So then. In 2002, I got an email from an obvious loon I'd never met. If he organised a [ profile] warlord_ccg event in a climbing hall[4] in his home town, would I be interested in attending and bringing friends? Where's his hometown? Muenster, Westphalia (that would be as in 'Treaty of', possibly one of the most significant documents in, oh, world history?). I didn't even have a passport. Massive fuss getting a passport, but eventually [ profile] paulatpingu, [ profile] nadriel, [ profile] malkavelli, Vince[ profile] the_prince[8] and I managed to get there. My first trip abroad as a functioning adult[6].

Best weekend away[1] ever. Seriously great fun[7]. I've sinced travelled to similar events all over Europe (waking up in a Paris bed next to Malk was weird, watching the premiere of the BSG mini-series in an Anaheim hotel room with Vince was slightly weirder). But the original event remains the best.

Last year was the fifth and, we thought, the last. This morning I got an email. From the same loon.

[ profile] shakalooloo[3]warlord_ccg: KoHIT 6
Temple of Lore » View topic - KoHIT 6: A Gathering of Friends. Nov. 9-11 in Münster, GER[2]

Didn't know how to react—for a start, I need to be saving up the pennies, second, it'd mean a weekend travelling that wasn't to go visit Jennie, and, well, I'm not 100% sure I can afford it anyway. Except when we chatted earlier, [ profile] snapesbabe said she'd like to come.

So, um, [ profile] granjero? That'd be two decks I'd like to borrow this time Mr Player Design Team member...

Footnotes o'doom )
OK, more answers to the interests meme. [ profile] two_brains asked me:
Old Harry's game
the checkbox tyranny resistance
thursday next
And then [ profile] the_vin proposed:
Devon, Germany, Single transferable vote
So here we go:
Old Harry's Game - (and how I met Jennie) )
The Checkbox Tyranny Resistance - and more on how Six Apart sucks )
Thursday Next - books by Jasper Fforde )
Devon - I was born there )
Germany - I wouldn't mind living there )
Single Transferable Vote - the Best Electoral System in the World )

Well, Doctor Who is now at 70% complete on the download, in the meantime, anyone else want to ask me about my interests, or want me to ask about theirs?
I mentioned the Flying Rhinos of Dortmund in the last post, but a quick google gives me results. Apparently, it's the symbol of the Dortmund concert hall. And, um, guys? It appears that there are hundreds of the buggers. Is that cool, or very very scary? Crazy people of Dortmund.

Next: [ profile] waka_laka is doing sponsored stuff for Children in Need. Specifically, for every different person that comments on this post, her friend Joe will donate ten English pence. At this precide moment, she's got 375 different people. Now, you know what to do, right. do it. Addenda: I'm going to [ profile] synth_culture Friday, so no Puggsy for me. Oh, woes!!1! Yeah, right, the only thing Children in Need has ever done of any good as a TV presentation involved Dr Who, and that was of dubious quality. Good cause, bad TV. No, I'm not doing anything this year. I took my clothes off on stage for a bad Rocky Horror rip-off when I was about 17, that was scary enough thank you very much.

Also, how on earth did I mess a few?
You are 81% English.

You are either native and stupid, or you are foreign and knowledgeable.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

How English are you?
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Right, am back in the country, sat at [ profile] nadriel's PC as he's at work. More than a little exhausted, so today may become a lazy day, haven't decided yet. Anyway...

K, thanks for the comments on my previous few posts, [ profile] sms_to_lj is a nice way to let off steam when frustrated, and I read the comments using Opera Mini on my phone, the reply interface is a bit crappy though so didn't until now. Easyjet let me rebook the ticket to a later flight, for only £35. Given that the total cost, including taxes, of the return ticket, had been about £33, I'm not sure that was a good deal, but it was cheaper than buying a new ticket, and it wasn't their fault, so not too bad. So, I'm on the plane, on the way, the rest is easy, right? Oh no...

Travelling in Germany, a comedy of errors )

KoHIT day one: a tournament with free beer! )

[ profile] mapp! Doesn't that image look familiar to you? Why did no-one tell me the EVE MMORPG was using the Whately symbol for one of their factions? New shiny CCGs, Eve and World of Warcraft )

KoHIT day two: Doubles and death )

Read more... )

Getting home & the Flying Rhinos of Dortmund? )

Got here (Mike's) last night at about 9ish, and essentially collapsed. Did decide that if I travel via Luton again, I drive to his, park up, and take the train, there's a direct train from Wimbledon FFS.

Now, to plot the rest of the week..
Right then.  First off, on Friday morning I'm travelling to Luton to fly to Muenster for the weekend.  KoHIT beckons.  Monday, I fly back, and go to [ profile] nadriel's place for the rest of the week (again).  So that's a week in South London, but with a guy that's working full time.  Ergo, I want a) stuff to do in the daytime and b) stuff to do when he's busy gaming and stuff.  So...

London Calling

Anyone about in London next week? )

Icons, LJ and games designers

Livejournal: the small world ) 


It's a free download at his site, Postmortem Studios. In fact, it's got a lot of background stuff as well, so non-gamers like [ profile] faeriecween and [ profile] jantshira may be interested regardless as, y'know, it's Neverwhere

New Friends

Must. Stop. Adding. People... )

Dreddcon: 6.5% proof!

Anyone fancy some Oxford silliness? )

So, I've got a week and a bit off work, I'm off to see [ profile] nearly_everyone in Germany, then spending a week bumming around London and LJ has provided me much amusement thus far last few days. Also, [ profile] strictlytrue also went to Ottery, and has pictures. LJ's cool, most of the time. It's just a damn shame that it's dying.

Oh yeah, the [ profile] beau_bo_d_or_fd feed has started working again after the LJ crash, Rumsfeld has resigned and the Dems have retaken Congress.  I'm off to try and work out what the swing was...
Well, I'm back in the country and sat at [ profile] nadriel's computer, I'll be staying here for a day or so before heading on to Reading to see others (and that silly film...).

So, a report from the weekend. There are a lot of LJ2ME posts up on [ profile] warlord_ccg, and one that made it to my journal by mistake, interface wouldn't let me change the default journal, ah well. After travelling overnight, I caught the plane on time, got to Dortmund, took a bus to the station and got to Muesnter easily. I then realised I hadn;t brought any directions for the venue from the station.

Getting there )
The main event )
Side events, Americans that talk and talk and talk... )
Pizza, friends and travel )
Aside, all the US players refer to themselves by surname or nickname, there are just too many witht he same first name; "Rich", "Chris", etc. Considering the huge wealth of cultural heritage they've got, couldn't "all-American" names have a slightly bigger pool to choose from?

Getting home, broken bottles )
So, back in London, bummed around and slept. Oh, I broke the display on my mobile Sunday night, I can receive calls, and dial out if I know the number, but I can't look things up, nor send/receive texts, nor use any of the software I've got installed. So if'n you need me, a direct call is the only way to get hold of me.

In completely other news...

All to do with this traitor, the 'editor' of the Scum. Pass that link on, with the exact coding, we're google bombing again.
Germany was (as usual) great.
Journey to Stansted )
Tour of Muenster )
KoHIT, new and old friends )
Lunch, the French, Koln )
Frankfurt, the L5R EC, lots of fun )
Journey home, first International Airspace Champion )
Got home late last night, slept the morning, downloaded 200+ emails this afternoon, and am now trying to catch up with stuff. Did that silly personality test everyone else seems to have done. Very American, uses their false definitions of 'liberal' and 'conservative', but beyond that...
The silly test )
OK, so everyone found this before I even had time to look.

Cool. Weird, but cool. Still, saved me having to figure out who people were, and I'd have never found Rox except through links from elsewhere.

Meh, just got here, now I'm going to be offline for 2 weeks; Germany here I come! Should be packing. Must pack. Tomorrow, right? I can pack tomorrow night. Or Thursday morning, coach isn't until 11, I can wake up early? Oh well, it's not like I was going to sleep tonight anyway; polls start closing soon, in the meantime 6 feet under is a bit crap tonight.
This is not my first post. This is just redated so it's not at the top of my journal all the time.

I'm Mat. This is my personal journal, the fun stuff. I also write in a few other places, including Not Little England (on UK politics) and TaKtiX (about gaming).

For more about me, your best bet is to read the bio and Userinfo. This post is mostly here so I can find all the tags I use easily, it may get more useful stuff in the future. It's not a 'Friends Only' Journal, but I do filter some stuff. Oh, if you're using Internet Explorer... ) go here and get help.

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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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