Asmodee Entertainment has announced a partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create licensed art books for three of Asmodee’s leading tabletop gaming properties. Dark Horse has tapped into Asmodee’s diverse portfolio of over 300 gaming IPs to curate a collection of unique art books showcasing the beautiful artwork and rich story designs that are distinguishable within the games.
Explore the worlds of the AndroidUniverse, Arkham Horrorand KeyForge through an expansive collection of never-before-seen production art and commentary from renowned games studio – Fantasy Flight Games. The first of these highly anticipated art books will debut at the end of this year or early next year. Dark Horse’s art books will be the perfect companion piece for fans of these beloved game universes.
Vault Comics has announced that they have partnered with Paradox Interactive to publish the official Vampire: The Masquerade comic book series. The first comic in the series will be available for purchase from comics retailers across the US in July 2020. The comic is co-written by Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, and Blake Howard, drawn by Devmalya Pramanik, Nathan Gooden, and colored by Addison Duke, with covers by Aaron Campbell.
From the internationally bestselling World of Darkness universe, Vault brings readers an official Vampire: The Masquerade comic series. Sink your teeth into the hidden world of vampires, ghouls, and hunters who live in the shadows and scheme among us. In the comic series, Cecily Baine, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ elite cabal of Kindred (vampires), takes a mysterious young vampire under her wing and is swept up in a conspiracy that can shake the foundations of vampire society.
Each issue will include exclusive material for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition of the tabletop RPG from Modiphius Entertainment. These materials enable readers to play alongside the unfolding comic events in their own chronicles.
Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Dark Horse Direct and Mantic Games have announced the first Hellboy Statue based on Mantic Games’ bestselling Hellboy: The Board Game miniature. Limited to 500 and available now for pre-order, the Hellboy Statue—Mantic Series is expected to ship this summer.
This exclusive statue was meticulously sculpted by the creative team at Mantic Games and painted by Ed Bradley as if you lifted our hero right out of the pages of the acclaimed graphic novels and comics. Posed to pack quite a punch, Hellboy stands approximately 9” tall on a hellscape terrain base approximately 7.5” wide. Level 52 Studios did the statue prototype and base sculpt for The Hellboy Statue—Mantic Series.
On sale now, Hellboy: The Board Game is a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members – Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus – before exploring gothic locations, uncovering ancient artifacts and battling one of Hellboy’s most notorious foes, Rasputin!
White Wizard Games has announced that on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, they will be rolling out the much anticipated Epic Card Game Digital app! And it will be FREE!
Epic Digital is a fast-paced card game of fantasy combat designed by Hall of Fame Magic players Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle. The App will feature multiple ways to experience the game such as Single Player Campaign Mode, Online Real-time Play vs. other players, Dark Draft, Constructed, Limited and Ranked Heads-up Games. We are welcoming players new and old to come battle with the four factions Good, Evil, Sage, and Wild. Which will you choose?
Casual play in Epic Digital, including owning unlimited copies of every card in the game, will be COMPLETELY FREE!
No cost to download the app.
No cost to get new sets.
No cost or restrictions on online or offline casual play.
Every player will have every card in the game and be able to build any deck, any time.
Players will be able to play the campaign, play games vs the AI, and even play unlimited Sealed, Draft, and Constructed online games ALL FOR FREE! The only things players pay for are cosmetics (like digital foils), extras (like extra deck slots) and competitive play (like Arena and Tournaments).
Diamond Comic Distributors has released its top products for December 2019. Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting was the top-selling item invoiced by dollars for the month. Paizo dominated the month though, taking 8 of the top 10 games for the month.
Ript Apparel is a daily t-shirt site and today they have a design gamers may enjoy. Created by Glassstaff, the “Anatomy of the D20” lets you see what’s really inside your dice.
You can get the design on t-shirts, hoodies, posters, and more for 24 hours for $14.
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I’ve never played the board game Rising Sun. Despite my love of board games, I couldn’t tell you what the game is even about. Rising Sun #1 adapts the popular board game from CMON into comics and does a decent job of it all. Written by Ron Marz and David Rodriguez the story focuses on warriors from different clans brought together to take on the monsters ravaging their lands and put a stop to the source. It’s a story we’ve seen before many times. This spin on the familiar plot stands out a bit due to its focus on the characters.
I can’t compare the comic to the game, or how well it adapts it, but the comic itself is an entertaining read. The plot is something we’ve seen but Marz and Rodriguez deliver something a bit more. Through the injury of one of the warriors, we learn about the others. It’d be easy to do flashbacks to reveal who each is but between the initial battle and subsequent events in trying to save their friend, we get a good sense of every character. There’s a lot packed into the issue explaining the world and it all flows easily.
The art by Martin Coccolo helps keep the focus on the characters. With colors by Katrina Mae Hao, each has personality in their design. Looking at each character, you get a sense of their clan and who they are. The body language too helps convey it all. Like the overall plot, the art feels familiar but at the same time stands out. It does a solid job of giving us details on the world and characters without being too obvious and saving the need for clunky dialogue explaining the clans and personalities.
Who knows how well the comic reflects the board game but what’s presented is an entertaining read taking us through a familiar plot but doing so with a lot of personality. The comic also comes with some material to use for those who do play the game adding a nice bonus and reason for gamers to get it. A good start that stands out as more than a cheap cash in on a property.
Story: Ron Marz, David Rodriguez Art: Martin Coccolo Color: Katrina Mae Hao Letterer: Deron Bennett Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Renegade Game Studios has announced that veteran game designer Matt Hyra has joined the team! With his extensive design experience that includes licensed and original titles dating back to 1998, and his experience working with and leading talented game R&D teams, Matt’s skills will undoubtedly help Renegade produce exciting games titles and product lines moving forward.
Matt first broke into the industry at Wizards of the Coast working on the Pokémon Trading Card Game and various rules teams. He eventually took his talents to Upper Deck where he worked on games such as Vs. System and he was the R&D lead for The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game, and then to Cryptozoic, working on titles such as The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, GKR: Heavy Hitters, and DC Comics Deck Building Game.