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  1. Rewatching now. It's just as good the second time around.
  2. Machina Arcana (v3) had turned up. Well, technically the upgrade cards from v2 have. Bring on the scary dungeon crawling!
  3. I have hardly used my Next Daw either. Welcome to the club.
  4. I thoroughly enjoyed Don't Look Up. And came here to say the ending (as others have mentioned) did remind me of .
  5. Have decided to do the sort-of-classics this year, as we normally don't watch anything Xmassy other that Holiday Inn & It's A Wonderful Life. So far: Die Hard, Die Hard II, Trading Places, Gremlins, 8-Bit Christmas, Dune, Santa Claus: The Movie Admittedly Dune isn't an Xmas film.
  6. There's no way I'd spend that on it. Friends and I used to play the original (and expansions). I picked them up for pennies at a car boot sale, and for years they seemed to be a charity shop staples. It was fine for silly, boozy gaming -- but nothing more than that.
  7. I love Sprawopolis. Under Falling Skies is also excellent. Mage Knight is fabulous, but I'd not recommend it to beginners. D-Day Dice ... If you like chucking dice a bit, but then using the results in clever ways. Nice balance of luck and brainpower.
  8. Utterly compelling stuff. Some thoughts... As others have said, the wealth of songs that we see in embryonic form that don't crop up 'til later on in the Beatles/solo careers are fascinating. 'Another day', 'Back seat of my car', 'Jealous guy', 'All things must pass' plus most of Abbey Road (Something, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Oh! Darling, Octopus's Garden, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, Her Majesty) It's also great to see how much they obvious *can* enjoy playing together, at times. And John's bloody annoying behaviour in the studio you can't help but forgive when he absolutely *does* pull it out of the bag, when he has to perform. It was interesting in episode 3 how business like in running a proper rehearsal JL was when Paul wasn't in the studio. Billy Preston looked to be having a great time. It made me dig out the Concert For Bangladesh where he plays 'that's the way god planned it' and it's joyous, and the Concert For George where a much older BP sings Isn't It A Pity. Great stuff. Also: George's outfit's were astounding. Part 1: Michael bangs on about performing in the middle east. Part 2: Magic Alex is a conman. Part 3: The Beatles knock it out of the park, despite everything.
  9. I've been watching the "the Fall Guy". Likeable crap. Watch an episode on YouTube. (S2e08) is pretty typical, they are all very similar.
  10. Brainstorm (1983) More famous for being Natalie Wood's last film than anything else (she died during filming). An oddly uneven piece of SciFi, the basic premise of being able to record people's brain function (including emotions etc) and play them back to other people is interesting - and the film hints at exploring this; for education, for the military for porn, etc. But we also have to put up with Christopher Walken delivering lines like he doesn't really understand them (in that Walken way) - and an odd dynamic between his and Natalie Wood's characters. They start the film in the midst of a separation, and then get back together in a bit of Weekday-Afternoon-TV-Romance way. Which is at odds with the SciFi feel. Then during the last act it becomes like a kid's film with a ridiculous slapstick sequence. Add to that the director being a Visual Effects Expert rather than director (it shows), and the truncated ending because of Natalie Wood's death, and you have a very strange film. On the plus side it does have some really interesting cinematography (and I don't just mean the POV stuff), with an unusual choice of shots and long takes. 2/5. Unsatisfying, but still worth watching as a curio.
  11. I might have to bow out if it's in Nov, as I've signed up for the Write A Call Of Cthulhu Scenario course that runs across November. It might test my partner's patience if as well as reading/writing and playtesting etc, I've committed to extra CoC evenings as well. (This one: https://www.chaosium.com/blogrpg-writer-workshop-returns-in-november-write-your-first-call-of-cthulhu-adventure/ )
  12. Thanks so much for running this, and the effort in prepping it. It was great fun! (insofar as the nightmare of being trapped in a claustrophobic tomb with a heartless beast can be classed as 'fun'). Untold wealth and celebrity is definitely a justifiable reward for a talented Egyptologist such as myself. If only I could control my clumsiness with ancient artefacts...
  13. I can do either. I have a slight preference for the 26th, but either works.
  14. Is there any way it could be a different week? Say the Tuesday after, with half term that week I've actually got a holiday booked!
  15. I'm quite flexible around those days. ( I'll also update my previous post re. which scenarios I've done elsewhere, in case you're looking to run a published scenario I happen to have run/ played ).
  16. I'm assuming that the pepper mill to the side is for scale, and is one of those Italian-restaurant-in-the-80s ones that is as long as my forearm.
  17. Coco. (Pixar) Bloody great. Touching, in a good way, funny, and great music/songs. Also interesting to see they've worked hard to animate the fingers when guitar playing realistically, and looks 'right'. 5 out of 5 (tears).
  18. Under Fallen Skies. My gaming group still are not really feeling confident enough to meet up in a small space, so I've had a dive into this solo dice placement game. It's clever and surprisingly well balanced it seems. Given the dice rolls and variability of the setup, saving the city from the invaders is very often a knifeedge finish of win/lose conditions. And the box is rammed with content. A campaign (of about 8 games) adds variable cities (each with two different abilities), characters (each with helpful skills), and missions (with objective/rule tweaks). These combine to mean you're forced to prioritise different tactics game to game, as well as reacting to the dice rolls. Anyway. Very much recommended. In fact it displaces Deep Space D6 as my dice placement solo game of choice. (Under Falling Skies is a boxed, beefed up edition of the free print and play nine card version that I printed, played and liked enough to invest in the 'proper' game when it came out. So you've very little excuse not to try it!)
  19. World War Chtulhu Cold War Core Rules - £12 World War Chtulhu Cold War Section 46 - £16 Star Wars RPG (30th anniversary edition) - £18 (gift) Farflung RPG - £14 Welcome To Dino World Deluxe Kickstarter edition - £18.20 (gift) Once More Into The Void PDF (KS) - £12 Villagers Shifting Seasons (KS) - £13 p&p to add Call Of Cthulhu Classic (Kickstarter - SECOND EDITION BOX SET* REPRINT SHADOWS OF YOG SOTHOTH THE ASYLUM & OTHER TALES CTHULHU COMPANION TRAIL OF THE TSATHOGGHUA FRAGMENTS OF FEAR*) - (£72 minus ~£45) = ~ £28 p&p to add Total for June = £131.20 An expensive month - but I've also bought presents for friend's birthday and another friend's Xmas. Total for year to date = £771 *some weird juggling - bought the box set on KS, but sold my originals of * on eBay.
  20. I liked it. You have to be aware it's a deck management game as much as an exploration, but it's a good one.
  21. May (and some I missed from April) My Haul Of Cthulhu: (All CoC books) Pulp Cthulhu £26.99 Two Headed Serpent £29.19 Cold Fire Within £23.26 Down Darker Trails £29.23 Shadows Over Stillwater £24.99 The Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos £24.66 Beyond The Mountains Of Madness $50 + The Malleus Monstrorum Keeper Deck $15 + shipping ~ £49 Some Board Games from Amazon: Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine £12.79 Big Money £4.47 The King Is Dead: Second Edition £15.69 Total for May (and April's missed ones): £239.70 Total for year £640. Ouch.
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