Holiday Shopping Season Upon Us: Part 2

Man ... This image is creeping me out more and more the more I look at it ...Here we are again with some more gift ideas for this Holiday season that are going to be great for all the geeks in your life and great to introduce your "normal" friends to the world of geekdom!

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials

The most popular role playing game in the world just got even easier to get in to. The game, long available through larger, pricier hard covers, has been re-tuned to simpler, smaller, soft covers. 

For new gamers who have never had the experience of rolling up a character there is the new Red Box that guides you through the process of creating a character with ease and envelops the mechanics into a much easier to parse story-telling component. Also the rules have been re-organized into a much easier to navigate fashion. The character books made a bit more intuitive and while some may look at them as having too much material that repeats between books others will see that the inclusion of material in both character creation books makes it so that you need only really buy one of them instead of both in order to make a finely tuned character. 

The newly designed Rules Compendium makes for the perfect kind of rules document for every table as it is easy to navigate and small enough to not encumber the table as play proceeds. 

The Dungeon Master box sets and Monster Vaults make gaming no fuss as you get tokens for a vast sundry of monsters and tiles on which to conduct your combat sessions. 


Back in 1989 one of the greatest comics of all time hit the shelves and Neil Gaiman became one of the big names of the "British Invasion" into the world of comics. Since then it has become one of the most well thought of long form comic series ever published. With the release of the Absolute editions starting in 2006 the book also achieved a far better look than it had ever seen prior thanks to digital re-coloring and careful retouching of artwork. Though at $100 a pop it might have been a little much for most collectors except for the truly hardcore Gaiman fans.

Then this year they began issuing a new printing of all 10 trade paperback collections that featured the re-colored, retouched artwork. So those of us who have long pined for our friend's copies of the Absolute editions could sate our desire for at least the spectacular new look for the books. And for fans of all kinds the new covers by series contributor and frequent Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean are truly gorgeous and hearken back to the original collections with their dynamic and exciting covers.

Definitely the kind of book that every lover of intellectual and thought provoking comics is going to want as a part of their collection and the perfect kind of gift for the holidays.