August 9th, 2005

Old Friend

The Crue, Saint Etienne and Time Off....

Just received Motley Crue's "Red, White & Crue" in the post. It's there new album and I'll admit the first ever Motley Crue album I've properly had (I think a friend recorded the one with Girls, Girls, Girls, etc, on for me in the 80's though). I've no idea what it'll sound like but the single from it ("If I Die Tomorrow") was really really surprisngly good. Probably means I'm in for a let down but we'll see...

I also received Saint Etienne's "Smash The System: Singles 1990-99" in the same delivery. I used to enjoy Saint Etienne 'back in the day' but haven't really listened to them for a few years now. Looking forward t exploring this one and rediscovering a load of songs my memory has faded out over the years :p

In other news - I have three days off!!! In a ROW!!! WOW!!! :D

Today is a mixture of a day of rest and work. I have a few things I really need to do but I also want to spend a little bit of time relaxing and having some 'Angus-time' as I've not really allowed myself any for a while. Angus-time will probably result in me either lying back and reading the new Harry Potter book or playing Championship Manager on the PC trying to get my various teams promoted :p

This evening sees Dom come over for a game whilst the TV is on in the background showing the Everton Champions League Qualifier.

Tomorrow I'm meeting up with Mr John Brown (ex-WOTC/RPGA) for lunch and chats and then the SKINNY PUPPY gig in the evening!!! Can't wait!

Thursday is more of a day of full-on work although I'm also hoping to arrange something with Mr Torley and Tam for a few hours. Then Friday is back to work :(....... although I will be B-Movie-ing in the evening which I am SO looking forward to. I might also be at Slimelight (boo hiss) on Saturday as it's Sarah's birthday and I said I'd go along for a few hours if she goes.
Angus May 2005

Friends

Well I am now a friend of 199 people. My latest friend is actualsean whom I work with. Now who should be 'Friend 200'?

Well, I'm kind of leaving that one up to you guys. Who do YOU think should be on my friends list and why? Whose LJ should I be reading and commenting on? Have a think and make some suggestions to me and we'll see who 'Friend 200' turns out to be!
Old Friend

Why Am I Interested In.....?

Whilst on the subject of my LJ's front page I thought I'd ressurect an old meme type affair that circulated quite a while back regarding 'Interests'.

I currently have 150 interests listed (it's no wonder I don't seem to have any spare time!). Ask me about any of them and I'll tell you either what it is or why I am interested in it, or when I became interested in it.
Junk Baby - Viscous Sydney

TRUE STORY

Cause I saw it in a friends LJ so it *MUST* be true.....
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True story; A religion teacher assigned her class an essay on what makes a good Wiccan. One student wrote about sacrificing nightly, dancing skyclad, kidnapping babies, and donating money. The other student wrote about talking to the goddess and allowing people to enjoy their lives naked or not - and supporting parents choosing whether or not to sacrifice their own babies. The day the teacher was to hand the papers back, she called up the second student and told him she would sacrifice him. The student asked why would he be sacrificed, and why he got an F on his paper. The teacher told him that Wiccan is for enforced baby-sacrifice. The student looked at her for a minute, then said aloud, "I was a baby, once." The teacher kicked him out of class as if he had said "God is a bloke" or didn't love trees. A girl in the back of class who had no baby and was regularly naked got up and left too.

If you would leave the classroom, repost this. It doesn't matter if you're naked, clothed or a baby. It doesn't matter if you're Wiccan or not. Everyone is a human being and deserves happiness
  • Current Mood
    amused amused
Old Friend

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The 'Wiccan True Story' pisstake was actually written by twicedead in a reply on another friends LJ regarding the stupid Christian/Gay spam. I thought it summed things up nicely and so reposted it. I've started seeing it spread though and wanted to make sure Ben gets the limelight for this one. Genius!

Spread the WORD! :p

Also pond823 has another variant up on his LJ for those who worship slightly more tentacle minded God/things :p

I'm off to raid my hidden chocolate stash.... then maybe cook steak. The wonders of my taste pallet!
  • Current Music
    Motley Crue; Raveonettes
Angus May 2005

Games Night - 09/08/05

Played a handful of games this evening. One new one to me, one I hadn't played since playtesting it at a Con 3 years ago and one variation of a game played before.

HIVE
We finally gave Hive by Gen.4.2 a go. I've had the game for years but never got round to playing it. The designer is local to us and actually playtested the game at the local games club. I never played it there though. The pieces are lovely. Thick wooden hexagons with a picture of an insect on the top with either Blue or Silver background to show who owns the piece. The game itself is a two-player strategy game whose object is to try and surround the opponents Queen Bee. Each insect piece has different movement traits but you can never break the chain of the hive creating a section disconnected with the rest of the playing pieces. It has no board so you can pretty much play it anywhere and it's small enough that you could take it away on holiday with you. We played several games at the beginning of the night and went back for a few more before Dom headed home. It's pretty quick, say 20 minutes tops. Certainly one I can now reccommend :p
        

FIGHTBALL
I first played Fightball at a games convention in a hotel by the NEC back in 2002 I think. James Ernest, the designer, whipped my hind before I took revenge on another con-goer (Paul Wade-Williams - now working for Great White Games on their Savage Worlds line). It's a very fast-paced 'sports' game where you are trying to lay your cards as quick as possible to get your players into goal scoring opportunities whilst trying to prevent your opponents players from scoring. The game is made up of four quarters which are in turn made up of two rounds. The first round is where each player tries to play all of their cards and finishes when the first player runs out and 'Buzzes'. The second  round is tallying up any goals you scored and any fouls  that took place. Over the course of the four quarters you tally up all your points and the person with the most wins. The first game I thrashed Dom 50 - 9, on the second rematch Dom faired slightly better but still ultimately lost 38 -16. Enjoyed it but not sure it'll be a regular feature on the games table. There are three sets in the series (each containing two teams). We played Aztec and The Dark.

DUNGEONEER: HAUNTED WOODS OF MALTHORIN
After our successful three-player Dungeoneer experience the other week we decided to give one of the smaller 2-player expansions a go. These can be added to the other sets to make larger games but for two players they work well enough. We choose the Haunted Woods of Malthorin tonight and donned our adventuring garb and headed into those dark woods. I was a Centaur Ranger and Dom was a Druid. The game does play well with two-players but I must say it's more fun with more as people get screwed over more often :p Has got some very nice magic items in it though and the Drow ended up kicking some serious Druid ass which was nice to see! :p

I have also got a sample few packs of Hidden City's new CLOUT game. This game has been causing a bit of a stir because it's from thePeter Adkison's  new company. For those who don't know who Peter is then you probably also haven't heard of Magic: The Gathering or Wizards of the Coast, which is game and company he first produced back in 1993. I was dubious when I first heard about CLOUT as it's a collectible poker chip combat game. Hmm.... sounded to me a bit like a glorified POG. Anyway, I know daver2323 is doing some artwork on future sets and Peter certainly has enough money to market and promote it intensely. I just don't know if it's something that will do well in the Hobby market though. Mind you, when I first saw the early Mage Knight figures I didn't think it'd catch on - to be fair I still didn't think that until Heroclix was announced! Anyway, I'll give CLOUT a go in the near future and report back then.