…and I Feel Fine

So, End Times: Archaon is out. This post therefore contains mild spoilers. You have been warned. Archaon's an odd book to talk about, not least because it serves as a capstone for a couple of things. First of all, well, the series is called the End Times – you do the nihilism. Secondly, Archaon was my last book for Games Workshop. (Well, the narrative half was, anyway – I haven't written rules for ages.) Destroying the world, well, it wasn't easy. Ulthuan, Bretonnia, Athel Loren, the Emp...
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Good Game, Bad Game, Fun Game?

Reviews for From Software's Bloodborne are starting to pop up on the internet, and with them, an interesting pattern is emerging. Games journos are heaping praise on it like sand on a fire. Meanwhile, watchers from the sidelines are asking awkward questions like 'But didn't you say it's excrutiatingly hard? How can it be a good game if the difficulty's as well thought out as a chocolate welding mask?' I haven't played Bloodborne yet, and most likely won't unless it makes the leap across to PC...
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Doors to Distant Worlds

I realised this morning that I'm waaaay overdue a blog that isn't entirely about promoting my books. No sooner did I resolve to fix this when, lo and behold, a juicy topic falls into my lap: Marvel have finally admitted they're rebooting their comics universe later this year. For the uninitiated, this is a big deal. DC comics like to hit the reset button every five years or so - the most recent example being the New 52 range - but Marvel haven't done this before, not really. Thing is, I'm ...
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The Wheel Turns

You have to go back more than a quarter of a century to find my first visit to a Games Workshop. It wasn't to buy anything for Warhammer, but a box of plastic Daleks and Cybermen.  I still have memories of a dark and dingy place; something of a cave of wonders, filled with dozens of different games and hundreds upon hundreds of miniatures. Have you seen that Bugs Bunny film where Daffy Duck finds Ali Baba's treasure cave? Well, it felt a bit like that. I think there was even a Nazgul on Winged B...
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In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

So, there's a teaser trailer out for the new Star Wars film. Have you seen it? No? Then go and watch it immediately - it's far more entertaining than anything you'll find here. I'll wait. Done? Good. I've not really paid much attention to the oncoming horror/brilliance that is Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Sure, I've known about for a while (you can't really spend any time on the internet and not know about it) but I've not really engaged with the dribs and drabs of information that are fl...
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Adventures in Time and Space

I'm a grumpy bastard. This isn't news for anyone who knows me. Ask me an opinion on anything, and I'll almost certainly leap straight for the flaw. Show me a beautiful piece of artwork, and I'll have something to say about the quality of the frame, or the fact that it's not hanging level. Yes, I'm a grumpy bastard, and I also love Doctor Who, which means that the last eight years have been quite trying for me, and for anyone who innocently broaches the subject. In case you can'...
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A Tale as Yet Untold

(Spoilers for Destiny can be found below. I had to work really hard to find something to spoil, but they're there all the same. You have been warned.) I'm still more than a bit bemused by Destiny. If you've been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years, Destiny is the newest game by Bungie, the company that created the Halo franchise. It wears its Halo colours proudly, as well as a few other things nabbed from other games - not least the excellent Borderlands series, and the MMO g...
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An Undeserved Fate

Picture this, if you will: A man is transported across vast tracts of space and/or time to an unfamiliar landscape. He falls in love with an exotic princess, fights monsters, overthrows the local warlord, and makes a new life in a land not his own. It’s a common enough story outline – one, I suspect, that has its roots go back a very long way, when a man could carve out a kingdom for himself in a distant land. However, as the terra incognita of our world slowly gave way to maps and explor...
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The Dark Arts

So, this is a bit of an odd feeling. Nagash (available now) marks something of a milestone in many ways. For one, it’s the first time in at least ten years Games Workshop has moved the Warhammer settings forward, with bleak consequences for pretty much every character, race and realm. (If you’ve not seen it yet, it’s definitely worth taking a look at, as is the incredible piece of artwork from the book – seen on this page. Seriously, it’s the most awesome piece of fantasy art I’ve seen...
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Poking at the Past

Last time, I expounded on the topic of continuity – the weight of in-universe history (also referred to as background, lore, canon, or fluff in various circles) –getting in the way of telling new stories. Lots of words with a simple message: continuity is often only as much of an obstacle as you want it to be. Thing is, what do you do if the obstacle has simply become too big and too unwieldy to work with? Regardless of the medium, the favourite option tends to be the retcon. Retcon – or retr...
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