New Games! 3/28/17

Bloodborne


Bloodborne: The Card Game is based on the Chalice Dungeons in the video game Bloodborne — the ever-changing labyrinths and tombs carved out by the Great Ones beneath the fallen city of Yharnam, where horrifying creatures reside. Players compete to kill monsters and take their blood.

In general, Bloodborne is a game about risk management with a bit of group think, inventory management/upgrades, and tactical play. You start with a hand of basic weapons, which you get to upgrade to improve your fighting combos and capabilities.

Each turn, one monster chosen at random attacks players, who fight back as a team, with everyone playing a card from their hand simultaneously to attempt to kill the monster. Players collect blood from the monster, assuming it dies, based on how much damage they dealt. Monsters can fight back with exploding dice that can potentially deal infinite damage.

Players can fight as long as they want, but if they die in combat, they lose their progress. Players can opt out of fighting to bank their blood and save it permanently. Collected blood counts as victory points.

Says designer Eric M. Lang, “My goal with Bloodborne was to channel the intensity and frustration of the video game into a contest between players. Lots of death.”

Munchkin: X-Men


Join the X-Men on a thrilling adventure to defend mankind from renegade mutants. Munchkin X-Men combines Marvel’s beloved collection of X-Men comics with the role-playing fun of Munchkin.

In the game, players take on the role of students attending Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and team up with Professor X, Wolverine, and more super-charged mutants to take down the likes of Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and the almighty Magneto. The game includes 128 Door and Treasure cards, four player Role cards, four level trackers, game rules, and a custom die.

Dungeons and Dragons 5E Campaign: Tales from the Yawning Portal

Dread tales told in the dead of night!

When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.

Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others are some of the most popular adventures ever printed.

The seeds of these stories now rest in your hands. D&D’s most storied dungeons are now part of your modern repertoire of adventures. Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

For use with the fifth edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide, this book provides fans with adventures, magic items and deadly monsters, all of which have been updated to the fifth edition rules. Explore seven deadly dungeons in this adventure supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

Watson and Holmes


Watson & Holmes is a game of deduction set within the magnificent works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Two to seven aspiring detectives step into the shoes of Doctor Watson, working alongside the detective Sherlock Holmes to try to solve a series of so far unpublished cases directly extracted from Doctor John H. Watson’s diaries. Those who accept the challenge relive the adventures of the crime-solving duo, visiting each of the locations where the inquiries were made. Following the trail, each clue brings players closer to solving the case.

The objective of the game is to immerse yourself in the Victorian world depicted in each story. Visit the right places, decipher the clues, and above all find the path that leads you to solve the mystery before anybody else. Victory goes to the player who accurately uses the deductive reasoning so famously and ingeniously implemented by the hero of 221B Baker Street.

The game consists of a series of separate cases, each of which raises a number of questions that each player tries to solve before anyone else. To do this, once the case and the questions have been read aloud, players proceed to visit the locations where the clues are located. Each location cannot be accessed by more than one player at any one time, so if two or more players want to go to the same place, the player who travels there the fastest (i.e., he who uses the largest number of Carriage Tokens) gets the clue, forcing the others to go to a different location. Once every player has a destination, they proceed to read in secret the clue that was discovered at that location. They can discreetly take any notes they deem appropriate. Once this is done, the cards are returned to their place so that others can read them in later turns.

This procedure is repeated during each turn until one player believes he has found the solutions to the case; at that time, he must go to 221B Baker Street to check if his answers are correct. If all the answers are correct, the player wins; if they are wrong, he will have lost and retires from the game, and the game continues.

Each detective will also have the invaluable assistance of a number of Sherlock Holmes’ allies, above all, the good Dr Watson and of course of the detective himself.

Smash Up: What Were We Thinking? Expansion


Never let a cute face fool you, there’s a beatin’ awaiting you behind those cuddly smiles (didn’t Pretty Pretty Smash Up teach you anything?!?!) But it doesn’t end there, if you survive the onslaught of the teddy bears, you have rock stars, grannies, and explorers awaiting… seriously, what were we thinking?

Smash Up: What Were We Thinking returns to the wild randomness of the early days of Smash Up. By combining this expansion with your Smash Up sets, will you take Zombie Rock Stars against Explorer Dinosaurs? What about Time Travelling Grannies versus Teddy Bear Vampires? It’s all possible now! All your dreams can finally come true!

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    TOMORROW (AND SUNDAY) IS THE BIG DAY!!! YARD SALE DAY @ EC!!!

    Tomorrow is the BIG Day at EC as we present one of your favorite EC events... the Yard Sale at EC! event!!!

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    The Yard Sale runs from 11am-6pm, and then all remaining Yard Sale items will be available in our Hub, (the center of the store), until we close at 8pm, and will be avaialble again on Sunday from Noon - 6pm!!!

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    June is LGBT Pride Month, and this weekend is St Pete Pride!!!

    At EC, we celebrate diversity daily in our employees, our Guests, and the merchandise we offer!!!

    Regardless of who you are, where you're from, or who you love, your friends at Emerald City LOVE our straight and LGBTQ friends, and welcome ALL to be part of our huge, amazing EC Family!!!

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    CHOCOBO CRYSTAL HUNT CARD GAME

    Help the Chocobos on their crystal hunt!

    In Chocobo's Crystal Hunt, you send your cute Chocobos on a journey to steal your opponents' crystals...before they can steal yours! Use your intuition and observation skills in this fast-paced, fun and addictive game.

    MAGIC THE GAHTERING: GLOBAL SERIES - JIANG YANGGU VS MU YANLING

    These Global Series decks, featuring all-new cards and characters, represent the work of Chinese writers, artists, and designers, created for Chinese players but now available in the United States.

    STAR WARS X WING: SAW'S RENEGADES

    Take the skies with Saw Gerrera and his renegades with the Saws Renegades Expansion Pack! In this expansion, youll find two ship miniaturesa U-wing and a T-65 X-wing, both pre-painted in the stunning black-and-white paint scheme of Saw Gerreras freedom fighters. With these ten ship cards and fifteen upgrade cards, plus the maneuver dials, tokens, and rules included in this expansion pack, the Saws Renegades Expansion Pack gives you everything that you need to take the fight to the Empire!

    STAR WARS X WING: TIE REAPER

    Engineered as a high-performance troop transport for in-atmosphere missions, the TIE reaper also made its debut in Rogue One. Equipped with advanced ailerons for precise atmospheric maneuvering, thick armor plating, powerful laser cannons, and the capacity to carry elite infantry, this menacing vessel struck fear into Rebel forces across the galaxy. In the TIE Reaper Expansion Pack, youll find the pre-painted TIE reaper miniature, four different ship cards, eleven upgrade cards, a maneuver dial, and all the other tokens that you need to bring the Empires deadliest troopers into the heat of battle.
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    The long-awaited, much-debated new entry in the Star Wars sage, Solo: A Star Wars Story has finally soared its way into theaters, and EC was here to help fans celebrate this exciting new release!!!

    Our Guests were greeted with free Marvel preview magazines from the Star Wars (comic book series), Han Solo block figures, and free passes to see The Incredibles 2, courtesy of Disney and Disney Pixar, and our friends from Monkeys Fighting Robots!!!

    As if that weren't enough, they were then greeted by the always-amazing TampaBay Squad FL Garrison, and their fantastic entertainers!!! We added our own Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and everyone had a great time!!!

    Of course, our friends from All Things Nerdy were here as well, and we had a special Han Solo Kids and Adult raffle, featuring full Cosmic Card binders from Winn-Dixie, and Tervis Tumblers!!!

    Now that the fun is over, we're ready to see the movie again!!! Thanks to the 501st, and everyone who came out to make our day so much fun!!!The long-awaited, much-debated new entry in the Star Wars sage, Solo\ has finally soared its way into theaters, and EC was here to help fans celebrate this exciting new release!!!

    Our Guests were greeted with free Marvel preview magazines from the Star Wars (comic book series), Han Solo block figures, and free passes to see The Incredibles 2, courtesy of Disney and Disney Pixar, and our friends from Monkeys Fighting Robots!!!

    As if that weren't enough, they were then greeted by the always-amazing TampaBay Squad FL Garrison, and their fantastic entertainers!!! We added our own Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and everyone had a great time!!!

    Of course, our friends from All Things Nerdy were here as well, and we had a special Han Solo Kids and Adult raffle, featuring full Cosmic Card binders from Winn-Dixie, and Tervis Tumblers!!!

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    Check out these awesome pics from our recent Deadpool Movie Day!!!

    Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate Marvel's Merc with a Mouth!!!20th Century Fox and Marvel's second Deadpool Movie has been a massive hit!!! So, of course, EC hosted a special (and morally questionable) day in his honor!!!

    Our EC Family Members were treated to free Deadpool block figures, and of course, an amazing Deadpool raffle, featuring a Diamond Select Toys action figure, a Deadpool version of Monopoly, and more!!!

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    20th Century Fox and Marvel's second Deadpool Movie has been a massive hit!!! So, of course, EC hosted a special (and morally questionable) day in his honor!!!

    Our EC Family Members were treated to free Deadpool block figures, and of course, an amazing Deadpool raffle, featuring a Diamond Select Toys action figure, a Deadpool version of Monopoly, and more!!!

    Deadpool has a LOT of friends, so we got visits from Supergirl, Black Cat and more!!! Who knew such a smart-alec could be so popular?!?

    Check out these pics from the event, but we will give a word of WARNING!!! These ARE pics form a DEADPOOL event, so some of the pics are a little more "grown up" than what you'll usually see at our events! There's definitely a PG-13 vibe here, so proceed with caution!!!

    If you still can't get enough Deadpool, stop by and see your friends at EC for the best in Deadpool books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more!!!20th Century Fox and Marvel's second Deadpool Movie has been a massive hit!!! So, of course, EC hosted a special (and morally questionable) day in his honor!!!

    Our EC Family Members were treated to free Deadpool block figures, and of course, an amazing Deadpool raffle, featuring a Diamond Select Toys action figure, a Deadpool version of Monopoly, and more!!!

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    EC Book Club: Watchmen! is Wednesday, July 11th in "The Hub" in the center of the store!

    The EC Book Club normally meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm to chat about the featured book (it's the SECOND WEDNESDAY this time due to Independence Day).

    We usually begin each meeting with a "Comics 101" slideshow giving some historical, artistic, or social background on the book, and then we dive right into discussion! Here's the Comics 101 slideshow for our previous ECBC meeting for SCOTT PILGRIM VOL 1!EC Book Club\ is Wednesday, July 11th in "The Hub" in the center of the store!

    The EC Book Club normally meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm to chat about the featured book (it's the SECOND WEDNESDAY this time due to Independence Day).

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    MAGIC THE GATHERING: BATTLEBOND

    Welcome to Battlebond, where competitors battle in pairs. Recruit a trusted partner and fight shoulder-to-shoulder, hand-in-hand, or back-to-back for glory and the roar of the crowd! Forge an unbreakable bond with your combat companion and claim your place in the pantheon of champions!

    UNLOCK! SERIES 3

    Unlock! Secret Adventures features three new "escape room" scenarios that you can play on your tabletop.

    Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc. The three scenarios are (according to the app):

    -"A Noside Story"
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    PROWLERS PASSAGE

    In the heart of the sleeping city, there lies incredible wealth. The city gates are well guarded, but no one is watching what’s under their feet. The dead of night provides just enough cover for you to tunnel your way to untold riches and plunder the city from within. But you must act quickly, because a rival thief has the same plan.

    In Prowler’s Passage, you and your rival burrow into the city through a network of underground passages to grab valuable items while attempting to gain control of key districts. Steal the best items, create the longest passages, and control districts to become the premier prowler!

    On your turn, you must (1) place a passage, then (2) collect the tile where you placed your passage, and (3) move control markers for the districts adjacent to that passage. The tile you collect will either be an item tile, which are scored in sets during each scoring phase, or a shovel tile, which allows you to move control markers further. You might also steal statues and/or complete achievements on your turn.

    MULTIUNIVERSUM

    You’re part of a team of brilliant scientists working on the super secret lab: CERN. While experimenting with teletransportation your team came across a wonderful discovery: portals to new dimensions!

    Just imagine! Once a portal is open a whole new magical dimension is suddenly very close. All you need to do is take one step forward and you're there.

    The problem is... The crazy wild creatures from those other dimensions can now walk in.

    Oh no.

    Close the portals NOW!

    Multiuniversum is a card game puzzle in which players use actions on their cards to do research, move between 5 modules of the Hadron Collider, preparing tools so they can close portals to alternative realities.

    Each player has 3 cards on hand and 3 actions to make during their turn. Using these cards players can:

    -do research (draw 2 cards)
    -prepare a tool
    -move to any machine module
    -close portal
    -use module ability

    When the player closes a portal he gets a sample from this universe (allows player to get bonus points) and knowledge points - described on card.

    Each 5 modules open 5 portals. The game ends immediately when three portals piles have run out. The scientist who got the most knowledge points receive a Nobel prize and wins the game.
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    THE NEW HALLOWEEN TRAILER IS HERE!!! BOO!!!

    In a world of reboots, re-imaginings and retcons, no one would blame you for rolling your eyes at yet another Hollywood makeover of a beloved classic!

    This time, however, we're feeling chills - in a good way - about Blumhouse Productions,Universal Studios, and Miramax's upcoming Halloween Movie!!!

    It has Director John Carpenter's blessing, (he and Jamie Lee Curtis are exec-producing), the script is co-written by Danny McBride (actor), and Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode... and she's going to put an end to Halloween Michael Myers once and for all!!!

    Check out the trailer below, and if you're wanting to get into the spirit of Halloween today, stop by and see your friends at Emerald City Comics!!!

    We've scared up lots of horror books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more for you to engage with... with the lights on, of course!!!

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    EC IN THE NEWS!!!

    Tune in tonight to FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay at 10pm to see Barry Wong's profile on Emerald City Comics!!!

    Neil and Darryl will be talking about how comic culture and a string of comic book-based blockbuster films are affecting the comics industry!!!

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