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January 22, 2017
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8 Bit graphics outside the box

“The resources are so many now, they are so vast – and they replace themselves and render themselves obsolete so quickly, that nobody has the has the time to do anything but just dabble for a moment in the current resource de jour before it’s gone and they are busy scrambling to learn just the merest proficiency of the next one.” – Mark Ferrari, Terrible Toybox


June 10, 2015
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Board game boards

I play a few (and own more than a few) board games, and one thing that always bugs me is that the boards are generally orientated for one player.


Discworld Ankh-Morpork board

Discworld Ankh-Morpork board

I understand when a map is the play area; maps generally show north at the top and everything is written for someone holding the map. When a map is turned into a board the simple solution is to reproduce that. Lazy, but I can see why it happens.


Dark Moon board

Dark Moon board

But BGG: Dark Moon (formerly BSG Express before finding a publisher and being reworked to lose the IP) is set on a mining world in an alternate 80’s-like future, and could have easily had a board that uses the current elements but in a way that made it seem as though the players were sat around a console.


This prop photo from Battlestar Galactica shows a shared console table. A top down view for the board would have been great.


Battlestar Galactica command and control console table

Battlestar Galactica command and control console table

If a game as old as Monopoly can go round, it be nice to think newer games could too. And this fan made Munchkin board shows there’s a demand.


Vaguely related: The Ultimate Guide to Analogue Control Panels in Sci-Fi Movies


June 27, 2013
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The Dead Kennedys: “What if Crass was funny?”


For me the weakest of the three “Art of Punk” videos so far, which is a shame as The Dead Kennedys are up there in my desert island bands, and I love Winston Smith’s collage art. Perhaps knowing the Kennedys so well there was less of a revelation, or the subsequent infighting colored my view. Still, a must see if you are in any way punk. And that logo…

Mowing down the people


June 19, 2013
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Crass: The Art of Punk

Crass weren’t an always easy listen, especially back in the early 80’s when if you wanted to hear a band that didn’t get radio play you had to buy an album – no Spotify or iTunes or Youtube then.


Crass albums weren’t just vinyl in a slipcase and sleeve, they came in envelopes and wrapped in disturbing posters (I had one of Maggie shitting sausages), which actually made them a more of a commitment. You weren’t buying an easy listen to stick on when you got home that your Mum might ask you to turn down. You were buying a freaking art project you Mum would demand you turn off.


The music itself might be music, or a spoken word description of someone having a wank. Or the sound of a train with Eve Libertine screaming “Screaming babies… In all our decadence people die” over the top*. Which might explain the lack of airplay. But fuck me if it isn’t still far more relevant today than most of the punk dross of the time (a lot of which I like and still like).


And that logo… I laboriously painted it onto a shirt, not really clued up on the more socialist/anarchist slant of the band, being far more of a faux punk at the time.



* Shaved Women: my favourite Crass song. Actually, one of my favourite songs of all time.


April 24, 2013
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