Once more unto the Peninsular

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Jul 312020

This has been a long time coming, but after a couple of alpha test runs out in the open at Contingency 2020, the full Duty & Honour Revised Edition (Second Edition, Waterloo Edition … I haven’t decided) private playtest has started.

The 103rd Duke of Monmouth Rangers have been dragged from their ceremonial duties and sent to Lisbon in the wake of the retreat from A Coruna. Amongst their number, the drunken Exploring officer Major McAllister has gathered a half company of men together to forage deep into Portugal and return intelligence on the French.

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Gaming Sharpe: Sharpe’s Enemy

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Dec 082019


It’s December 1812 and Sharpe is tasked with the rescue of some important hostages who have been taken by a group of deserters. To make matters worse, one of the hostages in the wife of a senior officer (and a former flame of Sharpe), another is the wife of a French officer and one of the deserters is his nemesis, Hakeswill. Oh, and he has a troop of rockets as well… 

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Cheap Ass Counters

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Jul 282019

I have never been an enthusiastic buyer of miniatures. Sure, I have more than a few that seem to have come into my possession and before my eyesight dropped off a cliff I was semi-competent at painting them – but they have never been something I have embraced with glee. Eye-watering prices combine with difficulties in transport to make them impractical. And yet, remarkably, for games like D&D I actually love minis and grids. So what am I to do? Make an alternative!

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Mind Your Language

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Jul 062019

“DCI Huntley has the right to be questioned by an officer at least one rank senior”

Fans of the TV show Line of Duty will recognise that as the show’s de facto catchphrase and one of the many recurring soundbites that are embedded in the scripts and form the skeleton around which the hit show is built. What I find remarkable is that these noises and phrases are not the catchphrases of the characters or running jokes or puns, but rather procedural language that reflects the setting and adds to the authenticity of the show. This got me thinking about other instances where procedural language is embedded in the presentation of the media that inspires our games, and how can we use it to our advantage.

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All Quiet on the Western Front?

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Jun 012018

It seems to have all gone quiet on the Omnihedron front, hasn’t it? Here’s a quick update on where I am with what, gaming-wise.

51phmliyxol-_sx325_bo1204203200_Blogging: Is going to start again – as the higher education year grinds down from the furore of final submissions and into exam boards, a little more headspace can be allocated to gaming and games design. Hurrah!

Duty & Honour: I’ve been slowly pulling my thoughts together for the revised edition and I have my long summer holidays pencilled in for some major work on it. I don’t have the original files anymore so I have someone typing them up for me, and then I can use that as the basis to expand and adapt for the new version. I’ll be looking for some playtesting around about Autumn 2018, I imagine with the main action coming next year.

Liminal: I’ve been doing a lot of work on Liminal, a game of British urban fantasy by Paul Mitchener. Liminal had a really tremendous Kickstarter and Paul entrusted me with not one, but two stretch goals (Liminal London and Novocastria) and a some extras for other books. The first draft of Liminal London was twice as long as expected – and I could have doubled that word count easily – and has been submitted. Why has this jumped the queue? Simple – the Omnihedron laptop is nearly 5 years old now and it’s showing. I need new hardware!

61yidpkntl-_sx325_bo1204203200_At the Table?: Our game of Symbaroum continues. We have completed the Copper Crown mini-campaign and are at the start of Wrath of the Warden at the moment. We don’t play too often and the game is continuing to deliver a rich, layered and dangerous experience. I’m also starting a short run of Traveller soon, because you know, after buying the original books some 32 years ago I should probably get around to running it. I’m also running a little D&D at the newly forged college D&D Club. More on that later…

Reading: A huge portion of my reading has been taken up with research for Liminal London, but I have needed a palette cleanser before I head into books new, so I have started reading the Starbuck books by Bernard Cornwell. I’ve very little knowledge of the American Civil War so its all new to me, and well, Cornwell rarely puts a foot wrong in my opinion, so I presume it’ll be good stuff.

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