Yesterday was my first visit to this small quarterly boardgames
convention in Watford.
Here's what I've read in July.
Classic detective fiction; fourth, roughly, of Tey's novels of
Inspector Alan Grant. An unreasonably beautiful young man visiting
from America goes to the country to stay with casual acquaintances in
a village that's been Discovered by writers and artists, causes social
ructions, then disappears. What happened, and was it murder?
First of a projected seven-book fantasy series. In a decaying imperial
city, a thief and con-man just wants to be left alone to get on with
his business. But people keep interfering.
I was watching some magpies squabbling, in a tree half-way down the
road, when something amazing happened. Large image follows:
I've missed a few Reading sessions lately (with holidays and such).
This time, with just three of us present, we played
Dead of Winter.
Eleventh in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur sleuthing).
A local bric-a-brac shop is burned down, but the body found inside it
was shot first. Carole Seddon and Jude investigate again.
First meeting I've got to for a while, inspired by the bank holiday.
2014, 12 episodes:
Young people with superpowers in modern Tokyo? Well, that seems to be
the premise at first. It soon gets much stranger.
Sixth (though the order doesn't really matter) of the collections of
Paul Jennings' short humorous pieces, mostly from The Observer,
published in 1958.
My copy of
Dead of Winter
has finally arrived; I pre-ordered it in December of last year. With
images; cc-by-sa on
everything insofar as I'm able to assert it.
Continuing with David F. Chapman's
RPG a Day.
Part 1 is here.
I've started playing with my drone. It's a Micro Drone 2.0 from
Extreme Fliers, also available from
Micro Drone and Amazon, with the
camera module. With images;
Over the weekend I went to the Worldcon, at ExCel in Docklands. With
images; cc-by-sa on
2014, 12 episodes:
known as The Kawai Complex Guide to Manners and Hostel Behavior.
Romantic comedy; high school boy lives in boarding-house with a
variety of Characters, one of whom is a cute female bookworm.
In the mid 2000s, China tries to buy seven Kilo-class diesel
submarines from Russia. The Americans aim to prevent this. Meanwhile,
something odd is going on at Kerguelen Island.
2011, dir. Steven Soderbergh, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon:
A contagious disease spreads across the planet; civilisation starts to
In the latter days of the Second World War, a U-boat group leader
tries to maintain morale and keep his crews alive.
2013-2014, 38 episodes:
Weakling anime fan Sakamichi Onoda finds there's nobody else
interested in forming an anime club at his new high school, so ends up
joining the bicycle racing club instead. Seems he's got a hidden
talent for cycling that even he didn't know about.
Last of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen
space-navy captain tries to lead his fleet home. I'm going to deal in
spoilers both for this book and for the whole series.
I've been to Thirsty Meeples in
Oxford quite a bit. Now there's a boardgame café set to open in
David F. Chapman came up with the
RPG a Day
idea: one question about one's RPG experiences to be answered each day
during August. That makes for short posts, though, so I'm going to
group them together a bit.
Yesterday I did a quick course in the basic use of the Austrian
scythe. These are my notes and recollections. Do not mistake them for
an actual scything course! Images follow:
Bernard Rhodenbarr, the closest New York in the 1970s can get to a
gentleman burglar, is back for his third mystery book appearance. This
is the one where the formula changes a bit.
A few years after the big magical war against the evil emperor, a pair
of retired soldiers wander the land looking for work. They meet a
young sorceress carrying a coffin on her back, and she employs them to
help her find the remains of her father so that she can give them a
decent burial. Oh, did she mention her father was the evil emperor?
In a city powered by steam heated by a fire-god, that fire-god has
suddenly died. An inexperienced mage looks into what happened.
Gladstone is nominated for the John W. Campbell award for Best New
No room at the boardgame café, so
we ended up with some three-sided games at my place. With images;
In the late Edo period, Perry's black ships were fought off by giant
mystical mecha. Twenty years later in Nagasaki, a young yakuza boss
has just unified the town under his rule by beating up everyone who
objected. But he's got bigger things on the way...
In a now-alternate 2002, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier suddenly
disappears at sea, apparently in a nuclear accident. What happened?
What's the best way to cross the various bodies of water round
Denmark? Let's check this with actual data.
It's been around four years since I cycled much. About time I took it
Third of the "Dickson McCunn" novels: superior thud and blunder. The
affairs of Evallonia, the mitteleuropan country that provided
motivations in Castle Gay, are now in the foreground, as forces
gather round the potential restoration of its monarchy.