Lights, Cambelt, Retest

May 5, 2016

Snatching satisfaction from the jaws of expense, I have tonight worked my way through the five items on the failure list from this morning’s MOT and fixed four of them myself. I have used WD40, a flat bladed screwdriver, more WD40, a 20p coin (retaining pegs on the fascia), a soldering iron, and lashings of WD40.

The offside fog lamp now works. The intermittent headlamp fault is no longer intermittent or faulty. The nearside brake light has a brand new soldered lead which looks horrible on the inside but at least lights the lamp effectively. And the windscreen washers finally live up to their name with enthusiasm.

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The Offline Gamer

May 3, 2016

Last Saturday was Tabletop Day, and I disappeared off to Asgard Games for an afternoon of sitting around playing 60. While I was there, I had the honour of being interviewed by Matt from The Offline Gamer. You can listen to that interview on their latest episode.

Many thanks to Vince at Asgard for letting us record in his office and to Matt for his kind words and introduction to the piece. Hurrah for publicity and being able to talk about why it is I love this game creation stuff so much.


Tabletop Day 2016

April 30, 2016

Today is International Tabletop Day. Hurrah! A day to celebrate and join in with gaming which doesn’t necessarily involve a screen. (Note, “Tabletop”, not “desktop”) Read the rest of this entry »


60 – The new Kickstarter launches with remarkable kick-off

April 25, 2016

It’s been a while since I risked every ounce of my professional reputation (nothing) on the roll of No Dice, and I’d been working on a new game in the last few months. Finally I managed to get my stuff together and launch this weekend. What a beginning!

60 card back Preview

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Reading for Pleasure

March 3, 2016

It’s World Book Day. Hurrah! I love reading and I love books.

I’m not on either side of the Kindle debate, having both more books than I should comfortably fit on the available bookshelves and also an e-reader with more to enjoy. But I am a keen advocate of recommendations. And lists of personal favourites. Read the rest of this entry »


Seven years? Feels like more!

February 18, 2016

WordPress informs me with smooth technological efficiency that today is the seventh anniversary of me beginning this blog.

That’s seven years of my opinions, achievements, complaints and misconceptions. Thanks, if you’ve lasted all that time. Welcome, if you’re a somewhat more recent devotee.

I’m enjoying this, and I’ll carry on. Coming up this year:

  • I’m close to launching a new game. Not No Dice, but something a bit different.
  • I shall be attempting a marathon.
  • I shall probably record and write some more music.
  • I hope I’ll be observing and whining and everything else as normal.
  • My car is likely to break down, give up the ghost, or do something comic on a long journey.

You’re invited along for the ride!


On speaking truth to funny looking people

February 10, 2016

I completely defend free speech. It’s an essential component of right thinking democracy. It’s what allows people to identify and express amusement at the unfortunate fact that I resemble Peter Griffin.

I’m usually not that bothered. Maybe if it’s someone who knows me, with whom I’ve gigged and shared conversation over a couple of beers. But tonight, when three lads walking home from the pub feel it’s OK to call me Peter Griffin in the street and call me Fat Man and laugh at me, I feel desperately sad.

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