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Call of the Murderhobos

I have been thumbing through The Black Hack with the aim of running the game at some upcoming events. Rather than taking the easy option and having a go at the standard approach, I thought I’d hack the Hack and see whether I could get something with a Cthulhu / Chill vibe going. I imagine…
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May 3, 2016 0

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…
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April 27, 2016 0

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…
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April 27, 2016 0

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…
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April 27, 2016 0

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…
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April 27, 2016 2

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…
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April 27, 2016 0

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,…
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April 19, 2016 0

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…
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April 19, 2016 4

N is for Nuts

I have become more tolerant of nuts over the years. I have never been intolerant (certainly not in a medical sense), but I never consumed that many or any great variety. I might once have dabbled in peanuts, but these days I’m all about the walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and more besides. Once I…
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April 19, 2016 0

M is for Malcolm

Malcolm entered the family as a stray. A gorgeous stray, but a stray nonetheless. He had been hanging around in our back garden for the longest time. I find it hard to work out when a cat lives somewhere and when it’s simply doing the rounds. I take it from the fact that Malcolm now¬†sleeps…
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April 15, 2016 0