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Review: Continuum 2016, Games Convention in Leicester

WARNING: Many links contain sound. Don’t click on them if at work. Last week was spent on my annual holiday, this time spent visiting my parents in Suffolk and from Friday to Monday at Continuum, a bi-annual games convention in … Continue reading

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RPG Review: Mars Colony, a 2 player Tabletop RPG by Tim Koppang

Can you save Mars? A 2 player RPG that is not an investigative game, and that does politics well… So this morning I found myself with the prospect of a free evening, and in a spirit of optimism I fired … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Kindness…

A few of you may know that I write a lot for the books for the Ars Magica 5th edition roleplaying game published by Atlas Games, and that I am something of an enthusiast for the game, originating and often … Continue reading

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How I came to organise a Convention (and why you probably should too!).

Firstly, and foremost. It is all Kevin’s fault. I never set out to organise anything – organisation and me are distant acquaintances, at the best. I rarely know what day it is; I sometimes struggle to recall the year. I … Continue reading

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UKGamesExpo 2013

OK, so I went to UKGamesExpo today, the board, card and rpg games convention in Birmingham, held at the NEC Hilton Metropole in Birmingham: first year in that location, ion previous years it has been held near Edgbaston as I … Continue reading

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About My Hobby for Non-Gamers: An Introduction to the 5th Edition Ars Magica Roleplaying Game

OK, many of you will know I play a game called Ars Magica about medieval wizards and have written on a lot of books for the line over the last nine years or so. I really enjoy the game, but … Continue reading

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Review: Continuum 2012 Roleplaying Games Convention

OK, so I am back from Continuum, which was a marvellous experience. In fact the best weekend I have had a in a long time! For those who don’t know Continuum is a UK games convention held bi-annually in Leicester, where people play roleplaying, board, miniatures and freeform LARP games. Continue reading

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The Plot, the Story and the Players – some thoughts on running rpgs

I write about many different subjects on this my personal blog, but it is possible that some readers are not aware that one of my great passions is roleplaying games. Not the kinky “you be a naughty nun and I’ll … Continue reading

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CJ’s Strange Games: Cthulhu Live 2000, “To Play The King”

It’s all a game, and nothing more, needless to say. But it was huge fun, and while in today’s more paranoid world we might not be able to do it, as even blatantly fake guns and people dressed as monsters may upset the public, back then the police just laughed out loud and were happy we warned them where and when it would all occur. They were fantastic, and we went to huge lengths to ensure the public were not disturbed: something many larp groups have failed badly, indeed potentially tragically at. I won’t name the players, as many of them are now “respectable”: I doubt anyone can recognize them from these pictures, but if you want to be removed just let me know. What follows is a piece written by one of the players after the first game, in character — it should give you a very real idea of how it all worked out! Although it looks terribly amateurish it’s actually a lot more intense than it sounds. 🙂 Continue reading

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The Sundered Eagle for Ars Magica; thoughts from one of the authors

OK, I was one of four authors on this roleplaying games book, and I must say it was a real pleasure to work with Matt Ryan, Mark Shirley and Andrew Smith (not to mention our editor David Chart and publishers Michelle and John Nephew) on this one. It’s a supplement for the wonderful Ars Magica 5th Edition roleplaying game, (which you will need to use it) and as the book is now being sent to the distributors and available (though it may take a few more dyas to reach Europe) I guess I can say a little bit about it now, from the perspective of just one of the writers. (We can’t talk about books while they ar ebeing written, or until published, for obvious reasons .) Continue reading

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