Wargames Hobby Craft Symposium

Went along today’s Symposium with a detachment from the East Neuk Irregulars. What a great event! Got to pick up tips on painting, conversions and sculpting directly from the dab hands. The hobby needs more of this kind of thing! If you’re interested in upping your game hobby-craft-wise, then you owe it to yourself to pop along tomorrow for day#2. Well done to David Imrie and all the team for putting this together. Many thanks!


On Fairy-Stories

“On Fairy-Stories” is an essay by J. R. R. Tolkien which discusses the fairy-story as a literary form. It was initially written (and entitled simply “Fairy Stories”) for presentation by Tolkien as the Andrew Lang lecture at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, on 8 March 1939.


Tis a bit weird that I somehow happened to be reading about this 80 years to the day that it happened, and only a stone’s throw away.

Ten Candles

So last night we played Ten Candles, a tragic horror RPG, with 3 MCs and 1 DJ. From my perspective, as a player, it was great. The ritual of the game really helped build the atmosphere and tension.

We started by each recording an audio message for posterity. An unconventional start, but I thought it helped cement who our characters were and what was important to us. The room was lit only with 10 candles. Whenever we faced adversity and failed, our dice pool would dwindle and a candle would be extinguished.

On occasion, it was possible to call on our character traits to get a reroll, or if we had a moment of hope, gain a bonus dice. But any respite was fleeting… the route to the scenario’s conclusion was a downward spiral of doom. Which is what we signed up for!

After our characters died a grisly, lonely death in the dark, we too were sat in the dark and our audio messages were played back. They seemed to have acquired an odd resonance… shaded with our knowledge of the fate that befell those poor souls.

I played ‘Dozer’ MacGarret, a selfish mechanic who got what was coming to him. R.I.P.