GAMING IN NOVEMBER 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!

 

KINGDOMINO 11/1

In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…

Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game! The game ends when each player has completed a 5×5 grid, and then points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and crowns

 

 

MEEPLE WAR 11/4

Before these elegant little wooden figures served faithfully in Carcassonne City and many other playful treasures, did you know that the meeples were originally battle vehicles for the four kingdoms of Lilliput? Embody yourself as one of the leaders of those kingdoms and re-enact (in actual size!) those tremendous battles of history. Develop your city, claim new territories, fight for glory, and destroy enemy cities: It’s time for meeple war!

To win Meeple War, gain six victory points by fighting enemy armies, destroying enemy cities, and gaining control of areas. Over the course of the game, you develop your city, build powerful armies, fight and destroy buildings. In this game of timing and strategy, anticipation and diplomatic skill — or perhaps crying — is key to victory.

 

 

JOKING HAZARD 11/8

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!

 

 

KINGDOM BUILDER 11/11

In Kingdom Builder, the players create their own kingdoms by skillfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.

Nine different kinds of terrain are on the variable game board, including locations and castles. During his turn, a player plays his terrain card and builds three settlements on three hexes of this kind. If possible, a new settlement must be built next to one of that player’s existing settlements. When building next to a location, the player may seize an extra action tile that he may use from his next turn on. These extra actions allow extraordinary actions such as moving your settlements.

By building next to a castle, the player will earn gold at the end of the game, but the most gold will be earned by meeting the conditions of the three Kingdom Builder cards; these three cards (from a total of ten in the game) specify the conditions that must be met in order to earn the much-desired gold, such as earning gold for your settlements built next to water hexes or having the majority of settlements in a sector of the board.

Each game, players will use a random set of Kingdom Builder cards (3 of 10), special actions (4 of 8), and terrain sectors to build the map (4 of 8), ensuring you won’t play the same game twice!

 

 

BIOTIX 11/15

Play Dirty – and get a Reaction!

You can pack a lot of fun into a small box, especially when you pack it full of microbe meeples. I’ll say it again. Meeple Microbes (squeeee!)

In this nasty little 2-5 player game, your boss, Dr. Lillian Johannae has made a groundbreaking discovery in the field of microbiology. She has discovered a new breed of extremely unstable, highly volatile microorganisms, BIOTIX™ (patent pending and pronounced ‘biotics’) that can uneasily coexist within a small system. Now she needs supporting data. But science can be a brutally competitive field. What began as an innocent pursuit of discovery has quickly devolved into self-centered posturing and ruthless backstabbing among her lab personnel, all vying to have their name attached to the research paper, thereby rocketing them you into scientific superstardom.

Your mission, carefully grow the largest culture of BIOTIX you can in your petri dish – and sabotage the work of others by pushing their microbe populations above their limit, causing them to explode and bio-react in all sorts of fun ways. Game play is simple: on your turn, draw two BIOTIX from the specimen bag and place them, one at a time, either into your own dish for points or into an opponent’s dish to try and force a bio-reaction to destroy their work.

Each of the five BIOTIX species has a different trigger number and a unique bio-reaction when they ‘go off’. It may force you to trash the microbes, force microbes from your dish into the petri dishes of others, steal microbes or wipe out a species across the whole table. The BIOTIX are in a constant state of flux throughout the game, as is your score, because at the end of the day you gain points for the BIOTIX remaining in your dish, with the most volatile BIOTIX being worth the most points.

The best score over 3 days of research determines the winner! Then try the advanced game, with Aggressive BIOTIX, a cancer-like organism that mimics the properties of the BIOTIX they replace in your dish – except they are worth negative points instead of their usual values.

 

 

MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS 11/18

1931: Your scientific expedition discovers a new and intriguing mountain range in the middle of the Antarctic polar circle. Under these challenging conditions, the survival of your team will depend on your ability to communicate with each other and to coordinate your efforts to overcome each obstacle — but what you discover on the way to the highest peak will strongly test your mental health. Will you even be able to understand yourself despite the madness that gradually insinuates itself into your mind?

Based on the novel by H. P. Lovecraft, Mountains of Madness is a fully cooperative game with a pinch of real-time gameplay.

 

 

COLT EXPRESS 11/22

In Colt Express, you play a bandit robbing a train at the same time as other bandits, and your goal is to become the richest outlaw of the Old West. The game consists of five rounds, and each round has two phases:

  • Phase 1: Schemin’ Each player plays 2-5 action cards on a common pile, with the cards being face up or face down depending on the type of the round. Instead of playing a card, a player can draw three cards from her deck.
  • Phase 2: Stealin’ The action cards are carried out in the order they were played, with a player’s best laid plans possibly not panning out due to mistakes and oversights!

The game takes place in a 3D train in which the bandits can move from one car to another, run on the roof, punch the other bandits, shoot them, rob the passengers, or draw the Marshal out of position. The train has as many cars as the number of players, and each car is seeded with gems, bags of loot or suitcases at the start of play.

Each player starts a round with six cards in hand, with each card showing one of these actions. At the start of a round, a round card is revealed, showing how many cards will be played; whether they’ll be played face up or face down, or individually or in pairs; and what action will occur at the end of the round (e.g., all bandits on top of the train move to the engine). You can pick up loot, gems or suitcases only by playing a “steal” card when you’re in a train car that holds one of these items — but since everyone is planning to get these goods, you’ll need to move, punch and shoot to get others out of your way. You can punch someone only in the same car as you, and when you do, the other bandit drops one of the goods he’s collected and is knocked into an adjacent car.

Each player’s character has a special power, such as starting the round with an extra card, playing your first card face down, or pocketing a bag of loot when you punch someone instead of letting it hit the ground.

You can shoot someone in an adjacent car or (if you’re running on top of the train) anyone in sight, and when you do, you give that player one of your six bullet cards; that card gets shuffled in the opponent’s deck, possibly giving her a dead card in hand on a future turn and forcing her to draw instead of playing something. If the Marshal ends up in the same car as you, likely due to other bandits luring him through the train, he’ll be happy to give you a bullet, too.

At the end of the game, whoever fired the most bullets receives a $1,000 braggart bonus, and whoever bagged the richest haul wins!

 

 

SHARK ISLAND 11/25

Shark Island is a semi-cooperative game for 2–5 players that pits up to four shark hunters against a monstrous great white shark (which is controlled by a player) that is working to terrorize the island. The hunters must work together to maximize their skills to search the surrounding waters and locate the shark before it can bring more terror to the island, or quickly respond after it attacks to do as much damage to the creature as they can. When the shark is found, the hunters engage in a rapid form of combat, intent on killing it or driving it to sea. If the hunters kill the shark, they win! The shark needs to outsmart the hunters and terrorize the island to accumulate enough terror to win the game by achieving the terror goal they chose at the start of play, which includes a minimum of nine terror tokens.

The game takes place over several turns, made up of three phases. The shark tries to hide among debris and other sea creatures, and the hunters try to flush out the shark that can ultimately lead to an all versus one card battle. Special abilities of the shark and hunters can influence the outcome of the game.

 

 

THE GRIZZLED 11/29

The Grizzled is a cooperative game about survival in the trenches during the first World War where players win or lose together.

Each round, the current team leader will choose how many cards every player draws. Then, going around the table, players must either play a card in their hand or back out of the mission. Each card represents either threats to the team (such as mortar shells and weather conditions) or negative personality traits (such as frightened or obsessive). At the end of the round, more cards are added to the draw deck. The game ends only if the players can deplete the draw deck as well as their hands without letting time run out.

If one threat shows up too many times, the team fails the mission. The team must play their threats correctly in order to gain any progress. However, most of the information in a players hand remains secret throughout the game.

Planning, teamwork, and a little luck are the tools you’ll need to win this cooperative game for two to five players.

 

EVEN MORE GAMING IN NOVEMBER!

 

Here are even more gaming events throughout the month!

 

VERSUS SYSTEM 2PCG TOURNAMENT – 11/19 1-4pm
The Vs. System 2PCG is a card game where 2-4 players each build a deck of Characters, Plot Twists, and Locations, and try to knock out their opponents. Each Vs. System set comes with a full playset of cards so you’ll have everything you need to play the full game right out of the box. If you never played the original Vs. System, don’t worry: You’ll pick it up fast. And If you’ve played original Vs. you’ll find that some parts of the game have been streamlined or changed in order to make it easier to learn, faster to play, and more fun to battle.

Each player starts with a Main Character such as Iron Man, Star-Lord, or Thanos. During the game you’ll play resources and recruit Supporting Characters. You’ll organize your formation between your Front and Back Rows, and you’ll make solo and team attacks against your foes in order to stun and KO them. You’ll play Plot Twists to enhance your team or hurt your opponent’s. You’ll use your Locations to activate your team’s Super Powers. Your Main Character will earn Experience Points and Level Up to dominate the battlefield. Finally, you’ll KO your opponent’s Main Character (or they’ll KO yours).

This event will start at 1pm, please arrive by 12:30 to register and get pairings done. There is a $5 Entry – All players get a foil card! An Organized Play Kit will be used as prize support. First place gets to choose either the acrylic card or the playmat. The other will be raffled to a random other player.

4-player minimum for the tournament.
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).

JUST ANNOUNCED!!!
The first 25 Guests participating in this event will receive a Jungle Hunter L2 promo given out at Gen Con this year! Upper Deck was kind enough to supply these promos, and a couple other goodies that will be available at future tournaments!

 

 

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!

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    MIXTAPE MASSACRE

    Mixtape Massacre is a tabletop board game where up to 6 people play as horror film archetypes and compete in a fictional 1986 killing spree to be remembered.

    Players travel the streets of Tall Oaks visiting different town locations, vying for a chance to draw a card from the "Killer Scenes, Dude" deck (cards decorated like VHS tapes of old), providing an opportunity to slay victims and collect souvenirs. Claim your prize by rolling the action dice marked in knives, fists, and pentagrams to the amount required on your card.

    Along the way, take your chances with the "Bonus Tracks" cards (decorated like your favorite dusty mixtape) or engage in Brawls, where players can battle it out and eliminate one another from the game. To win the game, be the first to rack up a body count of 10 or be the last player left alive.

    With tons of jokes and references to all of your favorite 1980's music, films, and pop-culture icons - Mixtape Massacre will have you laughing while you're slashing!

    RISE OF TRIBES

    In ancient prehistoric times, you have discovered a new land with plentiful lakes, mountains and forests (and apparently many stone rocks that shall be called dice). Your people can develop new things like basketry or find oxen or simply grow and conquer.

    In Rise of Tribes, players control a tribal faction in prehistoric times that's looking to grow, move, gather, and lead their people. The board is modular, composed of hexes in various terrain types. Each turn you roll two dice, and may select from four actions. The power of your action depends on your die roll PLUS the last couple of dice on that action card. Victory is possible in a couple ways: gathering resources to build villages and/or completing development and achievement goals for your civilization.

    A'WRITHE: A GAME OF ELDRITCH CONTORTIONS

    Summon the Great Old Ones by having them align their bodies over Arkham.

    In the game A'Writhe: A Game of Eldritch Contortions, players gather in teams of two. Each team consists of a cultist player and a Great Old One player. The cultist is assisting the Great Old One and attempting to summon them to our plane. To do this, the cultist instructs their deity, with great veneration, to place an appendage on top of an Arkham landmark to complete a specific pattern. The problem is that it is nigh impossible to have one Great Old One form this pattern by itself; that's why if another deity is touching any parts of your pattern, you can use that appendage to complete your own pattern!

    Up to three teams of two can play in this contortionist battle of positioning.

    SCYTHE: MY LITTLE SCYTHE

    My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly game in which each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme.

    In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions, complete quests, learn magic spells, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.

    Some of My Little Scythe’s mechanisms are inspired by the bestselling game, Scythe. It caught the eye of Stonemaier Games as a fan-created print-and-play game in 2017 (it went on to win the BoardGameGeek 2017 award for best print-and-play game).
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    5 days ago

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    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)…
    www.previewsworld.com/catalog

    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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    6 days ago

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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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