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Tim Stone

The Flare Path: Testy

Has Close Combat: The Bloody First been improved by its updates?

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7 days ago

Feature: Has Close Combat: The Bloody First been improved by its updates?

The Flare Path: Testy

My biggest ludological disappointment of 2019? Close Combat: The Bloody First, without question. Slitherine's 3D take on Atomic's gripping top-down wargame series should have been irresistible, but a host of bugs and questionable design decisions left many of the pages in its copybook looking like Rorschach tests. Curious to see what difference a year of fairly regular patches has made, I reinstalled last Friday.

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The Foxer

The honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: sheep, mazes, earthquakes, and The 39 Steps). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is made up of 18 answers, two of which are abbreviations.

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Kicking arse, and doors, in Door Kickers 2

The Flare Path endangers Rangers

If days were centimetres the sequel to this site's favourite tactics game of 2014 would be about this far away (I'm holding my hands out in front of me like a person illustrating the leg span of the largest giant huntsman spider ever recorded). Poke your spycam under yonder jump and you'll spot an interview with Door Kickers 2's designer, Dan Dimitrescu, plus a blow-by-blow account…

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3 weeks ago

The Foxer

The 25 pictures in a cluster foxer are arranged in 5 discretely/discreetly themed clusters. Pictures in a particular cluster must be cardinally contiguous to be valid. For example, a1, b1, c1, d1, d2 is a possible cluster, unlike a2, b2, c2, d2, e3. To fully defox today’s enlargeable puzzle identify the themes and constituent images of all five clusters.

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Feature: Play these six samples while you can

The Flare Path: Demo Charge

I wanted to burn the following appetisers onto a CD then sellotape the disc to the front cover of today's column but Graham said that was “technically impossible” so links and enticing descriptions will have to suffice. Be aware that most of the demos detailed below will self-destruct when the ongoing Steam Game Festival ends next Tuesday, and that the line-up is the result of…

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4 weeks ago

The Foxer

Below is a list of ‘30 things wot you might find in Denmark'. Entries have been stripped of vowels and numbers and had any inter-word spaces repositioned*. For example, if The Little Mermaid was present it might appear as THLT TLMR MD. Hamlet would be HMLT.*Hyphens are treated as spaces. Apostrophes are ignored.

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Feature: A round-up of the realistic

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Welcome to the cosy corner of RPS where the vehicular is valued, the historical is hallowed, and the paragraphs are shorter than 7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 37 L/24 barrels. While this flavour of Flare Path usually relies on the English alphabet for structure, in emergencies – in weeks when Life does its best to unscrew my monocle and…

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1 month ago

Feature: Craft a Bismarck game out of code or cardboard

The inaugural Flare Path Game Jam

The world's first commercial digital wargame turned forty earlier this year. As I've written about Computer Bismarck previously on RPS, I won't do so again. What I will do is mark the anniversary somewhat belatedly by borrowing the pioneer's theme for the trial run of what I hope will become an annual or biennial event in the Flare Path calendar.Readers of a creative bent, sharpen…

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The Foxer

To completely defox today’s word chain you’ll need to provide Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

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2 months ago

The Foxer

The honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: sheep, mazes, earthquakes, and The 39 Steps). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is made up of 24 answers, three of which are abbreviations.

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Feature: Part 1: Metro-Land

The Flare Path’s Bakerloo Bimble

Welcome aboard this Train Sim World 2 Bakerloo service from Harrow & Wealdstone to Elephant & Castle. As the London Underground employee who should have been driving the train is a trifle indisposed following an encounter with a chloroform-soaked flannel, I'll be whisking you into the heart of the Big Smoke today.

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The Foxer

Below is a list of ‘33 things wot are for sale on the eBay'. Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned*. For example, if yoga mat was present it might appear as YGM T. Euphonium would be PHNM.*Hyphens are treated as spaces. Apostrophes are ignored.

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Feature: A round-up of the realistic

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Welcome to the cosy corner of RPS where the vehicular is valued, the historical is hallowed, and the paragraphs are shorter than 7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 37 L/24 barrels.

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Feature: More Desert Wings diary excerpts

The Flare Path: Hello Kittyhawk

Last week's FP ended mid-way through a ten-sortie Desert Wings – Tobruk campaign. Picking up where I left off...*Meet Edwina's replacement, Evelyn. A Kittyhawk rather than a Tomahawk, she has six hundred additional pegasi stabled under her engine cowling and all her firepower (6 x .50 Brownings) embedded in her wings. While she couldn't be described as a Bf 109's worst nightmare, any Messerschmitt pilot that…

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The Foxer

The 25 pictures in a cluster foxer are arranged in 5 discretely/discreetly themed clusters. Pictures in a particular cluster must be cardinally contiguous to be valid. For example, a1, b1, c1, d1, d2 is a possible cluster, unlike a2, b2, c2, d2, e3. To fully defox today’s enlargeable puzzle identify the themes and constituent images of all five clusters.

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