Starting Monday September 5 …

Red Castle Games will once again be opening at noon. Our new hours will be:

Mon – Thu 12pm – 10pm

Fri 12pm to 12am

Sat – Sun 10am to 10pm

See you sooner!

Lionheart Kombucha

herosblend-white-104x300Lionheart Kombucha is a delicious drink made locally by one of Red Castle’s own customers. It comes in a variety of kombucha flavors and an amazing Ginger Brew variety. My personal favorite is Hero’s Blend, a delicious mix of herbs, it contains no sugar but packs a whole lot of flavor! Any are a delight and make for a refreshing choice during your gaming session!

-Matthew

Captain America Civil War

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Captain America Civil War is playing at the cheap theaters. Lets see what Kiara thought of it:

I just want to start by saying that Age of Ultron Marvel Cinematic Universe had me concerned that the golden age of comic book movies was at an end and that the films were taking a sharp turn for the worse. I’m happy to say that Civil War completely relieved all of those fears.

Tonally, this movie was spot on. Serious when it had to be, sad when appropriate, and interjected with the one liners and puns and light comedic relief one expects from the MCU. And unlike in Age of Ultron, the comedy wasn’t forced. It wasn’t two-dimensionally self-referential. The jokes weren’t self-serving “hey remember this other film?” moments, but instead actual in-character quips that were meant to lighten the characters and the audience. It is also good to its characters. Civil War goes to lengths at several points to undo the disservice done to Black Widow in Age of Ultron, returning her agency and fire. It gives more depth and breadth to Scarlet Witch, a character barely explored previously, and brings human elements to Vision while still highlighting how utterly artificial he is. Spiderman is perhaps the closest he’s ever been to his comic book self (though I will always be sad they went with yet another Peter Parker instead of Miles), and even Antman, whose lackluster film failed to highlight why it was about him instead of Wasp, proved to be an interesting, inventive, and slightly goofy character. And, well, Black Panther is fantastic. I can hardly wait until 2017 for his film. Very solid characterization and the costume and the arc and really everything. He’s great. Go watch him.

My main critique is the early action sequences. They divert from the landing of the punches most of the time, leaving the action unfulfilling, and there are a lot of cuts. It takes away from the dynamic action sequences they clearly tried to film in the first half of the film, but by the end the action shots are long, and panning and show a full field of vision of the fights. Admittedly this is likely because most of the later fights involve a lot of CG, so they don’t have to cut to hide a hit not landing since the hit was never real to begin with, but the difference between the early and later sequences is stark. Also, don’t see it in 3D. The only thing that really pops out with the 3D is the title cards for locations. It’s not worth the extra expense and adds nothing to the film but a potential headache. Overall, I would rate this film a solid A or A-. The technical issues were distracting but the actors are fantastic, the writing is on par with the first Captain America, and they juggle the large cast very well. Definitely a film I look forward to owning.

-Kiara

Distended Mindbender

dmbDistended Mindbender is a card that was just recently printed in the latest set of Magic the Gathering, Eldritch Moon. It features a new mechanic called emerge. Emerge lets you sacrifice a creature to cast a spell for its emerge cost minus the CMC*  of the sacrificed creature. In the case of Distended Mindbender it is an 8 drop with an emerge cost of 5BB, when you cast Distended Mindbender target opponent reveals their hand and you choose a nonland card with CMC of 3 or less and a nonland card with CMC 4 or greater and they discard them.  

This card is fantastic! I wasn’t too sure about it at first considering the emerge cost seems kind of high and the card itself cost 8 generic mana on its own but having been able to play it for myself, I can safely say the card lives up to the hype. Being able to cast it on turn four seems bad but that control over your opponent  is very, very much worth it. Seeing their hand and making them lose their best cards at this point gives you an excellent advantage on top of being able to play around the cards you didn’t make them discard earlier and all of this attached to a 5/5 is just fabulous.

I predict this will see a ton of standard play in green/black and black/white control shells, maybe blue? We’ll have to wait and see this coming Pro-Tour! In modern, I could see it in a mid-range control shell maybe in the blue/black Ashiok Nightmare Weaver rogue deck. Emerging into a creature that gives you value like Desperate Sentry is the cherry on top of this already amazing card that gives me very high hopes for it.  

-Moe