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    TV and Film

    The Star Wars prequels, reassessed

    - by Tom Grundy

    Accepted wisdom among fans is that the ‘original trilogy’ of Star Wars films is near-perfect, the prequel trilogy is awful, and the Disney trilogy is patchy. In the wake of The Rise of Skywalker, a revision may be in order.   Since mid-December, this writer and some friends have been on a Star Wars rampage — watching the whole saga in chronological order. Having just finished The Return of the Jedi, he now feels that he’s spent quite a lot of time in a…

Playing nine to five: job simulators
Video Games
Playing nine to five: job simulators
- by Louis Calvert

While sports and action games tend to get the most publicity, there’s a genre of video game that can rack up the kind of play-time and fan loyalty that any triple-A game would kill…

Pokémon: the weird and the wonderful
ThinkpieceVideo Games
Pokémon: the weird and the wonderful
- by Ben Potts, Jane Clewett

Pokémon is one of the most successful franchises in the world. Everyone is familiar with Pokémon Go, the catchy mobile game that turned people of all ages into fans. The franchise, across its iterations…

Interview: Anna Smith Spark
Interview: Anna Smith Spark
- by Parallel Worlds

Anna Smith Spark is the author of the critically acclaimed, multi-award shortlisted Empires of Dust grimdark epic fantasy series The Court of Broken Knives, The Tower of Living and Dying, and The House of…

Gamesmasterclass: the importance of session zero
Tabletop Games
Gamesmasterclass: the importance of session zero
- by Chris Cunliffe

Gamesmasterclass continues our series of guides for gamesmasters. This month, we run through an important but often-overlooked step in setting up a new roleplaying game.    One of the hardest parts of running a…

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