Maze Runner: Death Cure

In this movie a plague kills most of the adults leaving the children largely untouched.  But if you scare a kid you can milk him for a cure that is totally not adrenochrome. They always have to tell you what they are doing. The first film in the series...

Chainmail Quick Reference Sheet

If ever there was a wargame that cried out for a quick reference sheet, Chainmail is it.  Find yourself a girl that looks at you like Gary Gygax looked at unique subsystems, fren. And yet, after literal minutes of searching, I couldn’t find hide nor hair of a QRS...

Breaking Through

The channel, The Joy of Wargaming, continues to make inroads into the wargaming community.  Now with more than 1,400 subscribers, brave souls not yet scared off by my frequent sojourns into topics that we aren’t supposed to discuss, and more of the newcomers expressing thanks for a non-converged alternative....

Catching Up on the Nose Tweaking

Here’s a smattering of fun stuff that your ‘umble ‘ost has dumped into the social media stream.  Now preserved for all posterity, or until they shut down my own website. D&D theorycrafters are the worst.  They never play.  No session reports.  Just lots of smrt boi theorizing. The following...

Final Boss: Cautious Recommend

I’ll watch any movie that has Mel Gibson in it.  At this point in his career, they aren’t all winners, but at this point in the lifecycle of Hollywood they don’t have to be.  They just need to not insult me. Boss Level is not a great film, but...

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Somewhere on my list of things to do is superhero wargaming. There aren’t a whole lot of manufacturers making cape stuff in 15mm, which means that a little more creativity than usual is in order. Particularly if you’re going to play in somebody else’s universe.  Naturally enough, being a...

Long Form Literary Discussions While-U-Watch

Sat down with Red Pilled Fiction Factory, a literary YouTube channel dedicated to the best of non-converged fiction, for a lengthy interview. Richard Nichols is a great interviewer, with an insightful and easy-going style, and mostly just gets out of the way. However, he does make some great observations...

White Guy War Porn

Let’s take a moment to bask in the majesty of this self-own. Dr. Bob here writes po-faced apologetic books about the American military that sell like sand at the beach.  Here, he criticizes a publisher who is guilty of committing the grave sin of preserving Western Culture by publishing...

Dumarest of Terra

Way back in 1968 E. C. Tubb published a fun little stand-alone adventure, The Winds of Gath, featuring a laconic space traveler named Earl Dumarest.  Terse, punchy, and full of tension, it read like a Dashiell Hammett novel, complete with political intrigue, wealthy dames in trouble, and the kind...

The Trouble With Modern Spy Thrillers

We know. Film-makers have a real problem these days because Hollywood – and the BBC even moreso – can’t recognize the good from the bad. It’s not just this meme: It’s something far deeper. First off, we should clarify what we mean by “modern spy thrillers”.  Not “set in...