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  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Why you should watch Attack on Titan

    - by Sam Long

    Attack on Titan has enjoyed massive popularity since launch, both in its native Japan as well as in the West. Its original premise is both terrifying and ridiculous. What’s all the fuss about?  The best way this writer can articulate the premise of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan is to compare it to the likes of Godzilla and other Japanese ‘kaiju’ films. The anime takes place in a fantasy world where humanity is hopelessly insignificant in the wake of a new apex predator, the…

  • Books

    Self-pub review: Kau D’varza

    - by Tom Grundy

    ChaosNova is a “creative gang and fiction-verse”, in which several writers and roleplayers get together to thrash out and write in a “moderately pulpy” science fiction universe. Kau D’varza looks like it’s the third book in the canon.  The eponymous station rests near the ‘Void Cloud’, a Bermuda Triangle-like anomaly whose presence hangs over the narrative. The story follows three or four perspective characters — idealistic and rebellious Elise, avuncular Gierre, and dutiful Raffa — as they deal with a new threat. This is…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Let’s talk about… Star Trek: Picard

    Star Trek: Picard began airing on Amazon Prime in January, bringing back the much-loved character more than a decade after his last screen appearance. We discuss the latest iteration of one of television’s most durable franchises. This article will contain spoilers.   Jane:  My first thought was simply that the show looks incredibly good. It’s not just that the CGI is cutting edge; the cinematography is more complex and engaging than the functional camera work I associate with classic Star Trek series. From the…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Review: Legends Untold

    - by Christopher Jarvis

    A simplified dungeon crawl tabletop RPG Tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) are great. My own regular board game night began as an RPG campaign until the twin challenges of group scheduling and prep time for the gamesmaster (GM) caused it to evolve into a board game night instead. Board games have the benefit of generally requiring no planning, and it doesn’t matter if the attendees differ each week. However, sometimes you just miss creating a character, grabbing equipment and embarking on an adventure into the…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Review: The Bestowal

    - by Nick Cummins

    The Bestowal can be summed up as a conversation — one of those conversations where you lose track of time and find yourself discussing life, death, and everything in between. This 90-minute film by Andrew de Burgh can be classed as sci-fi but it relies on its dialogue to carry the viewer. Expect no fancy CGI moments or grand fly-throughs of far-off lands because honestly, they’re not needed here. The film opens with Steven (Sam Brittan), a financially successful businessman, sitting in a dark…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Let’s Talk About… Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    It was the final big ‘cinema event’ of 2019 and has divided critics and audiences. Was it a suitable, faithful send-off or an incoherent mess? Our team discuss the ‘final’ film in the Star Wars mythos. Best read once you’ve seen the film, as we discuss all the plot twists!   Allen: The text crawl irritated me. The text introduction is a Star Wars staple, but the content really did feel like a massive shift of plot premise from the end of the last…