stuart gardner

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Warhammer Invasion Lcg: Hidden Kingdoms Deluxe Exp&hellip by Fantasy Flight Games
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invasion's last stand, 4 Dec 2013
This is the latest and, apparently, the last expansion to Fantasy Flight's card game Warhammer Invasion. As is usual with the deluxe expansions this contains 3 copies of approx 50 new cards. The main thrust of this expansion is to allow races that have previously been used as allies to have armies in their own right. The races in question are Lizardmen and Wood Elves for order and Skaven and Undead for destruction. There are also a couple of cards each for the 6 other established races. As a bonus there is a card, usable by any race, designed by the FFG Warhammer Invasion world champion. From a few plays the cards seem well balanced with no obvious flaws or confusion in their wording. One… Read more
Thor Epic Collection: War of the Pantheons by Tom  Defalco
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Say Thee Yay!, 12 Nov 2013
This a fine addition to Marvel's Epic range, once again collecting a less well known story arc. This book comprises the stories which immediately followed the end of Walt Simonson's highly regarded run on the comic. Inevitably, these stories suffer by comparison but are still solid stories, well worthy of a Thor fan's time. The first three issues are fill in issues and as such are the least interesting stories in this set but its good to see them collected for completists. the first is a flashback to Secret Wars - as that mini-series was my introduction to Marvel I have a soft spot for anything connected to it. Next comes an odd story set in a possible future where a young mullet wearing… Read more
Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of M&hellip by Jon Wiederhorn
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4.0 out of 5 stars None More Metal, 5 Nov 2013
This is an extremely comprehensive oral history of Heavy Metal, from the numerous contenders for the origin of the term heavy metal to the present day splintering into many subgenres. For me the first few chapters were the most interesting, covering the rise of Black Sabbath and their contempories, followed by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. the focus then switches across to America as we witness the development of the power metal bands and the rise of Thrash. All the major players are quoted (archive interviews provide quotes from the all too many metal musicians who are no longer with us). Particularly eye opening is a fascinating insight into the notorious Norwegian Black Metal… Read more