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  1. Absolute Swamp Thing Volume 1 was excellent, enjoyed it much more than I thought I would ( and I expected I'd like it anyway ). 'Burial' was probably my favourite issue but so many of them were excellent, it's hard to choose. I've already got Volume 2 to read next as I bought them both at the same time, it's hard to try & ration myself to only reading a couple of issues a day though! But, other than enthusing about how great it was, I wanted to ask opinions about the best version of Sandman to pick up. I've never read it before so I'd be going in blind & there's quite a number of options: - Absolute - Omnibus - 30th Anniversary Edition - Annotated ( though that seems to start next year ) - plus normal paperback versions, etc I love the way the Swamp Thing Absolutes are done, so assuming that's the same for all 'Absolute ....' then that would be a strong contender but I didn't know if the 30th Anniversary one was perhaps 'better'?
  2. Even a small foreword along those lines would have been a great idea but thanks for that, that’s a great help.
  3. Good enough for me, I didn’t fancy waiting around to read something else first, figured I could bash out a few more issues later tonight.
  4. The first issue / chapter is called Loose Ends, and the name says it all really! It assumes I already know who both the couples are, and I don’t, and that I know all about whoever / whatever died just before it started. No spoilers, I just want to know if I should ( if I can ) buy the start of the run or if there’s a primer I can read instead? I can’t imagine I’m the first person to buy the Absolute who is new to the series!
  5. Bought myself the first two Absolute Swamp Things on a whim for my birthday, having never read it before. It seems to have started halfway through a story arc, which seems odd. And not only that, but it’s assuming that I have either know the back story or don’t care what’s already happened as there wasn’t even some sort of ‘Previously on Swamp Thing’ but which explained what had already taken place. The book itself is wonderful, and I enjoyed the first ‘issue’ but before I continue, I’d like to know what’s going on without spoiling what’s to come. Am I better of getting the start of the arc before continuing? Is it available from anywhere? Or is there a good summary somewhere I could read instead? Related question; I had assumed that all Absolute Editions were supposed to be self contained but I’m guessing now that it’s just collections of best issues / runs of certain issues from an arc & they might not actually make any sense to people that were new to the series?
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    The queue for Azelf on the 9db site is in the tens of thousands, if anyone knows anyone who is in the right region or could invite me to one, I’d appreciate it. I could return the favour with the EU one if required. 9836 6855 8210 Thanks
  7. Watched this over two nights this week with my kids ( 9 & 4 ), they absolutely loved it, mainly the dog but I thought it was fantastic. Story was great, the stuff with the dad was relatable, the shit dinosaurs at the restaurant, the robots in the restaurant & the mum was brilliant once she went crazy. Might have made me tear up a little bit too though. I can see us watching it a few times over the next month or so.
  8. I’ve only gone & bloody won a scenario in Arkham Horror, as in properly won it ( not like Saturday when I reached R3 of the final scenario of Night of the Zealot which was kind of a win but I felt a bit mean ). I’d moved on to one of the separate scenarios; Murder at the Excelsior Hotel, which sounded pretty interesting & boy was I fed up of the f**king Ghoul Priest so I needed a change. It is such a breath of fresh air & there were quite a few different options / ways it could have played out which was a surprise. Based on that, I’m really looking forward to other scenarios now. Played a few games initially with the standard chaos bag setup & Roland ( starter deck ) & managed to make some good progress but not enough to identify the ‘True Culprit’. Then I decided to drop the difficulty down a bit by switching to the easy chaos bag setup. The rolls were definitely kinder but I still had one turn in the middle where I drew tentacles, -3 & tentacles again, which was annoying. Everything came together right at the end though, the perfect encounter card ( now that’s a strange sentence to type! ) & I put all my resources into it, praying for anything other than tentacles from the bag; drew a 0, which was enough to finish it off in style. What I really like about the game as a whole is that it basically plays out like a ‘rogue-like’, each time I try a scenario, I get a little bit further; I learn what each room has / does, I advance the act or agenda, I see a few more encounters & all of that helps me shape the moves I make in subsequent games. Going to take a little break for now as Cloudspire is due to arrive tomorrow but I’ll definitely be back at the weekend, think I’ll have a crack at Curse of the Rougarou next.
  9. So I found some Mayday 'green' sleeves in an old box while sorting & I there was enough to sleeve my core set of Arkham Horror LCG, which made a huge improvement over playing Marvel Champions unsleeved. However, now I've played a good number of games, they are starting to stick together in places, the cards move quite a lot in the sleeves & I'm playing on a wooden table ( which I know isn't brilliant ) so they are sticking a bit when I move them around. I'm assuming that getting a play mat will sort my sticky / moving around issues, which I'm looking into but is this just typical of sleeves in general, or ( as I'm assuming ) do they get better as the price goes up? EDIT There's also quite a lot of slack / free space, i.e. the card doesn't fit snug-ley into the sleeve. I know you wouldn't want it so tight that it would risk warping the card but it seems like it could be a little bit tighter...
  10. Picked up a Cloudspire bundle from eBay for £245 delivered after watching the start of a solo play through on YouTube to get a good idea of how it plays. Comes with main game, plus the upgrade pack, all expansions, first set of miniatures & the scenario / lore books. The main game has been played a couple of times but all the stuff from the second campaign is still sealed. As long as it’s all in mint condition, it’s a pretty good price as it would be about 320 to buy it all new from Chip Theory’s website.
  11. And that’s that; we’re all dead, everyone is dead, dead, dead!
  12. Drew Ghoul Priest from the encounter deck on the first turn, which was effectively game over. I unmasked zero cultists, never left the starting location, was defeated via a retaliation attack from the priest & have now suffered another mental trauma. It almost feels like I’ve skipped the entire second scenario.
  13. Oh, I'm prepared for full & complete failure, based on how the campaign has started. Not sure that actually matters though, in terms of enjoyment!
  14. I reckon Arena with randoms is going to be a shit show, particularly once you go down a round or two. If it becomes a problem, they should add the quit penalty that the ranked games have. I played a good few games last night with my regular buddies from here, we won the first two, then lost a few & I’m pretty sure we won another later on. The first game went all the way to sudden death, so that’s 9 rounds in total! Took forever. It has potential as a mode though, and definitely adds some much needed permanent variety to the game.
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