Doctor Who S08:02 “Into the Dalek”: a review

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We open in the middle of what I presume to be the Dalek wars, when Earth and Daleks were going at it. A time we haven’t really seen much of and which neatly side steps the call for an explanation for this particular Dalek fleets appearance and also the absence of the chubby Daleks that seem to have been written off as a bad idea outside of tie in toys.

After a fly-by rescue, which goes a lot better than the last time the Doctor tried to rescue someone from a ship fleeing a Dalek attack , we cut to the Aristotle where Tyres is holding onto what could the universes only good Dalek. While being given the grand tour we get what we think is simply a strange shout out to Fantastic Voyage but instead are set up with the plot for the episode. The Doctor will be shrunk down and injected into the Dalek to find out what is wrong with it.

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Lady Dorn: a review

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Elizabeth Dorn, airship captain, widow and vampiric ex of the royal guard is currently the best hope the child emperor has against mechanical spider like devices which steal the energy of their target; man, woman or child. Devices which come from the mind of a mad scientist long dead. Now a few things, first when I say Vampiric I mean that quite literally, as in pointy teeth, hindered by sunlight the whole nine yards. Also when I say child emperor I mean he has the body of a child but a mind of the ages for he too is a Vampire and when I say mad scientist I mean old creepy castle and well you get the point. Now the story goes that Dorn saved the Emperor once from the machinations of this man so surely it must be easier when he is already dead. Or at least it can’t be worse than last time. Right? This begins Dorns race across the English countryside by airship and mag rail, coach and foot to figure out who has stirred up the past and for what end. Continue reading

Welcome to Night Vale: a review

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When people first mention Welcome to Night Vale shows such as Eerie Indiana or X-files are often thrown around as a basis for newbies to understand what they are letting themselves in for. Now this isn’t a completely strange comparison but it doesn’t quite do the show justice, as it feels more like somebodies turned them up to eleven, gotten completely smashed and tried to read them back to you. You see’ Night Vale’ has supernatural threats and conspiracies like others have bake sales and car jackings. Regularly Night Vale will have such experiences so far past the point of understanding that Fox Mulder would be forced to hide under the covers and weep gently to himself, in fact often the only sane response is to “say nothing and drink to forget” a motto for the show both inside and out. Continue reading

Twenty One Turn Hero: a review

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Twenty-one turn hero is a strange game in that no matter what I write for this review, it will probably be longer than the game itself. Designed by Robertson Sondoh Jr, the game is a solitaire print and play title and while I’ve covered the idea of solitaire games before perhaps the notion of print and play should be explored a bit further. In short it does what it says on the tin. It’s a game you print out and play, but to try and give you a bit more information beyond what you could gather from the blindingly obvious, the idea of is that these are games are put up, sometimes for free, on sites like Boardgamegeek, to be downloaded and printed out, usually on plain A4 paper like you’ve currently got stacked under your desk getting scuffed and pinched for shopping lists, and played; often with the addition of a few dice or pens and blank paper. However those of you who know of print and play titles will find that this game is a fair bit smaller than most. Continue reading

Watt O’Hugh Underground: a review

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This is the second book in the memoirs of: time traveling, rough around the edges, ghost leading, cowboy, Watt O’Hugh. The first thing you will notice is the change of covers from the slightly drab original cover to these new action packed colourful explosions clearly reminiscent of the kind of dime store, pulp tales stories that Mr O’Hugh is said to have starred in. Now I wouldn’t say the fit the tone of the books better than the original, as the actual stories fall somewhere in-between the two realities but they add a nice touch of humour and life and will definitely sell the series far better. Continue reading