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Team Kate and Wills

Let's all play some Standard! Wait, no.

That’s what I  nearly registered my deck as on Sunday 1st May, as a sort of commemorative joke, because the deck that I had brought was in fact Team America. Given that we were at GP London on the weekend of the Royal wedding, however, it just felt kind of wrong. Not to mention that I’m sure many would question whether the list that I ran actually qualifies as a real Team America deck or not. Whatever, a blue/black/green shell that pretty much plays all the best cards that it possibly can (read: Force, Bob, Goyf, Brainstorm, Thoughtseize, Big Jace, Hymn, Wasteland etc.) is the exact kind of deck that I like to play – even if it is full of buzz words like ‘tempo’ that don’t really mean anything. Essentially the combination of cost-efficient card draw, discard, removal and beaters leads to a pretty good deck. Here’s the list:

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Want.

I wish I had $150+ as this item has just become available on eBay:

The Necronomicon

This particular Necronomicon is “hand-bound in two colors of real hand-stitched leather and finished with high quality archival red felt.The sigil of The Necronomicon and the Elder Sign have been emblazoned on the front and back cover respectively. Each and every one of it’s 148 pages has been filled with original artwork, custom engravings, occult signs and circles, eldritch symbols and authentic occult texts in Latin. A few passages are in Old English as would be authentic to the time period of the piece.” Awesome.

Make a SAN check.

It was made for an off-Broadway production of H.P.Lovecraft’s The Hound, which looked kinda sweet and comes with all sorts of documentation (certificates of authentication, photos of it being used in the production, etc.). If you have more money than I do (and maybe feel like giving me a present) then head over to the item here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Hand-Made-Leather-Bound-Lovecraft-Necronomicon-/200592250129?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb43ad511

Centurion (2)

I completely missed the fact that yesterday’s post was in fact the 200th of this blog. Perhaps my doodling wasn’t the best way to mark that particular occasion. Here are some pictures to rectify the situation.

Wish I'd been as cool as this kid when I was small. Picture taken from Zaxy.com - "geek girls FTW" - check it out, I just discovered the site today.

Variation on an old classic.

Forget Adrianne Palicki, how about Sasha Grey as Wonder Woman?

And my personal favourite... Burger King in Yellow by Amazonne (brazenly stolen from DA). This is just plain awesome.

Cthul Who?

The number of web comics that I regularly read has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks and now I find myself up-to-date with, and eagerly awaiting more from: XKCD, Nerf This, Axe Cop, Heroes Inc. and Tails. The last two are new and come on the recommendation of and/or sponsored links on the pages of some of the prior ones. All are quite different and seem to have enough story, humour and whatever else makes me tick to keep my interest up. All are very much worth checking out.
Seeing as how I’ve had a pretty quiet Sunday afternoon, I thought I’d turn my hand to a bit of slapdash… cartoonery? Cartooning? Either way, I’m not for a second suggesting that I will ever have anything on the artists responsible for the comics listed above, more that I was bored and fancied messing about. The joke’s a bit obvious and probably been done before, but it made me giggle.
(Click on the images to see them full size)

'Entrances' - Make a SAN check.

Believe it or not, amazing as you no doubt find my ‘artwork’ to be, I actually envisioned certain aspects of the strip being a little bit less simplistic. I actually sketched out what I thought it would like on my whiteboard (I love that thing) but then I ended up with really poor quality scans and photos and it seemed like a bit too much work to make it presentable. Here it is for reference, anyway:

More tentacles!

In sanity loss-related developments, I’ve ordered a copy of Masks of Nyarlothotep and am looking to start the campaign in about half a dozen sessions time, now that we have at least one (sort of) new player in our group. Binky’s back from university for the forseeable and there may or may not be another female joining us soon – we shall see! If anyone who has run the Masks campaign has any helpful hints or tips they’d be happy to impart to me I’d be really grateful.

The Thing

This past couple of weeks have been fuelled by images of the strange (predominantly the usual Lovecraftian madness) and welded to the processes of improvisational construction and modification. Later on tonight, I’m hoping to continue work on my thing in a jar over at Inner Sanctum collectibles (as well as some more miniatures for IABSM) but last night I watched The Thing, the classic 1982 sci-fi/horror (Lovecraftian cosmic horror, anyone?). I mean, John Carpenter directing, a score by Ennio Morricone and the magnificent Kurt Russell in the lead – who could ask for more?

Burn it. Burn it with fire!

As it happens, it doesn’t matter who, as we got more anyway. If you haven’t seen The Thing, then suffice to say it was absolutely groundbreaking in terms of its special effects – the majority of which were created by Rob Bottin (only 22 years old at the time i.e. the same age as me). Some of these effects have now become fairly legendary in shocking horror movie moments legend – such as the use of a double amputee for the scene in which a man’s arms are ripped off by a giant alien maw. Oh, spoiler alert.

In fact all the gribbliness of the film has not only helped spur on my own model-making project, but also given me some more campaign ideas for Call of Cthulhu. Actually, part of the reason that I decided to watch the film properly was on the recommendation of another keeper, a certain Mr. John Wick who wrote a monograph for Chaosium entitled Digging For A Dead God. The scenario focuses on a group of Nazi soldiers in 1939 who stumble across an unfathomable evil – as per CoC standards.

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By the power of Greyskull!

Or: By the power of the internet!

Right now I’m probably somewhere in Sherwood Forest (Adrenalin Jungle, to be more precise) hopefully having a grand old time, doing something very similar to this:

We’re on my friend Chris Reeder’s stag weekend, so don’t expect anything too coherent (if anything at all) for the next day or so. I wrote this, for example, on Thursday.

Thing in a jar, pt.1

This is hardly something new, and there are many good examples of other people having done precisely this and more, but as so many others before me I’ve always been fairly enchanted by the stereotypical laboratories and workshops of mad scientists, necromancers and Cthulhu cultists alike. So I have decided to make my very own ‘thing in a jar’ mostly for use in our Call of Cthulhu campaign, but also just because it’s the sort of thing that I think is cool. The main part of the structure, the ‘body’ of my… uhm, ‘thing’ if you like… was where I started:

Very simply: two champagne (or similar) corks drilled out and pinned together with a brass rod and liberal amounts of superglue.

Next I thought about giving my thing some sort of claw / head / other non-specific appendage but definitely something to be the main focus of the thing. It’s kind of hard to glue non-Euclidean shapes out of things that you find lying around your house, but I thought that this so-called desert rose crystal with a fossilised shar’s tooth on top looked kind of cool. I’m also adding some glass beads in non-symmetrical numbers and places to (possibly) represent eyes.

Old ornaments and things you find lying around in old drawers/boxes under the bed are a brilliant source of inspiration. Also, superglue is your friend.

Finally, as the… ‘assembly?’ …above is going to sit on top of the thing in the jar, and it weighs quite a lot, I decided that I needed to start constructing a base for the thing. Something to act as ballast to keep the thing upright once it’s submerged and sealed in the jar. So I drilled through some English two pence pieces and pinned them together with a brass rod. I find myself defacing the Queen’s image way too much recently.

I really hope I don't get hanged for treason...

More updates coming soon: Tentacles, eyes, limbs, sickly flesh… all this and much more to be revealed! Fhtagn!


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