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Friday, January 31, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 22 - Two Months Later - An Interlude

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As over half of my players are going to have to start new characters following the events of last session, I felt it was time for a complete change of pace and a fresh start. What I had planned would also allow me to introduce the new characters without too much trouble.

So, before the next session kicks off this weekend I sent the following out to the players to set the scene, and updated the Clue Corkboard.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)Storm Front by Jim Butcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had a real hard time deciding how to rate this book. It had been recommended to me by friends, and I was aware of the following the novel has.

The problem is that I did enjoy it, certainly enough to pick up the second book in the series, but I had real issues with the writing style, the very derivative characters, and the blatant sexism throughout.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Journeys in the lands of the dead

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My adventures in Everquest 2 have continued apace the last few weeks, and I've finally hit truly new content (to me at least). I'm onto the stuff that was released after I last quit playing two years ago, namely the Chains of Eternity expansion content.


Along the way I've managed to run through Velious and have now really got a handle on my character again. I've completely respecced my AA trees and now have AA builds for solo/group play, raid play, and a full heal spec. You can check them out on EQ2U here. It seems to have done the trick as my dps has gone up massively and I don't seem to have lost any healing potency. Ensuring all my abilities are all up to at least Expert level has also helped.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Quarry by Iain Banks

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The QuarryThe Quarry by Iain Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unlike most of Iain Banks' work I didn't find The Quarry an easy book to read. This was partly down to the subject matter (a group of friends gather to see a terminally ill cancer victim for the last time) and the fact that Banks died of his own cancer shortly after the book was finished. The knowledge that this was his last book kind of overshadowed the time I spent reading it.

Whilst the bulk of the book was written before Banks was diagnosed with his own illness (he died only a few months after discovering he was ill) it is hard to believe that it had no impact on the writing. Some of the quotes from Guy, the cancer victim, ring too true, and whilst full of invective and bile in line with Guy's acerbic character, they still vividly illustrate pain the pain and anger that the disease must bring.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 21 - Aftermath

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Despite all their careful planning, and for once taking the stealthy approach, things had gone badly for the investigators last session. This is a common problem in Call of Cthulhu - the human mind simply cannot cope when confronted with the power and soul-crushing might of the mythos. This session was all about getting the hell out of Dodge. Once again, not everything went according to plan...


Of the investigators only Hubert was still fully in control. Cassandra was able to act, but suffering from a strange case of echopraxia that meant she couldn't think for herself and would only take orders from others, acting on them immediately. Isoge, Willard and Sebastian were in varying degrees of catatonic states, unable to act, and Harry had run screaming from the cavern and disappeared into the jungle.
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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Book Reviews

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My wonderful wife got me a shiny new Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and I've been avidly playing around with it. It's a really impressive bit of kit, and I never realised how much better a good e-reader is for reading novels than a tablet. As a consequence I've also signed up to Goodreads (you can see my profile here) and will be posting my book reviews here as well.

The first is below. Enjoy :)
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