Friday, 28 October 2016

Doctor Who Audio Sale

As I mentioned awhile back, I have to clear more space in the house to make room for the new addition to the family. As part of this, I’m selling off my collection of Doctor Who Audio CDs. I’ve kept a few favourites, but most I am unlikely to listen to again. Before I put them up on ebay, I thought I would offer them to my blog readers. Each title is £4, plus whatever the shipping cost to wherever you are. Just drop me a line and let me know what you’d like, and I’ll arrange payment.

Some of the CD cases are cracked or broken, but all of the CDs and liner notes are in good condition.

If you’ve never tried any of the Audio Adventures before, I suggest getting one of the first few. Especially good might be #16 as this was Paul McGann’s first return to the role of the Doctor!

4 – The Land of the Dead
10 – Winter for the Adept
11 – Apocalypse Element
15 – The Mutant Phase
16 – Storm Warning
18 – The Stones of Venice
21 – Dust Breeding
22 – Bloodtide
23 – Project: Twilight
24 – The Eye of the Scorpion
25 – Colditz
26 - Primeval
27 – The One Doctor
30 – Seasons of Fear
31 – Embrace the Darkness
32 – Time of the Daleks
33 - Neverland
28 – Invaders from Mars
38 – The Church and the Crown
41 – Nekromanteia
42 - The Dark Flame
44 – Creatures of Beauty
47 – Omega
48 - Davros
58 – The Harvest
65 – The Juggernauts
68 – Catch 1782
71 – The Council of Nicaea
73 – Thicker Than Water
81 – The King Maker
84 - The Nowhere Place
93 - Renaissance of the Daleks
115 – Forty-Five
124 – Patient Zero
133 – City of Spires
188 – Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories
The Light at the End
Living Legend
The Ratings War
Last of the Titans

Her Final Flight

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

First Look - Frostgrave: Forgotten Pacts

With the Forgotten Pacts Pre-Order Campaign just underway (and a free werewolf already reached!), I thought it might be a good time to talk about what is actually in the book!

It is always interesting to receive my author advance of a book, as by the time it comes out, I am generally deep into another project and have forgotten what was in it. (No, I haven't forgotten my own rules, mostly, just which book they are actually in!).

The book is divided into seven chapters of completely unequal length. The first chapter is 'Forging Pacts' and gives wizards all the information they need to know about reaching out to extra-planar entities and making deals for extra power. Of course, for each boon granted by some greater demon, sacrifices must be made...

The second chapter is called 'Advanced Summoning'. This includes expanded rules for summoning demons Out of Game. The main feature of this chapter is two tables for determining random 'demonic attributes' to bring variety to the demons of Frostgrave. Let's face it, demons under the main rules are a bit samey...we'll, not anymore.

The next two chapters are 'New Magic', which introduces rules for Mystic Brands, and 'New Soldiers' which presents four new soldier types that wizards can hire. For a preview of these four, check out the link to the pre-order campaign above.

After that comes the 'Scenarios' chapter. There are eight scenarios this time, including 2 mini-campaigns with 3 scenarios each. All of the scenarios in the book involve either demons or barbarians or both. Also, I would say that these scenarios are a bit tougher, a bit more dangerous, than most of those that have gone before. Well, most wizards should be rather up there in level by now, right?

The book rounds out with 'New Treasure' and a 'Bestiary', which mostly includes demons and a few unique barbarians.

Just to set one rumour to rest - there are no rules for mounted soldiers. There are special rules for the mounted guy on the cover, but he's a special kind of crazy for riding a rhino into The Frozen City.

So, hopefully there is something fun for everyone there. Yes, Summoners are a big winner here, but there's a lot of fun for Sigilists too. And anyone can Forge a Pact!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Frostgrave: Arcane Locations

The newest Frostgrave ebook, mini-supplement, Arcane Locations is out today. This is the last of the ebooks before they are collected into The Frostgrave Folio next year.

Arcane Locations includes three, unconnected scenarios, all set in specific famous locations in The Frozen City. The goal was to take advantage of the 'anything goes' setting of a ruined magical city to create some really different miniature gaming set-ups. I do warn that one of the scenarios requires making a very specific piece of terrain...

Also included are some new options for wizards to add to their bases. I mean what kind of wizard base is complete without a magic scroll case?

So, it's available today for the low price of £2.99 / $3.99 from


Osprey Publishing


Wednesday, 14 September 2016


As far as writing goes, I'm not usually an envious guy. I'm proud of my own successes and happy for the success of others; but every so often something comes along that is so creative that I really wish that I had created it. (For example, I really wish I had written the story of Monsters Inc.!)

Recently, I had that experience with a little game called Quill: A Letter-Writing Roleplaying Game for a Single Player. In all my decades of gaming, I've never encountered anything quite like it. It's part game/part creative writing exercise. Essentially, the player creates a character who has three skills: penmanship, language, and heart. Then, the player picks a 'scenario'. Each scenario challenges the player to write a letter. It gives the specifics of the recipient and what the player hopes to gain by writing. Each scenario also includes a list of words that the player gains points by including in the letter, there are both common words and more poetic words. Whenever a player wants to use one of the words, he must roll to see if he uses the more common or more poetic word. The skills give him bonuses to certain rolls. And that's about it really. At the end of the letter, the player counts up how many points he has scored and checks the chart to see what kind of reception his letter received.

It is wonderfully simple, and yet endlessly creative. 

I am very tempted to ask the creator if I can write a few Quill: Frostgrave scenarios. How much fun would it be to have your wizard writing to some far off mage asking for help or advice on a potion or particularly tricky summoning? There are just so many possibilities.

Wonderfully, the PDF for the game is available on RPGNow selling as 'Pay What You Want'. I paid $2, but frankly it is worth more than that. I might just have to go back and pick up the expansion Quill: Coal and Parchment, which apparently takes your letter writing underground! (Letter writing form the Breeding Pits anyone?)

Highly Recommended.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Frostgrave Folio

Although Forgotten Pacts is next up for Frostgrave, I thought people might enjoy a look at the cover for the first supplement for 2017! The Frostgrave Folio collects all of the previously released ebook mini-supplements along with a new mini campaign and presents them in print for the first time! 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Frostgrave Magazine Articles

For all of you Frostgrave completists out there, issue 6 of Table Top Gaming Magazine includes an exclusive Frostgrave scenario (written by yours truly) called 'The Failed Breed'. It is a two-player scenario, set down in the breeding pits and includes a new monster, the barbed-thrasher.

The last time I included a scenario in TTG Magazine the issue sold out very quickly (I'm not saying that was the reason, but I won't argue against it either...), so if you want one, it is probably best not to wait around. I think the magazine goes on sale in a couple of days. Alternatively, you can order a copy direct from their website.  Electronic editions are also available.

Also now available is issue 86 of Wargames: Soldiers and Strategy, which includes 'The Warriors of Athena', my little solo wargame of Greek Mythology which uses the Frostgrave core system.

It's just a coincidence that both of these articles are coming out at the same time as I wrote them months apart. I hope people enjoy them!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Brief Banana Update

It has now been just under a month and a half since I set myself the 50 Banana Challenge, and I am disappointed to announce that I have only managed to eat 14 bananas. Partly this is a result of baby chaos, but mostly it comes from the difficulty in keeping bananas in stock in the house. I turns out that my wife and daughter really like bananas so they just keep disappearing!

Despite this, the experiment is already yielding results. I really had to choke down the first two bananas; the texture was just so disagreeable to me, but after about the third, this just kind of went away. It's not the greatest food texture in the world, but it ain't that bad. I'm still not a huge fan of the flavour, but I don't hate it. So, I suspect the remaining 36 will fall soon enough.

I have also discovered two other important things. 1) Bananas are really cheap. I mean really cheap. I'm sure this won't come as news to most people, but I just never realised how inexpensive bananas were compared to most other (admittedly tastier) fruit. 2) Bananas are great for filling up an empty stomach. After my 8.5 mile cycle to work, I'm often ravenously hungry, and I haven't found anything else this side of a bacon sandwich that satisfies that hunger like a banana.

Finally, for those that are considering making more of bananas in their own lives, I have to recommend banana armour. My wife bought this silly looking thing many years ago. It really is great for keeping your banana safe on the move. The last thing I want when I get to work is a battered and bruised banana - this sucker really does keep them safe. Also, in the years my wife has been using it, she has found a grand total of 1 banana that didn't fit in it.  Recommended!