Category Archives: Gaming

September 2016

The main thing I remember was me thinking “Dang I was just getting into Summer!” and feeling a succession of jolts as the ambient energy dropped (that’s seasonal downturn to all you people in normalsville).

Life progressed as normal. Kids where settled back in School. Work continued to be vaguely annoying and indecisive, but I kept my cool and played along.

Henry had an ace small boy birthday, full of toys, meals out with family, a party at a local play place, and the realisation is that he’s now beyond his littlely years and growing up fast!

Big personal news for me was that the final proofs of Crypts and Things landed, and I had it my hands after spending a good two years developing it. That was a feeling you can’t beat! πŸ™‚

Cats have the right idea
Cats have the right idea
H with his birthday MInecraft Lego
H with his birthday MInecraft Lego
Its grim op norf
Its grim op norf
I finally have it my hands! (Lunch to provide idea of scale)
I finally have it my hands! (Lunch to provide idea of scale)
The Sun hadn't vanished entirely - still time to be hunted by cats!
The Sun hadn’t vanished entirely – still time to be hunted by cats!
Off to school you pair!
Off to school you pair!
Arrgh! Stalked by Ninja + Vader!
Arrgh! Stalked by Ninja + Vader!

July 2016 in Photos

Most of July was us just kicking back enjoying the summer and gettnig ready for the camping trip to Glastonbury that was coming up in August.Β  Weather was pretty meh, occasional sun, a bit of rain (but not very much for our neck of the woods) but mainly overcast. Lots of quality home time though including games and a new barbeque.

Our teeny weeny barbque!
Our teeny weeny barbque!
Nom, Nom, Nom
Nom, Nom, Nom
July was the month that Pokemon Go hit Newports
July was the month that Pokemon Go hit Newports
Henry's first Taekwondo belt
Henry’s first Taekwondo belt
Playing Crypts & Things with the home group
Playing Crypts & Things with the home group
Pirates of the Carribean, rescued from the attic, with our H.
Pirates of the Carribean, rescued from the attic, with our H.
Html 5 Training course with work, find out you've been doing it right all these years without knowing it
Html 5 Training course with work, find out you’ve been doing it right all these years without knowing it

June 2016

After Disneyland Paris and Games Expo it was time to take it easy and just well have a family summer. Which is what according to my photographic record is what we did πŸ™‚

Garden a bit of jungle :)
Garden a bit of jungle πŸ™‚
I am your father!
I am your father!
Going the scenic route home from school pt1
Going the scenic route home from school pt1
Going the scenic route home from school pt2
Going the scenic route home from school pt2
Going the scenic route home from school pt3
Going the scenic route home from school pt3 You can see our house from here
Henry and the Stormtrooper
Henry and the Stormtrooper
Boing! Boing! Boing!
Boing! Boing! Boing!
Have at you!
Have at you!
Games afternoon with Grandma
Games afternoon with Grandma
Due to recent failures Project Manager Cthulhu is put under glass
Due to recent failures Project Manager Cthulhu is put under glass
Henry and his dragona
Henry and his dragon
Its not holidays yet Evie
Its not holidays yet Evie
Hurrah!
Hurrah!
H growing up, but still a happy lad
H growing up, but still a happy lad

Games Expo 2016

This was the second time that I’ve been to Games Expo, hiring a stand to trade as D101 Games with my trusty wingman Guy Milner. It was Expo’s 10th Anniversary and they celebrated by breaking out the trade hall of the nearby NEC Hilton Hotel and into the NEC Exhibition centre proper. There were minor teething problems but on the whole it was impeccably run πŸ™‚Β  I was less than organised, to be honest I won’t have been there if various folk hadn’t reminded me, poked me and generally helped me over a serious feeling of doubt. Despite having no big release, I made enough money to cover costs and make a couple of hundred. Oh and fun I had lots of fun at this show talking to folk who have just discovered what I do as well as existing customers πŸ™‚ Its at events like this that D101 really comes to life. I’m booked in to do Dragonmeet 2016 in London on Saturday Dec 3rd as a result πŸ™‚

So onto the photos…

Boxes waiting to emigrate
Boxes waiting to emigrate
First pint of the show upon arrival at the Premier Inn
First pint of the show upon arrival at the Premier Inn
Guy ready for work
Guy ready for work
Me in my snazzy d101 redshirt
Me in my snazzy d101 redshirt
The rather subdued stall - forgot the stands, quite a boon though due to space
The rather subdued stall – forgot the stands, quite a boon though due to space
Sights of the show - this awesome capital ship!
Sights of the show – this awesome capital ship!
Gaming table, WANT!
Gaming table, WANT!
We had to work hard, we had monkey on our back!
We had to work hard, we had monkey on our back!
The starport like doors of NEC1
The starport like doors of NEC1
Trade floor before opening
Trade floor before opening
Beware the cultists of the King in Yellow!
Beware the cultists of the King in Yellow!
My cosplay is bigger than yours!
My cosplay is bigger than yours!

 

May 2016 in Photos

Another catch up photo post, this time for May.

Highlights:

Spring finally gets here, garden goes beserk in response πŸ™‚ Nice to have some ‘normal’ weather for a change.

Evie turns nine, we go bowling and lazerquesting with her friends. Parents some how survive the experience of the small girls screaming and squealing. Touching moment when they all broke into song singing five or so songs from Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat which they are doing with school soon.

A day out in Manchester with the family, travelling via the tram (which was a big success) and then pottering about town centre. Surprisingly this is something we’ve never done before.

Getting the proofs for my latest book Project Darklight (squee!!!) πŸ™‚

The much delayed Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter finally delivering and it being a thing of complete beauty. Hats off to Mike Mason and Paul Fricker πŸ™‚

British Bubble Time!
British Bubble Time!
British Bubble Time! Pt2
British Bubble Time! Pt2
My new book Project Darklight
My new book Project Darklight
Strange things near my work: Archimedis gets out of his bath
Strange things near my work: Archimedis gets out of his bath
The Sackville St Building where I work.
The Sackville St Building where I work.
Finally here Call of Cthulhu 7th!
Finally here Call of Cthulhu 7th!
Evie's 9th Birthday
Evie’s 9th Birthday
Our road in bloom
Our road in bloom
Ice Cream!
Ice Cream!
Warning Wizards at Work!
Warning Wizards at Work!
Oh no, here as well!
Oh no, here as well!
Our Millie Cat guards the tea
Our Millie Cat guards the tea
Taming the jungle
Taming the jungle
Ahoy! Small boy at play
Ahoy! Small boy at play
Shopping in Manchester with Evie
Shopping in Manchester with Evie
Going through the Arndale Tunnel
Going through the Arndale Tunnel
Henry hugs a Stormtrooper
Henry hugs a Stormtrooper

April 2016 in photos

Another photo post to sum up what happened earlier in the year (I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S JUNE ALREADY!!!!).

Highlights:

Evie’s Birthday diner at Frank and Bennies + ‘test’ bowling at the end fo the month, which Uncle George came over the t’other side of the hills for.

7 Hills Gaming convention – which kinda snuck up on me and was a ton of fun.

The stupid pointless office move, into smaller digs because Research IT want our big office. Bah! πŸ˜›

The variable weather, one moment its Winter the next its Summer! Spring really didn’t happen.Β  Once again its either Climate change or bloody Ragnorok! πŸ™‚

My new set of passport photos
My new set of passport photos
Outbreak of Summer
Outbreak of Summer
"That's my childhood in a box!" Declan's attic surprise at 7 Hills
“That’s my childhood in a box!” Declan’s attic surprise at 7 Hills
Black Hacked at 7 Hills
Black Hacked at 7 Hills
Humour in the office, fighting back the tears of an office move
Humour in the office, fighting back the tears of an office move
Evie at cross country
Evie at cross country
New chess board, courtesy of John Ossoway
New chess board, courtesy of John Ossoway
Punky Penguins visit Chewbacca's Homeworld
Punky Penguins visit Chewbacca’s Homeworld
The cheeky duo with Uncle George
The cheeky duo with Uncle George
Bowling for the Win!
Bowling for the Win!
Evie's birthday meal at Frankie and Bennies
Evie’s birthday meal at Frankie and Bennies
Newt Beer!
Newt Beer!

March in Photos

This is getting to be a habit as the months whizz by in 2016. Proper post with thoughts, feelings and broad sweeping generalisations soon my beauties πŸ™‚

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For one day only…Snow in March! πŸ™‚
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Under the Beetham building in Manchester centre
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Grandad Ted’s Sheep in Castlefield Park, Manchester
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Grand Hall in the building I work.
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Wayhey small boys playing in the garden with forts n stuff!
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So now we know where Major Tom got to πŸ™‚
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Cuddle Cthulhu!
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Comics have landed in our house, but TV still here
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Henry looks at “No Thanks Evil” RPG with interest
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Spring is here πŸ™‚
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Close up of the “Spring is here” bush πŸ™‚
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Millie!
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Weird things you see in Manchester
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Enjoy a Hot Cross Bun Burger at the local pub that sense forgot πŸ™‚
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Easter Egg haul. Mine was the Adventure Time egg with mug πŸ™‚
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Some cats have all the sleeps πŸ™‚

Fun and Games Christmas 2015

Best Christmas ever…

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Brother George arrives fresh from his Arctic expedition πŸ™‚

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Let the gaming commence, Mousetrap! πŸ™‚

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The Star Wars team cautiously make their way across the lounge, lookin for the Death Star plans I got as a present, while Henry plays his new Skylanders game.

Talking of the Death Star plans πŸ™‚

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Hey that was May!

It’s been a busy month.

First off our Rach is getting used to be being nearly full time now that she’s taken up a position as Research Midwife two days a week. Currently she still has to do two days of clinical practice, and its that which is the tiring stressful bit. We are hoping she goes full time with the Research job if a position comes available.Β  She’s doing well at it and is a lot happier. Plus it seems to have opened up our weekends. Which meant a couple of weekends we could…

Go camping!!! First trip out this year, due to a combination of me being away at 7 Hills and it being feckin’ freezing, and we went to a campsite just five miles south of Chester on a farm These pictures of the meadow next to the site, were the kids all went to play don’t do it justice.

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We drove down Friday straight after school, and spent the Saturday in Chester (because we needed to do a quick shop, something we won’t do again). Sunday we went to the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre which was a nice walk in the countryside and finally Monday we had a nice pack up and drive home. Very hard work, and a bit more stress full due to our disorganisation. Next time everything in boxes and no shopping trips for things we’ve forgotten.

Couple of days at work then it was time to me to go to UK Games Expo at the NEC Hilton Metropole to run a stall for D101 Games.Β  Been wanting to go to this when it started 7 years ago, and various family things kept on getting in the way.Β  But not this year! Went with my mate Guy, who drove me and the stock down. We had a fun time working 5-7 hour days selling on the stall πŸ™‚ Overall it was awesome. We did well on sales, saw lots of our mates (it was nice to be next to Nabil, Steve and the rest of the Traveling Man crew) and get a huge sense of achievement for D101 Games.Β  Full of Awesome and Win.Β  Already planning next year πŸ™‚

Here’s some of the sights from the show….

 

IM IN FOR TEH BOX OF AWESOME!!

Of this “No Thank You, Evil!” a Game of Make-Believe for Families

Seriously we sat down this Sunday to play a Fate game that I’m working on, and our Henry (5 1/2 years) comes in to say hi to the gang. He looked at all the maps, dice and other cool stuff on the table and asked to join in. He was geninuely creastfallen when I said no (the game was a grown up game of monster hunting in ancient Alexandria not U by any stretch of the imagination).Β  So this comes at the right time for both him and his sister, who although she’s 8 the game is designed so older children can have move involved characters and play along side younger siblingsΒ  πŸ™‚