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  1. I'm assuming that the pepper mill to the side is for scale, and is one of those Italian-restaurant-in-the-80s ones that is as long as my forearm.
  2. Coco. (Pixar) Bloody great. Touching, in a good way, funny, and great music/songs. Also interesting to see they've worked hard to animate the fingers when guitar playing realistically, and looks 'right'. 5 out of 5 (tears).
  3. Under Fallen Skies. My gaming group still are not really feeling confident enough to meet up in a small space, so I've had a dive into this solo dice placement game. It's clever and surprisingly well balanced it seems. Given the dice rolls and variability of the setup, saving the city from the invaders is very often a knifeedge finish of win/lose conditions. And the box is rammed with content. A campaign (of about 8 games) adds variable cities (each with two different abilities), characters (each with helpful skills), and missions (with objective/rule tweaks). These combine to mean you're forced to prioritise different tactics game to game, as well as reacting to the dice rolls. Anyway. Very much recommended. In fact it displaces Deep Space D6 as my dice placement solo game of choice. (Under Falling Skies is a boxed, beefed up edition of the free print and play nine card version that I printed, played and liked enough to invest in the 'proper' game when it came out. So you've very little excuse not to try it!)
  4. World War Chtulhu Cold War Core Rules - £12 World War Chtulhu Cold War Section 46 - £16 Star Wars RPG (30th anniversary edition) - £18 (gift) Farflung RPG - £14 Welcome To Dino World Deluxe Kickstarter edition - £18.20 (gift) Once More Into The Void PDF (KS) - £12 Villagers Shifting Seasons (KS) - £13 p&p to add Call Of Cthulhu Classic (Kickstarter - SECOND EDITION BOX SET* REPRINT SHADOWS OF YOG SOTHOTH THE ASYLUM & OTHER TALES CTHULHU COMPANION TRAIL OF THE TSATHOGGHUA FRAGMENTS OF FEAR*) - (£72 minus ~£45) = ~ £28 p&p to add Total for June = £131.20 An expensive month - but I've also bought presents for friend's birthday and another friend's Xmas. Total for year to date = £771 *some weird juggling - bought the box set on KS, but sold my originals of * on eBay.
  5. I liked it. You have to be aware it's a deck management game as much as an exploration, but it's a good one.
  6. May (and some I missed from April) My Haul Of Cthulhu: (All CoC books) Pulp Cthulhu £26.99 Two Headed Serpent £29.19 Cold Fire Within £23.26 Down Darker Trails £29.23 Shadows Over Stillwater £24.99 The Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos £24.66 Beyond The Mountains Of Madness $50 + The Malleus Monstrorum Keeper Deck $15 + shipping ~ £49 Some Board Games from Amazon: Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine £12.79 Big Money £4.47 The King Is Dead: Second Edition £15.69 Total for May (and April's missed ones): £239.70 Total for year £640. Ouch.
  7. Like the scene at the end of Carrie I'm resurrecting this thread (appropriately enough) to give my Call Of Cthulhu thoughts on a year of online play, and the scenarios I've tackled. I gave my thoughts on the Starter Set (earlier in this thread) which contains three scenarios; but here are some one-line (spoiler-free) assessments/summaries. Paper Chase (Starter Set) [I GM'd] - A reclusive professor was missing, and some of his books appeared to have been stolen from his library. A nice simple intro, designed for one-keeper, one investigator play but easily can be adapted to more investigators. * Edge of Darkness (Starter Set) [I GM'd] - The investigators fulfilled the wish of a dying friend in attempt to try to undo the mistakes of his youthful past. An excellent adventure that really ramps up the feeling of freedom for the investigators. * Dead Man Stomp (Starter Set) [I GM'd] - 1920s Harlem and hot jazz music served as a backdrop to another excellent adventure - where the n.p.c.s can be as frightening as any monsters. It also allows the players to tackle some sensitive issues around race in that setting, which adds a poignancy of the scenario. All told: The Starter Set scenarios (EoD and DMS) are excellent. And PC is also nice, but probably more suited to beginners (players and investigators). Amidst The Ancient Trees (Keepers’ Rulebook) [I GM'd] – The daughter of a local industrialist has been kidnapped and the ransom payoff went horribly wrong. A good hook and straight in, but favours investigators who are slightly less cautious, or it could drag a bit. * Missed Dues (Keepers’ Screen) [I was an investigator, and then later, I GM'd it with a different group] – After a bundled heist, Investigators (all low ranking mobsters) are caught up in something weirder and deadlier than the prohibition drink smuggling they're used to. After a masterclass in GMing here by @Doctor Shark, it was fun to later take this on as GM and steal some ideas. A good opening hook, that is nicely non-Cthulhu which worked excellently with some new players to CoC). The Darkness Beneath the Hill (Doors To Darkness) [I was an investigator] - A friend in Providence, Rhode Island asks investigators to help with some tunnels his found whilst renovating his basement. This is a 'beginner' scenario - and quite dungeon crawl-y (literally in fact). I enjoyed it, but it was predictable. Dark Offerings (Miskatonic Repository, independent by Rob Leigh) [I GM'd] – A friend's daughter has joined a hippy cult, and investigators are brought in to track her down. An interesting modern day scenario. My players initially struggled with the modern setting (I set it in 2004, but they almost resisted using their non-smart phones, or the internet). Perhaps ran a little 'long' as they cautiously toured the British Isles; but a good final act and some major casualties. Interestingly Whatsapp conversation was about how much they were enjoying visiting pubs and post offices etc, and chatting with locals - and no covid to restrict that. Genius Loci (Doors To Darkness) [I investigated] - A letter from an inmate of an Asylum is the launching point for this. Initially hard to intuit what the players might need to do, leading to a rather long (but thoroughly enjoyable) extended stay in the town of Salem and visiting its varied establishments. My (very frazzled) GM told me afterwards he was inventing businesses and plot pointers left right and centre, but as a player it didn't show. Our game had an amazing pulpy ending, when escaping from police pursuit in a light aircraft (I'm not spoiling anything there, I doubt anyone else's game would end thus). Some criticism online also notes that the investigators can feel a bit lacking guidance, so investigate leading to wander a bit. Despite that I had an outstanding time, I'm just not sure I'd recommend this scenario unless your keeper is good at thinking on their feet. * Lights Out (Fear’s Little Needles, Joe Trier, Stygian Fox) [I GM'd] 15 year old Alice Miller went missing, no one knew whether it was just a rebellious teenager phase, or related to her depression since her boyfriend was killed in car accident earlier in the year. A 'one-shot' (on paper), that took us two shots. A short scenario - only 3500 words - so the GM is doing some work to fill in the wallpaper, and modern setting (2019 here, so smart phones galore). I'd recommend this one as a good modern day setting that *doesn't* benefit by crippling the players with them having to investigate in a Faraday cage, and actually encourages the investigators to be using them. Ours also has some quite unpleasant interactions between characters/npcs that were just borne out of their backstories and relationships. Also played : The Great Unwashed [Online convention play... and I don't know where the scenario was from Not all that memorable, so I'd struggle to recommend one way or the other. Though I did save the world and sacrifice the others in the party.] The End Times [Online convention play - End Of TImes Monograph setting - so SciFi ... but ran out of time, and was abandoned after about a month of trying to reschedule, which was disappointing as it appeared to have a good hook... but also had an annoying "gamifying" player who definitely wanted to 'win'. All told I'd highly recommend those I've starred. (But, or course, your group may favour other styles of play/settings etc etc.)
  8. V-Commandos KS Expansion: Ghost/Bag/Upgrade packs/Objective Tiles - £63 AuZtralia KS Expansions: Revenge of the Old One / TaZmania - £50 Alba KS postage - £9 (ouch) Clash of Deck KS - £2 April Total: £124 Running total to date: £399
  9. Oh the delight if of being able to post in this thread! This morning, in a gloriously sunny garden, I played a game of Villagers with two friends in the flesh. A gentle "drafting from a market to build a tableau" game was a lovely a return to face to face games. Even if the lightest breeze caused issues. In the virtual world it's been Race For The Galaxy on the app. Which is fine, but rather impersonal, and quite hard to see in my phone. Call Of Cthulhu via Zoom continues to be great though. Some small scenarios, some larger. Now have a regular-ish group who are likely to continue playing like this.
  10. I have a weird relationship with sleeves. I use to want to keep things pristine, but now I actually enjoy seeing the signs of wear on components, a bit. (Obviously not if it's a blind draw deck that you can recognise the damaged back of). I sleeved all my Netrunner cards. Christ, what a ballache (and expense). I'd sleeve the deck I was taking to play someone if there was prissy-ness over recognising marked cards... But I just don't play anyone like that. I'm now the same with boxes. They can have shelf wear/dinks. And expansions can be bagged up and thrown in the main box. It's all good.
  11. I'm in for the Ghost expansion, and I agree entirely about it working with counters (I'm not a miniatures fan myself). At least this KS is a game first with minis added later (unlike lots of them that seem to be a box of miniatures with a game tacked on to justify them).
  12. Just as a heads up, I've already got the (non-deluxe/non-mini) original version of V-Commandos which has a new Kickstarter. It's excellent.
  13. March, a month of Kickstarters it turns out. Button Shy KS - Death Valley + Panamint City, Sprawlopolis, Tussie Mussie - £31 Legendary Kingdoms KS - Valley Of Bones / Crown & Tower gamebooks* - £40 Heroes Of Normandie KS - Upgrade Pack - £36 March total: £107 Running Total to Date: £275 *Again, I'm counting gamebooks as 'tabletop' spending.
  14. Boys From The BlackStuff (available as DVD with the original Blackstuff drama) is excellent. And, as mentioned, Edge Of Darkness and Beiderbecke Trilogy are both really good too. I'd suggest Blake's 7 too, aside of the fact there are some rather skippable episodes. But Paul Darrow is always a joy to watch. Edit: Once you've done Blackstuff, Alan Bleasdale's GBH is also well worth watching.
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