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Monday, April 14, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 25 - G'day Mate!

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After a less-than-relaxing voyage aboard the SS Osterley last session, the investigators finally reached the bustling port city of Sydney. Seeing as it has been over 18 months since we played a relevant earlier session we started with a quick recap of connections they had uncovered that lead to Australia. This included the information they had gleaned from Professor Anthony Cowles in Arkham, about an aboriginal bat cult and the discovery of ancient stone blocks in the Great Sandy Desert.


Rodriguez was still planning to catch a tramp steamer to Darwin in a couple of days, as he was heading out there to look at some herds for his stud. In the meantime he decided to keep company with the rest of the group.
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Troy - Fall of Kings by David Gemmell

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Fall of Kings (Troy, #3)Fall of Kings by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The final part of Davd Gemmell's Troy trilogy is a tour-de-force that takes everything good about the series so far and improves on it. Sadly published after his early death, the book was completed by his wife Stella, but it is impossible to see the joins, so well does she write with his voice.

The story continues the epic retelling of the Troy saga, bringing us to the conclusion we know from the original Iliad and Odyssey. It ties up all the different threads from the earlier books well, brining each character to a satisfying conclusion and telling a story that almost everyone knows in a new and exciting way.

The re-imagining of the duel between Hektor and Achilles is a highpoint, with a brilliant twist, and the famous Trojan Horse strategy is also told with a fresh new twist (though it was pretty easy to guess how Gemmell would handle it).

Towards the end of the novel the politics, romance and plot give way to the action, but the resolution makes sense both in terms of the legend and in terms of Gemmell's more realistic take on things, and it offers a satisfying emotional end.

It's a shame Gemmell passed at such an early age, because this is his best book. His writing was more fluent than ever.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Everquest, 15 Years On

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Everquest was fifteen years old yesterday. It was my first MMO, so naturally I look back at it with rose-tinted spectacles. Recently, spurred on by my brother Adurj, I decided to head back to the original Norrath and see how the game looked 15 years on and without my nostalgia-specs on.


It's been almost twelve years since I last booted the game up, so I was expecting a lot to have changed. What I wasn't expecting was to find my old characters still waiting for me, despite my old server having been merged with another, yet there they were! In the interests of actually having some clue as to what I was doing however, I decided to start a new character.
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Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 24 - The Bloodied Cat

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A murdered Belgian. A locked room. Arguments and innuendo. First class dining. A card sharp. Smudged mascara.
It was Reverend Green, with the Elder Sign, in the sacrificial chamber
All were the ingredients that made up the mystery uncovered by the investigators during the last session. This time the investigation into the murder of Belgian archaeologist René Delaflote began in earnest.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Last of Us: Left Behind

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I got you to hold my hand
I got you to understand
I got you to walk with me
And I got you to talk with me 

I got you to kiss goodnight
I got you, hold me tight
I got you, I won't let go
I got you to love me so 
I Got You Babe - Etta James

Left Behind is the only narrative DLC expansion for my favourite game of 2013. It manages to do one of those things that many game sequels fail to achieve - it actually improves and deepens the experience of having played the main game, and it does so whilst improving on the mechanics of the original. There will be spoilers below, especially for those of you who haven't played through The Last of Us yet.

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