Author Archives: Alasdair

Bottled Scorpions: For Want of a Nail… by Robert Sobel

“What if the American War of Independence had failed?” is one of the great stock prompts for alternate history writers, but For Want of a Nail… If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga (1973) is undoubtedly one of the most unique … Continue reading

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The Eltingville Club and the Horror of Fandom

At the end of The Eltingville Club, Dark Horse’s 2016 compilation of the titular club’s twenty-odd years of misadventure and mayhem, creator Evan Dorkin pulls back the curtain to discuss the impetus for the club’s creation. Back in 1994, Dorkin’s … Continue reading

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More Of A Minor Nuisance, Really: H. G. Wells’ The Holy Terror

The Holy Terror has become a forgotten novel. It’s not hard to understand why; it’s a novel about a wannabe fascist dictator who takes over the world that had the grave misfortune to be published in 1939, when the public … Continue reading

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Burgundian Lullaby – Some Thoughts on The New Order: Last Days of Europe

(I wish to preface this post by saying that the following should not be considered a proper review of The New Order: Last Days of Europe. I have never played the mod or vanilla Hearts of Iron IV, and I … Continue reading

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Blurring the Design: Black Mesa Versus Half-Life

I adore Half-Life. Ever since I stepped into the shoes of Gordon Freeman for the first time during my undergraduate days in the mid-2000s, I’ve long considered Valve Software’s inaugural 1998 title to fully deserve its reputation as a classic … Continue reading

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Playing Fallout: New Vegas, Part III: The DLC Stories, With a Particular Focus on Lonesome Road

This is the final part of my long ramble about Fallout: New Vegas, in which I take a moment to look briefly at the DLC stories. There are four DLC stories for Fallout: New Vegas, all of which were built … Continue reading

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Playing Fallout: New Vegas, Part II: The Major Players and the Changing Face of the Wasteland

This is the second part of my long-winded ramble about Fallout: New Vegas. Here I will be blathering on at ridiculous length about the major factions in the game, how they appear and operate, and how the wasteland as a … Continue reading

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Playing Fallout: New Vegas, Part I: A Long-Winded Introduction

This post really got away from me. I ended up writing it on and off over the course of a week, and it turned into a gargantuan ramble far bigger than anything I’ve ever put up on this blog. To … Continue reading

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Be Seeing You, Friendo: Paratopic

Paratopic is the first game produced by Arbitrary Metric, a three-person collab of Tangiers dev Jessica Harvey, freelance developer and critic GB “Doc” Buford, and Lazzie “BeauChaotica” Brown handling the audio and composing the soundtrack. I first played the game … Continue reading

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Old England: Pavane, by Keith Roberts

It has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get around to Pavane. Back when I was getting into alternate history in my callow high school days , I assimilated this idea that Pavane was one of the three great … Continue reading

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