karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dice)
was good indeed.
Met many of the usual suspects, played HEX (a jolly short scenario where an intrepid Royal Navy expedition gets lost in their submergible and finds an island(?) full of flying lizardsNazi Death Bats, T-Rexes, giant apes, secret poisonous caves behind waterfalls, savage savages, heroic deeds and incredulous stunts and everything else you'd expect in a pulp story), a short LotR themed Heroscape game (escape from the Mines of Moria), then a game of Qin - The Warring States (an adventure in ancient China, involving stolen swords, revenging daughters and hairy demons plus plenty of daring martial arts and wire fu stunts. It's a nice theatrical system with a quick - and quite deadly - resolution system, there seems to be much lush background and plenty of character ideas and the book is beautiful with one major flaw: no index, which is really inconvenient if you don't know the book and just want to look up a skill or power), found out that I'm in the playtesting credits of Victoriana 2nd Edition (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] corone!), chatted to various people, bought some stuff regularly and spent a small fortune (well, a three-figure sum) at the Charity auction. Every year I swear not to do it again and every year I do but it's just too tempting and all the money goes towards a good cause (this year over £1,800 in total, topping last year's record of 1,600+).

Oh, and congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] angusabranson and Cubicle 7 for scoring the Dr Who licence!

Getting home involved lots of waiting for the slow Central line so I only got the 21:52 to Cambridge. At least I was early and managed to get a seat and was home by 22:15.

A few photos tomorrow. Hopefully, most of them will be usable. There's either a problem with the hotshoe on the D70 or the SB-600 which meant I had to go half-manual. :o(
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Captain Future)
Real life Hollow Earth Expedition that was supposed to be run this June but was cancelled because the expedition leader died...
Read the itnerary for a good laugh.

ETA: turns out they're not the only ones. o_O
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dice)
Got up early enough, had breakfast while chatting to [livejournal.com profile] jupiter_jones a bit, packed my stuff and set off. No trouble at all until I hit the A1M which was stop-an-go for quite a bit. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] elani's well written directions, I found the car park with no problem and as I was walking up the hill, I heard [livejournal.com profile] davedevil call my name behind me so we walked to [livejournal.com profile] sherbetsaucers cute timber-framed house together, where I randomly met [livejournal.com profile] onelittlething who is one of his housemates. We then walked over to meet [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim on the way to play the game at [livejournal.com profile] elani's.
Character generation was quick and simple so after the usual mucking about we got the game started and quite a few bits done. The scene was wonderfully set and ended in a proper cliffhanger, too.

The cast:
Freddy "Four-Eyes" Fredricks, dashing young reporter for the New York Explorer (me)
Cpt. St. John de Vere, British India Army officer ([livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim)
Thomas Jeffreys, black man who recently inheritetd the estate of a rich industrialist ([livejournal.com profile] sherbetsaucers)
Catharine Brookmyre, English lady of mysterious talent ([livejournal.com profile] elani)
I shall be writing an IC bit later tonight.

When I left, it was raining but it really started when I was underway. This lasted up to junction 9 where I left the A1 in bright sunshine and blue skies all the way to Cambridge.

Now I'm going to cook something so I can have dinner when Eurovision starts.

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