Book Review – The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths by Francis Pryor

The Fens: Discovering England's Ancient Depths by Francis Pryor My rating: 5 of 5 stars Goodreads Review My reading of this book is coloured by my being a Fenboy, born in the RAF hospital as was in Ely and spending most of my childhood in a nearby village. Now in neighbouring Hertfordshire I find the … Continue reading Book Review – The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths by Francis Pryor

Spectaculars: the review

Great blog post from my friend The Dice Mechanic on a new supers game that I’d certainly play if I got the chance. Not a fan of super crunchy systems for this genre, and this seems to hit the rules lite narrative encouraging sweet spot to me.

The Dice Mechanic

Spectaculars is the brand new superhero RPG by Scratchpad Publications, the label under which former D&D fifth edition designer, Rodney Thomson, has been producing games since leaving WotC a few years back. I missed out on the highly acclaimed Dusk City Outlaws when it Kickstarted back in 2017, which offered low-prep heist action. As a big fan of the superhero genre, there was no way I was going to miss out on his next offering when Spectaculars came to Kickstarter in 2018.

It arrived last week and its fair to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Behind the Mask

Components 1Spectaculars comes in a big euro boardgame-style box, chock full of cards, pads and dice. The boardgame analogies don’t end with the contents, as the rulebook is kept relatively slim (just 60 pages, in the same large square shape as the box). You can see Rodney’s experience in designing board games as well…

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Mutant Year Zero Campaign – Part 5: TPK Time?

Session played: 18.01.19, PCs active: Andrei, Toad & ‘K’ At Andrei's instigation, the Assembly decided to start a new project alongside the ongoing creation of the Museum and developing Cropland. Now they would also be working on a Pigsty! Naturally the first step was obtaining some pigs, and so it was back out into The Zone again, accompanied by the Stalker Krin, one … Continue reading Mutant Year Zero Campaign – Part 5: TPK Time?

Mutant Year Zero Campaign – Part 4: Strangers Sighted

Session played: 14.12.18, PCs active: Dink, Toad & 'K' Having brought the Elder back to the Zone in the last session, our Mutants sought to consolidate this session, opting not to begin any new projects but press on with those already started: the museum, Toad's statue and developing the cropland. 'K' worked on cobbling together an irrigation system for the cropland, moving this … Continue reading Mutant Year Zero Campaign – Part 4: Strangers Sighted

Mutant Year Zero Campaign – Part 3: Life in The Zone

Session played 26.10.18 Ok, so it's taken a while to write this session up - in my line of work November and December are somewhat full on! This session picked up where the last left off. The Elder is still missing (session threat) and the Ark in turmoil as they come to terms with how to respond. … Continue reading Mutant Year Zero Campaign – Part 3: Life in The Zone

The Gods War – it’s been sighted!

A few years ago I backed The Gods War, a new Gloranthan boardgame, on Kickstarter. I'd been close to backing Cthulhu Wars, but Greg Stafford's fantasy setting in this version pushed me over the edge. Ever since I've been waiting in eager anticipation to play - it's been a while, with various troubles befalling it, … Continue reading The Gods War – it’s been sighted!