Guild Wars 2 Revisited

I recently started playing Guild Wars 2 again after a long layoff. The announcement of Path of Fire, the new expansion, due September 22nd, got my attention. Since I last logged in a few years back, there has been a new expansion, Heart of Thorns. When it was announced, I was not too thrilled. The […]

A Time Machine

Cleaning out my office recently, I came across an Xbox 360 I got for free when I bought a new computer several years ago. It has sat forgotten, box unopened, gathering dust ever since. We already had an older model Xbox 360 with a hard drive attached which has seen a lot of use, mostly […]

Torchlight

One side effect of my World of Warcraft addiction is that I don’t find myself playing too many other computer games. Time was when I was a regular PC gamer but once I started spending my free time in Azeroth, I played fewer and fewer other games, and when I did it was usually just to dip […]

Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle of Holding

Robert J Schwalb’s Shadow of the Demon Lord is one of my favourite pen and paper roleplaying games. It’s a grimdark fantasy RPG set in a world under siege by sinister sorcerous forces. Think Old School Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay meets New School streamlined game design. I backed the Kickstarter. I even contributed some fiction to […]

Writing Illidan Part Three

It was time to set about outlining *Illidan*. I knew who the main point of view characters of the book were going to be. The story of the Burning Crusade and Black Temple pretty much dictated three of them: Illidan, Maiev and Akama.

Writing Illidan Part Two

So there I was back in Europe, trying to figure out how to proceed. I had a long document full of ideas from the folks at Blizzard and the somewhat confused and incoherent notes I had taken myself in Irvine. Now all I had to do was make a book out of them, and with a fairly tight deadline too.

Shadow of the Demon Lord

Not only have I backed this tremendous looking Kickstarter RPG Project, I have agreed to write a short story for it. If you interested in dark fantasy and, guess what, I am,  I recommend you take a look at it. Here are some more details lifted directly from the Kickstarter page. Shadow of the Demon […]

The Joys of Kickstarter

Yesterday the nice man from DHL brought me a package. It contained a copy of Monte Cook’s new book Numenera, a role-playing game that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. I’ve had the PDF for awhile but there’s nothing quite like holding a physical book to make something real, as I […]

Stuff!

So that was Gamesday then. As ever it was an enjoyable and, as I was sitting at a signing table between Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill, somewhat humbling experience. I got to see the newly released Bane of Malekith but during the chaos of departure yet again forgot to pick up an author copy. Never mind. […]

Bundle of FATE

I am just making a quick post to mention the FATE package available here at Bundle of Holding. If you have any interest in this excellent role-playing game (RPG) this is a good time to buy. The Bundle of Holding is a pay what you want package.  You can get the excellent FATE Core and FATE […]

Monsters and Magic

Now this is interesting– Monsters and Magic (M&M), a new role playing game from Mindjammer Press that bills itself as old school fantasy, new school play.   First, at the risk of starting a flame war, some definitions. There  are, unsurprisingly given the nature of the internet, some disputes as to exactly what constitutes an […]

For the Age of Wonders Fans Among You

There’s a very nice article about the new Age of Wonders game here. I am so looking forward to this game — a mashup of the old Age of Wonders turn-based grand strategy fantasy gaming and Total War style combat sounds awesome.

Strategy Games Sale at Good Old Games

Good Old Games is having a sale of strategy games over this weekend. All of the Age of Wonders games and several of the Heroes of Might and Magic games along with many good city management games and King of Dragon Pass are available at 50% off. None of them cost more than a few […]

In Praise of Good Old Games

It all started a few years back when I bought a new notebook computer, one without a disk drive, as is becoming more and more the fashion these days. I had a sudden hankering to play Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, my favourite ever turn-based computer strategy game. I did not fancy carrying around an […]

Waiting for Pandaria, WoW-Killers and Other Stuff

So I am sitting here waiting for Mists of Pandaria to drop. I am not wildly excited by the thought of Kung Fu pandas but I expect Blizzard to do a decent job and I am curious. I strongly suspect I will end up playing more Guild Wars 2 than WoW in the near future. […]