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Of Orcs & Men review

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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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4 years ago

Sneaky Sneaky! Styx: Shards Of Darkness Announced

Murder is a right lark, I'm sure we can all agree, but there's little better murder than murder where no one sees their murder coming and their murder goes undetected. Stealth, I'm talking about. 2014 fantasy sneak 'em up Styx: Master of Shadows was fairly typical for for developers Cyanide - interesting and ambitious but flawed enough to end up frustrating, as our Graham noted…

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Feature: NF-HELL

Blood Bowl 2 review

I love Blood Bowl. By that, I don't necessarily mean Cyanide's digital adaptations of Blood Bowl – I mean Games Workshop's violent fantasy-sport and the finely poised ruleset that drives it. But we're here to talk about the latest digital adaptation so, with consideration for the boardgame and its rules, here's wot I think of Blood Bowl 2 [official site].

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Commence Sportkill! Blood Bowl 2 Launch Trailer Early

Blood Bowl 2 [official site] is due to launch tomorrow, barring unexpected problems, and I believe our Adam will be telling us Wot He Thinks about Cyanide Studios' follow-up to their adaptation of Games Workshop's fighty sports tabletop game. Until then, well, you can read his impressions of a pre-release version. You can also watch videos and whatnot, as the launch trailer has arrived a…

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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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We Don’t Go To Skavenholm: Blood Bowl 2

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Skaven are the greatest of the Warhammer Fantasy races. Just this morning, I took some time out to write a series of furious letters to the BBC regarding their refusal to fund my all-Skaven series of Dickens adaptations. Our Mutual Pestilens is a surefire hit and Tiny Verminkin would help our new Christmas Carol to dethrone the Muppets.…

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Les Alpes Et Les Pyrénées: Pro Cycling Manager 2015 Out

Pro Cycling Manager 2015 [official site], the latest in the yearly cycling management series (which also goes by the name Tour de France, just to make things more confusing) has launched last night. E3 is always an interesting time to release a game, but something tells me the game's audience won't be easily distracted by the bright lights and loud noises coming from LA this week.…

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Kick-Off Delayed: Blood Bowl 2 Now Due In September

The official reason for delaying Blood Bowl II [official site] is "to ensure that players would enjoy the most polished foundations possible for the next generation Blood Bowl experience". I think it's probably also sensible to not launch a game around the media blitz of E3. So rather than in June, it's now due to launch on September 22nd. This news comes alongside a trailer…

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First Blood Bowl 2 Gameplay Trailer Kicks Off

We've had a little chat with the makers of Blood Bowl II [official site] - and isn't it nice to chat with people! - and peered at a few screenshots and swish trailers. With spring approaching, and therefore the turn-based tactical bloodsport's release, we're at the point in its marketing campaign where we get to see more of the game itself. Today brings the first…

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5 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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Feature: Hit Me With Your Rhythm, Styx

Styx: Master Of Shadows review

Development company Cyanide have long been purveyors of interesting-but-guff fantasy games. Styx: Master of Shadows turns out to be their least-interesting-but-most-good. It's a stealth game in which you play a goblin - the Styx of the title - sneaking around the Tower of Akenash, a medieval city built so high among the branches of "the World-Tree" that ledges stretch down into a cloudy abyss. It's…

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Styx: Master Of Shadows Launches Trailer From Darkness

I - and based on the number of posts about it, the rest of RPS as well - have been quietly hopeful that Styx: Master of Shadows will be a surprise gem in this, the Month Of Games. I worry we've used up our stealth bastard luck on the excellent Shadow of Mordor, but maybe there's some magic left. The goblin main character is delightfully…

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Gobl-infiltration: Styx – Master Of Shadows

Styx: Master Of Shadows is a stealth spin-off, framed as a prequel to Of Orcs and Men. While orcs and men blunder about biffing one another, sneaky little Styx the goblin sticks to the shadows, robbing and stabbing as he goes. The game is out on the 7th of October and to prepare perfidious pickpockets around the world, Cyanide have released a video with a…

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Hand-To-Balls: Front Page Sports Football

American Football, invented by Colonel Pigskin Madden in the mid-nineteenth century, was originally a tabletop game played with miniature figures on a hex grid. Players would spend hours drawing up plans before each encounter, creating complex playbooks that contained all the secrets of the game. The Colonel once claimed that Football was not only "the best turn-based tactical game of the Reconstruction Era" but would…

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Styx: Master Of Shadows Trailer: Maybe This Will Be Good?

Styx: Master of Shadows is a spin-off of Of Orcs & Men, but instead of mixing its action and stealth together, Styx is focused solely on the latter. As a magical goblin chap, you pad, leap and stab around an open-level shaped by spawling castles and vertical drops. It's clearly designed to evoke yer Arkham Asylums, Dishonoreds and Dark Messiahs, but heck, it works. I…

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Sneaky Sneaky: 13 Minutes Of Styx Gameplay

We've cast our shared eye over Styx: Master of Shadows before (I'm scheduled for another five minutes with the eye before Adam takes it to look at a football), our collective mouth muttering that an open-level stealth game sounds nice but its heritage makes us sceptical (I've got 15 minutes with the mouth before Graham needs to "holler at a lad"). See, it's a spin-off…

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Maim, Threat And Match: Blood Bowl 2

As far as I'm concerned, the important tasks for any new Blood Bowl 2 trailer to accomplish are as follows: 1) Show me which races will be available so that I don't expect to be writing about an Ultimate Skaven Edition in three years time. 2) Attempt to convince me that the camera movement and turn-flow will be as smooth as a freshly shampooed dwarf…

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Pretty Sneaky, Styx – Styx: Master of Shadows’ First Trailer

Hey everyone, it's Styx! You remember Styx, don't you? You know, from the party that one time? And when he found your lost cat, nursed it back to health, replaced its missing foot with a tinker toy, and returned it to you safe and sound? Oh wait, no, I'm thinking of someone else. This guy. Styx: Master of Shadows, you'll remember, is a stealth-heavy RPG…

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Garrett The Goblin: Styx Got Its Fantasy RPG In My Thief

Credit where credit's due: Cyanide is a deceptively productive studio, not to mention a rather ambitious one considering the constraints it works under. It might not be the biggest-budget operation, but the French wearer of many hats and waver of many national flags has recently produced a not-entirely-terrible Game of Thrones RPG, Impire, Dungeonbowl, and Of Orcs & Men. The latter, while depressingly flawed, is…

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