each location. They deliver coded messages telling their field operatives where to go for clandestine meetings. Operatives must be clever. A decoding mistake could lead to an unpleasant encounter with an enemy agent – or worse, with the assassin!

Both teams race to contact all their agents, but only one team can win.

The game will be pre-released at Gen Con (CGE room 121, 4th–7th August). If someone wants to be sure you get a copy and becomes one of the very first owners of the game, the pre-order form could be used.

As a bonus for this event, you will get five additional agent and bystander tiles, enabling you to play with the original Codenames grids.

The general release date is September 2016 and will also be available directly from CGE at Spiel in Essen in October.

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Road to Gen Con 2016: White Wizard Games Brings Hero Realms, Star Realms United and more!

Hero Realms at Gen ConWhite Wizard Games is bringing a bunch to Gen Con 2016 including some debuts! Check out below what you’ll find at the convention and their booth #2647.

Hero Realms at Gen Con

Fans are very excited about White Wizard Games’ newest game, Hero Realms, a fantasy-themed deckbuilding game. They raised over $555,000 from nearly 6,000 backers on Kickstarter. The company will have Hero Realms on-site at Gen Con.

White Wizard Games also now have a Late Backer option for anyone who missed the Kickstarter.

Introducing Star Realms United!

 

Introducing Star Realms United! 

White Wizard Games will have the new Star Realms United expansion available for demos at Gen Con! There are five non-random expansion packs in the United Set. 

 

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The company will be doing demos of Star Realms, Epic Card Game, and Hero Realms at our booth 2647 and giving out Epic and Star Realms promo cards.  They also have an extensive White Wizard Games event schedule at Gen Con. They’ll be running four Qualifiers for the $100,000 Epic Card Game World Championship. Star Realms fans can compete in their Star Realms Legend Series event to become a character on a card in the Star Realms universe. And they will be running fun, casual events for Star Realms, Epic Card Game, and Hero Realms through Gen Con with lots of cool prizes.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Arcane Wonders is Speechless

The fourth Dice Tower Essentials game Speechless is a party game designed by Mike Elliott, and will be pre-releasing at Gen Con! Arcane Wonders will have a limited supply of pre-release copies available, so make it a priority to stop over at the Arcane Wonders purple couch lounge in booth 839!

What is the purple couch lounge? Great question! The company will have two purple couches at the Arcane Wonders booth #839 where weary attendees can take a moment to rest and demo their Gen Con pre-release Speechless!

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Road to Gen Con 2016: Giant Killer Robot’s Road Trip

GKR: Heavy Hitters (GKR = Giant Killer Robots) is heading to Gen Con and will be showing off demos of the game along the way at various game shops. GKR is an augmented reality miniature board game from Weta Workshop, Cryptozoic, and Evolver Studios.

The year is 2150.

Mega corporations rule the world of GKR, fighting for control over cities long destroyed and abandoned after a devastating world war 100 years earlier.

Like MODERN DAY GLADIATORS GIANT KILLER ROBOT battles are broadcast across the globe as entertainment for the masses.

These sponsored robot armies battle in proxy as a way to humiliate and financially break their competition, as well as profit off the entertainment advertising and promotion during these global events.

What’s even more fun is the GKR crew are showing off their travels. If you get a chance, absolutely check out a demo and if you’re not able to, we’ll have coverage at Gen Con.

Chatting with Carl of Carl’s Comix

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In my travels I have been fortunate and blessed enough to come face to face with many remarkable people. I have met and chatted with creators of all kinds. Comics, TV, Movies you name it. I feel pretty proud of what I accomplished in such a short time. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw and whom I met just a few short weeks ago at a Comic Con in Morristown, NJ on what was sure to not be just another Sunday in my books.

I was there to meet and interview the genius behind The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles himself, Kevin Eastman. Then in a few moments I found myself in the middle of something I’ve never seen before.

As I was setting up, this young boy walked in with his father. He was so unassuming that I already jumped to the conclusion that he must be a fan with VIP or something of that nature. I introduced myself and said how excited I was, because I was about to meet and interview one of my personal heroes (Kevin Eastman) in mere moments.

I was not prepared for the young man’s reply when he said “Me too.”

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When I took a second look at him there it was, plain as day, he had a press pass! Surely he meant his dad was doing the interview and he would watch. Nope.

The gentleman introduced himself to me as Carl. Carl of Carl’s Comix.This young guy was doing the interview himself. I was impressed. How could I have not heard of this before? He cited to me his over 15,000 subscribers. He told me he has been doing this for over a year now and he has met and interviewed almost 25 creators. I was astonished. Here I am feeling accomplished and along come this person with a professional demeanor far beyond his years. It just goes to show you, at those times you feel like patting yourself on the back, God will give you a reason to lower that hand and shake someone else’s.

What he told me next, had me floored.

the amazing spider-man #1Carl started this simply because he was a fan. His favorite comic is The Amazing Spider-Man (mine too depending on what day it is). He loves it so much that he wanted to meet or talk to the man behind the hero. I instantly thought he meant Stan “The Man” Lee. Who wouldn’t? Nope again. He wanted to speak with legendary artist Steve Ditko the co-creator of Spider-Man. Surely he hasn’t had luck with that? Well wrong again!

It turns out that Carl did interview Steve Ditko. He did it by the oldest method possible, by mailed letter. He penned a letter and sent it off but thinking he wouldn’t get a response. Some time later, he got one. Reading this letter. I realized that it is such a rarity to hear that response. I knew what was in front of me was rare too.

I asked Carl if he’s ever been interviewed before? The answer to that was “no.” I felt that had to change. And, he was more than delighted to give me a few moments of his time.

Graphic Policy: So Carl, how long have you been in the journalism business?

Carl: Since I was 8 years old.

GP: Wow, 8 years old. Tell me what inspired you? What made you say “Hey I just want to go interview and talk to famous people?”

Carl: Well I was at this comic book camp about 2 summers ago and we had this Mini Comic Con, it was the end of the camp. So I made a business card and it said http://www.carlscomix.com. My dad looked at the card and asked if I would like to create this. I said “Sure.” So that’s what we did and we got to work on my website.

GP: Amazing. At just 8 years old, you are doing what I do and you make it look “old hat”.  Who is your favorite person you’ve interviewed and why?

Carl: Steve Ditko. Without question. Simply because he’s one of the rarest creators and I was hoping to get a nice letter back from him.

GP: And you did. You did it. What did it feel like when you got that letter, that nice reward back?

Carl: I just felt super lucky. What it did was make me even more excited for what could happen next.

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GP: I bet. Did receiving the letter make you a bigger Spider-Man fan than you were before?

Carl: Oh yes.

GP: How could it not right? I have to ask you, what message do you have for all the aspiring six year old’s out there who might be looking to follow in your footsteps?

Carl: I would tell them to just keep up the hard work, and they can do it. Don’t be afraid to follow what you want.

GP: Well Carl, this has been great and you are about to interview Kevin Eastman. Who would be next to meet on your superhero bucket list?

Carl: We are trying, but for me next is Stan Lee.

GP: Great pick! That’s like the white whale of comics. 

Carl: I know.

GP: Lastly, can you tell us the name of your site?

Carl: www.carlscomix.com

GP: Why should people follow you?

Carl: Because I have fifteen thousand subscribers.

GP: Well hey, that’s good enough for me. Thank you very much for your time.

Carl: You’re welcome.

 

So that was quite the experience and a joy to do. I asked Carl what kind of questions was he going to ask Kevin Eastman? He said he couldn’t share that information with me right now. Spoken like a true professional. I want to thank Carl for all his time and work he’s doing. He is a shining example that the path to greatness can start at any age and you can be any size.

I will remember him forever. I hope we cross stars again in our trips across the comic book multiverse.

Check him out for yourself at www.carlscomix.com

Hookjaw resurfaces at Titan Comics!

Titan Comics will release a brand-new Hookjaw mini-series, the publisher announced at Friday’s San Diego Comic Con Diamond Retailer presentation.

Hitting stores in December 2016, the five issue mini-series is written by comics fire-cracker Si Spurrier and illustrated by rising star Conor Boyle, with colors by Giulia Brusco and edited by legendary British comics editor and marine life expert artist, Steve White.

The mini-series is set to be an intense modern iteration of the titular ocean predator, which debuted in legendary British comic (and forerunner to 2000AD) Action #1. Initially inspired by the success of the film, Jaws, Hookjaw was one of many Action strips so violent it was banned from the shelves upon release!

As the series synopsis indicates, this creative team are pushing this new iteration into completely uncharted water.

Off the coast of Somalia, a rag-tag group of marine scientists are studying the Virgin Brides, a pack of female great white. What secrets are laying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean? And just how will they face up to the shadowy terror of the legendary great white – HOOKJAW?!

Hookjaw #1 will be on sale in comic stores and digital devices from December 2016.

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Tom Taylor Returns to Write Injustice 2

At San Diego Comic-Con, DC Entertainment announced during the Injustice 2 panel that acclaimed writer Tom Taylor is returning to the earth shattering Injustice universe. Taylor will helm the new Digital First prequel comic book series based on the highly anticipated Injustice 2 videogame developed by NeatherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Taylor played a pivotal role in creating the best-selling Injustice: Gods Among Us comic and served as the series’ original writer. His run quickly became a fan-favorite and was widely considered a huge critical and sales success.

Similar to the first Injustice comic, the new Injustice 2 series will serve as a prequel story to the Injustice 2 videogame, releasing new digital chapters every week and making its momentous debut prior to the game’s launch in 2017.

Also revealed on the Injustice 2 panel was a stellar new gameplay trailer for the upcoming video game that revealed two new characters: Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle.

SDCC 2016: ThinkFun Inc. Brings the Escape Room Sensation

Escape the Room Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor 2ThinkFun is heading to Gen Con – North America’s largest table top gaming convention that takes place in Indianapolis!

Our booth at Gen Con will feature an escape room adventure based on our recently released game, Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. The game, which features a never before seen storyline that acts as a prequel to the events in the game, will be held in Booth #1460, where you can purchase Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. What sets the game apart is that you can escape from this room in the convenience of your home – it’s a board game! In the Gen Con version players will have 20 minutes to escape the ‘manor’ using scene cards, sealed envelopes, and a solution wheel – your job is to unlock clues and try to solve the puzzles before time runs out!

The Premise: It’s been a year since the Astronomer went missing. Grab your friends and family to investigate what’s happened to the decaying Stargazer’s Manor using puzzles and clues. But be quick! There’s strange things happening within the manor and if you stay too long, you may be trapped forever!

Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor is for ages 10 to adult, and is best played with two or more players. The game will retail for $21.99.

SDCC 2016: Watch the Full Wonder Woman 75 Panel

San Diego Comic-Con hosted a very exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime panel in honor of Wonder Woman’s 75 Anniversary. DC All Access has posted that panel in full, featuring Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee and Wonder Woman artist Nicola Scott.

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