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  • Podcast

    Interview: Peter F. Hamilton

    - by Buanzo

    Peter F. Hamilton is a bestselling science fiction author based in Bristol. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night’s Dawn trilogy, the Commonwealth Saga, short story collections, and the Salvation Sequence. We caught up with him as he launches a new novel, Salvation Lost. Interviewed by Rob Sawyers, edited by Peter Wotherspoon.

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Frosthaven: the new game from Cephalofair

    - by Parallel Worlds

    This article was first published in the April issue of Parallel Worlds. Friend of Parallel Worlds, Isaac Childres, is at it again. Not content with the barnstorming success of Gloomhaven, this month he’s crowdfunding a new game: Frosthaven. We caught up with him to find out what it’s all about.    Hi Isaac, thanks for stopping by. Ok, so let’s jump straight in… Give us the pitch on Frosthaven! Frosthaven is the giant sequel to Gloomhaven. It will feature the same core gameplay — running…

  • Books

    Review: Shadows in the Stone

    - by Ben Potts

    Historical fantasy is a bridge between the escapism of speculative fiction and the realism of literary fiction, and Jack Dann’s Shadows in the Stone is an enthralling example of what historical fantasy looks like when done well.   The novel takes place in what we would recognise as Renaissance Italy, but with a twist. In this universe, the beliefs of a little-known religious ideology called Gnosticism are actually true, and traditional Judeo-Christian understandings of the world are turned on their head or transformed altogether.…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Review: Res Arcana

    - by Christopher Jarvis

    A bit easier than real alchemy, but only if you learn the language.   Res Arcana is one of my favourite games of 2019. Based around a fantasy take on the medieval science of alchemy, it sees you gathering base elements to buy better equipment and artefacts and converting those materials into other elements, including the elusive gold. A competitive game for 2-4 players, Res Arcana falls into the category of ‘engine builder’, where added abilities grow over time and create combos. But it’s…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    The Star Wars prequels, reassessed

    - by Tom Grundy

    Accepted wisdom among fans is that the ‘original trilogy’ of Star Wars films is near-perfect, the prequel trilogy is awful, and the Disney trilogy is patchy. In the wake of The Rise of Skywalker, a revision may be in order.   Since mid-December, this writer and some friends have been on a Star Wars rampage — watching the whole saga in chronological order. Having just finished The Return of the Jedi, he now feels that he’s spent quite a lot of time in a…

  • Video Games
    Video Games

    Playing nine to five: job simulators

    - by Louis Calvert

    While sports and action games tend to get the most publicity, there’s a genre of video game that can rack up the kind of play-time and fan loyalty that any triple-A game would kill for. The simulation game is generally a type of game that simulates, to varying degrees, aspects of real life or real activities.    Simulation games date back to the mid 1980s and the category is surprisingly broad. Most sports and racing franchises like FIFA, NBA or F1 are simulation games,…