This long-running games convention had another instance at the start
of January. With images;
1945 classic English detective fiction; twelfth of Allingham's novels
of Albert Campion. Back in London after three years overseas on
mysterious war work, Campion just wants to catch a train; but Lugg and
an unknown lady turn up in his flat with a corpse. US vt Pearls
2015-2016, 22 episodes. Brian Finch is an unemployed slacker, until
he's introduced to a brain-boosting drug. Naturally he goes to work
for the FBI to catch crooks.
1965 Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning science fiction. In the distant
future, plots whirl within plots, and the control of the most valuable
planet in the universe is a poisoned chalice.
2011 science fiction, dir. Neil Burger, Bradley Cooper, Robert de
Niro: IMDb /
Eddie Morra is a struggling writer, until his ex-brother-in-law offers
him a new drug that makes him smarter.
2004 tartan noir. Jack Parlabane is invited to the junket weekend of a
new firm that plans to run team-building retreats with a twist. But
that twist is going to turn out to be rather more twisted than anyone
With 3D printing sales and occasional bulk imports of board games I
send 4-5 packages a month, and sometimes larger batches. There seem to
be two main ways of achieving this easily.
1909 school stories, compilation from magazine publication in
1907-1908: Mike Jackson, youngest of five cricketing brothers, goes
first to Wrykin and then to Sedleigh. Also republished in separate
parts later, as Mike at Wrykin and Mike and Psmith; the latter
also as Enter Psmith.
This group usually meets on Tuesday evenings, so although they're
fairly nearby I hadn't had a chance to join them before. But over the
Christmas holiday they met on a Friday afternoon as well.
1959 thriller. An airliner makes a forced rough landing near a weather
observation post in the highlands of Greenland. What was it doing that
far north, what foul play was involved, and who is responsible?
2016 alternate history mecha science fiction, adaptation of a manga
spinoff of a visual novel, 12 episodes:
1983, the 666th Tactical Surface Fighter Squadron of the East German
Army is the only force between the invading alien hordes and the rest
2011 non-fiction. Orenstein breaks down various elements of the
pink-princess culture as marketed to young girls.
On Boxing Day because it's a tradition now (i.e. we did it last year),
a bunch of us without family commitments got together for boardgames.
Like the last session here, we stayed together as one big group.
1959 thriller. British agent Michael Reynolds travels to Budapest to
retrieve a British scientist kidnapped by the Russians and due to be
shown off at a conference. US vt The Secret Ways.
1943 classic English detective fiction; twelfth of Marsh's novels of
Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a run-down hot-springs resort in the back
country of New Zealand, one guest seems to be going out of his way to
offend everyone; then he vanishes.
2015-2016, 22 episodes. Famous writer Richard Castle continues to work
with NYPD homicide detective (now Captain) Kate Beckett, in the final
season of this police procedural.
1959 horror. Mary Crane has stolen $40,000 from her employer and is
running away to get married. Unfortunately she's chosen to stay at the
Third time at the Marlow Donkey and the sixth monthly meeting of this
2011 non-historical fiction, sequel to Fly By Night. Mosca Mye and
Eponymous Clent are still in trouble, and attempting to flee through
Toll, the town that controls the only bridge across the big river. But
both entering and leaving have their price. US vt Fly Trap.
Pyramid, edited by Steven Marsh, is the monthly GURPS supplement
containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's
the loose idea of bizarre phenomena and, well, strange powers.
1999 tartan noir. Gavin Hutchison has a brilliant idea: convert an oil
rig to an offshore resort hotel for xenophobic tourists, with all the
comforts of home but warmer weather since it'll be moored off the
African coast. What better way to show it off than by hosting a school
I'd driven past it many times when living in Lee Green, but had never
been inside; over Christmas I remedied this. Images follow:
Back to the boardgame café. With images;
1941 (some sources say 1942) classic English detective fiction;
eleventh of Marsh's novels of Inspector Roderick Alleyn. For his own
amusement, Jonathan Royal invites six mortal enemies to a party at his
house in Dorset. Really, the first surprise is that he isn't
2016 contemporary fantasy novel adaptation in 13 episodes:
"Myriad Colors Phantom World". Phantoms, weird magical creatures
created by the human subconscious, are everywhere; Haruhiko and his
school friends seal them away when they cause trouble.
2012 historical fantasy, first in the Order of the Air series. In
1929, as Lake Nemi is drained in search of its archaeological
treasures, an ancient evil is loosed. Only four heroic
aviator-magicians will be able to fight it.
2016 reality television, 7 episodes. The series follows recruits
through the ten weeks of selection for the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh.
1940 classic English detective fiction; tenth of Marsh's novels of
Inspector Roderick Alleyn. The Lampreys are an impoverished
aristocratic family; after Lord Charles's rich brother refused to give
them yet another handout, he was found stabbed to death. Mad wife?
Annoyed brother? Random stranger? Well, it'll never be that last in a
classic mystery. US vt Death of a Peer.
With role-playing cancelled due to illness, I played some boardgames
in Cambridge instead.
2015 science fiction. Ren works as the 3D printer engineer in a colony
on an extrasolar planet, right next to the alien biotech artefact
known as God's City. Then a stranger shows up, a descendant of the
people thought to have been lost in an accident during planetfall.
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are
to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)