Magnagothica: Maleghast | Fortified Niche playtest!

There comes a time in every boy’s life when he has to admit that he’ll never be as cool as Tom Bloom. Creator of the good webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons and the writer of the best mech RPG Lancer, he now descends on miniature wargames. His contribution? A blazing fast and verily flash skirmish war-game Magnagothica: Maleghast.

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The Lamplighters League review | We stan two-fisted Nordic blondes

Lamplighters League with rought cutouts of two bulging eye aliens with a camera, a blonde dame, a rough guy with a tommy gun and a mummy with a dagger

For pulp adventures, this is a decent enough time. I won’t claim it’s a renaissance, but miniature gamers can enjoy titles like Pulp Alley and half the Osprey roster. In video games, we’ve jus seen Strange Brigade released – and I just finished playing The Lamplighters League. So how did Harebrained Schemes do with this tactical RPG of two-fisted action and daring-do?

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The Drowned Earth | Fortified Niche playtest!

Carnevale logo, plus sign, Infinity N4 logo, plus sign, a skink miniature

One of the most persistent images of humanity past its fall involves flooded cities that have been reclaimed by the jungle. So if the only thing that that formula was missing was dinosaurs, then The Drowned Earth has you covered. It’s a dynamic skirmish miniature wargame where your hero might just be riding a dino.

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin demo review | Fancy sword and magical board

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin demo - WHICH WAY GHURISH MAN? You get to choose between the classic lumpy liberators and the new slimmer Thunderstrike armor variant

I was there when Kirby slew Warhammer Fantasy. I may not have been in the room when it was all decided, but I was mad when Brettonia died off screen and I was online when points were eliminated. It was heartbreaking to see an old and flavorful setting be replaced with Sigmarines fighting Khorne Blood-blooders forever. Age of Sigmar (the game) and Mortal Realms (the setting) have changed much since then – and my opinion hasn’t remained inflexible. With that said, what did I take away from playing Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin demo? 

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A War Transformed | Fortified Niche playtest!

A War Transformed

World War I is, inarguably, one of the most pointless and disastrous wars in human history. But what if it got worse, with the Moon breaking apart, bringing back old gods and their blood-soaked magic into the field? What if the Great Powers still clung to their trenches even in the face of – and themselves enthusiastically deploying – supernatural monsters? Then the result would be something akin to A War Transformed, a World War I miniature wargame by Frederick Silburn-Slater, published by Osprey!

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Starfield guide: frictionless game design

One of the main NPCs of Starfield, standing in a space suit and a helmet. The helmet has a duct tape patch with "do not use" sharpied on it

You probably don’t need another Starfield review. But the myriad things that drag the game down still need discussing. I need to vent all that frustration, mostly with all the game design choices that make the game frictionless. And what do I mean by that? For the purpose of this post, friction is “obstacles that require skill and adaptation from the player.” As Starfield stands right now, the only player trait you need is tolerance of checklists.

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Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe | Fortified Niche playtest!

Never Mind The Billhooks Deluxe: Yorkist Perry boxes of English infantry battle Lancastrian boxes of man-at-arms

After strong recommendations and a bit of wait, the pod finally got its grubby mitts on Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe. Seeing how I have long wished to see reasonable amounts of plate-armored men-at-arms on a table, a late medieval ruleset for small battles and large skirmishes was just the thing.

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The Doomed | Fortified Niche playtest!

The Doomed review

Once someone spilled the beans that miniature wargames could be played in a cooperative capacity, it was like an opening of a flood gate. Or so it seems from our podcaster ivory tower. In any case, there’s no denying that The Doomed, a post-apocalyptic game of hunting monsters, features quite a bit of cooperation… if you care for that!

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