Comicbook style pugilism is at the heart of Smash Up, which is termed a "shufflebuilding" game.
The premise is simple, 2-4 players choose two of eight faction decks comprised of about 20 cards, shuffle them together and then off you go. The decks themselves represent entities such as "Pirates", "Wizards", "Dinosaurs" etc, each having a particular style or effect, with the replay value coming from the fact that there are a number of different possibilities, meaning that each time you play, you'll need to calibrate your strategy and tactics according to the faction's strengths and weaknesses.
Each deck is made up of minions and actions and you can play one of each per… Read more
When one thinks about the disasters of the 20th century, we tend to focus on the conflagration of the Second World War - where the Nazis systematically murdered with surgical precision via a series of death camps, 6 million Jews. His erstwhile ally and then enemy, Stalin, who himself was no stranger to genocide, once remarked "one person's death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic" - a horrific quote, but when we are faced with such a barrage of numbers, it is perhaps inevitable that our ability to personalize or at least humanize such an thought is lost to the winds of time.
Frank Dikotter's book concentrates on "The Great Leap Forward" of 1958-62, Mao's relentless… Read more
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You'll never buy another Vacuum cleaner, 13 Sep 2012
They say "buy cheap, buy twice" and if there's any household item that rings true with this statement, it's the humble vacuum cleaner. At over £200 you may think that it's a lot of money, but with a 10 year warranty available for just £30, the Miele Cat & Dog is one of those sundry goods that once purchased, you'll think "WHY didn't I buy one of these five years ago?", especially as you take out your broken, dust-filled previous cleaner to the dustbin.
It's an extremely powerful vacuum cleaner with a robust, light feel to it. Some may prefer the cylindrical feel of the Dysons et al, but the Miele is easy to store, clean and makes very little noise compared to other models. We… Read more