2000 mystery, eighth in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder mysteries
in US National Parks. Newly promoted to District Ranger on the Natchez
Trace Parkway, Anna finds herself the object of resentment by her
time-serving underlings, then discovers the body of a young woman (who
"had accrued a surprising number of reasons to be done to death for a
girl of her tender years").
This Dungeon Fantasy supplement gets away from the cycle of dungeon to
generic-town and back again, and moves adventures into the great
2013 science fiction/romance. Finn is a robot who looks and acts
human; he arrives in young Cat Novak's life as her tutor, and stays as
the years pass.
Welcome to the Dungeon
is an enjoyable short game that's hard to store effectively. I decided
to improve this.
1999 mystery, seventh in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder mysteries
in US National Parks. With her sister hospitalised in New York, Anna
stays on Liberty Island (where the statue is) and explores Ellis
Island outside hospital visiting hours. Then a young girl falls to her
death from the statue.
2016 superhero comedy (miniseries re-presented as film), dir. Chris
Marrs Piliero, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart:
Low-level superheroes Electra Woman and Dyna Girl move to Los Angeles
to make the big time. But can they be true to themselves?
1934 classic English detective fiction; sixth of Allingham's novels of
Albert Campion. The great artist John Lafcadio left twelve final
paintings, to be shown one per year after his death. At the unveiling
of the eighth, a young artist is fatally stabbed with a pair of
This new group is organised via
and I went along to the initial meeting in the Churchill Tap.
1998 mystery, sixth in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder mysteries
in US National Parks. Lechugilla Cavern is a huge and largely
unexplored cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park; whena friend and
fellow ranger is injured there, Anna swallows her claustrophobia and
goes in to help with the evacuation.
On a day of sun and showers, a surprising lot of us got together for
beer and belly-pork.
2007 science fiction. The starship Fenrir was lost ten years ago to
a misjump, but its warp engine has just reappeared in open space…
embedded in coral, and accompanied by three dead bodies and a fishing
boat. Captain Mikhail Ivanovich Volkov takes the frigate Svoboda to
find out where the Fenrir has been.
Pyramid, edited by Steven Marsh, is the monthly GURPS supplement
containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's
1997 mystery, fifth in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder
mysteries in US National Parks. After the events of the previous book,
Anna's sent to Cumberland Island Park for "pre-suppression" fire duty,
and a bit of a lighter posting. But she and another ranger spot a
plume of smoke, which turns out to be the fresh wreckage of the
island's drug-interdiction plane.
2016 police parody, 10 episodes. Detective Angie Tribeca solves crimes
in the RHCU, the Really Heinous Crimes Unit.
1933 classic English detective fiction; fifth of Allingham's novels of
Albert Campion. The Fitton family operate a run-down watermill in
Suffolk, but may be the forgotten heirs of Averna, a tiny European
principality that may suddenly be terribly important. US vtt Kingdom
of Earth and The Fear Sign.
This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy
gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying.
1996 mystery, fourth in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder
mysteries in US National Parks. Anna's called in to help fight a
wildfire in Lassen Volcanic National Park, but the wind shifts and a
firestorm overtakes the team. When they come out of their protective
tents, one of them's been stabbed in the back.
For my latest RPG campaign,
Wives and Sweethearts,
I've been trying something a little different, making extensive use of
the rules from GURPS Social Engineering: Back to School.
1937 feminist alternate history. Seven centuries after Nazi victory,
women are uneducated cattle, and men have eliminated history, books,
As will have become apparent, I'm a big fan of Joe Fatula's boardgame
The thing that's most fiddly, though, is money: you reset your funds
to a standard level at the start of each turn, which means lots of
passing paper banknotes back and forth.
1995 mystery, third in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder mysteries
in US National Parks. Visitors to Mesa Verde Park and the Anasazi
cliff dwellings have been coming away with a strange and deadly
Pyramid is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with
a loose linking theme. This time it's magic.
1931 classic English detective fiction; fourth of Allingham's novels
of Albert Campion. The very elderly Caroline Faraday has a house in
Cambridge run on strict Victorian lines; her ageing son, daughters and
nephew put up with the lack of freedom for the free bed and board,
having variously failed at their own lives. But everyone's fairly
horrible, and it seems that one of them is also a murderer.
I've been on holiday again. With photographs:
1944 detective fiction; second of Brand's novels of Inspector
Cockrill. At a military hospital during the Blitz, a patient dies
under anæsthetic. Later, someone who'd claimed to know who was
responsible is stabbed to death. Six suspects are left, and there's
not a visible motive among them.
UK Games Expo continues to expand, and this year moved the trade hall
into the NEC for the first time. With images;
2008 fantasy. The isolated towns and villages of the volcanic
Gullstruck Island rely on the Lost, who can project their senses at a
distance, to keep them in contact with each other. Arilou is one such
Lost, and Hathin is her helper. But it's all going to get vastly more
complicated. US vt The Lost Conspiracy.
I went to this small Italian tapas-style restaurant repeatedly while
in Manchester over Easter.
2015 futuristic fantasy, 13 episodes, sequel to 2012's K:
The Kings, magical masters who can also empower their clansmen, come
together for a final battle.
1994 mystery, second in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder mysteries
in US National Parks. In the Isle Royale park off the Michigan coast,
one of the dive operators turns up dead in a long-sunken shipwreck.
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are
to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)