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  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Let’s talk about… The Mandalorian

    What were your first impressions? Angus: Woo hoo! It’s Star Wars — what’s not to love? Actually Star Wars encompasses quite a large range of quality; from the beautiful-but-shot-through-with-plot-holes prequel saga, to the power and beauty of Rogue One. The Mandalorian is squarely in the Rogue One camp! Not only is it beautifully crafted, but it also has that gritty, realistic edge that Star Wars should always have had. In case you’ve not seen it, it is set during the New Republic Era, after…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Mini of the month: Pilot

    - by Angus McNicholl

    “Roger that, Shuttle Typhon. You are cleared to begin your approach to bay 87. Follow the greens.” Ashlee reached over to the console on her right, flicking the switch that would bring up the music while she made the necessary docking maneuvers. Blue Danube’s melodic tones filled the small cabin. Her co-pilot grinned; well, as close to a grin as the hulking Zor could manage without the human facial muscles… To anyone else it would look like a feral snarl. She keyed the lateral…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Review: Empires of the Void II

    - by Christopher Jarvis

    Before the title makes you pass this by, stay awhile. Empires of the Void II is not a sequel, nor a continuation of a franchise, or some part in an ongoing story of which you have missed the first chapter. A better name for this would be Empires of the Void, 2nd Edition. This is a refined, enhanced and beautified remaster of Ryan Lauket’s original.

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Evangelion: what did I just watch?

    - by Louis Calvert

    If you have a friend into anime, or have ever Googled a list of ‘best anime of all time’, you’ll have at least heard of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s often considered to be one of the seminal works of action-drama animation that helped to define what anime could be, and has been cited as one of the series that help revive the flagging Japanese anime industry.  It’s really weird though. Like, really weird. The concept is fairly simple… until you add the esoteric concepts…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Don’t look down

    - by Angus McNicholl

    This short is a piece of worldbuilding for Angus’ setting of Hoarfrost, a tabletop roleplaying game work in progress.   Don’t look down. Trov’s fingers hurt. His foot found a tiny purchase on the sheer black stone of the wall. Don’t look down. He shifted his weight to take the strain off his fingers, and inched his left hand upwards over the ice-cold surface, seeking his next hold. Another irregular stone gave him just enough to brace his fingertips upon. Don’t look down. He…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    No quarter: welcome to the Iron Kingdoms

    - by Angus McNicholl

    Giant, steam-powered robots, duking it out in a fantasy World War I setting. Welcome to Warmachine… When I got into Warmachine, the models for that game were about the most butt-ugly, chunky, badly-proportioned lumps of metal you can imagine. Over the years since, they have improved tremendously; but back in the beginning, they were all cast in static, flat poses, like they had just run headlong into a window. It was the concept and the gameplay that hooked this writer. So what was the…