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Unboxing Video: Mercs Conflict

Unboxing Video: Mercs Conflict

October 22, 2014 1 Comment

My brother’s brand new dice building game, Mercs Conflict, is going to be released soon! We decided to sit down and do an unboxing so you can see just what’s inside the box! Keep an eye open. I’ll be doing a review soon, with a giveaway of the game!

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”: Conclusion & Bibliography

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”: Conclusion & Bibliography

October 12, 2014 No Comments

The history of Marvel Comics is one fifty-three years in the making. In this last month we examined Marvel’s use of retroactive continuity and how it criticized the rewriting of American history, the examination of the death of newspapers, the role of Captain America as a counter-cultural icon, the division of both superhero teams and […]

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”, Part 6: What is a Family?

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”, Part 6: What is a Family?

October 11, 2014 No Comments

Stan Lee, in the establishment of the Marvel Universe, took the traditional concept of “family” and flipped it on its head. By twisting the concept of the nuclear family, Lee showed that the idea of family could be far broader than traditional consensus allowed for. The Fantastic Four were the first superhero team established under […]

Board Game Review: Quarantine

Board Game Review: Quarantine

October 8, 2014 1 Comment

I recently picked up Quarantine, due to some reviews I’ve seen online, and my general enjoyment of tile-placement games. In Quarantine,  each player is running their own hospital, checking in patients, treating them, and sending them on their way. The patient cubes also are used as the currency in the game, so each cube you […]

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”, Part 5: The ‘Enemy’ Among Us: Comparing Russian Heroes and Villains to Middle Eastern Heroes and Villains

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”, Part 5: The ‘Enemy’ Among Us: Comparing Russian Heroes and Villains to Middle Eastern Heroes and Villains

October 4, 2014 1 Comment

In 1975, Poitr Rasputin made his first appearance as Colossus in Giant-Size X-Men #1.1 What made Colossus so unique among Marvel heroes was that he was a Russian hero in a time of war. Colossus came along when the Cold War with Russia was still active and well at hand. Colossus stepped in and displayed […]

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”, Part 4: A House Divided: The Breakdown of the Superhero Team

“No Matter the Odds or the Consequences”, Part 4: A House Divided: The Breakdown of the Superhero Team

September 27, 2014 No Comments

Throughout the Cold War, superhero teams were united, fighting alongside one another, occasionally arguing and breaking up, but quickly joining back together against a single unified threat. This changed dramatically in the post-9/11 world. As superhero teams split up and remained split they began battling against those who were once allies. The wars raged on […]

Kickstart This: 5Pax

Kickstart This: 5Pax

September 25, 2014 2 Comments

5Pax is an awesome new set of dice games contained in one small package. With 10 quick, light games in one, 5Pax works well as a pickup game in between longer games for game night, or good for a whole night of quick and easy games. There’s only seven days left in their Kickstarter, but […]

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Running a Big Table

Back when I was running D&D Encounters for 4th Edition (The Borderlands season), I ran a large table. We...

Hoard of the Dragon Queen Session 2: Everything Goes to Hell

Well, that was unexpected... I went into last week's session of Tyranny of Dragons without really knowing what would...

D&D Encounters: Session : Goblins, Goblins Everywhere

Last Wednesday, we settled in for a session of D&D Encounters at The Comic Book Shop at Northtown. We...