Friday, 27 June 2014

Welcome to the Apocalypse!

I run a couple of other blogs, and I have run a couple of Post Apocalyptic gaming reviews on them, but they have never really been a good fit (Model Making, Steampunk Gaming and Pulp Gaming).
I have always been attracted to the Post Apocalyptic genre (PA from here on...), whether it be book, movies, occasionally comics, or in this case, games. So I felt it was about time I set up this blog, to look at all aspects of PA gaming. Board games, Role Playing Games, Skirmish wargames, miniatures etc. I will also cover some good reference material, whether it be books, movies, comics or TV shows. The one thing I will not be covering is computer games. I don't play computer games. It is a subject I know very little about (I believe the Fallout series of games are very good and in a PA setting). Of course if anyone would like to write a guest article about the PA computer games I would certainly consider running it...

The genre as a whole is quite a diverse one, it can cover ecological (No Blade of Grass, One Man's Island, The Road, The Ultimate Warrior), man-made extinction events (the original Planet of the Apes movies, Survivors, The Last Train, Jeremiah, most of the Zombie sub-genre i.e. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil: Extinction etc.) and on, of course, to war. Be it nuclear, biological or even alien invasion (the film of Damnation Alley, Mad Max, Defiance, Falling Skies). Most PA stories are set in modern times or the fairly near future, and deal with modern, civilised people re-establishing a medieval or tribal hunter gatherer lifestyle. There are others though, that deal with life much further down the road, where things are picking up again and society is trying re-establishing itself or has evolved in a new direction (the book Damnation Alley, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Horseclans books, The Lost Future, the forthcoming role playing game Fragged Empire, and I suppose you could even include the Judge Dredd stories in this category...).

OK, so we have established that this is a widely divergent genre. However, there is also another way to look at it. Some creators take a serious look at a possible future, with examinations of, and reflections on, modern life (The Road, A Canticle for Leibowitz, On The Beach, No Blade of Grass, Survivors) where as most are either out and out action stories, or even pure pulp...

As I review different games and materials I will try to classify it (I haven't finalised a system yet, but I am sure it will evolve as I get into the blog...), this will break down into things like Tribal, Zombie, Survivalist, Near-Future, Far- Future etc. In fact, if you have any suggestions on that one O would appreciate them.

A few of the games I will be looking at over the next few
months will include, Fragged Empire, Wreck-Age, Across the Dead Earth, Zombies, Thunder Road, Mutants and Death Ray Guns and Wastelands3. I do have others as well and there are plenty of miniatures that I plan to take a look at. If you would like me to look at something in particular, or just bring it to my attention, please let me know...

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