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I am now great-uncle to a seven-a-side football team, with yet another grand-nephew, born a few days earlier than expected. So far that's only one girl out of seven children in that generation, which isn't what I would have expected, but since I'm crap at buying girl's presents it's probably just as well.

Tomorrow I'll go buy some bootees etc.
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https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MutantChronicles

"The Solar System is a roaring mayhem of death and war. The Earth has been swept clean by the violent onslaught of the Dark Legion's monstrous hordes and Undead Legionaries. In the enormous cities of Venus, Mars, and the Outer Planets, heretics devoted to destruction stalk gloomy alleys, spreading their teachings of greed, jealously, and war. With technology failing due to the insidious effects of the Dark Symmetry, humanity must fight the Dark Legion while dealing with infighting and conspiracy from within.

Mutant Chronicles is a full-throttle dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG, a thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force. Originally published in 1993 by the Swedish company Target Games (now Paradox Entertainment), Mutant Chronicles grew into a franchise, with a Doom Trooper trading card game, three boardgames, a video game, the massive Warzone miniatures game, and two editions of an RPG. More recently there was a 2008 film, a pre-painted miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games and, last year, a reboot of Warzone by Prodos Games.

In a successful January 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Modiphius Entertainment funded a licensed Third Edition of the Mutant Chronicles RPG and a full support line. The new version uses a fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire). The same system powers the new Modiphius Conan RPG and its forthcoming Star Trek game.

This all-new offer presents the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition corebook along with many faction guides and the Dark Symmetry Campaign. 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 the charity chosen by Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment, Vision Rescue. "Modiphius has chosen to support Vision Rescue through a number of different projects," says Chris. "Our goal is to raise US$20,000 for a Vision Rescue Bus."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$119. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $52) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition rulebook (retail price $20), the Mutant Chronicles Player's Guide extracted from it (retail $10), and two faction books about the megacorporate nation-states of the Solar System: Capitol Source Book (retail $9.50) and Imperial Source Book (retail $12.50).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $67, including the Dark Symmetry Campaign (retail $15) that covers the setting's calamitous early history, and the Bauhaus, Mishima, Cybertronic, and Brotherhood Source Books (retail $13 apiece)."

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 be honest, I'm pretty sure this isn't my sort of game, and I probably won't be checking it out, but as with all these bundles it looks like you get a lot for your money.

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I forgot to mention that Stewart Wieck, another big name in gaming, died last week. He only 49 when he died - apparently he just collapsed suddenly after a fencing match. Most notable as one of the founders of White Wolf and a major writer for the World of Darkness books.

http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2017/06/stewart-wieck-has-passed-white-wolf.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Wieck

https://www.rpg.net/columns/advanced-designers-and-dragons/advanced-designers-and-dragons14.phtml

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Pendragon is the classic Arthurian RPG, never bettered in its handling of Arthurian myth so far as I know. This time there are two bundle offers, one a repeat from 2014, the other all new.

King Arthur Pendragon

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/KAP2017

"This is a revival (the second) of our June 2014 offer featuring one of the most honored and respected RPGs ever published, King Arthur Pendragon. This revival runs in parallel with an all-new companion, Estates and Uther, that presents recent KAP supplements.

King Arthur Pendragon is the crowning achievement of legendary designer Greg Stafford (founder of Chaosium and discoverer of Glorantha), Pendragon isn't just a game about Arthurian Britain -- it is a painstakingly researched, amazingly detailed game with mechanics built specifically to support play as one of the noble, passionate, and ultimately tragic Knights of the Round Table. In the comprehensive RPG.net Game Index of over 19,200 tabletop RPGs, King Arthur Pendragon ranks #5. Pendragon is a rarity in the roleplaying world, a work of authentic scholarship.

Chaosium first published Pendragon in 1985. Since then, it has remained continuously in print through several revisions and several publishers, most recently Nocturnal Media, co-founded in 2010 by White Wolf co-founder Stewart Wieck. This revival of the original June 2014 offer (the second revival, following one in December 2014) presents Nocturnal's current, comprehensive "Edition 5.2" rulebook (2016). This is an update from both the original run and the first revival, which presented the 5.1 version. Through Nocturnal Media's generosity, all previous purchasers also receive this new Edition 5.2 on their Wizard's Cabinet download page.

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$132. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $60) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • King Arthur Pendragon (retail price $20): The most current (Edition 5.2) version of the clasic core rules for playing knights in Britain.
  • Book of Knights & Ladies (retail $20): Create characters from 100 different places in Britain or ten foreign lands, and from a dozen religions.
  • Tales of Chivalry & Romance (retail $6): Five short adventures about the knightly code of chivalry and the high art of romance.
  • Tales of Magic & Miracles (retail $6): Adventures in fantastic and holy realms, including a prelude to the Grail Quest.
  • The Grey Knight (retail $3): This 1986 adventure inspired by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written by Masks of Nyarlathotep designer Larry DiTillio.
  • Book of Records Volume 1 - Knights (retail $5): Form-fillable, auto-calculating .PDF character and estate sheets.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $72:

  • The Great Pendragon Campaign (retail $25): Greg Stafford's multi-generation saga with over 100 adventures across 85 years, stretching from before Arthur is conceived to beyond his death.
  • Book of Battle Second Edition (retail $25): These rules for large-scale combat let your knight stride into battle and turn the tide for better -- or worse.
  • Book of Armies (retail $20): All the armies in The Great Pendragon Campaign and many more, plus the battles important in the legends, such as Badon and Camlann.
  • Pendragon Gamemaster Characters (retail $2): Stats for all the important characters from The Great Pendragon Campaign and more.

Estates and Uther

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Pendragon2

"This Pendragon Bundle +2, subtitled Estates and Uther, is an all-new companion to our June 2014 King Arthur Pendragon Bundle, resurrected and running in parallel with this new offer. This offer includes supplements that focus on the Early Phase of Pendragon's 85-year "Great Campaign," especially the tumultuous history of King Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon.

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 is US$103. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get both titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $51) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: Book of Uther (retail price $26), about King Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, and his tumultuous history; and Book of the Estate (retail $25), about obtaining and managing a large household -- a monument to your glorious achievements.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $52:

  • Book of the Warlord (retail $32): The definitive guide to noble life in the chaotic Early Phase of the 85-year Great Pendragon Campaign.
  • Book of the Entourage (retail $15): The 2015 revised edition about the companions and accoutrements of the knight's lordly life.
  • Book of Records II: Battles (retail $5): Form-fillable, auto-calculating .PDF sheets for determining battle outcomes.
Pendragon resources
If you're interested in RPGs and Arthurian myth this is a game you really ought to have - whether you need all of it is another matter. It's possible to get too bogged down in the detail presented here, much of which can be found on other sources, and with a more diverse viewpoint. For my part, I own some of this material in early dead tree editions, but have rarely played anything that needed more than the main rulebook. It looks like there has been a lot of updating, and I expect I'll be checking most of this out, especially the newer material. But as usual I have to point out that I get this stuff free if I want it, and your mileage may vary!
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I haven't posted about the Grenfell Tower fire because there really isn't anything I can say about it that hasn't been said by dozens of others. I live about a mile and a half away, and fortunately I don't appear to know anyone who lived there (though I'll be surprised if none of the residents attended the school where I used to work), but it was a tragedy that will affect this area for a long time to come. So far I've only seen it from a distance, while in Portobello Road on Friday, and it looks horrible even at that range.

The Red Cross is coordinating donations for a relief fund - this is a direct donation to the charity which can take PayPal etc., and is set up to boost donations by adding Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer:

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/News/2017/June/London-Fire-Relief-Fund

There are numerous petitions on line about reforms to the fire codes for tower blocks etc. - they all want much the same thing, and i have no idea which is getting the most signatures. Anyone know?
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...when you read a newspaper story about a kid who has just been fitted with a 3D printed artificial arm and your first thought is that she'd be an awesome Bucky Barnes cosplayer in a few years.
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This is a bit of a blast from the past - 1993's Cyberpunk 2020 RPG from R. Talsorian Games, visualising the far distant world of... um... three years in our future. This is another that I already own in dead tree format. It's notable for a series of entertainingly wrong guesses about the future it described, with the occasional bit that comes close to accuracy. As with some of the other offerings in these bundles, the pages are graphics scans of the original books so not perfect quality, but usable enough for most purposes:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cyberpunk2020

This offer presents the 1993 Second Edition of Mike Pondsmith's classic RPG of the dark future, Cyberpunk 2020 from R. Talsorian Games.

As the back cover of Cyberpunk 2020 tells us, "the Corporations control the world from their skyscraper fortresses, enforcing their rule with armies of cyborg assassins. On the Street, boostergangs roam a shattered urban wilderness, killing and looting. The rest of the world is a perpetual party, as fashion-model techies in the hottest clubs rub biosculpt jobs with battle-armored roadwarriors. The future never looked so bad -- but you can change it. You've got interface plugs in your wrists, weapons in your arms, lasers in your eyes, biochips in your brain. You're wired in, cyberenhanced, and solid state. Take it to the fatal Edge where only the toughest and coolest can go -- because you're Cyberpunk."

This huge collection provides DRM-free, non-watermarked .PDFs of the complete 258-page Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook and over a dozen supplements for both First and Second Editions -- everything you need for a life on the fatal Edge where attitude is everything. Warm up your cyberwear and faxprinter, grab your mirrorshades and Dai Lung Magnum, tell the ripperdoc to stand by, and hit Night City's mean streets and hot clubs in the unimaginably faraway time of AD 2020.

These are acceptable-quality .PDF image scans of the original 1990s hardcopies with OCR (optical character recognition) applied. Text is light but readable and can be copied.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$113.50. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all six titles in our Player's Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0 Second Edition (retail $15): The core rulebook for this quintessentially '90s RPG of high-tech lowlifes.
  • Four role guides (total retail $27) adding options for individual character classes: Solo of Fortune (mercenaries), Protect & Serve (law enforcement), Wild Side (fixers), and Rockerboy (rock'n'roll will never die!).
  • Blackhand's Street Weapons 2020 (retail $6): The big book of guns and every kind of armament.
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Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Referee's Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $65.50:

  • Night City (retail $9): One of the best city sourcebooks for Cyberpunk or any modern-day RPG, this jam-packed 180-page sourcebook covers Cyberpunk's signature urban sprawl.
  • Three 2020 worldbooks (total retail $23) looking at life on the edge outside the US: Pacific Rim Sourcebook, Eurosource Plus, and Rough Guide to the UK.
  • Rache Bartmoss's Guide to the Net (retail $9): Rache Bartmoss (the world's greatest netrunner) is dead -- which finally gives him time to write this acidulous, gonzo-journalist tour of the information superhighway.
  • Land of the Free and Home of the Brave (total retail $20.50): Two linked supplements on fallen America. Home of the Brave covers NPCs, plot hooks, and more from this fractured union. Land of the Free presents a sprawling road-trip campaign.
  • Listen Up, You Primitive Screwheads! (retail $7): The unexpurgated Cyberpunk referee's guide with some of the best GM advice for this or any RPG.

At least one more title will be added later: "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."

Cyberpunk 2020 resources


I'm not sure about this one - it's well out of date, Cyberpunk in general is a fairly marginal genre these days, you have to think of it as an alternate world because most of the history it describes went wildly differently, and the rules set is a little clunky. If you're starting from scratch and want a modern cyberpunk system GURPS is probably a better bet, since new material occasionally appears and there are endless resources - but I'd suggest going with GURPS Cyberpunk plus Transhuman Space, which adds a lot more fun things for a cyberpunk-style setting. On the other hand, there's some fun stuff here, and it handles the actual business of hacking etc. about as well as GURPS.

If you can find them there were also some fun supplements based on classic cyberpunk novels; Hardwired, based on the novel by Walter John Williams, and another based on Effinger's When Gravity Fails. Neither is included in this bundle, but so far as I know this is the only system that covers them.

On the whole I think I'd give this an "OK if you like that sort of thing" rating; it's the only way you're probably going to get this stuff now, but do you really need it? Possibly worth it if you don't have much and want to see more, and get in early before the prices rise.

As usual your mileage won't be mine!

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eBay gave me another day with low seller's fees so I've listed the Canon 300D I mentioned with a goodish zoom, and some lenses that came in a job lot - most have some defects but there are some good ones in the mix. As usual I've been honest about the faults, which often seems to be a rarity...

The current tranche of tat is here if anyone is interested:

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

OK!

Jun. 10th, 2017 11:59 pm
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So Dr Who did their take on VICTORIANS IN SPAAAAAACE! and on the whole it worked pretty well. Some obvious questions about the back story of the two senior British officers went unanswered, but I suppose you can explain it as records getting lost or assuming a new identity.

And next week they're doing The Eagle of the Ninth, with added tentacles...

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Still very early, but early indicators are that it will be a Conservative victory but not the landslide May was hoping for, so Parliament might actually discuss things a bit rather than rubber-stamping everything. Which is possibly the best result we could realistically hope for. If it's really tight we may see some sort of coalition, but I doubt it. I see no point in staying awake for more results at this point, since I voted and there's bugger-all else I can do to change things, and I appear to have a streaming cold. Let's see what the morning brings.

Headed for bed.
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A big wodge of RPGs based on anime and manga - this goes active in the next hour or so, and the link below will go to the previous offer until then.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/AnimeBlast

"This is an all-new offer of tabletop roleplaying games inspired by Japanese anime and manga in the tradition of the December 2013 Super Asian Blast. Along with Kickstarter spectaculars like OVA and the fantastically inventive Tenra Bansho Zero, this collection presents treasures ranging from the recent Blade Bind and Kagegami High to the R. Talsorian Games classic Teenagers From Outer Space.

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, Reading is Fundamental.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$96. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Blade Bind (PowerFrame Games, retail $8): Craig Judd's one-shot storygame of the Chosen and the super-weapons they control -- or vice versa.
  • The Starlit Kingdom (Peach Pants Press, retail $10): Tragic stories of the war between Earth and Moon by Anna Kreider, designer of Thou Art But a Warrior.
  • Mystical: Kingdom of Monsters (for Pathfinder) (Northwinter Press, retail $12): Gotta capture 'em all in this campaign supplement that brings the Monster Trainer to Pathfinder and D&D 3.x.
  • Sparks (Twisted Die Productions, retail $7): Magical girls (and even boys) fight the forces of Darkness while trying to maintain good grades.
  • Teenagers From Outer Space (R. Talsorian Games, retail $10): Mike Pondsmith's hijinks-filled tribute to the 1980s anime Urutsei Yatsura.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more games worth an additional $49:

  • Tenra Bansho Zero (Kotodama Heavy Industries, retail $14): Headlong hyperspeed mecha-magic-samurai-ninja-ghost-Buddhist-Shinto action like nothing else in the world, ever. An entire campaign full of everything in six intense hours.
  • OVA (Wise Turtle, retail $15): The new edition of Clay Gardner's fast-playing and versatile rules set, widely considered the go-to game for any anime style.
  • The Ruined Empire (Peach Pants Press, retail $10): Anna Kreider returns with a saga of warring nations originally written for Tenra Bansho Zero.
  • Kagegami High (Yaruki Zero Games, retail $10): More high-school hilarity a la Welcome to Night Vale by Ewen Cluney (Maid RPG, Golden Sky Stories).

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


The only one of these I'm familiar with is Teenagers From Outer Space, which I remember as a lot of fun. This is probably going to be most interesting to those who are seriously into this genre, which isn't me, but it looks like you get some good stuff and the pricing seems reasonable. But as usual I have to point out that I get freebies, so your mileage may vary.

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"You viewed this at £39.99. It was just discounted to £34.99"

Nice one, Einstein. I'm the [deleted] seller! Of two out of the three items I just got notifications on!
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 Yesterday was a bit of a loss, today was slightly better - for £13 including admission I got a Psion Organiser 3, four Apple UK charger cables, an iPod firewire charger, and a 28mm f2.8 lens - Contax / Yashica fitting so not incredibly useful, but I should make a small profit.

Meanwhile the battery and charger for the camera I got last week arrived when I was out, and it looks like I now own a fully operational Sony NEX-5 for about £40 including the camera, charger, battery and memory card. I shall have to take it out and play with it, it's a lot more advanced than my other cameras but I think I prefer an SLR. Where it might do well is in the same role as the Canon I got, for testing weird lenses, since the body depth is teeny. I could REALLY wish I'd picked this up before I'd bought the Canon and so far eight or nine adapters for other lenses...
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Two offers - one is cutout buildings etc. for role playing games, a follow-up to a previous offer last August, the other is for Malifaux, a steampunk-Wild West-horror miniatures game.

Fat Dragon +2 Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/FatDragon2

"Adventurer! Our fellowship of Fat Dragons returns with the Fat Dragon Bundle +2, an all-new collection (follow-up to our August 2016 Fat Dragon Bundle) of papercraft terrain models for tabletop fantasy roleplaying and 28mm miniatures games from Fat Dragon Games. Print, cut, fold, and glue these full-color, DRM-free layered .PDF sheets to assemble buildings, mines, ruins, shrines, and wilderness terrain. All you need are basic tools: a knife or sharp scissors, straightedge, glue, a cutting mat, and hairpins. Each set includes full-color instructions for beginners -- you can download them free from the Fat Dragon website -- and there are instructional videos on YouTube. The assembled models fold flat for easy storage.

For just US$11.95 you get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $65), including the complete Ravenfell Core Set (a seedy waterfront village, retail price $15), a steampunk Aerial Steam Carriage (retail $6), and three big terrain sets from the Wilderness Adventures series with woodland, highland, and swamp scenery (total retail $44).

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $20.14, you'll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $65:

  • Mines of the Mountain King (retail $15): A giant dwarven citadel with walls, ledges, stairs, stalagmites, mine tracks and carts, bridges, a waterfall, and giant mushrooms. Includes the Steam-Powered Mining Drill (retail $4).
  • Ravenfell Expansion 1 (retail $15): More buildings, city walls and gate (with portcullis!), props, and more.
  • Winterhawk Borderland Keep Deluxe (retail $15) and Winterhawk Outpost Ruins (retail $7): Frontier fortifications for any fantasy kingdom.
  • Dragonshire Cemetery (retail $9): A graveyard for fantasy or Victorian-era horror adventures, complete with mausoleum and sarcophagi.

At least one additional 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."

With the appropriate textures, many of these models (especially the cemetery) fit right in with the steampunk-gothic ambience of the miniatures scenarios in our Malifaux Bundle now in progress. Check it out!

Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders."

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Malifaux Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Malifaux

Crew leader! Send your Crew of 32mm tabletop miniature models through the Breach to the other-dimensional gothic-Wild West-steampunk setting Malifaux from Wyrd Miniatures. This comprehensive Malifaux Bundle gives you all the miniatures rulebooks and sourcebooks for both the bestselling 1.5 Edition (2009) and the current "M2E" Second Edition (2013) as beautiful full-color, DRM-free .PDF ebooks. If you're new to miniatures gaming, Malifaux is easy to learn, fast-playing, affordable, colorful, and utterly cool. And if you got our December 2016 offer featuring Wyrd's Through the Breach tabletop roleplaying game, you'll love these lavish sourcebooks about the setting and its many dramatic characters.

For just US$14.95 you get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $56), including the Malifaux 2E core rulebook (retail $28), the 1.5E corebook (retail $7), and three sourcebooks for Malifaux 1.5E: Rising Powers, Storm of Shadows, and Twisting Fates (retail $7 apiece).

If you pay more than the threshold price of $27.13, you'll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection, worth an additional $84, with all three recent 2E supplements: Ripples of Fate, Shifting Loyalties, and Crossroads (retail $28 apiece). The entire collection presents over 2,000 pages of gorgeous source material, great for any tabletop miniatures or roleplaying campaign beyond the Breach.

Want great print-and-cut papercraft terrain and models good for Malifaux and other miniatures and roleplaying games? Check our all-new Fat Dragon Bundle +2, now in progress!

Ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to the charity selected by Wyrd Miniatures, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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I have to be honest - neither of these offers particularly interests me, but if you're interested in miniatures etc. or like wild west steampunk horror there's probably something here for you. It looks like you get a lot for your money, but I don't use miniatures much so neither is really much use to me. But someone reading this is probably going "Gosh wow it must be mine!" so YMMV.

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Can anyone remind me which book by A Bertram Chandler has a section in which Captain Grimes (having once again fallen into some sort of dimensional anomaly) finds himself at a club for fictional characters, where Jeeves decides that he probably doesn't have much staying power as a character. Grimes then somehow finds his way to his creator (Chandler) and complains about it.

Ring any bells?

Never mind - it's Hall of Fame (1969) in the Alternate Orbits story collection (1971)

There's a Chandler site archived here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20081030010436/http://www.rimworlds.com:80/intro.html

More tat

May. 28th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Another Zenit with a Helios 58mm / 2, a Topcon with a 35/2.8 (not a good one though), plus three filters and a body cap, for £16.

And if I'd had £250 on me I could have bought five very nice Nikon lenses - a couple of Micro Nikkors and three zooms - at £50 each, but I didn't have enough cash for even one, and I felt rather uneasy about it. I can't help wondering if there's a camera shop somewhere that has a large hole in its window... I think I'm happier dealing with stuff that is obviously "used" rather than "fell off the back of a lorry".
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After a couple of not particularly exciting weekends, this is shaping up fairly well.

On Friday I got an old 35mm rangefinder camera similar to a Canonet for a fiver - working well except for the meter, which senses light but for some reason isn't connecting to the camera controls. But I have a cheapo exposure meter I can throw in with it, should sell OK.

Today was interesting:
A Zip 250 drive (with a 250 disk) for a fiver, working well.
A Praktica 29mm lens (why 29mm? Damned if I know) in M42 fitting for £7
A Praktica M42 screw body with a 50mm lens, a zoom, and a flash for £18
And a bit of a gamble - a Sony Nex 5 body and zoom lens with flash, unfortunately without battery or charger, for £30. The seller swore it worked (but he would, wouldn't he), so I've spent another £8 or so on a battery and charger, we'll see what happens. If it works it's a very good price, and I will have to decide it I want to add yet another digital SLR to my collection...

Ebay are giving me a "maximum seller's fee £1" deal this weekend, so I think I'll also be selling off my Lensbaby fisheye - it's an interesting lens but I've used it twice in the last year or so, and it's a bit of a pain to use compared to my other lenses, since it uses their "swap out the stop disk" system. I think that one will be a fixed price item, not an auction.
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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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