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TNTM: How to Play Hero Realms by White Wizard Games

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play Hero Realms

Hero Realms from White Wizard Games is a fantasy-themed deck-building game. It is an adaptation of the award-winning Star Realms game. Hero Realms is for 1-4 players and takes about 20 minutes to play. It plays best with 2 players. The game includes basic rules for two-player games, along with rules for multiplayer formats such as Free-For-All, Hunter, and Hydra.

Each player starts the game with an identical 10 card personal deck. Players share an 80 card market deck. Five cards from the Marketplace deck are revealed to create Market Row. Each turn players will play cards from their hand. Weapon cards are used for combat and Gold cards are used to purchase items from the Market Row. When a card is removed from Market Row it is replaced with a card from the Marketplace deck. When your personal deck runs out of cards simply shuffle your discard pile into your new deck. The goal in Hero Realms is to reduce your opponent’s life to zero.

Multiple expansions are available for Hero Realms that allow players to start as a particular character (Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Thief, Wizard, or Dragon at the time of this video). Players may fight cooperatively against a Boss, fight Boss decks against one another, or compete in a campaign mode that has you gain experience to work through different levels of missions.

If you want a deck building game that is inexpensive (approximately $20), easy to learn, fun, and doesn’t require you to constantly purchase booster packs then give Hero Realms a try.

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TNTM: How to play Ghosts Love Candy

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play the Ghosts Love Candy from Steve Jackson Games

In Ghosts Love Candy you will play as one of six ghosts. There are six kids all dressed up for Trick or Treat in the neighborhood (playing field). Every round a piece of candy is given to each kid. Since you are a candy loving ghost, you scare the kids and take their candy.

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Ghosts

Be careful, each kid has special abilities that can be triggered. These abilities can greatly affect the outcome. You must also be careful not to scare any kid so much they run away (When the total ghost points exceed the bravery level of the kid). If you are the last ghost played on a kid that runs away you take that kid into your scoring as negative points.

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Kids

You will receive points for the candy you take. Since every ghosts likes different types of candy you will receive a randomized candy score card that is kept secret from other players. Candy Corn might be worth 5 points to you, but only 2 points to another player.

Love Card
Love Card

Ghosts Love Candy is for 3-6 players, plays over 8 rounds, and is easy to learn. Kids will love the artwork, cute theme, and easy game-play. Adults will enjoy these things also, but will appreciate the strategy that can be used by implementing the abilities on the kid cards. Ghosts Love Candy is scheduled to be on the shelves in your favorite Local Game Store (Zia Comics) in May 2017.

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TNTM: Zia Comics Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2017

Free Comic Book Day has outgrown the confines of Zia Comics. Instead of making the event smaller, we decided on the opposite. We are making the event bigger, adding more guests, and doing more cool stuff.

Remember back in the first paragraph where we said FCBD has outgrown our store capacity? We searched high and low to find a suitable venue to host this event. We found our location at the Mesilla Valley Mall.

Zia Comics Free Comic Book Day will be held just inside the mall entrance from the movie theater. The same location where they do pics with the Easter Bunny and Santa.

No more waiting in line to come inside the store and pick out your free comics (Fire Marshal code). This bigger space allows us to have LOTS more guest artists as well. We are bringing in 2 of the current artists working on DC Comics Titans title. We are also bringing in a load of local comic book talent. We will also have cosplayers, games, and Dave & Buster’s will be giving away cool swag.

Remember if you come in costume you can’t wear a mask walking around the mall. You will be allowed to wear your mask in the Zia Comics FCBD area only.

Here is our guest list so far:

DC Comics artist Brett Booth (Backlash, Flash, Titans) will be in attendance. He will be available for custom sketches and will be selling signed prints of his work.

DC Comics artis Norm Rapmund (Teen Titans, Flash, Titans) will be in attendance. He will also be available for custom sketches and will be selling signed prints of his work.

Artist Jaime Carrillo will be doing custom sketches, selling signed prints of his work, and selling copies of his books.

Artist Ben Jones will be doing custom sketches, selling signed prints of his work, and selling copies of his self published comic, Asgard.

Artist Juan Muro will be doing custom sketches and selling signed prints of his work.

Artist Daniel Campos (Marvel & DC) will be doing custom sketches and selling signed prints of his work.

Artist Andy Perez will be doing custom sketches and selling signed prints of his work.

Ray Ramos is the creator of El Valiente, Hell’s Pass, and El Paso’s Book of the Dead: A Guide to Surviving the Zombie Holocaust.

Cosplayer Ginny Di will be in attendance in costume. She will be selling signed prints of her cosplay photos.

Cosplayer Christina Dark will be in attendance in costume. She will be selling signed prints of her cosplay photos.

The Vhe’rang Clan of Mandalorian Mercs Star Wars costuming group will be in attendance.

Military Gamer Supply will have their Artemis Spaceship Bridge simulator set up as well as other various games.

Dave and Busters of El Paso will be in attendance with lots of cool freebies and goodies.

We will have a limited number of the FCBD 2017 Funko POP! Marvel: Iron Fist PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Figure (White Costume Version). This item has been allocated and quantities are limited.

And of course, FREE COMICS! (while supplies last). For a list of what comics will be given away visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/catalog

Mark the day on your calendar. This is one you won’t want to miss.

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TNTM: Talking Table Top Gateway Games

This week Danny & Trevor go over their top five lists of Gateway Games. There is some debate as to what qualifies a game to be in this category. The generally accepted definition is:

Gateway Game: A game with simple rules that are easy to teach non-gamers in order to attract new players into board gaming as a hobby.

Gateway Game usually have the following qualities:

Simple (so you can explain the rules to them quickly).

Fun (fun games will attract repeat plays).

Short (short hits can be played again, misses gives you time to play something else).

Basically any easy to teach and play game that is quick and fun can be considered a Gateway Game. The term is akin to the “Gateway Drug” definition. They are games that give players an easy entry into the world of board gaming.

Hopefully you this video has helped you discover a game you’d like to try or show to a friend. As always… Keep playing games!

Top 5 Gateway Games

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TNTM: Talking Table Top Dice Games

Top 5 Dice Games

In this episode, Trevor and Danny give you their Top 5 list of Dice Games. There is much debate as to what constitutes a dice game. The common definitions are below. There will be some argument to these classifications I’m sure.

1. Pure dice games which include only dice and maybe some scoring or resource markers. Part of the appeal of such a game is the tactile experience of rolling.

2. Hybrid dice games which include dice as an important aspect, where dice are used in a key game mechanism as more than just a randomizer.

3. Board games that happen to have dice as a randomizer. The influence of the dice is isolated to resolving a particular kind of action, Outside of that action, it doesn’t matter that dice were used.

For this list Trevor and Danny consider games that fall into category #1 and 2. Dice must be an important factor in the game. Hopefully this video will help you make an informed decision about trying out one of the games mentioned.

As always, keep playing games!

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Wonder Woman Day is in June

Wonder Woman gets her own day from DC Comics.  All you Wonder Woman fans mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this.

Official DC Comics Press Release

DC Entertainment is celebrating the upcoming Wonder Woman film with “Wonder Woman Day” on Saturday, June 3. Two new, special edition Wonder Woman comic covers were revealed today – comic retailers, participating bookstores, libraries and other partners will give fans free copies of the special editions on “Wonder Woman Day.”

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 features a chapter from the upcoming DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS, written by Shea Fontana with art and a new cover by Yancey Labat. WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 reprints WONDER WOMAN #1 by writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated action-adventure film Wonder Woman, from director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, comes to theaters on June 2, 2017. Keep an eye out for more “Wonder Woman Day” updates coming soon!

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TNTM: Zia Comics Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2017

Zia Comics is hosting Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) again in 2017. FCBD is always the first Saturday in May. It is a day where all participating comic book stores have special comic books available to customers at no charge, that’s right…FREE!

Zia Comics has had to allow only a set number of people in the store at a time due to fire codes. This resulted in cramped space inside the store and long waiting lines outside. We were faced with two possible solutions. 1) We could downsize the FCBD event so that it fit comfortably inside the confines of the store or 2) Find a bigger venue to host our FCBD. We opted for choice #2.

May 6, 2017, Zia Comics Free Comic Book Day will be at the Mesilla Valley Mall. This allowed us to not only not go smaller, but we actually increased all the stuff we can do for FCBD. We are bringing in two current DC Comic artists, Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund. We are bringing in a load of local talent such as Jaime Carrillo, Charles Ben Jones, Andy Perez, Dan Klimut, Juan Muro, Daniel Campo, Ray Ramos

We are bringing in cosplayers Ginny Di & Christina Dark.

Military Gamer Supply will be there with some of their gaming goodness.

Dave & Buster’s of El Paso will be there giving out all kinds of swag. I’ve heard a rumor there will be Power Cards to be had as well.

The Vhe’rang Clan of Mandalorian Mercs Star Wars costuming club will be in attendance. Hopefully some of the 501st Legion Vader’s Fist will be able to make it. The R2 Builders Club will be represented by a working R2-D2 droid.

Las Cruces Comic Con will be there with some freebies… including Friday night preview passes.

Oh yea, there will be lots and lots of FREE comics (limited to 3 per person while supplies last). Mark your calendar and hope to see you there.

**Poster artwork is courtesy of Andy Perez

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TNTM: Talkin Table Top Deck Building Games

Danny and Trevor give us the list of their top 5 favorite deck building games.  There is a bit of disagreement between them as to what constitutes a deck building game.

What is a Deck Building Game

A deck-building game is a card game that uses building a deck as the main focus of the gameplay. It is similar to collectible card games (CCGs) in that each player has their own deck.  Unlike CCGs the cards generally are not sold in randomized packs. The majority of the deck is built during the game rather than before the game. Typically, the cards provide a type of game currency which allows players to buy more cards to add to their decks.

Hopefully you have seen a game in this video you are interested in but not aware of.  Remember, play safe and keep playing games.

The main camera battery died with about 2 minutes left.  We apologize for the audio quality from that point on.

Deck Building Top 5

 

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TNTM: The Retcon vs Purist Argument

Retcons: From the very beginning of storytelling there have been retcons.  Someone always wants to tell the story with a different set of circumstances.

Some times the retellings are good and help build onto the existing story and characters.  Other times the retelling destroys everything that made the original story popular in the first place.

These retellings have only recently been given a name.  Retcon is the term used when someone takes an existing story or character and changes some part.  Some times the reason for doing this is an attempt to modernize the story/character.  Other times it is just a “what if?” type thing.

Purists

On the other hand you have purists.  This group believes the story/character should remain true to the original source material no matter what.  Any deviation from the source material is seen as a bad thing.

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These two camps of thought rarely agree on a retcon.  If you don’t believe me just visit any online forum about a movie or comic book that has retconned something.  There is more venom and name calling in those forums than at my last Thanksgiving dinner.

There are points to be made for both sides.  I myself used to be firmly in the purists camp.  I used to hate when even the smallest detail in a comic book movie deviated from the source material.  I took it as a personal attack when movies would make changes to my favorite characters.

Fast forward to now.  I have come to realize comic books are a living history where only the general outlines are written in stone.  Everything else is fluid and changes with the times.  Comic books have to appeal to readers EVERY month (sometimes twice a month).  To keep their titles profitable they have to constantly attract new readers to replace those who have fallen by the wayside.  This must be done while retaining their loyal readers at the same time.  Publishers are always walking that tightrope.  Sometimes they are successful, sometimes they fail miserably.

Conclusion

Retconners and purists both really love the source material for comic books.  The purists like things just as they are and don’t think any changes are needed EVER.  The retconners take the source material and ask “what if?”.  The common bond is the affection for the original work.  If you love the original stuff… you will always have that.  No one can take that away from you.  If you’re a retconner you should realize the further you stray from the source the more audience you will likely lose.
It’s a good time to be a nerd.  Let’s not fight amongst ourselves.

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TNTM: Talkin’ Table Top – Euro Games

Top 5 Euro Games

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com are starting a new series called “Talkin’ Table Top”. This series will focus almost entirely on board and card games. Everything from demonstrations to their top picks.

This week they discuss their top 5 Euro game picks. Euro games are a class of tabletop games that generally have indirect player interaction. They typically include abstract physical components. They place more emphasis on strategy while downplaying luck and conflict. More often than not they have economic themes rather than military. Another prominent characteristic of Euro games is the lack of player elimination.

Euro Game Mechanics

Some of the common mechanics found is Euro games is:

Tile Placement – spatial placement of game components on the playing board.

Auctions – includes open and hidden auctions of both resources and actions from other players and the game system itself.

Trading/Negotiation – not simply trading resources of equivalent values, but allowing players to set markets.

Set Collection – collecting games resources in specific groups that are then cashed in for points or other currency.

Area Control – also known as area majority or influence, this involves controlling a game element or board space through allocation of resources.

Worker Placement/Role Selection – players choose specific game actions in sequential order, which players disallowed from choosing a previously selected action.

Hopefully this top 5 list of Euro games from Trevor and Danny has shown you a game or two you weren’t aware existed. Euro games are great for having fun and socializing while playing. Usually no one gets eliminated from the game and the different strategies used by players keeps the games interesting.

Top 5 Euro Games

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TNTM: Top 20 Board Games part 4

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #05 through #01 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

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TNTM: Top 20 Board Games part 3

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #10 through #6 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

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Video – TNTM: Top 20 Board Games part 2

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #15 through #11 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

Top 20 Games part 2

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TNTM: Top 20 Board Games – Part 1

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games.

They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown.

This video covers #20 through #16 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list.

A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

Games Countdown 20 16

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TNTM: How to play Ninja Camp

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play the abstract strategy card game, Ninja Camp by Action Phase Games

It seems like everyone is intrigued with the martial arts. One of the most captivating stories is that of the Ninja. The silent and deadly warriors seem to be in every genre of pop culture, so why not in games?

Ninja Camp is an abstract strategy card game that is easy to learn. The cards themselves have their abilities on them in easy to read text. The rules are very simple. The artwork on the cards is very adorable and appeals to players of all ages. Even the meeples (player tokens) are in karate poses.

Official Description from Action Phase Games

Goooood morning, campers! I hope you got plenty of sleep last night because Sensei Saru has a full day of training in store for you! So study your lessons well and be quicker and craftier than your fellow campers. Sensei only invites the best to be his personal apprentices. Will it be YOU?!

One of the Small Box/Big Fun line of games from Action Phase Games, Ninja Camp pits animal martial artists against one another in a training exercise where the best will become the personal ninja apprentice of Sensei Saru.

Each player starts with two cards, each representing a ninja skill with the rest of the deck making up the game board. By using the cards in their hand players navigate the board adding new skills to their hand as they do—and leaving fewer movement options for their fellow campers.

Each player also has a unique ninja ability that he can use once per game to try to turn the game in his favor. A game that sets up and plays in thirty minutes or less, Ninja Camp is sure to provide hours of fun for families and future ninjas!

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