First, there was supposed to be Hardware: Shipbreakers, but they turned it into Homeworld: Deserts of Karrak. Then there was a game jam game about zipping around asteroids. After a couple more permutations, we got Hardspace: Shipbreaker, a sci-fi game about corporate exploitation and the most unattainable dream of all – a job where you actually do something meaningful.
I may be a hater of games that make you take named characters, but I’m a sucker for a solid ruleset. And Batman Miniature Game invariably finds a good design decision or two in its bat-belt.
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This Cantata preview is one of the more troublesome pieces I have ever written. On one hand, I like the game’s ~~~vibes~~~ and the art is great. On the other hand, I don’t know whether there’s enough meat on the mechanics to make it sustainably fun over a long time. And trust me, the game wants your time.
Hard West really impressed me back in 2015. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to have the Hard West 2 preview land in my lap. The question is whether the game would recapture some of the dark magic of the original.
A Song of Ice and Fire book series got really famous with the Game of Thrones TV show. But while the TV show died a death ignominious enough to burn it out of the public consciousness, the miniature wargame seems to be doing fine. What wargame? Why, A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game!
You can also listen to the Fortified Niche episode on the game.
Outside of mods, we haven’t had a Dune-based game since 2001. But the new movie adaptation makes it a lucrative time to get in on the Arrakis action. And it’s a good thing, too, as Shiro Games brings their Northgard experience to the front in Dune: Spice Wars, which just entered Early Access.
I was disappointed when I first discovered that Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector would pit Blood Angels against the NPC race. However, with the developers being the same guys that gave BSG: Deadlock numerous great DLCs, I was hopeful. So let’s see how the Necrons DLC shakes out.
From the moment I saw Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate, it enamored me. I craved for the quality of life of a modern sequel. I aspired to play the game with better visuals. Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is that game – mostly.
Infinity is the miniature wargame I have the most experience with, so of course I bungle some things in the Infinity CodeOne episode. The rules might be lighter, but the doofus isn’t any smarter.
Tiny Combat Arena burst onto the scene with one of the best trailers in years. It’s not a complete game yet, but even with the preview version, I managed to have some fun.