Favorite Comic Book Series: Atomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class: Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies N' Cream
If you're a gamer, by now you've probably heard of The Last of Us. It's winning the hearts and minds of many gamers and with good reason. The Last of Us is set 20 years after the world ended due to ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a parasitic fungus which drove people mad and turned them into psychotic monsters not unlike zombies in other fiction, but we'll just call them Infected for short. Joel is a man who lost everything when the world ended and has lived 20 years doing little more than surviving. Ellie is a 14-year-old girl who has known nothing but the military guarded walls of Boston. Due to circumstance, the two are paired up and sent on a cross-country trek through the remnants of the United States.
The year of Atomic Robo has begun! Hot on the heels of more Real Science Adventures, Tesladyne is engaging in actions all around the world. On his latest adventure, Robo crossed paths once again with the deadly (and quite insane) Dr. Dinosaur while Tesladyne dealt with some problems closer to home.
The contents of this report requires a level 7 clearance. If you haven't already, I suggest you catch up on Robo's visual memoirs to date and have already read Mr. Clevinger and Mr. Wegener's account of this incident or in layman's terms:
The following is an interview with Timothy Brown, game designer (2300AD, Dark Sun, End of Nations) and musician (Head East). In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Kristine Chester chats with Brown about Dragon Kings, the all-new RGP world that he has created, and how he has envisioned this world not only through fiction and art, but through music, as well.
This interview was conducted on June 29, 2013.
Los Angeles is getting a board game café! Board game enthusiasts Robert Cron and Terry Chiu are opening up GameHaus, a fun place to hang out, drink some coffee, and try the latest Eurogame or deck builder.
GameHaus is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to add more board games to their library and stock the kitchen with the latest and greatest gadgets and goodies.
I recently had the chance to speak with Robert and Terry about GameHaus, and I'll go ahead and let them explain more about board game cafés and GameHaus in particular, in their own words below.
Star Wars as a universe contains the potential for many different stories covering different eras and genres and recasting heroes and villains again and again. The Lost Tribe of the Sith demonstrates this aptly. A group of Sith crashed long ago on the planet Kesh and have had to get by ever since. Though some knowledge of the Dark Side has been lost over the years, many of the core Sith tenets, including the ambition and struggle for power, remain ever present. It's this goal of power that is about to lead Parlan Spinner, a slave-born con artist, and Takara Hilts, a daughter of royalty denied every right and privilege of her family, on an adventure that will forever change the landscape of Kesh.
Bloodhound was originally published by DC Comics and was set in that universe, but recently Dark Horse has compiled the old issues (omitting some issues that featured DC-owned characters) into this trade - Brass Knuckle Psychology - to coincide with the new batch of Bloodhound stories by Dan Jolley as part of the Dark Horse Presents line of comics.
The year is 2084, social media has evolved to the point of sharing memories. The company Memorize has a virtual monopoly on human memories through their Sensen technology, but if you don't own your memories, what do you really have? Enter the Errorists, a group of terrorists and memory hunters working to take down Memorize in order to preserve humanity. Nilin was their greatest memory hunter until she was captured and stripped of her own memories before managing to escape. Now, with a blank slate, she has to figure out who she can trust, find a means to regain her memories, and stop Memorize from dominating Neo-Paris.
Technology destroyed the world, and so the people of Virdis Valley have demonized it, burning at the stake anyone foolish enough to dig up the tools from that forgotten time. Merrick is a magician, or, more accurately, a con artist that makes use of technology by pretending it's magic. Traveling along with his assistant, Thaddeus Kidd, Merrick is about to be swept up in a larger adventure when a woman from a far away land falls out of the sky and into his life.
Things are looking bleak for our heroes of the Rebellion. Han Solo and Chewbacca are being hunted on Coruscant by stormtroopers and bounty hunters alike. When a secret mission goes wrong, Leia is left injured and floating adrift in her X-Wing with no hope of getting back to the Rebel fleet. Who will get to her first? Reinforcements from her squad or the Star Destroyer hunting them?
The short review is: this comic is great, it looks amazing, and it does incredible things with Leia. Go and read it.
Minor Spoilers Below
The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world. Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.
By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester
While many enjoy the colorful and unique artwork of comic books, it is important to remember that without the writers behind them, they wouldn’t be the heroes and villains that we love and hate so much. Over the course of our time reading and reviewing comic books for FBC (and for our own personal enjoyment), we have come to find a handful of writers that we feel are the top talent, regardless of the genre they’ve written for, for many reasons that we will now share with you.