31 Jul

Amazon Kindle White not available in UK!

Amazon have failed me:

Hello Tom,

The White version of the kindle is currently only available on the Amazon.com store.

Unfortunately there will not be a white version available on the Amazon.co.uk store and you can’t order it from the
US store as you will be redirected to the UK store

Please let me apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your interest in kindle.

Did I solve your problem?

Now how can Ann have a Kindle that matches her Macbook?

05 Jul

Continuum 2010: Sunday

Sunday, the last..

Up far too early since, despite being in bed by 1.30.. I blogged and read rpg books until 2.30. Had shower, ate quite a good breakfast and then played an AWESOMELY good game of Savage Earthdawn which EvilGaz ran. I think 3 or 4 of the players were Smart Party and as such the gaming was fast, competent and well paced. Gaz is a great GM and I have loved Earthdawn for years although never run it. It rocked for me.

Then, after a quick visit to the B&B to mark down stock, I joined the rather fine Serenity freeform. Much fun, as I played the incompetent and venal Lt. Tillman. Faded a bit by 5pm, but by 6-ish I was assassinated by the hot dog seller. [I just knew he was an urban guerilla, or possibly a street vendor, or both.] Great game, maybe I didn’t fully rise to it but had a good time.

I then hit the tiredness wall and having already dropped out of Scott Dorwood’s horror game I dropped out of DrMoos’ Toon game and instead talked to people. At first I was almost unconscious, but got back my wind as the night progressed ending with an impromptu storytelling session where Oliver Dickinson delivered a new Griselda story and Jamie “Trotsky” Revell regaled us with one of his.

I made quite good return on the B&B and got rid of a lot of stuff, talked to a lot of friends, old and new, and had my best con in a long time.. but Furnace is coming soon and that’s always a great blast.

Tired now, I have a cup of tea, so a few more pages of rpg books and then sleep, and tomorrow on the train to Nochet.. I mean Newcastle..

04 Jul

Continuum 2010: Saturday

I have had a great day again. Sensibly I didn’t play all day, leaving me time to read my scenario for tonight, and also help out on the B&B stall again. Then I joined the Chivalry and Clockwork game being run by Ken Walton of Cakebread and Walton, and had an absolute blast as all my 17th century religious and political upbringing came flowing out in an awesome game and setting (YMMV). This is what I shall spend my credit note with Cubicle 7 on!

Then I ran the ‘How to run a Mini-Con’ panel with Graham S, Darran S and Neil S and I have to say it was great panel and we had an appreciative audience that seemed genuinely interested.

In the evening I ran Nathan B’s charming Winter Song OpenQuest game with 6 dear friends (4 I knew already, 2 we befriended in the game) and suffice to say, they convrted the orcs and dragons to Christianity and saved the kingdom and the werewolf..

Good chat with Graham, Newt, Tim, Stephen and off to bed to write this and sleep.

FULL day Sunday..

02 Jul

Continuum 2010: Late Friday Night

Well, day one of Continuum 2010 is finished and wrapped, and I’ve done quite a bit. Graham rolled up about 1pm and we unpacked all our Bring and Buy stuff from his boot. I wasn’t doing the B&B but it seemed unfair to pass the organisation to someone else so Graham and I ticketed up and organised the stand, both our stuff and many others. It’s a slow job and took us until about 7pm to complete, but I quite enjoyed playing shopkeeper and it meant I could chat to my god friend Bob “Grim” from Reapers Revenge and the staff of Mongoose Publishing. We sold quite a lot of stuff and handed it on to Dave Williams who will be running it for the rest of the Con. I picked up the new Traveller Little Black Books from Mongoose: The Traveller Rulebook, Mercenary, High Guard and Scout. The pocket size (and they really are pocket sized) and the price point (£10) means they hit the sweet spot for me. Problem is, and this is a sad sign of age, that I will probably not be able to read them without glasses on, but hey.. I have glasses..

Popped to the signup boards and signed up for lost of games. Met Simon Beaver, popped up to the D101 games room, picked up my complimentary copy of OpenQuest, said hi to many people and had a fairly weak vegetable curry. [Mind you fish and chips for lunch was good..]

After dinner I went and played in Darren Driver’s Dragon Age roleplaying game. I’ve followed this game in development as the author, Chris Pramas, blogged about it as he and his company Green Ronin wrote and published it. It’s light, nice mechanics and captures a very dark yet familiar D&D style. It remind me a lot of Basic D&D, and I know Chris wanted that kind of easy-starter feel.. but the mechanics are much better and easier. We played it very dark an grim and my female PC seduced and murdered her way inside the party until Sean Varney’s female mage did for me.. before my PC’s dragon mother did for his.. Big thanks to all, and especially Jaran Wood and Sverre Larre who played into my witches hands so well and happily only to discover she wasn’t very nice after all!

02 Jul

Friday: Almost started

Here we are, sitting in the bar waiting for the registration to open at 1pm, and finishing off some proper work work before launching into gaming. I won’t even list who’s here, since I’d miss someone off, but hey, the gangs not all here and it’s already great to see everyone!

I have prepared the basic outline of the panel on running mini-con and have had a nice cup of tea, so I’ll post this, ring the missus, and then jump right in..

01 Jul

Continuum 2010 Part the Prelude

Here I am in John Foster Hall in Leicester, site of the twice yearly roleplaying convention Continuum. I have come a day early rather than coming all the way from London to Sheffield and back to Leicester in the morning. London wanted to charge me a lot to stay there, and here I can hang with the cool kids: the Committee.

Very hot and drained in this hot and humid weather I have freshened in the room and once I have typed this update will go and find Loz, Darran, Colin, Simon, Rich and the others again and see what’s what.

I had a not great Continuum last time, I was not really recovered from my sarcoidosis and it all was stressful and not great. This time I have a few commitments, a few games, but my key goal is to relax, not worry, have a few beers, and chill with old friends before setting out to Newcastle on Monday by train.

If I see you, hiya! If you see me and I don’t see you, hiya! If you’re not here.. well there’s always Furnace..