Posts Tagged ‘Slitherine’

Burns Night: Warhammer 40K Armageddon Expansion

Warhammer 40K Armageddon [official site] is a solid wargame – Panzer Corps with Orks and stonking great Titans – and the new ten-mission campaign will make for a pleasant evening of hex-bothering. The Salamanders Chapter of Space Marines are the focus. They’re the ones who use volcanoes as jacuzzis and gulp down magma as if it were fizzy pop. They consider fire such a central part of their faith and philosophy that many members of the Salamanders’ Promethean Cult don’t consider themselves ready to face the day until they’ve taken a blowtorch to their stubble, and then splashed their face with Nocturne-brand Napalm. Invigorating.

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Wot I Think: Warhammer 40,000 – Armageddon

This is one of the nicer people in the world of Warhammer

This is the third Warhammer feature I’ve written in since revisiting Space Hulk a couple of weeks ago. If I’m not careful, I’m going to end up actually going into a Games Workshop and spending all of my Christmas shopping money on a pile of codices. I always liked the books more than the figures, truth be told, and as I was playing through the solidly hexy Warhammer 40K: Armageddon, I had almost as much fun taking trips down memory lane as I did strategically picking my way to victory.

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Waaagh! Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon Released

SPOICE MURINES?

Games Workshop have been a bit weird with their licensing since the fall of THQ and the end of Relic’s glorious Warhammer 40,000 games, greenlighting an unexpected variety of games. Sure, this has lead to humdrum oddities like WH40K: Storm of Vengeance, but I can’t imagine they’d have given 40K: Armageddon the go-ahead before either.

It’s a serious-looking turn-based strategy game by the folks behind Panzer Corps, recreating the Second War of Armageddon across a big campaign with hundreds of different units and variants. And it’s out now. Come watch some orks get squished in an hour of livestreamed action.

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The Cost Of War(gaming): Matrix Games Sale

In a world where it’s increasingly likely that game bundles will soon be given away with Happy Meals, people are often flabbered right down to the gasts when they see the prices over on planet Matrix. The wargaming/strategy publisher doesn’t discount its back catalogue as often as some companies discount their front catalogue, so when the annual holiday sale rolls around, it’s worth paying attention to. Lots of titles are discounted by 50%, including the excellent Unity of Command and its expansions. The Gary Grigsby titles are also on sale, as are many others, listed here.

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Wot I Think: Pike And Shot

The Sixteenth Century equivalent of a Tiger tank was called a tercio. With a crew of between 1000 and 2000 souls, it moved extremely slowly, relying on its porcupine bristle of polearms for defence and its buttresses of constantly circulating arquebusiers and musketeers for attack. To have faced one of these ball-spewing, smoke-wreathed behemoths in battle would have been truly terrifying. To have had one (or three – they usually operated in trios) at your disposal as a general, would have been incredibly empowering. Why aren’t tercios as famous and fondly regarded in PC wargaming circles as the iconic Panzerkampfwagen VI?┬áSearch me. Pike and Shot proves that they can be every bit as satisfying to steward as their Sherman-savaging descendants.

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The Flare Path: Edges Towards Edgehill

Growing up in the Seventies my favourite comic was probably Meteor, my favourite story within Meteor, Paddy the Pikeman. Paddy the Pikeman was set just after the English Civil War and told the story of an unemployed soldier who travelled round England righting wrongs and solving problems with the aid of an 18 foot-long polearm. One issue he might use his unwieldy weapon to push a burning barque clear of a gunpowder-stacked jetty, or vault over a swollen stream and save a stranded Leveller. In another he might use it to support a sagging washing line in a brothel, or skewer a mewing moggy stuck up a tree. It was inspirational stuff. I found myself thinking of Paddy yesterday while playing the beta of Slitherine’s new 16th/17th Century TBS Pike & Shot. Read the rest of this entry »

The Flare Path: Attends Battle Academy 2

At Battle Academy 2 students study Student, Rag Week is known as StuG Week, and mortarboards are made from actual mortars. I’ve spent a few days sampling the syllabus in Slitherine’s upcoming tactical TBS and, thus far, have found very few reasons to reach for my red biro. If you happen to be searching for a pacy WW2 wargame that won’t weary your mouse hand, offend your eye, or insult your intelligence, then this hex-spurning sequel, due in September, definitely warrants a bookmark. Read the rest of this entry »