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U is for Unorganised

While under most circumstances a lack of organisation can lead to stress and last minute disappointment, sometimes those negatives serve as a balance to a big positive. My local gaming group – STockport¬†Unorganised Role Players – has the whole unorganised thing down part. STURP started out as the idea of a local bar person at the Heaton Moor KRO (yes, that’s why we have a crow as the emblem of our little group). A call for local roleplayers through MeetUp.com…

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W is for Wooden Pens

I have become a great fan of wooden pens; that sort of fountain pen or similar stationery that take advantage of the tactile as well as the usable. It doesn’t make them astonishingly expensive. I mean, these aren’t disposable biro either. In the end, you have something that combines function with feeling. I think if you want to have an experience, you spend a little more on it. People spend ¬£50 a head on a fantastic meal – and I…

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T is for Trepanning

I have never quite worked out why my entry on h2g2 about Trepanning received so much attention. For a while, I had the draft version of the article on this website and it easily accounted for the bulk of search engine traffic over any given year. Humanity has always innovated in the strangest way, using all manner of experiences to guide advances in technology, medicine, and general understanding. I mean, why do we drink cow’s milk? It’s one of those…

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S is for Speed Reading

If I could acquire one realistically achievable skill, that would be effective speed reading. By effective, I mean the ability to not only read faster but to retain and comprehend the material on a level that fits with what I’m doing. In speed reading challenges, I imagine that speed reading works because of a combination of technique and short-term retention of information. You can skim your eyes over the words and keep the information handy for a short space of…

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R is for Running Games

No matter how much I try to enjoy being a player in tabletop role-playing games, I can’t find that groove to really enjoy it. I don’t hate it, but I don’t get the same sense of satisfaction as when I run the game. I have had long suspicions that the issue comes down to the way my brain works. I don’t do well with really quick decisions where I lack sufficient information. I can see that every time I go…

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P is for Photoshop

I have used Photoshop for a long time, but often I feel like I’ve skimmed nothing but the intuitive surface of the application. The version I have is old and secondhand, a disc I picked up somewhere along the way. It works well enough and I don’t have any complaints about the functionality on offer, but I can clearly see I’m not hitting half of the menu options. I picked up a simple guide to using Photoshop, but it requires…

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O is for Open / Closed

I ran a game of Cypher system this past weekend and I think I have found myself in a special sort of dilemma. Up front and in the open, I love the Cypher system. I enjoy the level of simplicity and crunch that comes from a system that spends much of the time offering character options. The way the generation of characters ties into the background of the setting – well, I’m not claiming it’s perfect but it works for…

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