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Pyramid 118: Dungeon Trips 21 August 2018

Pyramid, edited by Steven Marsh, is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's tied to one recent and one upcoming release: the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, and The Fantasy Trip.

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Pennies on a Dead Woman's Eyes, Marcia Muller 20 August 2018

1992 mystery, twelfth in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private investigator in San Francisco. Thirty-six years ago, Lis Benedict was convicted of the gruesome murder of her husband's mistress; she's just been let out of prison on grounds of ill health, and her daughter's vowed to clear her name at a trial re-enactment. But as McCone investigates the long-buried case, it becomes clear that people still have something to lose.

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Handycon 4, August 2018 19 August 2018

I started going to these conventions because they were local (a few miles away on the far side of High Wycombe). They've now moved to Maidenhead in order to get a slightly larger venue. Ah well.

With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee 18 August 2018 - 1 comment

1959 reminiscence; Lee recalls his childhood in the 1920s, in a village in the Cotswolds. US vt Edge of Day.

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Fixing "Vendor Image Mismatch" on LineageOS 17 August 2018

Every so often, after a LineageOS upgrade, the device starts to complain on reboot about a "Vendor Image Mismatch": the underlying Android code has become outdated. LineageOS doesn't fix this itself; this is firmware which the operating system can't change. Less forgivably, the LineageOS documentation doesn't appear to mention the problem. Here's a step-by-step guide to dealing with it, using the Linux command line.

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We Have Always Died in the Castle, Elizabeth Bear 16 August 2018

2018 short science fiction. Marie has done something bad at work; now she's undergoing therapy by virtual reality.

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The End of Pyramid Volume 3 15 August 2018

It has been announced that Pyramid volume 3 is to cease publication at the end of this year.

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The Guns Above, Robyn Bennis 14 August 2018

2017 steampunk SF, first of a series. The war between Garnia and Vinzhalia grinds on; Lieutenant Josette Dupre commands a scouting airship.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 6 August 2018 13 August 2018

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

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Case for Three Detectives, Leo Bruce 12 August 2018

1936 mystery parody, first of the novels of Sergeant Beef. When Dr Thurston's wife is murdered during a weekend party, it looks like a classic locked room mystery. Three great detectives arrive, and try to solve the conundrum in their own ways. But it's up to the plodding police sergeant to save the day.

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