tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-71365978790676143362019-03-19T01:53:17.603+00:00Delta-PavonisDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.comBlogger29125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-1265759504935852282019-03-18T20:45:00.001+00:002019-03-19T01:53:17.580+00:00Why I wasn't at Travcon 2019 First Trophy! Aidan wins the U10 Foil Usually, at this time of year, I'm at Travcon, a gathering of fans of the Traveller RPG held in Sawtry run by BITS. This year, I was at the Qualifiers for the British Youth Championships for Fencing for Yorkshire, held at Penistone Grammar School[1]. Usually, Jill would handle this on her own[2], but it was the first year that both of the boys were Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-16405816096123668152019-03-13T21:44:00.004+00:002019-03-13T21:46:49.701+00:00What has the EU ever done for us? In case you're curious, have a look at https://myeu.uk/ Quite a lot, actually.. How much did I pay for this? Well, https://euworthit.uk/ has a ready reckoner based on the data that HMRC publishes. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-11539294310058764002019-03-13T21:37:00.001+00:002019-03-13T21:49:55.570+00:00What have the Romans ever done for us? This was on my mind tonight. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-43337381241657622632019-03-10T16:45:00.000+00:002019-03-10T16:49:41.775+00:00North Sea Hijack (aka 'ffolkes') aka "ffolkes" I'm not sure why this film from 1980 sprang to mind last weekend, but it obviously made an impression on me when I saw it on TV in my early teens. I couldn't even remember the name, just that it was set in the North Sea and had Roger Moore in it. Google (or rather DuckDuckGo) was my friend. "North Sea Hijack" it was. Or "ffolkes", if you were in the US. It's a reasonably Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-28173571925875270582019-03-10T13:26:00.002+00:002019-03-10T13:31:55.743+00:00Captain Marvel (Spoiler free) We had a family outing yesterday to see Captain Marvel at the Vue in York, despite all the hate that certain sides of the internet have been spreading because it has a strong - and vocal - female lead. We all really enjoyed the film[1]. For me, it wasn't the best Marvel Cinematic Universe film, but it was right there at the top. I'd put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1, Black Panther and CaptainDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-68927542066960917802019-03-09T00:18:00.002+00:002019-03-09T15:28:18.074+00:00New Theme A further bit of modernisation tonight for the website with a new theme. This one - Florence - is from Brandon Lee Design and should be responsive for different device sizes. I liked the clean looks and the use of grey and orange (which is a hangover from my old site). Unfortunately, the way that it displays images doesn't work well with the stacks[1] page that allows me to link my Blogger Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-52886428798680620092019-03-03T14:34:00.000+00:002019-03-03T15:22:56.610+00:00Running Legacy: Life Amongst the Ruins at Revelation 2019 Revelation 2019 was a bit different for me, as I signed up for Steve E’s multislot game of The Sword, the Crown and the Unspeakable Power (SCUP) which covered the whole of Saturday, and had decided to run the Generation Ship playset for Legacy: Life Amongst the Ruins myself on the Sunday across both slots. The Generation Ship setting is a plug-in for the Legacy rules that allows your Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-40114613570506543352019-03-01T22:23:00.003+00:002019-03-01T22:26:05.050+00:00Going Forward... This stream is now my main blog. I have maintained the old posts as an archive and hopefully will get them onto the Blogger platform soon. You may see old posts appearing before 21 February 2019. These will either be the old blog merging in, or some of the backlog of posts I wrote and never published (while I neglected my old website) which I'm gradually working through. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-82592089469191797022019-03-01T20:24:00.002+00:002019-03-01T21:04:51.486+00:00Migration - Interlude The blog is now showing at https://www.deltapavonis.net/ but I still need to find a way to synchronise the old blog into Blogger. For that I need to get a licence for a Rapidweaver plugin called RapidBlog, which will export and synchronise between the two platforms. Little steps, but progress forward. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-91377685409754110902019-02-21T12:18:00.003+00:002019-03-01T21:04:20.977+00:00In transition Nothing to see here yet, not until I manage to export my existing blog from Rapidweaver. https://www.deltapavonis.net/ Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-41789186963545854672018-03-03T21:00:00.000+00:002019-03-01T23:46:45.949+00:00Books in January and February 2018 I’ve added in the roleplaying games now, as I share this entry on The Tavern forum as well and that place includes RPGs in the ‘books read’ section unlike the late lamented UK Roleplayers site. I won’t be including part read RPGs. The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson (Cthulhu Britannica) This is a prop for the Cthulhu Britannica: London setting’s Curse of Ninevah campaign. I’d owned theDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-46751376613155975272018-01-03T21:00:00.000+00:002019-03-01T23:04:56.910+00:00Books in December 2017 Quite unintentionally, December became a bit of a SF month for me. Artemis (Andy Weir) So, the sequel to The Martian, a book (and film) that I enjoyed immensely. I made the mistake of reading the Adam Roberts’ review in The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/15/artemis-andy-weir-review-the-martian) before I started this. My initial impression of that was that it felt like Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-87511884474235279922017-12-02T21:00:00.000+00:002019-03-01T23:02:18.785+00:00Books in November 2017 Reading this month has suffered a little from the Stranger Things effect - catching up on two series of that excellent show has eaten into available time. Provenance (Ann Leckie) A new novel set in the same universe as her first trilogy[1], this story takes up the tale of a young woman from a politically influential family who has just spent her life’s savings breaking out someone sentenced toDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-70579039628175978922017-11-04T21:00:00.000+00:002019-03-01T22:59:43.713+00:00Books in October 2017 A fair bit of gaming reading[1] this month has eaten into the available time. That, along with Furnace and family weekends. That said, I’ve passed through the target of 52 books that I set myself on Goodreads this year. Nightblind (Ragnar Jónasson) The second of the Dark Iceland sequence. This continues the story of a young Police Officer, recently passed over for promotion in favour of one ofDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-19414892073211861342017-10-28T22:04:00.000+01:002019-03-01T22:19:50.486+00:00Furnace 2017 (Furnace XII) The twelfth Furnace has been and gone, and I enjoyed it for its relaxed atmosphere and the catching up with friends. The run up had been more fraught than planned as I didn’t make the progress I’d hoped for on my scenarios, but I managed to complete the badges on the Tuesday night (the main delay being the fact that I’d run out of them!) so had a few nights to tidy things up. I arrived on Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-3174938997683600752017-10-22T22:53:00.000+01:002019-03-01T22:54:49.441+00:00Stepping off the Upgrade Cycle Stepping off the upgrade cycle I love technology, and I’ve had a long love of Apple products. My computer through university (and this was bought at the time that 286 Intel processors were state of the art) was an Atari ST, whose entire operating system (TOS) mimicked the graphic user interface of Apple’s System 7. I only had an ST because the price of Apple devices was somewhat eye-wincing. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-16798095772877289222017-10-06T22:57:00.000+01:002019-03-01T22:57:59.062+00:00Books in September 2017 Only two books this month but they were ace. Rotherweird (Andrew Caldecott) I think that this is best described as urban fantasy. The story revolves around the town of Rotherweird, isolated from the rest of the UK since the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Gloriana. The story starts with a teacher being hired to teach modern history to the children at the school, discovering that he is not allowed toDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-51344865598589632192017-09-02T21:00:00.000+01:002019-03-01T23:00:37.284+00:00Books in August 2017 Marina (Carlos Ruiz Záfon) A bittersweet story of death, romance and hope set against a backdrop of lost parts of Barcelona and the darkness of the human spirit. Oscar Drain, the protagonist, leaves childhood behind as he falls in love with Marina. CRZ says that this - the last of his young adult novels - was a big influence on his Barcelona quartet and it shows. Sadly, that's the last of his Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-4896257409558585402017-08-04T21:00:00.000+01:002019-03-01T23:09:32.835+00:00Books in July 2017 July also included a considerable amount of time reading roleplaying games as part of preparation for the convention season as it creeps up on us. The Complete Ballard of Halo Jones (Alan Moore and Ian Gibson) A collection of the stories about Halo Jones that graced the pages of 2000AD alongside Judge Dredd and others. I enjoyed this, especially once I got my eye back into the 2000AD style. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-46056630273739741812017-07-08T21:00:00.000+01:002019-03-01T23:13:51.070+00:00Books in April, May & June 2017 The Enclave (Ann Charnock) This was incredibly hard work to read for me. The story is well written, but the plot and the characters just didn't engage with me. Set in a future were refugees live in enclaves out side cities in Britain, the story focuses upon a young boy - Caleb - and his employer in alternating point of view chapters. He works in the rag trade, fed food and board for his work, Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-82214508390299371842017-04-14T23:00:00.000+01:002019-03-01T23:18:23.162+00:00War, Inc - some thoughts Last night, I watched War, Inc, a film with John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Dan Ackroyd, Ben Kingsley and more. I was disappointed. I’d stumbled upon it following someone mentioning that it was 20 years since Gross Point Blank had come out and that this was the closest to a sequel. I went into this deliberately suppressing my expectations. The story is a condemnation and extrapolation of American Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-37943717305918516492016-10-22T15:30:00.000+01:002019-03-09T15:37:23.903+00:00Furnace 2016 (Furnace XI) - The Great Plague Once again, the seasons turned and Furnace was upon us again. Of course, as the junior committee member, my main concerns were making sure that the badges were printed and the raffle tickets ready to use. There was a moment of panic with this when someone observed that the Facebook post that I had shared with the badges in had people who weren’t going to be there. Fortunately that turned out to Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-62864813148606735312016-01-26T19:30:00.000+00:002019-03-09T16:08:38.484+00:00On the passing of David Bowie It may be heresy, but David Bowie never figured greatly in my musical journey through my teenage years and beyond [1]. Sure, I recognised that he had written many songs that were a backdrop to my life - Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Let's Dance to name a few - but something never clicked. Perhaps it was the fact that pop and rock weren't really a strong part of my growing up (my Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-62419346071552171732015-11-18T21:00:00.000+00:002019-03-09T15:56:32.598+00:00Extortion, pure and simple Once upon a time, I started to get interested in graphics and design to support work that I was doing to produce material for the Traveller RPG. I started on the slippery slope with a scanner and a copy of Adobe Photoshop. I’ve a feeling it was version 4 or some-such. I also picked up Adobe Illustrator, which was used very heavily in producing graphics for the starship designs in the BITS book Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-33437388951166215752015-10-15T21:00:00.000+01:002019-03-09T16:01:14.975+00:00The Robocop Reboot While I was preparing the badges for Furnace X  tonight, I watched the reboot of Robocop. I enjoyed it, but I think that it lost itself somewhere between trying to be a serious story about the use of robot weaponry, a story of relationship changes forced by Alex Murphy having a near full-body prosthetic fitted, and a crime action thriller. It was really disappointing that the female characters Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0