The Descent of Man
Oct21

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...

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Pimp My Game – Part 1 – Card Sleeves
Oct19

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...

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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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Kicking The Habit
Jun16

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...

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Crossing Over To The Deadzone
May26

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 scenery,...

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