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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thoughts on Scrolls

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Here are some early thoughts on The Elder Scrolls Online. Early for me at least as I'm only level 16, thanks to holidays, work, and house renovation, and the game has been out for almost a month! So once again, I'm one of the last to write down what I think, but here it is anyway.


Regular readers may already know I have mixed feelings on the Elder Scrolls games. I've gone into the details before, so won't repeat myself here. Suffice to say I wasn't planning on getting The Elder Scrolls Online, especially after a brief flirtation in early beta didn't impress and word coming out of the first beta weekends wasn't particularly positive.

Something weird happened during pre-launch though. My twitter feed was full of opinion from people whom I trust, and it was almost all very enthusiastic. What's more, some people who had played the early beta weekends were saying things had improved. I wanted to join in, but the £50 price tag seemed steep. Luckily I managed to pick up the game with Explorer's pack for less than half price.
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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.


Rodrigo 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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