Top Kickstarter Games this Week

Top – Aslyople by Pixoala

An adventure game set in a dystopian future with strange characters, a gigantic asylum and tasty burgers.


Funding Goal – €20,000 by Friday 25th November

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2. Monster Prom by Beautiful Glitch

There are only 3 weeks left until prom! Go through all kinds of absurd and funny situations to seduce one of your monster classmates.

Funding Goal – €8,000 by Friday 25th November

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Top 5 Kickstarter Games this week

It returns! At least for the time being 🙂

1. Lost Ember by Mooneye Studios
Explore the remains of a fallen empire from a wolf’s perspective! Control every animal you encounter to uncover your destiny.

Funding Goal – €100,000 by Monday 14th November (already reached)

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2. Omen Exitio: Plague by Tiny Bull Studios

A narrative-based RPG game which draws from the old gamebook genre, set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology.

Funding Goal – €3,000 by Thursday 10th November

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3. Tyler: Model-005 by Reversed Int. and Victoria Pub.

Tyler: Model-005 is a 3D action game set in the 1950s where you help a miniature robot named Tyler find his missing creator!

Funding Goal – $20,000 by Saturday 12th November

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4. REPULSE: Galactic Rivals by IronEqual

Challenge your friends in a rad physics-based, local multiplayer game!

Funding Goal – €5,000 by Saturday 12th November

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5. Northern Regime: 1862 by Axel

Northern Regime is a dynamic survival game based in the era of 1862 in the cold frigid and mountainous lands of Dakota.

Funding Goal – $4,500 by Thursday 17th November

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Horus Heresy #10-12

Continuing the series looking at the Horus Heresy in clusters of 3, we move on to books 10-12.  My general feeling is that the series is still not quite kicking off properly, with expected story arcs still not appearing yet…that is until we get to book number 12!

 

#10 – Tales of Heresy

Tales of Heresy is the first of many short story anthologies in the series and brings together a disparate group of stories, mostly set in the Great Crusade…maybe it should have been called Tales of the Great Crusade?!

The stories in the book are:

  • Blood Games by Dan Abnett – a Custodian testing the defences of Terra.  I really enjoyed the descriptions of Terra and as ever, Dan Abnett’s writing is exemplary.
  • Wolf at the Door by Mike Lee – a very interesting story looking at Space Wolves defending a planet from Dark Eldar and then having to take a tough decision at the end.  A good insight in to the morals that govern the superhuman astartes.
  • Scions of the Storm by Anthony Reynolds – a story that links in with the later book, The Last Heretic. This story explores the Word Bearers compliance of a world with a few surprising twists along the way.
  • The Voice by James Swallow – a first proper look at the Sisters of Silence; if nothing else it is worth reading for that.  However James Swallow has crafted a good short story exploring the Sisters personalities; all whilst dealing with a terrible threat aboard a Black Ship.
  • Call of the Lion by Gav Thorpe – a Dark Angels story exploring the difference of opinion between those of the legion from Terra and those from Caliban.  It wasn’t the most gripping story but it does go towards explaining conflicts within the legion.
  • The Last Church by Graham McNeill – a tale exploring philosphy in the last church on Terra, with a conversation between the church’s custodian and a mysterious stranger.  One of the most interesting stories ever from the Black Library.
  • After Desh’ea by Matthew Farrer – Angron’s introduction to his legion; unsurprisingly it is bloody and angry! A good insight in to Angron’s background and how his mind works (after a fashion!).

 

Best story (overall) – The Last Church

Best story (fighting) – Wolf at the Door

Best story (non-fighting) – Blood Games

Primarch count – 1 (Lorgar) in Scions of the Storm, 1 (Angron) in After Desh’ea

 

#11 – Fallen Angels by Mike Lee

It might just be me but I really struggle with the Dark Angels.  Their strange ways and mystery I feel is only ever partly and non entirely satisfactorily explained.  I wonder if this hamstrung the various authors that have tried to take them on in the Horus Heresy series.

As with Descent of Angels, unfortunately this book is not the best in the series.  It is perfectly well written but the story struggled to engage me, particularly within the wider arc of the Heresy.

The story follows two narratives, The Lion on campaign, and Luther back on Caliban.  I found Luther’s story more engaging as it showed his fall and made it believable.  As for the Lion’s part, I struggled with it, even the climactic battle at the end.

Read this if you are a Dark Angels fan or really want to read all of the Horus Heresy books, otherwise I would skip this one.

Best character – Zahariel (also my favourite in Descent of Angels)

Best fight – Zaheriel and co. vs corruption on Caliban

Bets non-fight part – Luther’s conversations with Zahariel

Primarch count – 2 – The Lion and Perturabo

 

#12 – A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill

Finally the Heresy kicks off again!  This book is the first one since the opening trilogy to begin the telling of one of the major story arcs. It covers numerous big events and includes some of the most important characters in the whole series.

The story predominately follows the story of the Thousand Sons through the eyes of Ahriman, as well through a group of rememberencers.  For the first time in a while in the series, I felt that I really understood the motives of a legion and why they were exactly how they were…as well as why they fell.

In a a way the story is heartbreaking, particularly if you already know what is coming.  In a way the Thousand Sons are one of the most loyal legions, yet their methods and hubris bring about their downfall.

Partiuclar highlights are an initial stand-off between Magnus and Russ, the Council of Nikea and the final battle for Propsero.  Thankfully, by and large, the series really kicks on from here and begin to give fans exactly what they want.

Best character – Ahriman

Best fight – The fight for Prospero

Bets non-fight part – The Council of Nikea

Primarch count – 6 (!) – Magnus, Leman Russ, Lorgar, Mortarion, Sanguinius, Fulgrim

Horus Heresy #7-9

Books 7-9 of the Horus Heresy are mainly standalone stories but each tie in to the overarching arc.  All three are enjoyable, particularly the excellent Legion by Dab Abnett which is one of the most interesting and enjoyable stories in the entire series.

#7 – Legion by Dan Abnett

As mentioned above, Legion is quite possibly the best book in the Horus Heresy series – it is certainly the best of the ‘early’ novels.  It is also great as a stand-alone book, even if your Horus Heresy or even 40k knowledge is very light.

As with most Abnett novels, part of what makes Legion so good is the characters.  Those in the Imperial Army and the elusive John Grammaticus are characters you can understand and empathise with, making the story more immersive. I particularly enjoyed understanding the different regiments of the army and the political motives behind officers actions.

Most importantly, we get to see the elusive Alpha Legion for the first time.  As their first real introduction to the series they had to be done right and they have been beyond all expectations.  Their subterfuge and motives leave you guessing at all times and you are never quite sure what they will do next; a theme that will continue throughout the series when the Alpha Legion are involved.

I mentioned John Grammaticus above and he is the first ‘perpetual’ that appears in the series, as well as the mysterious Cabal.  I thought they were a great addition to the novel and I’m pleased to see they continue to play a part in the wider series.  One way to look a them would be the grey in-between the Imperium’s light and Horus’ darkness.

As for the enemies in the book, you are never quite sure who the enemy is! The population the imperials are trying to force compliance on are almost entirely incidental and play a background role to the subterfuge.

In conclusion, whether you enjoy the Horus Heresy, 40k or even general sci-fi, then this is a must-read book

  • Best character – John Grammaticus
  • Best battle sequence – The Nurthene all-out assault on the Imperials
  • Best non-battle part – The Alpha Legion meeting the Conclave
  • Primarch Count – 2…

#8 – Battle for the Abyss by Ben Counter

This is Ben Counter’s final Horus Heresy book and one, against a lot of popular opinion, that I really enjoyed. The criticism I have seen for the book mainly centres around what the point of it is.  The story appears unconnected to most of the wider arc, although it does link to Calth it is a rather tenuous link. This mistake shouldn’t detract from what is a rather enjoyable read though.

The story is about a rag-tag group of astartes from different legions hunting down a ship called the Furious Abyss, a huge Word Bearers warship.  The Abyss’ target is Ultramar and to link in with the wider Word Bearer’s assault on Calth. The story becomes a chase through space, with the rag-tag group trying to slow down and then destroy the Abyss.

I did enjoy the composition of the rag-tag group with Ultramarines, Space Wolves, a Thousand Son and a World Eater.  Horus’ rebellion isn’t common knowledge yet so all of the group are able to work together.  Their interactions are one of the main highlights in the book.  We also get to see the Word Bearers properly for the first time in the series and as expected, they come across as zealots.

Overall I enjoyed the book; although it isn’t the best black library or Horus Heresy novel I’ve read it definitely isn’t the worst either. I would read it for completeness’ sake for the HH series but also if you fancy something a little bit different and simpler to some of the far more complicated HH books.

  • Best character – Cestus
  • Best battle sequence – Mhotep vs Wsoric
  • Best non-battle part – Gathering members of very different legions for the mission
  • Primarch Count – 0

 

#9 – Mechanicum by Graham McNeill

Mechanicum tells the story of the beginnings of Mars’ rebellion against the Imperium and the origins of the Dark Mechanicum.  If nothing else, the main interest in the book is one of the first novels that has focused on the mechanicum in any significant detail.  Understanding how the organisation worked and the geography of Mars was a big plus with this book.

The story focuses mainly on Dalia Cythera, who has been taken to Mrs to help the mistress of the Magma City, Koriel Zeth, on an important project.  She works together with a group of others with particular skills and their struggles with the project provide a good background to other events happening on Mars.

As well as Dalia, there are sub-plots with the simmering tensions between the Titan Legions Tempestus (loyal to the Imperium) and Morits (who serve with Horus). The promise of titans duelling it out is always a plus for me!  Another sub-plot follow the Knights of Taranis who try to mediate between the Legios but also follows the hunt of two knights for an AI war-robot (better than I’ve made it sound). The final sub-plot is around the higher political machinications of the Mechanicum, all the way to the Fabricator General and his thirst for knowledge.

Despite the myriad of sub-plots, many of which that intertwine, the book does come together very well and is a really good read.  As with Legion it is one I struggled to put down.  It also works well as a stand-alone novel but many of the threads are explored in further HH novels and also tie back to some of the previous ones.

  • Best character – Probably just me but I had a soft spot for Fabricator Locum Kane
  • Best battle sequence – The battle for Magma City
  • Best non-battle part – Revelations at the end
  • Primarch Count – 1 – Rogal Dorn