Aberdeen Says Yes, September 14th 2014

On Sunday September 14th 2014, there was a gathering of around 1300 people from all over Aberdeen, at the Castlegate square, to back a Yes vote for Scottish Independence. These are a few of the pictures I managed to take amongst the crowd – I wish I’d had a better vantage point to take more photos, but I was too busy enjoying the amazing atmosphere!

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The Return of Space Hulk

Space Hulk is one of my all-time favourite games. It’s one of the best rule sets ever written by Games Workshop. It’s been out of print for a few years now, but it looks like it’s being brought back for a limited-run re-release.

Rumours have been swirling for a few days now, and this morning Games Workshop put up a teaser video on their White Dwarf Daily blog.

It’s the standard, ropey, low-budget GW affair, simply panning across a piece of artwork depicting a Space Marine being fitted into Terminator armour. But at roughly 31 seconds in, for a few fractions of a second, another picture flashes up, showing a Terminator fighting a Genestealer – the classic badguys in Space Hulk.

space_hulkSo it looks like Space Hulk is on its way back. While I’m very happy, my wallet is off crying in the corner!

[ UPDATE 09:31]

Thanks to Matt on Twitter for sending me this other still from ~14 seconds in, which I initially missed:

space_hulk2

A thought came to mind, after reading about Ed Milliband’s latest foray to Scotland as part of the referendum campaigning; the various parties in Better Together/No Thanks – particularly Labour – are falling into the usual political dialogue of “vote for me and everything will be better.” They’re fighting this like it’s any normal election, and the problem here is voters have heard that routine before. By contrast, the SNP and Alex Salmond have been saying you don’t have to vote for them. If independence meant no more SNP, then so be it. “Vote Yes for Scotland’s sake, then choose the government you want afterwards.”

The Things That Will Last On The Internet Are Not Owned

My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here.

The things that will last on the internet are not owned. Plain old websites, blogs, RSS, irc, email.

Brent Simmons, commenting on “Community Services”.

These days I use Social Media more than I write in this blog, though it wasn’t always that way. Mostly that comes down expediency – it’s quicker to share a trivial thought or link on Twitter than write a post about it. Social Media, to get all Silicon Valley on you, is for ephemeral sharing. I don’t expect any of it to last, or be noticed beyond the <20 seconds it appears at the top of someone's "feed." It's fleeting, and I think of it as such.

If I want to record something more substantial, or which will last, I use this blog. Maybe not as often as I should, and sometimes I've not cared for backing up the archives as much as I should have1. But the blog has endured anyway.


  1. If I'd looked after it properly, there would be hundreds more posts in there, particularly from 2000 to 2008. 

Press Conference: RIC canvassing evidence shows No campaign have lost working class Scotland

Chris McLeod:

RIC are one of the best things to come out of the Independence Referendum. I sincerely hope they find a way to remain involved beyond the vote on the 18th (no matter which way it goes!)

Originally posted on independence - autonomy - self-determination:

Radical Independence Conference Gather In GlasgowThe Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) revealed today(1) (Tuesday) the evidence of their canvassing in working class communities across Scotland, and argue that “the results show the No campaign isn’t just losing working class communities in Scotland, but has definitively lost them.”

The RIC National Mass Canvass Sample(2) covers 18,012 people, and is taken over 90 areas across Scotland.

The national results show Yes 43.6%, No 25.3%, and don’t know 31.1%. With the Undecided’s taken out, the result is Yes 63.4% and No 36.5%.

The document also includes details of specific areas to highlight the fact that many of these areas are amongst the poorest in Scotland and are often areas with traditionally strong Labour support

The results were revealed as part of the grassroots Yes press conferences, which take place daily in the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow at 11am.

Jonathon Shafi, the Radical Independence Campaign co-founder, said:

“The…

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Dungeon Saga Update, and Some Chances to Win!

Time for a catchup with the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter!

Since launching 2 weeks ago, the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter has gone from strength to strength. At the time of writing it’s up over $416,000, and a LOT of additional stuff has been unlocked. Some of it is going into the box of those who pledge, and some of it is available as an optional extra. Either way, there’s a lot available! It’s at a point now where the Kickstarter is beyond the content of the main game, and funding the first expansion, “Warlord of Galahir.”

In addition to all of the really cool content, the “alpha” rules for the game have been released. Obviously, these are a work in progress, and not necessarily the final rules, but if you want to try them out yourself, you can get them here. Or if you just want to get a feel for how they play, Beasts of War have you covered:

Finally, for this upddate, there’s not one, but TWO contests for you to take part, where in each you can win either a full Kickstarter pledge, or one of five “retail” pledges. The first of these is being run over at BoardGameGeek (registration required). The second is run by Mantic themselves, and as a special treat, if you follow me on twitter, you can get a bonus entry into the “raffle.” Check out the link below for more information, and to enter!

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More Information on Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest

Yeah, I know, I know… you’re probably all sick of me posting about the Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest Kickstarter, but I’m excited about it, and Mantic were kind enough to send me over a blogger’s “press pack” filled with a bit more information, so I wanted to share that with you as well. This post is quite long thanks to some big images, so dive in using the read more link.

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