Tag Archives: Fantasy

On Fairy-Stories

“On Fairy-Stories” is an essay by J. R. R. Tolkien which discusses the fairy-story as a literary form. It was initially written (and entitled simply “Fairy Stories”) for presentation by Tolkien as the Andrew Lang lecture at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, on 8 March 1939.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Fairy-Stories

Tis a bit weird that I somehow happened to be reading about this 80 years to the day that it happened, and only a stone’s throw away.

Epées & Sorcellerie character sheet update

During the last session of Epées & Sorcellerie, one of the PCs stripped off his armour to try and rid himself of an infestation of bugs. It struck me that it’d be useful to have a place on the character sheet for unarmoured Armour Class and Movement. So I’ve altered those areas and uploaded a new version of the E&S character sheet to the Downloads page.

Boardgames: Small World

Small World
I played Small World for the first time at ENT on Sunday. Once I’d got over the whopping great player handout describing the plethora of race and ability options, we got stuck into a game and I’m delighted to say I ENJOYED IT!

Small World has a fun fantasy theme; dynamic gameplay due to the short-lived empires; but with lots of potential replayability because of the random race + characteristic splicing. And just enough strategy to make it interesting without hurting my brain. #wouldplayagain

I played 3 empires in all. I had first choice so I just had to go for Beserk Sorcerors because… Beserk Sorcerors! This allowed me to reinforce my troops before each conquest attempt and also turn lone opposing armies to the dark side. It seemed like a good way to get things going.

Once the Beserk Sorcerors had done all the good work that they could, I continued the game with the Hill Tritons. They were good at attacking coastal regions and gained extra cash for conquering hills. Not the most logical of combinations but it was fun to try an unusual combo in a different part of the gameworld.

It didn’t take long until there was just enough time to try one more race before game end. I plumped for a variation on an old favourite – Dragonmaster Sorcerors! Who wouldn’t? They allowed me to crush a Troll Lair with my dragon and then go on a sorcerous rampage through a swathe of opposing territories. Huzzah!

Even though I didn’t end up winning, the other players got their pitchforks out to give me a poking, which never fails to amuse me!

I’d recommend Small World to anyone who’d like a light-hearted strategy game set in a gonzo fantasy world. I reckon it’d probably be good for 3-5 players.

2016 Gaming Resolutions

As well as getting my wargames table up and running, I’d like to play a lot more RPGs in 2016. 12 RPGs in 12 months. Or at least 12 different settings.

Here’s a selection of RPGs from my library that I’d like to give an airing. It’s been a wee while since I rolled dem bones!