The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (What am I?)

I can be found in a black field. I was at the centre of a 2009 novel. I was designed by a German. I’m closed on a Monday. I was completed in the year Sherlock Holmes lost his father. I feature on a 2005 postage stamp. Fabric paid for my fabric. I’m at the same latitude as Jersey. I’m an anagram of ‘tight naval duel’. Read the rest of this entry »

Valeera slashes her way into Heroes of the Storm

Valeera Sanguinar

It is time for my semi-regular check in with Heroes of the Storm [official site]. That game has reached the point where I’ll boot it up when a character I’ve heard of or who sounds mechanically interesting turns up, but nothing keeps me actually playing beyond that. Valeera Sanguinar is the hero who has brought me back this time. She’s an assassin and… well, Heroes of the Storm needs more assassins like the NFL needs more commercial breaks. It has 25 assassins and 38 characters split over the other three classes.

Anyhoodle, let’s take a look…. Read the rest of this entry »

Tangiers is still coming, still looks fantastic

The makers of Tangiers have shared a little look at recent additions to their surreal first-person stealth sim with notes of Ballard and Burroughs, and I’m as delighted as ever to see more of it. I’m less delighted to hear of the personal upsets that stalled its development because, y’know, I’m not a monster. Who would take pleasure in someone’s suffering? Tch! But I am very interested in seeing trees morph and untwist into streetlights and, as luck would have it, that’s just one of the lovelies that developers Andalusian are showing off in this short video. Read the rest of this entry »

Constructor HD’s grand opening coming February 28th

Constructor HD [official site], System 3’s remake of their funny and violent town-building strategy game from 1997, finally has a release date: February 28th. The game is running a year late but have you ever tried to make a video game while skinheads pogo outside your window chanting and burping, a ghost keeps spooking you, a hippy is picketing the lot, and a hitman is trying to off your gaffer? I’m quite looking forward to picking it up again and building my empire back up amongst all this this silly Beano-grade Britishness. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (Who am I?)

I have a verb for a surname. I was born in the year Man Utd won the FA Cup for the first time. I was an accomplished ivory tickler. I hit the headlines in the month Bonnie and Clyde died. I wanted to be alone. I was killed by a dog. I had two airliners named after me. Read the rest of this entry »

Trine devs announce roguelikelike Has-Been Heroes

Trine developers Frozenbyte have announced Has-Been Heroes [official site, a roguelikelike action-RPG about fantasy fogies cutting through hordes of monsters as they escort the kingdom’s princesses to school. I am very sorry to say that, as far as I can see, Frozenbyte have turned their back on the truth and the light and the way that is grappling hooks. I will forgive them, mind, as their hersey does seem to involve a whole lot of magical explosions. Here, see for yourself in the announcement trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Roman’s butane-powered 1:16 scale V-2 rocket made its maiden flight this morning. Well, I say ‘flight’, it was more of a rampage really. Because of a launch tower failure (‘Bundle the bamboo canes’ I told him, but, no, he knew best!) the replica vengeance weapon decided to make for Bramley End rather than the Wild Blue Yonder. Two trashed glasshouses, a felled bird table, and a decapitated stone nymph later, the unplanned chevauchée ended in the vicarage garden with a vandalistic pièce de résistance that reduced Reverend Pixton to tears and shrouded much of his parish with pungent toffee-scented smoke. I suspect none of us who saw – or smelt – those beehives blazing will ever forget it. Read the rest of this entry »