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This is a system I don't know, and probably won't be playing - I'm not really into "Dark Fantasy" or any of the things they mention in the "if you love xxx you'll love this..." bit, and suspect it isn't really my sort of setting:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DemonLord

"Shadow of the Demon Lord is designer Robert J. Schwalb's dark fantasy RPG of grim heroism against a cosmic destroyer. In this fast-playing, low-prep March 2015 Kickstarter triumph, desperate heroes battle strange magic, unhinged cultists, and roaming mobs of undead while humanity's last great empire slides toward oblivion. Gamers who love Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the Ravenloft and Midnight settings, Joe Abercrombie's The First Law novels, or heavy metal music will want this bargain-priced collection of DRM-free .PDF ebooks all about the Void That Hungers.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$98. Customers who pay just US$13.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $44) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 278-page Shadow of the Demon Lord corebook (retail price $20), the Demon Lord's Companion (retail $10), the Uncertain Faith sourcebook of divine magic (retail $12), and the fine introductory adventure Dark Deeds in Last Hope (retail $2).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $54. What's in these supplements? The titles speak for themselves: Hunger in the Void (retail $12), Tombs of the Desolation (retail $10), A Glorious Death (retail $10), Terrible Beauty (retail $12), and Exquisite Agony (retail $10). Happy gaming!

At least one more title will be added after launch; "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

Shadow of the Demon Lord resources

I think it looks like a reasonable deal, but I'm not going to be delving into it to see if I'm right or wrong. For this one you're on your own...

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Possibly interesting upcoming TV series - The Orville, a Star Trek parody.




Looks silly, but since it's Fox I'm not holding my breath it'll be good.
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This is an all-new offering for the Fading Suns RPG, a followup from the first at the start of this year - it even includes a later version of the rules. As I said last time:

Fading Suns is one of the better SF RPGs, with a sixth millennium setting where the stars have begun to die. Basically, Dark Ages in Spaaaace...! I have the first edition rules in dead tree format, thought it was interesting but never got round to following up on it, so this offer interests me:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/FadingSuns2


This offer is a follow-up, and correction, to the January Fading Suns Bundle. That offer promised the Fading Suns Revised Second Edition rulebook (2009) from RedBrick Limited; instead we mistakenly provided the Revised rulebook (2012) from FASA Games. Oops. This all-new sequel collection really, truly includes RedBrick's 2E Revised rules (this time we mean it), plus a galaxy of supplements.

It is the dawn of the sixth millennium and the skies are darkening, for the suns themselves are fading. Humans reached the stars long ago, building a Republic of high technology and universal emancipation -- and then squandered it, fought over it, and finally lost it. A new Dark Age has descended on humanity, for the greatest of civilizations has fallen and even the stars die. Now feudal lords rules the Known Worlds, vying for power with fanatic priests and scheming guilds.

Originally published by Holistic Design, Fading Suns later moved to RedBrick Limited, then FASA Games. In November 2016 the German gaming company Ulisses Spiele GmbH took over publishing the Fading Suns RPG line.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) is split evenly between the two charities chosen by Fading Suns publisher Ulisses Spiele: Doctors Without Borders and Bärenherz, a local home for terminally ill children in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$116. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $57) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks -- the 2E Revised rules (retail price $20) and also the Fading Suns d20 System rulebook (retail $12), the Players Companion (retail $12), and the technology sourcebook Arcane Tech (retail $13).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $59:

  • Legions of the Empire (retail $10): The armies and navies of the sixth millennium, and the places where they battle.
  • Aliens & Deviltry (retail $10): Two classic supplements -- Children of the Gods (about the Obun and Ukar alien races) and The Dark Between the Stars (supernatural entities and forces).
  • Two "Secret Societies" sourcebooks: Spies & Revolutionaries (retail $10) and Heretics & Outsiders (retail $9) -- guides to shadowy groups across the Known Worlds.
  • Sinners & Saints (retail $8): A gallery of nonplayer characters from nobles and priests to pirates and pets.
  • Church Fiefs (retail $12): The worldbook devoted to the holdings of the Church of the Celestial Sun.

At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

Again quoting myself from last time: This is one that interests me, and I think it's a pretty good deal, but as usual I have to point out that I get this stuff free if I want it; your mileage may vary!

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Just back from collecting the camera. And yes, there really was a camera, it wasn't a scam or Candid Camera, and it actually works, although it's a even more worn than the one I have. So far as I can make out, she didn't think it was worth anything and put a silly price on it to get rid of it quickly, rather than waiting for bids or giving it away on Freecycle. I'm going to give it a few days just to make sure that there's no second thoughts etc., then see if any of my family want it - one of my nieces was after an SLR a couple of years ago, not sure she'll want one with this low a specification but it never hurts to ask. I don't currently have any spare Eos lenses but several have come my way recently, I might pick up another.

If she isn't interested it'll be a nice one to list on eBay. They don't go for a huge amount, but I can be pretty sure I'll get my money back!
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 Last night I was looking through Gumtree for interesting offers when I found someone a couple of miles away who had an Eos 300D listed (with a link to an eBay listing) at £1.

So I clicked through to eBay and yes, it was advertised as working, with a minimum bid of 99p - and a buy it now price of £1!

So naturally I bought it.

What I expected was that I'd get a "sorry, there was a mistake in the listing" message and a refund. What I've got so far is the name and address for collecting it and a pick-up time this afternoon. This may mean that they haven't noticed that they got it wrong. Or it may be some sort of scam. Or You've Been Framed / Candid Camera / some other reality show thing. Or something like the apocryphal story of the guy whose will said his valuables should be sold and the proceeds given to his mistress, but left his wife in charge of administering the estate... the car version of this has someone getting a Rolls for £50, the camera version is a load of Leica gear for a tenner, and so forth.

Anyway, I'll know in a couple of hours - wish me luck!
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This is a repeat of an offer I mentioned at the end of 2015, with a little more added:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/13thAge2017


"Revived from its phenomenally successful run in December 2015, this 13th Age Bundle features the bestselling tabletop fantasy roleplaying game 13th Age from Pelgrane Press. Created by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet, lead designers of the Third and Fourth Editions of D&D, 13th Age combines the best parts of traditional D20 RPGs with story-focused rules that let you run the kind of game you most want to play.

The nominal setting of 13th Age, the Dragon Empire, is intentionally left half-created, so each campaign can pioneer new stories. Most D20 games have powerful NPCs -- conquerors, sorcerers, demigods, dragons -- who shape the world behind the scenes. 13th Age brings them forward, making them Icons the PCs will aid or oppose in your campaign. The network of Icon relationships, both among themselves and with the player characters, differs for each group. The characters' relationships and backgrounds help define the setting. Each 13th Age player chooses "One Unique Thing" that makes his or her character interesting and hints at a story that can unfold over the campaign. Unique Things can establish facts about the world. If the player says, "I am the only acrobat who performed their way out of the Diabolist's Circus of Hell" -- well, wow! Wonderful! The GM didn't even know there was a Circus of Hell, but of course there is -- now.

As with the original run, this bargain-priced revival includes rules, monsters, treasures, adventures, and even music -- everything you need to run your own 13th Age campaign in the Dragon Empire. We provide these ebooks and audio tracks complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) or as MP3 audio tracks. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and music tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Pelgrane Press co-owner Simon Rogers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this revived offer at launch is US$126. Customers who pay just $19.95 get all the titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $62) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks and MP3 music tracks, including the complete 325-page 13th Age rulebook (retail price $25), the 13 True Ways rules expansion (retail $21) and the huge 13th Age Soundtrack (retail $16) with atmospheric music for play sessions.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $32.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $64:
  • Eyes of the Stone Thief (retail $25): Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's massive 364-page campaign in pursuit of, and inside, a colossal living megadungeon.
  • 13th Age Bestiary (retail $21): A horde of new creatures, both monsters and rivals, with hundreds of variant versions.
  • The Book of Loot (retail $9): A 72-page collection of hundreds of new treasures.
  • Diamonds and Shadows (retail $14): This compilation of modules from the 13th Age Organized Play program sends the heroes on a campaign to locate and dispose of a powerful magical gem.
  • Shadows of Eldolan (retail $9): An ideal introductory adventure set in a small town with duelling wizards' schools.
  • Candles, Clay, & Dancing Shoes (retail $3): This installment of the 13th Age Monthly subscription program presents half a dozen one-use magic items.
At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle -- including purchasers of the original December 2015 run -- automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early (even way early).

I'll be honest, this wasn't one I took a lot of interest first time around, I tend not to play straight fantasy RPGs, but the value looks pretty good. I'm biased, of course, since I'm getting this stuff free if I want it, so YMMV.
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It looks like some of the deleted duplicate entries were the ones with comments, not the copies. If I run import yet again will it pull in the comments only, or am I likely to end up with duplicate entries (and possibly duplicate comments?) Can I just import comments only?
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...the duplicated imported entries have been deleted.

Now trying to imagine LJ tech support doing that in less than six months and failing miserably...
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If you're British and want to send a parcel or large letter outside the EU you probably need a CN22 customs form label. If you print your own postage the way the Royal Mail site does this is to print one label, which prints in the middle of a sheet of paper. It's a huge waste of paper, and very expensive if you want the sticker on an adhesive label.

Fortunately I'm not the only person annoyed by this, and one of the others has put a printable page of six of them on line, which is a bit better. I pass it on in case anyone else finds it useful.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2649551

Mac Cubes

May. 4th, 2017 01:37 pm
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If anyone's in the Paisley area and wants all the fun of refurbishing Macs from the dawn of the century, someone's offering TWO mac cubes for £129! But read the description, a LOT of work is going to be needed!


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-Power-Mac-G4-Cube-two-of-them-WORKING-BUT-please-read-/332202133553?hash=item4d58ca4831:g:IMcAAOSwrhBZB1G2
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I currently have 51 items on eBay, mostly photographic but also weird computer stuff, a couple of games, a load of Train Simulator add-ons, even some foot rests I originally bought for a motorbike in the eighties. And I'll probably be listing more in a day or two...

The original idea of all this was to declutter, but looking at this list a VERY large proportion is recent purchases etc., so I'm pretty sure it isn't working. The full horror is here, if anyone is interested:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/marcusrowland0/m.html

I really need to actually clear some of this stuff out and tidy up...
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...is there any canon information on the origin of the three sisters in Despicable Me? I know there's nothing in the film itself, or its sequel, but I'd imagine that there may be outtakes on the Blu-Ray disk I haven't see, additional books etc. related to the series, and so forth. Anyone aware of anything?
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This is another package I'll probably look at, but probably won't play because I got "monstered out" a good few years ago and rarely feel like running a horror game. It's the 20th anniversary relaunch of Vampire: The Masquerade:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Vampire20th

"Vampire: the Masquerade is a transformative classic of roleplaying. Originally published in 1991, Vampire launched the Classic World of Darkness setting that eventually encompassed hundreds of titles. In 2011, to mark two decades since Vampire's debut, Onyx Path Publishing produced a massive 529-page full-color 20th Anniversary Edition -- the first Classic World of Darkness book and Vampire: The Masquerade book to be released since the cancellation of those lines in 2004. Targeting longtime players familiar with the original game, V20 assumes broad knowledge of the "metaplot" that drove the cWoD line, but tweaks the original events to improve their usefulness. In this edition, Gehenna hasn't happened (yet) and the metaplot belongs to the players. The presentation is setting-agnostic, allowing individual Storytellers to choose which metaplot events have occurred and which haven't: the Assamite schism, Gangrel leaving the Camarilla, etc. V20 cleans up the original Vampire rules and brings the 1990s Goth-Punk setting up to date.

The 20th Anniversary Edition's phenomenal success prompted Onyx Path to run Kickstarter campaigns for several V20 supplements -- including a Companion, Children of the Revolution, Hunters Hunted II, and Anarchs Unbound -- and initiate similar Anniversary editions for the rest of the Classic World of Darkness line.

This collection -- a follow-up to our successful February 2015 Vampire: The Masquerade Bundle featuring the Second Edition rules -- presents the complete core V20 rulebook and many of the Kickstarter-funded supplements. It's everything you need for a complete V20 campaign of personal horror in our horrific modern time.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the RPG Creators Relief Fund.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$110. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $49) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete V20 core rulebook (retail value $30), the V20 Storyteller's Screen (retail $2) and Companion (retail $10), and the adventure Dust to Dust (retail $7).
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $61:
  • Anarchs Unbound (retail $15): A revisitation of the old Anarch Cookbook that makes these revolutionaries capable and terrifying.
  • Dread Names, Red List (retail $15): The throughly updated Kindred Most Wanted Red List of the Camarilla's deadliest enemies.
  • Children of the Revolution (retail $15): Biographies of 18 Kindred who were Embraced in difficult times.
  • The Hunters Hunted II (retail $16): Revised and updated for V20, this seminal World of Darkness book looks at the mortals around the world who hunt or study the Kindred.
At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


I'll probably take a look at this to see how they've updated things, but as mentioned I probably won't be using it. If you're a Vampire fan it's probably a must buy, except that I suspect that anyone still playing Vampire at this stage is heavily committed to the original setting and may not want to update. It sounds like it might be a little impenetrable to newcomers. But you're getting a LOT for your money, I think it's probably worth it. As usual YMMV.
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Went out again and picked up the Star Wars Rogue One DVD in a charity shop for £2.99!
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 I left home with £10 in change. I've come home with no change but three Apple keyboards (one of the 2nd generation clear and white plastic USB Pro keyboards, and two of the aluminium ones with keypads, all fully operational but a bit worn and grubby), an Apple Mighty Mouse, two iMac power cables (the ones with the white disc behind the computer plug used in iMac G5 and early Intel models), two other power cables, an iBook G4 charger, and a couple of plugs for that.

Rather pleased...
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Someone really ought to write Deadpool / Stephanie Plum. Someone who isn't me...
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 If anyone is in London and at a loose end this weekend just a reminder that the Canalway Cavalcade thing is on again at Little Venice (near Paddington Station and Warwick Avenue tube), good fun if you like canal boats.

Oops...

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:01 pm
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My friend Roger (who is not a blogger of any sort) posted me this picture, found by his son, and showing the perils of letting advertising algorithms decide what you're going to show on your site. Posted with his permission:

Oops... )


The site appears to be wn.com - with wn standing for world news.



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 I seem to have several thousand duplicate entries without comments. Not quite sure of the reason, I'm guessing that at some point in the past I did an import that went wrong or was aborted before it completed. Is there any simple way to get rid of them, or do I have to go through by hand?
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This is a setting I'm not familiar with, a modern-day horror campaign set around a university campus:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EastTexasU

"This offer presents almost the entire East Texas University line of Savage Worlds supplements and adventures from Pinnacle Entertainment about modern-day academic horror in Pinebox, Texas. Created by the 12 to Midnight studio, Pinebox is a sleepily haunted Big Thicket town, already presented in several Savage Worlds adventures that strike a tone similar to the Joe Lansdale novel Bubba Ho-tep. In a successful May 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Pinnacle brought forth a whole sub-line set in Pinebox's East Texas University, where the beer is enchanted and your advisor wants to kill you. The ETU line adds a flavor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files (and, some say, Scooby Doo) to this deep-fried terror mix.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each music track as a DRM-free .MP3 audio file. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$102. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Student's Collection (retail value $43) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition rulebook (retail $10), plus the East Texas University core campaign book (retail price $15) and ETU Player's Guide (retail $5), Archetypes (retail $3), the Trouble in Texas soundtrack (retail $10), and we throw in an ETU Welcome Kit of free downloads from the Pinnacle website.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Dean's Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $59, including the complete Savage Worlds Plot Point campaign Degrees of Horror (retail $15) and the Class Ring adventure (retail $6); Heroes of ETU and Horrors of ETU Figure Flats (retail $7 each); four full-color .PDF poster maps: Classrooms, Library, Off Campus Housing, and Pinebox Businesses (retail $4 each); and the University Press Kit and GM Screen Inserts (retail $4 each).

At least one more item will be added after launch: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


I'm probably not going to be very interested in this because I was more or less "horrored out" in the nineties - I don't particularly want to run horror RPGs any more. As usual it looks to be good value for money, but I don't have to pay for this stuff, if you do your mileage may vary.

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