Mixed Signals

Straight-forward gaming

Have you ever tried documenting a Lego model you've invented? I've tried to track how I constructed My Own Creation (or "MOC", in the lingo of Internet brick builders) using graph paper, but getting the angles right can be really hard. Lacking freehand illustration skills, I recently decided to use...

I've been watching the Hammer and Bolter animated series on Warhammer+, and I'm reviewing each episode as I watch it. There may be very minor spoilers, but ideally no more than you'd get from the episode description.

Cadia stands

In this episode, the comms are down in the Astra Militarum tre...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review contains spoilers.

First of all, I'll say that I get it. Looking at a "season" of The Man from UNCLE compared to modern TV shows, it's amazing to see how much got produced. There are thirty episodes in...

I'm reading the Stardrifter series by David Collins-Rivera, and reviewing each book as I finish it. The short story Robot Overlords, is a story about a troublesome AI (which I know sounds like the very tropiest of science fiction tropes but it's not like that, I promise). This review contains sp...

Last year, shortly after the 10th edition of the game was released, I played my first game of Warhammer 40,000 and recorded my process, the battle, and my thoughts. I have no fancy White Dwarf style photos to go with this post, but I think it's interesting to see a game through a new player's ey...

I haven't been painting miniatures for long. In the past, I've purchased pre-painted miniatures because I didn't have the time, money, or bravery required to paint miniatures myself. Recently, I've felt comfortable enough with my personal budget to spend a little money on a paint kit, and I buy a mi...

I'm reading through the published adventures available for Cubicle 7's Wrath and Glory Warhammer RPG. Litanies of the Lost is a book containing four adventures that can be run independently or as a continuous campaign. The framework requires the IMPERIUM keyword, and the first adventure is for T...

I've been watching the Hammer and Bolter animated series on Warhammer+, and I'm reviewing each episode as I watch it. There may be very minor spoilers, but ideally no more than you'd get from the episode description.

Kill Protocol

I work in IT in real life, and it's possibly because of my af...

I'm reading the Stardrifter series by David Collins-Rivera, and reviewing each book as I finish it. The third book, called Risk Analysis, is a proper spy novel that manages to hit all the good tropes, while deftly avoiding the tedious ones. This review contains spoilers.

Every chapter starts w...

I've been watching the Angels of Death animated series on Warhammer+. I thought the series was over, but there have been releases of prequel episodes lately, the latest of which is Patience of iron. This review contains spoilers.

In the first series, Tech Priest Magos Domina Castia Theta 9 i...

I've been watching the Angels of Death animated series on Warhammer+. I thought the series was over, but there have been releases of prequel episodes lately, the latest of which is In the company of Death. This review contains minor spoilers, but nothing you wouldn't learn from the episode des...

Here's the thing about traps. They're the ONLY encounter in an RPG that players cannot opt out of. Once you encounter a trap, whether your character is physically trapped or you're just being blocked from progressing the story by a really hard puzzle, you basically have no choice but to deal with th...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review contains spoilers.

I'm not exaggerating when I say this is one of the best Man from UNCLE episodes I've seen yet. It ranks up there with the pilot episode, and shockingly it doesn't feature Napoleon Solo...

There seems to be a lot of talk these days about character death in D&D and other roleplaying games. It seems that there's an audience that doesn't want their player character to die. Ever.

Which, admittedly, is the point of the game mechanic. If players don't care about death, then there's no poi...

I've been watching the Hammer and Bolter animated series on Warhammer+, and I'm reviewing each episode as I watch it. There may be very minor spoilers, but ideally no more than you'd get from the episode description.

Eternal

Lucius the Eternal of the Emperor's Children and a champion of the...

I'm reading the Stardrifter series by David Collins-Rivera, and reviewing each book as I finish it. Believe it or not, the short story Open All Night is a story about a diner and its struggle to retain its business license, but this is a Stardrifter story so there's a lot more to the actual stor...