Day One

So, like a good chunk of the country I’m now working from home for the foreseeable future. This is something of a departure for me, as whilst I have the sort of job that could feasibly be done from home, I sort of like the office environment and the ability to interact with others, talk over issues and problems with work, that sort of thing.

However, needs must and all that.

Still, at the moment it’s more about making sure I can still do most of my jobs, getting used to being in a different environment, different computer setup etc.

Being able to listen to music without headphones is nice I suppose. Not having to wear socks is another. Not sure it’s something that I want to move to on a permanent basis though.

Haven’t tried my first meeting yet, that’s going to be another one.

Cough

Ever had that odd feeling that you’re paying for something you’ve forgotten to use. And that the reason you got it in the first place was because you actually found it somewhat beneficial to write for your own mental well-being?

Yup, I knew I had something lying around here for that…

So, what’s prompted the sudden burst of activity (trust me, after eighteen months without even looking at it, this is a burst of activity), well, new work surroundings mean that’ve a fresh view, which has perked me up a little bit, but mainly, I’ve remembered that this used to be good for me.

I’m not promising regular service, but I’ll try and at least remember this is here.

Arkham Horror: First Thoughts

Sooner or later, most games collections will seem to include at least one Lovecraft themed game. Given that I’ve long been a fan of Call of Cthulhu and the whole mythos in general, it’s taken me a surprisingly long time to get around to this milestone. Anyway, birthday’s role around and I found myself in possession of a shiny new copy of Arkham Horror.

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Bladerunner 2049

Bladerunner 2049 - Warner Bros / Alcon Media

It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve sat down to write about a film, not because I haven’t been seeing any, but rather that I’ve found generally that quality seems to have diminished somewhat and I find it more difficult to be enthused about the state of modern film. However, Bladerunner 2049 isn’t a normal film for me, in some ways this is a bigger film event than the Star Wars prequels / sequels, the stakes being higher and the spate of attempts to follow classic films being littered with well-intentioned failures. Bladerunner was the first film I can remember getting a grip on me, I couldn’t quite understand its strange other worldliness. Subsequent revisions have only deepened its mystery, its allure. Bladerunner always felt different.

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Harry Potter World / The Making of Harry Potter

Sj’s birthday was a little different this year, as instead of wondering what to get her as a present I decided fairly early on the year to take her to The Making of Harry Potter. Now, I’ve always been slightly hesitant of the Potter films, which aside from the third one I felt never really managed to hit their stride and were too beholden to the books. However, the artistry in the design & crafting of the films couldn’t be denied and this is what the exhibition focusses on. I didn’t expect to be quite as bowled over by the exhibition as I was, but that made for a pleasant surprise.

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Summer Stabcon 2017

Stabcon this weekend, and for the first time I’d booked a full weekend ticket rather than just the Saturday. Whilst I didn’t actually manage to make it on the Friday due to having to run a few last minute errands, a fairly epic Saturday, and quieter Sunday more than made up for it. Monday at work was a lot harder than normal, and booking the day off may become a thing I do the full weekend again.

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A Distant Plain

Northern Afghanistan descends into chaos as the Warlords keep forgetting to stay quiet!

I was given a copy of A Distant Plain for my birthday last year, having asked for something a little more political and of a chunkier length than many of the board games I already owned. The problem was, the time required to play even the short version seemed daunting and finding people willing to give it a go was proving problematic. Thankfully this weekend a few friends were willing to give it a try, and whilst they were less than enamored with it, I’m pretty convinced that it is the game I was looking for. Afterwards I went home and had a look at things again and I think I understand it more now.

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