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2 years ago

Feature: We can't stop here, this is Lovecraft country

Call Of Cthulhu’s horrors might be too familiar

Right near the beginning of the Call of Cthulhu [official site] hands-off demo I saw last week, an angry caretaker confronts the player character. Suddenly Lovecraft Country felt a bit Scooby Doo. The game's central mystery, or at least its initial hook, centres around a family who died when an accidental fire raged through their massive island home. Old man caretaker doesn't think you should…

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Feature: Styx has stones

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a vomit-y fantasy Hitman

Styx was a game in need of a little refinement. You wanted to take the little oik and clean his fingernails, boot him into a bathtub, and scrub him down til he shone like an emerald. In his first adventure, the titular goblin (he'd smirk at being called titular) did some decent stealth, stabbing and scurrying through a handful of levels that were solid if…

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Feature: A strict stealth game with a cheeky wee goblin

Have You Played… Styx: Master Of Shadows?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Styx: Master of Shadows is a solid 6/10 game, but in an underserved genre that will still make it a worthwhile play to many. It's a strict stealth game in which you play a goblin who clambers around a medieval city built in…

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Styx: Shards Of Darkness Gets Delay, Gameplay Trailer

That's the thing about stab-happy goblins: you can never be sure quite when they'll pop up. Styx was meant to continue his merry little adventures in Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] this year, but nah. Instead, Cyanide's follow-up to the 2014 fantasy stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows will now arrive in early 2017. While we'll need to wait longer to sneak around ourselves,…

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Have You Played… Game Of Thrones: The RPG?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. No, not that Game Of Thrones game. The other one. The one no-one talked about. The RPG one. The one that was, confusing, based mostly on the books but had some TV people making plastic-faced cameos in it. The one a whole mess…

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3 years ago

eTouchdown: Blood Bowl 2 World Cup

There's a Blood Bowl 2 [official site] World Cup for PC players. I'm partly writing about this because it falls under the esports remit but MOSTLY because I wanted to register my suggestion that the trophy be an actual bowl full of blood. I feel like if I start talking about it publicly now there's a good chance someone will see and act on the…

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Feature: Foot-To-Face

Blood Bowl 2 Is Beautiful, Brutal And Improved

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Blood Bowl [official site] until I got my hands on a preview build of the sequel to Cyanide's digital version. The concept is immediately appealing to me - a violent sport in the Warhammer Fantasy universe - and each match is a condensed tactical battle, short enough to burn through in a short lunchbreak but capable of plugging into…

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4 years ago

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Blood Bowl Is Unbalanced And That’s Why It’s Good

I recently spoke to Sylvain Sechi, project manager of Cyanide Studio’s forthcoming Blood Bowl 2, about their new adaptation of Games Workshop’s game of fantasy football. I had an ulterior motive, though. I didn’t just want to ask him about when the game is coming out and what the new team will be like. I wanted to selfishly hassle him about not including some of…

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Feature: Bowled... Over?

Blood Bowl 2 Interview: The Interface, Leagues, And DLC

I blame Tolkien. He wrote Orcs like football hooligans and so Games Workshop's idea of them actually playing football – albeit a version of American football where mutilations are encouraged – makes some sort of sense. The judgemental timer of Steam says I’ve played Blood Bowl more than a lot of other games in my library, more than plenty of games I play without having…

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6 years ago

And Also: Blood-To-Bowl Manager Revealed

It's a good year to be a Blood Bowl fan. Well, unless you're one of those folks who can't abide developer Cyanide. (I think they try to do a lot of interesting, ambitious things, but often end up fluffing them). Not only is a sequel to the relatively faithful and quietly successful 2009 PC adaptation inbound, but there's now also going to be Blood Bowl:…

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Feature: Pit Personalities

Managing Expectations: Impire And A Game Of Dwarves

Impire is quite a lot like Dungeon Keeper and it may well be worthy of the comparison. A Game of Dwarves, however, doesn't have very much in common with Dwarf Fortress, apart from the dwarves and the tunnelling. In fact, it has more in common with Impire but there are huge differences between the two and I reckon it's all about their personalities.

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Feature: Booby trapped

Wot I Think: Dungeonbowl

I’ve always wanted to try Blood Bowl, mostly due to Kieron’s amazing diary of his Skaven team’s inaugural season, so you can imagine my delight when Jim asked me to review stand-alone expansion Dungeonbowl. At last! I was so happy I tucked my t-shirt over my face and performed the traditional foot-to-ball “Frivolous Dance”. My flat’s a bit small for it, mind, and I ended…

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Feature: A storm of words

A Song Of Scripts & France: Game Of Thrones Chat

Next to be plucked from my bottomless bucket of game preview words is a quick interview with Sylvain Sechi and Thomas Veauclin of Cyanide, lead designer and lead artist respectively on the upcoming Game of Thrones RPG, as peered at last week. Discussed: linearity vs sandbox, the involvement of George R.R. Martin, whether Martin really has a concrete idea of how his books are going…

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Feature: Damn, it feels good to be a vassal of the Lannisters

A Preview Of A Game Of A Game Of Thrones

An important point, I hope: Game Of Thrones the game existed and was in active development before Game Of Thrones the show did the whole sexy Tolkien thing on our TV screens. While this is of course no guarantee that it is more Stark than Frey, it does mean we don’t need to worry that it’s been rushed to market to capitalise on Dinklagemania. The…

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Pro Cycling Manager Is Back, Back! BACK!

The many thousands of you - for it is indeed many thousands - who relish the management of imaginary teams of real cyclists will be pleased to hear that Pro Cycling Manager, Le Tour de France returns in June for another season of frantic pedaling. The game, which is developed by Cyanide in between the Blood Bowl reboots, looks like it will be getting the…

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Game Of Thrones RPG Out In June, Kissed Its Sister

Having just watched the latest episode of Game Of Thrones, I'm fairly convinced that any role-playing game based on the books will just be a simulator for having sex with your brother/sister. But the latest trailer for Game Of Thrones: The Game (is that really what they're sticking with?) appears to show that there's also some chopping people up, too. It's released to accompany the…

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There’s Blood In My: Dungeonbowl

Fresh from their reworking of fantasy tabletopper Confrontation, Cyanide have announced they are working on Dungeonbowl - a fantasy sports game - which is the version of Blood Bowl set inside a shoe dungeon. The screenshot above looks remarkably like a place I visited in Second Life, but we have assurances that the game is based firmly on the Games Workshop original. Quoth Cyanide: "Dungeonbowl…

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Confrontation Launches, Welcomes Ragnarök Rag’narok

Cyanide are getting another crack at converting boardgames to the PC (having already done so with Blood Bowl) with their version of miniature tabletop game, Confrontation. It's out today. I've had a brief look at this earlier in the week, but haven't played enough for a critical verdict. I can certainly report that some fantasy dudes get killed right up, in a real-time strategy fashion,…

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A Game Of Thrones RPG Trailer Is Bloody Murder

Gosh, things are getting fraught in A Game Of Thrones RPG trailer-land. Dudes are getting stabbed and bashed with big metal clubs. Men and women alike are making accusations and sounding cross. There's even something about cockroaches, so it sounds like they need to get the fumigators in to that castle. Yeah, I have no idea what's going on, frankly, but it sounds exciting. Join…

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7 years ago

Stark Footage Of The Game Of Thrones RPG

I'm starting to feel like an embedded reporter in Westeros. There are too many games of Games of Thrones. Cyanide's take is an RRPG (sic) in the same vein as Dragon Age II. The combat system's tweak to that format means that instead of pausing battles to pick the best strategic outcome, things instead just run very slowly. I believe it's their criticism of how…

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