A friend likes to sum up his year in a hundred words. I'm going to
copy this fine idea. "Think of it as a short and un-boastful summary
of the year, which nobody is expected to understand all of."
Mostly I finish the books that I start. Sometimes I don't. These are
the ones I didn't finish this year.
22-minute comedy loosely based on the real lives of the
folk-rock-parody duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome.
In Simutrans, it's easy to build huge sprawling stations that don't
work very well. There are some convenient optimisations that will help
things flow rather better.
2014 SF; sequel to Fortune's Pawn. Devi is now security chief on the
tramp space-freighter she signed on with, but clearly something very
strange is going on.
Since some of the players had requested a game with submarines in it,
I used this scenario out of the book. In 1997, three Russian surface
ships violate Polish coastal waters in a show of force; a German Type
206 submarine tries to sink them. Total playing time was six days.
"It all looks different this morning!"
I've been using chronicle since I started this blog in January of this
year, but the time has come to replace it.
Quite a few people turned up for the Christmas Party (not actually
all that party-like though the red bobble hats made an apparance).
2014, 11 episodes:
known as Zankyou no Terror and Terror in Tokyo.
In an alternate present, terrorist bombs start going off in Tokyo.
What is the mysterious Sphinx, and why are they doing it?
2005 SF/mystery. Turing Hopper, an AI emergent from research assistant
software, looks into the affairs of a techie who's been hit by a car
and is now in intensive care. Was it an accident?
With the wind-chill-adjusted temperature below freezing, we stayed
It was really useful to be able to plot arbitrary data onto a zoomable
map. The only service to offer this was Google Maps; indeed, it was
the last thing for which I was using any Google service.
Having recently had a truly appalling meal at a hotel that rhymes with
Hark Hinn Hottingham, and heard more horror stories from people who
were actually staying there, I thought about hotels' incentives to
make things pleasant for their customers… and couldn't come up with
1901: an orphaned Irish boy, growing up on the streets of Lahore, puts
his natural talents to better use.
The players in my Second World War campaign
have gathered various information about the interaction of atomic
power and magic. Here's a quick summary of what they think they know.
1997; third of Hayter's mysteries about TV journalist Robin Hudson.
Robin's just trying to find her intern and other co-workers for a
girls' night out, but somehow it doesn't seem to come together.
Every so often I get an enthusiasm for something, go hard at it for a
bit, then drop it again. I'm on my third go round with Simutrans.
2004 SF/mystery. Turing Hopper, an AI emergent from research assistant
software, follows up on a lead to an old enemy.
In July I backed the Kickstarters for The Resistance - Hostile Intent
& Hidden Agenda and Flash Point: Honor & Duty. My copies have now
1984; fourth in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private
investigator in San Francisco. McCone investigates the disappearance
of a famous photographer's roommate, which leads to secret goings-on
in a decaying coastal town.
Some people may review the new Star Wars trailer. I find this one more
Having had some interest after I posted the second AAR, I thought I'd
run a game for new players to get the hang of the way I do things
before I set up another complex scenario. But the new players didn't
apply, so I ran this one with two old hands instead. Total real time
was two weeks, including a break over Thanksgiving as one of the
players is American.
2014, 13 episodes:
Teenage romance and premonitory powers in contemporary small-town
2003 SF/mystery. Turing Hopper, an AI emergent from research assistant
software, has just lost a friend and employee: he's been murdered. The
police reckon it was random drug-related violence; she tries to find
On Saturday I spent the day at Dragonmeet, in its new venue at the
Ilec Convention Centre round the back of Earl's Court. All images are
2012: Isaac Vainio used to be a libriomancer, someone who can reach
into books and pull out the objects depicted there; but things went
bad and now he works at a small town library. Until the vampires show
up. Minor spoilers will follow.
1998, dir. Peter Howitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah:
A woman just fired from her job does, or does not, catch a particular
Underground train, and does, or does not, catch her boyfriend in bed
with another woman; her life diverges from that point, and we see both
1907; romantic melodrama-cum-mystery story. Who killed Robert
Courthope? Why did Philip Warren flee from the scene?
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
everything. (From the grotty mobile phone camera rather than the usual
The Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-219 suffered an accident in
the Atlantic, and later sank, in October 1986.
1992; romantic suspense. Catherine Weaver is a makeup artist for
low-budget films who's driving to visit her pregnant friend on a rainy
night, when she hits Victor Holland who's just stumbled onto the road
having been shot. Then things start moving.