Author: Marcus Orchard

Marcus isn't good at a lot, but he is an expert at replaying Final Fantasy games despite there being a lot of good stuff out there. He also loves comics, board games, and anime. He thinks Chip Zdarsky is a treasure.

PQube and MAGES announced that the comedy visual novel from the light novel and anime series Konosuba, KONOSUBA – God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World! Love For These Clothes Of Desire! is coming to Steam, PlayStation 4 & Nintendo Switch on February 8th, 2024. “Join Kazuma, a reincarnated adventurer in another world, and experience the turbulent days he spends with his unfortunate party members. Enjoy a brand new Konosuba adventure with your favorite characters in visual novel form. Prepare for dress-up, resource management, comedy, and of course, another dreaded curse!” The visual novel has fully voiced Japanese audio featuring the…

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Publisher: Viz Media Mangaka: Taiyo Matsumoto Lettering: Deron Bennett Taiyo Matsumoto is a legend at this point in his career. Matsumoto has even solidified himself as a household name in Western comics with two Eisner awards. Following up on Cats of the Louvre is no small task, but Tokyo These Days’ first volume does more than enough to prove that this series is a worthy successor. Tokyo These Days opens with the sudden retirement of Kazuo Shiozawa, a respected manga editor. Shiozawa is immediately a character who is easy to empathize with. Full of regret and fatigue, Shiozawa feels like…

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Publisher: Solis Game Studio Designer: Brian McKay Artist: Dan Mora 2 Players Playtime: 5-10 Minutes The Massive-Verse Fighting Card Game utilizes the Pocket Paragons system and uses the same ruleset and these characters can even be used with other Pocket Paragons characters. A Quick How To Play Each player selects a Paragon character and places their Character card and Ultimate card on the table, with other cards in their hand. Both players start with 10 HP and 0 energy, tracked using dials. The objective is simple: either bring your opponent’s HP to zero or execute them. The gameplay consists of two…

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Released in August 2023, Headbangers: Rhythm Royale surprised many with its unique blend of rhythm-based gameplay mixed with battle royale mechanics. Now, nearly six months after launch, it’s time to take a small look at the state of the game in early 2024. Is it still worth jamming with these pigeons? One of the more noteworthy features of Headbangers in 2024 is the abundance of cosmetic options. With titles, clothes, and sound effects aplenty, players have a plethora of opportunities to customize their feathered avatars. The seasonal model, which feels a lot like the one in Fall Guys, ensures a…

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Publisher: Corvus Belli Designers: Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, and David Rosillo Artist: Kenny Ruiz 2 Players Playtime: 60-90 Minutes Two-player skirmish games are about as niche as you can get in board gaming, with the only competitor being war games. While Aristeia certainly isn’t as heavy as a war game, it more than succeeds at being a skirmish game. This is Aristeia, the next great sport! A Brief How To Play Setup in Aristeia varies depending on the game mode selected, as it comes with four variants. The base mode though involves both teams drafting four characters, building a deck…

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Publisher: Image Comics Writers: Scott Mescudi & Kyle Higgins Artists: Marco Locati & Igor Monti Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou Kid Cudi meant a whole lot to me in high school. Kid Cudi’s first album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, pulled me into rap music, a genre that I still consider to be my favorite 15 years later. As other rappers influenced my preferences, Kid Cudi gradually took a backseat, and I found myself less connected to his music. Still, I made it a point to give each of his albums a listen, and to this day, I occasionally…

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Japanime Games Designers: Dario Massarenti & Francesco Testini Artist: Eveen Kwan 2-5 Players Playtime: 30-80 Minutes Everyone at the table is hungry, and it’s time to eat some sushi. Everyone wants something different, so maybe we should do a conveyor belt instead and we can all get exactly what we want, right? Wrong. In Sushi Boat, players will be grabbing sushi to complete sets, but other players and their ability to remember what they have on their plates will get in their way. A Brief How To Play In Sushi Boat, players receive individual plates, and at the center of…

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Welcome back! If you joined us for our spotlight on Punk Hazard or Dressrosa, we are so glad you are joining us again as we look at the next arc: The Zou Arc. The Zou Arc is a short bridge between the Dressrosa and Whole Cake arcs. In this arc, the Straw Hat Pirates visit an incredibly creative new island where they meet a new species of people while setting the stage up for a serious Sanji-focused arc. The arc is only 23 chapters, but short stories deserve love too, and it’s nice to get a break after the Dressrosa arc…

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Japanime Games Designer: Rich Gain 2-6 Players Playtime: 45-60 Minutes Kamigami Battles is a deckbuilding game for 2-5 players. The game features gods and other mighty figures from various pantheons. Now that many of the world’s significant religions have been covered, it’s time to get a little spooky. Rise of the Old Ones is a new base game for the franchise, incorporating various Lovecraftian figures, including Cthulu. How To Play Anyone familiar with deck-builders should be comfortable with Kamigami Battles‘ rules. Each player will get to draft a deity from Greek or Norse mythology that gives the player unique abilities to build around. After…

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Happy New Year! Every year brings tons of exciting JRPGs, and 2024 is no different. It’s impossible to cover all of the big releases, but here are 10 JRPGs that will likely dominate the year. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth The Yakuza/Like A Dragon series is better than ever following the series revitalization with Yakuza 0. Most didn’t expect Yakuza: Like A Dragon to be one of the best JRPGs of the decade so far. The second game that follows Ichiban and his crew has nothing but high expectations now that the development team has every opportunity to build on…

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