GAME | Board game behemoth Fantasy Flight Games is getting top marks again for its latest release, the cooperative, "living card game" (the opposite of a collectible card game; cards aren't distributed randomly by rarity in sealed packs) ARKHAM HORROR: THE CARD GAME. The Lovecraftian-themed challenge pits one to four players in campaign quests against endless waves of evil doings in the fictitious Massachusetts town. Investigate suspicious goings-on and battle grotesque monsters as you work through the campaign, but make sure not to let the horrors you encounter make your character go mad. For those who love FFG's other games — and all Lovecraft nerds — check this one out.
PRODUCT | If you wear glasses and perhaps, like me, have a hard time keeping them from sliding down your stupid nose all the time and giving you that librarian/granny look, there's a product out there to help keep your specs game strong. NERDWAX, as it's aptly named, was successfully launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, but I didn't know of its benefit until recently. Sold in a lip balm-like tube, the beeswax-based wax helps keep your frames from sliding down your nose by providing a tacky, grippy surface upon application. It's portable, safe for your skin and can be used on sunglasses or eyeglasses.
TV | If you've got a hankering for some gritty, mystery-laced entertainment to tide you over until this year's season of Game of Thrones, check out brooding Tom Hardy's latest leading role in the now-airing TABOO, on FX (Tuesdays, 10 pm) and BBC One (Saturdays). With a script written by the actor and his father, Hardy stars as James Keziah Delaney, a man thought to have died aboard a slave ship in Africa. Delaney returns to London's filthy streets in 1814 after word of his father's death and learns he's been left a tract of land on Vancouver Island that the manipulative East India Trading Co. will go to any length to secure. A noteworthy cast brings to life Taboo's themes of conspiracy, betrayal, violence and suggested otherworldly elements. ♦