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Groo: Friend & Foes – Vol 2

Groo: Friends and Foes – Volume 2 collects issues 5-8 of the recently concluded 12 issue “maxi-series” of the same name from Dark Horse Comics.  Each issue is largely self contained, but there is a loose plot arc running between issues, so if you are so inclined you can check out my review of Volume 1 here: http://geekorama.alt-world.com/groo-friend-foes-vol-1/

Volume 2 begins with a trading of correspondence between King Comino, and leader of his neighbouring kingdom, sorry- queendom, the kind and beautiful Queen Grooela.  Through the use of slanderous and dirty tactics, ill-befitting a king and good neighbour, King Comino goads the good Queen into dispatching her army to defend her good name...

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Podcast Spotlight: Scott Sigler

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If you have ever listened to a novel that’s been put out as a podcast, you owe a debt of thanks to Scott Sigler.  His novel Earthcore was the first podcast-only novel ever produced. It was released over 20 weeks, and gained over 10,000 subscribers in that time.

By the time his second podcast novel, Ancestor, had concluded he was drawing an audience of 30,000 listeners and over 700,000 downloads.  The hype behind Scott’s work prompted Sirius Satellite Radio to pick up Ancestor,  as the first audiobook serialized on the network.

Flash forward and Scott is now a New York Times best selling author, with novels being released by both mainstream publishers and his own Empty Set Entertainment. As Scott’s career has evolved, so to has his podcast...

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Ticket to Ride

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Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed German-style board game from Days of Wonder. Since it’s 2004 release, it has garnered dozens of awards, sold millions of copies, and spawned numerous spinoffs and expansions.  Along with Settlers of Catan, it is arguably one of the most popular Euro-style games in existence.

Many people consider Ticket to Ride a wonderful example of a “Gateway Game.” Simple enough to be taught in a few minutes, yet with enough action to keep both new and experienced players invested in the game until the very end. It is a unique class of games that can be used to help bring new or inexperienced players to the table, introducing them to an experience they may not have since playing Monopoly as a kid.

Play is fairly simple...

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Cthulhu Fluxx

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If by some chance you have been living under a rock the past few years, and don’t know who Cthulhu is, here is a history lesson.  Author H.P. Lovecraft first wrote The Call of Cthulhu in 1926, however feeling it was a rather mediocre story Weird Tales did not actually publish it until 1928. Since then, it has become widely considered one of the most influential horror stories of all time.

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Cthulhu himself, is a Great Old One within a pantheon of Lovecraftian cosmic entities.  He is a purely evil being, sleeping within an underwater city known as R’lyeh. The sleeping Cthulhu is the source of mankind’s constant discord at a subconscious level, and is also the subject of worship by a number of fictional human religions and other Lovecraftian monsters.

Flip ahead 90 years where the gr...

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Groo: Friend & Foes – Vol 1

For those who read Geek-O-Rama regularly, you may have noticed that my name pops up almost exclusively on Tabletop Gaming articles, and event photos on the Facebook page.  That’s because I generally don’t read comics anymore.  Not because I don’t enjoy them, simply because I no longer have the time, money, or space to do so.  But there are two characters that I have kept up with to some extent, as their print runs continue.  Both have been around since I was very young, and certainly since before I was a collector.  The first is Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai’s samurai rabbit who’s next collected edition comes out in July from Dark Horse Comics.  Oddly, Stan Sakai is the lettering part of one of the longest running creative teams in comic history...

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