GAMING IN DECEMBER 2017 AT EC!

Every Wednesday, EC and All Things Nerdy host “EC Game Night” where you can Learn & Play a featured game from 6pm-7pm, then stay for Open Play of that game from 7-9pm, or any of our gaming demos of your choice!!!

Saturdays, gaming events with All Things Nerdy run from Noon – 2pm, and you can learn while you play!

 

LAZER RYDERZ – 12/3

Lazer Ryderz is a trackless racing game for up to 4 players with light push-your-luck, area denial, and strategy elements. Players construct their lazer paths with various pre-formed punchboard pieces that are placed according to speed and desired direction.

In Lazer Ryderz, players take on the role of one of four Ryderz as they race to capture all three Prisms needed to charge the Portal to their next destination. The Portal only allows one Ryder to pass through before moving on to a new location in the galaxy, so speed is essential to meet your goal. But the faster a Ryder goes the harder it is to turn, and if a Ryder runs into another player’s lazer, that Ryder is toast! Who will continue on their quest and who will be left behind?

Will it be the Galactic Waveryder – the adrenaline-fueled surfer who’s seeking the next great thrill and most radical solar waves? Or the Lazer Shark – always on the hunt for her next prey as she seeks the fabled Blood Nebula to restart her species? Perhaps the Super Sheriff – greatest of the Law Star Rangers who travels to the outer reaches of the known (and unknown) galaxy to bring the universe’s criminals to speedy justice? Or will it be the Phantom Cosmonaut – the ghost from a long-distant era whose true quest is a mystery to those he encounters, but with speed that is without question as he moves in the blink of an eye?

THE RESISTANCE – 12/6

The Empire must fall. Our mission must succeed. By destroying their key bases, we will shatter Imperial strength and liberate our people. Yet spies have infiltrated our ranks, ready for sabotage. We must unmask them. In five nights we reshape destiny or die trying. We are the Resistance!

The Resistance is a party game of social deduction. It is designed for five to ten players, lasts about 30 minutes, and has no player elimination. The Resistance is inspired by Mafia/Werewolf, yet it is unique in its core mechanics, which increase the resources for informed decisions, intensify player interaction, and eliminate player elimination.

Players are either Resistance Operatives or Imperial Spies. For three to five rounds, they must depend on each other to carry out missions against the Empire. At the same time, they must try to deduce the other players’ identities and gain their trust. Each round begins with discussion. When ready, the Leader entrusts sets of Plans to a certain number of players (possibly including himself/herself). Everyone votes on whether or not to approve the assignment. Once an assignment passes, the chosen players secretly decide to Support or Sabotage the mission. Based on the results, the mission succeeds (Resistance win) or fails (Empire win). When a team wins three missions, they have won the game.

 

 

VIKINGAR – 12/9

Viking game where players (2 to 6) explore the world to solve the various adventures that they face ; plundering the holy places , fighting mythical creatures or trading with cities. Typical day in the life of a Viking!

The main goal of the game is to acomplish the necessary deeds to gain entrance transition to the Valhalla .

The game takes place on a round modular board composed of 24 tiles. The tiles are face down until a player decides to explore them.

Players will have to use their drakkard to successfully accomplish the glorious achievements needed for the transition to the Valhalla . Valhalla is situated at the end of the game board , or where the land gives way. But be careful not to fall into the void.

Fights (events, looting and battles between players) are solved by throwing a number of runes on the central area of the board; the high sea. The runes position on the area will influence on the area influences the outcome of the battle.

 

JOKING HAZARD – 12/13

From the creators of Cyanide & Happiness comes a card game where players compete to finish an awful comic strip.

The creators said:

“Someone on the Internet once told us that making stick figure comics is easy as hell, and that we were ugly and stupid.

They were right on all counts. So, after crying for a few hours, we created the Random Comic Generator which since its inception in 2014 has entertained millions with its computer-generated comedy.

After a few weeks of playing with the Random Comic Generator, we started to wonder if its hundreds of random panels might lend themselves to a card game, where you compete against your friends to finish a comic with a funny punchline. So we printed out all of the RCG panels and started playing with them.”

Draw 7 cards. The deck plays the first card, select a Judge to play the second, then everyone selects a third card to create a three panel comic strip. The Judge picks a winner.

The game includes a deck of 250 unique panel cards – that’s 15.4 million combinations of comics!

 

 

ETHNOS – 12/16

In Ethnos, players call upon the support of giants, merfolk, halflings, minotaurs, and other fantasy tribes to help them gain control of the land. After three ages of play, whoever has collected the most glory wins!

In more detail, the land of Ethnos contains twelve tribes of fantasy creatures, and in each game you choose six of them (five in a 2/3-player game), then create a deck with only the creatures in those tribes. The cards come in six colors, which match the six regions of Ethnos. Place three glory tokens in each region at random, arranging them from low to high.

Each player starts the game with one card in hand, then 4-12 cards (double the number of players) are placed face up on the table. On a turn, a player either recruits an ally or plays a band of allies. In the former case, you take a face-up card (without replacing it from the deck) or the top card of the deck and add it to your hand. In the latter case, you choose a set of cards in your hand that match either in tribe or in color, play them in front of you on the table, then discard all other cards in hand. You then place one or more tokens in the region that matches the color of the top card just played, and you use the power of the tribe member on the top card just played.

At the end of the first age, whoever has the most tokens in a region scores the glory shown on the first token. After the second age, the players with the most and second most tokens score glory equal to the values shown on the first and second tokens respectively. Players score similarly after the third age, then whoever has the most glory wins. (Games with two and three players last only two ages.)

 

NOT ALONE – 12/20

It is the 25th century. You are a member of an intergalactic expedition shipwrecked on a mysterious planet named Artemia. While waiting for the rescue ship, you begin to explore the planet but an alien entity picks up your scent and begins to hunt you. You are NOT ALONE! Will you survive the dangers of Artemia?

NOT ALONE is an asymmetrical card game, in which one player (the Creature) plays against the stranded explorers (the Hunted).

If you play as one of the Hunted, you will explore Artemia using Place cards. By playing these and Survival cards, you try to avoid, confuse or distract the Creature until help arrives.

If you play as the Creature, you will stalk and pursue the shipwrecked survivors. By playing your Hunt cards and using the mysterious powers of Artemia, you try to wear down the Hunted and assimilate them to the planet forever.

NOT ALONE is a immersive, thematic card game, where you use guessing, bluffing, hand management, and just a pinch of deck-building to achieve your goal, which is survival for the Hunted… or total assimilation for the Creature!

 

 

STAR WARS X-WING – 12/23 (2pm to 5pm)

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, the X-Wing Miniatures Game recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!

Whatever your chosen vessel, the rules of X-Wing facilitate fast and visceral gameplay that puts you in the middle of Star Wars fiercest firefights. Each ship type has its own unique piloting dial, which is used to secretly select a speed and maneuver each turn. After planning maneuvers, each ship’s dial is revealed and executed (starting with the lowest skilled pilot). So whether you rush headlong toward your enemy showering his forward deflectors in laser fire, or dance away from him as you attempt to acquire a targeting lock, you’ll be in total control throughout all the tense dogfighting action.

Star Wars: X-Wing features (three) unique missions, and each has its own set of victory conditions and special rules; with such a broad selection of missions, only clever and versatile pilots employing a range of tactics will emerge victorious. What’s more, no mission will ever play the same way twice, thanks to a range of customization options, varied maneuvers, and possible combat outcomes. Damage, for example, is determined through dice and applied in the form of a shuffled Damage Deck. For some hits your fighter sustains, you’ll draw a card that assigns a special handicap. Was your targeting computer damaged, affecting your ability to acquire a lock on the enemy? Perhaps an ill-timed weapon malfunction will limit your offensive capabilities. Or worse yet, your pilot could be injured, compromising his ability to focus on the life-and-death struggle in which he is engaged…

The Star Wars: X-Wing starter set includes everything you need to begin your battles, such as scenarios, cards, and fully assembled and painted ships. What’s more, Star Wars: X-Wing’s quick-to-learn ruleset establishes the foundation for a system that can be expanded with your favorite ships and characters from the Star Wars universe.

 

 

SEA OF CLOUDS – 12/27

​In Sea of Clouds, as captain of a flying pirate ship, recruit a cutthroat crew, collect relics and unearth the best rum by gathering shares of Loot. Then send your pirates aboard enemy ships to plunder their treasure!

In each round of the game, players take turns divvying up shares of Loot to gain Rum, Relics, Objects, and Pirates. In some rounds, when ships are flying close together, they will also clash in a Boarding action, using the effects of any Pirates they picked up to gain Doubloons and plunder Loot.

On your turn, take the first of the three shares of Loot on the table, and look at it secretly. You must decide to either take all the cards in the Share then add the top card from the deck face-down to this Loot space, or to leave the Share and look at the next one. If you choose to do the latter, add the top card from the deck to the Share you declined (or a Doubloon, if there’s already three cards), thus increasing its value for the next player. If no shares interest you, blindly take the top card of the deck.

The card backs give you a hint about what’s in the next Shares: Pirates to board other ships, legendary Relics to collect, Rum to be scored at the end of the game, and Items with permanent, immediate, or secret effects.

Every 4 or 5 rounds (depending on the number of players), Boarding action will occur! Add the strength of your Captain and your Pirates, apply any bonuses or penalties, and face your two neighbors! For each victory, your Pirates will gain Doubloons or steal some Loot! After the fight, all Pirates are discarded.

The game ends after 12 (or 15) rounds. Players then add the value of their Doubloons and their Loot cards to determine who’s the winner.

 

 

HOTSHOTS – 12/30

In the cooperative, press-your-luck game Hotshots, crews of 1 to 4 players take on the roles of wildfire fighters — crew boss, spotter, swamper, and sawyer — with special abilities, then roll dice on burning terrain tiles to match the combinations shown on those tiles. The more faces they roll, the better they fight the fire. Players can choose to cut firebreaks, which protect tiles from embers blown by wind gusts, or push their luck to reduce flames and possibly even generate reward tokens. If players bust and fail to match at least three of the six symbols on the tile, the fire grows. Another option is to maneuver vehicles — air tanker, helicopter, and brush rig — to save the forest.

Flame tokens are added at the end of each player’s turn by the draw of a fire card, which can bring about light or strong wind gusts, increase the strength of the flames on certain tiles, and start fires. Too many flame tokens will cause a tile to scorch and be lost. Losing a terrain tile could also affect the game play. Some tiles are tied to crewmembers’ special abilities, while others help the firefighters, and still others cause the fire to spread in unique ways. If eight tiles scorch or the fire camp scorches, the game is over and the forest is lost — but if the intrepid crew can extinguish the fire, the team wins together.

The press-your-luck mechanism with ratcheting rewards creates tension, and the variety of ways to fight the fire makes for interesting choices. The modular tile layout and fire cards bring high replayability to the game, and the acrylic flame tokens provide an enticing table presence.

 

 

EVEN MORE GAMING IN DECEMBER!

 

VERSUS SYSTEM 2PCG TOURNAMENT – 12/17 1-4pm

Join your friends at EC for the Vs. System 2PCG Tournament!!!

This event will start at 1pm. Please arrive by 12:30 to register and get pairings done.

There is a $5 entry fee, and all players get a foil card! (4-player minimum to run a tournament).
An Organized Play Kit will be used as prize support. First place gets to choose either the acetate card or the playmat. The other will be raffled to a random other player.

AND … if there are 7 or more players, a $10 EC Gift Certificate will be added to the prizes! Another $10 EC Gift Certificate will be added for every 3 additional players (10, 13, 16, 19, etc). These Gift Certificates will be offered as options for the top players, and/or raffled to a random player if the acetate card and playmat are already taken before the raffle.

PRIZES!

ACETATE SISTER GRIMM L2 MAIN CHARACTER CARD
There is one of these and the following item. The winner may choose one of the two items, and the other item will be a raffle prize at the event so that all players have an equal chance to win!

BLACK CAT PLAYMAT
There is one of these playmats, which will either go to the winner or offered as the raffle prize for this event!

Bonus prize for this tournament!!!
FIN FANG FOOM PLAYMAT FROM GENCON 2017
This will be added to the options for the top player(s), along with the acetate card, playmat, and possibly Gift Certificates depending on the total number of players!

ALTERNATE EXTENDED ART FOIL ENCHANTRESS SUPPORTING CHARACTER CARDS
There are five of these cards — four of them are prizes for the top 4 players at the event, and the fifth is for the event’s Head Judge!

EXTENDED ART FOIL GOBLIN QUEEN SUPPORTING CHARACTER CARDS
There are 25 of these cards, given as participation prizes for all players in the event. Everyone can go home with something cool to add to their collection, win or lose!

(Prizes in future tournaments may sometimes be from a different Versus Organized Play Kit with different characters, but will otherwise be similar in type and distribution to those listed above).

For more info on the system:
http://upperdeckstore.com/vs

 

 

HEROCLIX MINIATURES GAME – ALL BUT 3RD FRIDAY 6:30-9pm!!!
The HeroClix Core Game is a tabletop combat game using 3-D collectible miniature figures of your favorite characters. By building a force from your collection of figures, you can take on the roles of your favorite characters and challenge your friends to epic battles!

 

POKÉMON YOUTH LEAGUE – EVERY SUNDAY 4-6pm!
Ages 8-16
New players always welcome!

Our Pokémon Youth League provides a nearby place for you to get together with other fans of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the Pokémon video games, and have some fun!

Using your own cards and Pokémon video games, you can play, trade, and even earn cool prizes! The best part is that you can do all this with other Pokémon players who love collecting and playing just as much as you do!

 

 

LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS TOURNAMENT – 12/15 6-9pm!!!

Enter the vibrant world of Rokugan with Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, a Living Card Game® of honor and conflict for two players! Drawing on the legacy of AEG’s original Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game, and now reimagined with new mechanics, story, and the Living Card Game distribution model, you are invited to join the Great Clans, uphold the tenets of Bushidō, and fulfill your duty to your daimyō and the Emperor in a world shaped and changed by a dynamic, player-influenced story.

During the game, you take on the leadership of one of the Great Clans which define Rokugani society, and you are cast into conflict against another clan. Your conflicts will decide the future of Rokugan, whether you’re battling with a katana or with cutting words, but the samurai of your clan cannot remain by your side indefinitely—when their destinies are fulfilled, you must find new allies to continue your conflicts. Ultimately, it’s your choice whether you will fight with honor or use unsavory means, but in every game, it is your role to lead your clan to victory.

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    Emerald City Comics

    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 #359, AUGUST 2018 (for books arriving mainly in OCTOBER 2018)…
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    MISTER MIRACLE TP
    DC COMICS
    (W) Tom King (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
    The critically acclaimed 12-issue mini-series is collected in time for the holidays!
    Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former Female Fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.
    You might say Scott Free has everything...so why isn't it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick-except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

    SHURI #1
    MARVEL COMICS
    (W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt
    FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BLACK PANTHER!
    The world fell in love with her in the movie. Now, the Black Panther's techno-genius sister launches her own adventures - written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero!
    The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone's looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She'd rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one - and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda's welfare and her own.

    JESSICA JONES MPGN TP BLIND SPOT
    MARVEL COMICS
    (W) Kelly Thompson (A) Mattia De Iulis (CA) Martin Simmonds
    JeInsteassica has just faced her greatest fears - her most dangerous enemy - and won! Surely everything is smooth sailing from here? Nope! d she finds a corpse in her office - the body of a woman who came to Jessica for help years ago with a case Jessica failed to solve. And now she's being framed for the woman's murder! As Jessica reopens her investigation in hopes of bringing Dia Sloane's killer to justice, she finds herself caught in the web of a serial killer intent on murdering women with powers. Can Jessica figure out how all the pieces connect before the killer claims their next victim? The Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, is not being helpful - shocker. But how is monster hunter extraordinaire Elsa Bloodstone tied up in this whole mess?

    IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 01 OR IS HE BOTH
    MARVEL COMICS
    (W) Al Ewing & Various (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
    Horror has a name. You'd never notice the man. He doesn't like to be noticed. He's quiet. Calm. If someone were to shoot him in the head...all he'd do is die. Until night falls - and someone else gets up again. The man's name is Banner. The horror is the Immortal Hulk! And trouble has a way of following them both. As reporter Jackie McGee tries to put together the pieces, Banner treads a lonely path from town to town, finding murder, mystery and tragedy as he goes. And what Banner finds, the Hulk smashes! Elsewhere, the hero called Sasquatch can't help but feel involved. In many ways, he's Banner's equal - and his opposite. Sasquatch is about to risk his life by looking for the man - and finding the monster! Collecting IMMORTAL HULK #1-5 and material from AVENGERS (2016) #684 by Jim Zub and Mark Waid.

    BLACKBIRD #1
    IMAGE COMICS
    (W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Jen Bartel
    An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL!
    In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she's crazy. The bigger problem: she's not crazy - she's right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

    DEAD RABBIT #1
    IMAGE COMICS
    (W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) John McCrea
    Back in the '90s, DEAD RABBIT was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he's back in the mask to save her, but no one-not his wife, the mafia, or the cops-is happy that he's out of retirement.
    From JOHN McCREA, the artist and co-creator of MYTHIC and Hitman, and GERRY DUGGAN, the writer of ANALOG and Deadpool, comes the action-comedy-drama tale of Martin Dobbs, a.k.a. DEAD RABBIT, the man who says he's descended from one of the original gangs of New York City. Get on board with the oversized first issue of an all-new ONGOING SERIES for mature readers.

    NORROWAY TP BOOK 01 BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY
    IMAGE COMICS
    (W) Cat Seaton (A/CA) Kit Seaton
    Sibylla always wanted adventure, but she didn't know it would come in the form of a giant, magical bull. Is he a man, or a monster? And who knew a prophecy could be so literal?
    The first title in a new series co-created by sibling writer/artist team CAT SEATON and KIT SEATON, begins the adventure of a lifetime.

    UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #1
    DARK HORSE COMICS
    (W) Gerard Way (A) Gabriel Ba, Nick Filardi (CA) Gabriel Ba
    Faced with an increasing number of lunatics with superpowers eager to face off with his own wunderkind brood, Sir Reginald Hargreeves developed the ultimate solution ...
    Now, just a few years after Hargreeves's death, his Umbrella Academy is scattered. Number Five is a hired gun, Kraken is stalking big game, Rumor is dealing with the wreckage of her marriage, a rotund Spaceboy runs around the streets of Tokyo, Vanya continues her physical therapy after being shot in the head-and no one wants to even mention Seance until issue #2.
    With a Netflix series soon to debut, the award-winning and best-selling superhero series returns, stranger than ever-
    And their past is coming back to hunt them.

    HIGHEST HOUSE TP
    IDW PUBLISHING
    (W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu
    To be born a slave is in fact not a fatality. And facts can be changed. In the country of Ossaniul, there is a fortress that is as disproportionate as it is inaccessible: the Highest House. Its masters, the noble family of Aldercrest, reign over a veritable army of slaves. At the bottom of the ladder, young Moth performs the most thankless tasks and has little hope of living past childhood. Until the day he meets Obsidian, a mysterious prisoner of the House who whispers to him in his sleep. If Moth does what he asks, Obsidian will give him fortune and glory. And there's every indication that Obsidian can make good on his promises. Will Moth accept the offer?
    Through a subtle alternate history, The Highest House takes us to a fictional country reminiscent of the Balkan kingdoms of the 16th century. Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) draw from this context a captivating fantasy narrative that reflects on the human soul, the corrupting power of slavery, and the inequalities of class, all from the different perspectives of the House's many inhabitants. Both immediate and timeless, Highest House is a multifaceted fantasy sure to stay with readers long after the final page has turned.

    LODGER #1
    IDW PUBLISHING
    (W) David Lapham, Maria Lapham (A/CA) David Lapham
    A handsome drifter murders his way through the midwest while hiding in plain sight as a travel blogger, leaving families in shreds and body bags in his wake. Ricky Toledo was fifteen when she fell hard for "Dante"-until he killed her mother and got her father sent to prison for it. It's three years later, and Ricky will stop at nothing to get revenge. Lodger is a dark, grimy, psychological thriller-a game of cat and mouse between a broken young woman and a serial killer-and like all the best crime noir... a twisted love story.
    A new series from Eisner Award winners David and Maria Lapham!
    BLACK CROWN'S first black and white miniseries!

    SPARROWHAWK #1
    BOOM! STUDIOS
    (W) Delilah Dawson (A) Matias Basla (CA) Miguel Mercado
    Teen Victorian fairy fight club!
    As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemesia has never fit in with her father's family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to try and save the world that has always hated her.
    Writer Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) and artist Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a beautiful, gripping tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and Princeless.

    SONS OF EL TOPO ORIGINAL GN HC VOL 01 CAIN
    BOOM! STUDIOS
    (W) Alejandro Jodorowsky (A/CA) Jose Ladrönn
    Legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, Metabarons) and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn (Cable, Incredible Hulk) deliver a sequel to Jodorowsky's cult classic film, El Topo.
    El Topo was once a bandit without limits, a man with no moral compass, until his journey through the desert brought him to religion and enlightenment. As he became a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles, he left behind his first born son Cain, and brought forth the birth of Abel.
    Fueled by resentment, and unable to kill his saintly father, Cain begins the slow pursuit of his half brother in a tale of magic and mayhem.

    ON A SUNBEAM GN
    :01 FIRST SECOND
    (W/A/CA) Tillie Walden
    An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love, from acclaimed author Tillie Walden. Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to her pivotal year in boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. When Mia grows close to her new friends, she reveals her true purpose for joining their ship-to track down her long-lost love. An inventive world, a breathtaking love story, and stunning art come together in this new work by award-winning artist Tillie Walden. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
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    TOMORROW'S THE BIG DAY!!! FANTASTIC FOUR GIVE-AWAY & RAFFLE!!!

    The first issue of Marvel's Fantastic Four is here, and we're celebrating during our Fantastic Four Number One Celebration at EC! event!!!

    The FIRST 50 GUESTS will receive THEIR CHOICE of a CLASSIC FANTASTIC 4 BUTTON or FANTASTIC FOUR #1 COMIC BACKBOARD!!!

    PLUS, the FIRST 100 GUESTS at 11am will receive a FREE HUMAN TORCH BLOCK FIGURE!!!

    PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a FANTASTIC FOUR F4N PACK!!!

    The F4N PACK includes: 1 Fantastic Four: Season One hardcover (2012; 136 pgs.), 1 The Little Book of Fantastic Four hardcover (2017; 192 pgs.), and 1 Fantastic Four Classic Comic short box!!!

    (The winner will be called on Monday, Aug. 13th!)

    That's tomorrow ONLY and ONLY at Emerald City Comics!!!
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    Emerald City Comics

    THORNWATCH

    Thornwatch is a graphic novel adventure game for 2-5 players and a Judge. Players are manifestations of the Thornwatch: scarred veterans of the Eyrewood who now live as spirits summoned by the ancient ritual of tying a knot of thorns around a birch tree. The Thornwatch summoned to a particular tree do not necessarily know each other or the true nature of the problem they've been called to resolve; all they know is that they've answered the call, and they're bound to see it through.

    Thornwatch bestows upon one player the role of the Judge, who enacts the will of the Judging Wood. Each other player plays a Thornwatch character: the Blade, Briarlock, Greenheart, Guard, Sage, or Warden. The game begins with the Judge selecting a storyboard in which the Thornwatch manifest before a tree adorned with a knot of thorny brambles, surrounded by conflict. If the players overcome this first challenge, the Judge offers choices that lead to new storyboards and further adventure.

    The game takes place on one of many maps that display forests, swamps, and villages of the Eyrewood. The pawns lay flat, as if the heroes, enemies, and denizens of the forest are characters in a set of comic book panels.

    The core engine is the momentum system. This system tracks turn order and monster health, encourages teamwork, and creates dynamic combat with priorities that change turn-by-turn and round-by-round.

    The Thornwatch players each have decks of cards which give them skills and actions, as well as playmats and trait cards to show their unique outlook on the world. They roll custom dice including hero dice gained by manifesting their traits. Each session Thornwatch players have an opportunity to gain knots, which grant their wearer a bonus, regardless of which Thornwatch they choose to manifest in a particular session

    DC SPYFALL

    Based on the social party game Spyfall, DC Spyfall is an easy-to-learn party game that features bluffing, suspicion, probing questions, and clever answers. At the start of each round, players receive a secret card informing them of the group's location — one of twenty unique DC locations, including Arkham Asylum, the Daily Planet, the Hall of Justice, and S.T.A.R. Labs — except for one player who receives the Joker card instead. The Joker doesn't know where he is, but if he can figure out his location before his cover is blown, he wins the round!

    DC Spyfall includes a few twists on the Spyfall formula. Since Harley Quinn usually follows wherever the Joker goes, each round, one player may receive a location card with a Harley image; if they do, they try to feed the Joker player information about the location, even if they don't know that player’s identity! If the Joker player guesses the location, the two collaborators each score points — unless the superheroes can turn the tables on them and determine who Harley is.

    The game includes two multiverse decks that contain eight different locations instead of only one, so players will be confused with some of the questions and answers. Keep in mind that no one at the table knows whether or not they are playing with a multiverse deck. An all-Joker deck gives each player a Joker card, which means that all questions and answers will be based on nothing more than whatever players collectively believe. As with the multiverse decks, you won't know you're playing with this deck until someone figures it out.

    Super power cards can give a player an ability for a round, such as being able to dodge a question, or require a player to modify their behavior; for example, Super Speed forces a player to answer a question in three words or less.

    DISNEY VILLAINOUS

    In Villainous, each player takes control of one of six Disney characters, each one a villain in a different Disney movie. Each player has their own villain deck, fate deck, player board, and 3D character.

    On a turn, the active player moves their character to a different location on their player board, takes one or more of the actions visible on that space (often by playing cards from their hand), then refills their hand to four cards. Cards are allies, items, effects, conditions, and (for some characters) curses. You need to use your cards to fulfill your unique win condition.

    One of the actions allows you to choose another player, draw two cards from that player's fate deck, then play one of them on that player's board, covering two of the four action spaces on one of that player's locations. The fate deck contains heroes, items, and effects from that villain's movie, and these cards allow other players to mess with that particular villain.

    SAMURAI JACK: BACK TO THE PAST

    Based on the fifth and final season of the animated series, Samurai Jack: Back to the Past picks up the title character's mission to return to the era before the reign of his adversary, the evil demon Aku. Jack's friends accompany him along a path, comprised of various locations from the series, to defeat villains and finish with the most honor. Winning requires utilizing allies, traits, and weapons while guarding Jack's sanity, taking players on an unpredictable ride that mirrors the story-rich episodes revered by critics and loved by fans.

    Samurai Jack: Back to the Past features custom sculpted figures for Jack, Aku, Ashi, and more characters from the series.

    LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS RPG

    In Rokugan, it is said that honor is stronger than steel. While even the finest blade can bend and break under the heat of the forge, the Emerald Empire’s society has been folded in the forges of politics and war for more than a thousand years, and it has not yet broken. The society of Rokugan follows a divinely ordered pattern set down by the eight Kami, who shared their celestial blessings with the mortal realm. Rokugan is a land of strict social stratification, where an improper look at the wrong time can mean death.

    This is an era of sudden change and upheaval, however. Mortal schemes, natural calamities, and celestial turmoil alike have disrupted the political, military, and spiritual equilibrium of the land. Long-simmering rivalries and fresh betrayals ripple through the courts and on the battlefield. The Chrysanthemum Throne is beset by threats from without and within, and the honor of the seven Great Clans—the families descended from the heroes of legend and sworn to rule their lands in the Emperor's name—shall be put to the test.

    This is the stage of The Legend of the Five Rings Beginner Game, a new roleplaying experience in the land of honor and steel.

    The Legend of the Five Rings Beginner Game allows anyone to take on the role of a Samurai in Rokugan With a full range of four character folios, a fully realized adventure book, a set of custom dice, a map of Rokugan, a variety of tokens and a complete set of rules including a play example, The Legend of the Five Rings Beginner Game gives newbies and veterans alike the perfect door to the Emerald Empire.
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    Starting Saturday, August 11th, receive 40% OFF ALL GAMES WORKSHOP ITEMS!!!

    This includes Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Space Hulk, Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Blood Bowl, and other Warhammer-based boxed games!
    (Excludes paints, sprays, and brushes. The discount will be applied to the sticker price at the register.)

    We will use the space in the store from this clearance to expand sections such as our board games display, and to bring in new and exciting tabletop gaming products!

    Come take advantage of these HUGE SAVINGS before it's all gone!!!
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    THE FANTASTIC FOUR ARE ALMOST HERE!!!

    Marvel's First Family, the Fantastic Four are arriving this week on EC's New Comics Wall!!!

    Plus, you won't want to miss our special celebration this Saturday, with FREE HUMAN TORCH BLOCK FIGURES and your choice of CLASSIC FF BUTTON or a FULL-COLOR FF #1 COMIC BOOK BACKBOARD... PLUS a FREE, ALL-DAY FF RAFFLE!!!

    All this takes place during our Fantastic Four Number One Celebration at EC!

    Plus, Marvel has put out a new trailer for the big premiere, which you can check out below!!!

    ENJOY!!!57 years to the day that the world was introduced to the Fantastic Four, a new tale will begin for Ben, Johnny, Reed and Sue when FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hits comi...
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    THIS SATURDAY @ EC!!!

    Celebrate the release this Wednesday of Marvel's Fantastic Four #1, with our Fantastic Four Number One Celebration at EC! event THIS SATURDAY, where the FIRST 100 GUESTS at 11am will receive a FREE HUMAN TORCH BLOCK FIGURE!!!

    The FIRST 50 GUESTS at 11am will receive THEIR CHOICE of a FREE CLASSIC FF BUTTON by JOHN ROMITA, or an FF #1 FULL-COLOR COMIC BACKBOARD!!!

    Also, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a FANTASTIC FOUR F4N PACK, featuring 1 Fantastic Four: Season One hardcover (2012; 136 pgs.), 1 The Little Book of Fantastic Four hardcover (2017; 192 pgs.), and 1 Fantastic Four Classic Comic short box!!!

    (The winner will be called on Monday, Aug. 13th!)

    That's THIS Saturday ONLY, and ONLY @ Emerald City Comics!!! Come see why we've been nominated again for Creative Loafing Tampa's Best of the Bay!!!
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    THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY @ EC! A RARE SALE ON VINTAGE & BACK ISSUE COMICS!!!

    Join us for a rare TWO-DAY SALE, this Friday and Saturday, during our Vintage and Back Issue Sale at EC! event!!!

    SAVE 10% ON ALL VINTAGE & BACK ISSUE COMICS (except Vintage Consignment comics)!!!

    Stock up now for items to take to Tampa Bay Comic Con!!!

    This Friday and Saturday ONLY and ONLY at Emerald City Comics!!!
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    Marvel Studios' Ant-Man & The Wasp has been a GIANT-SIZED hit at the box office, and EC helped our EC Family Members "swarm" the store with excitement at these teenie-tiny titans' success!!!

    We gave away FREE Ant-Man masks, comics, and of course, a raffle for Ant-Man and Wasp graphic novels for kids, and a $100 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE, which is a pretty gigantic take-away!!!

    Even Ant-Man himself was here to party with our Guests... and fortunately no one was stepped on!!!

    For even more Marvel goodness, stop by and see your friends at EC!!!

    Thanks to everyone who came out to be part of the fun!!!
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    Indie comics are hugely popular right now, and the latest debut from Scout Comics is a "totally gnarly" reason why!!!

    The Mall Comic takes place in a small Florida town in the 1980s, where three high-schoolers each inherit a store in the local shopping mall. The fact that the mob is a not-so-silent partner spells total, gag-me-with-a-spoon trouble for these well-meaning kids. Think The Breakfast Club meets "Goodfellas," and you've got the idea!!!

    The second issue will be available Aug. 29th, and you'll want to reserve your copy with us today!!!

    In the meantime, EC was honored to host a special Friday night signing with "The Mall"'s creative team, Fort Myers' James Haick, author of Solar Flare Comic, and emerging artist Rafael Loureiro, who traveled all the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil!!!

    Our Guests had an amazing time, discussing comics, and looking at Rafael's breath-taking artwork!!! James also shared details about his next project, Long Live Pro Wrestling, which is coming soon!!! Click all the way through this album to see a sneak preview!!!

    We'll be having a special 80s-themed event celebrating the release of issue #2, so stay tuned for details as they arrive!!!
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    THE NEW VENOM TRAILER IS HERE!!!

    Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Marvel have just released a new Venom trailer and it looks amazing!!!

    Check out Tom Hardy's latest bad-guy-with-a-weird-voice role (after all, he did portray Bane DC Comics), and while you're waiting for October's release date to get here, you can stop by to see your friends at EC for everything Venom!!!

    ENJOY!!!Venom Official Trailer #3 (2018) Tom Hardy Superhero Movie HD Subscribe for more official Trailers, TV Spots, Movie Clips, Featurettes and exclusive content!
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    NEAR AND FAR (AND AMBER MINES EXPANSION)

    Four wanderers search for the Last Ruin, a city that legends say contains an artifact that will grant the greatest desires of the heart. A lost love, redemption, acceptance, a family rejoined-- these are the fires that fuel the wanderers' journeys, but can they overcome their own greed and inner demons on the way?

    In Near and Far, you and up to three friends explore many different maps in a search for the Last Ruin, recruiting adventurers, hunting for treasure, and competing to be the most storied traveler. You must collect food and equipment at town for long journeys to mysterious locales, making sure not to forget enough weapons to fight off bandits, living statues, and rusty robots! Sometimes in your travels you'll run into something unique and one of your friends will read what happens to you from a book of stories, giving you a choice of how to react, creating a new and memorable tale each time you play.

    Near and Far is a sequel to Above and Below and includes a book of encounters. This time players read over ten game sessions to reach the end of the story. Each chapter is played on a completely new map with unique art and adventures.

    Answer the call of the ruins and begin your journey.

    REMNANTS

    Remnants takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Each player builds a compound and fights to survive raiders and mutant creatures. The game is played in five phases: Scavenge, Build, Fight, Heal, and Clean-up. In the Scavenge phase, you send survivors into the Badlands to roll dice in a real-time race for resources. In the Build phase, you take turns spending those resources to buy weapon, defense, and special development cards that enhance your compound. When threats attack, you roll dice and use abilities from cards you purchased to survive. You'll fight a Level 1 threat, followed by a Level 2 threat, then finally face down the Raider Boss.

    After the final attack, the game ends and the player with the most victory points wins. Victory points can be scored from development cards, survivors, specialists, defeated threats, and special bonus tokens.

    MORTAL KOMBAT X TCG (BOOSTERS & 2-PLAYER STARTER)

    Welcome Kombatants! The Mortal Kombat X CCG allows players to take control of their favorite Earthrealm, Netherrealm, and Outworld fighters in an action-packed, strategic, two player card game, replicating the excitement and intensity of the classic fighting game series. Mortal Kombat X CCG players are not limited to fighting for dominance of the realms, as the Mortal Kombat X CCG is part of the Universal Fighting System CCG (UFS) and compatible with all UFS sets and licenses. This allows players to experience dream match-ups and crossovers that are only possible with UFS

    SCYTHE: LEGENDARY BOX

    The Scythe Legendary Box is designed to hold the Scythe core game plus all 3 expansions (the expansion components, not the boxes), the various accessories, promos, and a custom insert.

    While the Legendary Box does not include any game components, it contains 3 large tuckboxes to fill unused space (and, optionally, store tokens, cards, and other loose pieces). The latest printing also includes structural supports.
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    TWO GREAT EVENTS THIS WEEKEND @ EC!!!

    Tomorrow night, two great talents from Scout Comics, James Haick, and Rafael Loureiro will be here to promote their new comic, The Mall Comic, and it's full of 80s gangster goodness!!! You can meet them both during our The MALL Signing at EC Comics- James Haick & Rafael Loureiro event this Friday, from 6-8pm!!!

    Then, Saturday, join us for a celebration of 10 years of Marvel characters on screen in everyone's favorite Marvel Studios productions during our Marvel Cinematic Universe 10 Year Celebration at EC! event, with FREE Fantastic Four COMICS, Iron Man MINI SAMPLERS, COSPLAYERS, a FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE and MORE, celebrating 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Multiverse goodness!!!

    That's THIS weekend ONLY, and ONLY at Emerald City Comics!!!
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