Category: Observations

writing, gaming, creating

F is for Family

F is for Family I didn’t quite know what to write about today¬†until I had a shower. Revelation most often happens in the shower. I have never worked out why. Without family where would I be? What would I be doing? I speak of myself here – not judging the quality of family or the…
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April 7, 2016 0

Storms of Creativity

I generally hate any article that comes with a Top 10 title. Yes, they pull people in. Yes, they sometimes work on me, like a Venus Flytrap lures with the sweet scent of rotting meat. As it happens I immediately saw the sense in half this link-fest of a Lifehacker piece on brainstorming. Finding ideas…
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January 13, 2016 0

The Challenge of Reading

Setting myself a reading challenge has a varied effect, it would seem, depending on the year! I’m not sure what that means about how I spend my time or how events impact my opportunities and drive to read. Right now, I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped for 2015. GoodReads has a feature where…
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March 26, 2015 0

Gaming an Unfamiliar Setting

Herein, I consider running ad hoc games using simple generic systems, like Fate Accelerated, with settings that might not be familiar, but have enough draw on common mythology to make the gaming experience a relatively easy one. For me, having a middle ground of creative and imaginative resource makes all the difference, because few of…
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March 11, 2015 0

Quick Weekend Achievements

I often beat myself up about what I get done at the weekend. I reach the close, the darkness of Sunday night, and wonder where all the time went. In that moment, I often also wondered what I managed to do with it all – and yet come out the other end with nothing much…
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May 18, 2014 0

Not Really Seeing, Yet

Wow… I’m reading a basic book on the buddha-dharma at the moment. If I’m taking anything away so far, it’s that if I think I have any idea what it’s about, I’m probably wrong. It would seem to have something in common with Heisenberg‘s Uncertainty Principle or perhaps Schr√∂dinger’s Cat – something along the lines…
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May 2, 2014 0

Too Little or Too Much?

I had a chat with some of my roleplaying group the other day about storytelling games. We just finished a very tight and entertaining game of Fiasco – using Graham Walmsley‘s “Unaussprechlichen Kulten” playset – and had started to chat. The discussion concerned why certain storytelling games worked and others didn’t – or at least,…
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January 11, 2012 0

Market Forceless

Reading this article – – on the BBC about the success of Google’s Android, tempered by the relative ‘failure’ of the Android Market, rang true with me. When I purchased an iPhone a few years back, I felt spoilt by the Apps available. I wouldn’t consider my spending excessive, but I did buy many…
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May 9, 2011 0

Striking a Balance

I played Pathfinder last night. I’m a Ranger called Nial. I haven’t played the game before nor had I played with this group before, so I had a completely new experience and, in general, I enjoyed myself. I have to say, the adventure – an official one aimed at the 1st level character – did…
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February 24, 2011 0

Reasonable Resolution

The new year swings around and I had a wee dram o’ whiskey, so no need to worry about a hangover or anything this morning. Mind, a week off work has gone me out of my routine, which likely won’t make this week any easier. I’m relieved I managed to meet my deadline of a…
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January 1, 2011 0