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Beowulf: Age Of Heroes by Jon Hodgson, David Rea and Jacob Rodgers (RPG review).

March 22, 2021 | By | Reply More
Beowulf: Age Of Heroes by Jon Hodgson, David Rea and Jacob Rodgers (RPG review).

‘Beowulf: Age Of Heroes’ is an expansion to ‘Dungeons And Dragons 5e’ and so it assumes you have access to the basic Player’s Handbook to play it. As an aside, you won’t need the ‘Dungeon Master’s Guide’ or ‘Monster Manual’ as rules for those sort of things are included here. Available as either a nicely […]

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Transformers ‘84 Secrets & Lies by Simon Furman and Guido Guidi (graphic novel review).

March 17, 2021 | By | Reply More
Transformers ‘84 Secrets & Lies by Simon Furman and Guido Guidi (graphic novel review).

Unbeknownst to nine year-old me, the UK had the best ‘Transformers’ comics in the 1980s. This was because as well as getting all the American issues, we also had our own UK originated stories to make up the difference between their monthly comics and our weekly ones. Most of the UK stories were written by […]

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Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities by Konstantinos Dimopoulos (book review).

March 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities by Konstantinos Dimopoulos (book review).

Subtitled ‘An Atlas And Exploration Of Video Game Cities’, ‘Virtual Cities’ is a chunky hardback explores 45 iconic or just plain interesting cities that feature in various games. Each city is presented in the same format, beginning with an ‘in-universe’ guide, such as an archaeological treatise on ‘Ant Attack’s Antescher, followed by design insights from […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Original Score by P.T. Adamczyk, Paul Leonard-Morgan and Marcin Przybylowicz (computer game soundtrack review).

January 3, 2021 | By | Reply More
Cyberpunk 2077 – Original Score by P.T. Adamczyk, Paul Leonard-Morgan and Marcin Przybylowicz (computer game soundtrack review).

This is a review of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’s soundtrack, not the licensed songs that you can listen to on the game’s radio and which have been released separately as two ‘Cyberpunk 2077: Radio’ albums. Also, I’m going to stay out of any discussion of the game’s production issues and eventual release state as we’re only here […]

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Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Nine (magazine review).

December 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Nine (magazine review).

This is my second issue of ‘Jack Kirby Collector’, TwoMorrows Publishing’s regular dive into the life and legacy of Marvel and DC visionary Jack Kirby and I’m beginning to see how each issue fits together. The Kirby comic explored this issue is one I’d never heard of, ‘OMAC’ (One Man Army Corp), an interesting SF […]

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Randolph The Reindeer by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and David Alvarez (e-comic review).

November 26, 2020 | By | Reply More
Randolph The Reindeer by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and David Alvarez (e-comic review).

Over 54 pages which alternate between big, bold text and cartoony art, ‘Randolph The Reindeer’ tells a story of learning to listen to others. Randolph takes part in the Reindeer Games but messes up by being arrogant and going too quickly, then takes someone on a sleigh ride and goes too fast there as well. […]

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Sharing A House With The Never-Ending Man (15 Years At Studio Ghibli) by Steve Alpert (book review).

November 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
Sharing A House With The Never-Ending Man (15 Years At Studio Ghibli) by Steve Alpert (book review).

Studio Ghibli has produced some of Japan’s most popular anime, with probably their most well-known film, ‘Spirited Away’, earning ¥30.4 billion, making it the highest grossing film in Japanese history. So for anime fans a book written from inside the generally secretive ‘Japanese Disney’ is definitely of interest. To make things clear from the outset, […]

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Penultiman #1 by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson (e-comicbook review).

October 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Penultiman #1 by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson (e-comicbook review).

Penultiman originally appeared in the one-shot anthology, ‘Steel Cage’, which the publishers Ahoy Comics have handily placed on-line for free although you now have to pay via its Amazon connection. However, you don’t desperately need to read it before taking on # 1 because it lays everything about the character out extremely clearly and, spoiler […]

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Marvel’s Avengers: Original Videogame Soundtrack for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam by Bobby Tahouri (soundtrack review).

October 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Marvel’s Avengers: Original Videogame Soundtrack for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam by Bobby Tahouri (soundtrack review).

Videogame soundtracks usually need to blend two types of music: fixed length tracks, such as might play during a game’s cinematics, and looping tracks that play during gameplay. Each track of this second type will have an intro and outro but can then play the body of the track forever, allowing it to work for […]

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Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May (book review).

September 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May (book review).

I try not to look at online discussions around the books I’m reviewing because I want to give my opinion unbiased by any politics or critical consensus. That said, even the most cursory search for ‘Seven Devils’ shows that it’s difficult for some people to separate the book’s premise from its content, so I’m going […]

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