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  1. That's helpful, thank you Beast. I've not looked into 6th edition as the thought of starting again after 5th was rather daunting, so I don't know how different the numbers are. I'll do a bit of reading now I know that the cards might work.
  2. These cards are a terrific idea and certainly address one of the key complaints about Hero, the lengthy and involved character gen. How much would need to be changed to make them work with 5th edition instead of 6th? Would it be worthwhile, or are the numbers simply too different?
  3. I don't know which podcast software you use, but on my Android 'phone I have Beyondpod: putting the podcast name (get in loser we're going adventuring) into its search function brought up the complete feed.
  4. Fantastic, Lord Liaden. I'll definitely be settling down to watch that later.
  5. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? The Duckworth Lewis Method, a sort of concept album about cricket by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh of Pugwash. And it's simply glorious
  6. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? As a filler for a couple of weeks until our regular GM gets his superhero game together I'm running a brief Deadlands: Reloaded adventure, so naturally I had to head back to the DVD cabinet to rewatch my two essential Old West research models: Tombstone and Blazing Saddles They both still stand up rather well. Tombstone has the right feel for the sort of game we're playing and Blazing Saddles is essential viewing if you're going to catch what the players are laughing about. Charlie - They said you was hung! Bart - And they was right! Mind you, they're roughly equal in terms of historical accuracy, but what the heck, this is entertainment! And research... Yes, yes, research... Sadly, I can only watch films like these when my girlfriend is out for the evening. She hates westerns
  7. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? Brainiac's Daughter - The Dukes of Stratosphear (XTC's secret identities).
  8. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Partly because I'm using them as research material for an upcoming adventure and partly because I haven't read them for a while I'm working through the Jerry Cornelius stories and novels, primarily by Michael Moorcock with contributions from several other writers and artists. There isn't really a single comprehensive edition of the short stories, but you can piece them together in The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius (the more recent American version loses The Dodgem Decision but collects several additional stories) and The New Nature of the Catastrophe; The Cornelius Quartet and A Cornelius Calendar are the easy way to get the novels and novellas. The older I get the more I get out of these stories, rooted in contemporary culture but universal enough to outlive their direct inspirations, be they the war in Vietnam or the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Hilarious, terrifying and brutally satirical. The experimental forms may not be as fresh as they were forty years ago but they still sparkle. Despite a couple of shelves groaning under the weight of my Moorcock books I notice that the man has no sympathy and continues to keep writing... A new Cornelius story appeared recently, as yet uncollected. You can also read one of the Cornelius stories, The Spencer Inheritance, online.
  9. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Ah, haven't read that one in years. It has survived occasional enforced weeding of my book collection, though, so I really ought to revisit it soon. I've just completed The Blue-Haired Bombshell by John Zakour, one of the increasingly predictable Zach Johnson P.I. series. The premise is fine - last P.I. on Earth, old-fashioned but has a snooty supercomputer wired into his brain - but after five books the continual appearance of powerful female characters (with the emphasis on "powerful" more than "character" as they're pretty much interchangeable) threatening the world with psionics and superpowers, defeated only by Zach, his smugly superior computer HARV and his telepathic secretary Carol... well, half of the pages seem to be devoted to justifying why someone doesn't just kill Zach first, then get on with their plan. Light reading, then, not anywhere near as funny as it ought to be and yet still fairly enjoyable. The jokes seem a little more tired and rather less frequent than in the earlier books; and the titles have never surpassed that of the first in the series, The Plutonium Blonde. Start there if you have any interest, rather than the later books. Before that I read Greg Farshtey's old Bloodshadows novel, Hell's Feast, fantasy noir detective thriller, with vampires. Every bit as cheesy as it sounds, on top of which it's gaming fiction. I enjoyed it immensely Hmm, what to read next...?
  10. Re: Death Race They played the trailer for this when I went to see Hellboy II. I may be mistaken, but it appeared to last for twenty long, long minutes... Well, I might be exaggerating, then. I turned to my girlfriend, who was staring in horrified disbelief at the screen, and said, "I think we've just watched the entire movie." Can't imagine how much else is left, considering that the plot is not exactly deep.
  11. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? Sheik Yerbouti - Frank Zappa
  12. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? Einstein A Go-Go by Landscape (having a bit of an eighties week, so dug out their album From the Tea-rooms of Mars... to the Hell-holes of Uranus.) Might move on to Japan's Tin Drum next.
  13. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? Way too much Roxy Music.
  14. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? The Ship Trapped in the Ice by Andy Partridge, from the absolutely enormous Fuzzy Warbles nine CD set my darling girlfriend bought for me last year.
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