August 26th, 2005

Cubicle 7

Thank You To Playtesters and some Junk Babies Previews...

I'd like to thank everyone whose written to me expressing an interest to playtest Frankenstein Factory, and some other of our games, in the last 24 hours. I've already had around 20 different people/groups mail me so far from as far afield as New Zealand and Australia to the US and more locally in the UK and Ireland!

I look forward to people's views on FF and I'm glad I've thrown out a smallish one-shot game to playtesters before some of our larger lines. It'll allow me to gain valuable feedback and also determine who to use for what lines in the future.

As a special thank you I'm going to treat you to a couple of otehr pieces of artwork from the Junk Babies game, I already use one of the pieces as an occassional User Picture which some of you may have seen. The art for Junk Babies is stunning and we're really very happy with it and the concept (but more on that another time). The talented Dave Allsop is once again behind these creations.... enjoy!

                 DARK DARK DONNA


Junk Baby - Viscous Sydney

Nick Cave

I've not been feeling very well this week and have stayed in every evening (and most days) trying to recuperate. Not a great way to spend some days off but then again it has allowed me to get on with a shitload of Cubicle 7 work and catch-up on a number of other things. So in some ways feeling iffy has been useful and productive. Of course the bit where I was feeling iffy and doing nothing was less productive and the bits where I was feeling iffy so spending my time playing Ticket To Ride online and my football management game were also not very productive.

But I digress.

This evening the lovely mooncadet had arranged some passes to go and see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Alexandra Palace. It's the first gig I've been to in Ally Pally and it is a lovely venue, even if some of the acoustics weren't great depending on where you stood. It was also nice being able to go to a gig which is practically 'next door' instead of having to travel all the way into the centre of London. I used to go drinking in the Phoenix Bar in Ally Pally quite a bit and walk home - yes it's a bit of a walk to mine but very doable.

Anyway, we were able to bypass the enourmous que and go straight to the guest enterance to collect our Triple A stickers that allowed us (in theory) to roam free. We caught part of the Sons & Daughters set who impressed me and I'll certainly try and catch them again and probably end up picking up the CD to give them a better listen. Then, after a short interlude, Mr Cave and his Bad Seeds came on to entertain. He was certainly better than I saw him last year at Brixton but not as good as some of the otehr times I've caught him. Part of this was probably down to the fact that I wasn't really feeling top-notch and I must admit after he played The Weeping Song (one of my all time favourites) I started considering calling it a night and heading home. I stayed around for a bit longer, chatted to Santi and Fiona for a while, and then made my farewells - found Mel, thanked her and made my merry way homebound.

Am annoyed at not feeling 100% atm. Am annoyed at not even feeling 80% atm. It's going to be a quiet bank holiday weekend for me in regards to night-time activity. I'm working Friday/Saturday and either Sunday or Monday in anycase and the only things I'm down to do is go for a family meal on Sunday evening and pop over to Dom and mrsdominic 's on Monday evening as I'm going to be looking after their cats whilst they're on holiday. Will also be having a game of something with Dom (no incentive to go round there then!!! :p)

Am also annoyed as the Nick Cave Triple A pass apparently also allowed us into the After Party! Would have been very interested to have done that one if we could have found it but then I guess there'll be other After Show Parties to attend!!! Hmm.... well, maybe.... :p

Many thanks to mooncadet for arranging the tickets. Sorry I wasn't a bit more perky!

I'm now going to finish one more email and then hit the ssack to read before falling (hopefully) blissfully to sleep for a few hours.

Catch you all soon!
Junk Baby - Viscous Sydney

(Joke) Liverpool's New Striker.....

Young Iraqi Striker Destined For Superstardom

The new Liverpool manager sent scouts out around the world looking for a new striker to replace Michael Owen and hopefully win Liverpool the title.

One of the scouts informs him of a young Iraqi striker who he thinks will turn out to be a true superstar.

The Liverpool manager flies to Baghdad to watch him and is suitably impressed and arranges for him to come over to Anfield.

Two weeks later Liverpool are 4-0 down to Manchester United with only 20 minutes left. The manager gives the young Iraqi striker the nod and on he goes.

The lad is a sensation, scores 5 in 20 minutes and wins the game for Liverpool. The fans are delighted, the players and coaches are delighted and the media love the new star.

When the player comes off the pitch he phones his mum to tell her about his first day in English football.

Hello mum, guess what?" he say's. "I played for 20 minutes today, we were 4-0 down but I scored 5 and we won. Everybody loves me, the fans, the media, they all love me."

"Wonderful," says his mum, "Let me tell you about my day. Your father got shot in the street, your sister and I were ambushed and beaten and your brother has joined a gang of looters while you were having a great time."

The young lad is very upset, "What can I say mum, but I'm so sorry." "Sorry!"Êsays his mum, "It's your fault we moved to Liverpool in the first place!"
Old Friend

GenCon UK - Day Tickets???

Hi folks,

Does anyone know if GenCon UK are selling Day tickets this year? If they are how much are they?

There website seems to be utterly useless and there's absolutely no way I'm paying the money they want for the full convention PLUS accomodation fees. Despite my extremely negative expectations surrounding this years event I'm thinking of popping down for a day to check it out and see if they can prove me wrong for 2006 or beyond.