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Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures

Star Wars X-Wing is clearly designed to be a gateway game, encouraging players to buy lots of expansions. As I'm probably going to do. But before then, how well does it do at being playable out of the box?

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Tags: boardgaming, x-wing. 31st July 2014

Hugo 2014: Editor, Short Form

These are my thoughts on the remaining Hugo packet submissions for Best Editor, Short Form. If you're planning to vote, you may wish not to read these notes until you have done so. There will also be spoilers here.

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Tags: hugo 2014, reading, reviews. 30th July 2014

Swedish Air Force Museum

Earlier this month I visited the Swedish Air Force Museum near Linköping, on the site where Carl Cederström (Sweden's first aviator, like so many early flyers a member of the landed gentry with an interest in machinery and little to do) established the first Swedish flying school. Lots of images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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3 comments. Tags: aeronautics, history, museum. 29th July 2014

Fearsome Journeys

Fantasy anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan. Twelve new stories that "encompass as wide a range of types of fantasy story as possible". Nominated for Best Editor (Short Form).

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Tags: hugo 2014, reading, reviews. 28th July 2014

Boom Today: Didcot Southern Cooling Tower Demolition

Too early this morning, I went to Wittenham to watch the demolition of the southern cooling towers at Didcot. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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3 comments. Tags: photography, real life. 27th July 2014

Bookmonth, June 2014

Here's what I've read in June. This entry has been cut, click to read on.

Tags: bookmonth, reading, reviews. 26th July 2014

The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination

SF anthology edited by John Joseph Adams. Twenty-two stories on the general theme of mad scientists. Nominated for Best Editor (Short Form).

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1 comment. Tags: hugo 2014, reading, reviews. 26th July 2014

Waterborne

2005, dir. Ben Rekhi, Christopher Masterson, Ajay Naidu: IMDb / allmovie

After a presumed terrorist attack pollutes the water supply of Los Angeles, three groups of people do their best to keep going as society collapses.

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Tags: film, reviews. 25th July 2014

Hugo 2014: Novella

These are my thoughts on the Hugo-nominated novellas. If you're planning to vote, you may wish not to read these notes until you have done so. There will also be spoilers here.

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1 comment. Tags: hugo 2014, reading, reviews. 24th July 2014

Indie Boards and Cards 2014 kickstarters

People who know me will be aware that I'm an enthusiastic player of several of the games published by Indie Boards and Cards. They currently have Kickstarter projects running for two of them.

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Tags: boardgaming, flash point, kickstarter, the resistance. 23rd July 2014

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