Deadloque (1st Ed)
As Flintloque gets more and more popular, Mac at Alternative has done the decent thing and got us a supplement to spend our monies on. Whereas Flintloque as based around the Peninsular War, Deadloque is centred on the Winter War in Russia.
For your money you get a 32 page rulebook (in a similar vein to Flintloque), six Elven personalities and ten Undead figures.
First the rules for the Undead, they are dead good (no pun intended). Forget all those other rules youve used where the Undead fall to pieces at the first sight of a sword and the only way to win was to have hundreds and hundreds of skeletons (and them some...) The Undead in Deadloque are dead good (pun intended this time). They will not fall down easily, and as demonstrated in the SFSFWs Deadloque game at Salute, only rapid musket fire and close-combat will eventually get them to lie down...
Flintloques emphasis on character development is continued with Deadloque, but with the Undead we are truly talking about character deterioration as they gradually forget and disintegrate... The Undead equivalent of the Provost is the Kommisariat Graviski Bureov, geddit...
In the rules you will also find an Undead Morale Check Table, which differs somewhat from Flintloque with, a lot of confusion going on.
As with Flintloque you also get sixteen miniatures, six Elven characters, and I must say how much I liked the Elven Lancer (minus his mount, shot from under him during the retreat). The Elves in winter clothing (long greatcoats and scarves) look defeated and miserable (just as you would be forced to retreat in the snow and hordes of Undead after you (even if some of them fall apart before they reach you)). The Undead comprise zombies, skeletons, a KGB officer and wonderful vampyre, Dracsul. Beautifully sculptured and well-cast miniatures, they really are worth buying Deadloque just for them.
If you like Flintloque and are looking for new challenges and ideas, then go out and buy Deadloque, its dead good.
Review by James F Clay
Since this review was written, Alternative Armies was bought by Crescent City Industries and then by Alector, and they have since then released a new version of Deadloque which includes the full upgraded second edition Flintloque rules as well as the sixteen miniatures mentioned in this review.
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