Nephrite Games is ran by Rolo, a guy who enjoys tabletop and classic computer games. This blog is mainly about my own personal projects, but I also post information about upcoming wargaming releases and news from within the retro-gaming community.
Current Major Project: FRAG FRAG is a tabletop battle game in a dark universe inspired by 90s first person shooters. The latest version is available here.
The Cacowards are the best source of quality levels and gameplay mods for Doom. Anyone who wants to expand their experience of Doom engine gameplay should look there for the best mods and levels. That isn’t to say that it covers all quality content, but it’s certainly a good start.
Special mention for the 2x upscaling project – a project that uses multiple AIs in tandem to redraw the Doom sprites at double the resolution.
This is a trailer for Sonic Robo Blast 2 ver. 2.2.
SRB2 is a mod for Doom that creates a unique 3D Sonic game in the style of the older games. Honestly, it’s probably the best Sonic has ever been in 3D. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect (3d Sonic sets a low bar). The controls have always been too slippery for my liking which makes precision platforming a pain.
It’s nice to see this mod getting some love. It’s over two decades old (originally created in 1998), and it was a technical marvel (for the Doom engine) when it came out. The new release looks like it has added a lot of impressive new effects (destructible terrain using polyobjects!) and I’m looking forward to trying this.
15mm gaming has become increasing popular at my local club, with games like Flames of War and Team Yankee being especially popular. But I am a weirdo who likes to explore obscure rulesets and create my own games where I can.
I also have a resin 3d printer. This combined birthed a nice little mini-project.
The current total is 9 Abrams (the basis for Command and Conquer’s medium tank) , 2 Mammoth tanks, 3 stealth tanks, 2 flame tanks, some prototype M24 Chaffee (the basis for Red Alert and Command and Conquer’s light tank sprite). I’ve also made a massive set of Tiberium terrain and spore towers. It’s been very difficult getting some of this to print but I’ve relished the challenge.
I would like to restate that this is a mini-project. I am doing a quick army list book for the Critical Mass rules with no major changes. Along I was mulling a mass battle 6mm to 15mm sci-fi game after FRAG, I don’t want to let this district me from FRAG anymore than it has.
On 20th June, Amid Evil left early access. I’ve owned it for a while, but not played past Episode 4 (of 7).
I have really enjoyed my time playing Amid Evil, but it hasn’t grabbed me as hard as DUSK did. Something about the combat in DUSK feels more polished, and I find the pseudo-realistic level design and atmosphere a little more immersive.
However, it’s still a great retro-FPS throwback. Seven episodes with four levels each, with gameplay that is reminiscent of Heretic. Some of the level design looks absolutely gorgeous, and the designer clearly had fun making crazy patterns in the level editor.
Lately I’ve had my eye on a company called Wargames Atlantic. They’re a US/UK based company producing some sci-fi and fantasy staples in HIPS plastic. They are making their debut with two plastic kits.
For fantasy, they’ve gone with the Skeleton Warriors. No surprises as skeletons are probably the most popular fantasy miniatures kits.
By the looks of things, this kit will be useful for skirmish or regiment play. The skeletons look more classical than pop-fantasy, reminding me of Wargame Factory’s Greek flavoured skeleton kit. However, these look much easier to put together.
For sci-fi, they’re releasing the Raumjager. 28mm scale human infantry with greatcoats, masks, and several suspiciously familiar weapon options. They’ve got an obvious WW2 German look and when combined with the very 40k style weapon options they scream Armageddon Steel Legion.
Again, I’m reminded of Wargames Factory and their Shocktroopers, but the Raumjager look much more crisp and detailed. The reviews that I’ve seen have been positive, one even comparing the level of detail to Games Workshop. I’m unsure about that claim – I haven’t been able to hold one in my hand yet. They certainly do look nice at least.
The above pictures are all from their website. I’ve emailed them asking for more information, but I’ve not been paid to mention them (ha!). I’m just very excited to see someone else enter the generic sci-fi market.
We need more kits like these from more manufacturers. As I stated in my Tomorrow’s War / sandbox gaming post from last year, I believe that tabletop is most fun when the players are able to take ownership of the setting and their troops. Forge the narrative as Games Workshop says. It seems like Wargames Atlantic really want to sell to 40k players, but there’s a wealth of great sci-fi games out there.
Night Dive’s Blood remaster is out. It’s pretty good. It has the full game, cutscenes, all the music, both add-on episodes, and modern day graphics options.
The most important thing, and the reason I’m posting this as an update, is because Night Dive are offering Steam users with a copy of Blood a 50% discount on Fresh Supply, which lowers the cost to a couple of beers.
As a package, if you already have Blood it isn’t much different to running Bloodgdx or Nblood. It is nice to have everything in one place though.
If you’re new to Blood, this is the best way to start playing it. All the files in one place, modern options, and some nice quality of life improvements such as power up timers and easy-to-use custom difficulty (Blood is amazing with hard-mode numbers of monsters but medium or easy-mode aggression/damage).