Archive for January, 2020

  • Tabletop Games

    Generic Adventure Module: We found a body

    - by sfbook

    In Issue 4, we introduced our new irregular series: Generic Adventure Modules. In each of these, we give you a framework for a scenario to use in a roleplaying game. 

  • Podcast

    Parallel Worlds Issue 5

    - by Tom Grundy

    In this issue, we’re all about aliens: we look back at Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 film, scare ourselves silly in…

  • Video Games

    Homeworld: Past and Future

    - by Buanzo

    With the announcement of an upcoming release in one of PC gaming’s most loved franchises, we go back to the start to find out what it is that makes Homeworld so magical. In PC games, what we identify as a classic can be ephemeral. There are many elements that go into the design and production of a game, and many subjective factors that can influence our view of the experience playing it. We don’t just watch games, we participate in them; and that participation should allow us to shape what happens. The best games make us feel like we have affected their outcome and connect with the circumstances and role we’ve taken on in the game’s fictional premise.

  • TV and Film

    Keeping – Trek Part 2

    - by Buanzo

    In the second part of our focus on Star Trek, we look back over the 1990s, 2000s, and the famous franchise today. The 1980s saw Star Trek successfully transition to the cinema screen. However, the reliance on the same actors and characters would gradually take its toll, and whilst the six movies that focused on original Enterprise crew would continue until 1991, Gene Roddenberry, creator of the brand, had some other ideas up his sleeve.

  • Books

    Book Review: Duchamp Versus Einstein

    - by Buanzo

    What if a transcendent alien intelligence made Marcel Duchamp and Albert Einstein play chess together? This is the premise of the pleasingly-named Duchamp Versus Einstein, a new novelette co-written by Christopher Hinz and Etan Ilfeld. The latter is the director of the company that owns Angry Robot, the book’s publisher.

  • Books

    Diamonds in the Rough: Read Adventurous

    - by Buanzo

    Self-published books — how can you tell if you’ll enjoy one? These days, finding a good book to read can be tricky. Not because there aren’t enough books around; the science fiction, fantasy, and horror markets are absolutely saturated, so navigating through the flood to get to something you’ll enjoy can be difficult.