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  1. The Alan Dean Foster situation is disgusting. (And I really enjoyed his Alien Nation novelizations). Back on the topic of novelizations I recently re-read Gremlins, by George Hope. (Which I thoroughly enjoyed as a kid, in lieu of being allowed to go to see it at the cinema). Revisiting it as an adult ... It's alright, and nothing like as the Back To The Future novelization. BTTF by the same author is gobsmackingly crackers. It's like Gipe was working from a different screenplay, but also completely reinterpreted the characters of Marty and Doc to make them utterly unlikeable.
  2. I was very tempted by that one. I hope it plays as great as it looks.
  3. Cockroach - Ian McEwan This short novella is a satire that benefits from being read now, I'd imagine. Hopefully in 4 years time it'll not feel as relevant. Fingers crossed. In this book, a cockroach awakes in a mans body. That man is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Very funny - as the insect learns on the job, and the parallels with the policy of 'Reversalism' that the new P.M. (and his similarly insectoid cabinet) propose obviously draw the reader's comparisons with current Brexit issues. The absurdity of the politics, and the cockroach finding himself the UK's leader
  4. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers - Max Porter Having been wowed by Lanny (see earlier), I thought I'd go an explore Max Porter's first novel. It's more overtly poetic than Lanny probably in part because of Porter considering himself a poet rather than novelist - but also as the protagonist is writing a book about Ted Hughes - and specifically focusing on his Crow poetry. There's a bit of me that might question the navel gazing nature of Porter writing about a writer who is writing about a poet. But it's such a moving novella, with the poetry seeming to tap right into the core of grief
  5. I'm super enjoying this. (I've not finished yet, will say nothing to spoil anything). I wonder what the Waterstone's edition (with an extra chapter) adds?
  6. Played Villagers this weekend. A lovely tableau builder, very clean rules and art I thought. Would definitely play again.
  7. Could I have a price for Res Arcana and/or Menara please. (Though I'll have to check my recent spending before I commit). And I have to say, there are some good ones in that collection (that I already have). I doubt anyone would regret owning/playing any of these: (though mileage may vary of course). Fugitive - if you like abstract two player things, with a very slight theme (but art that is so beautiful you forgive it) Hour Of Glory - old, but great, WW2 action point game with a really interesting 'time' mechanic. Star Realms - great Deck Building Epic T
  8. If no-one has taken Chicago 1875, can I take that too? If you give me a total price for that one, 1066 and an Artefact solo RPG and postage then I'l paypal it across. Thanks.
  9. I'm sure that the previous dibbers won't fall through, but if they do I'll definitely take 1066.
  10. I've just watched and enjoyed this. The film has a sense of it just being made by people enjoying themselves which is quite infectious - the cast are having fun, and you the viewer are along for the ride. I briefly thought it was going to be a horrible cameo-a-thon when Dave Grohl turned up. But it wasn't that at all. (Apart from Kid Cudi I suppose). The actual "twist" in the plot is completely obvious from the outset - but the time hopping shenanigans are fun and the various versions of B&T do make you smile (and imagine what a laugh Keanu and Alex are having). It's an old
  11. Machines Like Me - Ian McEwan Set in an alternate 1980s where Alan Turin was still alive - and the UK lost in the Falklands conflict - this is an interesting book in which the first realistic humanoid 'domestic help' robots have gone onto the market. 'Adam' is purchased by Charlie and the book asks the reader to think about the ethics of A.I., the nature of ownership, love, relationships and robot self awareness. And knowingly nod as you spot differences in the history you know about England in the 80s. Arguably this might be slightly too much to have to cope with in one story - but it
  12. Can I just say that I found our one-shot session, that @Doctor Shark ran, far superior to either of the UKGamesExpo online organised play sessions I attended. (Both were also CoC 7e - one in the 1920s, the other SciFi). It's not that either of the UKGamesExpo sessions were necessarily bad, just the first one suffered a little with the Keeper being a bit too eager to show off what he could do (I thought) rather than letting the players role-play and the second one not wasn't even close to finishing within the 4 hour window and had a couple of players who were seemed intent on game-ifying every
  13. Definitely! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would certainly like to be involved again.
  14. I too found it a bit hard to 'do' Wendy 'no nonsense' Kelly from the start (aside of her personal motivation to spring her brother!). I think as she got the chance to use her trusty .12 gauge shotgun we got to see more of how she operates. Definitely lack-of/ropey-accent on my part though (sorry).
  15. Great Keeper-ing last night by @Doctor Shark - with an obvious huge amount of (very worthwhile) prep - so thanks enormously for that. Really well done. (The effort in assembling the photos and bloody-creepy music alone must have been substantial). It was a really interesting scenario that didn't feel railroaded, had a suitably climactic ending and was genuinely unsettling with gibbering-mess inducing insanity. So pretty much the perfect Cthulhu one-shot! Some fun characters emerged too. @Lying Cat's Marty was a particular source of light relief and stupidity in the face of dan
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