MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE 10 YEAR CELEBRATION!!!

Saturday, July 28th from 11am to 8pm

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is TEN YEARS OLD, and of course, your friends at EC are celebrating ten years of Marvel superhero greatness in a BIG way!!!!

Join us on Sat., July 28th, when the FIRST 100 GUESTS will receive a FREE “TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR: THE WEDDING OF SUE & REED” COMIC from MARVEL!!!
(We know the FF are not officially MCU yet, but there are a ton of MCU heroes in this issue!.)

MEET CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR & IRON PATRIOT for FREE PICS & AUTOGRAPHS from 11a-1p and 3-5pm!!!**
(Local cosplay actors; not associated with any Marvel Studios TV or film production.)

PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter to win* our FREE MCU10 RAFFLE!!!

The MCU10 Raffle includes:
1 Star-Lord and Rocket action figure set,
1 Drax and Groot action figure set,
1 Little Book of the Avengers paperback (2017; 192 pgs.),
1 Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One paperback (2016; 144 pgs. Rated T), and
1 Black Widow,Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted paperback (2016, 136 pgs., Rated T+)!!!

The winners will be called on Monday, July 30th!

* Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! All winners must collect their prize(s) within 2 weeks of the drawing date. (EC reserves the right to alter/substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur. One entry per person, please. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible.)

** Scheduled to appear; subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

FANTASTIC FOUR RAFFLE!!!


Wednesday, July 25th from 11am to 8pm

The long-awaited return of Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four, make their re-appearance in Fantastic Four #1, on sale here at EC on Wednesday, August 8th!!!

To help you prepare, EC is giving you a chance to take home the story that brought them back, starring the Thing and the Human Torch, plus a bevy of guest stars!!!

On Wed., July 25th, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY, can enter our FREE RAFFLE for a chance to win* a copy of the “MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE, VOL. 1: FATE OF THE FOUR” PAPERBACK from MARVEL COMICS!!!
(2018; 136 pgs., Rated T.)

The winner will be called on Thursday, July 26th!

* Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! All winners must collect their prize(s) within 2 weeks of the drawing date. (EC reserves the right to alter/substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur. One entry per person, please. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible.)

“THE MALL” SIGNING AT EC COMICS – JAMES HAICK & RAFAEL LOUREIRO!!!

Friday, July 27th from 6pm to 8pm

The Mall writer James Haick and The Mall artist Rafael Loureiro will be signing from 6pm -8pm on Friday July 27th!

Rafael, all the way from Brazil, is touring America for the time! Stop by and grab copies of the recently released The Mall #1 along with other prints and comics from both James and Rafael!

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/20/18

Spider-Gwen!!!

Lady Deadpool!!!

A raccoon who is also a rocket!!!!

Extraneous exclamation points!!!!!

EXCELSIOR!!!!!!

 

Edge of Spider-Verse #2, first appearance of Spider-Gwen, Very Fine Minus (7.5), $150.

 

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New Games! 7/20/2018

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

There is a secret world where ancient evil weaves a modern mystery… they call it Little China. It’s where Big Trouble was waiting for Jack Burton and his friends as they uncover an ancient diabolical plot. The evil minions of the immortal ghost-sorcerer Lo Pan are waiting to chop down the players with axes and guns in dark alleys and all throughout the battle-torn streets of Chinatown. Now, Jack, Wang, Gracie, and the rest of the gang must muster up all of their courage, survive against hordes of baddies, and then face off in a showdown with the darkest demon of them all Lo Pan!

Big Trouble in Little China the Game sends you and up to three other players on a wild adventure to experience the unknown and mystical underworld of Chinatown. Each brave character uses their own unique talents and abilities to take on various missions throughout Little China; working together to gain enough Audacity to take down Lo Pan, the Three Storms, and a slew of other powerful henchmen, in this cooperative, replayable, cinematic experience.

You will venture through the iconic locations in Chinatown saving the helpless and thwarting evil plans, all the while discovering weapons and rare magics to use to your benefit. Player actions are powered by thematic dice that are rolled each round. These dice will be used to take part in combat, testing your luck taking audacious actions, and get players in and out of “Big Trouble.” But beware: roll bad luck and suffer the consequences!

The clock’s ticking as Lo Pan inches closer to breaking the curse and regaining his mortal form. The heroes are thrown into a final showdown with Lo Pan and his most elite bodyguards to finally put an end to his reign of terror. You’ll need all of your guts and glory to rescue the green eyed beauty, defeat ancient magic, and save Chinatown… in Big Trouble in Little China: the Game!

 

 

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE)

As nobles at a magnificent masquerade ball, you and your friends all vie to improve your social standing. Gossip flies, rumors swirl, and with each chime of the ebony clock, hearts fill with dread and despair. As midnight approaches, you begin to realize that something is amiss.

Based on Edgar Allen Poe’s sinister story, Masque of the Red Death pits you and up to six of your friends against each other as you hobnob with the Prince. But disaster strikes at midnight. You must balance your actions carefully between currying the Prince’s favor and discovering which rooms the Red Death will visit. After all, having the highest social standing matters only if you survive…

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New Toys & Collectibles for 7/18/2018!

KINGDOM HEARTS SELECT SERIES 2 FIGURE ASSORTMENT
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time to return to the Kingdom! The second series of Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures brings fans new, beloved Disney characters as well as characters created for the Kingdom Hearts series of games! Three sets of figures arrive in Series 2, including Roxas with Donald Duck and Goofy, Pete with Chip and Dale and a Soldier, and Aqua with Goofy in his Birth By Sleep Outfit! Action figures range from 2 to 7 inches tall and feature multiple points of articulation. Each set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen!

 


ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL OLD MAN LOGAN AF
MEZCO TOYS

In the alternate future of Earth-807128, Wolverine has aged. Now know as Old Man Logan, he lives with his family in a barren wasteland trying to maintain as normal a life as possible. When events turn against him Logan’s family and everything important to him is destroyed by the Hulk’s gang. With his family gone, Old Man Logan heads off into the sunset vowing to set things straight.
Old Man Logan joins the One:12 Collective with a detailed outfit and portrait sculpture. He also includes the baby Hulk who may be the last of the Banner bloodline. The Old Man Logan One:12 Collective figure features a body with over 30 points of articulation, a newly developed head portrait, a real fabric outfit, a leather-look overcoat, white t-shirt, sculpted belt and cowboy boots, removable hat, backpack, Baby Hulk accessory, 6 interchangeable hands, and display base. Each One:12 Collective Old Man Logan figure is packaged in a deluxe, collector friendly box.

 

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New Comics & Books for 7/18/18

Click here for the full list of new releases!
http://emeraldcitycomics.com/new-releases

 

Featured Comics:

BATMAN #51
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Lee Weeks
The honeymoon’s over for Bruce Wayne as Gotham City’s most prominent citizen gets selected for jury duty in a chilling court case involving Mr. Freeze! Freeze claims the charges should be dismissed because Batman used excessive force; cue the outrage and media circus. While doing his civic duty, Wayne’s forced to take a hard look at the Dark Knight’s methods. And hey…what is Dick Grayson doing running around the city dressed as Batman?
RATED TEEN+

 

 

MAGIC ORDER #2
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Olivier Coipel
A dark force is targeting The Magic Order, killing off its members one by one. Time is running out, and the death toll is rising. Will Gabriel return to the fold to save his family, and the world, from the forces of evil?
MATURE READERS ONLY

 

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INDY PUBLISHERS DAY!!!

Saturday, July 21st from 11am to 8pm

This month we celebrated Independence Day, and in that spirit, we’re also celebrating our great independent publishers!!! If you’ve never ventured beyond the realms of Marvel, DC, and Image, here’s your chance to discover what you’ve been missing out on!!!

Join us on Sat., July 21st, when the FIRST 100 GUESTS will receive a FREE “BOOM! STUDIOS 2017 SUMMER BLAST” COMIC!!!
(For General Audiences; an alternative give-away will be given to small kids.)

SAVE 20% ON ALL INDEPENDENT BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS, ALL DAY LONG!!!
(excludes those from DC, Marvel, and Image Comics)

PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE INDY RAFFLE!!!*

The Indy Raffle includes:
1 Quantum & Woody Vol. 1: Kiss Kiss, Klang Klang paperback from Valiant,
1 Stephen Universe: Anti-Gravity paperback from kaboom!,
1 Lumberjanes Bonus Tracks paperback from Boom! Box,
1 Rick and Morty Pocket Like You Stole It paperback from Oni Press,
1 Mindbender Volume One paperback from Scout Comics, and
1 Locke & Key Adult Coloring Book from IDW!!!

(The winners will be called on Monday, July 23rd!!!)

* Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! All winners must collect their prize(s) within 2 weeks of the drawing date. (EC reserves the right to alter/substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur. One entry per person, please. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible.)

 

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/13/18

One of the things I like about selling and collecting comics is that you learn something new about the hobby every day.

For example, until the other day I didn’t know that Timely Comics, the World War II era company that originally published Captain America, decided to make the final issue of the original Captain America Comics series a collection of short horror stories!

Weird Tales indeed…

Captain America Comics #75, CGC 7.0 (Fine/Very Fine), $3,000.

 

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Batman Catwoman Wedding Day 7/7/18 photo album!!!

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ECBC! The Emerald City Book Club: SAGA vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples!!!


Wednesday, August 1st from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

The Emerald City Book Club meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, in “The Hub” at the center of the store, to chat about the featured book. We usually begin each meeting with a “Comics 101” slideshow giving some historical, artistic, or social background on the book, and then we dive right into discussion!

The featured book for the next meeting will be announced at the end of the current ECBC meeting. That book is 20% OFF for the month leading up to its ECBC meeting! (The discount will be calculated at the register, and does not combine with any other discounts or programs).

This month’s featured book is…

SAGA TP VOL 03
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples
The Eisner, Harvey, and Hugo Award-winning phenomenon continues, as new parents Marko and Alana travel to an alien world to visit their hero, while the family’s pursuers finally close in on their targets.

SUPERMAN OZ EFFECT RAFFLE!!!


Wednesday, July 18th from 11am to 8pm

Superman #1 is available on EC’s New Comics Wall, and to celebrate, we thought we’d share with you one of the most recent Superman neo-classics: The Oz Effect!!!

Mr. Oz, a villain from Superman’s past, is obsessed with the Man of Steel, wanting him to leave earth forever, and he doesn’t care how many people have to die to make his scheme a reality!!! This story is brought to you by Dan Jergens (The Death of Superman), and artist Viktor Bogdanovic (New Superman), Ryan Sook, and more, and collects Action Comics #985-992!!!

Plus, it has LENTICULAR front AND back COVERS!!!

On Wed., July 18th, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY, can enter our FREE RAFFLE for a chance to win* a copy of the “ACTION COMICS: THE OZ EFFECT” HARDCOVER from DC Comics!!!
(2018; 192 pgs. Not rated.)

The winner will be called on Thursday, July 19th!

* Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! All winners must collect their prize(s) within 2 weeks of the drawing date. (EC reserves the right to alter/substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur. One entry per person, please. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible.)

New Comics and Books for 7/11/18!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

 

Featured Comics:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!
RATED TEEN

 

 

SUPERMAN #1
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes… with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!
RATED TEEN

 

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ANT-MAN & THE WASP MOVIE EVENT!!!


Saturday, July 14th from 11am to 8pm

Ant-Man and the Wasp are bigger-than-life at the box office, and EC is helping you celebrate their arrival with a special event, starring everyone’s favorite ant-sized giant (or is that giant-sized ant?)!!!

Join us on Sat., July 14th, when the FIRST 100 GUESTS will receive a FREE “ANT-MAN & THE WASP” COMIC, featuring SPIDER-MAN AND an ANT-MAN PRINTED MASK!!!

PLUS, MEET ANT-MAN, LIVE & IN-PERSON for FREE PICS & AUTOGRAPHS from 11am-1pm & 3-5pm!!!**
(Local cosplay actor; not associated with any Marvel movie or TV productions.)

PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can WIN BIG by entering our TWO RAFFLES!!!*

The first is a KIDS’ RAFFLE, which includes 1 Ant-Man and the Wasp Adventures graphic novel (2018; 112pgs., all ages), and 1 Avengers Marvel Comics Digest, featuring Ant-Man & the Wasp (2018; not rated)!!!

Next is an ADULT RAFFLE for a $100 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!
(The winners will be called on Monday, July 16th!!!)

* Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! All winners must collect their prize(s) within 2 weeks of the drawing date. (EC reserves the right to alter/substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur. One entry per person, please. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible.)

** Scheduled to appear; subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

JOKER’S DAUGHTER RAFFLE!!!


Wednesday, July 11th from 11am to 8pm

Now that everyone’s seen the spoilers and final results of the Batman and Catwoman wedding, we thought we’d keep the Bat-Family dysfunction going with a look at the history of the Joker’s Daughter!!! She was once known as Harlequin, so you can see how that would be confusing for the Joker, right? Anyway, you can learn about her history in this collection that gathers stories from the Batman Family comics, Teen Titans, New 52 and more!!!

On Wed., July 11th, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE RAFFLE for a chance to win* a copy of the “BATMAN ARKHAM: JOKER’S DAUGHTER” PAPERBACK from DC COMICS!!!
(2018; 224 pgs. Not rated.)

The winner will be called on Thursday, July 12th!

* Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! All winners must collect their prize(s) within 2 weeks of the drawing date. (EC reserves the right to alter/substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur. One entry per person, please. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible.)

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/6/18

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have Turtle Power.

True Turtle Power has a lot to do with turtles being ectothermic.

So kids, if you really want to be like your favorite Ninja Turtle, ask your physician to convert your body’s respiratory/vascular system from warm to cold blooded.

Your doctor is going to throw a bunch of jive at you about such a process being impossible, but press the issue. The research is there, it can be done.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, first appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Third Printing, Fine Plus (6.5), $150.

 

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Upcoming New Books & Comics recommendations! 7/3/18

Here are the comics and graphic novels that caught our attention in this month’s Previews!

To ensure that you get these books when they arrive, please call the store at 727-398-2665, or email our Books & New Comics Merchant at comics@emeraldcitycomics.com, to reserve a copy!

From the Previews Catalog #358, JULY 2189 (for books arriving mainly in SEPTEMBER 2018)…

 

HEROES IN CRISIS #1
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann
There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?

 

 

BATMAN DAMNED #1
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
DC BLACK LABEL, the highly anticipated new imprint from DC Comics, starts here!
The Joker is dead.
There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.
Problem is, Batman can’t remember… and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering.
So who better to set him straight than… John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker.
BATMAN: DAMNED is a bimonthly super-natural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators-a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the “black” in BLACK LABEL.

 

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New Toys & Collectibles for 7/04/2018!

 

DBZ MAJIN VEGETA S.H.FIGUARTS AF
TAMASHII NATIONS

From Tamashii Nations. The popular character from the Majin Buu arc, and so necessary for its climactic scene: Majin Vegeta! One of the series single most impressive and mercurial characters now joins S.H.Figurarts! First displayed in New York during the Tamashii Nations World Tour, this figure is finally heading into long-awaited production! The set includes 2 pairs of optional left hands, 3 pairs of optional right hands, and 4 expression parts. Vegeta stands about 6″ tall.


ONE-12 COLLECTIVE DC ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN AF
MEZCO TOYS

Every Knight has a beginning and the One:12 Collective’s Batman starts here. Batman: Ascending Knight is part of a trilogy: A beginning, a middle and an end. The Ascending Knight is Batman in his first year; designed to be contemporary but still have a first appearance feel. The design pays homage to Batman as he first appeared in Detective Comics. The shape of his cowl, the shorter gloves and the smaller symbol on his chest are all inspired by his original debut in the comics. The One:12 Collective Batman: Ascending Knight features: An alternate unmasked head, a One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation featuring hand painted, authentic detailing. Batman stands over 6″ tall and comes with seven interchangeable hands and plenty of accessories!

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New Comics & Books for 7/4/18!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

BATMAN #50
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin & Various (CA) Mikel Janin
It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.
RATED TEEN+

 

CATWOMAN #1
DC COMICS
(W/A/CA) Joëlle Jones
The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!
RATED TEEN+

 

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GAMING IN JULY 2018 AT EC!

7/7 – JUNK ORBIT

Space — the final junkyard. Good thing one planet’s trash is another planet’s treasure! In Junk Orbit, you’re captain of your own scavenger ship, picking up space junk and transporting it to any city that will take it. Launch your junk … uh, *cargo* … out of your airlock to propel your ship! Race to deliver your cargo as you navigate the orbits of nearby planets and moons! It’s astrodynamics for fun and profit! On your turn, carry out these three steps:

1. Launch junk — Choose any one junk tile in your cargo hold and move it away from your ship (clockwise or counter-clockwise, your choice) a number of spaces equal to its numeric value. If it reaches its destination city this way, you have made a remote delivery. Otherwise, it simply comes to rest after moving its full distance. It is also possible to hit an enemy ship with launched junk, causing that opponent to discard one junk tile from their cargo.

2. Move ship — Your ship must now move the same distance that your launched junk did, but in the opposite direction. When your ship reaches a transfer point between location boards, you may choose to switch orbits. If you do, your ship changes direction (from clockwise to counter-clockwise, or vice versa) as it enters the new orbit. If the space your ship lands on is the destination of any junk in your cargo, you have made a direct delivery.

3. Pick up junk — After moving your ship, pick up all junk tiles present in your current city, adding them to your cargo hold. Then, refill your current city with one new junk tile from the corresponding stack (e.g., if at a Mars city, refill from the Mars stack).

Each player has their own ship with a unique ship power that breaks the rules above in some way. The end of the game is triggered when a city cannot be refilled because its stack is empty. When this happens, every player gets one final turn, then players tally the values from all of their delivered junk tiles, and whoever has the highest total wins.

 

7/11 – ESCAPE FROM THE DARK CASTLE

Escape the Dark Castle is a simple, cooperative game of retro-atmospheric adventure.

Players take on the roles of prisoners, wrongfully incarcerated in the depths of The Dark Castle. Whether it’s the Abbot, the Tailor or any of the six playable characters, each prisoner is represented by a character card and a custom character dice showing that prisoner’s unique endowment of Might, Cunning and Wisdom – the game’s three traits.

Embarking on a desperate quest to escape, the players must work together using custom dice and item cards to overcome the castle’s many horrors, traps, and challenges – each of which is represented by a large, illustrated chapter card. At the beginning of each game, 15 of these chapter cards are drawn at random from a larger deck to create a unique castle every time.

Gameplay involves one player revealing a new chapter card each turn, in a motion like turning a page of a book. When a card is turned, the next chamber or passageway into which the prisoners have stumbled is revealed. There is no turn order. Instead, players decide as a group who will turn the next chapter card, and there are often grisly consequences for the one that does!

Once revealed, the chapter card will explain the situation facing the group and what must be done to get through it. In the style of choose-your-path adventures, most chapters offer the group a choice about how to proceed. Bribe the drunken guards or attack them? Charge the beast or lure it out? Steal from the kitchen stores or keep moving?
Each chapter is a mini-game and a variety of mechanics are required to complete them, from RPG-style skill tests for an individual character, to push-your-luck dice rolling as a team, to the playing of item cards collected along the way to bolster the tactical abilities of the group.

When the players choose to enter (or fail to avoid) combat, all players roll their unique character dice simultaneously to make an attack against the enemy. They need to collectively muster the right combination of Might, Cunning and Wisdom to defeat the foe in question, or risk taking damage. Blocking, Resting, and the use of Weapons, Relics and Potions will help to keep the prisoners alive.

The goal of the game is for the group to complete every chapter in the castle deck, then defeat the final boss. To win, they must keep every member of the team alive – if any player is killed the game ends immediately.

 

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