Section 31

Well, it’s official. We’re getting a show about Section 31. I’m not optimistic.

Michelle Yeoh is great, but I’d rather see a show about Prime Georgiou than Mirror Georgiou. Shame they killed her off.

Section 31 has provided some of my favourite Star Trek episodes. Plot arcs about how far a beloved character will go “for the greater good” and those about fighting conspiracies willing to sacrifice the Federation were great.

Dipping a toe into looking at things from the other side can be fun. Legends of Tomorrow did it wonderfully with the episode The Legion of Doom, which allowed Neal McDonough, John Barrowman, and Matt Letscher to chew vast amounts of scenery. Fun though it was, its something best enjoyed in small doses.

La Femme Nikita (1997) pulled off a show with a similar premise by making it about Nikita’s struggle to be a hero in despite the usual MO of Division. When they remade the series in 2010 with Maggie Q, they promptly had Nikita escape Division and spend the series trying to bring them down. The ex-Empress Georgiou isn’t a good person though, everything we know about her shows that she is interested primarily in survival and power and is not shy about hurting other people to get them.

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Sci-Fi LARP in the UK

The UKLTA LARP events page has been updated for 2019. We’ve got all sorts of good stuff coming up, including Star Wars, Red Dwarf, our new Time Agency setting, and lots of High Frontier (featuring all that is good about 80s action sci-fi including Aliens and Blade Runner).

It would be great to see some new faces there!

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Swords of the Serpentine

The playtest for Swords of the Serpentine is open, so I’ve dropped an application in with the intention of playing it with my regular group of Story Gamers.

I loved what Kevin Kulp did with Timewatch and the blurb for this new game is ticking a lot of boxes for me.

With a bit of luck, this will even allow me to attack my enemies with clever insults like Richard Savage.

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Your determined adversary

John Finnemore’s latest blog post has given me a hankering to play Seventh Sea or some other game in which I can play a character who can pen polite but devastating letters to his political enemies.

I also felt the urge to pick up a copy of the book that the quote by Richard Savage appears to be taken from.

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I want to run some 4e

I’ve been quite critical of D&D 4 in the past, but as time has gone by I’ve grown to rather like it. (In part this is because I’ve mellowed and in part it is because WotC improved the game over time).

For the last few months I’ve had a bit of a hankering to run some. This has come to a peak thanks to Games Workshop and Fat Dragon Games.

A few weeks ago I popped into GW to get some paint and other odds and ends to finish off a prop for a LARP. I managed to escape the store without buying anything I hadn’t put on my shopping list before venturing forth. I did, however, spend some time going “ooooh” at the current range of paints.

The desire to dig out the unpainted plastic I have and apply acrylics to it has become quite strong and I might have poked around the GW website a little.

Age of Sigmar 2 is on the horizon and, unsurprisingly, this means a nice box with lovely plastic toys is being released later this month. They look really nice. Did I mention I had a box of unpainted figures I really should attend to? ahem.

Meanwhile, Fat Dragon has been sending my files to print scenery with. (This is the squirty plastic 3d kind of printing). A couple of the sets are lovely and reminded me of a Dungeon World game I had tremendous fun running a couple of years ago.

Some of the monsters in the game would be perfectly represented by some of the new AoS2 figures too…

I think I’m doomed.

On the upside, I have a project with a clear goal that involves lots of enjoyable preparation.

While the printer churns away at the next piece of terrain, here’s one I prepared earlier. I’m quite proud of this as I had misjudged the amount of filament I had left and ran out of green three-quarters of the way through the print job. Happily, I was able to hit pause and change the filament so I could finish the job. The colour change isn’t a problem: I was going to paint it anyway.

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