Browsed by
Category: Celebrations

Free RPG Day with Whitehack

Free RPG Day with Whitehack

Whitehack proved to be quite an entertaining choice of game to run for Free RPG Day. Really, it provided a framework primarily for my GM style of largely ignoring the rules and forgetting the dice. However, what aspects of the game I did use ran well for me. I like the positive and negative rolls. The hack of the Old School system has the standard six stats, but dispenses with skills, feats or similar by giving the character’s affiliations. These…

Read More Read More

Diet, Willpower and Achievement

Diet, Willpower and Achievement

This weekend my weight dipped down to 11 stone 13 lbs. Admittedly I weighed myself in the morning, after exercising and before breakfast. I almost definitely weighed more by the end of the morning. However, I have always weighed myself at this sort of point in the week/day, so I do aim for consistency. Having started out close to 16 stone, hitting this point feels like a real achievement. I have lost roughly 25% of my weight over the last…

Read More Read More

Booked Up

Booked Up

Christmas provides a wealth of reading material this year, as ever. I actually like a good book, so it helps. I got a book of 20th century poetry, an almanac of historic customs, a book on Chris Morris, and one on horrible jobs through history. All excellent stuff, now piled by my bed, with a few choice hardbacks in the loo (both 2nd hand books, so I understand). However, I still have my writing on beggars to complete, so I’ll…

Read More Read More

Same Difference

Same Difference

Once a year, my house gets invaded. I understand this might be the last time it happens. My wife likes to keep in touch with her friends. She has friends with a common interest, and they get invited round once a year for chin-wagging, story-swapping, drinks, food and fun. In this same timeframe, the kids and I normally manage to find something else to do. This year, my wife delayed in holding the event from summer to autumn – so,…

Read More Read More

Tapas and Tribulations

Tapas and Tribulations

Sometimes you have to wonder how the heck life gets quite as strange as it does. On Saturday, we had a tapas party with friends. Everyone brings round something appropriately nibbly (and some beer), and by early evening we have a table growning with goodies. Simple. Very little organisation or cooking involved, but enough to feed people and have spares for a week or three. Anyway, with a couple of dozen people in and outside the house, conversation was the…

Read More Read More

Which Will You Be?

Which Will You Be?

When I was 12 years old, I had already played ‘Warlock of Firetop Mountain‘ and the other first half dozen Fighting Fantasy books. A year later I would be clutching the purplish box of ‘Middle Earth Role Playing‘ having thoroughly enjoyed several months of D&Ding at school. In that moment, in 1984, I discovered something a bit different… I discovered ‘Maelstrom‘. I’m not entirely sure whether I would have seen ‘Excalibur‘ at this point or similar fantasy movies that stepped…

Read More Read More

A Cereal in 111 Parts

A Cereal in 111 Parts

Congratulations to Kellogg’s Cornflakes on their 111th birthday. I love days like this, because they give me the opportunity to learn something new. I mean, I didn’t know that while John Kellogg created the cornflake, it was his brother, William, who added sugar to them and marketed them as a breakfast food. John and William fell out over it in the traditional American way – i.e. they got lawyers involved – and, thankfully, William won. John intended his cornflakes to…

Read More Read More