So much for getting this posted on Friday night/Saturday morning. If you weren’t yet convinced I’m nothing but a procrastinating bum, I hope this late posting has changed your opinion for the worse. Best part is, I don’t even have a good excuse. So, enjoy a look back at what our writers played this weekend in what might be the latest scrying ever.
Field of Glory II and Warhammer 40K: Gladius Relics of War
Field of Glory II is just magic. Don’t be like me and sleep on this tight, tidy digital tabletop. So far, I’ve held on as the Roman Republic against those Carthaginian curs, but my forces are beginning to feel the burn of holding the line. My velites, those useless bastards, need constant reinforcement by the proximity of commanders. I’d hand them over to Hannibal himself, but I daresay he’d find the act utterly insulting. But whatever the outcome, now ten or so turns deep, this game is a riot and I feel this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
Unless you’re a velite, to which you can keep on running, bucko.
The other is indeed Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War. Billed as a 4x, but at heart, it’s a wargame. And I’m fine with that. If there’s one bit of fluff that would be utterly misrepresented in the grimdark future, it’s a tête-à-tête between the righteous forces of the God-Emperor, and putrid malefactors of the unholy Xenos. There is, as advertised, only war in this future. That might work for some, and it does so far for me.
If you played Proxy Studios’ Pandora: First Contact, the rightful successor to Alpha Centauri in many ways, you’d have an inkling of what to expect in Gladius. A violently reactive indigenous menagerie that does as much to cancel your territorial claim as the factions you’re fighting. Pared back and focused solely on terrain modifiers, a painfully straightforward tech tree and putting the hurt on your many enemies, Gladius is, thus far, no-fuss tactics. I’ll have a Shortcut hopefully next week to help those on the fence.
Have a wonderful weekend, and stay hydrated. For my countrymen in the Southern Hemisphere, spare a slice of winter?
- Field of Glory II for PC via Steam, $30
- Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Relic of War for PC/Linux via Steam, $40
Terraria, Six Ages, and Make-believe
It’s school holidays here in NZ, and I’m taking time off to coincide. Between it being winter in this hemisphere and a pandemic of the sniffles, we’ve been stuck inside rather more than I’d hoped. I’ve been playing a lot of confined-to-the apartment hide and seek, and had multiple scavenger hunts (both intended as such and desperate searches for Joycons). My 4yo has been really into doctor, superheroes, princesses, and other forms of free play: I’ve been a fish doctor, a Lego monster, various characters from My Little Pony, and Bartleby from True and the Rainbow Kingdom (look it up), among others.
My 7yo and I have been playing Terraria again, which is still a great game except for the moments when the villagers’ nominal banter swerves abruptly into sexist BS. It’s a tiny but deeply discordant part of a game that is otherwise almost pure survival/crafting and building silliness.
In the occasional moment I’ve had to myself, I’ve been dragged deeper and deeper into Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind. You’ll get the full tale of the Golden Herd tribe and their struggle to live up to their namesake, Busenari the Cow Mother and her daughters, soon enough. So far, my only disappointment with the game is that I haven’t found any duck people… yet.
- Playing make-believe with your kids, free
- Terraria for iOS Universal, $5
- Terraria for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $10
- Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind for iOS Universal, $10
[Nick was too busy playing Card Quest to actually write a post this week, but he’ll be back next week with a new scrying, most likely singing the praises of Card Quest. -ed.]
Gaslands (and other tabletop gems)
Well, it ain’t Desert Bus, but I’ll be driving for about 9 hours on Saturday while listening to the second half of the audiobook of The Westing Game, so I’ve pre-emptively rewarded myself by ordering Golan ‘73 and most of the Arkham Horror LCG I didn’t already have. But the big gaming news in my life appears to be Gaslands, largely because the kids were in need of a craft project to keep them from each others’ throats. So we’ll soon be racing Hot Wheels upgraded with implements of destruction (I should get a red VW microbus!) using homemade templates and child-decorated tokens.
- Gaslands for Tabletop via Amazon, $11
- Golan ’73 for tabletop via Amazon, $57
- Arkham Horror: The Card Game core set for tabletop via Amazon, $36