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We've gotten far enough in The Dragon in the Sword to wonder if +Chris Kutalik​​'s Slumbering Ursine Dunes took some inspiration here...
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We've played Classified quite recently with a GM who is a veteran 007 GM. We will play the system again but probably with copies of the original 007 game. The graphic design and organization is just a lot better. One thing neither game does as well as NBA is espionage. Action yes, but for actual spycraft it's NBA hands down. 
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Needless to say (but I will say it) this is not me saying "Don't buy Classified." In fact the system (while quite crunchy) is quite important for modern gaming as it is the first one with fate/destiny/hero point mechanics. Also the original 007 system is pretty hard to find these days. 

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Sometimes life is as weird as Fringe.
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What is this church thing, HUE-mann?
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Our after action report on the first of two Fate Core games at Con of the North featuring +trey causey's Strange Stars setting! 
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+trey causey​ it was a real back and forth slugfest which the Kuath eventually won! 

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I finished The Silver Warriors (retitled Phoenix in Obsidian), the middle book of the John Daker/Erekose saga. This novel features Urlik Skarsol who enters a far future earth ice world under a red sun on a chariot drawn by long-legged, tireless bears. It was a surprisingly good Eternal Champion novel for not featuring one of the Big Three of the Eternal Champions. Very glad I read it. It's also a bit of a Grail novel.
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Yesterday was sunny and in the mid 20s. Today, the same temps but blizzard.
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Thanks, guys! We got very lucky with this house. 

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First English translation of a medieval Arab fantasy collection. 
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What a beautiful book!

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The Ambassador is sooooo cute.

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The Chained Coffin boxed set cites Manly Wade Wellman as an influence. The thing I can't quite figure out is whether my box should have included an actual spinner puzzle that spins. There is a full page illustration of the puzzle...
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I think the functioning spinner was a kickstarter exclusive. So if you got your box set from the kickstarter, then I believe you should have one.

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We've read seven Moorcock novels since mid-December: three Kane of Old Mars, the last three of the Hawkmoon tetrology, and The Silver Warriors (the middle John Daker/Erekose novel). Right now, we're reading number 8 and 9: The Whispering Swarm (2015) and The Dragon in the Swarm (1987, with the 2015 cover showing).

At this point, the latter has pulled ahead of the former in my attention. The early landscape is evocative of Mieville's The Scar because it has its own version of ship cities. I wonder if it may have been an inspiration? We'll see where this goes...

Another nice thing about the novel is that it has a member of the von Bek family. I actually wrote one up for my Achtung! Cthulhu Spanish Civil War game too, but ended up not offering him to the players as a possible PC. Always good having a von Bek around though, and I may run a longer version of my Spanish Civil War game in a couple of months.
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