Archive for October, 2019

  • Tabletop Games

    Box Half Full — Why D&D is so revered and popular

    - by Ben Potts

    In the first issue of this publication, we made the case that Dungeons & Dragons is overly combat-focused, and ought to become less combat-heavy. This month, we present another perspective on the world’s most famous tabletop roleplaying game.

  • TV and Film

    Keeping Trek – Part 1

    - by Ben Potts

    Rubber ears, communicators that look like flip phones, and a familiar spaceship chassis with a forward saucer section and two rear nacelles — Star Trek has some of science fiction’s most recognisable hallmarks. To the uninitiated, Trek can seem like the older, nerdier cousin of Star Wars, and the two franchises are often in competition for the same audience. Fans of Trek are often derisively labeled ‘Trekkies,’ a pejorative they have accepted and turned into a rallying cry. Once you understand the full context and vision of Star Trek, however, it’s clear that the world of Vulcans, phasers, and Starfleet is a truly unique and divergent universe.

  • Kickstarter

    Kickstarter Roundup: October 2019

    - by Tom Grundy

    We have a great selection of successful Kickstarters to recap this month. All these projects have been successfully funded and…

  • Fiction

    Beneath The Waystation

    - by Connor Eddles

    Akkaia is not a…

  • Podcast

    Parallel Worlds Issue 1

    - by Parallel Worlds

    In this issue: Lovecraft, Blood of an Exile, Star Citizen, Kickstarter Roundup, Tiny Epic Mechs, No Man’s Sky, Call of…

  • Video Games

    Beyond the Screen

    - by Buanzo

    There are many reasons one may choose to play an online game. Maybe it’s the latest instalment in a beloved series, maybe it possesses unique or interesting mechanics, or maybe it’s simply had some good reviews. Arguably two of the more influential factors are the level of immersion offered by the game, and the opportunities for socialising or engaging in community activities. But have games increasingly been encouraging the latter more than the former?

  • TV and Film

    Dark, the German Stranger Things for grown ups

    - by Tom Souvarine

    Season 2 of Dark, Netflix’s German-language science fiction drama, was released on June 21st.
    Dark’s first season appeared on my ‘Recommended’ list on Netflix one day last year, untrumpeted — an intriguing thumbnail of a cave. It smacked of opportunism on the part of the algorithms. ‘He likes science fiction and watches a lot of 80s films — let’s chuck this his way, he’ll probably go for it.’

  • Tabletop Games

    Star Wars: Outer Rim

    - by Christopher Jarvis

    I know and you know that there are a lot of Star Wars licensed games out there in the void. Some have become the stuff of legend, while others have had their light extinguished from the galaxy. It’s just like how some of the characters in the series are icons in the science fiction oeuvre, while others deserven to beesa forgot quickly, okiday?

  • Event

    Dublin 2019: an Irish worldcon

    - by Allen Stroud

    The 77th annual World…

  • Interview

    Interview: Adrian Tchaikovsky

    - by Parallel Worlds

    Every month, Parallel Worlds will feature an interview with an amazing content creator or personality working in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. This month, we have award-winning author, Adrian Tchaikovsky, best known for his Shadows of the Apt epic fantasy series and his Clarke Award-winning science fiction novel, Children of Time.