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Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is on Switch

January 27, 2019

 

So I’m late to posting this, but it is out there on the Switch now and huge congats to the team at Auroch Digital, Ripstone and Modiphius for all the hard work getting us there!

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Thoughts on Interview with Rick Priestley, Original Creator of Warhammer 40,000

January 26, 2019

There was an interesting interview with the original creator of the great Warhammer 40,000 in (I think) Tabletop Gaming magazine. I wrote out a quote from the print edition that grabbed me about the inspirations that swirled around its creation…

“We were inspired by things like Philip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers about a sort of artificial world idea. There’s a lot of that kind of thing in the Cthulhu Mythos as well, the Great Old Ones and galaxy spanning races, or going back to Doc EE Smith, you’ve got these two civilisations that go out and seed the entire galaxy. The Warhammer world was essentially conceived of as a science-fiction world which has gone fantasy.”

In the 1st edition of 40K they also talk about other inspirations which can be seen clearly within the game itself – Dune, Foundation & Empire to name a couple.

I was also interested to see he noted a game called Battle: Practical Wargaming as an inspiration.

Final point I was also fascinated to read was that the reason there is a wide range of factions and races was the idea you could use other game’s minis are stand-ins. For example the Adeptus Arbites were there so you could use the range of 2000AD Judge Dredd minis (which GW, back then sold) in your game.

I could not find a link to the interview, but he has a new game coming soon

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My #Steampocalypse Slides from PC Connect 2019

January 22, 2019

I gave a talk on the ongoing ‘Steampocalypse’ at PC Connect yesterday…

 

I said I’d share the slides from my talk and here they are!

If you want to hear more, do check-out our Podcast! (I’d also recommend the Paradox  BizDev one too!). I also did a version at the Bristol Games Hub and people seemed to like it…

Thanks 🙂

From Snapshot to XCom to Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics

December 30, 2018

Over at Auroch Digital, on our new series on the podcast, we’ve just put out a 2 part ‘potted history of Turn-Based Tactics games. Basically we start with Snapshot (from 1978) to Xcom (various incarnations!) right up to our Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics.

Take a listen!

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Oh and Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is on sale now on Steam – 25% off!

Networked Conspiracy & Disinformation – Must Read Article from 2018

December 26, 2018

As we’re in the Christmas break, it’s good to get a bit of time to think about some of the bigger issues. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ll know I have a long standing interest in networked media, indeed my PhD was on this topic. Earlier in the year the issue of how key the networking of our media forms resurfaced for me personally:

I’m far, far from the first one to note the issues of the automated linking of YouTube videos and how they pull watchers towards the lowest common denominator of content, which in turn leads to more and lower.. This article is a must read on the issue looking at how conspiracy thoeries overtake realty on YouTube:

Every time there’s a mass shooting or terror event, due to the subsequent backlash, this YouTube conspiracy genre grows in size and economic value. The search and recommendation algorithms will naturally ensure these videos are connected and thus have more reach.

In other words, due to the increasing depth of the content offerings and ongoing optimization of YouTube’s algorithms, it’s getting harder to counter these types of campaigns with real, factual information.

 

 

A Year of Cthulhu

December 22, 2018

As a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos and someone who enjoys related media, I thought I’d share my Lovecraft highlights of 2018. Plus would be interested to know yours?

Of note is that this image (by Andree Wallin, below) was the top voted ‘cthulhu’ post on Reddit in 2018!

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Cthulhu! By Andree Wallin, source here

So starting with games (of course) it was a good year for fellow cultists. This was reflected in a great article in Bloody Disgusting about the new crop Cthulhu of games for 2018/9. By now 2 of the 3 have launched and the other is due March 2019. One of those was Focus Home Interactive’s Call of Cthulhu (in the Steam sale now!):

The other was our own Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics (also in the Steam sale now…)

We’d been working away for over a year on Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics and I’m super proud of the work the team did! (There’s a 3 part podcast on the game here)

While we’re on the subject of video games, I feel important to note the great Cultist Simulator (grab it in the Steam sale! We’d backed it on Kickstarter!, good article on it here) and the excellent Darkest Dungeon added the ‘Color of Madness‘ DLC. Oh and an honourable mention for Delta Green’s The Labyrinth which also backed on Kickstarter and am really looking forward to getting!

Jumping on to film. The will-he-won’t-he discussion of Guillermo Del Toro finally making ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ was alive in 2018;

Del Toro, too, has always been open to the possibility that the movie could come back, given his years-long passion for making this work. The Oscars are silly, but their utility is giving creators the momentum they need to bring their more niche ideas to live. Pumping $150 million into this story, brought to life by one of the best directors around — come on, that’s a much better use of cash than King Arthur: The Last Sword.

Agree totally and we’re long overdue a Hollywood version of Lovecraft’s work, especially given how culturally huge it has become! Indeed, I wrote an article arguing a similar point earlier in the year:

Lovecraft himself would never know the success and cultural impact this or any of his other works would have. When he died in 1937 he would only know that his works had reached a limited audience, never having made enough from his works to make a living as a writer. Yet over 90 years since he set out the plot of The Call of Cthulhu, the idea, themes, and the eponymous creature has finally reached the mainstream. The majority of us have heard of “The Call of Cthulhu” in one form or another.

But there was good news – The Color out of Space film is moving forward, to be directed by the director of the excellent cult 90s hit ‘Hardware’. Very hopeful about that! However one of my favourite films of 2018 of any genre was Annihilation – which was totally excellent. I wanted to see it at the cinema but it went direct to Netflix here, which was great as I’ve watched it 3 times now. The connection to the Mythos is that the overall concept is loosely themed to The Color Out of Space. Watching the film got me into the original novel’s work and I read all the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer this year too. Books and the film totally recommended.

To other general media, links, art and things….

Part two of the excellent ‘Mon Dieu Cthulhu!‘ series of books came out this year. It’s a rollicking good read and I really enjoyed it. (For transparency I should note, the writer John Houlihan, was also a writer on Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics) – but if you enjoy the Sharpe’s TV series (I did) and like the Cthulhu Mythos (I do) then you’ll enjoy this.

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So to end, a quick list of other notable mythos/Cthulhu/Lovecraftian things from 2018…

And finally, anyone else see the corrupted Easter egg in Aquaman?

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Hope to see you on the other side in 2019! (Please do subscribe here to stay in the cult!)

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics hits Console

November 24, 2018

I’m extremely happy to say that Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is now out on Xbox and PS4!

If sounds interesting, we did a three part podcast about the game, which you can find here.

There is a Stream on Mixer of us playing Xbox game too! You can re-watch it here.

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