Merry Xmas Thingy

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Xmas 2010

It’s that time of year again, so allow me to wish anyone who happens to come across this blog happiness, health, and fulfillment.

And remember, the best thing you can do to increase goodwill and harmony on this planet is to make sure your dog isn’t barking its head off when you leave the house and driving your poor neighbours insane. Thankyou!

Selling Stuff

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In you’re in the market for some secondhand games, lots and lots of DVDs, some Xbox 360 games, and even an old digital camera, check out my Ebay items at the moment. I’ll be adding lots of stuff over the next week—especially DVDs.

Just posted two rare Warhammer Fantasy Battle boxed sets with extras – 4th and 5th edition.

Quiet Around Here …


Yep, sorry about that. I’ve been doing regular articles lately for the Games Paradise and Toys Paradise commercial blogs, and I haven’t had time to do personal writing. I’m now creating all the articles and article graphics for both blogs. Both are all about promoting products for sale at the online stores of course, but I do get to throw in some more personal reviews and opinions now and again on the Games Paradise one. Feel free to drop by and leave a comment now and again!

On other news, I’ve finally been doing some work on my own card game design—yes, you heard it hear first, Universal Head is finally working on his own game! In fact I’ve vowed to publish it this year if at all possible, so stay tuned for more news on that as it develops.

As always, updates to existing game sheets and brand new ones keep hitting my Game Sheets section. There’s been a small update to the very popular Arkham Horror sheets and updates to Battles of Westeros and Space Hulk 3rd Edition. There are brand new sheets for FFG’s Civilization: The Board Game (I haven’t even played it yet) and the very funny Invasion From Outer Space from Flying Frog Games (just try to play the alien invader without making “dak dak dak” noises). Isla Dorada is also new (again, have yet to play it). Enjoy!

Other random tidbits. Visit the fascinating blog of London eclecticist Tears of Envy. Watch the over-the-top violence, sex and surprisingly entertaining plotlines of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Gaze upon the three astounding Dr. Grordbort’s miniature rayguns my girl got me for Xmas (the Goliathon 83 Aether Oscillator, the Pearce 75 Atom Ray Gun, and the F.M.O.M Wave Disruptor Gun). Read Mike Mignola’s excellent Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels (go ahead Mike, steal all my ideas you bastard!) Tear yourself away from the addictive iPad—the closest thing yet to sci-fi actually being here now.

Simple pleasures


ScotchOccasionally, my girl goes off on a business trip to the States, and I’m left to hold the fort for a week or two.

Sure, I get a bit lonely on my own when she goes away, and it reminds me of how important that one big thing is in life: love and companionship, that someone special in your life. That someone with whom you watch documentaries on DVD and sit in the park and read books; who reads you ghost stories when you’re making dinner and listens to you whinge about your day. It’s amazing how two weeks can seem like such a long time without those simple pleasures.

But I know, when she gets back from overseas, there’s always a little bit of (duty free) compensation …

Have a good one

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Geeky Stuff Going Cheap

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I’m selling some geeky stuff on ebay at the moment. Especially, my limited edition green xbox! Go check out the goodies—and bring ya money with ya!

8 Things You Didn’t Want to Know About Me


A quick shuffle back through my records reveals the somewhat shameful truth–only about thirty blog entries during the whole of 2007. I’d be amazed if I had any readers at all beyond a few friends, though I do know a few boardgamers drop by now and then to download my game reference sheets.

I really do have to pick up the pace a bit, because I do enjoy having a blog. It just gets relegated to the bottom of the ‘to do’ pile too often. I’ve been planning to change my blogging system for a while so that may give me the impetus to jazz things up a little round here.

Anyway, let’s kick off the year. Pat included me in one of these ‘viral meme’ things (who comes up with these wanky names?). I have no idea what the point is (actually, maybe I’ll pick up some new readers …), but here goes …

The Rules:

  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves
  • People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

So here goes, eight things you didn’t know about me:

  1. I’ve played the drums in bands for about 25 years, and only gave it up as a relatively regular activity recently. Back when I was about 16 my friends started playing music and I wanted to join in, but I couldn’t be bothered learning music. I can’t remember if a tendency to bash things in time started before then, but drumming was a natural choice. I tried getting lessons a few times but the teachers would always try to get me to start from scratch, which was annoying after I’d be playing live for a few years and considered myself a pretty good drummer. Don’t ask me to play a decent paradiddle though, I’m technically crap.
  2. I still occasionally enjoy listening to prog rock bands like Yes, early Genesis and even Rush. Deeply unfashionable, but I love the complexity, the pretentiousness, and the fact that sometimes they really hit an incredible emotional high note. Listen to the end of ‘And You and I’ on the live Yes album Yessongs, or the last bit of ‘Supper’s Ready’ by Genesis if you don’t know what I mean. A more innocent musical age.
  3. Every Tuesday night my girlfriend and I cook fish fingers, mashed potatoes and broccoli and sit down to watch Time Team. We even have a little song about this particular ritual.
  4. I have a mild Indiana Jones obsession. My 40th birthday party was themed around it. When I went to Egypt I quietly imagined I was Indiana Jones when I entered tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Needless to say, I’m really hoping they don’t stuff up the fourth film.
  5. I write a letter to myself every ten years, something I started doing when I was 12 after reading one of L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Emily’ books. I just opened the one from myself at 32 to myself at 42, and am currently wondering what the hell I’m going to say to myself at 52.
  6. I keep trying, but I just can’t bring myself to like olives.
  7. The older I get, the more I want to move away from everyone and just go live in the country with the love of my life and not have to deal with annoying people, traffic jams, selfishness and corporate and commercial bullshit. Does everyone get like this?
  8. I’m terrible at watching ads and shutting up. I can’t help commenting on the absurdity of every one. Similarly, I tend to point out misplaced apostrophes on signage, bad kerning and inappropriate typographical choices, and advertising photography clichés. I imagine it can be very annoying for people around me.

There you go, now you can go forth into your day with a little bit more knowledge about Headless Hollow. Lucky you!

Now, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spread this somewhat benign virus. I’m talking to you Reverend, Atlas Cerise, Steelbuddha–hold on, I don’t read eight other blogs! Who has the time?

Happy Pagan Winter Festival!


Have a good one, Headless Hollow readers (all four or so of you)! May 2008 be a year of unfettered happiness, intellectual stimulation, creative satisfaction, unconditional love and personal fulfillment for you all! My fervent hope for a year in which the world enjoys a bit more tolerance, freedom, equality and understanding than it did in the last 200,000.

And don’t forget your Armour of God kids!

OCD Porn


CoinsFor some reason, my girl and I share the same affliction: we tend not to carry our loose change around much. We had two very full coin bowls in the house, and another bagful she’d been lugging from house to house for a few years. So we decided to finally count all these coins and take them down to the bank. And as we started counting, I started laying them out in neat rows on our tiled floor … OK, so I have a mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Anyway, it looked good. And it made them easy to count.
How much you ask? $1,128. In coins. Onto the mortgage.

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