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Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
Offered by Exploding Kittens LLC
Price: £15.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, brief and a lot of fun, 9 April 2016
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Ridiculous and funny game whether you are familiar with the Oatmeal or not.

The rules are brief and easy to understand with the rule sheet having big, bold and colourful examples of everything you need to know. The basic premise of the game that you have your hand of cards and each card has an action. Perform the action which might be to attack another player by stealing their card, skip your turn entirely or peek into the draw deck to see if the dreaded exploding kitten is waiting for you.

Pull an exploding kitten and you have a chance to play a defuse card at which point you get to put the exploding kitten back into the deck wherever you please. Is it Derek's turn next and he was especially unpleasant at dinner in regards to his opinion on immigration? Well you flash Derek your biggest, brightest smile and put that exploding kitten right at the top of the deck. Pull an exploding kitten and have no defuse cards, then you explode. Duh.

It is a simple game that has plenty of opportunity for shenanigans. Whether that be teaming up against the player that always wins or playing a skip card at just the right moment to thwart someone's evil plan. It is brief, satisfying and so absurd that losing never really feels like losing.


Skeleton Arm Goblet
Skeleton Arm Goblet
Offered by Layla's Bargains
Price: £8.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Great.... Storage..., 9 April 2016
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I play a lot of boards games and RPGs so this was bought as a dramatic token holder and as a dramatic token holder I have to say, it excels. The paint job is nice and clean. The goblet is chunky and heavy, feels very sturdy and holds a reasonable amount of tokens. As for it's ability to hold blood or wine or whatever you would drink out of it I can't really add much. Though it did hold a celebratory amount of Pepsi Max like a complete champ.


Plastic Bracket Stand for Nintendo Wii Sensor Bars & Wii U Sensor Bars
Plastic Bracket Stand for Nintendo Wii Sensor Bars & Wii U Sensor Bars
Offered by Grand Gizmo
Price: £2.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 9 April 2016
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Not a huge amount to say about this one other than it does exactly what you would expect. Comes with a few double sided sticky pads but doesn't need them to stay in place. The stand has a couple of little nubs for the sensor bar to rest on so it sits nice and steady.


Elder Sign Board Game
Elder Sign Board Game
Offered by CJ-MaX
Price: £25.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to learn with plenty of replay value, 9 April 2016
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This has quickly become a favourite in the house thanks to its easy to learn rules and quick set up.

The basic premise is that you are a group of adventurers and experts in the occult rushing around Miskatonic University trying to gather enough Elder Signs to seal the dark lord Cthulhu or one of the other Old Ones before they wake from their ancient slumber and cause a nuisance. For Lovecraft fans everything will be instantly familiar. For those new to the world, each card and token comes with a brief but atmospheric bit of text that I like to read out in an old and creaky sounding voice.

During initial setup you will lay down six adventure cards. These are rooms and events around the University that you must complete to earn rewards. The rewards will most commonly be magical or mundane items to help you clear further adventures but your main goal is to pick up Elder Signs from these cards which you will need a certain amount of to seal the current Old One you are facing off against. Fail these adventures and you will suffer the penalties which will most often reduce the players health or sanity, the two factors that keep each investigator alive. However they may also add Doom to a counter. Accumulate too much Doom and the Old One will wake up and you will be pushed into one last ditch effort to defeat the Old One as they wrack your body and mind with their ancient evil.

To resolve these adventures you will have to roll six dice. Each adventure card has a number of results you must roll. Meet the requirements with a roll and solve that portion of the card. Fail and you must discard a dice and try again. When you run out of dice you fail the adventure and suffer the penalties. There are items and mechanics within the game that can help you make this easier or harder. Like items that let you use extra dice or monsters that will lock a die until you defeat them. It adds a nice layer of strategy to what could have been a frustrating reliance on the luck of the roll.

The game is not perfect of course. It can be a bit too easy sometimes as the game really stacks the odds in your favour. Especially if you are choosing your own investigator at the start of the game, since certain combinations make you almost unstoppable. After a couple of games though it should be easy enough to tweak the experience slightly to add an extra challenge if you think it needs it.


Playstation 4 Light Bar Decal / Sticker PS4 Dualshock Controller set of ten super hero themed
Playstation 4 Light Bar Decal / Sticker PS4 Dualshock Controller set of ten super hero themed
Offered by Devon Decals
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 11 Sept. 2015
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Really easy to apply and they look great. I have the Batman one on my controller and the fine detail around the ears looks really cool. It also significantly reduces the light coming out of the pad. Although honestly I just bought them because Batman. I have had it for a couple of months now and the decal has stayed firmly in place without peeling on the edges or anything like that.


Robin Teen Wonder TP
Robin Teen Wonder TP
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Bit of History, 11 Sept. 2015
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I nice run through of what Robin has been up to up until around 2006, just before Infinite Crisis (I think). It has updated stories when possible and features a couple of really old ones detailing the ups and downs of each Boy Wonder. The book repeats itself a bit around Jason Todd but it isn't really a problem as the two stories there provide different perspectives on the same event.

The art varies of course as it plucks stories from all over the place but the quality is generally high. With the later stories in particular looking great.

If you have a passing knowledge of Robin and want to know a bit more this is a great way to do that. If you already know a lot about the character then there is certainly nothing new here. But it is nice to have as an easy reference guide for the start and end of each Robin.


Robin Days Of Fire And Madness
Robin Days Of Fire And Madness
by Bill Willingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great art and story, 11 Sept. 2015
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First of all I love the art in this book. Scott McDaniel did some incredible work on Nightwing and although the art here isn't quite up to that standard it still looks great and the cartoony, graffiti style fits the younger theme of Robin perfectly. It's just that the colours don't pop quite as much as they did in Nightwing.

The story starts off pretty slow with Robin being asked to join the army and Batman grumbling something about how he would be wary of it. Tim has lost a lot leading up to this story and it has some nice themes of family and camaraderie as he finds support through this new group of soldiers. There is also a lot of variety as they run about around the world dealing with a few different threats and although I felt it started off a bit slow, it really picks up after the first third and I couldn't put it down.

I would highly recommend this. It does a good job of explaining what has happened in the story before and has a satisfying conclusion so it sits pretty well as a stand alone adventure.


Robin Wanted TP
Robin Wanted TP
by Adam Beechen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, 11 Sept. 2015
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This is a pretty average Robin story. Tim is framed for the murder of Batgirl but of course there is more to it! There are some interesting moments in the first half of the book and it is interesting seeing Tim becoming darker and retreating into himself but it doesn't feel like there is a lot riding on the story.

The art is nice and bright although it isn't spectacular. The panels are pretty basic with lots of white space in the final two issues and my copy had a slight printing error that made a couple of pages look really washed out.

Overall it is a fun but underwhelming read that may have meant more if it had been read at the time as there are some twists and turns to the story but reading it fresh for the first time now it is hard to get excited for the story.


All Star Batman & Robin Vol 1
All Star Batman & Robin Vol 1
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves its Reputation., 7 Sept. 2015
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Man, where to start with this? Well, it is no surprise that this is such a notorious comic. At best it is ridiculous and at worst it is a meandering mess of immaturity. However for me it was impossible not to enjoy the spectacle of it all. Batman is a psychopath who plays more like the Joker put on the suit than Bruce Wayne. It shows pretty open contempt towards Superheroes in general and there are so many dead ends in the story that you have to wonder what the point of it all was exactly.

So they are the negatives. The positives are that it looks stunning. There were huge delays when the comic was originally published which Jim Lee put down to being distracted with the DC Universe game (according to Wiki, I dunno) but there is so much detail in every panel that it is no wonder it took so long. It is worth picking up just to look at the pictures.

However I did enjoy the story. There is a lot in here without Batman and I think it could have been better served if they had gone with a stories from Gotham type deal instead and focussed a bit more on Black Canary and Batgirl because their differences were a bit less jarring than the psychotic, child abusing Batman. Saying that the story does have a surprisingly touching ending given how messed up Batman is and I would highly recommend giving the comic a read. Whether it be out of morbid curiosity or because you are genuinely interesting. I think there is a bit here for everyone to enjoy or marvel at.


New Suicide Squad Volume 1 TP Pure Insanity
New Suicide Squad Volume 1 TP Pure Insanity
by Sean Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.34

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining, 7 Sept. 2015
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This eight issue collection features two four part stories about the Squad getting into all sorts of trouble and it all going completely wrong and turning into a bloody mess. As it should. I've not read the complete run of the previous Suicide Squad but this one features a few new members like Joker's Daughter, Black Manta and Deathstroke. Joker's Daughter is a fun and interesting character but feels like she was thrown in there to serve as character development for Harley which is a bit of a shame and the other new members don't leave much of an impression either, except for Black Manta who plays really well as a sane person stuck with all these lunatics.

The story in general was a lot better than I thought it would be with some real emotional elements mixed in with the jokes and chaos. It was easy to feel sympathetic to each of the characters stuck in these situations even though they are all pretty much evil dirt bags.

The art is colourful and fun with lots of splash pages and big panels that show what everyone is up to when it all kicks off. The cover gallery is also exceptional, showing off some high level technical skills and innovative design.

Overall well worth a read whether you are a long term reader of the Squad or new to them completely.


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