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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...

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. The short story Unit 19 is a tense story about piracy (or something like it) in outer space! This review contains spoilers.

Classic Stardrifter, and by "classic" I mean it's in the same column...

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...

I'm reading the Stardrifter series by David Collins-Rivera, and reviewing each book as I finish it. The short story Another Show at Twenty-Two is a sequel, of sorts, to the haunting Street Candles novel.

This review contains spoilers. It's a short story, so by discussing it at all there are...

I'm reading the Stardrifter series by David Collins-Rivera, and reviewing each book as I finish it. The second novel in the series is Street Candles and it's one of the most intense and emotionally taxing things I've read in a long time. This review contains no spoilers beyond what you'd read on...

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

Quick summary: Ilya Kuryakin and an airline attendant get stranded in the Sahara and stumble into the clutches of a captain who believes he's commanding a regiment of the Foreign Legion...

I'm reading the Stardrifter series by David Collins-Rivera, and reviewing each book as I finish it. The short story Code Black is a prequel to everything, and I do mean everything.

This review contains spoilers. It's a short story, so by discussing it at all there are contextual spoilers. Don...

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.

Garden of Ghosts

This episode successfully demonstrates the surprising dept...

My first experiences in hobby shops (specifically, but not exclusively, a Warhammer store) were not great. And yet some of my best experiences in the hobby have happened in a Warhammer store. I think there's a secret to turning a geeky hobby, like building and paintng 28mm toy soldiers so you can pl...

Deliver us from evil isn't quite a horror movie, but a supernatural police thriller. That's not usually my kind of movie, but I didn't know what kind of movie it was when I started watching. To be honest, it captured my attention for a while, as the two lead cops in the story (Sarchie and Butler) t...

When I find art I love, I'm usually compelled to share and promote it, because that's what we humans do when we're excited about something. With independent art, though, that can be tricky because sometimes the art you love is literally one-of-a-kind, or it's only available from the artist directly,...

In a previous post, I wrote about how tracking encumbrance made loot more "valuable" by enforcing a weight-based economy. However, tracking encumbrance can be hard. In theory, it's exclusively the responsibility of each player, but if the game master (GM) doesn't announce the weight of each item t...