Archive for 2012

A Symphonic Spectacular

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Thanks to Kiri deciding to book out a row and having an excess ticket, the fact that my cricket game was rescheduled, and the fact that I was going to be out of the house anyway, I was fortunate to experience the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Experience is deliberate choice of word at this point, because that’s really what you’re being sold here. An experience of hearing various compositions of music from Doctor Who, played with relevant video on the big screen behind, along with some appearances of appropriate enemies. It’s really only suitable for fanboys and fangirls, or for people who like orchestral music. That said, it was quite good. Seeing Daleks live is an especially uncommon pleasure (probably because if it were to happen for real, it’d be an uncommon terror instead). The music itself is good. If you’re a girl, it’d probably be more emotionally engaging for you. It was also good that they also pay homage to all the previous incarnations of the Doctor, one piece showing all the reincarnation sequences that have actually made it to film (i.e., everyone except McGann (8) to Eccleston (9)), as well as all the opening sequences of the TV series. The finale (the current version of the theme song) is especially good.

It’s on for a very limited time – you have until Friday (21st). Also, be warned, there is merchandise on sale. Fan-people who lack retail self-control may suffer a relapse.

Tickets available via the Opera House. It has a fairly obvious url that I can’t be bothered linking to here.

Skyfall

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Quick rate: it was alright.  Nice leave-your-brain-at-home action.

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NaGaDeMon: Final Day

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Behold, it is finished. Well, finished in a “release candidate” sense, for those of you in the biz who understand the terminology. Continual refinements, new cards, that stuff will continue to happen. But there’s enough here for you to play with. Now is probably a good time for a victory Milo. Oh wait, Australia has South Africa 6 down for 70-odd. Glorious!
UPDATE: I can now put this on the post

NaGaDeMon: Day 29

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

At this point, I believe I have officially won.

I have now made two copies using 200gsm card paper, the second using a guillotine acquired at OfficeWorks.

If you wish to acquire a personally hand cut copy, email me. Otherwise, I will work on putting up the print-and-play material online tomorrow, and you can wait until then if you’re that way inclined.

NaGaDeMon: Days 23-28

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Most of the progress has been working out how I can produce my game in an amateur but efficient manner.

It turns out that my printer can do 200gsm paper. This is pretty much the key part. By printing the stuff directly onto the paper, it makes it a lot easier since the next step is cutting it up. This can be efficiently done with the help of a guillotine. 200gsm paper can be bought at OfficeWorks, though what colours are available at any given time may be hit and miss. Specialty shops online have either smaller or incredibly large packs, making them less suitable bang-for-buck or way-too-much. I say this for those of you who may in the future be planning to print-and-play your own set. Of course, to do that, I’d have to put up the PDF’s, which I’ll do sometime soon, probably in the non-blog part of this site (yes, it still exists).

NaGaDeMon: Day 22

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

I’ve been adding more cards to the mix, and also thinking about how I could produce this game efficiently. My game pretty much only requires the kinds of stuff normally associated with Cheapass Games games. Apparently, some printers are capable of compentently printing card stock. Given that I already have a means of turning my card content into printable sheets, I just need to find out how well either of my printers go at printing. Scissors, though, would probably tire me out after a while, so I’d also probably need a paper guillotine. I then require some sort of minimal packaging (probably suitably sized resealable sandwich bags), and you lot can provide your own means of counting score.

NaGaDeMon: Days 20-21

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Fairly good test yesterday. It was very funny. Refinements on the way, and news/current affairs as well as pop culture continue to be the sources of good content. I think when someone says “I’d paid for that”, you know you’re onto a winner.

NaGaDeMon: Days 16-19

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I’ve realised that I can use the base mechanic I’ve created here to make a variant form. I call it Theological Hobbyhorse. It’s the same game, only the questions are things Christians might ask, and you replace policies with theological positions.

I’ve also figured out a ‘weekend away group game’ variant. That one has a fixed panel and moderator, uses the crowd as the judge, and also includes bingo cards.

NaGaDeMon: Day 15

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I have just finished cutting and pasting my first playtest set of cards. Invitations to people’s places to play this are quite welcome.

on the confessional

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

As many of you are aware, I was once a catholic of the Roman variety.

There’s currently a debate that has arisen once again concerning stuff that people say in the confines of the rite of reconciliation.  It always comes up when discussions about the Catholics allegedly covering up confessions of serious crime turn up in society and the media, such as this royal commission into child sexual abuse.  The greater and probably largely ignorant public say they should.  Unfortunately, the discussion is simplistic and doesn’t really go into the whole point of why the confessional is supposed to be confidential.

So, let me step back a bit while I attempt to nuance this discussion.

Everyone has secrets.  Let’s face it, we do.  We’re all hiding stuff from each other.  The greater majority of these are vague, mundane, or otherwise irrelevant, like that you had a secret crush on so and so.  It might be embarrasing if it came out, but hey, you’d get over it.  However, if people with power or influnce knew other deeper secrets, then knowledge can be used against, to villify you, to pre-judge you, to smear you even though your faults came at a time when you were young, unwise, or whatever, but now you have repented.  The unfortunate reality is that this world is unkind to anyone with the faintest with of smear.  Just think of anyone who’s done time.  If your repentance is real, you deserve the grace and fellowship that God offers to those who repent from those who call themselves his people.  And yet none of us would willingly allow a paedophile who’s done his time to live next door.

And thats why the confessional is sealed.  To prevent abuse of power over the heavy-laden but repentant.

Thing is, the church is a community of sinners.  The reason catholics do their confession in boxes is because only priests can dispense divine forgiveness.  So while I respect the adherence to privacy within a pastoral relationship – the congregation doesn’t need to know all your secret inner conflicts – we protestants confess to each other, in the congregation.

Now, back to the Catholics.  I don’t know what their protocol is regarding this stuff.  My experience, however, means I know that when you confess, the priest dispenses a ‘prescription’, generally x our Fathers and y ave marias or whatever.  If someone is seriously penitent, then the priest should, in my opinion, ask that someone cannot ‘complete the transaction’ until they have handed themselves over to the police.  This ain’t the middle ages where the church was essentially a parallel legal administration.

So, I guess I have something to say to everyone.  To the broader public – would you like your confidante to spill your secrets in public?  To Catholics – take repentance seriously.