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Mike Grell’s Shaman’s Tears is getting a Roleplaying Card Game

Shaman's Tears

The Mike Grell Universe is coming back in a big way: on the heels of the announcement of a scripted audio fiction podcast adapting and continuing the original 1990’s Image Comics series, creator Grell and Pocket Universe Productions (PUP) will partner with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment to develop and produce a Shaman’s Tears RPG Card Game. The game and fiction podcast will be funded simultaneously through a forthcoming pair of crowdfunding campaigns in late summer and fall, with both product and production to be released in the first half of 2024.

Shaman’s Tears dealt with issues of identity, heritage, and the environment. Joshua Brand, the son of a Lakota father and an Irish mother, returns to the reservation he ran from as a young man, only to discover that he has been chosen to bear the mantle of protector of the Earth itself when he inherits the powers of all animals as the spiritual avenger Stalking Wolf. Soon after Brand finds himself at odds with a rogue scientific organization usurping nature with human/animal hybrids known as The Blood, their experiments hitting closer to home in ways he never imagined.

The RPG card game inspired by the series allows players to take on the roles of either the heroes or villains from the original Shaman’s Tears run with each character having unique characteristics that can help or hinder them in a game where survival is paramount. As animals and the environment are key elements in the series, players can use the abilities of animal totems and ecological crises as both protection and the means to attack.

An “early bird” campaign – managed by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment with Mike Grell and PUP working in tandem at the heart of it – will allow gamers and Grell fans alike to pre-order not just the game, but also a special surprise booster pack, limited edition playmats, and acrylic stands. Both campaigns will feature perks applicable to both the game and the audio drama, including digital downloads and CD’s of the complete first season, a Kickstarter-only game box, a retail tier for game stores, script books, prints drawn by Mike, and even an extremely limited edition Shaman’s Tears leather jacket for the most generous supporters.

Kill 6 Billion Demons Vol. 4: King of Swords Delivers Hair-Raising Sword Fights and Deadly Tournaments

Fan-favorite cartoonist Tom Parkinson-Morgan is back with a new chapter of the popular Kill 6 Billion Demons in Vol. 4: King of Swords out this August from Image Comics.

In the fourth chapter of this series—adapted for print from the successful webcomic Kill 6 Billion Demons—heir to the multiverse Allison Ruth must grapple with the limits to her own strength as she enters the world’s deadliest multiversal fighting tournament in a desperate struggle against the god-king Solomon David.

This beloved webcomic series also has a RPG tie-in by Parkinson-Morgan and an ever-expanding universe of characters and lore. Kill 6 Billion Demons blends heavy metal influences with French fantasy comics’ style and is perfect read for fans of Dungeons & Dragons. The series has built a cult following online through a top Patreon campaign before being published by Image Comics. 

Kill 6 Billion Demons, Vol. 4: King of Swords (ISBN: 978-1534319134, Diamond Code JUN210189) will be available on Wednesday, August 4 and in bookstores on Tuesday, August 10.

Kill 6 Billion Demons, Vol. 4: King of Swords

Rat Queens: the Board Game is Coming to Kickstarter from Deep Water Games this Summer

Rat Queens: The Board Game

Deep Water Games is adapting the New York Times Best-Selling comic series Rat Queens into an official board game, coming to Kickstarter this Summer.

You know the Rat Queens. A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, in the business of massacring monsters for money. When the darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery comic debuted in 2013, it put a “Bridesmaids” spin on “Dungeons and Dragons” and campaigned its way into the hearts of many. Now, it’s your turn to join the Queens on their ale-swigging misadventures in Rat Queens: The Board Game.

Rat Queens: The Board Game is a cooperative deck-building boss-fighter based on the award-winning Image Comics series Rat Queens, created by Kurtis Wiebe. It plays 1 to 4 players in under an hour with learn-as-you-go mechanics and loads of content for endless replayability.

Just like the comics, players will have to manage the relationships between the queens and suffer the consequences of their chaotic actions. Unique asymmetric powers immerse players in the role of each of the four Queens:

  • Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, a black-haired necromancer with a bad attitude and a mysterious past.
  • Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, a red-haired Dwarf of the Blackforge Clan who rejects her family’s old-fashioned traditions.
  • Dee the Atheist Human Cleric, a human ex-high priestess who left her faith and family after she became disillusioned with the horrors they worshipped.
  • Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief, a lover and a fighter who is as dangerous as she is small.

Rat Queens: the Board Game is designed by Erica Hayes-Bouyouris and Sen-Foong Lim. Bouyouris is a game designer from Toronto, Canada, whose previous works include the Steven Universe Miniatures Game, Bosk, and Kodama 3-D. She’s part of the Game Artisans of Canada and co-hosts the Meeple Syrup show with Lim.

Lim is one half of the Bamboozle Brothers; the designers of award-winning games such as Belfort and Junk Art. Sen’s previous games also include Kingdom Rush, Legend of Korra, Godfather, and Mind MGMT.

Look for Rat Queens: the Board Game on Kickstarter, Summer 2021.

Helm Greycastle Mixes Goes From Comics to a 5E Compatible RPG

Critically acclaimed writer Henry Barajas teams up with artist Rahmat M. Handoko and colorist Bryan Valenza for the all new Latinx fantasy series Helm Greycastle. This four-issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this April. 

Helm Greycastle will also feature alternative covers by such talent as David Lapham, Tony Parker, and Becky Cloonan, along with a bonus Latinx one-shot RPG (5E compatible) written by Tristan J. Tarwater and showcasing art by Jen Vaughn.

In Helm Greycastle, the last dragon prince has been abducted—kept prisoner by an unknown threat: AZTEC MEXICA! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince—but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. Will Greycastle help save the people of MEXICA…or rescue the dragon prince and flee?

Helm Greycastle #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28:

  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover A Handoko & Valenza – FEB210027
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover B Lapham – FEB210028      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover C Parker – FEB210029      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover D Cloonan [limited] – FEB210030
Helm Greycastle #1

CMON’s Hate Gets an Oversized Trade Edition from Image and Top Cow

This December, following the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Hate board game, Image Comics and Top Cow Productions will release an oversized trade paperback edition of Chronicles of Hate, collecting books one and two of internationally renowned artist Adrian Smith’s dark fantasy series.

Smith first came to prominence for his atmospheric, moody artwork and game illustrations for such popular franchises as Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer.

In a world where the sun is frozen and the moon burns, Chronicles of Hate follows an unlikely hero who rises to free the Earth Mother from her chains. This isn’t a world for the weak. All we know is Hate.

Chronicles of Hate, Collected Edition (Diamond code: OCT180056, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1144-2) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, December 5th and bookstores on Tuesday, December 11th.