My friends Andrew and Mel are having twins! Many many congratulations! I have always been fond of twins (Martin Peters and Hugh will get the joke at least…)
Excellent, wonderful news, though I was dreadfully troubled, nay mortified, by the tragic news on Andrew’s LiveJournal that a relative threw out some 2nd ed and 3rd ed Ars Magica books that were in their attic during the clear out.
Well a bit anyway! 🙂
Not just because obviously this is a terrible sacrilege (and deepy painful to report, though insignificant in terms of the joyous twin news!), but because I am fairly sure there was a copy of The Maleficium (I have been trying to get a secondhand copy from ebay for eight years now, which might give you some idea of its second hand value) and a number of other books I have not seen for a while in there, and mainly because I know what they were worth. Bugger, we could have sold them on ebay and – well I think I’d better not say what they would have fetched if sold, lest I weep! 😦
Oh well – the books were lost anyway, but it is a real shame that they were not subject to a MuTe (with a He requisite) to create hot gold for the infants, and pay towards the costs of the unexpected joyful arrivals!. 😦
In case you were wondering Ars Magica is the roleplaying game of life as a 13th century wizard. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Magic-Ars-Magica/dp/1589780701/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236131959&sr=8-2) I have written for a couple of books for the 5th edition of the line, and organised Grand Tribunal 2007 and 2008. And yes I know I have gone on about roleplaying books and said nothing about the twins – I don’t know anymore, that is why, but best of luck to the proud parents to be! 🙂
And if anyone out there has any unwanted second hand Ars Magica books, and in particular a copy of The Maleficium… do think of me, and have pity!