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The tramp freighter plying the star lanes, struggling to make ends meet, taking on illicit cargo, avoiding the law while trying to stay one jump ahead of debt collectors…is there anything more iconic in science fiction? This is a well-tapped vein that shows up everywhere from Northwest Smith to Han Solo to Mal Reynolds.  It’s […]

Two items somewhere near the top of my bucket list is hiking the Pacific Coast Trail and organizing a multiplayer campaign using a large WW2 simulation such as SPI’s War in Europe. I mentioned the Pacific Coast Trail for a reason. My vision of an excellent campaign would be to have multiple players on each side. […]

If I were to draw a Venn diagram of the artistic inspirations of the new video game Prey, there’d be a big blue circle marked “Bioshock” and a big red circle marked “Dead Space 2” and where they overlapped, all that purple space would be marked Prey. Now, I’m not saying Prey is ripped off from […]

When posting about painting miniatures I like to mention the research required for the sake of historical accuracy. Recently, I ran across this blog and recommend a few posts which provides great examples of this aspect of the hobby. Even if you have zero interest in military miniatures the informative posts are a good read. Exhibit […]

It was time to renew my subscription to Miniature Wargames Magazine and the timing was perfect for a Wargame Wednesday post. This magazine will suit all those interested in historical miniature wargaming though; not to fear, their companion magazine Tabletop Gaming focuses on SciFi and Fantasy games. From Tabletop’s 9 April issue: “Reviews including Mechs vs […]

During the Campaign Series Q&A, John Tiller mentioned Panzer Battles so I went ahead and purchased Battles of Kursk – Southern Flank and David Freer was good enough to send me Battles of Normandy. I started getting familiar with Kursk but was soon sidetracked by the free demo; mostly because of the challenge posed by […]

Another excellent conversation, this time with Jay Barnson. You can find Jay’s stories The Priests of Shalaz, in Cirsova #4 and The Queen of Shadows in #5, plus his other published work on his Amazon page.  Jay created RPG called Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon( FrayedKnights.com) and Void War. Other games can be found […]

John Tiller was good enough to answer a few questions about Campaign Series and I was lucky enough to interview one of the original CS scenario designers, Glenn Saunders. I have fond memories of his Tarnished Honor scenario which simulates the forlorn Canadian defense of Hong Kong.         A screenshot of the 2D map is to […]

The cry has gone out across the land: “So, Daddy Warpig, is all you know how to do is aggravate other geeks over the fact that the Pulps were, hands down no questions asked or needed, The Golden Age of Fantasy & Science Fiction?” I wish to reassure my millions of screaming fans that that […]

YES! It’s blog post time, time for me to crank out 900 words of scintillating prose in the form of a scathing review, a brutal editorial, or a brilliant and inspiring speech calling for the brave Pulp Revolutionaries to storm the citadel of Tradpub and cast down their Golden Idols. Hey, I’m Daddy Warpig—it’s what […]

With the possible exception of Sid Meir’s outstanding Civilization franchise I’m certain that I have played Campaign Series more than any other game and absolutely certain that I have enjoyed this game the most.     The first in the series, West Front, was released by Talonsoft in 1998.   I was excited to find a […]

Good Game Masters write their own stuff; great GM’s STEAL. SO LET’S TALK STEALING! He-Man is what you’d get if you crossed Conan with Shazaam (aka DC’s Captain Marvel): a muscled, superhero barbarian that a muscled, but mild-mannered Prince Adam turns into thanks to a magic sword. The main character of He-Man and the Masters […]