If you have never heard of the Viking period game called Hneftafl, you are in for a treat. If you have heard of it, or even played it, you're in for one anyway, because this might get you back around the board, saving or dooming the king, drinking mead by the fire as the dogs worry a bone in the rushes at your feet.

Following is a piece I initially wrote a little more than four years ago but which I have updated and expanded in response to our recent "d-Infinity Live!" episode on Vermin, to include recapping some of my comments during the show. 

One of the fun things about medieval fantasy is that characters often don't know very much about biology, and can get into a great deal of trouble by trying to correct this.

I love a good character sheet. I have said before that one of the main factors that will swing my decision as to whether or not I purchase an RPG is the layout of the character sheet. It is a great way to show a snapshot of the game, even without any stats. A quick glance will usually tell me if I'm going to find a game that's my cup of tea or not.

Out of all the many dangers inherent in dragon-slaying, nobody ever stops to worry about salmonella.

This past week, by virtue of some unusual free time and an inconvenient unavailability of the people I would normally spend it with, I've been spending some time playing Civilization V. I have a mixed relationship with Civ V, because its predecessor, Civ IV, is among my favourite video games of all time, and I can't help but compare them.