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THE RULES: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you've heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. [Silly Facebook tagging stuff deleted. Recycle as desired.] No particular order...

Stan Getz - Captain Marvel
Queen - Jazz
The Police - Synchronicity
Tom Lehrer - That Was the Year That Was
The Consort of St. Sepulchre - The Consort of St. Sepulchre
Rush - Moving Pictures
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight
The Sundays - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Morrissey - Viva Hate
The Cure - Disintegration
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
Apparat - Walls

Well, mine are in a roughly chronological order as best my memory supplies. Heavily weighted towards formative years it seems.

(as inspired by
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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 03:48pm on 29/06/2009 under , , ,
I can't say I've voluntarily listened to a Michael Jackson track in years, and certainly nothing really since Thriller. However there was a time - I'm guessing I was about 11 - that I taped "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" off the radio and listened to it over and over.
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[ profile] judd_sonofbert flagged a meme going round certain gaming circles. The original post at Gnome Stew had one take on it, and there's a thread on Story Games running with the idea.

I, lemming-like, present my own list here.

  1. Dungeons & Dragons, any variety, so long as you're about 12-14 years old when you play it.

  2. Runequest, specifically scrabbling in the dust in Pavis, wondering where your next cult tithe is coming from.

  3. Amber Diceless RPG, because it opens your eyes at the right time.

  4. Paranoia, for those times when the GM needs to sit back and watch the PCs really fuck each other over.

  5. Call of Cthulhu, because it turns the original RPG standard on its head. The most experienced investigators are the timid ones with the running shoes on, after all.

  6. Everway, because the Fortune Deck and the character generation are works of genius. It even plays well too.

  7. The Pool, because it just works and doesn't get in the way.

  8. Dogs in the Vineyard, so you can say yes or roll the dice.

  9. Pendragon, particularly a long game, so you can experience an almost-perfect marriage of mechanics to setting and worry about your kids surviving the winter.

  10. Over the Edge so you can meet yourself and change the future. If you avoid a horseshoe crab up the arse, that is.

  11. The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, because brandy and lies are so too roleplaying.

  12. Any game at all played by email, to learn that the long game is valuable too, and that there is always another way.

And to round out my baker's dozen: Any game at all, played beyond the gaming table, so that you can stand in a queue at the chipper talking about murdering your siblings 'before they do it you', and admiring the looks from the other folks waiting for their batter-burger and chips.

ETA: Hmm, I really should have included Ghostbusters and Prince Valiant too, but then the shoehorning urge gets too great and I'm thinking of Primetime Adventures, Fudge, Trollbabe, and lots more.
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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 09:43am on 02/03/2008 under , , ,
[ profile] sammywol gave me 1999 as the year for my 'Where Was I' year in this meme. Free association and other ramblings follow. Feel free to request a year of your very own in comments if you like.

all about my 1999 )

And, I have to admit, like the old fogey I am, at no point in the year did I actually party like it was 1999. Ah well.
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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 11:38pm on 20/08/2007 under , , ,
Just this evening I met up with an old school friend whom I haven’t seen since a holiday in Canada back in 1988 (that's nearly 20 years ago for those of you counting), and whom I haven’t seen regularly since I graduated from high school in 1986. He’s now working in Leamington Spa and holidaying in Ireland for a couple of weeks with his girlfriend. It was great to see him and chat again after all this time, and pleasantly nostalgic to share old war stories from our gaming youth. He’s living the dream and now works with a computer games company designing games for a living.

I'm feeling all warm in the glow of role-playing memories from the distant past. The couple of pints of Guinness help too, I guess.



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