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  1. Coop is good, One Night Ultimate Warewolf, King Of Tokyo, Love Letter, Resistance.
  2. Howdoo all. Not posted here in at least a yonk, and thought I'd pop in and have a butchers. I miss the monthly flash fiction competition, I was a regular contributor, and I don't think I've been on since it ended. I was wondering then who'd be interested in starting it back up? As I recall, the rules were that someone would set the topic (usually the winner of the previous month), and then entries would be in any literary form on that subject with a 500 word limit. The winner judged by the one who set the topic, with a little bit of feedback on each piece entered. I miss the challenge, and the practice. Would anybody else be interested in this?
  3. I work at a place of education which deals in large government contracts. On site we have three large skips, two for "Mixed Recyclables" and one for "General Waste". These skips are all emptied once a week, so we produce a fair amount of waste. When the van comes to empty the skips, all three are tipped into the same vehicle. This is a regular practice. Am I missing something? Is there a way of sorting the rubbish from the recycling inside the lorry, or are they just pretending to recycle? The disposal company is a large one, and so if this is what they do here, then I reckon it's what they do all over.
  4. I've added you on Origin. I play Battlefront mainly and loving it, but for some reason none of my mates play it.
  5. Had a brilliant time yesterday, thanks for making me feel welcome guys. I felt pretty intimidated when I turned up, 'specially as I'm a newb to board/card games, and coming alone too, but if anybody else feels the same, let the guys on the door know you've never been and they'll put you at ease. I'll keep checking the website for the next event.
  6. Damnit, I should really check this forum more often. Reckon I'll be there Sat from 4. I'll bring One Night Ultimate Werewolf
  7. That's awesome news, congratulations. Put a link up, get a free plug, you'll find that people on here are quite supportive of each other and might well drum up some business for you.
  8. http://bridgetwhelan.com/2015/01/05/write-for-bbc-radio/ This is an annual thing that I've only just heard of, think I'll enter this time, anybody up for it too?
  9. You're right about that, and examples include Rowling, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Frank Herbert... And this - is about the worst advice I've ever seen on here. I feel we should all chip in for some kind of trophy. My first tip is, if you want to be a writer, read. If you want to write comedy, read comedy; if you want to write romance... you get the idea. Every book is a learning experience, even the bad ones. I would suggest starting here - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Stephen-King/dp/1444723251/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421280279&sr=8-1&keywords=stephen+king+on+writing. Even if you don't want to write horror, there's no denying that Stephen King is a great modern writer and knows what he's talking about. My second tip is, if you want to be a writer, write. I had an idea for a novel, and like you I was confident of its strength. Actually, I had several, and wrote outlines for most of them so that one day I'd get around to them. I wanted to tell my story, but didn't want to spend all the time becoming a decent writer. The bad news then is that if you want to write a book, chances are you'll have to write a lot of none-book projects before you get that book looked at by anybody that could make something happen with it. That realisation almost broke me. So here's the good news: during my learning of the craft of writing, I discovered my love for it. I dove straight into my first novel and made plenty of mistakes on the way, but then every novel stamped on a page has required several drafts to perfect, so don't worry about making mistakes you can rework later. Look for short story competitions; SF used to run a monthly one with a 500 word limit and I miss it dearly. Short stories, or rather flash fiction, are great exercises to make a writer more concise. Write about everything; record your dreams, have a nosey at conversations, describe the last person who walked past your house (what they were wearing, their body shape, the way they walk, anything different about them to other people. Try to imagine what they have in their pocket, where they're going, did they look at their watch? Maybe that's because they know that in a minute or two the police will discover the bodies...) Write it all and while you're doing it you might see a chunk of a character right there in front of you. If you like the way someone you meet laughs, or a figure of speech someone keeps using, jot it all down. Characters for me tend to be bits of dozens of people I see on telly, at work, and often enough in the mirror. I am currently studying creative writing, usually at work (security guard is THE best profession in which to be a writer) with a part time course from OCA. Look here - http://www.oca.ac.uk/courses/writing-courses.html - and don't dismiss the idea out of hand, I have taken a very reasonable student loan to pay for the course, and the rate of learning can be fast or steady as you like. As far as your story being overly complicated, try writing a synopsis (a google search will let you know how). If you can keep it under 125 words then chances are that it's fine. A couple of extra pointers which are essential from word one. Show, don't tell - this is the writer's mantra, and is what separates a story from a list of instructions. Don't say that the room was cold, show that she pulled the blanket tight around her shoulders; don't say he had a bad temper, show that he tutted then repeated himself slowly to the receptionist. When people wonder what makes a good writer, from what I can tell, story has very little to do with it; it's this that does it. My last tip is that you should write how you think. The first time I put finger to keyboard (the modern version of pen to paper) I began by saying that "...exquisite sensations of lightning fire drove the weariness from his arid mind". I thought I was dead clever anorl. Turns out that fancy, round the garden writing like that is no use to anybody. When people read they want to get it in one go. Nobody wants to have to redo the same sentence over and over because it's too complicated to sink in on a scan. Don't try to look like a writer, just write and you'll be a writer. Let us know how you get on.
  10. I would most certainly be interested. I can visit and I can host, but I work a 3 days/3 nights/3 off pattern, so while my shifts are predictable, they aren't regular. I hope you can get this off the ground. That said, I check Facebook more than these forums, so by all means add me on there: allott.dave@yahoo.co.uk
  11. I can relate. I used to play a fair bit of Battlefield3 on 360, and the only message I ever sent to anybody who'd killed me in game was to somebody who close range sniped me twice when I had an LMG. The message I sent was this, "kudos fella, good shooting." I think that some people are so soft in real life that they get all their pent up aggression out online. Bit pathetic really, and it gives gamers in general a bad name.
  12. I've got an XBoxOne which is sat gathering dust. I kinda went off it when I looked at Watchdogs comparison on Youtube and was gutted at how much better it looked on the PS4. There was a comparison which included the PC version so I got one of them silly priced things anorl. Spent £1400 on a machine which, while it runs Watchdogs with grphx way better than XBoxOne or PS4, still won't run it on full whack. The lesson I've learned is to save your money and follow the games. I had PS3 for Uncharted and I loved the console, then I got rid and got Xbox 360 for Mass Effect and I loved that anorl. I prefer the XBox pad but not by much. The only use I'm getting out of my XBoxOne is by using the pad to play PC games.
  13. I watched the first minute of the trailer and that's enough... I was so gutted with what I saw of Thief 4 that I didn't even pick up my preorder, and just let them have my deposit. I still have Thief 3 fantasies, so hopefully this'll live up to them. Fanmade games ftw. Thanks for the link.
  14. This would be in the month I've had to pick up loads of cover shifts at work... Can't make it to the retreat, but I'll do my best to get to the Scribble night at the Red Deer. Only been once but I was surprised just how good it was and how many people got involved. I didn't read last time, just listened and enjoyed, but I'll see if I can hammer something together for this one.
  15. Well this thread's gone downhill... Off to find someone to talk about Emmerdale and Cora
  16. I spend most of my working days trying to ignore conversations about Emmerdale and Cora-Nora spoke as if they were real. This post has given me such faith that I live in a place where intelligent entertainment is still appreciated. The best advice I've seen on here is the post to only watch older stuff so you know that it won't end on an eternal cliffhanger. Some of the greatest things I've ever seen have gone unfinished and it just shows that the people involved don't care about the art one jot, a pessimistic attitude I know, but one unavoidable for someone who invested so much love in Deadwood. On Lost... I loved this show, and each week I was more excited for the next episode, but that's just because I was caught up in the trick. Every episode was designed to make the viewer watch the next one, with no clear plan as to how they would finish it. J.J created a puzzle that he couldn't solve, and it left him with a hole in his credibility that was luckily (and skillfully) filled with the awesome Star Trek reboot. However, even as the "climax" to Lost was aired I thought of a much better ending than the cop-out they made. I disagree with Beakerzoid though. Whenever the final season is announced, I'm always filled with a feeling of relief, because I know the agony of a cancel announcement. I'll be sad to see the back of Boardwalk Empire and especially the near-flawless Newsroom, but I'm looking forward to their conclusion. I think what this thread needs is an in memorandum post, to which I'd like to add Deadwood, Jericho, and of course, Firefly.
  17. Not sure how the guilds work on ESO, but I got a few Aldmeri Dominion toons on the go. Just got VR1 with one of them, so I imagine I'll be hanging around your way soon enough. I wouldn't mind joining just for the social side. @MobKabal ingame.
  18. Do you use Twitch? I started a channel a cpl weeks ago but don't know if I'll keep up with it. Lot of people making money on there though. ---------- Post added 21-05-2014 at 13:19 ---------- I'd watch you though, good to hear a decent accent on the net instead of all the yeeeehawing.
  19. So, came downstairs this morning to find the frond window jimmied open. Luckily the catch held and they didn't get in, but the window won't close fully now. Anybody able to recommend someone who can repair it without charging the world for an emergency callout fee? This happened on Clarence road and it has been reported to the bobbies.
  20. Rise Of The Footsoldier by a mile.
  21. There was a deep south episode with a family of inbred nutters, can't remember the name of it but it was quite horrible. They had their disabled mother under the bed and when they wanted to make another kid they'd wheel her out to have sex with her. The best episode for me though was a two parter, the first called Two Fathers, and the second was called One Son. It was pretty much the climax to the earth invasion story that had been building for 2-3 years, with all the government heads gathering to be taken off planet for the impending genocide. Then came season six and Robert Patrick, and it died a death. ---------- Post added 03-12-2013 at 07:40 ---------- And it should stay dead tbh, another victim of greedy productions taking a good thing past its conclusion.
  22. OK, so Gravity is on its way, and I'm dead excited. The problem is it has been granted that money grabbing, unethical, god damn horrible 12A rating, and in an instant my excitement has shrunk. I can't remember the last 12A film I went to see that I had a positive cinema experience. Even Contagion, a great film which was very much targeted at an adult audience, was jam packed with kids thanks to a BBFC rating which suggested that the film was for them. Of course they got bored and started entertaining themselves by talking and checking Facebook. I want to avoid this for Gravity. To begin with, I think everybody who buys a ticket should be loaned a shotgun, as they are loaned 3D glasses, which should be used to slaughter any philistine who can't go the length of a movie without checking their phones. I watched the movie The Purge recently, in which the laws of the land allow people a 12 hour period, once each year, in which there is no law, and murder, theft, etc go unpunished. Well I would spend them 12 hours in the cinema I'm afraid... But enough about my homicidal urges, back to the point. When is the best time to go see Gravity without having to suffer the hell that is other people? I want to see it in Imax, which SHOULD separate the people who are actually there to immerse themselves in the experience from those who are there to kill two hours (or to see a film just so they can say they've seen it) but even with the high price tag, if you sit towards the back you can nosey in on everybody's FB statuses as they light up to check them. There are a couple of late showings, and as these end after the trams have stopped, I imagine this would at least exclude kids from the showings, but does everyone else think like this? Will I get there for the late showing to find it crammed with the half cut, all taking photos of their nachos and tagging their friends? I'm lucky in that both me and the Mrs have jobs with unsociable hours, which means that sometimes we're free during the week when the kids are at school. Would that be the best time? If the kiddies are all in school, and a lot of the people not currently at work during the day will be priced out by the Imax levy, will that then leave us the run of the cinema? Advice is needed please. This is a popular film, I don't want my experience of it to be ruined as so many have recently.
  23. I agree, this is a massive fail for MS, but only because people care about such ludicrous things. I'm not into COD (though I did give it a try, I found that the main enjoyment for the majority of COD players seems to be raging at people who kill them) as I prefer Battlefield, and have watched side by side playings of Battlefield 4 on Xbox and PS4 running simultaneously, these videos are on Youtube. The framerates are displayed and the PS4 has a slightly higher FR (I'm talking 1-5 FPS difference, when the average is 50-60 FPS) which is an endless source of pride to PS4 fans, despite the fact that such differences are impossible to measure without the framerate displayed. The only difference between the two was a slightly higher level of AA on the PS4. As someone who has pre-ordered the Xbox One, I found myself caring not in the least about the miniscule differences between the two platforms; the games look superb on both, and when you're running around shooting you won't notice any discrepancy between them whatsoever. I think what should be of greater concern to the Xbox One players is the fact that Microsoft doesn't care about us, this proven by the strict rules placed on ownership of the games we buy, as outlined when the console was announced. Granted, they've since reversed their policy, but only in light of diminished sales, their attitude remains the same. What a horrible company tbh. I would have gone the PS route (which I did originally, in spite of having an Xbox 360 for years and loving it, I pre-ordered a PS4 the day Microsoft announced the DRM) but for the fact that the people I game with are going the Xbox route, and so in order to "fit in," that is, to continue to play with the people I know, I have had to pre-order the Xbox instead. So as the next gen of my console's bigger than your console begins, let's not lose sight of what's important, and that is how Microsoft have treated their customers, rather than a miniscule difference in performance that no human on earth (pigeons maybe, and flies) has evolved the eyes fast enough to notice.
  24. Think the Game website had it up as summer 2014. Wish they hadn't announced it, and didn't do so until the day before release, I've got months of anticipation now. I'm on Xbox 1 (or will be by then) but what ever format you get it on there'll be little difference to such an awesome game. I never played any of the others online, just loved running through teams of troopers with zing-sticks flying.
  25. Wow, both top games. Have to go for Civ though
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