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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 11:33:27 PM »
I had a friend who had a Viking funeral.  His ashes were put in a ship on Tate Hill Sands, Whitby (site of many a beach party) and three women fired burning arrows at the ship until it caught fire.

One of my earliest 'online' friends (from the heady days of Usenet, no less) did something similar.

Yes, Tal was my friend - I last saw him at one of his Whitby parties in October, in November he died.

Lembit managed to mention Tal in the House of Commons (under the name Endel).

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 11:28:00 PM »
FF#73 - Rise of the Gothlords


Mope of the Gothlords!

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 04:09:37 PM »
Death by Misadventure - that was the name of the Ipswich night. It had been lost in a fog of clove cigarettes and snakebite and black. Don't think we ever got down to Colchester

I grew up near Bury St Edmunds... we may have bumped into each other some time back around then it's not exactly a big place. Spent most of my underage drinking years at The Lucky Break and The Grapes. Left for "the big city" (Norwich lol) around 99. Ended up DJing at Chains a few years later and did that for most of the 2000s.

FB friend request winging your way - though surprised we only have 5 friends in common (1 2000AD, 4 Goth-types).

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 12:32:54 PM »
Don't remember the Viking funeral thing - sounds like a case of 'be careful what you wish for' though :)


I had a friend who had a Viking funeral.  His ashes were put in a ship on Tate Hill Sands, Whitby (site of many a beach party) and three women fired burning arrows at the ship until it caught fire.

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 12:29:50 PM »
We're encouraged to define our lives in terms of our profession, but that's bollocks. Don't feel bad about your choice — if it's killing you, then you've absolutely made the right decision.

Thanks Jim, that's a fair point.  If I remember rightly there has been research into teacher post-retirement life expectancy that basically says it is measured in months if you go to retirement age.


That seems unlikely?  "research from the Office of National Statistics shows that male and female teachers are likely to live to 83 and 86 respectively. (current retirement age is somewhere between 65 and 68 depending on your date of birth).

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 10:17:00 AM »
I got given a copy of Warlock by my gran when I was 7 or 8 I think. Was the start of a path that led to D&D then Vampire: The Masqurade then goth clubs lol.

Oo - which goth clubs?

Mostly around Norwich and Ipswich area initially (late 90s) so things like Wraith and Chains On Velvet. Then added fairly regular trips down to Slimelight in Islington and annual excursions up to Bradford for Infest.


Cool - I went to Chains on Velvet the one time (around this time of year, back in 1999 I think) but mainly went to Death by Misadventure (the one in Ipswich) and Bury'd Alive (in Bury St Edmunds).  Also went to whatever the Colchester night was called - it went through a few name changes and was run by Martin, who also ran DbM.  Like you I also went down to Slimes and Infest (though mostly Whitby).

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 10:35:17 PM »
I got given a copy of Warlock by my gran when I was 7 or 8 I think. Was the start of a path that led to D&D then Vampire: The Masqurade then goth clubs lol.

Oo - which goth clubs?

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 10:33:24 AM »
Anyone up for a forum playthrough of one maybe? See how far we all get individually?
Great idea!! I'll see if I can dig mine out.

Sounds good - I know where all mine are.  Which book were you thinking of?  Start with Warlock?  I have most of them, but haven't played through the later ones.

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Off Topic / Re: Things that went over your head (non-prog-related)
« on: 18 October, 2021, 10:16:50 AM »
Deathtrap Dungeon - my first Fighting Fantasy book!  My fave is the Shamutanti Hills, closely followed by City of Thieves and a few of the other early books.

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Tricky decision, others have said pretty much what I'd have said - they're two halves of one story, but the latter has the following going for it:


  • Wulf
  • a bit of gronk, but not too much
  • my first long Stront story and my introduction to many of the main characters

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General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 16 October, 2021, 11:11:58 AM »
Torquemada the God - Now I've always considered this a spin of mini-series rather than part of Nemesis, in the same way Deadlock is. Same, world, closely related but seperate. So I was going to run it seperate BUT I'm not convinced anyone thinks that other than me! So I'll wrap it into Nemesis unless folks stand up for it to be seperated.

Torque the God is definitely a defacto book of Nemesis - continuity-wise there's no other join between Torquemurder to The Two Torques.  I always consider that Deadlock story to be Nem book XI as well, showing what happened in Termight after Nem and Torque left.  Though I suppose that Wizards and Warlocks story would also have to be included by the same token, but that's alright as it's not like anybody's going to vote that as their fave book of Nem!*

* I remember being hugely disappointed by it at the time - not only because it was a significant drop in quality for my favourite 2000AD series, but also because I'd liked Crithlow's artwork since Thrud in White Dwarf.  I don't think I've seen any painted artwork from Carl I especially like, but I like the 21st century linework, as seen in the Thrud mini-series and that IDW 2000AD series.

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Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 14 October, 2021, 06:59:09 AM »
I admire the optimism. I really do...

The admiration isn't showing.

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General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 12 October, 2021, 04:13:42 PM »
Was Metalzoic a reprint? I thought it was published at the same time as the US version, or did I imagine that?


DC still own it, and apparently have no interest in re-releasing it or selling the rights on.

Which is a pity, since it's a great piece of work.

And both Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill would like to see it reprinted.  Personally if I was in charge of DC, the deluxe reprint would contain both the colour and black and white versions.  Doesn't seem that difficult to get the original printings at the moment (if ebay search is to be believed).  Though all the copies seem to be in the USA at the moment, so even if they're offering free postage, HMRC may have different ideas.  Still, the corresponding progs are around the £1 mark each.

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General / Re: Outlaw v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup - SEMI-FINAL 1
« on: 12 October, 2021, 04:10:05 PM »
(and not to inflame the thread, but "Because I hate you" is a great moment but... not a great line..

#sorrynotsorry

I kind of agree, but that makes me wonder what is a great line (as in what would make a line great).  "Mind the oranges, Marlon" isn't a great line on its own, it's the cultural meaning it has to us lot that gives it greatness...

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Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 11:38:29 AM »
Makes sense for Supes to be bi, I think. Given the way Kryptonians reproduce by some kind of cloning (?) process, their society would have no need to enforce, encourage, or endorse strict or even prevalent heterosexuality. Some good and thoughtful stories could stem from this aspect of Superman's inherited culture clashing with his adopted one. Bravo, DC.

It's the son of Superman and Lois that's bi, not the original Clark Kent supes, so I'm not sure how much inherited Kryptonian culture he'd have, but your point's a good one.

Original supes would have inherited culture entirely from those crystal things anyway, as they weren't conscious of their surroundings when they left Krypton.

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