Category: Reviews

Initial Thoughts on ‘Rangers of Shadowdeep’

Why did I wait so long? Joseph McCullough’s masterpiece, Rangers of Shadowdeep has everything a man could ask for in a solo skirmish fantasy wargame. Everything except hope, but maybe that comes later. The basic mechanics are simple.  Skill checks consist of a basic d20+skill versus a toughness number.  Combat...

Brainstorming Paranoia

There’s a new edition of the classic RPG coming and hoo boy are the schoolmarms out in force. For those that don’t know, the Paranoia RPG was a dystopian sci-fi game with pretty thin rules designed to provide just enough game framework for a dark comedy RPG that satirized...

More Rank and Flank Thoughts

Army building. We meet again, old frenemy. As a reminder, we are talking about the popular collection of rules known as One Page Rules. In my particular case, the fantasy regiment game called, appropriately enough, Regiments. Let’s take a look and what you need to get started, and I’m just talking about...

Coming Soon: Modern Rank and Flank

It’s been a while since I’ve thrown a game of rank-and-flank fantasy down on the table.  Dragon Rampant is more of a large warband skirmish game, and it lacks the nuance and subtlety of proper blocks of troops maneuvering about the green fields of battle.  Demonstrating the charms of Chainmail...

Ryan Dunfee of Sentient Robot Games just released Anthems of War, a fantasy skirmish miniature wargame with much to recommend it. He was kind enough to ask me to whip up a couple of videos on the game, and by way of thanks sent me both the PDF and...

Yas Slaver Kween!

Put yourself in the mind of a modern-day film critic. Maybe this movie deserves a negative review… …but you have to ask yourself, is it really worth losing your job over?...

Top Gun: Maverick

Watching Top Gun: Maverick in the theater was a typically irritating experience. Sitting between The Texter and the Family That Brings a Full Buffet into the theater always makes for a terrible experience.  While it was nice to get out of the house, the fact that ‘out of the...

Wargame Campaigns by Henry Hyde

This is a beast of  a book, weighing in at over 500 pages.  It is as complete and thorough a treatment of the subject as we have seen since the days of Featherstone and Bath. And it includes gems like this: All in all, “Wargaming Campaigns” is a fun...

Matrix Lames

The topic of matrix games has been popping up on my radar a lot lately. For those of you who are uncertain about the term, allow me a brief introduction. A matrix game is a talky talky exercise adjudicated by a referee and structured in such a way as...

GIVE MY FRIENDS MONEY!

For your own sake. Conan the Librarian, one of the deepest thinkers and smoothest writers around, has a new project over on the KickStarter. Here is how I described this collection back in 2016: The stories in this [book] are an eclectic bunch, written by a man who seems...