November 10th, 2008

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Angus Goes on a Daily Mail Rant

Should come as no surprise to discover that Paul Dacre, editior of the Daily Mail, is a bit of a prat.

Don't know in that case why I was surprised to discover he seems to be one. The man seems to talk utter twaddle.

"If Gordon Brown wanted to force a privacy law, he would have to set out a bill, arguing his case in both Houses of Parliament, withstand public scrutiny and win a series of votes," he said.

"Now, thanks to the wretched Human Rights Act, one judge with a subjective and highly relativist moral sense can do the same with a stroke of his pen."

The "wretched Human Rights Act" indeed. I'd hate to see a society where everything fit into Dacre's viewpoints if he doesn;t agree with the Human Rights Act and thinks it's an abomination.

His comments about the Mosley case (which his paper lost) also annoyed me. Ok, I sit very nicely on the liberal side of the fence but I do feel that if people want to have consenual 'unconventional' sex (in the eyes of the mainstream) then they should be able to without any worries or the media throwing it on the front page in outrage and scandal. Especially when said media actually lie about the facts.

The media should be about factual news. If you can't trust news sources to provide you factual news then they are not a good source of information any longer. Now I know many of my friends don't consider The Daily Mail as a *news*paper anyway so maybe it's unsurprising that the paper isn't interested in reporting the news in the same way as The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Independent are. I guess I should lump The Daily Mail very firmly in the same camp as The Sun, Mirror and Star - the sensationalist tabloid gossip camp. But then I think I probably have done for many years anyway so I'm stop whining and giving The Daily Mail a higher status and importance than it actually holds

Mail Editor Accuses Mosley Judge (BBC News; Sunday 9th November 2008)

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Indiecon 08...

...was very good fun.

Caught up with a number of old friends (including Grim, Big Steve, Christian and Emmylou), played a host of games (Memoir '44, Ticket to Ride, Incan Gold, Mad Scientist University plus a couple of playtest and 'in development' games from Cubicle 7).

The Con itself has a lot of potential. It's at the same site as Consequences (a LARP Convention in a couple of weeks time) and Conception (at the end of January/early February which pulls in about 600-700 people) which is a very good venue - athough the playing areas could be a bit larger. The attendence wasn't great for their first event (I'm not sure of the actual figures but I'd guess it was under 100) but those who were there had fun, brought games and enjoyed themselves. They also form some of the more vocal members in the UK RPG scene so will go away and talk about the Con and promote next years event. I'd be very surprised if IndieCon 09 doesn't have 250/300+ attendees at a minimum.
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RIP: Wizkids

This one actually makes me sad. I am a big fan of Heroclix (especially the Marvel version) and also liked some of the specials they've done over the years like the Aliens and Predator Collector Sets as well as there oversized Marvel figures.

I also have friends who work for WizKids here in the UK so am worried that they may lose their jobs - although there is a hope they'll be brought into the core TOPPS department, especially one of them who is already splitting her duties between the two companies so she'll probably just be merged completely over.

Wizkids brought innovation to the hobby industry - being the first to introduce the idea of prepainted collectible miniatures (through Mage Knight) and then the Pocket Model collectibles through Pirates of the Spanish Main. Both concepts have been used by other companies from the successes of the Dungeons & Dragons & Star Wars Miniature Games from Wizards of the Coast to the less successful imitations of their Pocket Model ranges with sets such as Racer Knights from White Wolf and Transformers from Wizards.

Apparently TOPPS are looking at ways of continuing Heroclix without too much interruption. Whether that is doing something with it inhouse or sub-licensing the game to a third party publisher remains to be seen. Wizkids also own the Battletech and Shadowrun IPs which they license to Catalyst Game Labs to publish the RPGs of. I presume the licenses will now just be owned by TOPPS although I guess they may sell them off.

Topps Shuts Down WizKids (ICv2; Monday 10th November 2008)
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