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Lady Blackbird write-up part II
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We left our heroes (they're the closest we've got) heading for Haven, the first of the Independent worlds. A hive of scum and villainy perhaps, but the best place to get zoomium, the fuel for the Owl.
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Lady Blackbird write-up
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We tackled John Harper’s one-shot Lady Blackbird nearly two years ago now. Prompted by my fellow A&Eers, I thought I'd put the write-ups here.
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Stanislav Petrov Day
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I like to remember Stansilav Petrov and his bravery on this day in 1983. He risked his career and did not follow Soviet Air Force doctrine that would have led to a nuclear war.

Thank you, Colonel Petrov, and thanks to all the other people who over the years chose sanity over nuclear madness.

More fascinating thoughts on the origin of money and some sexy anthropology besides
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Yet again, David Graeber has fascinating stuff at NakedCapitalism.com.

A particularly eye-catching bit:

In the 1940s, an anthropologist, Ronald Berndt, described one dzamalag ritual, where one group in possession of imported cloth swapped their wares with another, noted for the manufacture of serrated spears. Here too it begins as strangers, after initial negotiations, are invited to the hosts’ camp, and the men begin singing and dancing, in this case accompanied by a didjeridu. Women from the hosts’ side then come, pick out one of the men, give him a piece of cloth, and then start punching him and pulling off his clothes, finally dragging him off to the surrounding bush to have sex, while he feigns reluctance, whereon the man gives her a small gift of beads or tobacco. Gradually, all the women select partners, their husbands urging them on, whereupon the women from the other side start the process in reverse, re-obtaining many of the beads and tobacco obtained by their own husbands. The entire ceremony culminates as the visitors’ men-folk perform a coordinated dance, pretending to threaten their hosts with the spears, but finally, instead, handing the spears over to the hosts’ womenfolk, declaring: “We do not need to spear you, since we already have!”

Debt in context
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I read this interview with David Graeber and was fascinated by the history of debt, debt forgiveness and how money entwined itself in society from the earliest settled times.

Medieval Day Out
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We took the kids out this morning to Bishop Lucey Park in town to see and demonstration of arms and armour by Medieval reinactors. This was a great success, and the kids loved the stocks and mock fighting drills they got to partake of.

Oscar in particular threw himself into the fighting (with a length of foam pipe insulation in place of a real sword, thankfully). I'll add pics later to Flickr to demonstrate. Poor Sir Robert was volunteered by his companions as a villain for the mock battles and was duly walloped with foam swords by as many as a dozen kids simultaneously.

Much fun was had by all, especially Sam and me when we nearly wet ourselves laughing at Oscar who when challenged to show he 'was a great warrior' promptly claimed he could take on two opponents at once. He then whacked his first opponent 1-2-3 on the legs and turned on the other fellow who was stunned and easily defeated. I dubbed him Sir Oscar the Mad, inspired by his Love of Walloping.

Happy birthday mnemex
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mylescorcoran
Best birthday wishes, mneme.

Happy birthday daftnewt
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mylescorcoran
Another year, another newt. Happy birthday daftnewt! Hope you have a good one.

Recent (ok not so recent) boardgame sessions
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Back at the beginning of July Alai and I played Lost Cities and I was handed my ass. Final score 37 to 7. Later in July we pulled out Ticket to Ride: Europe and Alai triumphed again. Final score Alai 135, Myles 113 and Sam 56.

So it was with mixed feelings that I trotted out my new acquisition, 7 Wonders recently. I played first in Dublin with Sam and my old friend Ian. Success! Final scores Ian 40, Sam 53 and Myles 62. Emboldened by this victory I pitched the game again Wednesday last when we were back in Cork. Alai dropped over and we played 7 Wonders for the second time. Final scores Alai 41, Sam 49 and Myles 54.

Huzzah!

Dave's Mapper
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This site is just wonderful. I stumbled across it from the Free RPG Blog. Dave's Mapper simply generates dungeons and caverns from the various sets of geomorphs made by D&D fans out in internetland. It's fab.

Randomly generated dungeon map from http://davesmapper.com/
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