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Xathrodox86 reviews: "Watchers in Death" by David Annandale

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Do you want Deathwatch? Cause that's how we got Deathwatch! In the 9th entry in "The Beast Arises" series, David Annandale explains how the iconic, elite, xeno-fighting force was originally established. At the end of the previous book, "The Beast Must Die", the forces of the Imperium have been devastated. The Orks turned out to be a much bigger threat than originally anticipated, and so Lord Commander Koorland decided to level the odds a bit. He knows that to fight the greenskin menace head on is basically a suicide, so he orders the formation of elite kill-teams. Clad in the black of mourning, these strike squads prove to be very effective against the Orks, but will their expertise be sufficent enough in defeating the xenos once and for all?
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, "Watchers in Death" finally gives us the origin story for the Deathwatch, Ordo Xenos' super special fighting force, although in this book they're not yet serving under the Inqu…

Dancing on the edge of a new life

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A small upadte from me, as I'm getting ready for my flight to Armenia. In a few days from now I'll be starting a new chapter of my life. In less than a week I'm getting married. Not gonna lie, I am stressed a bit, but also insanely happy. This will be a whole new experience, and I'm very, very glad to share it with the woman of my life. Life's good sometimes!
Given the importance of this event I wanted to also take stock of my hobby endeavors, and to thank a couple of people, without whom I would not be where I am today.
First of all I want to thank my beloved fiancee, Lia. You're the best that ever happened to me baby, never forget about that. I love you forever and a day.
I wanted to thank Marcin and Krzysiek for sticking with me for the last decade. Without you guys I would probably not remained in this fantastic hobby, and it's great to have you as my wingmen. I also wanted to thank Czarek and Mateusz, two new fantastic players in our group. You're…

Xathrodox86 reviews: "Templar" by John French

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After reviewing the dreadful "Mordheim: Warband Skirmish" mobile game, I've decided to go for something that actually brings me joy. Something which I hold in high esteem. Something written by one of Black Library's best authors. First of all - welcome to the new "It always rains in Nuln". At least to the new layout, as it is still the same, old blog, run by the same, old geezer. I hope that you'll find this new look better and easier on the eyes (something that quite a lot of people complained about, when it came to the old layout).
As for this post's main topic: "Templar" by John French is one of the best Horus Heresy stories ever written. I've listened to it at least half a dozen times (I'm a huge audiobook enthusiast and the Heresy saga really gains a lot in audio format), and it was always a pure pleasure. What's the secret behind this title?
Sigismund, First Captain of the Imperial Fists legion, has been disgraced in the…

Xathrodox86 reviews: "Mordheim: Warband Skirmish" (don't play this game!)

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That's it. I've finally hit rock bottom. I've decided to review a friggin' mobile game... and a shitty one at that. Why are you people still following me? Seriously? All right, all right - let's be completely honest. For some time now I've been suffering what one might call a "writer's block". I don't know what to write about! I do have a bunch of book reviews in my head, as well as a couple of articles about the Adepta Sororitas (shout out to Sami who suggested this on Twitter), but still, I'm kinda burned out. I'm getting ready for my wedding, which is also a lot of work and stress, so there is also that, but still... I need to let off some steam, and what better way to do that, than review a shitty mobile game!

"Mordheim: Warband Skirmish" is a 2017 tactical mobile game, created by the Legendary Games studio and released for iOS, Android and Amazon. It's a mobile version of the "Mordheim: City of the Damned"…

Xathrodox86 reviews: "The Beast Must Die" by Gav Thorpe

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The ploth thickens. The Imperium finally takes the fight to the greenskins, but the Beast has more than one surprise in its armored sleeve. Mankind has enough of Ork's tomfoolery and decided that it's time to strike back. With Vulkan on board, and the High Lords pacified, at least for some time, the brave defenders of the Imperium set out towards Ullanor, the seat of Beast's power, to slay the vile fiend once and for all.
This is Gav Thorpe's second entry in "The Beast Arises" series, and I gotta say - it's really solid. There's almost zero politics. Instead we get a non-stop action with humanity finally getting tired of the greenskins, and deciding to take the fight to their world, which was once the same planet upon which Horus became the Warmaster.
From the very first chapter we see that the main hero of the book will be Vulkan himself. He's not his usual "hugging" self, however. This is Vulkan after a millenia and a half of lonely e…