Merry Horacemas, Lovely Readers

So long, farewell. Auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Adieu, adieu, to you and you and… No, not you.

RPS is entering its great winter slumber, in which we nuzzle under the furry folds of Horace for four days and then awake, jaws slack and ready for the great slaughter. The slaughter then continues till we return in the new year, bellies full and ready for another 12 months of videogames. Fear not – there will be things to read while we sleep and feast.

Tomorrow will bring the RPS Advent Calendar to a close and reveal our game of the year for 2016. The Christmas crackers which began today will continue to offer torment to all those who read them. We have a big, new five-part series running Monday to Friday of next week. There will be some other bits and pieces. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter we’ll be taking the opportunity to highlight some of the best things we published over the past year, many of which you probably haven’t read yet. You monster.

Sorry, we don’t mean that. You’re not a monster. In fact, let us get the big font…

Thank you

…for reading and supporting RPS in 2016. We know that doing so makes you a smarter, better, more lovely reader than exists elsewhere on the internet, and we’re grateful that you’re here. Yes, even you.

RPS will awake on January 4th. We hope you have a good, long break whatever you’re doing. We’ll see you in 2017.


  1. FurryLippedSquid says:


    (I’ve just watched Muppet Christmas Carol for the first time. Got something in my eye.)

    • Wednesday says:

      The first time?!?!?!

    • LionsPhil says:

      Was it the proper extended version, with the Love Is Gone duet with Michael Caine, that Disney only released on VHS and some old non-widescreen DVDs because they thought a pivotal part of the story wasn’t suitable for kids?

      Because that’d get something in both eyes.

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    FhnuZoag says:

    Wait the great slaughter???

    • MiniMatt says:

      An infinite ursine slaughter no less.

      Sorry to say if you haven’t spent the last six months building a survival shelter and watching Yogi Bear instructional DVDs the infinite tide of fur (FUR FOR THE FUR GOD) will likely be your undoing. Sorry about that; 2016 innit.

  3. JQHY says:

    Prepare for the uncomfortable tepidness of these Midland winters, friends…

  4. Lowenstaat says:

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

  5. Mi-24 says:

    Merry Christmas / Horracemas RPS!

    Thanks for another year of great writing, community and shelter from the woes of 2016. I look forward to / dread the cracker puns.

  6. AutonomyLost says:

    Be well, all.

  7. A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

    Have a merry bleak midwinter, one and all

    • Aetylus says:

      Not likely. Two weeks of sun, sand and barbecues for my half of the world matey :)

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    john_silence says:

    Merry Horacemas to all! Made e’en sweeter by the knowledge that Horace was not born in a filthy barn but in a glittering cave where he subsisted solely on loot for the first nine years of his blessed little bear life.

    • phelix says:

      But how big did the cave have to be to contain Horace? Was there a point in his life where he was less than infinite? Nigh-infinite? Like, edge-of-the-observable-universe-almost-infinite? That must have been one hell of a cave.

      • Barberetti says:

        Horace’s cave is the seventh of seven in the asteroid Juno.

        Merry Horacemas everyone!

  9. caff says:

    Merry Horacemas to all the wonderful writers and contributors to RPS this year! The main highlight for me was seeing Brendan join the team on a permanent basis. But I love everyone at RPS – Pip & Alice for their weird meanderings on the periphery of gaming intention, John for helping me discover indie classics that deserve a shitload more attention, Graham for continuing to find the story and motives behind the games being produced. And a brief but respectful nod to Mr. Laird for continuing to provide a critical eye on tech.

    There has been a ton of excellent one-off and series contributors. Sin Vega has done some brilliant and inspiring articles on games such as X-Piratez – an X-com mod”.

    Then you have the fascinating and mind-blowing Ultima Ratio Regen articles by Mark Johnson”.

    Fascinating articles that are full of love for their subject matter.

    • Little_Crow says:

      I agree wholeheartedly.

      Pip and Alice seem to be single handedly (dual wieldingly?) channeling the irreverent spirit of Zzap!64, and I don’t know that there’s higher praise that I could give.

      And a big thanks to Tim Stone and the wonderful inhabitants of The Foxer Annexe. My Friday afternoons have never been less productive and yet so informative.

      • April March says:

        I don’t know what Zzap!64 is, but if Pip and Alice remind you of them, I know I’d love it.

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    The Almighty Moo says:

    Merry Christmas all!

    (Unless you don’t Christmas, at which point, best wishes etc).

    • April March says:

      Merry Christmas to those that celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to those that get time off, and if you’re in neither situation, Good and Productive Days at Work to you.

  11. bonuswavepilot says:

    Thanks for another year’s top-notch games scribbling Hivemind! And thanks for another year’s top-notch commenting, all! The low dickhead ratio and high concentrations of puns hereabouts remains a credit to the place.

    Hope y’all have an gleeful Horacemas!

  12. Captain Narol says:

    Merry Horacemas to all the Hive, and goodbye horrible 2016 !

  13. darrrrkvengeance says:

    Thanks so much, y’all, for another brilliant year of bringing your intellect and experiences to bear on our gaming community. I’m really just a lurker, truth be told; but your reviews have had such a positive influence on the games I’ve enjoyed this year. I wish y’all the best for 2017, and also that you don’t end up being a pony jumping over barriers for all of eternity.

  14. cpt_freakout says:

    Feliz Horaciodad!

  15. LionsPhil says:

    I, for one, welcome the coming doom as the infinite bear devours us all. Happy Horacemas!