Last Friday I was travelling on the London Underground when someone
offered me his seat.
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are
to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)
2002 tartan noir. Angelique de Xavia, police detective burning out
after the events of A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away, comes up against
a gang of Situationist bank robbers.
boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.
2005 historical detection, fifteenth in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher
series (1920s flapper detective in Australia). After a series of jewel
thefts aboard the SS Hinemoa, Phryne is employed by P&O as both
detective and bait.
I've been selling 3d prints via
directly for several months now. Where
are my users?
Pyramid, edited by Steven Marsh, is the monthly GURPS supplement
containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's
humour, something I've always found tricky in RPGs.
2016 science fiction, 13 episodes. As the world starts to rebuild
after the megaplague, some people decide they prefer it the way it is.
2005 historical epistolary mystery, second of Shaw's series. In 1892,
a young woman's much older husband has been murdered; her mother
brings in Vanessa Duncan to try to get the answers and avoid scandal
before the police arrest the widow.
2016 slice of life, 4-koma manga adaptation in 12 episodes:
Suzukaze Aoba joins the studio that's making the third game in a
series she loved growing up.
1958 thriller/war story. In February 1942, Singapore is about to fall
to the Japanese; one last ship makes it out, but those who made it
aboard won't have an easy trip to safety.
This small one-day boardgaming event
happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and
has been going for quite a few years. This was my fifth visit.
2001 tartan noir. What's the connection between new teacher and new
father Ray Ash, and international terrorist-for-hire The Black Spirit?
Rather more than one might suspect.
2016, 13 episodes: the final season of odd-couple crimefighting from
Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles.
2016 contemporary comedy, 12 episodes, manga adaptation:
Kokonotsu works at his father's old-fashioned sweet shop, but wants to
draw manga. A strange girl appears to try to recruit his father, but
first she needs to persuade Kokonotsu to take over the shop.
1948 classic English detective fiction; thirteenth of Allingham's
novels of Albert Campion. The decaying Palinodes are lodging in what
used to be the family house, but one of them seems to have been
poisoned; what is the neighbouring undertaker up to; and why is a
delirious crook terrified of "going up Apron Street"?
2016 urban fantasy/horror, 13 episodes. Wynonna Earp, distant
descendant of Wyatt, comes back to her home town to learn that her job
in life is to send back to hell the revenants of the men who died by
Earp's gun "Peacemaker".
1972 Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning science fiction. The Electron Pump
has brought limitless free energy to Earth, by exchanging matter with
a parallel universe where the physical laws differ. But one or two
people think there might be a worm in this apple.
With some of the weekend-games regulars not wanting to play more
Firefly, we got together on a weekday evening, again
with a time limit.
1944 mystery; eighth of Daly's books of Henry Gamadge, book expert and
amateur investigator. Mr Crenshaw arrived in New York, settled his
affairs and died of leukemia, with no relatives to be informed; but a
casual acquaintance didn't like the look of his servant, and asks
Gamadge to dig into the matter.
2016, 10 episodes. Space bounty hunters fight what looks at first like
political oppression, but which turns out to have more behind it.
After the Yog-Sothoth.com crew mentioned this fast-growing convention
on Cthulhu Breakfast Club, I thought I'd give it a go even though it
was in North. (Harrogate, to be precise.) With images;
2008 alternate-history science fiction war story. During the Battle of
the Java Sea in 1942, two antiquated four-stacker destroyers sail into
a squall… and come out somewhere else.
2016 pseudo-historical fantasy, novel series adaptation in 8 episodes:
vtt "Arslan Senki Fuujin Ranbu" and "Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust