Continuum 2014

Well, I made it back from Continuum 2014 in one piece, which is always good, apart from the multitude of insect bites from the Lists of Avalon freeform.

This was probably the most enjoyable Continuum/Convulsions/Conjunction that I have been to, even going back to 1990, so thanks to everyone who helped out.

I managed to fit in 3 Freeforms and 4 Table-Top games, which is a record for me. For once, every one of them was good


So, the Olympics is upon us, or has been for a week or so.

After being bored rigid by the media hype for years, unending countdowns and whatever, the Olympics has turned out quite well.

I do like watching sport on the telly, but am not that keen on going to see sport live in person. What’s the point of spending hours getting there, then standing or sitting in the freezing cold, getting wet without a good view? When I was a lot, lot younger, I spent some time on First Aid duty at Silverstone and my recollections are of standing in the cold and wet, watching cars whiz by without knowing who was who. So, there was absolutely no chance of me actually trying to buy an Olympic ticket for any sport. This means that it didn’t matter that the Olympics are in London, they could be in

Blog? What’s one of them?

I can’t really see the point of blogs. Somebody wittering on about what they are doing, what annoys them or what they like. Still, Yahoo provides an easy to use blog manager, so I thought “Why not?”.

My website contains roleplaying articles, but I don’t really have anywhere to put out news, my thoughts or other trivia that nobody would be interested in. So, I suppose I need a blog, in the same way that the Moon needs palm trees.

What is it going to contain? My thoughts, my feelings, if I want to share them, things about my life. I am by nature a private person, so I won’t be sharing everything, or even a lot, about my life, so don’t expect a rundown of my innermost thoughts.


Continuum 2102

Well, I went to Continuum 2012 a couple of weeks ago and, I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite being in sciatica-induced pain all weekend.


On Friday I played in the Pelorian Song Contest and managed to wander through it being awfully nice to everyone. The songs were truly awesome and the freeform was short but loads of fun.


On Saturday, I had plans to go to various seminars, but instead played three RPGs, HeroQuest, Toon and OpenQuest.

I hadn’t played Toon for well over 20 years and enjoyed playing Minkey, my banana-wielding monkey.

The OpenQuest scenario was interesting, but I can’t see why I would choose the system over RuneQuest.

The HeroQuest scenario was interesting as well, with the ending being narrated by the players, helped by a few rolls.

I wasn’t very sociable afterwards and retired to my bed.


On Sunday, I had planned to attend several seminars, but only managed the Maps one, due to intense pain.

I did have the questionable pleasure of being asked why I hadn’t vacated my room, due to an administrative mixup, but Darran Simms soon sorted this out, but it was irritating while is lasted.

However, the Maps Seminar was truly excellent, with more visual Gloranthan goodies that my poor brain could handle. I really cannot wait until these maps come out and must have them, no matter the cost. They really are that good.

In the afternoon, I helped to GM the Art of War Freeform, which was highly enjoyable. I now realise that freeform GMs are woefully unprepared and next time I need to prepare a sheet of all the plots, how they interact and what kind of things could come up. However, I will take one thing away from the game – the sound of Michelangelo saying “I am a genius” over and over and over again, especially in the masquerade ball “You don’t recognise me? But I am a genius!”.

The Auction was truly embarrassing, with very little on offer and very few bids. I remember auctions from the pas that were truly memorable, this one truly wasn’t.

For the first time attending conventions, I missed the closing ceremony as I admitted defeat and hobbled off to bed, but apparently I didn’t miss much.

Monday opened with breakfast, then finding my lift and packing up my stuff and hanging around saying goodbye to people.

Roll on next time. I might even make it to Eternalcon 2103 in Germany.