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Playbooks v Mantles

We’re currently playing Dresden Files Accelerated, which is a brilliant game and we’re really enjoying it. It has got me thinking about a few things in relation to systems and characters and how the two things intersect. What I’m learning from playing Dresden Files Accelerated is how I don’t like …

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Who Needs California

As winter gave way to spring this year I was desperate to have a break. Deep down I was eyeing up something similar to what I did in May 2016, which was a fantastic long weekend in The Lakes. A cottage, some walking and some fantastic scenery. This didn’t work …

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Why I Stay At Value Resorts

I’ve read a few articles and seen the odd video laying into value resorts and that everyone should go moderate. Some of these criticisms are fine while others make vast, direction-less assumptions about the socio-economic status of those staying at value resorts. This annoys me as I find all sorts …

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Pathfinder Update: EOS Colonisation

Let’s make something clear, the original Mass Effect trilogy was, and is, one of my favourite gaming experiences. It goes beyond any other gaming experience because all the others are still gaming experiences while the Mass Effect trilogy transcends that and has a place in my heart similar to other …

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Why Everyone Should Vlog

Last week I had a brief conversation with one of my colleagues at work about YouTube. The conversation started when he mentioned his teenage sons were focused on YouTube and some YouTube ‘stars’ rather than watching TV. The discussion varied about a bit but it did result in me discussing …

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Future Comic Con Experiences

We went to MCM Comic Con Manchester at the end of July, suffice to say it was a different and yet eerily expected experience at the same time. It has caused us to consider how we approach our Comic Con visits in the future. The Content Problem The main problem …

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Holy Crowdfire!

Since YouTube is not going to plan in terms of subscriber numbers I decided to give Twitter a bit of attention. After all, with my goal of community and communication, rather than raw numbers, I figure Twitter can deliver that better as the communication is more continuous and immediate. The …

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Cosplay and Currencies

A long time ago, twenty years give or take a few, I started doing the whole fancy dress thing at conventions. I can’t say I was involved in cosplay because it wasn’t called that back then. It was just fancy dress. It was basically just like Halloween, but not on …

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Project Man Cave(rn)

What is Project Man Cave(rn)? Quite simply it is the repurposing of the second bedroom in the house. The house has three bedrooms. The largest has an en-suite and shall remain the main bedroom. The smallest is quite small and would be a challenge even for a single bed. The …

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Spectacle to Magical to Tradition

The solo trip to Disney World I went on during September 2016 was interesting for a number of reasons. The main one being the solo endeavour. The second being it got me into the whole YouTube thing. The third being how differently I’d come to view Disney. The biggest surprise …

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