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Pathfinder: Rise Of The Runelords impressions

During this year’s visit to the UK Game Expo I had two titles I absolutely wanted to pick up – Legendary: Marvel and Pathfinder ACG. I’d pre-ordered Pathfinder from Gameslore for pickup, and it massively weighed me down as a wandered about in a sheepish daze. It was heavy, and it was heavy because it was full of millions (not millions) of cards. A few months on and I’ve finally gotten around to playing the...

A year on

Trenches dug, barbed wire set, guns loaded: we enter another E3 with same old Spectrum vs Commodore arguments laid out. Interestingly, this new generation has appeared more divisive than most. I’m not sure why. Microsoft clearly earned lots of respect and a massive brand love-in with the 360, and it seems as if their fall from grace has been a difficult one for many fans. On the flip side, the positioning of Sony as the saviour...

The Descent of Man

Descent: Journeys In The Dark has pretty much become the defacto dungeon crawl, usurping Games Workshop “classics” such as HeroQuest when gamers think of the genre. I’m a self confessed dungeon crawl nut. I can’t point to a single thing about the genre that causes me to be drawn to it, however a lot of the attraction lies in the modular boards, the plethora of minis, the replayable quest like structure and the...

Pimp My Game – Part 1 – Card Sleeves

I’ve always had a tendency to want to enhance and modify my games. Way back in the mists of time when I had Advanced Heroquest as a kid, I remember making little torn scraps of paper with clues or maps on, for the adventurers to find. I’d stain them with tea so they looked like old parchment. Or painting my 2nd edition Blood Bowl board (the 3D polystyrene one) so it looked like blood splattered stone. Yeah, I had a pretty...

Zombie Dice

Pffft. Zombies! Again! And in a dice game. What can you even do with zombies in a dice game that’s interesting? Why would anyone play this, a light weight Steve Jackson game that is neither in depth nor convoluted? Probably because they have joy in their soul, I expect. Yes, it’s about as simple as you can get, but as an warm up game that has a nice central risk/reward mechanic that even my 5 year old son can enjoy,...

Not at all analogue

Beer flowed, the crowd cheered and the pyrrhic victory hung in the air like the stench of a dead princess’ rotting body. Our voices have been heard, chant the crowd, as they conveniently forget almost everything else that has been promised them. That Microsoft have abandoned their assault on consumer rights, and the inherent principles of owning the physical products we buy, is absolutely a right and just thing. While there are...

Kicking The Habit

There’s been something of a buzz about Kickstarter the past 6 months or so. It’s gone from relatively unknown “oh that weird crowd funding thing?” to a staple topic of conversation among geeks. So much so, that it feels like Kickstarter has become the de-facto means to launch & publish a tabletop game. I’m now struggling to imagine how games ever got released to market before Kickstarter, it probably...

Crossing Over To The Deadzone

Deadzone is an upcoming board game from Mantic Games. There are four things you need to know about Deadzone: First – it has a terrible, terrible name, I’m guessing an overexcited 8 year old came up with it. Second – it’s being funded via Kickstarter with (at the time of posting) just over a week to go before ending. Third – it’s a sci-fi tactical skirmish minis game played with lots of urban/industrial...

Flashpoint: Fire Rescue

To write Flashpoin: Fire Rescue off as a Pandemic clone, or a Forbidden Island clone, is to miss the point. While both of those games and this share elements – controlling the environment through movement of pieces around a board while trying to get to the endgame – all three differ significantly enough to be fun. But what each has, in spades, is theme. Pandemic – essentially Outbreak: The Game – is probably the...

A year and a bit – shelf one

A lot changes in a year and a bit. 15 months ago I was looking for things to enrich my life as the most desperately dull job I’ve ever had wore me slowly down. I bought an old copy of Space Crusade, then HeroQuest, then a newer game and the rest, as they say is history. This first year in the hobby has seen me pick up old interests, collect more games than I have the time to play, and learn to start painting again. I’ve met...