Thursday, July 22, 2010

What would Tom & Jerry say?

I've been a busy little Bee. After my first attempt at making my own board game Mad Robots I've now finished my second full game. Cat & Mouseoid . Even if I say so myself, with 4 players, it's a lot of fun and is the fastest moving game I've ever played with everyone rushing to take their turn.
Oh, did I mention these are both PnP games? That means they are Print and Play games, just download them, print them off and away you go.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What would Earl Silas Tupper say?

Just a tip for those who have games like Memoir 44 or Arkham Horror, or really any game with lots of 'bits'. I found these plastic boxes on eBay. You can get them in packs of 5 for £15. If you do a search for 18 SECTION COMPARTMENT STORAGE ORGANISER BOX you'll find them.
They have little removable slides running horizontally, so although you cannot alter the vertical widths, you can the horizontal. Very handy.

(Earl Silas Tupper invented Tupperware)

Friday, July 16, 2010

What would Mr. Bronson say?

I've just had the kids school reports. They're not nearly as good as the reports I had in school. What I mean by that, is they are so impersonal.
Ours used to be hand written, and the teacher would therefor bother to write something about you. Now, every report is typed, with blocks of phrases just cut and pasted between hundreds of kids.
I wrote a note back to the Headmaster this time round. Elionwy's report was the most impersonal cut and paste report I've seem. It said nothing about her at all. In fact, in the science section they'd even left another girls name in the pasting!

The cherry on the cake though was her PE comments. Elionwy needs to make more of an effort etc etc. She broke 3 school records this term!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What would Bruce Lee say?

Ip Man

First let me say I have no idea how the title is pronounced.
I bought this on Blu Ray, being swayed by some good reviews on Amazon and the fact I managed to get it delivered for under a fiver.

After bunging it in the PS3 and watching the trailers first it was really touch and go if I was going to watch this. The trailers were so dire I thought the film must be equally of poor quality.
But, I went for it. The sound seemed to default itself to 2.0 Cantonese, but there is a 5.1 soundtrack, also in Cantonese and I couldn't find any options for subtitles, so thought again I might be in trouble.

OK, so I started the film which is the true story of Ip Man, a Wing Chun Martial Artist, probably if he's known to anyone, which I doubt (I'd never heard of him either) it's because he later in life was the teacher of Bruce Lee.
The film starts in 1935, in a small town called Foshan. Everyone is pretty well off, it seems everyone has plenty of time every day to go to one of the many different martial Arts Schools and practice, which leads to a lot of interesting scenes as different Masters want to spar together to see who really is best.
Then 1937 comes and brings the Japanese invasion and the film along with Ip Man takes on a more serious feel.

The film quality is superb. You won't be dissapointed with the Blu Ray. The sound is functional, which I find I didn't notice too much as I was busy reading the subtitles (which automatically appeared for somewhere-burnt in?).
The main star, Donnie Yen is just superb as Ip. You very quickly forget this is a movie and get sucked in to the life of 1930's China. Apparently Sammo Hung directed the action, not the film, and it really shows he knew what he was doing.
I'm not going to tell you what happens and spoil it for you, but if you like a superbly acted film with plenty of extremley skilled fight scenes (no flying around wire work here), then this is for you.

The film won 2009 HK Film Awards in both the acting/directing and technical categories and consequently won for Best Action Director and Best Film.

Absolute quality film.
Rated top marks!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What would Charles Dexter Ward say?

When I was in Junior school I was taught to read with the use of Janet & John books, also there was a range of Peter & Jane books.

Peter has a ball
Jane has a ball
Peter and Jane have a ball

Not the most stimulating.
What is really weird though, is that after you had mastered this set of books you were then given books like The LegendOf Beowulf & grendel, and short stories by HP Lovecraft!
Hardly surprising that at about 9 years old after reading strange stories about a man visiting cities of cats and things like that I grew up liking the Cthulhu Mythos.

I've just bought the boardgame Arkham Horror and it's rekindled my interest.
I already have a framed certificate on my wall from Miskatonic University (what a GEEK!) and whilst looking for other things came across these 2 sites:

CTHULHU ARCHIVES This site has lots of interesting freebies to download and print off. Fonts, certificates, newspaper clippings. Have fun.

DAGONBYTES the complete works of Lovecraft in text format. I kid you not!