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MORTAL ENGINES (December 8, 2018)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

"Hello, My Name Is Inigo Montoya, You Killed My Father, Prepare To Die!"


In honour of The Princess Bride roleplaying game Kickstarter, I staged a little confrontation between my Antediluvian Miniatures' "pirate" figures and my newly acquired pirates.

Of course, now I find myself terribly conflicted about what avenue to head down with my gaming - do I continue to pursue the sci-fi idea I've been kicking around for years or do I go full Princess Bride?

It does look as though I'm getting some more pirate figures and I have my eye on an affordable (at present, on eBay) sailing ship for them...

Weird Wednesday...

Latest Flake News From The Safety Of Our Frozen Garden!


Fresh snow fall over night took our current tally to around 15cm (6").

Once again, my plans revolve around staying indoors and watching television, while Alice remains unimpressed by everything, Barney soldiers on heroically (with extra bedding and constant water checks to make sure it hasn't frozen), and Rachel braves the railways to get to work.

Current temperatures are around -5°C (and feeling about twice that with wind chill) and are not expected to rise above zero today, although no more snow is predicted until tomorrow (when there has been talk of blizzards with the arrival of Storm Emma).

I've cancelled my usual mid-week counselling session, having agreed with my counsellor that it's not wise for me to be out-and-about, doddering around on the icy pavements. I'm unsteady enough on my own, without the added fun of frozen snow underfoot.

Alice is still unimpressed - she tends to remain on the path, rather than heading into the deeper snow 
Rachel's view of Tonbridge railway station - she said the trains were running, but very behind schedule!

Wonder Woman Wednesday...

February's Picture Parade...

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Winning Combination Of Anya Taylor-Joy + Olivia Cooke = Thoroughbreds...



Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke is already a dream team for me, then add the late, great, Anton Yelchin (of Star Trek and Odd Thomas) and I can't see how this film can go wrong!

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada...

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1, cover art by by Butch Guice with Diego Rodriguez

Coming from Valiant in early 2019, in the wake of Harbinger Wars 2, is the six-part event The Life and Death of Toyo Harada, a prestige series about the Valiant Universe’s greatest villain… or its greatest saviour.

For the full low-down, check out this article on Vulture.

Season Four Of iZombie Is Upon Us!


The 'Beast From The East' Has Arrived!

Rachel caught the train to work, which meant walking up the hill from Tunbridge Wells station to her office

No matter how 'prepared' we are for the rare snowfalls that we have these days in the South-East of England, the sight of the first flake always manages to send us into a state of total panic (combined, in some cases, with total elation).

The so-called 'Beast From The East' arrived last night and is supposed to be staying with us for the rest of the week, with more heavy snowfalls due later on.

I'll confess, except for trips into the garden, I haven't really ventured out - as much as I love, and welcome, the snow.

I haven't been feeling too well these last few days and one of the last times we had a heavy snowfall, and I went out 'exploring', I ended up passing out in the street (the cold made my already medically-low blood pressure plummet) and being taken to hospital!

So, sadly, I've been enjoying the chocolate box imagery from the warmth of our home.

Rachel, however, still went to work. But instead of driving took the train, which then meant a walk up from Tunbridge Wells station, through the town, to her office.

This was also Alice's first exposure to snow of any depth and she wasn't a fan. Not only was it cold on her paws, but she didn't like the sensation of sinking in to it almost up to her belly.

She didn't stay out in the garden any longer than she had to (while I was feeding Barney, making sure his water was unfrozen, and that his hutch was as warm as we could make it).

Alice then raced back inside and made herself a pillow fort in our bedroom!

The Princess Is Not Pleased! Alice is not a natural born snow dog!
Tunbridge Wells
Rachel made it to work okay!
Tunbridge Wells

WEEKLY WORLD NEWS: Friend Or Foe? Find Out In This Monstrous Menagerie...


Vampires, giant sharks, dog-men, Sasquatch, and animated fur coats are amongst the potential threats your players could face if you seek inspiration for adventure hooks from this week's batch of unrivalled news stories from the Weekly World News.

Not of all of these are creatures to be hunted and killed - some just want to be understood? But are your players murderhobos through-and-through or can they take a step back and see the situation from the other side?

Monday, 26 February 2018

Map-A-Monday: Kingdom Of Florin (The Princess Bride RPG Kickstarter Special)

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This map of the Kingdom Of Florin is included in the current Princess Bride roleplaying game Kickstarter, but is also available as a 24”x36” cloth map, as a $25 add-on.

Torn From The Headlines: Travelling Near The Speed Of Light...


Whether your games (or stories) centre around comic book superheroes or space-travelling science-fiction, journeying at near the speed of light will probably come up at some point and so this infographic from Futurism is worth logging away in your memory banks.

Musical Monday: UFO Theme The Arrival (Remix)


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