11 Apr

back to Stats

back to Stats!

Finished some traffic survey crunching Monday and sent to Shirley C. Then wrangled some purchase stats Tuesday and send to Simon K. Popped to see Mark R for a GANTT chart review. Progress is made and Weds I see Simon K for his feedback. Then I shall have to see if I carry on with the stats over Easter whilst Ann is away, or engage with Chapter 6: Business Model Generation.

In other news I have been daydreaming of running a killer hard old skool dungeon game modelled around Dark Souls, running a Mutants and Masterminds superhero game, doodling ideas for a d8 based JCRPG inspired rpg set in Gwenthia. Oh and we are on Spooks series 8.

Now.. if you understood 20% of that lot you understand me far more than any one should!

 

15 Mar

Gardening, Reading, Gaming,

Branch with catkins in early spring

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Last week was 3 days at home working hard, with a seminar at Sheffield Hallam University by the CILT on the recession (but as usual became a row about bus regulation), then 2 days in Newcastle at the Industrial Research Strategy Group presenting on freight modal shift and it’s decline as crown on EU freight transport policy.
Then Saturday I was up at 7.30 and did some full on gardening, tipping and sorting my compost bins, some great compost from there, and all from teabags and vegetable clippings and cardboard! Beds nicely rejuvenated after I discarded the broad beans that had died of chocolate spot and the cauliflowers that had frankly been frozen and thawed so many times that all but 3 were rotten. Colected my parcels from the Post Office, 2 nice new pairs of trousers, a copy of a Zombies: A Field Guide, and True20: Revised Edition. Sunday was an aching day for me, but we got our act together and went and bought a Pussy Willow tree, a Virgina creeper and a sieve to sieve the remaining compost of the not-quite ready bits of cardboard.. Then a good shop at Asda and home. We’ve been watching Sopranos quite intensively. We finished Season 3 last week and started Season 4 this weekend.

I have been reading Games of Thrones by George RR Martin and (despite the fact that everyone else read it 14 years ago) have really got into it. Will not buy into the current rpg, but I so would like to play it at a con or locally.. hint hint. I have been reading OpenQuest, which  is a very nice lighter (it’s not LITE) version of the RuneQuest I played for so many years. I running adventures set in the Savage North at Cons all year, and I am looking forward to it. I also bought and read the Dungeon of the Bear, the classic T&T dungeon from the mists of time.. Wow! What an amazing artefact of it’s time. Traps, puzzles, swinging doors, utterly inexplicable locked rooms containing 3 orcs who must somehow be in suspended animation to have survived in there. I’ve never run T&T as a GMed game, so I have madly offered it as a game for the March21st TomCon, with Savage North as the alternative. I suspect I may need to re-acquaint myself with the rules. True20 calls me as ever, offering the lost hope of a class/level/d20 rpg that is playable, flexible and doesn’t set my hackles up.. I have already bought more rpgs this year than I will run in 5, so nothing new there, but I hope to sell on quite a few at the Con-Quest bring and buy stall, or ebay if needed.

The weather improves, I have trays of seedlings popping up all over a table in Matt’s room, and having cleared the back bed the weekend before last all look good for the spring garden. It’ll be time to brush off the Leica and Canon and get out for some photography.

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31 Mar

BSG Finale

I was increasingly worried that BSG would end in some weak and feeble anti-climax but it still offered an enjoyable exercise in conflict, resolution, tragedy, religion and finally a loop back into our own human story. It never shied away from playing it hardball, and I was pleased that at the end the show went out on the same mix of it all.

I know that in our multiply layered world of media and entertainment that many of you may or may not have watched the end.. indeed some of you are probably still watching season 1 or 2 or 3, so I’ll not say anymore.. but I was happy.