Game 2008 – Manchester

I’m going to be hanging around The Armitage Centre in Fallowfield for most of tomorrow, at Game 2008. I’ll be the one wearing the ‘Fueled by PARANOIA’ t-shirt with Omega Complex advertised on the back (which you won’t see if I’m wearing a coat… but, that depends on the heating system they have running at the Centre). I imagine I’ll spend time wandering around the traders and will be giving the Doctor Who RPG (by Cubicle 7) a go, assuming

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Torrevaldaliga Nord

Glancing through a copy of ‘The Guardian’, I’ve had since October 9th (I rarely read newspapers the day I buy them… I prefer to relax and absorb the content when it’s convenient to me), I opened the centre spread to find the stunning interior of Torrevaldaliga Nord, a coal-powered energy plant north of Rome. These pictures made me think of ‘Both Sides Now’, my mission in ‘Service, Service!‘ where Troubleshooters get the chance to face off against themselves in the

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We Are Touchy, Aren’t We?

…because physical components of the machines expand and contract in response to temperature changes, the amount of time a machine has been running, or even the time of day, might affect calibration—which could explain why the problem didn’t show up in later attempts to reproduce the error. After the last presidential election, you’d have thought the tech firms responsible for touchscreen voting systems would have used the intervening years to make improvements. The iVotronic machines implicated in the voting problems

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Spammers Buffet, anyone?

Like having about a dozen CCTV cameras per head of population wasn’t bad enough (yeah, OK, so I’m exaggerating a bit), the UK Government seems dead set on knowing what email we read, web sites we view, and mobile phone calls we make. The basis for this intrusion? That the misdeeds of the few outweighs the privacy of the many, apparently. With a dozen terrorists crouching in our midst, knowing what illicit sites Mr Sidnham of Ipswich visits of an

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The Sward and the Stone

Not PARANOIA… but, I surely get the opportunity to trumpet my own writing whenever I get something published, right? In 1446, Wales perched on the precipice, faced with the prospect of a new rebellion by restless natives. Complacent English nobles, entrusted with expansive domains, stretch themselves all too thin, leaving stewards to run much of their lands and properties. In many instances, these stewards come from the local population, swayed by misplaced loyalties and the corrupting influence of power. In

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No One Expects…

In the continuing tale of a would-be game writer, I find myself wanting to write a mission, but lacking the energy to get it done in anything less than a geological era. I keep setting time aside to get going, but fail to make the most of what I have set aside, always finding something else to do. When I’m cleaning out a hamster cage instead of writing a few paragraph, I guess that means I’m lacking focus – though,

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