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YSDC Games Day 3

Third in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan Baildon (suburban Bradford), and a shift to a new time of year. All images are cc-by-sa.

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Tags: boardgaming, drone, rpgs. 22nd September 2014

Space Dandy

2014, 13 episodes: AniDB

A nostalgically strange series about the dandiest man in space.

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Tags: anime, anime 2013 winter, comedy, ecchi, reviews, science fiction. 21st September 2014

Two Serpents Rise, Max Gladstone

Technological fantasy. Sixty years after the Aztec-like city-state of Dresediel Lex was "liberated" and its gods killed, someone seems to be trying to break the hold of the company that replaced those gods. This entry has been cut, click to read on.

2 comments. Tags: fantasy, hugo 2014, reading, reviews, science fiction. 20th September 2014

Parts per Billion

2014, dir. Brian Horiuchi, Frank Langella, Rosario Dawson: IMDb / allmovie

As a runaway biological weapon devastates the world, three couples consider the meaning of love.

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Tags: drama, film, reviews. 19th September 2014

Second Shot, Zoe Sharp

Sixth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former soldier and currently private bodyguard. Charlie guards a woman whose ex-boyfriend is causing trouble after a lottery win, but it soon becomes more complicated than that.

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Tags: reading, reviews, thriller. 18th September 2014

Bristol Ferry

Bristol has a commuter ferry again. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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1 comment. Tags: real life. 17th September 2014

Silent Mercy, Linda Fairstein

Thirteenth in Fairstein's contemporary mystery series about Alexandra Cooper, sex crimes prosecutor in Manhattan. When a burned, decapitated body is found on the steps of a church that used to be a synagogue, there could be any number of reasons. When a second body is found at another church, things start to come together. This entry has been cut, click to read on.

Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 16th September 2014

No Game No Life

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB

Two shut-ins, a brother and sister game-playing team, are arbitrarily transplanted into a magical world where all conflict is resolved by games. They take to it well.

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Tags: anime, anime 2014 spring, fantasy, reviews. 15th September 2014

Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch

Contemporary fantasy ("urban fantasy" gives the wrong idea now, even if it's much more appropriate to this book than to many published under that banner). New constable Peter Grant is about to be sent off to the paperwork unit, but while he's standing guard over a murder scene in the small hours a ghost starts to talk to him. Then things get stranger.

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2 comments. Tags: fantasy, reading, reviews. 14th September 2014

Social Deduction Games

Quite a lot of games have some sort of hidden identity component: for example, Lords of Waterdeep and Discworld: Ankh-Morpork both deal each player a random role which then gives them a secret way of winning the game; Battlestar Galactica and Shadows over Camelot, while nominally cooperative, may assign a traitor role to one or more players; and the UFO faction in Illuminati can even covertly choose which victory condition to aspire to. But some games are entirely about the hidden roles and working out who's got which, and I seem to have been playing a lot of them lately.

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Tags: boardgaming, reviews, the resistance. 13th September 2014

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