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The Telegaph recently vomited out a couple of really stupid, ignorant articles about how boardgames are supposedly dying (which I won't link to here), so he's a waaaay better article about how to get people into the actually-hugely-thriving boardgaming hobby...
http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2015/06/the-10-essential-gateway-boardgames-for-converting-non-gamers.html
Although the term has become extremely common in the boardgaming world, a gateway boardgame may need a bit of a definition for this list to make much sense.
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Yes, we are living in a golden age of board games.
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Dammit. All the great ones seem to be dying off this year... :(
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33279566
(though for me he's more familiar as the Imperious Leader/Count Iblis from the original BSG).
Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.
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He did make a good bad guy - he could sound pretty sinister!
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Three months ago, I posted an article explaining what to expect during the flyby. This is a revised version of the same post, with some errors corrected, the expected sizes of Nix and Hydra updated, and times of press briefings added.
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Brew Crafters (again)

Fourth go at Brew Crafters, with four players, random skilled workers, and random advanced beers (we haven't tried with the extra Complex Actions yet). This time the beers were a bit more interesting and more Coffee/Fruit based. I cornered the Stout market with my Oak Barrelhouse/Barrelhouse Manager combo, but I didn't really diversify that much and ended up in third place with 53 points.

The final scores were 92/70/53/36, but the guy who came last had never actually played a euro game before so I think he did pretty well all things considered! The second and first place people both had an extra storehouse and brew tanks, so I'm thinking that maybe that's the way to go next time - just go for volume.
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This would be great if it actually made the beers during the game.
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A view right out of a scifi story :)
http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/cassini/pia18322/triple-crescents
A single crescent moon is a familiar sight in Earth's sky, but with Saturn's many moons, you can see three or even more.
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It's even better in colour! (it's rotated 90° here too) https://flic.kr/p/rSzfy8
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Loads more info about No Man's Sky here. Looks VERY promising! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZRAvh8TeVQ
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/33280133/apple-removes-games-featuring-the-confederate-flag-from-app-store

Apparently boardgames and computer games about the American Civil War are being removed from stores because of this confederate flag furore. That is absolutely fucking ridiculous, yet a typically american reaction - do a blanket kneejerk denial first to make yourselves think you're doing something about it, then (if we're lucky) think about the actual issues involved. As if taking a symbol down changes anything at all.

I hate revisionism, and this stinks of it. History happened - it's not something you can or should deny or forget or pretend never existed or try to hide, no matter how shameful you think it is. Sure, the flag itself has a lot of issues around it, and still proudly waving around a symbol of the side that lost a war about 150 years ago seems kinda daft to me. 

But certainly in this case the flag itself isn't a problem (particularly not when it's actually being used as the symbol of the confederates in historical simulations or re-enactments or other appropriate historical context) - the racism associated with it today is the problem, and it seems that America has done anything and everything BUT deal with that in this backlash. 

I can only hope that someone beats some sense into Apple and they change their minds about this.
Apple has become the latest retailer to remove products featuring the Confederate flag, after pulling a number of games from the App Store.
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Good for game-labs for sticking to their guns and remaining historically accurate though: http://www.ultimategeneral.com/blog/our-game-has-been-removed-from-appstore
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Go home, Nature. You're drunk.
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Only about three weeks remain until the flyby -- it's getting really close! I almost don't want the anticipation to end. New Horizons is now getting color images and is seeing features on Charon. Deep searches have yielded no new moons.
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Just don't try to fly them through a forest...
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'Star Wars'-style hover bikes could be coming to the US military after engineers in the UK and US struck a deal with the US Department of Defense.
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They'd be more useful if you could transmat them into being on demand, like the Sparrows in Destiny.
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RIP James Horner :( . He wrote some pretty big soundtracks (including Titanic, Braveheart, Aliens, Krull, and Star Trek II and III!), but I'll always remember him for his first soundtrack - the epic one he made for Battle Beyond The Stars, which is one of my favourite films!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQL0h2TNJG0
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Battle Beyond The Stars had some cool tropes in it. Would spice up a Traveller campaign.
The hive mentality (We are Nestor)
The cynical assasin
The Valkyrie
The futuristic space trucker
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A flying squirrel getting confused by a fan :)
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It appears that the fan is set in reverse; watching this I get a little worried about the little guy's tail getting sucked in.
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  • Lancaster University
    Planetary Science PhD, 1996 - 2002
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics MSc, 1995 - 1996
  • University College London
    Exploration Geophysics BSc, 1992 - 1995
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!) and science blogger, roleplayer, music and science geek. :)

Favourite quote: "Yep, hand to hand combat is the old school way to kill your enemies. Killing a man with your bare hands says, "We're all equals as men, except I'm slightly more equal because I'm still alive and you're dead." Of course, dropping a nuke on them from fifty thousand feet is totally acceptable. I mean, let's face it, there just not enough time in this world to show everybody the courtesy of a good strangling." - Sarge, Red vs. Blue.
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Held a billion-year old piece of the planet Mars. Met astronaut John Young (he's a really nice guy!) at LPSC.
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