As much as I like Black Library's new book – Wolf of Sigmar...
... I can't help but notice the cover art is not a wolf at all. They might as well called it...
One of the joys of working at Mantic is that you can play with all the new toys before they're released. Mantic's weekly DreadBall league games had a round of games using the Azure Forest as a special pre-Christmas treat. Nothing says Christmas like tropical jungles.
A sorrow of playtesting is you don't have the finished product – so I made up several sets of the new cards. However the ever-devious Pathfinder Dave Symonds suggested I slip in a few extra...
As that evening we had an uneven number of players, I paired off with Jeremiah (my ill-gotten ginger beer).
I've been puzzling hard over this classic Rogue Trader Medic recently.
Released in June 1988, he comes armed with a lasgun. When the Medics were codified into the White Dwarf 109 (January 1989) Imperial Guard army list they had no option to upgrade their default laspistol to a lasgun.
So, how can you field this model using the White Dwarf 109 army list?
Sod it, just use a different Medic miniature? Ask the GM for a roll on the standard weapons chart for a cost of 3 points? Sub the weapons with the charts in the main Rogue Trader book (as had been the case with the earlier Imperial Guard list in the Book of the Astronomican)? Just play counts as?
Imagine two of your favourite things – combined. Judge Dredd vs Batman. Power Rangers meet Ninja Turtles. Bacon cheeseburgers. Well, two of my favourite things came together when the DreadBall Kickstarter announced the Penny Arcade Gabe MVP.
Maybe Gabe would be a player that transferred from DreadBall's obscure sister-sport, Razordisc. Or maybe he'd suffer an extreme allergic reaction to Ludwig. I even suspected Gabe might be inserted as a Cheerleader (complete with the ability to Dixie Twist).
Here are his official DreadBall rules. As a Jack he's a powerful all-rounder, though his real strength is in his, er, Strength. At 3+ he's a great candidate for violence duties, and Does This Hurt lets him kick people while they're down (in true Gabe fashion).
If you weren't able to get your hands on this hyper-limited edition model through the Kickstarter, then you'll be pleased to know he'll also be available in strictly limited numbers when our Mantic Points programme relaunches, imminently.
Only question is whether we can persuade his heterosexual life-partner Tycho to cameo in the Mantic universe too...
My flagstones have stopped abruptly. There's a swathe of missing archaeology across our trench - a rectangle of excavational woe. The stones of our fort simply stop, and there is only a smattering of small stones. What happened?
Blokes with spades came to the field and took the dressed stone to build some tedious non-Roman buildings. We've not found any claypipes in the robber trench, so we're assuming it's pre-Victorian, perhaps 18–19thC.
But every cloud has a silver lining. Vindolanda is a series of forts built roughly on top of each other - and we can't excavate the earliest forts without destroying the ones on top. So much so that Vindolanda's first fort (built in the time of Domitian) has been barely excavated, and we are just inferring layout from the ditches. The antiquarians who excavated Chesters Roman Fort in 1895 just kept digging until they found something impressive enough to display – destroying the layout of later structures. So when robber trenches come along they let us delve further into the past with impunity.
So down we go. The robber trench is roughly rectangular - and we're trying to find out where they stopped robbing. Here's Amy teasing out its boundaries.
On an unrelated note, the Vindolanda Museum have on display the tombstone of the centurion Titus Annius.
As a small consolation, these stone thieves were only interested in the stones, and tossed back smaller rocks and Roman artefacts. Like knives. Stabby knives. Allowing future archaeologists (like me) to make finds.
This find let me briefly wield the Staff of Recognition - the rangefinding pole used to log discoveries and plot them on a 3D map. It's all reassuringly scifi. As you peel back the layers of history with your trowel and dump them on the spoil heap with the rusted wheelbarrow, you think, "Why is this not all done with cyber-imagery and magno-holography?". So when you finally use something worthy of CSI, like range-finding lasers, it's very refreshing.
PEW PEW LASERS.