news ‘n’ stuff

I will likely pick up babbling about board games again imminently but here is a brief update on the state of the Hall.

Firstly, Looking for Group, my (I think adorable but then I’m biased) nerdmance will be out at the end of the month. Bit of a change of pace from For Real, since there’s absolutely no kink, and very little sex, but there are a bunch of gaming jokes. Which I think is a reasonable substitution. I will say ...

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notes and corrections

So you may have noticed that I won a RITA yesterday, or at about 4 o’clock this morning, my time. In the acceptance speech that I hastily threw together on Friday in the full expectation that nobody would ever actually need to read or hear it I said that my book would have been either the first or second LGBTQ+ novel to win a RITA and that if it was the first, this was awesome, and if it was the ...

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let’s do the T.I.M.E. warp again

So last week I wrote a long-arse blog post about T.I.M.E. Stories in which I managed to say an awful lot about the game’s context, structure and place within the wider framework of games that exist and are things, but basically nothing about how it actually works, what you actually do in it or the scenario that comes in the box.

In a way, this was probably quite board game reviewing but I actually think that the structure and ...

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another difficult post

So I’ve got a new book coming out in August. It’s called Looking For Group and, fair warning, it’s nerdy as fuck. This is probably one of those things that people overstate on the internet but nerd chic seems to have become a bit of a thing recently. And, by recently, I mean in about the past five or six years. It’s increasingly common to have nerds depicted in the media in ways that are slightly more nuanced than “these ...

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T.I.M.E. after T.I.M.E.

Long time, no random post about board games. Which is appropriate in a way because my topic for today will be Space Cowboys’ “narrative decksploration” game T.I.M.E. Stories.

A couple of the games I’ve talked about on this blog come with in-built expiration dates. Pandemic Legacy is played over the course of a year and, once you reach the end of the year, that’s it, your board is finished and your game is over. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective contains twelve cases ...

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the sickening it’s happening!!!

So it’s been a while. One of the weird things about doing writing type things in the 21st century is that there’s a lot of peripheral stuff that seems to conflict unhelpfully with the actual writing. Which means I haven’t updated in what feels like ages because I’ve been editing and writing and, y’know, doing the things I have to do so that I can talk about doing them on this blog.

Anyway. Today, I thought I’d pick up my irregular ...

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good news everyone: the slime is flowing again

My nerdmance, which be released in August (I think)?), Looking for Group is available for pre-order on the Riptide site.

Here’s the 100%, absolutely correct blurb (you saw it here first, tell all your friends and family, never forget where you were the day the blurb for LFG was right) 

So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in ...

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bi-erasure & me

A month or so ago, there was an extremely controversial post—which I won’t go into the details of because it has since been removed—about the possibility or otherwise of writing bisexual romance. The original post upset a lot of people because it claimed a lot of things that that, well, this is where it gets complicated as this is now me talking about something somebody else said a while ago and has done their best to unsay and probably didn’t ...

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when it crumbles

So I took a temporary break from my posts about board games to talk about other stuff. But I’m sorry to say, I’m back. And I’m still talking about board games.

Most of the games I’ve talked about recently have been quite large, lavish affairs that take a couple of hours to play (far more so in the case of Arkham Horror) and involve lots of little fiddly tokens and, in extreme cases, hexes. For a bit of a ...

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nom nom nom

So as I mentioned at the end of my recent post about Tokaido, I’ve just been nominated for a RITA. Which is nice. I’m still not 100% certain that I’ve processed it completely, or that I know how I feel or how I’m supposed to feel. And, obviously, it’s mildly embarrassing since this time last year I wrote a long and detailed post about the RITA nominations process, in which I pointed out that most award ...

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