Science Fiction


Adeptus Titanicus – Questoris Knights with Thunderstrike Gauntlets and Rocket Pods

The Imperial Knights receive an upgrade and now have full access to the armoury of the Questoris Knights, incl. the new Thunderstrike Gauntlets and Rocket Pods. Knights are smaller and less powerful versions of Imperial Titans, piloted by a single Knight commander, called scion, and not by a crew of princeps and moderati. With the […]

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Retro: The Olympica Project revisited

When I was younger, I had a real thing for ancient microgames. This was a short lived genre of games that was popular in the early 80s. Small format, paperback sized, small countermix.. low price, big fun. The pioneer of the concept was a company called Metagaming from Austin, Texas.  You may have heard of a few of their early products like OGRE, GEV, MELEE and WIZARD.  Around the same time they were publishing those, they published a small, almost forgotten game called OLYMPICA.  Olympica wasn’t a best seller for Metagaming, but I’ve always liked it.  The scenario is interesting.. there’s a cult of brainwashed bad guys on Mars building a big weapon that could brainwash everyone on Earth.  They are the Webbies, because they are building the “WebMind Generator”.   They are opposed by a landing force from the United Nations, who has numbers, laser tanks, and a giant drilling machine.  Why?  Because the Webbies hang out in tunnels and can

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Zoo - James Patterson

After watching, and especcially likeng the first season, the television series, I just wanted to read the book and see how they compare.Well, not one bit...In the book, Jackson Oz isn't an african safari guide, but a Columbia University drop-out who runs a blog and has the HAC as a theory.  As animals start attacking people, he gets conviced he is on the right track, and travels to his friend in africa, Abe, to investigate lions.  He gets his proof there... but Abe already dies after a few pages instead of becoming a lead character in the series.  He does meet Chloe there though, and then the story jumps 5 years forward and they researched a lot of animals already, now funded by the government.  And he and his wife Chloe must do everything to give their 3 year old son a future...Now, Shephards, his father, or even his team... they are not around in the book at all, or partially and in different (smaller) roles.  The book also finds a totally different reason for the mutations in the a

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Of Kings, Knights and Halloween on the Black Seas

It is the Halloween weekend and I thought that I had seen a horror-scenario for Black Seas, but I am unable to find it. Anyhow, there is Dreadfleet, of which I used the battle mat from the boxed set already with Cruel Seas. Dreadfleet was a bit of a surprise back in 2011, when it […]

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Crisis 2019 Prelude

On Saturday, November 9th, the Tinsoldiers of Antwerp host once again the largest wargaming show on continental europe - the CRISIS! Crisis stays at its location, two hangers of Waagnatie Expo & Events in the harbour district of Antwerp (Belgium). The show opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm. Tickets cost 12 EUR […]

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Steam and October White Dwarf

On Friday the current issue (October 2019) of White Dwarf arrived, Warhammer Community already gave it a brief preview on the content. As I have the subscription issue, I have a slightly different cover. This one has a complete cover showing the artwork of the Wrath and Rapture boxed set, that was released last december. […]

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Printed Terrain, Age of Sails and Legos

A package arrived with a couple of 6mm Adeptus Titanicus terrain, that was 3d printed in grey PLA. After I had a few ruins printed for base decoration, I found further files on thingiverse and Florian was kind enough to put them on his Ender. A first couple of items was printed and look how […]

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Book Review: The Golden Age of Science Fiction by John Wade

As a wargamer, I have always been attracted to the idea of putting on a retro sci-fi game. Whenever I see retro sci-fi figures or rules I am compelled to pick them up. I assume that this is in a wide part down to nostalgia. Growing up in the 1970s in the UK we got our first expose to Star Trek and also I fondly remember watching classic sci-fi movies on BBC2 in the early evenings on Wednesdays. Films that were invariably made in the 1950s, mainly black and white (that might just have been because we still had a black and white TV at that point), and I suppose even by then, fairly dated. "Them", "The Incredible Shrinking Man", "This Island Earth", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and two of my favourite films, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Forbidden Planet".So when I saw the book The Golden Age of Science Fiction - A journey into Space with 1950s Radio, TV, Films, Comics and Books by John Wade I knew I had to read it.Although never promising to be a complete look at science fiction in the 1950s (this is

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Crooked Dice – Colony 87 Third Wave Kickstarter

A lot earlier than I expected the Colony 87 plegdes arrived this monday. In the crowdfunding campaign a release in november was avised and that was fine for me. It is the third wave of the miniatures range and the third time, it was financed through crowdfunding. The campaign was funded succesfully and landed more […]

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Back from Swabia with Cars, Beers and Torpedo Boats

It was a bit quiet the last week, for multiple reasons. I was a bit under the weather and hope to be at full health soon, and we visited part of my wife's family in Southern Germany for the prolonged weekend (you know, German Unification, David Hasselhoff Memorial Day and so on). Last weekend Daniel […]

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Aeronautica Imperialis – Imperial and Ork Ground Assets

The release of Aeronautica Imperialis was much broader, compared to other product lines introduced by Games Workshop. Among the individual kits is one for terrain, the Imperial and Ork Ground Assets. The flat box costs 32,50 EUR and covers a single large plastic sprue, along with a simple assembly instruction. Unlike other terrain sets, this […]

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Multiple Vessels incoming, new White Dwarf

I have the reviews on some of the larger vessels for Cruel Seas in the box and ready for next week to be published, with the merchant tanker, the flower-class corvette and the m-class minesweeper waiting. To fill the gap between these large ships and the regular torpedo boats, I guess I'll add one of […]

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Doctor Who series 11

Well, by the "new count" at least since the series was restarted...And the first series with the female doctor, Jodie Whittaker, who does a good job though for me she isn't a Tennant...Compromising 10 episodes (and a new year special, which I only recently saw and hence this rather half year after date view on the series), the series is marked by some VERY strong episodes.  While the "chnge of the guard" on the series, with a new producer, lead Doctor and all has been having quite and impact, there are true jewels in this year.And for me, without a doubt, Rosa was the episode that stood out by a mile.  How her companion Graham is forced in a position that will define history was heartbreaking.  but also The Demons of Punjab was a very strong episode, where they couldn't be allowed to interfere because it would cause a change of the timeline for one of them personally had a really tearjerking ending. They reminded me of my alltime favorite episode of the new series, the episode featuring Van Gog

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