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Introducing Clash of Fans week

Starting with mud and cards.

Video games are so complex and rich and filled with promise that they can sometimes seem a bit daunting. If you're anything like me, you probably have a few genres you stick with and a few games that you return to often. Staying close to your favourites can be very comforting. It can be nice to become a sort of expert at something.

But what happens if you venture out a little? That's the idea behind a series we're running this week called Clash of Fans. The idea is simple: two of us on the editorial team will get together (virtually) and swap favourite games. Then we have to play the game we've been given and have a follow-up chat regarding what we made of it all. It's a chance to burst our own bubbles. We hope it will be fun for you to read about.

First up, Bertie asked me to play CR Projekt Red's Thronebreaker, and I asked him to play Spintires. Medieval card-battling and Soviet trucks wallowing in mud. How could this go wrong?

(You can read the rest of the articles in our Clash of Fans series now.)

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