Pillars of Eternity

Released in 2015, Pillars of Eternity was inspired by Bioware’s classic Baldur’s Gate games which revived isometric RPGs in a pausable real-time format, followed by other Black Isle Studios titles based on the same Infinity Engine, in particular Planescape: Torment. For lack of a willing publisher Pillars of Eternity was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Its … Continue reading “Pillars of Eternity”

Sony DSC-HX90: Pocket Ultrazoom

Having concluded that long telephotos on a full-frame camera are really quite awkward, I decided to check out current offerings in the small-sensor market. Some models can achieve a full-frame equivalent zoom of nearly 1000 mm, as the small sensor effectively crops out the center of an imaginary full-frame shot. Many compact cameras look and … Continue reading “Sony DSC-HX90: Pocket Ultrazoom”

Through the Ages Review

Through the Ages is the eagerly awaited digital adaptation of Vlaada Chváti’s card behemoth which in turn is basically Sid Meier’s Civilization but with cards. Through the Ages is available for both iOS and Android. I’ve mostly played on iPad Pro where the app is just about perfect from a technical perspective: beautiful, responsive, easy … Continue reading “Through the Ages Review”

Asmodee Digital Roundup

Asmodee Digital is the video game publishing arm of French board & card game specialist Asmodee. After numerous acquisitions, Asmodee controls an impressive stable of popular games. Asmodee Digital has been steadily converting them to digital form, as well as publishing some notable third-party games. Many of my favorite iOS board game ports, as well … Continue reading “Asmodee Digital Roundup”

Colt Express Review

Colt Express is Asmodee’s digital adaptation of the eponymous Ludonaute game whose website also offers the PDF rulebook for download in various languages. To get the technicalities out of the way, Colt Express is available for iOS, Android & Steam. I’ve played the iOS version (on iPad) which is up to Asmodee’s usual high standards. … Continue reading “Colt Express Review”

The Battle of Polytopia

Tired of the feature bloat in PC strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization VI? Midjiwan’s mobile 4x title The Battle of Polytopia is the perfect antidote. Called “Super Tribes” on release in early 2016 and reviewed under that name at Pocket Tactics, Polytopia continues to be supported by its developer and has recently received a … Continue reading “The Battle of Polytopia”

Windows 10 “Creators Update”

The latest big feature update for Windows 10 has been released, entitled “Creators Update” (version 1703) due to several new applications for creating, viewing, and printing 3D models. That sounds great but Paint 3D seems more like a toy than a tool at this point. I could find no way to show or input measurements, … Continue reading “Windows 10 “Creators Update””

Dell & Alienware Reliability Issues

I just had two Dell systems unexpectedly fail on me that I had previously written good reviews for. This is something one unfortunately cannot anticipate until it happens. I’m updating both original reviews with links to this post, as in view of this lack of reliability I can no longer recommend these products: Dell XPS … Continue reading “Dell & Alienware Reliability Issues”

Sony Alpha 7R II Review

In February 2016 I traded in my Sony Alpha 7R for the new and improved successor model, the Sony Alpha 7R II. So far I had not posted a comprehensive review but rather sprinkled several remarks among the gallery posts I had used it for. Today I’ll aggregate these remarks with some additional information. First, … Continue reading “Sony Alpha 7R II Review”