Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Books just asking to be gamed

I got this book 40 years ago when I worked in a bank in Edinburgh. The Accountant ( as the 2nd in command was called in those days) liked to read quietly over lunch in our miniscule staffroom so ,as our lunches often coincided,I often brought a book to work. I used to buy cheap second hand paperbacks in a wee bookshop in Easter Road.The above was probably my best buy.I have kept it through weed outs of books and many moves.I have read it many times over the years and thought  often of gaming the final battles in it. It would lend itself really well to Dragon Rampant.What books are calling out to you to game?

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  1. The Leopard and the Cliff - Wallace Bream
    Sorry if this is the second time of posting. I think i messed up the first.

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    1. New book to me,I just looked it up and am very tempted to read it. I am a fan of Eagle in the Snow.

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    2. It seems to be based on a real event and the author served in the NWF just before independence and partition.

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  2. The Gun by Forrester

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    1. Great film and one of my late father's favourite books.

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  3. Jannisaries by Pournelle. Of course DBx covers most of it already.

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    1. Yet another one tempting me to read it.

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  4. Janissaries is good. The Gun seems like a natural and I feel like I've seen a scenario based on it somewhere once upon a time.

    For me currently it's a number of sci-fi/space opera/tongue-in-cheek books, such as the Space Captain Smith series by Toby Frost. A few assorted "heroes" against evil galactic villains (whether an evil overlord and his or her minions or a horde of aliens bent on the destruction and/or enslavement of the "good guys").

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    1. I have thumbed the Toby Frost ones in local bookshops and have been tempted.Good gaming material I agree.

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  5. Books to game from ? The Brontes juvenilia tales of Angria, Gondal and Glass Town such as I've been working through on my blogposts.

    Inspiring book but difficult to game? The Eagle of The Ninth This and other Rosemary Sutcliff books also gave me a childhood interest in Romans and Celts (I had / still have some Airfix HO OO Romans, Britons and the Milecastle Fort). Asterix too also responsible for this.

    Dr. Who The Wargames - read rather than seen at the time - still working on these different interlocking historic battle worlds as a scenario.

    I also found or find Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth fantasy land strangely compelling, very Edward Lear like. I think a bit of Lears fictional geography might creep into the Bronte Gaming. The Jumblies with their heads and hands of green and blue and their ridiculous navy of sieves ...

    The bizarre bits of Gullivers Travels with nations fighting over completely pointless things would be an interesting ImagiNations scenario.

    Great to see that you are enjoying Postmodern Jukebox too! Good TEDtalk by Scott Bradlee. Several singers like Robyn Adele Anderson now have their own channels / patreon pages on YouTube. Have been listening to them since about 2013 - Such a rich range of music genres and different singers / voices as well. Fabulous! Enjoy!

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    1. The Brontes are indeed calling to many I feel.Airfix,and Sutcliff make a heady mix indeed.I too am a fan of The Phantom Tollbooth and the jumblies would be great fun too.I am glad to find another Postmodern Jukebox fan out there.

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    2. When my son was about 12 we went to see author Garth Nix and naturally bought some of his books. The Abhorsen trilogy is based on a land of the unread separated from an almost 1930s England by The Wall. The Wall being defended from the unread by a type of interest army but with a little magic added in. One day I,'ll get round to gaming it.

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  6. Unread is quite funny but should be undead!

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  7. Interest should be interwar. Turn off predictive!

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