The Dagdha was the Father God of the Tuath de Dannan, famed for his magic Harp, mighty Club and bottomless Cauldron, from which none left unsatisfied. My cauldron is for pouring my excess geekery into and hopefully will make a nourishing brain-soup.
Hope you like it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fifty Shades of Black and White

Never being one to miss a chance to jump on a bandwagon, I was inspired by Joe Hill's top fifty favorite books to do the same here. Like Joe's, these are in no order of preference, but unlike his, I couldn't be bothered to list the authors alphabetically- I pretty much put them down as they came to me.
I'm sure more will come to me as I think of them
  1. Foucault's Pendulum • Umberto Eco
  2. The Name of the Rose • Umberto Eco
  3. Fragile Things • Neil Gaiman
  4. The Lord of the Rings • J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Silmarillion • J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Sword of Rhiannon • Leigh Brackett
  7. Irish Folk and Fairy Tales • Michael Scott
  8. Duma Key • Stephen King
  9. IT • Stephen King
  10. The Lankhmar Stories • Fritz Lieber
  11. Something Wicked this way comes • Ray Bradbury
  12. Caves of Steel • Issac Azimov
  13. I, Robot • Issac Azimov
  14. Chronicles of Amber • Roger Zelazny
  15. The Tain • Thomas Kinsella (trans.)
  16. The Complete Fiction • H.P. Lovecraft
  17. American Gods • Neil Gaiman
  18. The Chronicles of Conan • Robert E. Howard
  19. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen • Alan Garner
  20. Elric of Melnibone • Michael Moorcock
  21. Le Morte d'Arthur • Thomas Malory
  22. The Three Musketeers • Alexandre Dumas
  23. The White Goddess • Robert Graves
  24. New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos • Ramsey Campbell (ed.)
  25. Day of the Triffids • John Wyndham
  26. Earth Abides • George R. Stewart
  27. A Game of Thrones • George R. R. Martin
  28. The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith • Clark Ashton Smith
  29. Small Gods • Terry Pratchett
  30. Mort • Terry Pratchett
  31. Dracula • Bram Stoker
  32. The Best of Myles • Flann O'Brien
  33. Sophie's World • Jostein Gaarder
  34. The Illuminatus! Trilogy • Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
  35. Everyday life of the Pagan Celts • Anne Ross
  36. The Complete Sherlock Holmes • Arthur Conan Doyle
  37. Perdido Street Station • China Mieville
  38. The House on the Borderland • William Hope Hodgson
  39. Viriconium • M. John Harrison
  40. Stainless Steel Rat • Harry Harrison
  41. The Earthsea Series • Ursula Le Guin
  42. Complete Works • W.B. Yeats
  43. Death of a Naturalist • Seamus Heaney
  44. 20,000 Leagues under the sea • Jules Verne
  45. The War of the Worlds • H.G. Welles
  46. The Great God Pan • Arthur Machen
  47. Time and The Gods • Lord Dunsany
  48. 1984 • George Orwell
  49. Johnathan Strange and Mister Norrell • Susanna Clarke
  50. Gods and Fighting Men • Lady Gregory

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dem bones, dem bones...

Reaper miniatures released a range of unpainted plastic minis a few months back, substantially cheaper then their white metal equivalents. Off the back of the success of this line, they've launched a Kickstarter to accelerate their release schedule, and as of this post, have almost doubled their initial funding goal. Check it out, it's pretty neat.

Friday, July 20, 2012

I listen at the door...

The original articles, still available for the price of
several organs on eBay.
Thanks to being distracted by my friend Dave's site, I stumbled into these very nice printable dungeon floor tiles. Slightly bigger at 30mm square, but still most excellent and a perfect complement to my Games Workshop Dungeon Floor Plans from 1989. Uncut and intact, I have plans for those beauties that I'll be sharing in due time...

BeDerken also do an excellent line of miniatures, very reminiscent of GW's early John Blanche days. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wyrd Sisters

Original cover to Wyrd Sisters, by the late Josh Kirby

Terry Pratchett is probably one of the finest writers of fantasy out there. Yes, he's funny as hell, but it's his slightly absurd view of our own world that infuses his Discworld with it's life.

BBC Four Xtra has been running a few dramatizations of his best known books. Wyrd Sisters, the first one to deal with Granny Weatherwax and her coven properly, is a great riff on Shakespeare- check it out. It's a great place to jump into the Discworld for the first time, and the link is good for about a week, so hop to it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Going Underground

Places like Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal are like crack for the mind's eye. 
Here's the Wikipedia Entry and a mess of shots of the estate from Tumblr.
The whole place feels like Mike Mignola designed The Village for Number Six.

Say hello to Elik Tôk Klanbrazzil, Dwarf Ranger/Ithilid Slayer from around 2002. Threw himself off a tower, breaking his fall onto a Mindflayer's skull. Good times.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

It seemed as easy to do two blogs as one, so heres my personal space to rant into the ether about what interests me: games (both console and boardgames) movies, comics and anything else that grabs my fancy.