Author archive for Buanzo

  • Tabletop Games

    Star Wars: Outer Rim

    - by Buanzo

    I know and you know that there are a lot of Star Wars licensed games out there in the void. Some have become the stuff of legend, while others have had their light extinguished from the galaxy. It’s just like how some of the characters in the series are icons in the science fiction oeuvre, while others deserven to beesa forgot quickly, okiday?

  • Event

    Dublin 2019: an Irish worldcon

    - by Buanzo

    The 77th annual World…

  • Interview

    Interview: Adrian Tchaikovsky

    - by Buanzo

    Every month, Parallel Worlds will feature an interview with an amazing content creator or personality working in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. This month, we have award-winning author, Adrian Tchaikovsky, best known for his Shadows of the Apt epic fantasy series and his Clarke Award-winning science fiction novel, Children of Time.

  • Books

    Book Review: Dragonslayer

    - by Buanzo

    Epic fantasy is an…

  • Tabletop Games

    Miniature Of The Month: Uthred Steelmantle

    - by Buanzo

    I remember the before-time, when snow did not touch the low valleys, and the sun still shone with pure and righteous fire. It was not this weak, wan caress that barely touches my spirit. No matter now. There is a new light, a new fire, and it burns within me as surely as lightning in a far distant stormcloud.

  • Thinkpiece

    Ruling the World: The sci-fi assumption of ‘Government Earth’

    - by Buanzo

    In Babylon 5, ‘Earth Dome’ controls the planet. In The Expanse, the United Nations rules the Earth. Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets rules civilisations spanning many worlds, as does the Hegemony of Man in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. We seem to accept and expect that the idea of ‘countries’ will one day disappear — but how might this come about?

  • Video Games

    Destiny 2: Being five years late to the party

    - by Buanzo

    Bungie’s massively multiplayer online (MMO) sci-fi-shooter Destiny 2 might be the best sci-fi first-person shooter (FPS) ever created. According to fans, it might even be the best sci-fi experience ever created, full stop. This certainly hasn’t always been a widespread opinion — what’s changed?

  • Tabletop Games

    Version Control: What Should You Play?

    - by Buanzo

    Roleplaying games, tabletop war games, video games, and board games have come a long way since their experimental inception in the 1960s and 1970s. In many ways, it’s hard to remember that these different types of game originally drew inspiration from some of the same source material.

  • Event

    UK Games Expo 2019

    - by Buanzo

    Held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the Expo has become an annual event and a ‘must attend’ for board, card, roleplaying, and war game enthusiasts all over the United Kingdom.

  • Tabletop Games

    Tiny Epic Mechs: Portable and quick miniature combat

    - by Buanzo

    Tiny Epic Mechs is the latest game in the Tiny Epic series to be fulfilled from its Kickstarter and head out to retail. If you’re unfamiliar, Gamelyn’s Tiny Epic games pack away into a box about the size of three DVD cases stacked together, yet the modular components often fill a table and offer medium-length, fairly weighty play experiences. Every game in the series is a completely different theme and play style, although — a bit like the Final Fantasy series — there is common DNA throughout many of the titles.