what would captain picard do – part 3

So I’m still doing this. This meaning my sporadic attempts to recap and vaguely review episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, rating each one by how bobbins it is.

The Big Goodbye

There’s so much that is iconically absurd about this episode. Essentially Picard has a vital diplomatic task to perform, which if he does not execute it flawlessly could lead to the destruction of the Enterprise or even plunge Starfleet into a terrible war. Like a child avoiding homework, Donald ...

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what would captain picard do – part 2

So I’m still not bored of this thing. I could do another introduction but, honestly, it’s fairly self-explanatory. This is me, continuing to talk about Star Trek: TNG episodes. And rating them by how bobbins they are. Be warned. We’re in for a bobbiny ride.

Justice

Oh man.

It probably says something that this episode achieved the second highest ratings of any other episode of the first series, though probably not something good. This is the one where the crew goes for shore ...

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what would captain picard do – part 1 (possibly of 1)

Hellooooo, long time no post. What can I say? I’m easily distracted, lazy and erratic. I do have some board game stuff to talk about but I thought I’d take a brief break from the thing I was doing as part of a brief break from whatever the thing was that I was doing before that and talk about Star Trek: The Next Generation. This is partly because it was the 50th Anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek ...

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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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