Babes, bikes, and Terminators riding dinosaurs. Uh...and also, movie and music reviews and discussion--including who the ugly dude that serves as Barnes' avatar is--can also be found here. And sharks. Sharks with frickin' laser beams.
M MattDP Updated January 28, 2015 5174 0
Thwack. Board Games The latest game I covered on Shut Up & Sit Down is the second in the Band of Brothers series, Ghost Panzer. I passed on the first one because it sounded more than slightly unlikely: you don't get historically realistic tactics by making a game simpler. That's totally not going to work, except here, where it works beautifully. The only problem is that it's almost too accurate, forcing you to re-use the same strategic approach over and over again. But there's still plenty of tactics to puzzle over, and I...
BB Black Barney Updated January 28, 2015 4027 0
It is time once again to recount what I believe to be the best ten movies of 2013. I’m pleased that I am getting this article out before the Oscars this time around since often it can seem anti-climatic if my number one pick ends up winning best picture (like last year with Argo). What started off as an abysmal year in terms of quality of movies (by the end of the summer, I had only seen one movie worth talking about), I am pleased that by year’s end, all ten entries in the list are excellent films (especially...
M MattDP Updated January 28, 2015 6178 0
Thirteen isn't the unluckiest number when it's delivering you a pre-Halloween payload of bolt thrower goodness. Limbs everywhere! Board Games This month's review on Shut Up & Sit Down is GMT's bastard stepchild of the block genre, Sekigahara. It's a fascinating game, with large amounts of muscular history rippling attractively beneath a thin skin of rules. There's a lot to like about it, from the faultless presentation to the wonderful mix of strategy and bluffing and it's so accessible that it's already seen lots of table time round here, and there wil certainly be more...
B BradHB Updated January 28, 2015 3642 0
Brad and Ömer review "Ottoman Sunset: The Great War in the East 1914-1918" from Victory Point Games
Bolt Thrower #Hash - Twilight Struggle, Card Hunter, Mark of the Ninja, Chainsaw Warrior, Dice+, Kendrick Lamar Hot
M MattDP Updated January 28, 2015 3675 0
It's hash time! Bully beef and yorkshire puddings. Board Games So you might remember my last Shut Up & Sit Down column ended with a cliffhanger about the relevance of card-driven wargames? Well the thrilling conclusion is here and it also kind of includes a review of Twilight Struggle. If you want the spoilers, Quintin & I agreed that card driven games were great for high-level games that included a lot of politics, but perhaps less so for closer scale boots on the ground combat simulations. And Twilight Struggle is superb...
B BradHB Updated January 28, 2015 3235 0
Brad and Ömer stupidly attempt to build a working crossbow.
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Claymore Division presents reviews of Simon Scarrow's new release "Arena", Peter Tsouras' "Disaster at D-Day", and Henry Hyde's "The Wargaming Compendium" "Disaster at D-Day" and "The Wargaming Compendium" are both available now from www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
M MattDP Updated July 05, 2018 3400 0
Well, life's thrown me a wrong 'un that looks and feels a lot more like a war machine-sized spear than a cricket ball. Although I can tell you from experience that they hurt too.
Claymore Division: Book Reviews: "The Nazi Occult", "Myths and Legends: Thor" and "Catch That Tiger"
B BradHB Updated January 28, 2015 3200 0
In this book review edition of Claymore Division, Brad and Ömer rate and discuss "The Nazi Occult", "Myths and Legends: Thor" and "Catch That Tiger".
Bolt Thrower #[Insert numeric pun] – Guns of Gettysburg, A Brief History of the World, Cubetractor, Classical Warfare, Electronica Hot
M MattDP Updated August 30, 2018 3618 0
[Insert siege engine related pun here] Board Games The latest piece of mine to have slithered onto Shut Up & Sit down is a review of Bowen Simmon’s long-awaited Guns of Gettysburg. It’s good, very good, with the usual mixture of design creativity, weighty strategy and brilliantly abstracted history we’ve come to expect from Bowen. But I don’t think it’s as good as his previous offerings. It runs pretty long and is more complex, for starters, and that’s no small issue given the steep learning curve of his highly procedural...