The Curse of Dead Man’s Hand

I have really enjoyed playing Great Escape Games’ rules, Dead Man’s Hand. It is an enjoyable set of rules that allow for games in the Old West. I like the mechanics and the ease of playing.

Great Escape have taken their rules into 1920s prohibition with The Chicago Way and these rules allow you to recreate the Untouchables.

Their next set of rules look very interesting with the addition of what looks like the undead into the Old West, with their new set, The Curse of Dead Man’s Hand.

he Curse of Dead Man's Hand source book

The curse has finally come to Dead Man’s Hand.Get together anybody you can, time to put petty rivalries aside and stand together against an enemy who shows no mercy, who will take it all, and leave you with nothing, not even your soul.

You need a copy of the Dead Man’s Hand rule book to use the source book.

The Curse of Dead Man's Hand

As well as rules, there are going to be some new buildings from 4Ground, which you can see as background in these photographs from Great Escape Games.

The Curse of Dead Man's Hand

These buildings look like they will also be useful for “normal” games of Dead Man’s Hand.

SS-GB

SS-GB

Adapted from Len Deighton’s 1978 alternate history novel, and starring Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth, SS-GB premieres on BBC One on the 19th February 2017.

Produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd and written by Bafta Award-winners Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, SS-GB is a complex thriller focusing on British Detective Douglas Archer.

Forced to work under the brutal SS in occupied London, Archer is determined to continue to do his job in the service of his country, but against impossible odds.

We first meet Archer in 1941, with the vast majority of England and Wales are under Nazi occupation after losing the Battle of Britain. Pockets of resistance continue to show their defiance against the occupying German forces, but after a German pilot is murdered by a British Resistance fighter, tensions in London could not be higher.

When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, Archer is dragged into a much darker and more treacherous world where the stakes are as high as the ultimate outcome of the war. The elusive American journalist Barbara Barga may hold the key – but can he trust her? And when his lover Sylvia endangers her life by bravely making a stand against the oppressive regime, Archer is forced to confront a deeper dilemma. Can he carry out his duty to defend law and order when he is working for the wrong side? What is he willing to risk in the fight against fascism?

The trailer and the images released so far, show a disturbing image of London under Nazi occupation. What may have happened if the proposed Operation Sealion was successful and Britain had lost the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Though most experts agree that there was little or no chance of Operation Sealion ever succeeding, many people have wondered and extrapolated what could have happened if it had indeed taken place and the Germans were victorious.

The background of SS-GB offers a range of gaming scenarios across different kinds of actions and scales. I may explore these in a later post once I have viewed the first few episodes.

Top Ten Posts of 2016

Here are my top ten blog posts in reverse order. As is typical most posts are from previous years.

Over the last 12 months I have been blogging less with only 27 posts across the year. Planning to write more this year.

10. Lumpin Croop’s Halflings Warhammer Fantasy Regiment of Renown

9. Shrine of The Aquila

8. Flames of War – Battle of the Bulge

7. Dwarf City under attack

6. Dwarf City under attack

5. Ork Army Box, Deal or No Deal

4. Forge World Diorama – Games Day 2012

3. Dwarf City under attack

2. Space Marine Sokar Pattern Stormbird

1. Beautiful Dystopian Wars

Reopening the X-Files

Reopening the X-Files

As many of you know the X-Files is coming back.

I really enjoyed the original series of the X-Files there was something at the time fresh and different about the series and of course the relationship between Mulder and Scully really made a difference.

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002, on Fox, spanning nine seasons and 202 episodes. The series revolves around FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.

I am currently re-watching the original as it is on Amazon Prime, but you can get the DVD boxed set for a reasonable price too.

Back in the 1990s I started developed a skirmish set of rules, entitled FEDS, the inspiration for which was the X-Files. The idea of FBI Swat teams fighting down bad guys and monsters seemed like a good idea for lots of fun games.

Looking forward to the new series, though not sure where I will be able to watch it.

Top Ten Posts of 2015

Here are my top ten blog posts in reverse order. As is typical most posts are from previous years.

Over the last 12 months I have been blogging less with only 79 posts across the year.

10. Lumpin Croop’s Halflings Warhammer Fantasy Regiment of Renown

9. Behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

8. Beautiful Dystopian Wars

7. Brown Water Navy – Flames of War

6. Dwarf City under attack

5. Space Marine Xiphon Pattern Interceptor

4. Flames of War – Battle of the Bulge

3. Space Marine Sokar Pattern Stormbird

2. Everything that happened between Star Wars Episodes VI and VII

1. Forge World Diorama – Games Day 2012