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A Guy Walks into a Comic Shop...

by PoppaGeek
Most of my family trips and travels lately have started in this manner: A Guy walks into a comic shop with a wife and two kids.  Then the adventure begins.  Most of the time, the kids and I are excited to see everything and my lovely wife is scouting the area for another venue to kill some time until she can drag the rest of us out of the shop.  Since Geek City Guides originated in April of this year, I try to squeeze a couple of game stores or comic shops into all of our daytrips or vacations.  Before school started, the kids wanted to check out Cahokia Mounds, just outside of St. Louis, MO.  I took this opportunity to get on the website and see if there were any shops nearby.  We had met another gamer at Gen Con who said his favorite gaming store was in Edwardsville, IL which was just down the road from Cahokia Mounds. I casually mentioned I would like to stop and everyone was in agreement.  Heroic Adventures turned out to be so much more than just a game store!  It is located in a bustling shopping center and as we walked through the door, the first thing I noticed was how bright, clean and well organized it was.  There is a large gaming area off to one side of the shop with multiple sturdy tables.  A group was just coming in to get started as we arrived.  The staff was extremely friendly and helpful as we chatted about the recent Gen Con.  They gave us ample time to look around and stopped several times to make sure we were finding everything we needed.  The store is a perfect blend of game store and comic shop with an entire wall of all the recent titles and some back issues.  I was able to find several issues that I was missing.  The store is extremely “kid-friendly” and even had a section with comics appropriate for their age.  They quickly snagged all of the 'LiL Gotham issues they were missing before wandering over to check out the extensive collection of action figures, toys and other awesome collectibles.  Next time we are in the area, we are headed to their partner-shop Fantasy Books & Games in nearby Fairview Heights and check out their awesome mural!


Family Game Night -
Cooperative Board Games
by PoppaGeek

I love that my kids are hooked on board games.  On rainy days, you can often hear “Who’ll give me sheep for wood!” echoing from our dining room.  Nothing like a competition to get everyone’s feather’s ruffled.We have recently tried a few cooperative games and it is a nice change (and none of the 7 year-olds have to get mad because your road is 2 segments longer than theirs! Our new favorite is Gamewright’s Forbidden Islandtm. This is a visually stunning game in which the board is randomly created each time with a set of beautifully rendered cards. There is still a lot of table talk, but none of the trash talk.  The premise is relatively simple: collect the four relics and get off the island before it sinks! Each player draws a card that provides their identity and a special ability.  Our first attempt at the game resulted in a watery failure because we really didn’t appreciate that every move really has to be an effort to share assets and move everyone towards success.  The game provides several options for increasing the level of difficulty and we have mastered the art of working together to have everyone work their special abilities to get the four prizes and back to the helicopter airlift before the water rises!  We just purchased Forbidden Deserttm and can’t wait to tackle the new adventure.

What I'm reading
by PoppaGeek

DC Comics has had all the buzz about villains this month with the release of Forever Evil, their limited run series highlighting the return of The Crime Syndicate.  I have been enjoying the villain one shots but sometimes want a bit more of the character background and how it ties to The New 52.  But my new favorite book has got to be Quantum and Woody from Valiant Entertainment. The first issue had me interested and now by #3, I am hooked.  It's nice to have “heroes” (if you can call Woody that) that are fresh and still discovering their new powers and how it fits into their lives.  The art has been spot on.  One area that I think Valiant really shines is how they incorporate humor and action so flawlessly into their writing.  If you have been reading Archer & Armstrong, you will definitely know what I am talking about.  This also is so very true for Quantum and Woody, the action and character development is fantastic but I honestly laugh out loud at times.  Truly an entertaining read that will keep you yearning for the next issue.  Check it out!

 

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