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Superhero: 2044 RPG launches including unique miniatures
FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE . . . . .
(August 21, 2017)Checker Book Publishing Group’s highly anticipated Kickstarter is now live to promote the relaunch of fan favorite role-playing game, Superhero: 2044. Steven Perrin (Runequest) and Wayne Shaw (Champions) have been brought on board to create an all new upgraded version of the game that is accessible to everyone. The new version includes characters of every race, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and physical handicap.
The game features over 500 pages of 8 1/2 x 11 high glossy paper with lavish illustration with over 700 pieces of artwork by comic book legends Sean Chen, Bob Budiansky, Giorgio Comolo, Herbe Trimpe, Bob McLeod, Jamie Tyndall, and more. The artwork includes renderings of legendary characters such as Cthulhu, Monkey King, Dracula, Black Terror, Arsene Lupin, Thor, Hercules, and more. Superhero: 2044 has 275 playable characters in total and rules to customize your classic character or build your own from scratch. The choice is yours whether to build your own character, play one of dozens of legendary characters, or customize a classic character to fit your tastes. And yes fans the day has come— a game that sports a PLAYABLE Cthulhu!
Battle set miniatures are being created to give the game a whole new visceral feel. Each set features an oversized piece, an army, several characters including one character with an adaptable weapons sprue, and illustrated map surface. Each core piece will be on a minimum of 55 mm in height. The main villain pieces will be oversized. All miniatures will be 3-d printed and each set will retail from 125. Checker BPG has commissioned the world’s greatest 3-D sculptors to broaden the look and feel to the entire game.
Starter set City of Mirrors
Starter set-four pieces- Oversized Cthulhu, Tesla, Metal Rain, Splitting Adam.
Set 1- Assault on Castle Dracula -8 pieces total Includes: Dracula(Polymorphic), The Acari, Monkey King, Van Helsing, The Werewolf, The Lycan Army.
Set 2 - Welcome to Arkham-8 pieces total Includes: Dr. Caligari, The Dream eater army, Zodiac, Trigger Happy, Dr. Philadelphia, Golden Age Dare-devil, Elvis, The Incredible Fightin' Llama.
Set 3 - The Altar of Baphomet- 9 pieces total Includes: Baphomet, Baphomet minions, The Jaramungar, Birdman, Fantomah, The Green Man, and Amazing Man.
About Checker BPG: Checker BPG is a graphic novel publisher that published nearly one hundred graphic novels from 2001 to 2013. Checker BPG launched titles with such high-profile licenses as Star Trek, X-Files, Flash Gordon, and Clive Barker to name a few. Checker BPG received acclaim in the New York Times, Village Voice, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Washington Post. Superhero 2044 RPG will hit fans in 2018.
SANDMAN Vol. 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TPB: Sandman Vol. 1 Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg
With Neil Gaiman revisiting the Sandman universe with his new mini, Sandman: Overture, this seemed like a good time to review his original masterpiece. In the first volume, the Sandman is captured by a rich occultist who endeavors to capture Death and make it do his bidding. Instead, he captures the Sandman whom he imprisons for 70 years. Eventually escaping, he learns that the symbols of his office have since been turned into powerful relics used by the mystical community. On a search for the symbols of his station from which he draws power, the Sandman must deal with Constantine, go through Hell itself, and stop a deranged inmate of Arkham who suddenly has power and the sick mind to put it to use. Neil Gaiman likely needs no introduction if you’re familiar with Sandman. It’s his best known work and one of the few graphic novels ever to make the New York Times Bestselle…
SINK #3 (Comix Tribe, December 20, 2017 release date) “A Head Full Of Wasps”. Story by John Lees. Art and Colours by Alex Cormack. Letters by Shawn Lee. Logo by Tim Daniel. Sink #3 will make you see red. Blood red. It’s splashed all over the pages of this story, seeping into each and every panel, even before the violence begins. “A Head Full Of Wasps” speaks to the buzzing that occurs in so many brainpans in these troubled and violent times - - and the red that is visualized when some of us experience injustice, brutality, cruelty, or abuse and then seek retribution, revenge, and bloody justice. If only everyone could read this story, and then remember it whenever their cheeks flush with anger - - and think before they act. Yeah, I’m a pipe dreamer. I also just set out to write a review. Don’t know why I’m treating SINK #3 like this is a morality fable. Have you ever read a simple but well-written story that leads to your thinking outside the box about oth…
I’m not going to dwell on the real world here (not my expertise), just share some high points of 2017 from the BC Refugees blog . . . . . .It was a busy year for BC Refugees, with 383 articles posted to the site in 2017. The big majority of those were news releases and special previews from various publishers, as detailed below. We don’t post every single press release received, just the ones I believe will be of interest to my readers. Of course, some publishers send me more content than others. Some send me nothing. These included:Valiant Entertainment (70 posts), IDW Publishing (69), Papercutz (11), Alterna (9), Comixology (7), Aazurn/Gary Scott Beatty (6), Amigo (5), ComixTribe (4), Tidal Wave (3), Pro Se Press (3), Sequart Org (3), Marvel (3), Aftershock (2), Devils Due (2), Tinto Press (1), Ramon Gil (1), Chapterhouse (1), Red Stylo Media (1), American Mythology (1), Starwarp Concepts (1), and Lotus Enterprises (1). I also covered several c…