This highly influential book on screenwriting lays out a standard
structure to which all saleable scripts should conform.
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.
Four of us this time including two newcomers to the group, and we
played a series of lightweight games.
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.
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…
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
Robert Mason flew Hueys for a year in Vietnam. This is his story.
2014, 12 episodes:
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.
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…
The D-21 was a supersonic reconnaissance drone used briefly in the
1960s and 1970s.
Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and
magician, investigates the sudden deaths of jazz musicians.
2014, 12 episodes plus a special:
Mushi are supernatural creatures which are invisible to most people,
but which have an effect in the mundane world. Ginko, a mushi-shi, is
someone who can see them, and who solves problems for people who are
affected by them.
Eleventh in King's series about Mary Russell, who… well, this is
basically Sherlock Holmes fanfiction, but against all the odds it
manages to work. Strange things have been happening around a film
crew; Russell joins it to work out what's going on.
Every so often a server for which I'm responsible fails, and I get it
shipped to me for fixing. Usually this works reasonably well.
Third in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private investigator in
San Francisco. McCone investigates the murder of a painter and
decorator in a rough area that's being gentrified.
Why does every large convention now seem to have an associated
disease, the "con crud", generally a respiratory tract infection?
Seventh thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and current private bodyguard. Charlie's estranged father
turns up unexpectedly in the USA, and seems to be bent on professional
self-destruction under the eyes of the media. Why?
2012, dir. Lorene Scafaria, Steve Carell, Keira Knightley:
The world will be hit by an asteroid in three weeks, and there's
nothing more that can be done about it. Dodge and his neighbour Penny
set out to get him to his high school sweetheart, and her to her
family in England.
Fourth in the Carrier series. "Tombstone" Magruder is now deputy CAG
aboard a Nimitz-class carrier, and Russia is invading Norway.
arrived, the inlay (which had been overflowing a bit already) was
clearly inadequate; I needed a new way of storing the bits.
Hard-boiled fantasy. Down the mean streets goes Eddie LaCrosse, a
swordsman who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor
2014, 13 episodes:
After civilisation is nearly destroyed by an invasion of
virus-controlled creatures, only the children born with a small dose
of the virus are an effective weapon against them. So they're paired
with adult handlers, and sent off to the fight.
Second of Hayter's mysteries about TV journalist Robin Hudson. This
time her new gynæcologist has been found, handcuffed and then shot in
the head, and there's no shortage of people who might have wished him
Back to three players, and a reserved table, at the
boardgame café. With images;
While the destroyer USS Nathan James is on exercise in the Arctic, a
plague has killed over 80% of the world's population. Now her captain
must decide how to proceed.
Naval technothriller. Argentine troops invade key locations in
Antarctica, and the only force in a position to do anything about it
is a new US Navy destroyer.
Another barbecue gone by. No photos this time as I wasn't taking them.
1932, dir. Ernest B. Schoedsack, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray:
Also known as The Hounds of Zaroff for its British release.
A famous hunter is shipwrecked, then makes it to the shore of a
supposedly deserted island. But his host has plans for him.
Short story. An expert hunter, washed overboard from his ship, makes
it to an island where his host explains how he makes hunting a real
challenge: his prey is human beings.
I took the drone out to the local playing fields to try for some
longer-range shots. This turned out to be much more challenging than
the close-up stuff. With images;
Sisters of the Raven.
The new female wizards, and the king their patron, have to cope with
dream-communications of suffering from abroad, a possible magical
assassin, some new kind of plague that is wiping out villages, and the
king's re-coronation ordeal (which was easier to fake back when magic