Monthly Archives: October 2016

Civilization Battle Royale: The Novel, Chapter 3 – The Primum War

Chapter 3 of the Civilization Battle Royale novel is indeed out. This chapter is entitled “The Primum War”. now hosts up-to-date PDFs and eBook formats of the novel- you can read the whole book in one place for free over on the page for the project.

Civilization Battle Royale: The Novel, Chapter 2 – Tasman Relations

Hi there folks, slightly early today on account of me heading out this evening during the normal launch window. Chapter 2 of the novel, Tasman Relations for your reading pleasure. As always, the latest chapter is available over on the page for the project. Note that Britain’s clocks go back an hour on October 30th, so the next release will be at 18:00 GMT rather than BST.


Review: The Wheel of Time

Where to begin? There are no beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time. Summarising this was never going to be easy, but here we go. In Tolkien-esque fashion, history fades to myth, myth fades to legend- but because time is circular in the Wheel of Time, legend fades to prophecy because the age that gave birth to it will one day come again.

Our civilization will continue to advance as the wheel rolls on, our civilization one day discovering magic and entering into a period known as “The Age of Legends”, with unprecedented prosperity and peace for mankind. Ultimately the Age of Legends will end in catastrophe, with mankind discovering an imprisoned source of energy known as “The True Power”, breaking the seal on the prison and ultimately releasing the Dark One and his power into the world. In the ensuing war, mankind became scattered and divided, the very continents thrown apart and civilization left in ruin. The Dark One was ultimately cast back into his prison by a man known as the Dragon, but at terrible cost.

The survivors of this conflict were reduced to swords and hand tools- but retained a limited knowledge of magic. These last people attempt to rebuild the world with what little they have and their fragments of the lost knowledge from the age before- while knowing that one day the Dragon will be reborn, the Dark One’s prison will give way, and the world will be plunged into chaos once again.

For those of you who have yet to read the Wheel of Time, my my. The series started with the release of The Eye of the World in 1990, and rapidly evolved into one of the most detailed fantasy worlds in all of literature. The author Robert Jordan tragically passed away in 2007, leaving extensive notes for the final installments which would be completed by Brandon Sanderson. With the posthumous conclusion of A Memory of Light in 2013, the epic cycle was completed, and dear god is it a good read. One of the best series I have ever read, and a strong recommendation to any fantasy lovers out there.

Civilization Battle Royale: The Novel, Chapter 1 – Daybreak over Afrika

Chapter 1 of the Civilization Battle Royale novel is indeed out. now hosts up-to-date PDFs and eBook formats of the novel- you can read the whole book in one place for free over on the page for the project.

Finally, a big shout out to the mighty Dawkinzz, who has made an impressive audiobook version of the prologue! You can view that over here:

Personally, I found the audio absolutely amazing. I listened to it on my lunch break at work today, and found myself unable to stop grinning for the remainder of the day.

Site overhaul, first Civilization Battle Royale Chapter tomorrow


The first chapter of Civilization Battle Royale: The Novel launches tomorrow, hot on the heels of the prologue last week. From here on out, I’ll be hosting eBook editions of the full novel on here, updated each week. Ahead of this launch, I’ve redesigned the books page, inspired somewhat by Brandon Sanderson’s website- and my my, it looks nice.

Civilization Battle Royale Novel

coversmallGreetings folks. A new project emerges- I’m going to be handling the official (free!) novelization of Civilization: Battle Royale.

The novel will be posted online for free, chapter by chapter over the coming weeks. The prologue was launched Wednesday 12th, and you can read that here. From there we will do a chapter every Wednesday. For those who haven’t heard of Civilization: Battle Royale, it’s a simulation that has 61 AIs battling it out for global domination using all the economic, political, religious and military might civilization can offer, running on Sid Meier’s Civilization V. They’ve been fighting for over a year and are still at it- and now I will be bringing the novelization into being. Delicious politics, gritty warfare and all of the chaotic goings-on of our beautiful world.

Don’t you worry about this delaying my other projects like Tales from Aquis, those are still very much at the fore and have been racing ahead. I recently completed a full proof-read of Aquis, and have all kinds of juicy ideas bubbling up for that one.