Monthly Archives: April 2013

Book Review: Treacheries of the Space Marines

This anthology from Black Library has been out for a while, but I didn’t get around to reading it until a few months ago; and I haven’t had a chance to review it because, well, I didn’t have a blog … Continue reading

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Total War: Rome 2 Expectations

This trailer for Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome 2 (the sequel to the hugely succesful real-time tactics, turn-based strategy game Rome: Total War, released in 2004) has been out for a while, but I wanted to bring it to your … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

Today is ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day in Australia and New Zealand, a day to honour the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women throughout the history of our nations. Though Australia and New Zealand are separate … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Mods

For those who don’t know what “modding” is, it’s the act of altering a game’s code to add or subtract elements from the base, “vanilla” (or retail) version. Some games are moddable. Some aren’t. Some developers encourage modding to extend … Continue reading

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And He Didn’t Think It Too Much!

Found myself thinking about Slaine today – can’t say why… Slaine is the creation of writer Pat Mills and various artists (originally Angela Kincaid, currently Clint Langley) and has been a regular feature in 2000AD (the serial-comic book anthology, not … Continue reading

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Facepalm

Just read through my previous post ‘Top Ten Reasons Why the Byzantine Empire Was Legendary’ and spotted a spelling mistake here, a grammatical error there. I guess that’s what happens when you bang it out in less than an hour … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons Why the Byzantine Empire Was Legendary

I have a particular fascination with the Byzantine Empire, not least because, on the extremely (EXTREMELY!) rare occasion when it comes up in conversation, very few people know what I’m talking about. I like that. I like its obscurity. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

There are a lot of epic sieges depicted in fiction. A few that spring to mind are: The Siege of Helm’s Deep in The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954) The Siege of Dros Delnoch in Legend, by David Gemmell (1984) The Siege … Continue reading

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An author says what?

Author or writer – for the most part, terms that are interchangeable. Without delving too deeply into the shadowy realm of semantics, these two words mean almost the same thing: A writer is anybody who writes. An author is someone … Continue reading

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Does anybody remember Shadowrun?

Not the pen-and-paper RPG, but the excellent SNES game of 1993: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdTIOZJlmrA Well check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MiMjQwd2VE It’s back! And all of the elements that made the SNES original so great: the immersive (now retro) environments, the (William) Gibson-meets-Tolkien storyline, … Continue reading

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