Comic Book Collecting: the Fortuitous and the Frugal

1030_comics_630x420

The goal of this article, as it is with all articles, is to inform you of something you didn’t know before. Today, I want to focus on, what I feel are, the important aspects to look at when trying to collect comics. For what ever reason you are going into your local shop each week, whether to read a good book, to speculate on a potential investment, or to simply collect for a hobby, the goal is to have fun while doing it.

Don’t Go Quietly: A Review of Death Vigil

STK645032

With all of the ongoing comics I currently read, I am usually hesitant to start a new series, but the art on the cover of Death Vigil #1 piqued my interest, so I figured I’d give it a look. And the art is beautiful, which I should have expected with Stjepan Sejic doing it all. You might know Sejic as the artist behind much of Witchblade, Artifacts, Aphrodite IX, and Army of Darkness. His painting covers are gorgeous, but it isn’t just the cover. He is the artist for the whole book, and also the series creator of Death Vigil. The art caught my eye, but the story kept me in. I was amazed at how good a book this is. It incorporates ideas from the world of the occult, but with a fresh twist.

Continue reading

Your Core set Planeswalkers

EN_M15KEYART

...and my axe!

Your Core set Planeswalkers
(aka The Sinister Six)

 

That’s right folks.  Garruk has offered his axe to join us on this quest through the Magic 2015 planeswalkers.  The pre-release is this weekend so let’s take a look at Magic: the Gathering’s offering of these walkers for us to use.

Planeswalkers have been a staple in design since the Shards of Alara block.  While the fab 5 made their debut in Lorwyn, it wasn’t until Shards where their presence seemed to truly impact the block, and the format they were legal in.  This is the second time we have had 6 (SIX!) planeswalkers in a core set (M13 being the first time).  Let’s take a spin around the color wheel and visit each walker in turn.

Continue reading

How to build your Magic: the Gathering collection

How to build your Magic: the Gathering collection

(or how to build your own weights)

Magic collection

Hello fellow card floppers, and welcome to my first article about the game we love: Magic: the Gathering.  As we all are drooling over the new cards from this summer’s core set, M15, I thought we could start the discussion on collecting.  Every time a new set comes out, one of the first thoughts we all have is: “How am I going to get the cards I need?”.  For some, this may not be an issue, however this article may help steer to you in the right direction based on what you need (or to fill up your 5k boxes to work out with).

By the box

One of the quickest ways to build your collection is with the purchase of multiple booster boxes.  Who doesn’t like 36 chances to get the bomb rare they need?  The more boxes you get, the better chance you have of getting a playset of the cards you need (or the cards you can trade to get what you need).  As with everything in life there are pros and cons.  I bought a case of Innistrad, and did not open one Liliana of the Veil.  This unfortunately does happen.  If you choose to go down this path keep in mind the positives, and have a good idea what deck you will be playing.  You may even notice a lot of pieces for another deck you could build which would help you have several decks to play, or test against.

All the Single Angels

Another way you can build a collection over time, and more more slowly, is to buy only the cards you need.  When purchasing cards this way you are a little more focused, but your trade binder is quite slim.  This is a good way to go when you are on a budget, and don’t need to obtain many cards for a deck.  Your collection becomes only the cards you play though, so don’t get disappointed when you are unable to trade a lot.

Play the Pack Lottery

I’ve done it.  I’ve bought a pack just for that chance to get “the money card”, then rip a bulk rare.  Similar to above if you are on a budget this could be a good way to go.  Some friends even split a box (or draft a box) using this.  Others just buy a few packs at a time.  This one is inbetween the first two above, however it can eventually provide you a nice collection of cards.  Keep in mind you won’t have as much to offer in trades as the first option, but if you do choose this option don’t regret trading away that awesome card you opened (that you’re not playing with anyway).

As you can see there are many ways you can build a collection. Next week we will dive into all of the M15 previews, and speculate for the future.

Have fun, and tap more mana.

Fireworks for the Fourth – A Review of Hanabi by SoFrankly.com

Hanabi

Last year, I reviewed a game that I played on July 4th: Battle Cry. My son and I played it because of the holiday. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought 150 years earlier over the first days of July. This year I thought I would review a family game that tied in with the 4th. Hanabi is a game about putting on fireworks displays. It has won high praise, and is being highly touted as a fantastic family game within gaming circles. However, I think the last three words are important. Continue reading

The Gaming Barbarian Presents…’Battlelore: 2nd Edition’

pic1854807_md

Hello and welcome to the lair of the Gaming Barbarian! Today we will visit the fantasy universe of Terrinoth as we take a look at ‘Battlelore: 2nd Edition.’

‘Battlelore’ was originally designed by Richard Borg as part of the ‘Commands and Colors’ family of games. This second edition has additional design work by Robert A. Kouba. It takes place in Fantasy Flight’s universe of Terrinoth where several of their fantasy games take place. Is this one worth your time?

Continue reading

New Products!

Star Wars Age of Rebellion and The Villains Expansion for the Marvel Legendary Deck-building game are both in today.

 

star_wars_rpg_age_of_rebellion_core_bk-434481393406854d marvel-legendary-villains

Age of Rebellion is the second of three combinable, but stand-alone Star Wars Role-playing games from Fantasy Flight.  It focuses primarily on running a campaign of rebel fighters in vital missions against the evil Galactic Empire.

 

Marvel Legendary Deck-building Game: Villains Expansion lets players play as villains such as Venom and Magneto to battle against the Avengers and X-Men.  Customers who come in and pick up a copy will receive a free promotional card.

 

Legendary: Villains Promotional cards

Legendary: Villains Promotional cards