Suicide Squad and more!

Hey everybody!
After something of a prolonged absence, I’ve been catching up with some DC Comics in the wake of SDCC and all the good stuff coming out of that. I want to do a separate blog on those things, but suffice it to say, I’m finally excited for Suicide Squad, and have started to read the comics!

Getting in the mood… #DCComics #SuicideSquad

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The first volume, Kicked in the Teeth, is very much an introduction to the team, or at least, to the idea of Task Force X, as we see them go on a few missions that appear to be somewhat unrelated. But at least we get to see the dynamics of the group, which is made up of Deadshot, King Shark, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, and then a rotating cast of additional characters. The book ends with more of an actual storyline, as Harley’s bomb is taken out of her neck early, and she escapes from Belle Reve prison to find out what happened to Joker, having heard that he’s dead. Apparently this is a tie-in to a Batman storyline, but I’ve not read that one yet, so it was a bit of a shock, though I don’t actually believe they’ve killed off such an iconic character, even though we get to see the Gotham PD have his face in a glass frame…

Having known of the team for years, it was pretty good to finally sit down to a story with them and, while some reviews have criticised the book for essentially being a bunch of random missions for the team, it’s definitely worth sticking with it, as these random missions (and group additions) begin to pay off as early as the second book:

Getting in the mood, part two… #DCComics #SuicideSquad

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Volume two, Basilisk Rising, sets up the main antagonist for the Squad, Basilisk. They’re basically H.Y.D.R.A for DC, having many of the mannerisms of the Marvel villains. Things like this used to annoy me, especially when I’d hear people refer to DC as ripping off Marvel stuff, but the fact is the two companies share a pool of writers, so to some extent we’re bound to see similar ideas crop up. Anyway, rant aside, Basilisk is determined to undermine their future enemies now, before the new world order is in place with metahumans ruling the globe. We’ve already encountered one Basilisk agent in volume one, but here we get more on them. I thought it was a really good book, though it does take a long time to get going, unfortunately, and we have one crossover story with Resurrection Man, a character I’d never heard of before, but was intrigued to find out that Dan Abnett was the writer for that comic! It being a crossover, there is a distinctive disconnect in the artwork as we get the one rogue issue before returning to the main Squad storyline.

Anyhow, volume two connects really strongly to several of the random elements from volume one, such as Captain Boomerang being captured by Basilisk, and King Shark eating Yo-Yo, so it’s worth sticking with volume one, even if you don’t know where it’s heading.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first foray into Suicide Squad, and have a couple more books on the shelf waiting for me to get round to them!

Back to reading some #DCComics with this one, pretty interesting as it happens! #Batwoman

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We’ll finish up for today with the first book in the Batwoman line. I thought the opening of this book was really hilarious, as it featured Batman and Nightwing trying to find out who Batwoman is – while I also struggled with the question! There are several members of the Bat-family, of course, and I’ve previously talked about Batwing on this blog, as well as the man himself, and while I was aware of a title called Batwoman (as distinct from Batgirl), I had no idea who she was. Anyway, turns out she’s Kate Kane, a former cadet from West Point academy, the daughter of a military family, but left the service when she came out as a lesbian. After an encounter with Batman that made her realise she too could fight crime in Gotham, she donned the persona of Batwoman.

There’s a lot going on in this book that I wasn’t all that familiar with, namely the Religion of Crime supervillain group and their connection with Kate’s dead sister (dealt with in the book Batwoman: Elegy, from what I can tell). This is somewhat symptomatic of the New 52 series as a whole, which was touted as a perfect jumping-on point for new fans, but still deals with a lot of the established story from back in the day. In this case, it’s not all that bad, as you pretty much get the story of the earlier book, but it does often leave you wanting more. But I digress.

I thought the storyline overall was pretty interesting, as we have Batwoman investigating a series of kidnappings that were perpetrated by a ghost, while she is herself investigated by the Department of Extranormal Operations, in the hope of learning Batman’s true identity. The fact that Kate is shown to be a lesbian superhero is extremely powerful stuff, as this is something I feel is distinctly under-represented in mainstream titles. The fact that Batwoman isn’t relegated to some sideline book but has a prominent place in the lore here is really good. But even leaving all of that aside, Batwoman is a sufficiently complex character to be interesting, and well worth investigating for that!

The Throne of Atlantis

Hey everybody,
I read an awesome comic book crossover yesterday, and have been pretty much buzzing about it since. Back in 2012, the Justice League and Aquaman titles from DC’s fresh New 52 series crossed over in an epic five-part awesome storyline that featured Aquaman facing off against his bother Orm (Ocean Master) as the East Coast of the USA was almost submerged.

It's awesome crossover time! #DCComics #JusticeLeague #Aquaman #ThroneOfAtlantis

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It was pretty incredible, let’s just say that from the off. both the Justice League and Aquaman books were written by Geoff Johns at this time, so I guess a crossover was pretty easy to facilitate. Both pick up directly from where they left off, with some hints being dropped in Aquaman especially around the Trench in the previous arc, The Others. In fact, having read the second volume of Aquaman beforehand really helps here, as we see the evolution of the character into a team player, while also showing us Black Manta on the lookout for relics of Atlantis that will become important. His story in The Others echoes the opening of Justice League volume three, where Wonder Woman almost begrudgingly accepts the help of the League in hunting down the Cheetah.

Anyhow!

The story begins with the US Navy on exercises in the mid-Atlantic, and a missile test goes awry, targeting the submerged city of Atlantis. This causes Orm to bring his Atlantean warriors to the East Coast in retaliation – Aquaman guesses his brother is using the first King of Atlantis’ sceptre to cause one of the cities on the coast to sink beneath the waves. Metropolis and Gotham both see heavy casualties in the storms, but Boston is Orm’s true target.

Aquaman and Orm face off, Aquaman trying to show dominance over his brother in order to force the warriors to heed his commands. When Batman tries to intervene, Orm captures most of the League, leaving only Cyborg in the Watchtower to help. Cyborg goes to STAR labs to ask his father to perform an enhancement that will make him able to operate under water, at the cost of a little more of his humanity. Once he’s ready, he activates the JL reserve list of superheroes, including Hawkman and Green Arrow, to defend Boston against the Atlantean forces. Cyborg then travels to the deep waters to rescue his companions, whereupon they discover the Trench has opened, and the demon fish-people from the first Aquaman arc have returned to terrorise the coast as well!

Turns out that Orm was manipulated by a former Atlantis royal adviser called Vulko, who had hoped to engineer to the conflict to restore Aquaman to the throne of Atlantis. Aquaman goes ballistic, imprisons Orm and beats the crap out of Vulko, but ultimately decides he needs to take his place as the King of Atlantis to prevent any further conflict.

The story is just awesome in its scope and execution, and is very definitely worthwhile taking the time to read! The danger for big team stories like these is that some people will inevitably fall short in the course, and while this is certainly an Aquaman story as much as it is a Justice League story, the other members of the League have a lot to do here as well. Chief among them, Cyborg – I’ve always been vaguely interested in this guy, but he’s becoming a really cool character in this series, and it’s really interesting to see his story develop. We also continue the burgeoning romance between Superman and Wonder Woman that began in volume two. In the midst of all this, we still have time to see Black Manta offered a place on the Suicide Squad, and the book ends with Steve Trevor and Green Arrow discussing another of the Darkseid “mother boxes”.

In a storyline as packed to the gills (ha!) as this one, some things are bound to be left out. Green Lantern had already left the team as a pariah in the last book, so it’s no real surprise he’s not here, but we also don’t see Flash, as he’s explained to be dealing with a “primal problem” of his own – presumably, the Grodd storyline from the third volume of his series. Shame, that, as he’s my favourite DC hero, but some things have got to give.

We’re left with Aquaman leaving the surface world, and the final pages are a bit heart-rending as we see him part ways with Mera, but more problematic (for me) is the enlarged team. Another thing I often dislike in big team stories like these is how the make-up will often change; I loved the first volume of Justice League because of the characters it used – since that book, we’ve now lost two of the principal seven players! I’m intrigued as to where we’ll see this go next, of course, but I’m also a little wary of having the team I came to love mixed up too much.

Anyway – Throne of Atlantis was an amazing read, and I think I may delve into the world of DC’s animated movies to see how the storyline fares there shortly! I can highly recommend this book – however, as an aside, both the Aquaman and Justice League collections have the same issues, so you don’t really need to get both books to get the story. I’d recommend getting the Aquaman collection if you had to only get one, because of the additional storyline from his book, but you won’t be totally lost if you pick up just the Justice League book instead!

Of Bats and Owls

Batman New 52

Continuing the theme of discovering new books and such, I’ve been investigating some of the comics from DC’s New 52 series and, since enjoying those involving The Flash, I’ve moved on to the caped crusader himself: Batman!

A little history. I’ve been a Batman fan for a very long time – I adored the Tim Burton films growing up, and will be getting around to featuring those on this blog soon, in fact. Indeed, I actually learnt to read from the book of the movie, my mum feeling I’d pay more attention to a book I was interested in. Growing up, Batman Returns was one of my all-time favourite films – however, over all these years, I never once thought to read an actual Batman comic…

Well that has changed!

I’ve been buying all my graphic novels from my local Waterstone’s, and had been eyeing up the Batman Court of Owls book as a potential for the list, as I love a story that features a secret society, and finally snapped it up a couple of weeks back.

Let me tell you, I was really impressed with this book. It took some time for me to get into – indeed, I actually read it in single-issues for a couple of nights. However, once I’d gotten into it, I really, really enjoyed it, and quickly snaffled the second book, also!

The New 52 was a soft-reboot from 2011, where DC wiped most of the slate clean, leaving the basic premises of their heroes in place but building new stories around them. So Batman is still Bruce Wayne (oh, spoiler alert…) and is still a billionaire industrialist orphan, etc. The first arc deals with the Court of Owls, a new enemy created for this story as a secret society that has effectively ruled Gotham City for decades through fear, helped by their cadre of assassins called Talons. We follow Batman as he discovers links with the Court and his own family, in the wake of an attack by a man dressed in an Owl suit (it’s actually better than it sounds!) The story is really good, and as the sense of intrigue builds, I got really involved and interested in how the story would develop. I had hoped to enjoy the story, of course, but I hadn’t considered the idea that I might actually become so invested!

The first book ends as Batman is captured by the Court, fights his way out of their labyrinth and escapes, and is pursued by the Court’s Talons. Volume 2 then picks up with the Night of the Owls, as the Talons are unleashed on the city. While most of them head to Wayne Manor, some are dispatched to other movers and shakers within the city’s civic life. Alfred calls in the help of the Bat-allies, from whence a series of tie-in comics were spun into a crossover event during 2012. Volume 2 continues with Batman overcoming the main Talon, before some odd issues added in at the end that explore some more of the history, such as the Court being responsible for Alfred’s father Jarvis’ death, as well as a tie-in with Mr Freeze.

Night of the Owls is a collection of the crossovers, so features a number of the issues that have already been collected in Volume 2, alongside issues from Nightwing, Batwing, Batgirl and Red Hood, among others. I mention these four specifically because they are the ones that stick out the most for me. The formula for each is quite similar – each superhero tangles with a Talon in defense of an important person – yet for folks like myself, who don’t read these other comics, crossover events like these give a handy sampler of the other books, and offer something of an easy-access point. While Nightwing has made multiple appearances in the first two volumes of Batman’s comic, I’m now super-interested in learning more about Batwing, and have ordered the first volume in that ongoing series to see what I’ve been missing! I’d also never heard of Red Hood before, but found myself really enjoying that story – though the placement within the book felt a little odd. Red Hood and his Outlaws get tangled up with a rampaging Mr Freeze before the story that shows his escape from Arkham Asylum. But anyway, it’s a small point.

While the storytelling is really great, the artwork can be a bit hit and miss – and not just in the crossover book. I really liked the aesthetic of the first volume of Batman, once I’d gotten into it, but found the various different looks of the issues collected in volume 2 to be quite jarring.

A great little collection there, anyway – highly recommended to people looking to get into the Batman line, or indeed looking to see what else is on offer in the Batman family of comics!

Exciting times!

Hey everybody!
It’s been an exciting week so far, let me tell you! Aside from the fact that I got the day off yesterday, I’ve been reading a lot of comic books and playing more games, so definitely worth the title of “exciting times”, I’d say!

Finished the third #HorusHeresy novel – my goodness! That galaxy really IS in flames! #Warhammer40k

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To start with, let’s look at the third book in the Horus Heresy series. I’ve already mentioned the first two, here and here, so it’s nice to have now finished the opening trilogy and see where I go from here. Anyway. False Gods left the Sons of Horus on the path of Chaos, firmly under the sway of Erebus, first chaplain of the Word Bearers. Galaxy in Flames follows on a little later, as we see the Warmaster wreak utter havoc, with his allies from the Emperor’s Children. In fact, it seems like a lot has somehow happened off-screen, as we learn Horus has been sounding-out his brother Primarchs. The main bulk of the story, however, consists of the massacre at Isstvan III, where Horus ruthlessly attempts to remove any elements from the legions that may oppose his plans to supplant the Emperor. (Spoiler alert: this includes Loken and Torgaddon, and it doesn’t end all that well…)

I really liked this book, though at the same time it was pretty difficult to get through. The massacre on Isstvan III doesn’t go according to plan, and becomes a siege, which is pretty heavy-going all round. Overall, the whole galaxy ends shot to pieces as we see the Sons of Horus fractured, the Emperor’s Children purged of any loyalists, also the World Eaters and Death Guard. The latter don’t get as much screen time as the others, though we are introduced to Nathaniel Garro, who becomes a much more central figure through a series of audio dramas, I believe. We also get the set-up for the next book as (spoiler alert again) the three remembrancers manage to escape the Vengeful Spirit and the massacre of their colleagues.

Heresy fans will be chomping at the bit for the infamous Dropsite Massacre, which is set up on Isstvan V in this book also. This takes place in the fifth book, I believe…

So yeah, things are shot to hell!

The Flash

After almost a year’s hiatus, I finally got round to reading the second volume in the New 52 Flash series, Rogue’s Revolution! As I mentioned when I read the first book, I love the Flash as a character. I honestly don’t really know why, but anyway! The New 52 series has effectively re-set the DC universe, which has gone through a further twist last summer. But anyhow, Rogue’s Revolution, collecting issues #9-#12 and some other bits, moves through issues focusing on the villains Grodd and Weather Wizard, before then following a storyline showing the Rogues being reunited under Captain Cold’s astral-projecting sister. It’s a bit strange, though I did like seeing the story move forward from the first volume (pun intended!). It was cool to see classic Flash villains like the Trickster and Heatwave, too. And Mirror Master! One of my favourites from back in the day. The other stories in here are a bit, I don’t know, unnecessary? #0 explores the murder of Flash’s mother, and seems very much tacked-on to the end there. The main part of the book was good, however, and I’m looking forward to getting on with the series!

I’ve been enjoying quite a bit of DC lately – watch out for something linked coming in next week’s game day blog!

Anyway, since reading those two things, I’ve moved on to the novelization of The Force Awakens, so look out for a blog on that one soon!

Exciting times!!!

Hey everybody!
Exciting times are coming, as I’ve got the week off work! Couldn’t have come at a better time, either, given how crazy things seem to have gotten lately. So, lots of r&r is planned, and most likely you’ll all be treated to multiple blogs over the next few days – yes, I do spoil you.

The week off started really excellently, too, as I had an impromptu visit from my longtime gaming partner Tony on Friday night. What had up until that point been an evening of housework (so rock and roll) turned into this!

Games Night

New games for us, all – well, DC Rivals is just a different take on the regular DC game, but yeah! The Hobbit was my birthday present from Tony last year (we’re born on the same day; I got him Doomtown Reloaded), and Lords of War was from the year before. He has another Hobbit game that is even older, and has been a lot of fun for us, so we tried this and it was a really great experience! And, of course – shiny jewels! Lords of War is a great little game, much like Summoner Wars, very quick and enjoyable. I’ve been playing Alhambra a lot in the Android version, so it was great to finally play the game proper! No doubt all of these will make it to future game day blogs, anyway!

Speaking of DC…

Earlier in the month, I’d bought this pair of books in something of an effort to rekindle my love of comic books. See, Star Wars aside, I don’t read that many other comics, having spend thousands on Marvel and suchlike about ten years ago. So last year I bought one or two things, such as Buffy Season 8 and Judge Dredd, but having recently been enjoying the DC deckbuilding game, I thought I should get back to what’s probably my first love of comics, The Flash.

One of my first ever comic books was the Terminal Velocity series, which was just awesome! However, I somehow managed to lose the last issue, so had an incomplete series for years. When I managed to sell all of my comics, I didn’t really give it much more thought, but since Cryptozoic’s DC game, I’ve been off-and-on thinking about reinvestigating!

Is any of this interesting? Well, anyway. Last week, I read the first volume of the new series, Move Forward. For the uninitiated, DC had a massive shake-up in summer 2011, when they cancelled everything and pretty much relaunched themselves with 52 new series, each starting from #1 (previously, issue numbering had apparently remained unbroken since the 1930s). The New 52 was born, though it wasn’t a complete reboot, as internal histories were retained. Seems like a good idea, to me at least, as the DC heroes are so well-known they don’t really need origin stories being told again. The New 52 is set to end in May, however, with 25 books continuing alongside 24 new books. I’m pretty excited to see The Flash continue, but we’re set to get new books for Cyborg and Martian Manhunter, two of the more interesting heroes!

The Flash

So let’s move forward to the actual book I read last week! It’s a really enjoyable story that only presupposes you know that the Flash is a guy who can run really fast. The tale involves an EMP blast on Central City that sends the technology there back forty years, as Flash battles the clones of his old friend Manuel Lago, who collectively call themselves Mob Rule. The clones are eventually defeated just as another threat appears – the EMP-induced blackout has allowed the inmates of Central City Prison to escape, and Captain Cold is running amok! Turns out the EMP blast has caused the hospital equipment to be useless, where Cold’s sister is dying from a now-inoperable brain tumour. Cold takes on Flash, but is eventually defeated.

Something that’s really, really interesting here are the ideas around the nature of the Speed Force. First, we see Flash grapple with the fact that he can move faster-than-sound, but not think that fast. Then comes the problem of his moving around as a likely cause for wormholes opening up in space/time. When investigating this, Flash enters a wormhole and discovers the true nature – that he is in fact a release valve for the built-up energy of the Speed Force. Someone else stuck in the wormhole has been causing problems like the EMP blast, a new character called Turbine, driven mad by being trapped there for 70 years.

The story ends with Grodd defeating his father to become King of the Gorillas. Volume 3 of the graphic novels seems set to have him in a starring role, anyway!

I really enjoyed this book, I have to say! While there is still the sense of prior history there, most obviously between Flash and Captain Cold, it doesn’t feel like there’s anything in the way of telling what ends up being a pretty great story. As such, then, I think DC have definitely succeeded in making their stories more accessible to a new audience with this “soft reboot”. The art was a little sketchy at times, and I suppose I’m not that used to seeing so many double-page spreads that I sometimes got confused, but there’s little else I can say against it. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s next with this series, anyway!

Highly recommended!

Captain Cold

Finally, I’ve been doing another bit of painting to the Saurus Oldblood I started last weekend. It’s hardly my best work, but then I have had a month off!

Game News and More!

It’s Saturday, so where would your day be without a visit to my blog? Where, indeed! As you may have guessed from my recent postings, this past week has been a bit hectic because of Wednesday’s exam, but now that’s finished, I’ve got my four months off, so I’m hoping to get back onto something approaching awesomeness, and I’ll be sharing it all with you! Yes, you are lucky.

Something I’m particularly excited about is my upcoming writing project. Remember last month, I wrote a short story set in the Star Wars universe, and promised more to come? Well, I’ve got lots of ideas kicking around at the minute, and on Thursday night (or, more accurately, Friday morning, as I couldn’t sleep) I started to write the next installment there. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to moving on with, so will be sharing as and when I’ve written them 🙂

It feels really weird to have the time to write, now!

I’ve not been reading much lately, because of the revision schedule I had, but I have finally made it to a couple of short stories in the last few days. First of all, on Thursday I got the new Star Wars Insider magazine, which has a short story set just before – and then during – the end of Return of the Jedi. It has the distinction of being the very first new-canon story, and features a squadron of B-wing pilots. A slightly inauspicious start, as io9 put it, but it was enjoyable all the same, so I’m looking forward to the conclusion next issue.

Haggopian

Secondly, I read the short story Cement Surroundings, by Brian Lumley, which can be found in the second volume of his work set in the Lovecraft/Cthulhu mythos. I’ve wanted to read Cement Surroundings for a long time now – amazon tells me I’ve had the book for eighteen months, already – as it is the first appearance in the mythos of the Ancient One, Shudde M’ell, whom fans of Arkham Horror and related games will know only too well! This story is the first set within the mythos that I have read that was not written by HP Lovecraft, but I have to say, I really liked it! Not as flowery – or as ‘gothic’, I suppose – as Lovecraft himself, Lumley’s style is a bit more direct, albeit with similar Lovecraftian turns of phrase. The situation similarly harkens back to the baroque prince: an elder scholar-type returns from an expedition abroad with a dark secret of having uncovered something untoward, and is slowly unhinged by the experience. In this case, he has discovered the burrowing Cthonians, offspring of Shudde M’ell, and is swallowed up into the earth from his house in the desolate North Yorkshire moors. The narrator, an author we are told, later disappears in similar circumstances, and the story ends with a short police report that writes off the experiences as mere publicity for what is supposed to be the author-narrator’s latest work. It is a whole lot better than I’ve described it, anyway, so I can definitely recommend you check it out if you get the chance! I’ll definitely be checking out more of Lumley’s work soon, I think.

Cthonians

I got really excited on Monday, because it was the festa della repubblica, the Italian National Day. Perhaps what was more exciting for me, though, was having my tweet favourited by Dante!!!

I’ve had something of a love affair with Italy since my mid-to-late teens, and finally getting to go there last year was just immense. I’m hoping to go back soon, though that will of course depend on funds! You can bet there’ll be a blog coming out of that, anyway! I’ve been off-and-on trying to learn the language for years, as well, and while I think I got away with it when I went to Milan, I’m hoping to put more of an effort in for when I go again.

This week has seen some really exciting game news, as well. First of all, we got the news on Monday that the nightmare decks for Khazad-dum are available. This may or may not mean much to you, but anyway. Lord of the Rings LCG is, like, my absolute favourite card game in the universe. When I get the time, I’m planning to write a blog just basically praising it to infinity and back. Without going into too much detail just now, suffice it to say that the nightmare decks alter the original game play quite a lot, but I was part of the beta test for Fantasy Flight Games for these decks, so I’m particularly looking forward to getting the ‘real’ ones!

That news was followed on Tuesday by the announcement of the sixth expansion pack in the Ring Maker cycle for the same Lord of the Rings game. Earlier this year, The Voice of Isengard was released, which really got my year off with a bang because we finally got a Saruman card for the game! In case you’re wondering, Saruman is my favourite character from Lord of the Rings. Anyhow. The model for this game is they release a deluxe expansion, then a cycle of six smaller packs that use specific cards from that deluxe box to function. All of this will become clearer soon, if you’re floundering, so don’t panic! I can’t wait to share my love of this game though!

There was big news on Thursday when the next deluxe expansion for the Star Wars LCG was announced, too! This is the first ‘proper’ deluxe box for this game, though I suppose it follows the model established by Edge of Darkness last year by expanding two of the game’s factions, while providing cards for the other four also. I’d been hoping we’d see more thematic expansions, rather than factional ones, but they may be working on a Call of Cthulhu-style model of giving us factional boxes then thematic ones. I don’t know. Anyway, even though I don’t play this game, as I’ve already said, I get excited when I see what’s coming up for it as if I were a keen player, so that was big news for me!

Finally, yesterday brought us news (though I only saw it this morning) of the next cycle for the A Game of Thrones LCG. This is, I believe, the longest-running of the LCGs from Fantasy Flight Games. Along with the core box and six deluxe boxes that each expands one of the game’s great families, we’re currently in the middle of the eleventh cycle of chapter packs for this game, with the twelfth cycle being announced yesterday. Pretty phenomenal, really! Part of me was wondering if they would put the game on hiatus while GRRM writes the sixth novel, but they keep churning out the expansions, and the game has a thriving meta from all accounts, so fair play! The new cycle does look pretty exciting, if I’m honest – though not because of the Arryns finally making it in. I really like this idea of supporting high-cost characters, so I’m intrigued to see where that goes.

There was also an announcement about the next expansion for Android: Netrunner, yet another LCG that I buy into. Set in the dystopian future of megacorporations and cyberhackers, it’s a really good game, though I do have to be in the mood for it. Fantasy Flight have also announced a new LCG that will be coming out this summer, I’m guessing it’ll most likely be around GenCon as was Netrunner, set in the Warhammer 40k universe. I’m not a 40k fan – despite having spent £90 last year on the Horus Heresy boardgame – so wasn’t overly thrilled when they announced it. In fact, they stopped producing the existing Warhammer: Invasion LCG in order to make room for this, so I’m kinda annoyed by it, but it does look interesting enough, so I might pick up a core set and give it a whirl. It looks very similar to a game called High Command that my mate Tony has, from what I’ve skim-read in previews, and that’s enjoyable enough. But anyway, we’ll see I guess! They gave us another preview of that this week, which is why I’m going on about it now, in case you’re wondering!

I suppose I should keep an open mind, anyway, as I wasn’t overly fussed on Netrunner when that first came out, but it took a game for me to see that it was actually enjoyable, so I’m prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt. Which I’m sure you’re very thrilled to know!

Speaking of gaming – check out the above tweet! It appeared in my feed on Friday from @LoveArchaeology, and really made me laugh! Who remembers the original GameBoy? It’s now a museum piece! Crikey!