Saturday, May 28, 2011

Movie Review: Deathwatch (2002)

I often get asked what sort of source material one turns to for inspiration for Tannhauser scenarios, characters, or stories, and the truth is often I’m not sure. Tannhauser doesn’t have a comic book like Dust, no novels like Warhammer, and no TV shows like a Game of Thrones. So, where does one turn, well you have to take it where you can get it, and I recently had the pleasure to find a very Tannhauser-esque movie. This will be my first movie review, so don’t be to hard on me.

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Deathwatch was released in 2002, but I only recently saw it. I have to say it was overall a very Tannhauser feeling film. It takes place during World War One and focuses on a British squad trapped behind enemy lines in a German trench, and their not sure how they got there.

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The film is well acted and stars a variety of good UK actors. I have to say Andy Serkis is the stand out and his portrayal of a soldier driven mad by the war, is unnerving and yet you can’t turn away.

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It a very good movie, but in some places the low budget shows, but this is far outweighed by the feeling of being in a WW1 trench, caked with mud and blood. In fact if you cut out all of the supernatural element, it would feel like a documentary on the trials of WW1 and what it’s like to be in the trenches, to go over the top, and be shelled at night.

I defiantly recommend seeing it, and luckily it’s available from Netflix, Hulu, and you can watch it here on the IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi61212441/. Because of it’s (R) rating you will need an IMDB login to watch it.

If you give it a look, be sure to comment here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tannhauser Semi-Modular Map: A Concept

I’ve messing around today with the idea of a new Tannhauser modular map much like the one I made before, but the truth is the Path-finding system and a true modular map don’t really play well together. So, I started thinking how can we make Path-finding and modular maps friends? Well the answer is semi-modular maps. Now I didn’t invent semi-modular maps, any game that has a modular board where at least one major part is always in the same place is a semi-modular map.

See more after the jump…

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Condensed History of the Great War

Today I’m presenting a condensed version of the Great War of the Tannhauser universe. This is compiled from the FFG version of Tannhauser and the original TOY editions. It will encompass as much details as possible, but while much of this information is cannon it is still subject to change.

It all begins after the jump…

Thursday, May 19, 2011

And Then There Were Four

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Now, we have four factions, or do we have two? The new “allied forces” rules are still a little murky but we know we’ll be seeing these factions in mixed teams more and more.

But that’s not my main topic for the day, today I’m going to indulge in a little far out speculation. Now, I won’t be saying this is what I think is coming, but just what I might like to see.

It’s all that and a html table, after the jump.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Shogunate

FFG just announced today a set of new Tannhauser expansions to further deplete my daughter’s college fund. These new expansion are very special as the are the tip of a new faction called the Shogunate. This is a Japanese faction, combining elements of World War II Japan, with the feel of the post “Warring States” era.

There’s much much more after the jump…

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mythopoeia May 2011

Hey all, sorry for the long delay between updates here but I’ve been hard at work updating the Tannhauser Mythopoeia.

And here it is the new May 2011 Edition, 110 pages fully updated for all the FFG 2011 Tannhauser releases. Link below:

Tannhauser Mythopoeia May 2011 Ed.

In other news I will be working on some new videos in the near future, but my time has been extremely limited, it’s almost summer and I have a 2 year old at home, so not a lot of gaming time right now.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Token of the Month

This month’s bonus token celebrates Mother’s Day, sort of…

Mother Russia

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Regardless of whatever government controls them; the Russian people have always been truly patriotic and proud of their country and people.

Ability • Each friendly character on the board adds one die to any roll they make. However they discard the lowest number rolled, this way they do not gain extra successes.

Due to the number of holidays this month, I may make some more tokens to fill in for the lack of any other content forthcoming, I just can’t seem to find the time these days.