Author Archives: Cameron

Dark Heresy recap: Session two

So our first plan was to try and play a session on Fantasy Flight Games’s Dark Heresy every week. Unfortunately we picked quite possibly the worst time of the year (December and January – lots of movement and lots of time spent with families) to start and subsequently I picked the worst time to attempt to write up recaps of said sessions.

Some of the events have been altered to better fit a narrative structure.

I got some great feedback from people who read the first session I recapped and I’m hopefully taking all that on board.

And thus continues the adventures of Jacques, a former penal legionnaire in the Imperial Guard of the Imperium of Mankind in the Warhammer 40,000 setting. For those who cannot be bothered to read my 5000 word previous entry (relax, this one is less than 3000 words), Jacq has been sequestered from his penal legion by a woman named Adgencourt onto a ship full of other guardsmen. He was sent by Adgencourt to a monastery on the planet Tokugawa to covertly retrieve a ledger of some importance. Shortly after arriving, the monks began dying and reanimating, but they’re the least of his worries – there is at least one daemon afoot.

Luckily Jacq has a steadfast ally in a fellow guardsman and pilgrim Severus, who happened to be staying at the monastery on his way to a campaign.

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How Pacific Rim could have been so much better

Seriously.

On July 12, I was very disappointed.

Being an in-depth look at Pacific Rim, there will be numerous spoilers in this post. I’ll also make mention of Pacific Rim-specific terms like Kaiju, Jaegers, neural drifting, the Breach etc. What I’m trying to say is that this post will make a whole lot more sense if you’ve seen the film.
Cameron.

Pacific Rim is probably my biggest disappointment of the year. It was so disappointing that I wrote not one, but two separate reviews for it on my other blog.

I initially thought the disappointment was probably my fault. I saw a trailer about big robots fighting monsters while using a cargo ship as a makeshift sword and something inside me just flicked to “on.”

Although, to be completely honest, I actually had to work myself up to a state of excitement when the advertising campaign began. The first time I saw a trailer I said “I’m not see this movie – it looks like a dumb, dumb thing.” I call it my Terrible Movie Alarm and it’s usually pretty reliable. I should have trusted it.

But I didn’t. I kept seeing more and more trailers and promotional material and I let myself be sucked into the hype.

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I like everything about Doctor Who – I’ve just never watched it

No, seriously.

It’s a guy in tweed pants holding a robot head. What’s not to like?

I like Doctor Who. For those who know me, it probably comes as little surprise. I know all about Davros, both types of Cybermen, Bad Wolf, the Time War, celery that turns purple, jelly babies, and Gallifrey,

But  here’s the thing…I can probably count on my fingers the number of Doctor Who episodes I’ve actually watched all the way through. I might even be able to count the number of episodes I’ve watched even partly if I count with my toes.

I don’t know why I haven’t seen a significant number of episodes, I just haven’t. It’s on the telly often enough, but I just don’t find myself compelled to stop when I’m channel surfing.

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A recap of my first Dark Heresy Game

Just a quick summary of what this post is going to be about, before I get started on what will undoubtedly be a terrible piece of fiction.

Dark Heresy is a pen-and-paper role playing game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Last week we played our first game and finished up what you’d call “Scene One” last night.

If you’re not familiar with the Warhammer 40,000 setting, I’ll try and write it in a manner that makes enough sense to you. If you are familiar with 40K, I’ll probably have to apologise for butchering it.

This has been something my friend and I have been working on for quite some time but have never really got around to doing. We used to play pen-and-paper games – D&D, Warhammer 40,000, Inquisitor, D20 etc –  back in high-school, but never really found the right group. Now that we’re older, however, we reckon we can find a couple of people who will dedicate the time to see this adventure through to the end.

My friend and I are both storytellers and performers and want to create some kind of sprawling narrative that we both have input in. It might sound a bit wanky to some, but to me it’s actually feels like I’m building a world and a character.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy mission one of our Dark Heresy campaign:

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