The Neighbours Magical Medievil Fayre, Now with Authentic Rain

 

 Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual Medieval Fayre, hosted by Neighbours. The weekend took off with a mostly welcomed return of the spring rains. Undeterred by all the falling wetness I pushed onward to the adventure. (You and I both know Scotland has two types of weather: Wet and Wetter. Ed) Despite being dreary, drizzling and mud soaked, I was immediately impressed with the turnout at the annual fayre. I surveyed my surroundings, all manner of stalls were there and people buzzed around like bees after mead. After successfully navigating the maze of mud and sludge I came across a series of blacksmiths hammering away, while on the horizon armoured knights were battling away. [youtube id=”vvhQBQpWKH8″ […]

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SOMA

 

 There is no doubting that horror games are all the rage at the moment. From smaller indie masterpieces like Five Nights at Freddy’s to big budget titles like Outlast, everyone wants their piece of the scary pie. Frictional Games are no strangers to the world of horror games, having tasted success with both their Penumbra and Amnesia franchises and their new title SOMA looks set to impress. Set in a remote underwater research facility where things are going horribly wrong, SOMA has you dealing with all kinds of horrors. The game is played from the first person perspective. The visuals are beautiful, giving players a stunning environment to become immersed in. The audio sets the scene with all manner of […]

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Geekfest: a Quest with a Goat

It was a crisp evening as Shadow and  (I) Wookiee strolled along the cosplay soaked fields of Geekfest. Merrily we made our way to the distant lands of archery to harass the the Cave Troll and his fellows at their stand. On the way to our destination we were bought to an abrupt stop upon hearing an alien rumbling in the distance. Carefully we headed in the direction of the bizarre din, and there, emerging from the trees, we encountered a majestic beast. Towering above cosplayer and man, the mighty Hazard Goat wielding his glorious axe of +12 sound. His horns glistening in the setting sun. His large muscular legs wobbling under the immense weight of his weapons of joy […]

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Lee and Tolkien

“I still think Lord of the Rings is the greatest literary achievement of my lifetime” – Sir Christopher Lee on The Fellowship of The Ring. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee last week. From Dracula to Scaramanga to Count Dooku, there is no doubt the man was a true legend of cinema, not to mention many other things. Fans of fantasy will remember him as the wizard Saruman, head of the white council, in Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit. There is more to Sir Lee’s involvement with the Tolkien universe than many may realise. [youtube id=”TQVi_DC9HvI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Lee originally auditioned for the role of Gandalf in […]

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Learnfast Training

 

  Anyone who knows me, will know I am always looking to improve my knowledge. I feel if we are no longer learning, then we no longer have purpose and are mealy wasting our existence. With this in mind one can understand why I was excited when someone put me in contact with Learnfast. Learnfast is a country wide institution that offers training in a variety of subjects relating to Computer Skills, Graphic Design, Business Skills, Accounting, and CAD. As an IT Manager who did my training back when the internet was in it’s infancy, I decided to take their HTML course to fill in some of the gaps in my IT knowledge. “It is not that I’m so smart. […]

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Metalheads Against Xenophobia

Today we speak to someone who is helping better this world through music, and the comradery of the musicians. Samantha Jack is the main co-ordinator and co-founder of Metalheads Against Xenophobia, or MAX Campaign for short. What’s the history of MAX? M.A.X in essence was formed in April 2015 by a group of local metalheads on the chat app, Whatsapp, one random evening whilst discussing a recent Festival we had all attended. Somehow the conversation steered itself to the xenophobic attacks that had been going on. My co founder, Shane, then said “I wish we could do something as metalheads to help educate and spread the word against this, maybe even raise funds to help those people that have been […]

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Ode to Nimoy

“Of all the souls I’ve encountered, his was the most human” -William Shatner / James T Kirk. Friday the 27th February 2015  will be forever remembered as a sad day in the Science Fiction world. Beloved actor Leonard Nimoy passed away due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which he had been diagnosed with a year prior. Nimoy was most well known for his portrayal of Federation Science officer Mr Spock in many incarnations of Star Trek over the years. In fact his final Television and film credits ore to this character, a cameo appearance voicing a Spock action figure on Big Bang Theory, and a brief appearance as Spock Prime in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Even though he […]

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Frightday the 13th

There is a commonly held superstition in a majority of the western world that Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck. Strangely enough, unlike many other traditions, this one seems to be a fairly resent concoction. Although both Fridays and the number 13 have had negative connotations in various cultures, there is no confirmed record of Friday the 13th before the 19th Century. Possible origins include: The Knights Templar were arrested on a Friday the 13th. Norse myth claiming if you have 13 guests that one will die. Some historians have claimed that it comes from the fact Jesus was crucified on a Friday and Judas was the 13th guest at the last supper. Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography […]

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Grey Goo Arrives

 

 This weekend saw the release of a game I had been excited for for some time. Grey Goo is a Real Time Strategy, that aims to go back to the feel of classic RTS games from the era of games like Star Craft, Command & Conquer, and Age of Empires. The game was developed by Petroglyph Games and published by Grey Box Entertainment. In keeping with the idea of going back to the classics, the game puts emphasis on macro decisions over micro management. This being said, don’t expect the game to feel clunky or dated. The game both looks beautiful and plays smoothly (even on an older system like mine.) Petroglyph are comprised of many experts of the RTS […]

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