My copy of the
arrived yesterday. What's inside?
We went back to Goring on Sunday, and things had changed quite a bit
our walk in May.
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 second visit, and
probably the last autumn one I'll get to for a while as it will clash
in future with YSDC Games Day.
Here's what I've read in August.
Fourth of Buchan's books about Richard Hannay; 1920s thud-and-blunder.
After I did the scythe course in August, I ordered one from
The Scythe Shop, and now
I've put it to use in the garden. Images follow:
Sixteenth mystery in the series about Kate Shugak, part-time private
investigator in a national park in Alaska. Gold's been found on park
lands, and that means mining, and that means objections from the
locals. The mining company's hired a minor celebrity to be their
spokeswoman. But that doesn't solve everything.
Quite a small meeting this time, just three of us. (The main meetings
are on two Wednesdays a month, but I have role-playing commitments
Novella; eleventh in Lippman's contemporary mystery series about Tess
Monaghan, private investigator in Baltimore. Restricted to bed thanks
to difficulties with her pregnancy, Tess passes the time watching
people in the park outside, particularly a young woman in a green coat
(with a greyhound in a matching one). One day, the greyhound passes by
on its own…
Third in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan
Baildon (suburban Bradford), and a shift to a new time of year. All
2014, 13 episodes:
A nostalgically strange series about the dandiest man in space.
Technological fantasy. Sixty years after the Aztec-like city-state of
Dresediel Lex was "liberated" and its gods killed, someone seems to be
trying to break the hold of the company that replaced those gods.
2014, dir. Brian Horiuchi, Frank Langella, Rosario Dawson:
As a runaway biological weapon devastates the world, three couples
consider the meaning of love.
Sixth thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former
soldier and currently private bodyguard. Charlie guards a woman whose
ex-boyfriend is causing trouble after a lottery win, but it soon
becomes more complicated than that.
Bristol has a commuter ferry again. With images;
Thirteenth in Fairstein's contemporary mystery series about Alexandra
Cooper, sex crimes prosecutor in Manhattan. When a burned, decapitated
body is found on the steps of a church that used to be a synagogue,
there could be any number of reasons. When a second body is found at
another church, things start to come together.
2014, 12 episodes:
Two shut-ins, a brother and sister game-playing team, are arbitrarily
transplanted into a magical world where all conflict is resolved by
games. They take to it well.
Contemporary fantasy ("urban fantasy" gives the wrong idea now, even
if it's much more appropriate to this book than to many published
under that banner). New constable Peter Grant is about to be sent off
to the paperwork unit, but while he's standing guard over a murder
scene in the small hours a ghost starts to talk to him. Then things
Quite a lot of games have some sort of hidden identity component: for
Lords of Waterdeep
both deal each player a random role which then gives them a secret way
of winning the game;
Shadows over Camelot,
while nominally cooperative, may assign a traitor role to one or more
players; and the UFO faction in
even covertly choose which victory condition to aspire to. But some
games are entirely about the hidden roles and working out who's got
which, and I seem to have been playing a lot of them lately.
Lightweight but lengthy fantasy, the first in the Dhulyn and Parno
Situation comedy based on a manga artist, his assistant, and various
SF/mystery. Turing Hopper, an AI emergent from research assistant
software, is worried about her programmer: he seems to have vanished,
and the records she can find aren't helping. So she turns for help to
the two humans who are aware of her nature.
It was a warm night… the moon was full (actually it was just past
new)… one of the Reading Boardgames Social guys was selling off his
X-Wing collection… (With images.)
Robin Hudson had a promising career as a TV journalist, but blew it
with some public embarrassment. Now her ex-husband has a younger and
prettier fiancée, her job for not-CNN involves investigating a sperm
bank, and she's about to be blackmailed. Then the blackmailer turns up
2012, dir. Brandon Cronenberg, Caleb Landry Jones:
In a world where the cult of celebrity involves taking on their
diseases… pretty much everything that can go wrong with such a setup
Self-published industrial fantasy romance. The relict of a bishop
inherits her mother's great airship, and tries to avoid becoming the
mistress of the Emperor.
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Doctor Who - Peter Davison (briefly)
Romana - Lalla Ward
K-9 (voice) - John Leeson
Adric - Matthew Waterhouse
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding
Fourth mystery book about Bernard Rhodenbarr, professional burglar in
1970s New York.
2013-2014, 24 episodes:
On the Star of the East, Oda Nobunaga fights his local battles against
other warlords (with Giant War Armour, of course). But the Star of the
West is approaching, and the stakes are about to get vastly higher.
Airliners over the Atlantic are being shot down by submarine-launched
missiles. How can this be stopped? Spoilers.
Continuing with David F. Chapman's
RPG a Day.
Part 1 is here;
Part 2 is here. I've also
talked about these at greater length in the
latest episode of Improvised Radio Theatre with Dice,
a role-playing podcast which you should be listening to.