tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-71365978790676143362019-06-20T23:16:16.155+01:00Delta-PavonisDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.comBlogger56125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-44600518328248058602019-06-20T23:00:00.000+01:002019-06-20T23:11:52.587+01:00In Hangouts, no one can hear you scream! Now I've gone and done it! I'm committed to running two games of the new Alien RPG over Hangouts and/or Discord & Roll20. One game is surrounded by the other as it is a single session. It's going to be an interesting August and September. Add to that the fact that I am limbering up to run Curse of Strahd and playing Coriolis already... Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-66396088215401304202019-06-14T22:30:00.000+01:002019-06-15T00:57:09.494+01:00Marvel Musings - Here be spoilers.... Note: I wrote this a couple of months ago, and forgot to bring it live... as I've just started on Jessica Jones Season 3 it seems appropriate to post it. Musing on the last few weeks worth of binges to catch up on Marvel Netflix...  I've watched Iron Fist Season 2, Daredevil Season 3 and The Punisher Season 2 in short succession, and it left a number of questions flying around in my head. ThereDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-40593219834947270902019-06-03T22:40:00.000+01:002019-06-03T22:45:04.579+01:00Worldbreaker Finale After two years of playing and 34 sessions, we completed Worldbreaker tonight, an epic campaign for Pelgrane Press's The Esoterrorists. Somehow, we succeeded and, much to our surprise, survived. Big shout out to Richard for his superb cat-herding skills and excellent GMing. Thanks to my fellow players Paul, Nigel, Julian and Jon for all the fun. Hat tip to Robin Laws for the weirdly Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-55981007213815757662019-06-03T12:00:00.000+01:002019-06-03T12:20:28.734+01:00Books from February to May 2019 I’ve got a fair bit behind on this log so the update’s taken a while to do. Legacy: Life Amongst the Ruins (2nd Edition) This is a Powered-by-the-Apocalypse game which operates at two levels; there is a family level, and a character level. It is designed to cover long periods of time as families rise and fall in a post-apocalyptic setting. Overall, it seems to work well but the GM needs to Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-68521335945433171892019-05-31T21:00:00.000+01:002019-06-02T17:31:29.673+01:00One ahead... I knew I'd been reading a fair bit this month, but it surprised me when I had a look at Goodreads and realised that I'd gone a book ahead (which is much better than 4 or 5 behind). Now just to keep it up. Summary coming soon. Somehow I've caught up! 31 May 2019 Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-22696212697657428802019-05-28T23:00:00.000+01:002019-06-20T23:15:54.551+01:00The Fall of Rome Off work today looking after the kids as it's half term. It's been a pretty grim day, with lots of rain. They did get a good runabout earlier but once they started to get fractious I decided that it was boardgame time and dug out Pandemic: Fall of Rome. It's not one that we've played before, but they do like the Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert games which use some of the same underpinning Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-57039268970563084542019-05-27T11:25:00.002+01:002019-06-20T23:15:26.678+01:00Alien Quickstart - first thoughts So, the Alien Quickstart dropped last night just before 11pm so I stayed up to read it. Some quick thoughts: * This is very much an evolution of Coriolis, but more brutal. * It's very pretty. * You have four stats, and 12 skills (3 linked to each stat) * Four character types - Frontier Colonists, Space Truckers, Company Reps and Colonial Marines. * Usual Year Zero Engine - roll a Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-37339565208886005432019-05-22T17:30:00.000+01:002019-06-20T23:16:16.130+01:00Makes me Smile The geek in me can’t help but smirk when I see this van at work.  Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-51776426779966847262019-05-19T10:00:00.000+01:002019-05-26T20:14:47.951+01:00A selection of Thrillers The last month I've not been at my best from a combination of tiredness and then a horrible chest infection which took about three weeks to shift properly. As a result, I've not found myself able to focus brilliantly; work and then the North Star preparation dominated. I've watched a few thrillers recently as mind-candy when I couldn't face doing something more constructive like writing. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-4309709580217527482019-05-17T20:50:00.001+01:002019-05-17T20:52:50.069+01:002019 Reading Challenge: A bit behind A little behind The last few years I've been using Goodreads to track my reading, which beats the spreadsheets that I used to use. Pre-kids, I used to read somewhere between 80 and 110 books a year, but now I'm just striving to manage one a week on average.The last three years, I've made the target easily, but this year it's been a struggle and I've been close on two months behind. I've Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-54792454989218921042019-05-14T23:30:00.000+01:002019-05-15T00:02:06.245+01:00North Star 2019 report Our second North Star, a convention born of an impulse decision after a conversation between Graham and I about TravCon, provided a great weekend of gaming. After a pretty frantic Friday completing my game preparation as a result of game changes in the last two weeks, I rolled into the Garrison around 9am on Saturday to find that my co-conspirator Graham had already set the room up. I only Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-84680514655754416912019-04-26T23:30:00.003+01:002019-05-17T20:54:12.828+01:00The stuff of nightmares... Alien - The Roleplaying Game Trailer from Free League on Vimeo. One of my favourite SF franchises is coming as an RPG from a company whose work I like. The artwork here is fantastic. I suspect this is going to be really popular at cons. Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-41409353050289451202019-04-23T23:00:00.000+01:002019-04-23T23:10:34.404+01:00The One Ring - End of Season 7 The One Ring image - By Xander - own work, (not derivative from the movies), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1953341 We finished Season 7 of our The One Ring RPG 'The Darkening of Mirkwood' inspired campaign tonight, brilliantly run by Paul. (minor spoilers for The Darkening of Mirkwood follow) This season saw our final confrontation with the Gibbet King, Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-13154784761316800462019-04-21T17:30:00.000+01:002019-04-21T17:43:10.815+01:00Easter Floral Cross I took some pictures of the floral cross that Wetherby Methodist Church creates each year as it is stunning... Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-48860049180720873732019-04-21T09:30:00.000+01:002019-04-21T09:30:03.857+01:00Ice Cold in Arrendale - an OSR scenario A properly nasty film. I've always liked Disney's Frozen because it's a properly nasty and dangerous fairy tale wrapped in fluff. Parents die, nobles scheme, uncontrolled magic, and a false lover coming between sisters, all wrapped in happy songs and comedy from Olaf and Sven. For a while (maybe six months) it was the youngest lad's favourite film (until his 6-year-old friends told him it Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-54607111469013144212019-04-19T16:12:00.001+01:002019-04-19T16:12:39.554+01:00Chromebook away I keep on checking, hopeful it'll be fixed As I posted previously, my Chromebook (which I use for most of my day-to-day computing) is sick. It's back with Lenovo for a warranty repair to the power button, which no longer works. I think it's a simple mechanical issue, but I think I'll be without it for a bit. As I've been doing most of my writing on it recently, I feel like I've had a part of Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-17066632392508033242019-04-17T21:00:00.000+01:002019-04-19T16:21:07.646+01:00Another Place Close encounter with Another Place I was away with work for a few days this week, staying in Crosby right beside the beach where Antony Gormley's Another Place is installed. I've seen pictures of it, and looked across to the beach from New Brighton, but it's really impressive. I can see how it freaks people out by making them think someone is drowning. It was nice to get a few minutes on Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-90442686606041772692019-04-13T22:45:00.000+01:002019-04-14T09:55:44.022+01:00Murder with the Family Murder at Devil Pines: Perhaps the killer's here? We travelled down to Portishead this weekend to see my parents. The boys had fun catching up with their grandparents and running remote-controlled boats on the lake. We got back after dinner and had some nice cake (a combination of birthdays, Easter coming up and belated Mother's Day) and then the boardgames came out. We had a number of Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-9224044491831625722019-04-11T14:00:00.000+01:002019-04-11T14:01:05.618+01:00Great Customer Service Great experience with Amazon customer service today. My Chromebook has developed a fault with its power button two weeks before it's out of the warranty (phew, at least it was before). The button seems to have failed mechanically (the Chromebook is working otherwise). This wouldn't be an issue except it means that I will struggle with some of the ChromeOS reset commands if it ever hangs (and Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-63795363797258417312019-04-08T10:00:00.000+01:002019-04-08T10:11:34.878+01:00Thoughts on the Maus Panzer VIII Maus in Legionary Camouflage One of my guilty pleasures is playing World of Tanks Blitz on the iPad to chill out. Nathan and I started an account back at Christmas 2014, and we've played far too many games since. I don't do many video games, but this one has stuck. I find that it's got a great combination of being a game you can play for fun and also a bit more seriously. You Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-29482696979181926782019-04-06T18:00:00.000+01:002019-04-06T18:09:11.234+01:00Kartel - breaking the Crime Ring Kartel - it's very long and thin... I picked up a copy of Kartel from Games Crusade in Harrogate, and we've played it a few times this week. I think it's going to be one that stays around for a bit. Written by Reiner Knizia, it's a simple game that takes about 15 minutes and is suitable for all the family. You are all playing detectives investigating the seven criminal gangs in the Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-52077981488931311722019-04-02T19:00:00.000+01:002019-04-02T19:00:22.877+01:00A Brightness Long Ago I'm pretty excited to see that one of my favourite fantasy authors Guy Gavriel Kay, has a new book coming out in March. A Brightness Long Ago is set in the same alternative history universe as Children of Earth and Sky. I really enjoyed the former book and probably have a review of it somewhere here or on the old blog. The setting is a riff on Renaissance Italy and the Balkans. I love GGK's Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-83070910405099631312019-03-29T19:30:00.000+00:002019-03-31T13:43:27.073+01:00Chromebooks and Hangouts and Gaming Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook in all its modes Most of my gaming these days is either done at conventions or over Google Hangouts (where I'm playing in two extended campaigns[1] with friends I met at conventions). We had a lot of shenanigans with this week's Esoterrorists session, with a period where people couldn't hear each other. We eventually resolved it (or rather it may have resolved Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-27481385558679598102019-03-25T22:45:00.000+00:002019-03-25T22:51:49.004+00:00Deep Sea Adventure Deep Sea Adventure, a small boxed game A fortnight ago, I went into Harrogate with Nathan to get him some new trainers for fencing, and once we'd finished that errand, we popped into Games Crusade, a local boardgame shop near the theatre at the centre of town. Nathan picked two games - Cat Crimes and Deep Sea Adventure. We tried both out while we were away. Deep Sea Adventure contains a Domhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7136597879067614336.post-79374809215715427042019-03-24T08:30:00.000+00:002019-03-25T22:27:30.929+00:00Catching up with old friends I managed to get some more of the Lyonesse writing done on Friday, in the gap between work and leaving to head down the M1 (with fingers crossed that Yorkshire Truckers for Brexit weren’t going to be in the way). Dancing with the Stars We travelled down to Stourbridge to catch up with some old friends, Jon and Becks. I’ve known Jon since we shared a house at the University of SouthamptonDomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10642888486564104737noreply@blogger.com0