2015, comedy, manga adaptation, 12 episodes:
Continuation of the high school harem comedy. Hero is a yakuza heir,
who to stop a gang fight has to pretend to be going out with tsundere
heroine #1 (rival yakuza heiress), but really wants to be involved
with kind sweet ordinary heroine #2.
Jon, one of the organisers of
Wycombe Warband, lives locally, and I
had a couple of games against him. With images;
2015 science fiction. At a regional American SF convention, things are
going with the usual level of chaos… until the entire con hotel gets
kidnapped by time-travelling androids.
This Dungeon Fantasy supplement deals not just with guilds but with
organisations that interact with adventurers: the congregation, the
cabal, organised crime, nobles, and the like.
When we had the gazebo roof reconstructed, I cut down the old LED
light strings as they were starting to fail and there wasn't really
room for them in the new configuration. Now I have a new lighting
This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy
gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying.
2013 young adult science fiction, sequel to Earth Girl. Jarra is
Handicapped, unable to leave Earth for any of the colony worlds where
most of society now happens, but after a daring rescue she's a hero.
Now her archaeological and historical skills will be tested in an
entirely new field.
2015, 13 episodes. Horror comedy by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian
Brennan: a masked killer is murdering members of the Kappa Kappa Tau
For the last few years I've been making predictions of the Academy
Award winners. Last year I called six winners out of twenty
predictions; this year it was eight out of twenty-three.
1980 historical mystery. In 1327, Friar William of Baskerville and his
novice Adso of Melk try to solve a series of murders at a monastery in
More from the Science Museum last Boxing Day Bank Holiday. Images
follow: cc-by-sa on
2009 mystery, the tenth book in Lovesey's Peter Diamond series.
After a Civil War battle re-enactment on Lansdown Hill near Bath, one
of the soldiers disappears. Later the police find a headless skeleton
in the same area. Later still, a homeless man is found dead with a
major head wound. Are the cases connected? DI Peter Diamond is
determined that they are.
Melee, by Rikki
Tahta, is the third of the games I was showing off at Essen 2015; it's
an area-control wargame for 2-4 players.
2015 vaguely steampunk science fiction. In Rapid City on the Pacific
Northwest coast, Karen Memery is one of the "seamstresses" at Hôtel
Mon Cherie (sic). It's not a bad life, but she's about to get in the
way of a powerful man on his way up even higher.
It used to be traditional on a personal blog to rant about the
horrible service one had received from a big company. (These days it
does no good unless it's on Twitter or Facebook.) But there doesn't
seem to be enough of the other side.
2015 fantasy novella in the World of the Five Gods (formerly known as
Chalion). Lord Penric, an impoverished nobleman, is on his way to his
betrothal when he comes upon a riding accident. Before he knows what's
happened, he's inherited a demon, and everyone's looking at him as
though he might explode at any moment.
Mini-TringCons are all-day house gaming events run by the organiser of
TringCon, in Deepest
Buckinghamshire. Images follow:
2006 alternate-history mystery, first in the "Small Change" trilogy.
In 1949, Britain is at peace with the Reich, which is still fighting
in Russia. At Farthing, a country house in Hampshire, one of the
architects of that peace is murdered. Jews and Bolshevists are
immediately blamed, but Inspector Carmichael thinks it's more
complicated than that.
This supplement updates and expands the Sparrial race, from the
original GURPS Aliens, to fourth edition.
2015 military fantasy. As the war between Lascanne and Denland drags
on, the gentlewoman Emily Marshwic finds herself fighting on the
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Ace - Sophie Aldred
The show stayed on Wednesday evenings against Coronation Street, and
the first episode of this series got the lowest ratings of any Who
1991 mystery, second of Douglas's novels about Irene Adler. Bored in
Paris, Irene takes on the mystery of a series of tattooed suicides.
(Retitled The Adventuress in recent reissue.)
On 9 January 2014 I made my first post to this blog.
On Boxing Day because we felt like it, one long game and two shorter
ones. Images follow:
2015 fantasy. Wasp is an Archivist, hunting, studying and binding
ghosts for the goddess Catchkeep and Her priest in a world that has
suffered some great catastrophe in the distant past.
2015, 10 episodes. Elliot Anderson suffers from crippling depression,
paranoia and social anxiety, but still manages to hold down a
cybersecurity job. Except now he's being recruited by an activist
2004 military SF, second of the Kris Longknife books. Thanks to deft
political manoeuvres, Kris is now a princess as well as a naval
lieutenant. But when a friend goes missing while they're both on
leave, she can't really do anything else but go and look for him.
2013-2015 science fiction, manga adaptation, 4 or 10 episodes:
In a world of cyborgs and poor data security, Major Motoko Kusanagi
tries to catch the bad guys. A prequel of sorts to Ghost in the
2015 science fiction. The people of a small English town cling on to
life after an economic collapse, under the protection of the Process,
an ultimate allocating algorithm. But the Process seems to be
spending scarce resources on recreating a battlefield of the First
No Christmas party this year, but a good session in the back room of
the Castle Tap. Images follow:
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are