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Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: It's a funny old life.
« on: April 23, 2015, 09:45:25 PM »
Nice cup of tea? Get in!

Welcome home. :)

Announcements and News / Re: Sculpting Competition *NEW THREAD*
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:36:04 PM »
What is the theme for the next one? *ducks*
If they open it up to geese and swans as well I'm in.

do you need a facebook or twit accout to give money ?                             

I have neither, and I've backed plenty of kickstarters. Payment is collected through Amazon.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:23:34 AM »
Don't fall too hard, you might get a paper cut.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:14:52 PM »
This was useful to me, too, because for some reason I thought the 4th Doctor Sourcebook wasn't out in print yet. And I'd been waiting for that before ordering. So you made me check up on it and find a pleasant surprise.

So that'll give me something to look forward to on pay day. I spent all my gaming money on Hasslefree this month. Which is no bad thing, to be fair.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:00:02 PM »
Have you tried Leisure Games? They seem to have both in stock, and you can get a free PDF version too:

I can't recommend them highly enough for customer service. Every time I've ordered from them, it's been a pleasure.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:07:52 PM »
I made him get me a coffee before I let him use the phone. After all, it's my phone now.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:13:56 PM »

"Move in!"

"We have secured the communications array, commander. Mission accomplished."

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:20:29 PM »
Well done on the extra desk space. If he puts his arm on your side of the desk now do you get to order it what to do?
It's worth a go, isn't it?

His phone will be in my part of the desk, so I can always cut off communications if he won't cooperate.

:applause: :applause: :applause:
that is just Brilliant.
please post some of "operation endgame" tomorrow.
He's going out to a customer site tomorrow. I'm going to move the troops in while he's gone, so that everyone else gets to see his reaction when he comes back.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:40:06 PM »

Surveillance camera reveals the presence of rebels on the desk.

This doesn't look like a diplomatic mission to me.

Our heroic stormtroopers prepare to fight for a galaxy safe from Rebel terror.

A highly dangerous prisoner.

I have no choice. For his own safety, the stormtroopers are going to have to annex the 1/3 of his desk closest to mine. It's the only way to protect it and him from the Rebel Alliance.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:22:27 PM »
It's been a while since I've posted. But I thought yourselves would appreciate this, and it's brightened up the workplace a bit.

The Darth Vader/Ukraine thing:

Has spawned not just my favourite moment of the last superhero RPG session I played (the journalistic scoop of the year: "Your critics describe you as 'more machine now than man, twisted and evil'. Mr Vader, what is your response to these allegations?").

But also a running joke at work. When we were talking about the crisis in Crimea to one of the youngsters at work who didn't really understand what was going on, I used the example of me annexing 1/3 of the desk of the chap who sits next to me.

After seeing the Darth Vader thing, he was joking about me invading it with stormtroopers.

So yesterday, I hid a Star Wars Miniatures rebel trooper behind his monitor and put a scout trooper on my desk. He finally noticed the scout trooper just before lunchtime. But he hasn't found the rebel yet.

I took "security photos" using my phone of the rebel trooper, and of a Princess Leia miniature on his desk.

Today, I replaced the scout trooper with a normal stormtrooper (and, yes, both him and our MD - who noticed it when he came over to talk about a report - were geeky enough to spot the difference). Gradually, throughout the day, the number of stormtroopers has increased. Every time he's left his desk for a while, I've added another stormtrooper to the squad. There are 6 of them there now.

Tomorrow, they're going to capture a "notorious rebel spy" for interrogation.

And on Thursday, when he gets to work, he'll find that part of his desk has been occupied by a dozen stormtroopers supported by an AT-ST. It's the only way they can keep the galaxy safe against these rebel spies and terrorists which he has been (as he will find when I show him the "security footage" and he looks behind his monitor) harbouring on his desk.

It's the only course of action that makes any sense.

Other Mini's, RPGS, Etc / Re: Erm ... Heroquest returns....?
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:17:16 PM »
It's probably worth posting Moon design's take on this, from here:

Background concerning suspension of Gamezone’s Kickstarter campaign

We want to give some background on the dispute surrounding Gamezone’s Kickstarter campaign to launch a remake of the hybrid board game/roleplaying game originally published by Milton Bradley called “Heroquest”.

Last week, Moon Design petitioned Kickstarter to remove the crowdfunding campaign for Gamezone’s “Heroquest” game. “Heroquest” is the registered US trademark of Moon Design and is the name of our “Heroquest” roleplaying game and assorted products. To allow a game using the same name to be promoted in the United States through Kickstarter without a license would be an unacceptable dilution of our brand and create market confusion to our detriment.

The trademark “Heroquest” is registered by Francis Greg Stafford with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Registration Number 4082281) for use in game book manuals. Moon Design Publications LLC has the exclusive license for use of that trademark. For some time now we have been working on creating a board game called “Heroquest” pertaining to the mythology of Glorantha and an updated version of our Heroquest roleplaying game.

The project by Gamezone, a Spanish game company, proposes to remake a role-playing/board game originally produced by Milton Bradley and Games Workshop in 1989. The project calls their game “Heroquest” which is identical to our registered mark and easily confused with it.

Gamezone initially asked us for use of the Heroquest trademark on July 31, 2013. The next day we asked them if they could provide us with a copy of any written agreement with Hasbro to produce a 25th Anniversary Edition of Hasbro’s board game. Gamezone did not provide us with any written confirmation (and as of this date still has not done so). On August 26, 2013, we informed Gamezone by email that we must decline their request.

Despite being explicitly refused permission to use our trademark, Gamezone went ahead and launched this Kickstarter. As a New York State corporation, Kickstarter is subject to US trademark laws and the use of our trademark in the campaign was a violation of those laws.We told Gamezone that they needed to immediately get a licensing agreement from us (which, among other things, would require that they pay us for the rights to the name since it would mean foregoing our opportunity to release our game using our trademark and to compensate us for that lost revenue).

Gamezone did not get back to us within the period we set, and rather than have this end up in litigation (which could also bring in other parties with IP at stake), we asked Kickstarter to suspend the campaign. We then spoke to Gamezone informing them that we had certain non-negotiable demands for any license agreement, among them a statement that Gamezone has explicit permission from Hasbro to make this game based on their IP. Gamezone has assured us that they can get such permission, but until we see confirmation, we cannot responsibly license our trademark to be used in this Kickstarter campaign.

We sympathize with the fans of the Milton Bradley game who enthusiastically supported this project. We strongly support Kickstarter and the revitalization of old games with a loyal following. However, such activities must be done with the consent of the trademark holder and of any other legal owners of the property.

Other Mini's, RPGS, Etc / Re: The next Frothers Charity thingy
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:26:51 PM »
I just put in a placeholder build, which I'll top up at payday in a couple of weeks. This has been an expensive month for me.

Good luck!

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:32:45 PM »
What a pity for those two that got to have a day off. They didn't get to hear any more updates! Very strange indeed, lucky... I guess.
It was an odd day. They weren't the only ones it happened to, either. They racked up quite the body count by the end. The next time they did the DR test, they dropped the slightly creepy script.

I hypothetically burned to death while the production manager was asking where I was (and being told I was safe and accounted for). In truth, he never so much as looked through the glass in the lab door.
Heh. I suppose it proved the point.

I used to work for an ambulance company. When we did first aider training, I was usually the one who got to play the casualty for the assessment at the end of the course. We had all the make-up kit and everything. It was quite good fun coming up with the scenarios. A lot of pretending going on here, eh? :)

There was a time when I spent most of my Friday afternoons pretending to be horribly injured and unconscious.

That wasn't what was going on this time, btw. We were (successfully) trying to convince our new starter that I have narcolepsy.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:05:29 PM »
Interesting. In a previous job I was allowed to burn to death.
Were you doing a disaster recovery test?

Some years ago, I had weird day on-site at a customer. They were doing a DR test and had hired some outside company to script the disaster that was "happening". As the morning went and we all tried to get everything working at the DR site, they kept giving us updates on the hypothetical fire that had broken out in their head office.

At one point, it emerged that two of their IT team had not, as it had appeared to us, been at the DR site helping us set up the workstations. Instead, they were told "they just found your bodies in the comms room - you're dead" and were sent home immediately.

That was a bit weird.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:40:01 PM »
Instructions I was given at work today by my boss:

"Remember, at 5 past 3, you stay unconscious for as long as it takes."

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: August 11, 2013, 01:08:09 PM »
Maybe your auto-defrost function wants to be a super-villain when it grows up and is starting small by flooding the kitchen.

One day, it will be Dr Tsunami!

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: August 10, 2013, 04:19:33 PM »
Without wanting to get too tinfoil hat about it, I began to wonder if someone there was deliberately messing me about. I sent a written letter of complaint about their card fraud department in June. I'd had a very bad time dealing with them when I tried to get them to issue a chargeback after I used my card to buy something that never turned up.

And now this. Yeah, I really should take off my tinfoil hat. But it makes me wonder. And it's made me write them another angry letter.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: August 10, 2013, 01:44:08 PM »
Scam email?  I get those ones too.
No, them being weirdly over-zealous. I tried to buy a shiny new thing yesterday, from somewhere that I buy from very regularly. For some reason, they decided it was a "suspicious" transaction. But they didn't contact me to query it, they just declined the transaction and cancelled my debit card. But didn't tell me. So I got it declined in the supermarket on the way home from work, too.

Then when I phoned them, it took me almost half an hour on the phone to find out what was going on.

And it went a bit like:

"So you thought that me buying something from a shop I use at least once a month was suspicious?"
"It may have been a different transaction that alerted us."
"But that's the only transaction there's been on the card for the last four days."
"Yes, well it must be that."
"Why hasn't anybody contacted me about it?"
"It's part of our procedure, so we would have."
"I have no missed calls on my phone. Can you check?"
"Ah. It appears we didn't call."
"Why not?"
"I don't know."

It'll be 'around 5 working days' before I get a new card. This is the second time they've done this to me. After I get the new card and I'm sure the account is working normally again, I'm transferring to another bank and closing my account.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:20:37 PM »
Lloyds TSB.

Doctor Who / Re: Just in case anyone isn't aware....
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:36:11 PM »
Peter Capaldi is great. I've liked him since 'Local Hero'. I could only be happier if they cast me as the Doctor.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: July 21, 2013, 09:06:28 PM »
I was a batlel hardened Ad&D and traveller player in 1982 which is probably around the time i got into tunnels and trolls. I must admit that as a confirmed dwarf player even by then i was seduced by the Greate Bearded axe wielding beserker dwarf with strength 26 and con 36... ohh i remember rolling a dozen d6 for evey attack :)  silly stuff but fun.

I must play drunk one day.
Brandlin, if you're in or near London, I'll take you up on that.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: July 21, 2013, 09:08:26 AM »
My first RPG too, back in about 1977.  :D Did you know about Deluxe T&T, the definitive edition, being published later this year? I'm afraid I've pledged heavily for the Kickstarter for it, but some of the higher end rewards were just too cool to ignore. I can't wait for it to get published (very sadly it's been delayed due to Liz Danforth being very ill).
I backed the kickstarter, too. :) Not very heavily, though, as the timing was bad. I was just about to move house and didn't have much cash lying around spare at the time.

Once it arrives, I am going to twist people's arms until they play it with me.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: July 20, 2013, 06:13:15 PM »
If we all post something, it will be less lonely.

What's making me happy today? I got a copy of the first RPG that I ever played - Tunnels & Trolls. Reading through it has provoked a powerful attack of happy nostalgia.

There I was in 1982, 10 years old, and one of my school friends told me all about this new game she had that was like a board game but without a board and that you "just make stuff up". It sounded... weird.

So I made up Harald the Rogue. He had a kukri, a floppy hat, a Take That You Fiend! spell and a taste for adventure. Sadly, he was killed and eaten by an orc after about 20 minutes. So poor old Harald never exactly became a living legend and he never had the time to acquire much of a personality. It was a nice hat, though, and I'm sure the orc was thrilled with it.

But the game was exciting enough for me to save up my pocket money for weeks so I could get my own copy of T&T. And Elaine told me that next time we'd get to fight skeletons just like in 'Jason & The Argonauts'. I was hooked!

My mum and dad weren't too happy when I pinched the dice from all the board games in the house, mind you. But that was a small price to pay, I think. :)

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Things that make you happy
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:18:18 PM »
The Glastonbury Festival.

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