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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:26 pm 
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There is a strategy game called Diplomacy, or as I like to call it, evil Risk. The idea is to control territory, but rather than dice rolls deciding battles it is sheer force of numbers, so one unit would move into a territory and others support. Moves are written down and then passed on to another player to execute so you get a sense of simultaneous moves. The diplomacy part comes from when you need to ask another player help you take territory, so you go off and have private discussions. This allows for real backstabbing and skulduggery.

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 12:25 pm 
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I loved Monopoly as a kid, but mostly because I could do maths better than my little brother :lol: As an adult, I really enjoyed Settlers of Catan the few times I played it, but I no longer live close enough to anyone who plays.

What's your ideal picnic food?

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 1:14 pm 
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Quorn cold snack food like fake cocktail sausages and fake scotch eggs. Damn, am hungry now!

Where was the last place you had a picnic?

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 2:06 pm 
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In our garden with my parents and niece, last summer.

What's the worst/most inappropriate food you've ever had at a picnic?


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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 7:53 am 
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Once me and my ex missus decided that we wanted some ice cream with our picnic as it was a glorious sunny day. We drove to the beach,nearly sixty miles away then found a super market to procure some ice cream. We weren't stupid enough to bring it with us, because we knew it would melt and be horrible. At the super market we couldn't agree on which flavour to get, but we noticed they had an offer on. It was a buy two get one free, so we brought three litres of assorted flavours for us to share. We got to the field, then realised our mistake. There was no way the two of us could eat all that ice cream. We ate what we could, and as the remainder was starting to melt, we had a food fight, then a skinny dip to clean off. Oh to be young and more confident again.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:43 am 
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Sandwiches that we bought from a petrol station (back before they all had mini supermarkets in). They were awful.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:16 am 
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An author, still consistently there. For as long as I remember I wanted to tell stories.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:20 pm 
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Same actually. A writer of some kind. It varied between author, poet and journalist, but I always wanted to write.

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:07 am 
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I wanted to be a pilot, I had this book about the space shuttle. There was an illustration of some small companion craft, Prince Charles was mentioned as a pilot for some reason. They looked a little like the Angels craft from Captain Scarlett. That was me sold. On the idea. By the time I left school I think I must have just given up.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 1:41 pm 
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A mechanic or scientist or astronaut. All had appeal. In fairness while I don't do any science I would still like to learn how to do sme basic vehicle mechanics, and/or fly in space.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:46 am 
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When I was very little I wanted to be a ballerina. Once I could read properly I wanted to write stories (I don't think I'd quite worked out that it was called being a writer!). Lack of aptitude put paid to both...

If you could become proficient in a single skill overnight, what would you pick? Not a superpower or anything, just really good at something.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:12 am 
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Languages, So many more people I would be able to talk to and things I could real if I could be more skilled in them.

On a similar note, if you could speak one new language what would it be and why?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:11 pm 
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Tricky one. On one hand I reckon swearing in Russian is great fun and I have always fancied learning German. Prbably I would actually get something useful, probably Mandarin as it is really hard and I could understand a whole new form of writing while I am at it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:40 pm 
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I think I'd go for Mandarin too - don't think I'd ever have the time/ability to actually learn it, but having a new way of writing just dropped into my head would be great. Think of all that stuff that you could read that's never been translated!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:46 am 
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I'd love to have a great singing voice. I love to sing when I have had a few, but I know I sound pretty bad. I love listening to people sing, and I'd love to be able to entertain.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:48 am 
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I am currently trying to learn German, so that.

To try to revive this, what has been your favourite trailer for a film (regardless of the actual film's quality)?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:49 am 
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I am sure that there are better, but on my last visit to the cinema I saw the trailer for the Secret Life of Pets. I couldn't contain myself, and laughed so I hard I thought I was going to wet myself.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:54 pm 
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It's not really a trailer, but I think the pictures of Idris Elba as Roland that are doing the rounds at the moment have got me way more interested in seeing the Dark Tower than I was.

Possibly this is just the effect of seeing Idris Elba. Who knows.

What's your favourite movie you saw as a kid? Does it still hold up?

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Didn't really have a favourite as such, but I remember really loving Condorman when it came out. Not seen it in years but I don't think it's stood the test of time.


What films do you think have stood the test of time?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:40 pm 
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12 Angry Men, the Liner version from 58.

Even after numerous researches, the various points still hold.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:42 am 
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Pete's Dragon. The idea of having a dragon as a friend, who raost apples for you, was like living the dream as a child. It still holds up if you ask me.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's beautifully shot and paced.

(maybe a minor quibble about the gender balance/roles, but that applies to nearly every film I've ever seen, so I'm ignoring it.)

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I am a big fan of a lot of old films, I think a lot of stuff pre-CGI stood the test of time because they had to rely on writing to tell the story and impress the audience, not landscapes. One example I saw again recently was Harvey, just Jimmy Stewart essentially talking to himself but it's both funny and touching.

Which TV Shows\Movies\Games spin-off media do you most enjoy consuming?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:45 pm 
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I don't think I do enjoy spin-off media, in general. When I've tried tie-in books they rarely seem to match up with how I see the characters. Though having said that I realise I do enjoy fanfic quite a bit!

Camping: a joyous, back-to-nature holiday, or an unmitigated, hell-born disaster?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:23 pm 
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Acknowledging I have not done it in years, I would say the former. It is more basic, but it feels like a breath of fresh air.

Which Star Trek film have you seen the least. Not, as such your least favourite, just the one you have seen the least.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:20 pm 
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Probably Nemesis. I think I've watched it three times? Maybe? I know I've seen all the others more times than that, and it's the only one I've never owned.

If you're including NotTrek, then definitely Into Darkness, because I walked out of the cinema part way through and have never watched any of it again. Although since I've no plans to see the new one, I guess technically that.


Have you ever walked out of a film at the cinema? If so, which? If not, would you?


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I have only walked out of one film - High Fidelity. About 30 mins in I couldn't be bothered anymore, and had given up the will to live.

And yes, I did mean the original 10 Trek films. And funally enough, Nemesis is mine as well. And of the new timeline, have the exact same feelings of Into Darkness and fully expect Beyond will soon overtake it when it comes out of cinemas into other media.

.So, same question again - Have you walked out of a movie, or would you.


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I walked out of a film called wring turn or dead end or something. because it just getting dull. The plot was a family driving through the night are gradually bumped off by a ghostly woman. I assume there was a twist at the end, the woman was a car crash victim and it was all the car's dream as it was scrapped or something. I checked out round about when one character decided to leave the car to have a cheeky bit of *ahem* self relief in the woods and was predictably bumped off.

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No, if I've paid for a film I'm bloody well getting my money's worth whether I like it or not!

Are there any films you really like because you could see what the filmmakers were trying to do, even though they didn't really manage it?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:07 am 
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The one that springs to mind is Masters of the Universe. I love it. It's not a good film, but they are really trying. This fan trailer set to the Force Awakens music shows how there is a germ of a good movie trying to get out, if only they'd had better make up, competent fight direction, better editing and a studio that wasn't imploding.



Let's flip it around: are there any films you admire, but don't actually like?


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2001: A space odyssey.

I get that it's trying to show the beauty of space, and a bunch of other philosophical things - and the visuals can be great - but it is dull af.

(full disclosure: I don't think I've ever seen a Kubrick film I liked)

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