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Megazine / Re: Meg 448: Graveyard Shift
« on: 27 September, 2022, 10:56:53 PM »
I think the Meg worked better than the prog actually. The prog's stories had nothing to do with each other really. The Meg, while it's still an anthology of different stories, held together as a coherent whole storyline.

The whole thing worked much better than the attempt to do something similar in last year's Sci-Fi Special.

I thought the same - really enjoyed the way each story flowed to the next, with Niemand's alt-Dredd strips being the star of the show.  Just horrific and brilliant.  Devlin Waugh's story was a bit slight - he didn't really have a whole lot to do but tell the heroes which way to go, like a random character in a Fighting Fantasy book.  I'm not quite sold on Steve Yeowell's Armitage or Johnny Alpha, but it was a nice little interlude. 

The ending of the whole show was great (though isn't the whole multiverse infected with the zombies, rather than just one planet in one universe?).

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 26 September, 2022, 09:46:25 PM »
Turns out poor old Syd was one of the more sensible members of the band.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 21 September, 2022, 09:07:06 PM »
there has only been one story in ingerland town these last 12 days.
but it wasn't even a story.
the war in ukraine has been woefully under reported for a decade. and so here we are now. ditto belarus, hungary, poland, the fear in the baltics, the new terror in the balkans.
all just a day or so of a drive away.
ignorance is the mind killer, at the very least.

I get you now. We haven't been quite as swamped with dead monarch news over this way.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 21 September, 2022, 06:17:16 PM »
putin mobilising 300,000 reservists and threatening nukes?
that's strange - the bbc had me thinking there that this all finished 12 days ago ...
och well.

Can't say I agree - the only news I heard said that Ukraine had made significant gains. Nobody I listened to, including the BBC, gave me even the slightest feeling that this was anywhere near over.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 September, 2022, 10:10:31 PM »
No, it was published in 1984. Warlock etc was in 1982.

Ah, ok, thanks - was never sure about that.  I'd assumed the fact that it was just called 'Fighting Fantasy' meant it was the first one.  The next of its (multi-player) type was, I think, The Riddling Reaver, which I loved but again never actually played as it was meant to be played.

General / Re: early Simon Fraser work
« on: 18 September, 2022, 01:14:37 AM »
I am now old enough that I have completely forgotten parts of my early career.

But I bet you'll always remember Tharg the Yuppie...

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 17 September, 2022, 09:04:50 PM »
Thanks! It's from 'Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Roleplaying Game'.
It also appeared in Out of the Pit.

Brilliant!  I loved that book - my brother got it, and it was my introduction to FF.  Never actually played it properly, which was with a team and a dungeon master.

So, was that the first Fighting Fantasy book ever published, does anyone know?

General / Re: GQ: How 2000ad Predicted The Future
« on: 17 September, 2022, 01:28:28 PM »

Film & TV / Re: New Constantine Film.
« on: 17 September, 2022, 12:02:09 PM »
Alan Moore will be chuffed to see his character on the big screen!

Film & TV / Trainwreck
« on: 17 September, 2022, 12:00:48 PM »
People were recommending the Woodstock 99 documentary to me left, right and centre, including a bus driver after it turned out I was the only one on board and we started chatting.

Weird - I remember the festival happening, though I was already a bit too old for the Nu Metal stuff that seemed to be the order of the day back then - but I don't remember hearing any controversy about it.  Which is incredible, given that it really did seem to be a clusterfuck, which was the doc's proposed title. 

I'd planned to watch the first episode last night but ended up watching all three, fascinated as the joy and optimism gradually became a 90s, sunburnt version of Kids Rule OK.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 14 September, 2022, 05:36:29 PM »
Nice work, Jade. Onwards and upwards

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 14 September, 2022, 08:13:05 AM »

Probably. They'll also have to change portraits in official offices, pillar boxes and those fancy costumes some officials wear. I'm sure Charlie won't mind covering the enormous cost out of his own pocket...

About which...  ;)  :)



Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 14 September, 2022, 08:12:11 AM »
Charlotte Dingle, 38.  Journalist, writer, editor, but to me, friend.

Very sorry for your loss, Sheridan.  It's a brutal experience, losing a friend like that.

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