June 14th, 2018

marcus 2013


I took a video camera out for some tests yesterday, it's not bad if unfortunately rather low resolution, but since my bridge camera actually has better video performance I'll be selling it on.

But I was delighted to see that the cormorant I've previously seen on the canal in Regent's Park is back again, or one very like it, so here are my pictures for the day.

Still pictures (VERY low res) are on line here:
Some very short videos, on line here:
https://vimeo.com/275067610 - Swans
https://vimeo.com/275067441 - Ducks
https://vimeo.com/275067518 - More ducks
https://vimeo.com/275067393 - Cormorant

Apologies in advance for my lack of skill as a videographer.

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marcus 2013

Another RPG bundle offer - Delta Green

The second bundle offer this week is one that interests me a lot; Delta Green, originally a modern-day Call of Cthulhu intelligence/conspiracy setting, now a stand-alone game, that has been very influential and is even mentioned in the Laundry novels.


"This new offer presents Arc Dream Publishing's RPG of modern-day Cthulhu Mythos conspiracy-horror, Delta Green. Humanity's fate was sealed aeons ago. The stars align, and alien entities seek to reclaim what once was theirs. But behind the scenes, some among us are fighting back. Unlike the antiquarian researchers in many traditional Mythos games, agents of the US government conspiracy known as Delta Green confront mind-shattering weirdness with modern technology as well as ancient spells. Perpetually at risk of both insanity and treason, DG operatives face not only hostile aliens, but subversive elements within their own ranks.

In both its original version as a Call of Cthulhu campaign setting (previously presented in this site's March 2014 Delta Green Bundle) and in this new standalone incarnation funded in a smash September 2015 Kickstarter campaign, DG's compelling mix of conspiracies, UFOs, intelligence tactics, and Lovecraftian terror has brought it unsurpassed praise. This all-new collection has the Delta Green Agent's Handbook and Handler's Guide rulebooks, plus many operations (scenarios) and fiction.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these ebooks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Human Rights Watch.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$105. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in our Agent Collection (retail value $40), including the Agent's Handbook (plus the Need to Know quickstart rules and other play aids) and two Delta Green fiction collections: Tales from Failed Anatomies by DG co-creator Dennis Detwiller (funded partly through his Patreon campaign) and the anthology Extraordinary Renditions, with stories by Kenneth Hite, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, all the original DG creators, and many more.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Handler Collection with four more titles worth an additional $65, including the DG Handler's Guide rulebook and Handler's Screen reference charts, the new six-scenario collection A Night at the Opera, and the ready-to-play introductory scenario Kali Ghati.

For some reason I never got into Delta Green when it was a Call of Cthulhu setting, possibly because I was already writing my own games when it first appeared, and because I was more than a little "monstered out" in the nineties, but I'm now interested in seeing what it's like, and how the intelligence emphasis differs from the original game. I'm also wondering how it will compare to the Laundry RPG, which has a more British focus. It looks like you get a lot for your money, and given it's a very well-received game I think I can recommend it. But as usual I have to stress that I don't pay for this, if you do your mileage may vary.

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