WiP: Beta copy ordered, potential miniature figures ahead

YD3e. 7.30 this morning saw me sitting in Cafe Du Jour at the bottom of Park Street starting to tackle an issue with postscript printers and getting a distilled PDF to stop converting US Letter size to A4.  I’d have had more fun scraping my eyeballs with a cactus. Nailed it. Now have a beta version (printed hardcopy) ordered from LULU for the 3rd edition of Yellow Dawn. Very excited. Should get it next week. Play-testing ahead. Some fun, at last.

Conversations continue to evolve with the US miniature’s company that are interested in running a line of Yellow Dawn figures. Watch this space for news.

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Time-worn d20 rolls out of ancient history

Centuries before Gary Gygax unleashed Dungeons & Dragons upon the world, ancient Egyptians were rolling the dice

The website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays an artifact from Ptolemaic–Roman Period. It’s a twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters, from 2nd century B.C.–4th century A.D.  The question is, were the Macedonians just role-playing when they decided to become Pharaohs?

Twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period 2nd century BC–4th century AD

Rolling through history

You can view high-res image via the museum website, here.

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Personal blog: Saturday morning with a 60s vibe

Sitting at the Oak refectory table I’ve known since childhood.

Sunbeams are lancing through the large window behind me, to my right, picking out the colours of the wood and the objects that occupy this room from my travels.  Mugs of tea sit on ceramic coasters printed with images of the characters from CLUDEO.  Steam rises. Music drifts.  Lovely moment.  Mild twinge of a red wine hangover from last night.

My friend R___ is here. Someone I’ve known since we were both 5. He flew in yesterday morning. He’s setting down notes for a book I’m going to write about his life: he should be dead, or on the streets. Instead he has become a remarkable human being. And he has a story to tell.

Last night I got to listen to a recording that is the missing piece. An audio recording made on old spool to spool dinner plates made in 1972 – by his mother, talking about what was really going on back then. She passed away last year. And here she is, talking from the past when she was younger than Richy and I are now. It was like listening to a scene from the Profumo Affair. The style of her voice: a wealthy, well-travelled, highly-articulate and intelligent woman who had turned her back on the “established way” for a woman to behave in the 1960s.

A profound story has come looming up from the 43 year silence of this recording – one that paints the picture of why Richy’s life was so unusual, and details that provide a tantalising glimpse of the police, politics and emerging drug culture of the time.

Traffic 1960 Photograph Norman Parkinson swinging sixties London woman with red London Bus

Traffic, 1960 Photograph: Norman Parkinson

Work in Progress

Working from a cafe most of the day. Prepping a copy of YD 3rd edition ready to print (beta copy for playtesting) – weaving in some of the new layout components – minor brain melt.

Meanwhile pushing hard on PR for the novels.

Ironic and excellent moment earlier today. A woman came over to me. She’d recognised me as author of The Social Club and wanted to tell me how much she enjoyed the book and was looking forward to buying more. Nice! Especially as the whole encounter was witnessed by my childhood friend who is down visiting (working with him on the novel he is writing about his remarkable life) and my sister. We were beaming.

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