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  1. 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 adapte
  2. 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
  3. 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 ar
  4. 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
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I also was umming and ahhing. I eventually settled on "I've already got Dawn Of The Zeds to scratch that itch" as a reason, if that helps at all.
  10. Oh crikey yes! Great idea. I've not played that in a while. Always such an epic experience.
  11. I've been playing Black Sonata. The solo hidden movement game. It's very clever, and really hard to win! Lockdown / Social Distancing has really meant that I've hardly played anything, and am missing sitting 'round pushing meeples with friends; placing workers, invading their hexes, rezzing ice as they run on my HQ, pulling off clever combos for even-more-mana/gold, forming and breaking alliances with other alien races, and playing the China card. (etc). Ticket to Ride (app) just doesn't scratch the same itch.
  12. Tinners' Trail - £52 (New edition of this Martin Wallace game, which I very much like) Thousand Year Old Vampire Companion Volume + ZineQuest £63 (Am intrigued by this 'companion volume' but it could be waste of money.) Lacuna - Read Once And Destroy £15 (For a pdf of what looks to be an interesting art-house rpg.) Victoria Hancox - The Alchemist's Folly £8 (Not strictly tabletop but I'm counting it. It's a new choose-your-own-adventure style book, I liked V.Hancox's previous two books.) Feb total: £138 Running Total to Date: £168 There will probabl
  13. I'll stick a hand up for Epic Card Game, as a good two player (MtG) alternative. The app is free too. And Race For The Galaxy works well too, if you don't mind a feeling of multiplayer solitaire tableau building.
  14. You bugger! I didn't see that had been re-released and upgraded a new remastered fancy-pants edition. I now have £52 (late pledge + postage) on Tinner's Trail to add to my total. Incidentally I now have a copy of Tinners' Trail (Second Edition) to flog.
  15. Shall we tell one another not to? Like supportive members within a 12 step programme. "It's been 21 days since my last Kickstarter and I feel like I'm in danger of slipping..."
  16. I've *got* to discourage my spending this year. So I'll track mine here. Public Shame will be the motivator that keeps me on the straight and narrow. So far: £30 on backing Alba on Kickstarter. (It isn't boardgame per se, it's a glorified choose your own adventure book, vut it'll count in my "analogue gaming spending" tally). Unusually, I have actually *sold* something too. (Dominare) for £25, so net spend is not too bad.
  17. I'd like to take a stab at Darby Carter. I see her as a smart-ass nosy/sassy sort. Borderline annoying at times. Or Dustin, he sounds a tasty geezer, even if he's a bit mysterious at this point.
  18. I've actually realised that Next Wednesday (the 13th) might be problematic for me. Flipping heck. Normally Wednesdays are good though.
  19. (I can also do Wednesday, if that suits better).
  20. I snuck in a couple right at the end of 2020: What lies beneath - Adam Croft A Midsommer Murders style mystery set near where I live in the county of Rutland. And a huge hit with the locals. But it's rubbish - here's why. 1. the plotting actually means the investigator doesn't really solve the case, and somewhat breaks the rules of this kind of novel 2. the novel gleefully repeats information at the reader (for instance the history of Rutland water) as the investigating officer 'thinks about what she's learnt'. 3. there is an awful amount of mentioning local detail - loc
  21. I’m a strong maybe depending on timing etc. Never played Unknown armies but am interested in it too. So, basically what he said.
  22. My Anachrony was delivered today. "Infinity Box" is about right. It's sodding huge!
  23. I'm also nervously following my Anachrony delivery. Going to pick up a missed parcel from the local sorting office is hassle enough - having to go to Poland if I get a note through the door is slightly too far!
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