…but the adult in me said:
“Buy Vodka, Nerf Guns and Candy.”
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Welcome to England. Summer and it’s pissing down. This was back on Thursday last week. The longest day of the year. I’d wanted to be with family up in the arctic, celebrating with a bottle of whisky sitting in a rowing boat on a fjord under the magical glow of the Midnight Sun. However events here have kept me UK bound for the next few weeks. Plus I’m getting near the end of a new novel - The Black Lake – and writing within a momentum is important at this stage.
A couple of good friends of mine suggested a return to Clifton Lido, a shallow outdoor pool surrounded by grand Georgian houses in the hidden heart of Bristol’s upper echelons. Last time I went there was back in November when the temperature was close to zero oC – swimming with steam rising off your body (swimming under the stars & cocktails). And like then, this visit was superb. A visceral experience, where your bare body is subjected to the raw elements. In this case – sheets of chilly rain. However, it comes with the blissful escape clause of luxury sauna, steam room and jacuzzi placed within trotting distance of the pool, walls of thickened glass providing a two-way view of both worlds; the external elements and the internal comfort. You’re also overlooked by the restaurant – which we all went to after our swim – where they serve fantastic food and a range of single malts and American bourbon. Perfect for the soul.
Great achievement for these two Canadian teenagers, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, who cobbled together a launch vehicle from gear purchased through Craigslist and a home-stitched parachute. Not bad for a couple of lads who aren’t even old enough to buy beer.
Story via the Toronto News website
I was playing RISK the other week and feeling a little frustrated by the same-old same-old rules. Taking inspiration from one of my all-time favourite games, Warrior Knights (1986) I’ve put together this PDF that allows you to enhance your existing RISK board game with politics, commerce and the twists of fate.
You don’t need any new pieces. Just a sheet of notepaper and pen for each player – and a copy of these rules.
This is the first draft version so drop me a line if you encounter any issues or have any feedback / suggestions for changing what’s here.
MURDER at SHARKY POINT is a murder mystery game for 6 or more players. It can be set in any genre and takes place at the lavish and arcane mansion of Dr Black. Guests arrive for dinner, during which several conversations and observations take place. After dinner Dr Black excuses himself to retrieve a bottle of his famous champagne but never returns, and is not seen alive again. The Special Agent in Charge arrives, plus any extra players in the role of Agent-Investigators, and set about interrogating the guests to find out the person(s) responsible for the murder. Guests must ensure they’re not labelled a murderer and also conceal other secrets during the investigations.
I’ve written several of these before, typically for friends hosting a dinner party; this is the first one I’ve written for publication and I’m very pleased by the responses I’ve received.
Rather than a structured journey through the plot (which I’ve always find rather restrictive when playing boxed sets), this game gives each player the chance to properly interrogate their peers, and to be interrogated. I’ve seen exchanges become quite heated so be prepared to back up your bluffs with solid lies.
Here’s a recent review by some chap from the US
I’ve always been a fan of mystery games and books, I own the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes and read it rather often, but before I played this I never had the opportunity to participate in a real Murder Mystery Party, so when I got invited I was quite the happy person!
Aside of being ever so slightly, okay maybe more then slightly, nervous about the whole idea it was easily one of the funnest parties I have ever been to! Especially once things really got rolling and the accusations started flying!
Practice your short hand people cause you gotta write rather quickly when everyone is at each others throats!
The packet is detailed and lines everything out wonderfully with lots of… More >twists and surprises in there that caught me by such surprise my jaw must have dropped a few times.
I loved playing and hope to play again and again! Definitely one to add to the game shelf, or bookshelf as it were.
Thanks so much for writing and making this available for us Mr. Rodger! I look forward to any more you do in the future!
By Andrew Corrieri – source LULU website
FEATURES •Over 80 pages containing “How to Play”, Character Invitation sheets, Player Packs, Forensic Evidence reports. •Player Packs detail why each character is there, what their motives and secrets are. •Simply download and print it out to play. MATURE THEMES: NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
These photos were taken at a playing of Murder At Sharky Point in an incredible house, in Bath’s Royal Crescent (UK), a place that’s almost 250 years old.