So another Warhammer 40,000 game is in production. This time it’s 40k Chess. To be honest I have no feelings one way or the other on how good or not it will be. Or even how advisable it is to make a 40k version of the original strategy game when Games Workshop spend a lot of energy telling everyone theirs is the best. However the teaser and the animations look epic so for now I don’t really care.
And pay special attention to the bolters and heavy bolters when they fire. Because you can actually see the contrail of the bolt round’s rocket igniting. Which is pretty badass.
I love the Halo games. Even Halo 2 which was pretty weak compared to its siblings. Even the huge graphics boost the second game got over its older brother couldn’t hide the fact that the game felt rushed and the story a little confused. I’ve played it through many times since it’s release in 2004 and even now, knowing what I know, I’m always left feeling dissatisfied and I rush through it to get it out-of-the-way so I can enjoy Halo 3 and 4.
Halo 2 Anniversary promises not only a complete re-imagining of the cut scenes but a tweak to the story to explain itself a little clearer. Even if the latter turns out to be untrue and it’s still the mess it’s always been, at least it’ll look fricking gorgeous judging by this cinematic trailer.
Okay, it’s not much but this gribbly sod makes it pretty clear that the Tyranids are about to have another reboot. Most Tyranid players will be delighted after the last two codices were pretty sucky. Let’s hope this edition bucks the trend. Having had a couple of Tyranid armies over the years I, for one, would like them to return to their place as the horror movie close combat nightmares rather than an obviously commercially written army list.
Friend of The Shell Case, Gav Thorpe has been a busy boy. Not content with penning novels of various types he’s also been working with Warpforged Games to produce Mark of War – a tabletop wargame for the PC & Mac. No I haven’t hit my head. The idea is that you can collect armies just like you would in the physical realm, but in the virtual world of Mark of War instead. And then you get to watch them knock seven bells out of each other. What’s not to love?
Launching on Kickstarter in August it looks the woeful Shadow of the Horned Rat only, you know, good.
I’ve lifted the Key Features from the website to give you an idea of the level of awesome involved in this project:
I think you’ll agree, it all looks rather groovy. It’s the answer that the ever-expanding and international community of wargamers needs. I’d love to play my fellow hosts on Of Dice and Men but in the absence of several thousand pounds to go and visit the only option up to now was Vassal. Which I hate. No offence to anyone who uses it but I can’t stand it. So Mark of War is very exciting indeed. Plus it’s a new fantasy world. Written by Gav Thorpe. Who has some experience in that area. So it’s going to be awesome.
If we’re very well-behaved he might even write something about the game for us.
I’m really looking forward to this Kickstarter launching and the fully completed product at the end of it. And for anyone worried that we’re at the raggedy edge of progress, here’s a reassuring view for those of us that remember White Dwarf from when Mr Thorpe appeared at the fore of an army or two…
Either head over to the Mark of War website or like their Facebook page to keep abreast of developments.
The Hobbit, for me, has been a distinctly average affair. Stretched over three films when at the absolute most it should have been two even with all the source material and non-Hobbit events crammed in there.
The first film was okay but let down by moments of stupidity on the part of Peter Jackson. Just some scenes offered nothing and should have been cut. It was too long, too laboured and often too cheap. The second film was better but sadly nearly as forgettable with it being yet another overly long road trip movie. Evangeline Lilly all done up like an Elf was the probably my favourite bit, but that’s just me… The films erred too much on the light hearted side of butchery to make it more accessible to children but actually just comes off as naive and inappropriate.
The trailer for The Battle of Five Armies has come out and finally looks like a Lord of the Rings film. It looks gritty, grungy and the capery of slitting a Godlin King’s throat is long gone. This one should be good.