Seven of us this time, at the Wild Lime in the drunken quarter of
The Hunt-class minesweeper HMS Middleton was open to the public at
HMS President. No, they didn't let me look at the engines, and I
understand she's recently been given new ones anyway. Images follow:
With my Men in Black hat on, I
conspired with the
boardgame café in Oxford to run a
Revolution! tournament. With
images; cc-by-sa on
Salute is the UK's biggest wargaming show
of the year. I didn't buy anything this year, but still had a good
time. With images;
2015, 12 episodes:
Mecha series, continuation of last summer's Aldnoah Zero. The
Martians are still invading Earth, but things have bogged down.
2005 mystery. A publisher's house is burned down, with him in it.
What's the connection with the local circle of unpublished writers?
Since the data are available, I thought I'd calculate the
population-weighted centre of Great Britain.
The Torg adventure
The Forever City
didn't need as much fixing as The Possibility Chalice, but there were
still some tweaks that made things work better.
2014-2015, 25 episodes:
Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon.
In a magical/tech society, the princess is discovered to be a
non-magic-user, stripped of her rank, and exiled to the high-casualty,
low-empathy defenders of the kingdom.
2008 historical detection, first in Dean's Dido Kent series. In 1805
at Richard Montague's engagement party, he suddenly puts off his
fiancée Catherine and leaves for parts unknown. And a woman's body is
found in the shrubbery. Catherine's spinster aunt Dido tries to clear
up the mystery. US vt Bellfield Hall.
I didn't feel like organising a Mild Day this year, so there was an
ASR (Scary Devil Monastery) meeting at the Bootlegger in High Wycombe
instead. With images;
Schoolgirls with the spirit of WWII Japanese fighting ships take on an
2014-2015: John Constantine, broken magician, must protect the
innocent from magical threats.
1989 horror, prototypical urban fantasy. Sonja Blue, vampire killer of
vampires, is locked up and medicated in a mental hospital. But that
isn't going to stop her for long.
I've seen these around from time to time, but finally managed to get a
decent picture. With images;
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
2014, 22 episodes:
vt Your Lie in April
Modern romantic comedy. Kousei was a child prodigy at the piano, but
gave it up. Two years later when he's in high school, he randomly
meets Kaori the violinist, who insists that he should be her
accompanist in a competition.
2013 urban fantasy. Rhian, a young woman from the valleys with some
unusual talents, finds herself in east London, where ancient magics
are mixing with modern in a distinctly unpleasant way.
Yesterday was the third International Tabletop Day, and the first time
I've got involved in events for it.
1977; ninth of Winton's novels. The Artful Bodger (Commander R. B.
Badger, RN) is now in charge of the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
2014, dir. Lynn Shelton, Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz;
Megan is approaching thirty, but her career and personality more or
less went on hold when she left high school ten years ago. One night,
as she's fleeing from an unwanted marriage proposal and other
complications, some high-school kids ask her to buy them beer, and she
gets on with Annika better than with her own peers. Things move on
from there. vt Say When in the UK and Ireland.
1997 historical detection. Ninth in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series
(1920s flapper detective in Australia). A man drops dead of
strychnine poisoning in a bookshop; the owner's the obvious suspect.
But Phryne is unconvinced.
We have a new visitor to our bird-stand. With images;
I spent some of last weekend at the
Eastercon. With images;
This scenario took a while, because two Blue players in a row became
unresponsive and had to be replaced. But we got there in the end.
This supplement is not called "GURPS Organisations", but it might as
well have been.
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding
Vislor Turlough - Mark Strickson
Kamelion - Gerald Flood
2003 suspense. Seven years ago, two eleven-year-old girls stole a
baby, which died; maybe one of them killed it. Now they're out of
juvenile detention… and a young child has gone missing.
2014-2015: the crew of the Las Vegas Crime Lab continue to use
forensic science to solve crimes.
2014 modern occult secret service, fifth in the Laundry Files
series. Everybody in the Laundry knows there's no such thing as
vampires. Why are they so very sure?