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  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Let’s Talk About: Ad Astra

    - by Souvarine

    Ad Astra is a sci-fi epic set in the near future. It stars Brad Pitt as Roy McBride, an astronaut who voyages to the farthest reaches of the solar system in search of his father, Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), who vanished sixteen years earlier and is now thought to be responsible for a series of catastrophic energy surges on Earth. Our editors share their reactions.   Jane: I can’t remember the last time I thought a film was so theoretically interesting and so painfully misjudged in execution.   Tom: I thought it was a really weird film. It felt like…

  • Podcast

    Parallel Worlds Podcast Issue 2

    - by Buanzo

    Are you ready for our second issue? Parallel Worlds Issue 2: the podcast is here!

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

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

    - by Parallel Worlds

    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. My colleague is correct in his observations about Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (2014). Like its predecessors, it is a game centred around mechanics-focused violence. Some players may see it as a knock-off of today’s violence-based video games, while others recognize or remember that the inspiration…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Keeping Trek – Part 1

    - by Parallel Worlds

    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…

  • Kickstarter

    Kickstarter Roundup: October 2019

    - by Souvarine

    We have a great selection of successful Kickstarters to recap this month. All these projects have been successfully funded and will be available to buy soon!   BattleTech: Clan Invasion BattleTech is a board game set in the 31st century, in which war rages across the galaxy and empires clash in epic combat. 30 foot-tall epic humanoid mechanized titans, bristling with weaponry, fight for power and the glory of their Empire. Originally created over 35 years ago, it’s been a favourite board game of mine from the start. I love the way that the mechs have damage sheets which target…

  • Fiction

    Beneath The Waystation

    - by Parallel Worlds

    Akkaia is not a forgiving world. The equator is marred by a sheen of dead off-white, a great plain of salt from an ocean boiled into nothingness. The poles are heavily forested with thick, calamitous jungles, and everything between those two extremes is red, unyielding rock and dry yellow grass. Water would be worth more than gold, if Akkaians gave a damn about yellow lead.  Skips Luke was the exception to that rule. Wiry and silver-haired, he crouched behind the lip of an outcrop,…