Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Acolytes of the Machine by Mary Crowell

Mary Crowell is a musician and singer from Athens, AL. Right now, Haven has her latest CD in stock, Acolytes of the Machine.

Crowell is well known in filk circles. Some of the songs here certainly have that geeky, tongue-in-cheek humor like "M Is for Magic Missile" and "I Put My Low Stat." ("I Put My Low Stat" EN World's Battle of the Bards last year.) Others are just straight up awesome in a Pink-Floyd-Fronted-By-Debbie-Harry kinda way.

Seriously, check her stuff out...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Free RPG Day pictures

We had our biggest crowd ever for Free RPG Day! See the girl in the Deadpool shirt? That's Grace, and she works for NASA. She's, like, crazy smart. I don't know why she looks like a slack-jawed yokel in this picture.
A HUGE thanks to Kerry (pictured) and Matt, our DMs for the Dungeons and Dragons game!
The Balloon Beholder, a strange and little-known creature, rarely encountered, not very formidable, and kinda dumb.
Some of the Free RPG Day loot. We had source books and free adventures for Star Wars, Tunnels and Trolls, Cosmic Patrol, and a bunch of other games.
Death Cupcakes! Just our way of saying, sorry your character died. Here, have a cupcake.
Comic books and balloon dogs. Childhood doesn't get much better.

Friday, June 14, 2013

We just got a new lot of Bronze Age awesomeness!

Hey, do you like classic four-color action? Of course you do!

Do you like legendary comic creators like Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Joe Kubert, and Len Wein? Who doesn't!?

Are you a fan of ads where superheroes stop criminals by feeding them Hostess snack cakes? Well then, I've got some good news!

Haven just got a lot of classic Bronze Age books, mostly from the 70s and early 80s. We've got the Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and Nazis. Like, a lot of Nazis. You seriously don't appreciate how many books had Nazi villains back in the 70s. Lady Nazis, monster Nazis, robot Nazis. Pretty much, if you could Nazi-fy a thing, there's probably a comic book where Captain America punches it in the face.

The books are mostly in fine or good condition. They're not top-notch collector quality, but we're not charging collector prices either. And despite some rips and creases, these books still have the old-school charm and bold action that have made comics the only original American art form.*

Here's all the books we just got in...

Amethyst: Princess of Gem World #1, 2, 4, 6, 7
Beetlejuice #1
Defenders #43
Fantastic Four #163, 175, 177
Ghosts #104, 107, 109
G. I. Combat #177, 225, 227, 229, 231, 233, 234, 237, 240
Hercules Unbound #2
House of Mystery #307
The Incredible Hulk #203, 209, 212, 237, 243
Jonah Hex #63
Kull #23
Marvel’s Greatest Comics #58
Marvel Super-Heroes (feat. The Incredible Hulk) #61, 62, 68, 69, 71, 75, 82, 84
Masters of the Universe #9
Nova #9
Our Army at War (feat. Sgt. Rock) #290, 291
Power Man #38
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #151
Sgt. Rock #322, 341, 343, 351
Shade the Changing Man #1
Speed Racer #5
Star Trek #4
Star Wars #36
Super-Villain Team-Up #12, 13
Weird War Tales #94, 95, 118, 120
Wonder Woman #288

*Fuck jazz

Monday, June 10, 2013

Free RPG Day is nigh!

Haven will be celebrating Free RPG Day on June 15th with 20% off all RPGs and boardgames, tons of freebies, and an open Dungeons and Dragons game starting at 12:30.

Established in 2007, Free RPG Day works with participating hobby game retailers and RPG publishers to bring new and exclusive RPG quickstart rules and adventure modules into the hands of gamers. At Haven, not only will we have free modules, dice, etc. for everybody who comes in, but we'll also have 20% of all RPG books and board games (excluding Magic the Gathering.)

We'll be playing a brand new Dungeons and Dragons adventure, Vault of the Dracolich. This is a D&D Next adventure designed for four to six 4th-level characters. That means it'll be a chance to playlets the latest edition of D&D before it comes out!

Deep in the forest of Cormanthor lies the hoard of the dracolich Dretchroyaster, the prize of which is a diamond staff rumored to unlock the secrets of an ancient elven kingdom. The sage Imani is seeking dozens of adventurers to launch an all-out assault on the undead dragon’s lair. The dracolich is a powerful foe—too great for even several parties to conquer—so it’s going to take all of the heroes’ courage, cunning, and speed to survive the dracolich’s deadly vault.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Batman '72

I love Francesco Francavilla's bold retro style. In years of collecting comics, his variant editions of Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom are the only books I bought just for the covers. I also love Steve McQueen movies and any flick where the car gets more lingering cheesecake shots than the girl. So obviously, I double-love Francavilla's Batman '72 concept, which re-imagines Batman as a grimy 70s cop movie.

Francalilla has several more Batman '72 pictures his blog, including a gloriously porn-stached Lieutenant Gordon. He also mentions, "I have also been developing a bit more of that story pitch for a possible Elseworlds." I, for one, would just start throwing money at DC if they decided to publish that.