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Second Harpoon PBEM AAR: Non-Nuclear Nuclear Exchange

I managed to get some players together for another Harpoon game, again played by email; it took nearly two months all told, though we did have several breaks of a day or two along the way. Here's the after-action report, as before plotted onto Tactical Pilotage Charts.

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Tags: harpoon, wargaming. 30th October 2014

Reading Boardgames Social 28 October 2014

Four of us this time including two newcomers to the group, and we played a series of lightweight games.

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Tags: boardgaming. 29th October 2014

Twilight for Harpoon

Sighting conditions in Harpoon are typically set by the scenario author. This means there's little guidance to the designer. Particularly if the scenario spans a large area, it might take several game hours to resolve, and it would be good to know how conditions change over time.

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2 comments. Tags: harpoon, wargaming. 28th October 2014

Fourth Day, Zoe Sharp

Eighth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former soldier and current private bodyguard. A man's son joined a cult, and later got killed; he went in to find out what had been so tempting, and decided to stay. Now Charlie's on the team that's getting him out. But it's all rather more complicated than it looks…

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Tags: reading, reviews, thriller. 27th October 2014

Didcot Railway Centre

Yesterday I visited the Didcot Railway Centre for the first time in really quite a few years; probably at least thirty. Lots of images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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1 comment. Tags: history, museum, rail. 26th October 2014

Chickenhawk, Robert Mason

Robert Mason flew Hueys for a year in Vietnam. This is his story.

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4 comments. Tags: non-fiction, reading, reviews, vietnam war, war. 25th October 2014

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB; also known as Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.

Parody series about young girls' (shōjo) manga. Chiyo has a crush on fellow high school student Nozaki, but through comical misunderstanding discovers he's a manga writer and artist – but this has to be kept a secret from the rest of the school.

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Tags: anime, anime 2014 summer, reviews. 24th October 2014

Madam, Will You Talk?, Mary Stewart

1954; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense; first published novel by Mary Stewart. Charity Selborne is on holiday in Provence, and meets young David Shelley and his stepmother Loraine Bristol. Somewhere in the background is David's father, recently acquitted of the grisly murder of his best friend, and believed by many to be mad…

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Tags: reading, reviews, thriller. 23rd October 2014

Lockheed D-21

The D-21 was a supersonic reconnaissance drone used briefly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Tags: 1960s, 1970s, aeronautics, cold war, history. 22nd October 2014

Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch

Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and magician, investigates the sudden deaths of jazz musicians.

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Tags: fantasy, mystery, reading, reviews. 21st October 2014

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