Pax Viking – Blood, Fire, Politics

Murder, maiming, fornication, ginger beards! Foaming horns of mead! Sweeping blonde shampoo commercial locks! Enormous girthy hammers!! Our popular culture’s understanding of antique Scandinavian culture is nothing if not subtle. This fervent embrace of the ‘Bathory album cover’ end of this spectrum is perhaps nowhere better exemplified than in the realm of tabletop gaming, where […]

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Toadlicking Tabletop Round-Up

Thrills! Spills! Hallucinogenic Venom! There’s nothing to quite make you question your adherence to the cloying yoke of consumerism like a legion of shelf-toads leering at you. Call it a ‘Shelf of Opportunity’ all you want as it crowds your mental space, but it’s some shameful shit. It’s been a while since my last full […]

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Sekigahara – Tokugawa Rides Out

Every so often you encounter a gaming experience that is so good it makes you re-evaluate your entire relationship to the hobby. Sekigahara- The Unification of Japan by designer Matt Calkins and published by GMT Games, offers one such experience.   Adrift and jaded in a sea of blinged-out ‘narrative’ titles, the elegance, immediacy, and […]

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Bristol 1350 – Bring out Your Dead

The cart was packed to bursting point. Shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow, like cattle we squirmed as we made our desperate pilgrimage through the rickety switchbacks of the doomed metropolis. A sour scent of sweat and desperation mingled with the sickly-sweet rot of apples underfoot as we eyed one another warily for the tell-tale […]

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