I finished reading Bernard Cornwall’s “Death of Kings” novel last night. Good fun, just don’t get it confused with history, the author does point out in the afterword what is history and what is fiction based on history. Every time I read one of these saxon tales I’m sorely tempted to play a game of Shieldwall or Pigs & Glory…then I remember that I only have a single Metalmagic Viking mini. Some day I’ll invest in some boxes of Saxons and Danes and do a historical painting and gaming project.
In other news, my son received a copy of the “Zombies” board-game by Twilight Creations with the “School’s Out” expansion as his Dance Recital gift. We played a few games and I was trounced both times through a combination of aggressive play-style and hanging on to crucial event cards. It’s well-designed game and the game components are really good quality so if you’re into Survival Horror games or just enjoy grim humor I do recommend this Zombies.
On a personal note, I’ve always said I’m not into Horror movies or gore-fests, they bore me, but I have watched every zombie movie ever made. I think it’s because I like to be able to make an informed judgement about the quality of zombie films. The better ones are the ones that don’t concentrate on the gore but instead on the human condition and how it handles stress in impossible circumstances, which is why I enjoy “The Walking Dead” series. The effects are well done and the stories are quite striking in their emotional impact. I know other nerds freak out and get their knickers in a bunch over how the tv series is different than the comics, and they should be different; they’re different mediums. And if they were the same, why would anyone watch if they already knew the endings? No suspense there.