Saturday, 29 April 2006
I have finally made the map thing work with the little pins.
My heartfelt thanks goes to Richard at www.donkeymagic.co.uk/googlemap for making it easy for me to finish the map off.
Anyone form NI let me know where your group meets and i will pop it onto the map.
I haven't been posting because i have mainly been obsessed by google maps and the programming behind it. You may have noticed an off and on map during the week. This is because i have been trying to put those bloody map pins on the map and it has not been working.
I have given up for the moment, but i will be back to this one.
Other than that work was boring and my blood bowl team did OK with a 1-1 draw against the Gang Green Ganstas (damn you Trev!!!!!), however, Grunhilda, one of the Bull Centaurs on my team, was brutally hacked to death by a cheatin' bastard orc. Did i get pay back??? Did I hell. I wonder who's next in line for me to have a go at, or get crushed by?
Monday, 24 April 2006
I was suckered into the dark domain of my local Games Workshop, er, shop the other day and convinced myself to purchase a copy of ‘Blood Bowl’ by Matt Forbeck, an American writer I believe. I have long been a fan of the game of Blood Bowl and I am currently joining the TableTopNorthleague for ’06.
So was it worth the dosh? Well, i did go and buy the second book, ‘Dead Bowl’, for another evening's read. So is this a ringing endorsement of a series that I go back the next day to get the other one?
Now I like Blood Bowl, its backstabbing, the gore, the power, the evil deals, the destruction, the disembowelling, and that’s just in the locker room. So in that respect the books are good.
When I was in the GW shop a guy sitting painting a miniature said he had read them and found himself laughing out loud and that they were very funny. All I can say is dear god, don’t let him go near a Terry Pratchett or Tom Holt book, he will explode.
OK, the books are funny, but only in the wry smile very odd groan come chuckle kind of way, not the maniacal laughter induced by Mr Pratchett or Mr Holt or Mr Rankin (Robert that is, in his Apocolyse the Musical time traveling sprout kind of way). There are puns flying all over the place, parodying real life people and places. There are in jokes on American Football, apparently, but I wouldn’t know cause I’m not American. I did play American football when I was wee. Much fun we had in smacking each other around. It resembled less American Football and more the Kindergarten version of Blood Bowl…. But I digress.
There are GW puns, some of which I get. Then there are puns from UK real life. Which I found interesting.
The hero of both books (Blood Bowl & Dead Bowl) is Dunkel ‘Dunk’ Hoffnung, a reluctant Blood Bowl recruit persuaded to stop fighting dragons, where he will end up poor and dead, and join the ranks of Blood Bowl players where he will end up rich and dead.
His agent is a Halfling called ‘Slick’ Fullbelly, who recruits him for the Bad Bay Hackers (I may be a bit slow but I did get this one – if you are not up on American football check a team called the Green Bay Packers).
Book one – Blood Bowl
It actually starts off quite well. I wonder if Matt read Pratchett???. I liked it. It set the scene very well, with a little of human nature gazing thrown in.
Then it moved on to Dunk joining the Hackers and the hilarious antics that ensue, or not hilarious antics as the case may be. He fights against insurmountable odds, becomes the best friend of the team Ogre, has a fight with an evil spellcaster, is threatened by a Black Orc desperate to keep his all time completion record, falls in love with the catcher of the Reikland Reavers while he meets up with his brother after a falling out who just happens to be the Reavers star thrower, gets embroiled in match fixing, stands up to the ‘Black Jerseys’, gets thrown out of a game for killing the team captain of the Chaos All-Stars at half time, has a bounty on his head from the Games Wizards, gets framed for murder, catches the real murderer, gets drunk, gets laid, and gets to the final of the Blood Bowl. Phew.
Not to mention the wonderful commentary from Bob and Jim.
It is a good tale, it kept my interest for the evening, indeed enough for me to go and buy ‘Dead Bowl’. It is like one of those movies you watch to zone out and not to think.
Now the bits that left me unfulfilled.
The editing is atrocious.
- Camera is constantly misspelled as camra.
- At one point Dunk is talking to M’Grash. Then its Dirk. Then its back to Dunk. Yet Dirk is not in this conversation. Sloppy.
- Very few games described, but it’s not a major gripe.
- The humour was very hit and miss, and even when it hit it was a bit cheesy.
- Only Dunk seems to be vaguely 3D.
Overall, I have to give the book a 6 out of 10. For all it’s faults I had to keep reading. Damn you Matt!!!!!
I would recommend it to readers. It’s a good pulp fiction type book and fun(ish) to read.
Matt, it’s a good effort, fair play for taking that step forward to put it in the public domain and wish you the best in the future.
I will review Dead Bowl at a later date.
Friday, 21 April 2006
I also got some notification about Q-Con 13. Q-Con is THE RPG and gaming convention in Northern Ireland. In fact its the only one. Who needs choices?
Last year I helped out my friend Trev running a Games Workshop LOTR game. I really enjoyed the test runs.
Trev is thinking of doing the same again this year, so (and here is the tester for how many people actually read this damn blog) if you are going to Q-Con look for the LOTR miniatures game. I'll be the short one. Come and say hello.
Wednesday, 19 April 2006
I sound a little like a hum bug but I am not really. Just fancied the rant, seeing as I have not been online for a few days. Thought i had caved in, eh??
I have been doing some DIY in the house and now have my cubby hole completed (including surround sound). I am also 'wifi man' using a Linksys WAG54GS system. Don't I sound so up to speed with technical products? No? What do ya mean No?
All right, all right. I had finished the box room which would be my office (i.e. where i could store all my crap with the proviso that anything outside my said office would be summarily burnt by wifey.). This Office is next to the room where the computer used to be and there was a telephone extension in that room. Hmmmmm, minor problem now. I had a sudden epiphany of this when i had moved everything into my office and found nowhere to pug my modem into. Bugger.
Would it mean a little trip to the mighty B&Q to purchase telephone extension cable and the judicious use of my trusty electric drill? It started out that way, until as fate would have it we were sucked into the vortex called PC World in Lisburn (sorry, City of Lisburn). Lo, in front of our unworthy eyes we didst find the treasure of wirelessness connectivity to the mighty broadband that is Wanadoo. At £64 we thought (see how i am transferring guilt of forking out money for a luxury by merely replacing the incriminating word 'I' with the word 'we'?) what the hell? We will go wireless. So after being sucked in to buying a cute optical mouse that glowed and an aluminium keyboard (it had to be done) off we went home. We arrived back mid afternoon, later at midnight I nearly threw the thing out of the window. It just would not work for me.
Next day techno geek Rob arrived double clicked here, double clicked there, entred a couple of letters and bingo, i am online within 3 minutes. I jumped with Joy, gave him a manly hug like they do at football matches when their team has finally won a match after 20 years of failing to score a goal, or when Northern Ireland beat, yes BEAT, England 1-0 in 2005 (i was well happy).
So anyway, it confirmed to me 2 things
- It is easy to answer the question when you know the answer.
- I am a technological ludite.
Mind you, I..... We also went to ASDA for some essentials on the Shore Road in Belfast and i picked up a decent surround sound system for under £30 (though how it will continue working remains to be seen, it is only £30!!). I would slap my arse twice but i am sitting down, so I won't. Not bad at all now that my little hive nest of gaming essentials is ready. Lovely jubbly.
Friday, 14 April 2006
Thursday, 13 April 2006
It is also the most funny, side splitting, tongue in cheek game i have ever played (A very special thanks to Rob for introducing me to it!!) Names are hilarious too. My usual name was COM-R-AD. The middle letter describes your security clearance, which is all colour coded. You are going to have a short life if you are a commie, a mutant, a traitor, or all of the above. All players at at least one of the above, but its OK you have clones who appear when you die and then become you until yet another unfortunate accident near the food vats. Starting to get the picture?? If the link to Paranoia does not work or you want more, just bloody well Google it then, you lazy git.
Well, anyway, this company called Polaris from India are investing in Northern Ireland. Thay are an IT company working on software blah blah techno babble blah blah zzzzzzzzz.
Now a lot of my friends are in the software industry in 'guid aul Norn Iron' and, well, apart form the role players (Of course!) they seem a little lack lustre in the interesting department. So a friend checked out Polaris and found out how they MAKE their people have FUN.
You will comply. Be happy citizen or report to the Termination centre
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Still looking at putting together a bulletin board, but i have not looked at it for a few days. I want to get it right, and of course have enough people sign up to make it viable. No use in making a BB if no one will use it, eh?
Missed Table Top North last night, bit miffed 'cause work got in the way of a good game of Game Workshop's Lord of the Rings. Ah, well there is always next week. I am currently signing up to play in the TTN Blood Bowl League. I will use wifey's team, the Battleaxe Bluebelles, who are Chaos Dwarves. I will try to get some photos to put up.
Back to work for me, ho hum.
Sunday, 9 April 2006
I had heard of it before but had never seen it. Wifey does not like blood of any kind....... at all........ ever. So i sat down in the living room, switched the tv and the PS2 on, slotted in the dvd and sat back. Dear God almighty. I never laughed so much, followed a plot or love the kung fu kick ass action.
See the Matrix?? It sucks hard boiled eggs in an old peoples home compared to this. I could go into a big rave of the film but i think you should check it out for yourself.
Friday, 7 April 2006
The blog has lasted until the weekend. Splendid. Thanks to everyone who has visited, but please if you vist please leave a bloody comment!
Also it would really be great if you could link to me from your own website or blogspot, that is if you have one.
Just to get you through the weekend why not try a little heavy country
Thursday, 6 April 2006
It is one of the best 40k parody comics i have ever come across. Although admittedly, i have not come across many. Ok so i am doing a bad job at selling this to you. Just visit it and have a look. Some of the comic sketches are mediocre but in the main it is very good. Not sure how non-40K gamers will view it, but it should even vaguely intrigue ordinary wargamers to at least curling the sides of their mouths in a small grin.
Wednesday, 5 April 2006
Geeetar boy playz ze classical muuzic
Did you sit staring at the guy??? I did. Wow!
It suddenly makes me want to break his fingers.
Ok, i am going to try something a little different very soon. I am thinking of putting up a bulleting board. Yes, that is right a bulleting board (BBs). Dear God only knows why i am about to plunge into this madness, but i shall have a go.
Everybody seems to be a members of any number of BBs, which cover anything and everything.
I have no idea why i want to put up a BB other than "I can, therefore I will". Its not as if the web hasn't enough of the bloody things.
Maybe i shouldn't. Nah, i will. I shall have a bulleting board and it shall be called Wee Gamers also (Like the continuity thing going on???)
I have looked around and of course being a right tight arse and general stingy bastard when it comes to giving somebody else my hard earned dosh, I have found a number of free BB hosters. I have started one with PHPBB for free because it uses PHPBB software, with which i am familiar. Table Top North uses it for its forum. You can download the free PHPBB software from its own website at, bizarrely enough, PHPBB.
I have just started it and will stick up a link to it at some stage. I feel like an information junky now, constantly checking the BBs i am a member of or checking my email inbox for new emails. God, when did the world suddenly become so obsessed with the speed of information??
Tuesday, 4 April 2006
I am currently playing a MMORPG called Urban Dead in which you create a character to run around a city either 1) trying to kill zombies and stay alive or 2) kill living people and stay, er, undead.
Its fairly nifty with a maximum storage of 50 turns and one turn recovered every half hour.
Its easy to set up a character and fun to play when really bored or at work(?)
If you, like me, have a short attention span but can be completely obsessive whilst engaged by something new (I usually last a week of obsessive compulsive motivated activity sparkled off by the latest fad or whatever - like this blog!) then i might suggest reading some webcomics.
My favourite at the moment is the Order of the Stick. It is a brilliant comic about a group of misfits from DnD 3.5 edition on their various quests. There are a lot of DnD injokes but i think anyone who is even vaguely aware of DnD should enjoy it. My favourite character in the comic is Belkar, the halfing ranger of very dubious alignment (mostly chaotic) who obsesses about killing things and carries around a sheet of lead so that no one can cast Know Alignment on him (He takes this very personally and feels it is an insult to his cultural background viewing it as ethnically and culturally repressive behaviour)
Monday, 3 April 2006
Been playing Dawn of War on and off for a while now. Quite good with the Winter Assualt expansion.
I completed the main game and am slowly struggling to complete Winter Assault in between life, work and other interests that don't involve sitting square eyed at a computer.
I am not entirely sold on the good and evil campaigns, where you flit from one army to the other. In the good campaign you play both Imperials and Eldar. Bloody pansy elves in space! Load of nonsense.
I am as always being utterly stuffed by some bloody 10 year old kid from god knows where when playing online.
I like the the online playing, except for the losing thing, that really sucks.
I am very sad to see this happening as the LOTR game is quite a good one (except the combat).
Heyho. You can keep up with fan based material at the Hall of Fire website It really is an excellent production and is free.
It could be back to using MERP at some stage. Or GURPS which could be interesting.
I am running a campaign at the moment using LOTR rules set in T.A. 2941 and started at the Battle of the Five Armies. Might put some sort of update on it here, if i can be arsed! :)
Haven't got a clue why I am doing this, other than I have seen everyone else do it.
We will see how this little project goes.
I am a RPGer and am a member of Table Top North. Check it out if you want to constructively waste a bit of time.
Northern Ireland is a great wee place with loads of inspiration for roleplaying and wargaming and if you need a little inspiration check out the Discover Northern Ireland website.