2008 was a great and suck year for genre. Some great new content on all fronts, some sad losses (a drop from the 40 oz. for Gygax and Roddenberry and Forry). 2009 brings some interesting things on all fronts but for now, let's look back.
Best Country for Genre TV: The UK
and company delivered some really, really great stuff this year. From the standards like Doctor Who
, we got Dead Set
(which was awesome) and Survivors
(which was just as awesome). The folks across the pond have been delivering in adult ways we 'mericans have yet to match.
Best Comic: Walking Dead or Dark Tower
It is hard for me to pick between these two. The story in both is great, but the artwork in DT
is mind blowing. Still The Walking Dead
has been so good for so long you have to give it up to them. I’m going to call a draw on this one.
Best Board Game: Arkham Horror expansions
Nobody can deny that Fantasy Flight Publications produces incredibly quality (if really expensive) board games. But the expansions for Arkham Horror
produced this year are absolutely top notch. From counter to card these are gorgeous pieces for a lovely and very fun to play game. A must have for all Lovecraft fans.
Best Card Game: Fluxx, new edition
The simplest card game in the world just got a facelift and a slight rules change. Fluxx is a game you could take to a bar or a kid’s birthday party and both groups would love it the same. It’s that kind of game. Do yourself a favor and go buy it, it’s cheap.
Best Role Play Game Accessory: Cthulhu Dice Sets
They come in different types but the black with glow-in-the-dark green type
are nothing short of bad ass. Warning: expensive.
Best Role Play Game PDF: Sidetrek Adventure Weekly
Louis Porter, Jr. Studios' goofy little series of adventures provided many nights of fun for Team Cthulhu (http://www.teamcthulhu.org). We plan on trying some of the other series soon.
This disturbing, sad, and very, very coming-of-age take on the vampire movie should be on the must-see list of everyone on RevSF.
Oh, Olive, I will miss you so! Not to mention Emerson knitting, and Pigby, and . . . and . . . I gotta quit before I cry like a big ol’ softie (a "quiet you" in Professor Peabody voice to GlassSpider).