The Tabletop gaming hobby is nothing if not an expansive milieu. If, sadly not yet in demographic terms, then certainly in the range of experiences on offer and the mindsets they attract. From the abstract to the thematic and all the myriad variations therein- it contains niches within subsets within niches. Each with a tightly […]Read More Judean Hammer- All roads lead to Jerusalem
Of all the musical movements to have captured the popular imagination over the years, the brief technicolour explosion of 80’s cock rock arguably had the most glaringly obvious use-by date. Wildly resonant in an era of Reaganomic excess, this tawdry eruption of imbecilic hedonism managed to suffuse the world in a dizzying cloud of Aquanet […]Read More Glam Metal Monster Hunter -Are we doing Stonehenge?
It is a well-worn adage that ‘history is written by the winners.’ Far less credence is given however to the truth that in order for that history to take root, unfettered by the hand of revisionists – the winners need to keep winning. The history of all dynastic legacies is rife with tales of bloody […]Read More Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile – Heavy is the head that bears the Crown.
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 […]Read More Bristol 1350 – Bring out Your Dead
Sea Lungs stems from the idea that you don’t need to meet face to face to make music. It can be made from anywhere, anytime. Collaboration in defiance of isolation, threads strung across state lines to knit something taut and redemptive. The musical brainchild of one Jarrad Robertson (Pigs of the Roman Empire, Snakes of […]Read More Come on Get your Gills- ‘Sea Lungs’ bring the Brine
Ask any number of artists about the process of oil painting and chances are the importance of layering will swiftly arise. Many will regale you with tales of the moment that a painting either leaps into focus or becomes irretrievably lost with the addition of a single stroke. Similarly, the tactile nature of oil on […]Read More Canvas offers Layers within Layers
Emerging from the poisonous fog of 2020, a new entry in the fabled genre of ‘hard-to-pronounce-wave’ pioneered by German titans Einstürzende Neubauten rears its head defiantly in the face of isolation. The project of the indefatigable Kieren Hills (Dark Horse, Death Church, Many More) Schkeuditzer Kreuz is one human and some machines, making noise, in the […]Read More SCHKEUDITZER KREUZ- More Ketamine than Ecstasy
As the tabletop design ethos continues to evolve in a cross-continental dance of pollination, systems may morph and intermingle, yet the once binary delineation of Euro vs Amerithrash still often rings true. Systems vs Theme, Elegance vs Excess, Wood vs Plastic, Mediterranean Trading Routes vs Zombie Hitler. If one was looking to submit an example […]Read More Secrets of the Lost Tomb- Peak Thrash Madness
The Empire of Crayne has fallen to chaos. Riven by cataclysmic events such as the Great Flood and the unyielding Tide of Dust, closely knit factions have splintered, paying homage and lending their blades to a series of local Lords, each of whom vie for dominance and influence throughout the fractured land. These grim times […]Read More Crayne: Fractured Empire