A year on
Jun10

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...

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Zombie Dice
Oct14

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,...

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Not at all analogue
Jun20

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...

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Flashpoint: Fire Rescue
Mar30

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...

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A year and a bit – shelf one
Nov11

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...

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