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Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps Collection

With all the excitement around here this week about my most recent publication — 4 Seconds (still free to read over at Thrillbent!) — I experienced a pleasant kind of kismet when a special package showed up in the mail:

a not-so-mysterious box

That elaborate box design signals what is inside, but this arrival is no less a surprise, as I didn’t expect to see this book for several weeks yet.

And on the reverse:

box back

Yep, there’s no doubt about it … this box must contain my contributor’s copy of the Grimtooth’s Traps Ultimate Collection! Seems like only yesterday I was promoting the Kickstarter for this anniversary edition, and now it’s here!


Oooh. Slipcase. Very fancy.

slipcase reverse

Dead dinosaur leather? Hmm.

Inside the slipcase was a massive hardback, bearing largely the same front cover as the first printing of this role-playing supplement, over three decades ago!

Grimtooth's Traps!

And inside, the same cartoon that series artist Steve Crompton drew of a teenaged me, when I edited (and partially wrote) Grimtooth’s Traps back in the 1980s:

the original troll

And that’s the kismet part! What are the odds that my very first significant professional writing sale would be memorialized in a lavish anniversary edition within days of my latest creation, 4 Seconds, being unleashed on the world?

A bountiful week, to be sure.

But there was one more surprise to come.

original art

My copy thoughtfully included a piece of Steve’s original art from Grimtooth’s Traps. And how do I know it is original? Because that is my printing on the art, labeling this illustration for the “Going Down?” trap. It was so strange to see, and it immediately took me back to that first game design gig, with Flying Buffalo out in Arizona, where I helped launch Grimtooth’s Traps and wrote all sorts of wonderful role-playing things.

Thanks to Goodman Games for publishing this lavish and authoritative edition of Grimtooth’s Traps! I shall cherish it always … provided I can find a shelf strong enough to hold it!

Drop by the Goodman Games site and check out the details on the Ultimate Grimtooth Traps Collection (as well as their line of Dungeon Crawler Classics, and other old school role playing goodies. Tell them Longbox Graveyard (and Grimtooth the Troll) sent you!

Mars Rocks

There’s nothing like receiving a missive in the mail from Mars Will Send No More to spice up my day here at Longbox Graveyard Secret Headquarters!
Mars Rocks!

I see that Mars has been busy with the pen and marker!

(Touch down on Mars for details about this piece)

And on the reverse:

Postcard From Mars

We live in an age of wonders, where a postcard can travel all the way from Mars to California for the price of a single stamp!

And even more wondrous … a pending comic convention outing for the enigmatic Mastermind of Mars! I’m guessing this is the Amazing Arizona Con — let us know how it goes, Mars! And thanks for the postcard!

(My reviews of the All-New All-Different Marvel Now will resume at the end of this week … but be sure to check back here Wednesday for the most special announcement in the history of Longbox Graveyard!)


All-New, All-Different, All-Delivered!

A long-anticipated box has arrived at Longbox Graveyard Secret Headquarters!


It says Westfield Comics on the box, which kind of ruins the surprise … but this is a unique moment for me because it’s the first time I’ve bought new comics in about, I dunno … twenty-five years? Maybe longer. And when I used to buy comics, mostly I did mail order through … Westfield Comics. Some things never change!

I was a little worried about that dent in the box, but then I saw the wall of peanuts within …


… and beneath the peanuts, the precious contents!


That X-Men 92 was a gift for my pal Billy King, but the rest of the box contained my first shipment of Marvel’s All-New All-Different rolling reboot, which I will be reviewing in capsule form here at Longbox Graveyard in the weeks ahead!


I understand that reviews are a bit less useful when they arrive after the book they are reviewing, and my Westfield pre-orders sometimes show up a week or two after a book hits the street … but ordering this way lets me shave a big chunk off of cover price, which adds up when you commit to buying and reviewing 60-odd comics. And besides, for a blog that normally lives in 1978, being a few weeks behind the times is no big deal!

Join me back here tomorrow when I kick off my All-New All-Different capsule review series with my impressions of Invincible Iron Man #1!

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