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Yesterday Erci accompanied me over to Atelier de la Charrette to help Bob and Peter, Winterbadger, and Bryan test a game of “VSF: Actions at Parroom Station” before Bob goes to Historicon to expose more steam punk fans and miniatures gamers to the allure of the Martian landscape. We arrived a little bit late and had to run Japanese and Prussian units along with Bryan’s Americans against a rebellion in Parroom Station itself, where Peter and Winterbadger were running insurgent royals and the rebel mob of Martian city dwellers.

that damned gun, revealed! Losses were atrocious, but the Imperial Earthmen barely managed to regain control of the city. An early indicator of how rough the action would be was Winterbadger’s brilliantly concealed gun taking out my entire unit of Japanese regulars with a single shot in the first turn of the game!
Note to self, charging into insurgent cities in flying column formation is perhaps a little impetuous and rash… It was a lot of fun. target rich environment
Prussion's entering the city We learned to make a few tweaks to the game scenario I think, and it was a pretty game. We took lots of pictures so Bob could post them online at Parroom Station when he gets time.

If you like gaming with miniatures and steam punk, or just want to see more Parroom Station, try catching Bob at Historicon next weekend in Lancaster, PA, where an example game will be run. If you can’t make it to the convention, check out Parroom Station online.

Pirates Movie Promotional Image All the Victorian SciFi action left us tired and hungry so we headed over to Herndon’s Worldgate for Charlie Chang’s yummy buffet & BBQ, then caught “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” with B&L. It was not as good as the first movie, but still lots of fun and a nice action-packed yarn. Stay through the closing credits if you go to see it, there is a silly surprise at the end.

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Thanks goes to Alice Marshall for pointing out that Adam Curtis‘s fascinating BBC documentary “The Power of Nightmares” is now available on google video. This documentary was first broadcast on BBC Two in the Fall of 2004. Later, it was adapted to a single 2.5 hour film for the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Now anyone can watch it on google video, and it is very much worth the effort. This documentary will challenge you to think carefully about the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the parallel rise to power of the neo-conservatives in America. It brings to light the infiltration of the traditional Republican party by the neo-conservatives and their overthrow of Kissinger and other pragmatists like him. It is three sessions at an hour each, so it takes a while to download. I opened the links in different windows, and let them download overnight and watched later. I recommend watching with a notepad handy, this will really make you think and want to do more research for yourself.

Three one hour episodes are available: Part 1 – Baby It’s Cold Outside Part 2 – The Phantom Victory Part 3 – The Shadows in the Cave frame from google video

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