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Ryan Reynolds Tweets Out Deadpool Set Picture!

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Ryan Reynolds it as it again.

Who needs marketing consultants and an advertising budget when you have the star of the movie tweeting out teasing pictures and getting fans into a giddy frenzy?

It feels as though Reynolds’ attitude towards the Deadpool movie is pretty much the same as all the fans’; he still can’t quite believe it’s actually happening. Maybe that’s why he’s constantly taking pictures and showing them to the world. He’s trying to make sure that it’s all real.

Yesterday we got yet another cheeky tweet picture from the star of Deadpool, as he informed his followers that they are now halfway through shooting.

From the looks of this picture, no one needs to worry about the movie being a watered down, less violent version of Deadpool. We really do feel sorry for “the other guys”

Deadpool is schedule to be released in UK cinemas on the 12th of February 2016. It’s going to be impossible for us to contain out excitement until then!

First Look At Jared Leto’s Joker For Suicide Squad.

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Does everyone know what today is?

Today is The Joker’s 75th birthday.

That’s right folks it has been three quarters of a century since the Clown Prince of Crime first made his debut in Batman, on April 25th, 1940. I feel like we should have gotten him a gift, sent a card or something. Maybe some flowers, flowers that explode? He’d like that.

In honour of this auspicious occasion David Ayter, director for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, revealed this brand new image, giving the first real look at Jared Leto’s incarnation of The Joker for the film.

As you can see this is a very different look from any of the other screen Jokers we’ve seen. No gritty realism of Heath Ledger’s phenomenal take, in The Dark Knight. Not even a whiff of the noir/cartoonish gangster that Jack Nicholson brought us in 1989. This is something new.

It’s got the vibrant over the top cartoon feel, combined with a certain frightening realism that mashes the two sensibilities together. This is not at all what we were expecting, but then with The Joker, isn’t that the best possible result?

Suicide Squad is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on the 5th of August 2016.

Sneak Peek At Next Week’s Agents Of SHIELD!

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On Tuesday the world will be treated to the last episode of Agents of SHIELD before Avengers: Age of Ultron will officially enter the MCU timeline.

We don’t know whether or not the movie will have the same resounding effect that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had on the show. Will Coulson and the team feel the ripples of Ultron? Or will they be too caught up in their own current story arc to deal with it?

We still have a week and a half before we find out what, if any, impact Ultron and the Avengers will have on the SHIELD series.  So for now, let’s focus on the present.

Last week on Agents of SHIELD we ended with an unexpected twist.

Everyone’s favourite Agent-turned-Director of SHIELD, surrendered himself to the “Alternate SHIELD” and the question everyone is asking is… why?

In this new clip, released by Marvel, we might just get some answers.

Here we see Coulson face to face with Gonzales, trying to convince him they should work together. Awww Coulson, always wanting everyone to get along and be friends. I think he misses the Avengers.

With Age of Ultron just around the corner in the Marvel universe, we can’t help but expect a big lead up, with some interesting little Easter eggs and references. We’ll just have to wait and see if those expectations are justified.

Check out the sneak peek clip here!

“The Dirty Half Dozen” – Gonzales and Coulson must find a way to put their differences aside and work together against Hydra, even if it means teaming up with someone they don’t trust, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,”

Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Movie Review (Round 2)

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By David Walsh

Joss Whedon follows up 2012’s super blockbuster Marvel team up with “Age of Ultron”.

Expectations are sky high and perhaps it’s only inevitable that the sequel ultimately comes up a little short.  That’s not to say that this is a bad movie because it certainly is a good one but given the high bar set by the rest of Marvel’s phase two movies it’s impossible not to feel even a little bit of disappointment at this.

What’s good however, is very good.  The action is breath-taking; this is where Whedon brings his vision to a new level. The finale definitely raises the stakes and you believe that this team of superheroes combined are the only ones who might be able to thwart Ultron’s threat.  Elizabeth Olsen is a great addition to the cast and her character is used effectively in propelling the narrative.  James Spader’s Ultron likewise is fantastic; chewing up scenery even as a mo-cap performance it really is impressive. He is certainly a formidable foe if a little underdeveloped (almost always an issue in Marvel movies to be fair).  From the Avengers themselves it’s refreshing to see the heroes without their own solo franchises, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, get the majority of the development here.  There’s a lot of good character work in this movie.

The disappointment really comes from a place unexpected from Whedon.

The snark, humour and witty banter take a back seat after the first half hour to the action sequences and plot developments. Which really start to become unwound in the middle of the movie before giving a somewhat rousing finale which is saved mostly due to the scale and ambition presented.

If you looked at all the movies in Marvel’s phase two before they were released; Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and now Avengers: Age of Ultron you would find yourself astounded to find that Age of Ultron is the least “fun” and humorous out of all of them but that is ultimately what has happened here.

Perhaps the best Marvel comparison to be made with Age of Ultron is Iron Man 2; fun and enjoyable for sure but ultimately it mostly felt like set up for something bigger to come down the line.  It’s hard not to feel that way here and maybe that’s where the disappointment comes from. The Avengers felt like a true culmination of five previous movies whilst Age of Ultron merely feels like a stop on the road on the way to some bigger battles to come.

If you’re reading this you almost certainly have already seen or are definitely planning to see Age of Ultron and this reviewer recommends that you certainly do that. Just don’t go in expecting the same experience you had back in April 2012.

 

Score – 3/5

Age Of Ultron Is Here – So What’s Next? (Geek Retreat’s List of “Can’t Wait” Movies in 2015)

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Today has been filled with excitement over the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It arrived in cinemas today and everyone is piling into the theatres to catch Joss Whedon’s final outing with Marvel.

But let’s not forget the other movies due to come out this year.

tomorrowland-movie-logoIn May we’ll have some spectacular visuals, old fashioned visions of the future and a dose of George Clooney, oh wait, I already mentioned the visuals didn’t I? Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (Or just Tomorrowland for those not in the UK) is set to be released on the 22nd of May in UK cinemas.

_1392673279It’s looking to be something very special indeed. From Brad Bird, the same man who brought us The Incredibles and The Iron Giant, how could it possibly go wrong? That was probably the wrong thing to say. Now I’ve jinxed it!

Then moving into June we have Jurassic World, where Starlord… I mean Chris Pratt will take on a theme park full of dinosaurs. Trouble begins when scientists (it’s always them scientists isn’t it?) decide to create a new breed of dinosaur. Because that sounds like it will end well.

featuresIn July the movie we’re most looking forward to will be the final instalment in Marvel’s phase two, Ant-Man. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, the movie will take things to another level, a much smaller level. We can expect to see plenty of incredible sub atomic fight sequences, an army of ants and of course an epic fight scene on a runaway train. The fact that the train in question is Thomas the Tank Engine makes it all the more enticing.

New canvasThere’s even more comic book fun to be had in August, with Fantastic Four. This reboot, inspired by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis’s Ultimate Fantastic Four run, sees our heroes transported through an alternate universe to gain their superpowers. It also introduces us to the team at a much younger age than we’ve ever encountered before.

the_man_from_uncleIn August we’re expecting to go all kinds of retro with The Man from UNCLE. We don’t know much about the plot, but from the look of the trailer this is going to be a brilliant and fun movie. Stylish and sleek, with more than a dash of the charm that made the original series so popular. Absolutely cannot wait!

We jump ahead to November, which boasts two movies that are on our “must watch” list.

007First is Spectre. Bond, James Bond is back again and so is a very familiar foe. The events of Skyfall will apparently lead directly into this new outing for the world’s most famous secret agent. Fans of the Bond series and the Ian Fleming novels will be excited to see Spectre looming over Bond’s life once again in Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007.

downloadNovember will also see the final instalment of The Hunger Games franchise. It’s been a long road for Katniss Everdeen but we’re finally going to see how her story ends. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will bring us the closing chapter of Panem. Who will come out of the war victorious? What will the cost be for Katniss, her loved ones and the citizens of the 13 districts? We’ll just have to wait and see… or read the books. Either one will work.

It’s time for December and, stay calm everyone, breathe deeply and count to ten, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

SW-320x216Yes, Star Wars will be coming back to cinemas and everyone is waiting with baited breath. There is really only one question we’re all asking ourselves. Will this heal the wounds of the prequels, or will it destroy our hopes once again. And to these questions I say… I don’t know, calm down, it’s just a movie. The originals will still be awesome, not matter what.

That brings us to the end of the year and the end of our list. Why not let us know if there are any movies you feel deserve to be on the list. What films are you most looking forward to this year?

Let’s hear it.

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Since I left the midnight showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron and all I can think about is comic books.

Big bold event comic books with huge battles, a massive cast of characters and fate-of-the-world-in-the-balance stakes. Because that’s what Age of Ultron is: a summer comic-event writ large on screen. Done in a way no Marvel, or pretty much any other comic, movie has achieved before.

I’m not going in to detail of the plot for AOU (I am not writing Avengers: Age of Ultron every single time), suffice to say Tony Stark builds an AI, it goes nuts as AIs are wont to do, so it tries to wipe out the Avengers and everything else in its way. That’s the barebones single-sentence synopsis. What’s surprising is just how much story there is here.

There are some who say that the original Avengers took a little too long to get to the meat of the story. That’s simply not a complaint that can be levelled at AOU. It starts with a massive action set piece that mirrors the long tracking shot from the first movie’s Battle of New York and then pretty much keeps moving constantly from that point.

With this being the penultimate movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2, there was a worry that a lot of the plot would be about driving forward the set up for Phase 3. While there is a slight advancement on the overarching plot, AOU is its own beast. This is a movie about the Avengers, how they work together both as a team and a dysfunctional family.

Avengers Age of Ultron Image 1That’s not to say that it’s all plot devices and moving from set piece to set piece. There is plenty of time for character beats and fans of Hawkeye will be especially pleased to see him given a much more intense focus than in previous movies. However, this is Black Widow and Hulk’s movie, with Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo doing some truly excellent work in fleshing out their complicated relationship between the two.

Also, after 11 movies everyone is incredibly comfortable in their roles, and there’s a huge amount of fun had with their interaction. In fact this may be the funniest Marvel movie yet, even surpassing the frankly hilarious and weird Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also some surprise appearances from other side characters from the solo Marvel movies that I really wasn’t expecting.

Avengers Age of Ultron Image 7Also Joss Whedon and James Spader have to be credited with doing something I previously thought impossible. They manage to give Ultron character, an epic feat considering he tends to come off as a walking version of Skynet in the comics, just a being of pure malevolence. Here there’s something almost nervous and broken about him, he’s curious about the world and his place in it, even seeking a sort of approval from his erstwhile allies.

James Spader’s performance here gives us something Marvel movies have been lacking, an interesting and compelling villain who isn’t Loki.

Now it could be that I’m still on that post first viewing high, but I’m hard pressed to find any major problems with Age of Ultron. The plot is smart and well-paced, without the sudden stops that the original Avengers suffered from. Dialogue and humour is top notch, as is to be expected from Whedon who, despite any other issues you may have with his writing in the past, is at his best when he has his characters talking to each other. But where the film shines is in what it lacks… shame.

This is a movie that embraces the bold, brash and insane medium from which it gets its inspiration. This is a COMIC BOOK movie, full of bright colours, heroes, epic fights and a complete disregard for any attempt at being dark and gritty. This is a movie where saving civilians and working together is the point of being a superhero. Where the action is there to serve the characters and spectacle doesn’t need to mean wanton destruction for destruction’s sake.

Time will tell where Avengers: Age of Ultron will end up in the ranking of the MCU, but having watched it in a triple bill with The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (two of my favourite comic movies ever) I can’t help but see it as one of the best of Marvel’s output. It’s fitting movie for Whedon to mark the end of his tenure at Marvel and he’s left the Avengers in the great hands of Anthony and Joe Russo. With Captain America: Civil War, Captain Marvel and Infinity War ahead of us, I’m genuinely excited about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading.

The Flash – “Who Is Harrison Wells?” Review

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[This article contains spoilers for The Flash season one. Up to and including episode nineteen]

Every time I think that The Flash can’t top an “epilogue scene” I am proven completely wrong!

Every time!

This week’s episode was entitled “Who is Harrison Wells?” and as such I was thinking we’d get much more insight into who Dr Well was, when he was actually Dr Wells. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Instead this episode served to go over things already established.

Basically what we had was all of the cast getting, more or less, a crash course in what the audience already knew about Dr Wells and the car crash that killed his wife… and of course him as well.

The show managed to make this re-tread a little more interesting by introducing an element of Arrow crossover to the mix. Both Black Canary and her father Captain Quentin Lance made appearances in the episode.

The crossover aspect of the show gave us some fun little Black Canary and Cisco interactions, and we’re always in favour of as much Cisco in an episode as possible. It also opened up an opportunity for Detective West and Captain Lance to share some fanatic screen time together that’s been long overdue.

The “meta-human of the week” lived up to its name again. Much like last week’s episode it was a bit of a throw away. This is becoming an unfortunate pattern on The Flash and such a shame too.

While the show’s overarching storyline has kept us on the edge of our seats, the single episode plots have been severely lacking. The Flash has such a golden opportunity; its popularity can bring audiences into the DC universe with a bright, fun show. But instead we get an incomplete accomplishment. The main story is great, as usual, but the procedural aspect almost always fails to impress.

I find myself longing for more baddies that can live up to Captain Cold episodes.

And from the worst part of the episode, to the best… The end tag. Just wow!

I can’t stress enough how long I’ve been waiting to see Barry standing in that room, looking at that newspaper cover! I can’t wait to see what happens next week!

Marvel’s Daredevil Gets A Second Season!

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Excitement abound fellow geeks!

It’s been less than two weeks since Marvel’s Daredevil arrived on Netflix (all thirteen episodes of it) and the reception was so warm you could have fried an egg on it.

Now, it’s been officially confirmed that Matt Murdock and co will be returning to Netflix for a second season! Not only that but the second season should arrive in 2016!

This may come as a bit of a shock to those who’ve been paying attention to the Marvel’s Defenders saga. The plan, originally, was to have four seasons, each dedicated to a single Defender. The running order being Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, followed by an eight episode mini-series called, you guessed it, Marvel’s Defenders.

With this new season added into the mix we have to wonder where it will fit in. Is it going to be a follow up to Defenders? Surely Defenders won’t be arriving quite that soon. Are they going to simply fit it into the build up toward the mini-series? That seems the most obvious solution, but then it will inevitably push the mini-series back a little.

Regardless of the specifics of scheduling, we’re delighted to see that the show will be returning for another series. Daredevil was an exceptional piece of television and it really raised our hopes, not only for the on-going Defenders franchise, but for the future of Marvel programming.

The announcement on Marvel.com reads:

“Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that “Marvel’s Daredevil” will receive a second season, available only on the streaming service in 2016!

With the first season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” proving a smash success with both audiences and critics, Netflix and Marvel will continue to create further adventures of the Man Without Fear! Doug Petrie (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “American Horror Story”) and Marco Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”), who worked closely with Executive Producers Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard during the first season, will serve as showrunners for Season 2. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) will serve as Executive Producers of Season 2. 

“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season,” DeKnight explains, “I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.””

Reviews Of Tomorrow’s Comics!

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It’s almost that time of week again.

Tomorrow is Wednesday and to comic book fans that means “Comic Book Day!”

It will be time for all you lovely comic book fans out there to make your way down to Geek Retreat and pick up your usual comic choices, maybe check out what’s on offer.

And to help you make that choice we’ve gotten Geek Retreat’s writers on the case once more. They’ve had a look into the far future of tomorrow and selected a few comics to recommend for your entertainment. Check them out below.

[Click the thumbnails to read each review]

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Convergence: The Flash #1

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New Tomorrowland Trailer Released!

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The brand new trailer for Disney’s Tomorrowland has been released by the studio today!

The trailer shows us some new and exciting footage from the upcoming movie, but doesn’t really give us much more insight into what exactly the film is about.  There’s obviously another world, but it’s not actually the future? Then there’s George Clooney, who has all sorts of awesome tech and weapons, which he uses to rescue Brit Robertson’s character from some generic looking henchmen. Oh, and the henchmen are robots, so we don’t feel bad about chopping them into pieces.

The only thing we really know about the movie is that it looks stunning. The visual aesthetic strongly evoke past visions of the future. But I suppose that’s the point. The movie is, after all, inspired by the Disney World’s Tomorrowland section.

Tomorrowland (which goes by the slightly altered name Tomorrowland: A World Beyond here in the UK) stars George Clooney (The Descendants, Gravity), Hugh Laurie (House, Blackadder), and Brit Robertson (Under the Dome, Avalon High).

The movie is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) who also co-wrote the movie along with Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek: Into Darkness)

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is set to be released in cinemas across the UK on the 22nd of May.

Check out the new trailer here!

 

 

This Week’s Events At Geek Retreat Newcastle!

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Welcome back and it’s still Monday!

Now that we’ve had a look at the events happening in Geek Retreat HQ in Glasgow, it’s time to head south and have a look at what’s going on in Newcastle!

We’ve got a packed week with our static events, which aim to give you all something to do each and every day of the week, but we’ve also got some brilliant one off events, tournaments, meets and more!

We’ll begin with our static events!

[Click the links below to see the events page for any of our amazing static events!]

Monday – Magic: The Gathering Dragons of Tarkir Draft! & HeroClix Night!

Tuesday – Yu-Gi-Oh! Casual Play

Wednesday – DS StreetPass Meetup

Thursday – Role Play Games Night!

Friday – Magic: The Gathering Casual Play (Freeform)

Sunday – Chess Night

Now let’s have a look and see what sort of special one off events we have lined up for you folks!

Kicking off on Thursday the 23rd of April we have a…

Dice Masters Meet!

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So we hear you enjoyed our wee tournament!?

Well we thought it only fair we give you some time to practice before the next one and see what the competition has got going with our new fortnightly meet!

Staring at 6pm.

Then on to Saturday the 25th of April we’ve got three events scheduled. Two pre-releases and an intro night!

MLP Absolute Discord Pre-release

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Staring at 11am, Chaos reigns supreme as Absolute Discord shakes things up and adds incredible new fun to the My Little Pony™ Collectible Card Game!

For the pre-release you will receive 6 Absolute Discord boosters for deck building, a booster for entry and a booster for each round you win! There are also collectible badges, posters t-shirts and a play mat up for grabs on the day!

 

Pokemon Roaring Skies Pre-release

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Geek Retreat is hosting a special pre-release party for Roaring Skies, the next in the XY Series, set for release on 6th May!

Each player will receive 6 boosters with which to build a deck, draft format, plus two boosters for sign up and a booster per round won!

We have had to cap attendance at 10 people for the event so please make sure to book your space. 

 

Weiss Schwarz for Beginners

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What is Weiss Schwarz? Well if you don’t know you should come down for our beginner’s session!

From 12:00 – 1:30 our resident expert Alex will run you through the basic stages of the game as well as how to build a deck, play the game and win a tournament! Then for the following 90 minutes you will take part in a mock tournament so you can really get a feel for how to play Weiss Schwarz.

Now for Sunday and it’s another packed day, not only do we have the above mentioned static Chess Night, but we’ve also got two more events to entertain!

Hearthstone Tournament

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Our monthly Hearthstone tournaments have been quite a success, so why stop now!? NEVER!

Bring your own laptops/tablets if you can, we will only be able to supply a very limited amount ourselves!

There will be prizes, of course. If we can get a good number of confirmed players, there will be a really awesome 1st place prize.  Entry £5, which includes a drink (can or basic teas/coffees). Starting at 1pm.

 

Big Fat Quiz!

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It’s the last Sunday of the month and we all know what that means!

Quiz time!!

Test your knowledge against Dave’s in his Big Fat Quiz! There’s no theme – just general geekery!

Teams can be any size; no need to sign up before hand just come ready for some fun.

50p entry per person. Or £7 gets you 4 person team entry, plus 4 drinks and sharing chicken wing platter (12 wings)
To book your team (of no more than 4) in just call 0191 447 0160. Starting at 4pm.

 

That’s our whole week, here at Geek Retreat Newcastle.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

This Week’s Events At Geek Retreat Glasgow!

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Hi there Geek Retreaters and welcome to Monday!

As usual we’re going to take a moment out of our day to look at the upcoming events scheduled here at Geek Retreat HQ in Glasgow!

Every week we have a range of events, from static events that occur every week, to special one off events, tournaments and meets. We hope that you can find something that interests you, and if not, you can always pop along to play one of our many “free to play” board games and have some tasty treats!

Let’s start off with our static events, these are scheduled every week so there’s always something interesting on whenever you pop in!

 [Click the links below to see the events page for any of our amazing static events!]

Monday – Magic: The Gathering Dragons of Tarkir Draft!

Tuesday – StreetPass Glasgow   (Free entry Mario Party 6 special!)

Wednesday – Magic: The Gathering Casual Play Day

Thursday – Yu-Gi-Oh! Day

Friday – Pokémon Day

And now we’ll have a look at some of our amazing one off events coming up throughout the week!

Starting on Friday we have…

Pokemon Roaring Skies Pre-release

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Geek Retreat is hosting a special pre-release party for Roaring Skies, the next in the XY Series, set for release on 6th May!

£24 entry with a free drink. Registration is from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

All players will receive 6 packs from which they must construct a deck, if you need help though we can give you a hand!

Players will then play in a swiss tournament. All players will receive 2 extra boosters for entering and there will be promos and extra boosters awarded dependant on placing.

The store will provide Energy Cards or you can bring your own along.

New and old players welcome! This is set to be a great pre-release & a great way to learn how the new set plays ahead of Nationals!

On Saturday the 25th of April we’ve got four events on for your entertainment, First up there are two…

MLP Absolute Discord Pre-release Events

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The first starts at 10am, then the second at 3pm

Chaos reigns supreme as Absolute Discord shakes things up and adds incredible new fun to the My Little Pony™ Collectible Card Game!
For the pre-release you will receive 6 Absolute Discord boosters for deck building, a booster for entry and a booster for each round you win! There are also collectible badges, posters t-shirts and a play mat up for grabs on the day!

 

Buddyfight Win-A-Box Tournament

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Starting at 10am, Geek Retreat is hosting a Buddyfight competition in store and we invite all you Buddyfighters to come along and win some fabulous prizes!

Free drink at the door!

Players construct a 52 card deck containing –
1 Flag card
1 Monster card that they chose as their ‘buddy’
50 non Flag cards of their choice.

As the title suggest, the grand prize is an entire booster box! With booster packs guaranteed, simply by entering.

 

Weiss Schwarz Tournament

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Join us for a Weiss Schwartz tournament!

Don’t have a deck? No problem. We’ll even throw in a 10% discount on structure decks which you can buy and play straight out the box! It’s a great way to meet fellow Weiss players. Staff and players will also be on hand to those popping along who simply want to find out a bit more about Weiss Schwarz.

For each entrant two booster packs will be placed into the prize pool. No one will leave with less than one, and winners get to pick which set their prize packs come from, from those in stock.

We will also have a limited number of free demo decks available for those wishing to learn how to play the game! The intro session will be completely free and you get to keep the Milky Holmes demonstration decks!
The rules for deck construction:

50 cards
8 climax cards
Neo-standard format (that means no mixing animes, everything from the one series pls) English-only. Starting at 10am.

Then we move on to Sunday the 26th of April and we have two events happening in store!

Pathfinder Society Event

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Geek Retreat host’s approximately two PFS events every month, you should definitely come along and check them out! Starting at 12pm.

“By playing Scottish Pathfinder Society, your character exists in a common setting shared by thousands of other gamers from around the world. In each Pathfinder Society game, your character experiences a short, one-sitting adventure (or “scenario”) that is a single episode in a continuing story and generally lasts four to five hours. It’s a great chance to try your hand at roleplaying, learn about the immersive world of Golarion, meet like-minded people and contribute your own presence to an evolving world and storyline.

You can then take your character to any public Pathfinder Society event anywhere in the world, and while the Game Master and your companions might change every time you play, your character advances as normal. Over time, campaigning in an organized play environment offers a uniquely immersive experience, as your diverse companions add depth and character to the campaign world. It’s a great way to play regularly without all the prep work and scheduling of a traditional campaign”

 B-Movie Night! – Rubber 

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Starting at 5pm. Join us at Geek Retreat HQ as we face the most fun and laugh inducing foe of all… the B-Movie!

This time around we’re going to experience the cinematic masterpiece that is Rubber! Get ready for a thrilling ride, with writing and directorial style like you’ve never experienced before!

 

So that’s what’s on our slate for this week. Hope you all have fun.

See you there!

New Clip From This Week’s Agents Of SHIELD!

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This week’s Agents of SHIELD has a lot to live up to.

Last Tuesday we were treated to an entire episode about the show’s most interesting and deadly character, Agent Melina May.

The episode was a deeper look into the background of how Agent May got her nickname “The Cavalry”.  Viewers already knew that the events in Bahrain were traumatic for May and that they led her to abandon her status as a field agent for a desk assignment. That’s where she was when Agent Coulson came knocking in Agents of SHIELD episode one.

But as the episode progressed and events began to unfold, we were given the full story. A story that more than explains May’s cold exterior and ruined marriage.

The episode was one of the best so far, but I have to say it wasn’t the plot that made it stand above the rest of the series so far. No, as good as the story was, it was the performance that elevated the episode. Apart for some present day action peppered in, the bulk of the episode was wall to wall Ming-Na Wen, and that is something worth watching.

The only complaint I have about “Melinda” is that it took the show this long to do a May episode. Going by how brilliant last week’s was, we should do this at least twice a season.

So, all we have to do now, is wonder how on earth this coming Agents of SHIELD episode, entitled “The Frenemy of My Enemy”, could possibly do any better.

Check out the latest clip from this Tuesday’s episode here!

 

The official synopsis for “The Frenemy of My Enemy” reads:

“A dangerous new alliance is formed as Coulson and Hunter turn to the last person anyone would expect – Grant Ward! As the war between S.H.I.E.L.D. factions continues, Skye and Lincoln will find themselves drawn into this conflict, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Official Batman vs. Superman Teaser Arrives!

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Late last night Warner Bros. Pictures released the official teaser trailer for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

This was more than likely a reaction to everyone on the internet uploading and sharing the leaked version for the past day or so. Each of the illicit uploads didn’t last long, disappearing as quickly as they appeared, but if Deadpool has taught us anything it’s that you can’t stop leaked footage from getting around.

Now that the trailer is out, the internet is all a buzz with comments and debates over this, even darker, sequel to Man of Steel.

Going by the footage, we’re looking at a world torn in half; some gripped by fear, some by desperate hope. Superman has become the central figure for both.  The former eyeing the Kryptonian with a suspicious, xenophobic eye, and the latter looking to him as some sort of saviour.

Neither of those outlooks bode well for Superman.

Some might be surprised to see Bruce Wayne taking the more anti-Superman stance, but out of the two reactions to the man of steel, it’s not like Bruce would be believable as a fawning sycophant.

No sign of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, or Ray Fisher’s Cyborg at this point. Perhaps in the full length trailer?

Check out the teaser here and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below!

45 Stills From Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser!

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How are you all recovering from the spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?

For those of you who don’t know (which by now is going to be a very small number) yesterday afternoon 20th Century Fox released the brand new teaser trailer for the upcoming 7th installment of Star Wars.

The reaction to the teaser was instantaneous and overwhelmingly positive. If you’ve seen it you’ll know why. Not only did we get incredible explosions, stunning landscapes and set pieces, but J.J. Abrams, who knows how to sell a movie, ended it on the shot EVERYONE was waiting for.

Han and Chewie, on the Millennium Falcon.

Now all that’s left is a god shot of Leia and/or Luke!

For those of you who can’t get enough of Star Wars, and of this trailer in particular, we’ve saved you the time and bother of slowly clicking through it frame by frame. We present 45 stills from the most recent teaser trailer.

Feel free to pour over them, looking for clues and possible spoilers. Have fun!

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