Article Archives

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Feel-good TV: Carole & Tuesday

    - by Louis Calvert

    In this time of stress and uncertainty it’s a welcome breath of fresh air to come across something that’s not only wholeheartedly feel-good, but also reflects many of the issues of our world.  Netflix’s Carole & Tuesday has been out for a little while (since August 2019), but it’s easy to scroll past it. It’s anime, so unless you’re already really into that medium it’s probably not going to grab you right away. Added to that, it’s about two teenage indie musicians trying to…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Review: One Deck Dungeon and Forest of Shadows

    - by Christopher Jarvis

    One Deck Dungeon is among the first games I discovered when delving into the wondrous world of solo board games. If you’re not familiar with the concept it can seem a bit odd, but it’s now common and has been one of the biggest areas of growth in the board game scene in the last few years.  One Deck Dungeon is a light dungeon crawl, most similar to a video game ‘rogue-like’. Each game has you delving through three floors of a dungeon, starting…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Mini of the Month: Axl Steel

    - by Angus McNicholl

    “And that’s the Aristos coming out to the Hexadrome now, Bob!” “This one is looking like it’s going to be a real showdown. Oh wait right there — I see a new face in 8Ball’s line-up! what do you know about that one, Mac?” “Well, Bob, I knew you were going to ask — so I did my homework and I have his vitals right here. Our new contender is Axl Steel from Human Edge. All the way from the far end of the…

  • Books

    Self-Pub Review: Triggernometry

    - by Ant Jones

    A mysterious author writing under the pseudonym Stark Holborn first made themselves known for a smart take on the post-western novel with Nunslinger — a more serious and deep story than the title would lead you to believe. It was first serialised in twelve parts before being picked up and published as a novel by Hodder and Stoughton. Triggernometry is the author’s second story, a novella that keeps the western setting, but this time imagines a world where mathematicians have become outlawed and those…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    GamesMasterClass: creating your world

    - by Chris Cunliffe

    Worldbuilding is at the heart of the gamesmaster (GM) process — your players’ characters need somewhere to exist. Eventually a player is going to ask what is over the hill, or beyond the horizon; and you need to be able to give them an answer, or at least an adventure that leads to an answer. There are many different published settings out there and you might think that using one of these, or perhaps basing your game on the setting from an established franchise…

  • Fiction

    Acid, chapter two: a table set for one

    - by Louis Calvert

    “The cloud cities of Venus are home to billions. The Protectorate governs from the largest, oldest, and most impressive city: Capitol, where the ruling classes have their headquarters and seats on the Protectorate Board. The upper echelons of Venusian society value prestige, power, and influence above all else, with notoriously cut-throat business practices juxtaposed with luxurious elegance. High society balls, dinners, and mixers are fantastical affairs that showcase leading fashions in clothing, food, dance, and dinner conversation. They also form the backbone of the…