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    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 Brings us back to Kirkwood

    Those familiar with the Dragon Age series know that the world of Thedas has a rich undercurrent of stories that are just waiting to be told, and one such tale is the subject of Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1. Even if you haven’t played through the popular Bioware franchise, this comic stands up on its own merits. While there are elements that people who are completely new to the world will not understand fully, I have hope that the subtle storytelling of the writers will integrate the information in later issues to better introduce new readers to their world. For long-time fans of the series, there are several nods to previous events in the games and to the first comics miniseries by Dark Horse, Magekiller.

    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1

    In the latest team-up between Bioware and Dark Horse comics, Dragon Age fans are introduced to a young rogue named Vaea. Vaea is squire to the much venerated knight Ser Aaron Hawthorne, who is drunk not just on wine, but also on his imaginings of his own glory. However, Vaea is more than just a simple servant to the grandiose man; she is also an elf motivated by the plight of her people. Using Ser Hawthorne’s influence to travel, Vaea steals in order to share with the disenfranchised elves who are sequestered in the alienages of Thedas.

    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 Sees Many Popular Characters Return

    We first meet Vaea as she and her patron are on their way to Kirkwood to visit fan favorite Varric Tethras as he’s on the edge of being appointed Viscount of the troubled city. While Ser Hawthorne is busy spinning drunken tales to a party held in Varric’s honor, Vaea sneaks out to meet up with a former Templar named Ser Nevin Faramore. Faramore had worked directly for Knight Commander Meredith before she was destroyed by Red Lyrium at the end of the second Dragon Age video game.

    Faramore hires Vaea to sneak into the Gallows to retrieve a box of treasures that Commander Meredith had hidden before her death, to which only he possesses the only key. What follows reveals Vaea’s true character as she instead steals the key away from Faramore in order to bring the treasure to the elves of Kirkwood.

    Vaea’s Robin Hood-esque endeavors don’t go unnoticed, however. Almost immediately, Varric shows interest in the woman, quickly recognizing that she is up to more than she seems and giving her the nickname of “Fingers.” Vaea is also approached by a mysterious woman, who insinuates that Vaea has stumbled into a situation much larger than she had originally bargained for through veiled threats about the Inquisition.

    Politics and Action Combine in Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1

    This story promises to explore the schism between elves and humans in the world of Thedas, a schism that has been the source of unending strife since the beginning of the franchise. In one scene, the reader is shown a blithely racist conversation happening amongst a bunch of well-to-do humans while Vaea has to placidly stand by. In addition to this, there are conversations about slavery, poverty, and the wars that have marred the landscapes of Thedas for generations.

    Whether you’re a long time fan of Dragon Age or completely new to the series, this comic is engaging and lures you deeper into the world that Bioware has made for their incredible games. While this first issue is peripheral to the main storyline of the series, the overall tale hints that it will reveal some secrets left over after the end of the last game.

    Between the compelling new characters and at least one returning fan favorite, Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 will draw you deeper into Kirkwood and the dangers that hide in its shadows.

    Hungry for more Dragon Age products? We’ve got playing cards, graphic novels, patches, and more!

    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1, Dark Horse, Released May 10th, 2017, Writer: Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Artist: Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Colorist: Michael Atiyeh, Cover Artist: Sachin Teng, $3.99

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    The Legend of Zelda Lives On

    Like many Millennials who grew up with video games, I really love The Legend of Zelda. I’ve played almost all of the games and there are not one, but two Link Nendoroid figures holding court in my living room at this very moment. I even have a Wind Waker-era Link tattooed on my arm—and I’m planning on more Zelda-themed ink in the future.

    Link from Wind Waker tattoo The story that Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka released in 1986 has grown into something I’m sure they never could have imagined it becoming. The first game was a simple fantasy about a boy named Link, a courageous Hylian, who is tasked with saving Princess Zelda. Her kingdom in the land of Hyrule has been plunged into chaos because of the evil Ganon, who invaded her lands and stole the Triforce of Power, a piece of an ancient magical artifact. In order to beat Ganon and regain order and peace, Link must undergo many trials, battles, and adventures.
    Legend of Zelda Concept Art

    Zelda Toys & Statues

    Of course, The Legend of Zelda truly is a legend now: now in its 30th year, the universe has expanded to encompass 18 video games (not counting spin-offs), an animated TV series, music (including its own original symphony), clothing, and beautiful collectibles like the Twilight Princess Link and Ganondorf statues from Dark Horse, or the incredibly sculpted Skyward Sword Link figure. For those of us who still like to play with our toys, the Nendoroid figures come with lots of different accessories, including weapons, masks, fairies, and more, which can be set in tons of different action poses.

    Zelda Comics & Art Books

    And, of course, there are countless print adaptations. There are Zelda original graphic novels, manga series that correspond with almost every video game, novels, game books, and official companion books devoted to the art, characters, and details of the games.

    In 2013, Dark Horse Comics published the international edition of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, which was a runaway success. It was so popular that it took the number one spot on Amazon’s sales charts away from 50 Shades of Grey! It’s an amazing collection of everything you could want to know about the series, all wrapped up in a beautiful hardcover edition fit for any library. It’s full of concept art, a complete history of Hyrule, an official game chronology, and an exclusive prequel comic. This was like a crown jewel in the series’ publishing history.

    The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts cover Hyrule Historia was practically an instant classic, and that’s why Dark Horse is following it up with The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts in 2017. Art and Artifacts will contain over 400 pages of rare promo art, illustrations from the games, official character designs, interviews with the artists, and more.

    But 2017 still feels like a long ways away! So to tide us over until then, we can look forward to November 2, when The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time. This book is going to be AMAZING. Ocarina of Time is often referred to as a fan-favorite installment of the Zelda series, and for good reason: its memorable music, exciting action, thought-provoking puzzles, and beautiful design make it a game that holds up to our cherished memories of it. Its manga series has been equally revered, and this deluxe edition will do justice to the beloved story.
    The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time cover
    In the upcoming Ocarina of Time graphic novel, Link has to undergo a long and dangerous quest in order to find the spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce. Then he has to deliver them to Princess Zelda and defeat the Great King of Evil himself: Ganondorf. The stakes couldn’t be higher, because whoever controls the Triforce could easily rule the world!

    This Legendary Edition kicks off a new series of 2-in-1 releases of the 10-volume fantasy adventure. In this one, parts 1 and 2 will be contained in an oversized format, and they will feature new covers and artwork by renowned manga series creator Akira Himekawa.

    Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for Perfect Square, says “The Legend of Zelda is an unforgettable and tremendously loved property among multiple generations of video games, pop culture, and manga fans. We are very excited to bring fans The Legend of Zelda in a comprehensive new way with these collectible omnibus editions.”

    Don’t miss out on this fantastic edition of the best Zelda story ever The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time! It will be out just in time for the holidays, so preorder it now and save 30% for yourself and for everyone you know who loves video games, engaging fantasy worlds, and thrilling adventure!


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    SDCC ’11: DC Universe Online: Fight for the Light

    One of the most commonly asked questions when DCUO launched was “Can I be a Green Lantern?” Well, my friends, Sony Online Entertainment heard you and this summer, you’ll get your chance to create some pretty sweet constructs all in the name of the game. We talked with Jens Andersen about the forthcoming DLC pack and why it rules:

    See all our Green Lantern products at TFAW.com




    What are your thoughts about this DLC? Excited to wear the ring? Let us know below!

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    RAJE Toys: First Licensed Figures + Digital T-Shirt Giveaway

    RAJE Toys and Free T-ShirtJust months after the launch of their first vinyl figure, our friends at RAJE Toys are stoked to announce their first licensing collaboration. RAJE, co-founded by Eddie Deighton, one of the minds behind British comic publishing company Com.x, will be releasing figures based on the characters from the incredibly awesome doublesix game Burn, Zombie Burn!

    Do you love playing Burn, Zombie Burn! on the PS3? Now you can get a free Burn, Zombie Burn! virtual t-shirt for your avatar from RAJE and doublesix with a special voucher code, good at the PlayStation®Store! Just use the following code to get your free digital download now:


    This offer was previously given out at NYCC, but thanks to our massive online presence (and awesome customers), RAJE and doublesix have decided that TFAW.com should be the first to offer this code online! This offer is for a limited time only and is limited to 9,999 redemptions, so hurry to the PlayStation®Store now. The code applies to both the men’s and women’s version of this virtual shirt!

    This special offer is brought to you by RAJE Toys and doublesix, and fulfilled through the PlayStation®Store, not TFAW.com. However, we fully support lighting zombies on fire, bludgeoning them, or otherwise bringing them massive bodily harm, so we are more than happy to spread the word!

    What are you waiting for? Use code MKJ8-53N5-6AJF now at the PlayStation®Store.

    Have you played Burn, Zombie Burn! yet? Are you looking forward to the new vinyl figures? Post your comments below!

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    Moo-Morial Marathon – Sunday, May 30 at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

    Ground Kontrol Classic ArcadeGround Kontrol Classic Arcade in Portland, Oregon has been delighting kids and adults for years with its retro video games, guest DJs, awesome tournaments, and swingin’ bar (for adults only, naturally). It’s an excellent place for kids of the ’80s and ’90s to relive their glory days as Atari masters and Sega champions! Now you can help them win Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 Contest and a $25,000 grand prize by playing Cowbots 2010 at Ground Kontrol’s Moo-Morial Marathon.

    From noon until midnight Sunday, May 30, Ground Kontrol invites you to come down and show your support by participating in mini arcade-game tournaments, free raffle giveaways, and retro gaming trivia! You’ll also be able to play several free console games on their stage, including Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 game, Cowbots 2010!

    Every hour, Ground Kontrol will kick off a special event or giveaway. Everyone is welcome to grab a raffle ticket at the front counter, and arcade tournaments will be first-come, first-serve, so sign up early!

    All ages are welcome from noon to 5 p.m., but it’s 21 and older only from 5 p.m. until close. Retro Gaming Trivia starts at 9 p.m. There’s no cover to pay, so make sure to come down and support Portland’s coolest retro arcade!

    Comments? Questions? Post them below!

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    Watchmen–The End is Nigh

    If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard of a Watchmen game coming down the pipeline. I’ve had it on my radar for awhile now, and I’ve just found the release dates.

    If you’re an Xbox gamer, you’ll be able to start playing on March 4th, just two days before the movie debuts in theatres.

    It’s unclear how much the brawler will cost, but current trends in XBLA have me thinking 900 to 1,600 points.


    If you’re on a PS3, you’ll be able to hop on in to the PlayStation Store around that time (we’ve heard whispers of March 5, 2009) and get into the action.


    Are you as excited about the possibility of this game as I am? Not too happy that gameplay is clocking in at two hours? Let us know below.

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    Gears of War Comics and Graphic Novels

    I’m a big gamer, so I am a big fan of the recent video-game-to-comic-book phenomenon. One that I’m particularly interested in getting my hands on is Gears of War. GoW is one of the highest selling console games ever, and with the second game on November 7th, this is the perfect time to whet my appetite.

    The opening six-issue arc of this new ongoing series bridges the end of the first Gears of War game and the start of the second one, following the Fenix and Delta Squad in the battle against the Locust.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to find out what happened after the Lightmass Bombing and how Locust reacted. Hopefully this series will answer some questions that were left unanswered at the end of the first game.

    The first issue of Gears of War is scheduled to ship October 8th.

    UPDATE: This awesome series has now been collected into trade paperback and hardcover formats, take a look at our Gears of War Graphic Novels

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    The Force Unleashed

    I downloaded The Force Unleashed demo on Xbox Live last week and was very pleased with the graphics, game controls and story. The cool thing is that you have awesome Force powers at your fingertips. You can pick up virtually anything in the environment using the force and throw it around. You’ve got Force Lightning and some other cool Sith tricks.

    The basic gist is that you’re Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice and you’re on the hunt for Jedi. The story takes place approximately two years before the events in ANH and I’m here to tell you that the main character, Starkiller, plays a major role in the overall Star Wars saga.

    You don’t have to wait for the game to come out to experience this great story. Dark Horse partnered with Lucasfilm and they’ve published the official adaptation of The Force Unleashed and it’s available now at TFAW.com.

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