Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The BIG game review series

We're approaching the second week of December and -- I don't know what your situation is like -- but up here in Canada it's starting to get cold. Like, 'too cold to casually go outside for a walk' cold. Uncomfortably cold. Even in a warm, insulated jacket.

If you're thinking that since I'm a Canadian I must enjoy the cold weather because I'm used to it, I'm going to debunk that myth for you right now. I'm expecting at least 4 months of running from the house to the car, driving to work/grocery store/gym/friend's house, and running from car into said location all while cursing the cold and wishing for warmer days.

The only upside to this is that since everyone's stuck indoors and doesn't really want to do anything that involves being in an environment with a temperature below 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the optimal time to get together with friends and play some games.

So, in the spirit of turning lemons into lemonade, I've decided to review all of the DC comics games I can get my hands on. I'm looking at board games, RPGs, tabletop games, miniatures games, collectible card games -- just about anything that can have you and at least one other player occupied and entertained while re-enacting your favorite DC comics battles/adventures.

Since this is the 'DC in the 80s' website, I'm putting a strong emphasis on games that use characters from the 1980s (and I'll even settle for early 1990s) characters since that's what I grew up with and enjoy reading about. This series is in no way inspired by our totally awesome 3D fanzine about DC comics computer games of the 80s, and shame on you for thinking this is a shameless plug (but you should go ahead and order a copy, just in case).


Panel from Justice League America Annual #7 (1992). Property of DC comics.
 Justice League America Annual #7 (1992). Illustrated by Dave Cockrum.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New issue of Baxter Stock FAQ

Okay, so you may have noticed that we haven't posted any new articles, interviews, reviews or convention coverage since June 2017 -- this is due to a combination of it being summer, co-editor Mark Belkin getting married and us frantically prepping our next fanzine... which we're proud to declare is finally available to the masses:

The Computer Gaming Issue contains an overview of all those cool DC comics computer games you probably missed out on in the 1980s. 16 pages. Ashcan-sized. Cover art by James Pascoe (Batman: Sword of Azrael, Legion of Super-Heroes) and back cover art by A. Kapellusch.

Q: Okay, so it's just another retro-gaming fanzine. Why would I want this?

A: Well, first of all, retro-gaming is awesome -- so that alone is worth the price of admission. Secondly, it's not *just* a retro-gaming fanzine -- it takes an in-depth look at all the DC comics-related computer games released in the 1980s. Also, it's in 3D.

Q: What?

A: Exactly -- it's a full-color 16 page (includes front and back covers) DC comics fanzine printed in 3D. We've even include a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses to view the fanzine.

Q: How many of these 3D fanzine do you have in stock?

A: We're not telling -- but once they're gone, we're not printing any more.

Q: Your previous fanzine had an interview with Michel Fiffe, Steve Lightle, J.M. DeMatteis, and Rick Veitch. Isn't retro-gaming a bit out of your wheelhouse?

A: Not at all. If it's eighties-related, we're on it. We've actually written a few video game reviews for this site: Reviewing the Batman Returns computer game (DOS), Replaying SEGA's Batman: Revenge of the Joker, and Taking a look back at 1994's The Death and Return of Superman video game. In fact, Justin is a card-carrying member of Vintage is the New Old and, to date, has written one article for them (with more to come, I'm sure).

Q: So... are you changing your format? Will DC in the 80s/Baxter Stock now become a retro-gaming site/fanzine?

A: Nope. This issue is just a one-shot until our next issue of Baxter Stock is ready -- hopefully for early 2018. Consider this as Baxter Stock #1.5?

Q: I'm color blind, so red and blue 3D glasses won't work for me OR 3D images give me headaches OR I refuse to support the red-and-blue 3D anaglyph industry for my own personal reasons.

A: No problem, we've got you covered. A black-and-white version of this fanzine is also available.

Q: How much is this going to cost?

A: At a pre-order price:

The 3D issue costs $5 USD + shipping. (high quality paper + color ink)

The black and white issue costs $3 USD + shipping. (high quality paper + ink)

Yes, we combine shipping.

Prices are subject to increase once the initial pre-order drive is done.

Q: I want one! How do I get one?

A: Send an e-mail to, include your mailing address and how many copies you want. We'll take it from there.

Q: How soon will I get it?

A: I imagine we'd be shipping in January 2018 after the Christmas rush is over -- and since we're located in Canada, depending on where you live, it might take a week or two to arrive.

Q: Are there any more copies of your first zine left (the one with all the interviews)? I want one of those, too.

A: Yeah, we still have a few left in stock. Those retail for $2.50 USD + shipping. (high quality ink + paper)

Q: I live in [someplace that's not Canada or the United States], will you ship to me? 

A: As of this writing, no. But that's subject to change in the near future.