Desert Of Zin

The occasional blog of Alistair Bain – Writer, Husband, Father and Chief Techno-Arcanologist at the Institute of Giant Robots, Spaceships and Wizards. None of these positions pay well.

Happiness is…

Peace and quiet, despite being on a 8am to 8pm shift, and Sailor On the Seas Of Fate by Michael Moorcock.


And a couple of notebooks for scribbling my ill advised attempts and fiction. And a kindle. And my bottle of water.

Happiness. Without being anywhere other than work, I reckon things could be worse.

December 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm | General, Reading, Writing | Tags: , , , | No comment

Get Me Outta Here!

In the end, one might just say that Moorcock’s work as a whole represents an extraordinarily multifarious execution of the fantasist’s main task: which is to get us out of here.

– John Clute’s introduction to The Michael Moorcock Collection as found at the beginning of Daughter of Dreams: Book One of Elric: The Moonbeam Roads

This is why I write. For me. To get me out of here. And for the few who have read (and, occasionally, enjoyed) my small body of work, such as it is.

…to get us out of here.

That’s why I read and enjoy these fantastic tales. They get us out of here. There are worse ways to spend my time, certainly.

I read quite a range of fantastic fiction. I know in SF circles there tends to be a lot of snobbery about the differences between SF and sci-fi but, to be honest, I don’t really care. Rarely would I get drawn into a conversation/argument about the benefits and woes of either part of the greater genre. I didn’t, and still don’t, care. Just fire up the engines and get me out of here.

My current reading list includes Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds and Mechwarrior Dark Age: Ghost War by Michael Stackpole. The latter, I’ve read before and what’s not to love about giant mechanised robots fighting each other. I mean, really?!?

September 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reading, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No comment

So many games, so little time

Recently I’ve had it in mind to dust off some old role-playing books and gather some like minded citizens to have a few games of whatever to help while away an evening.

Booze and snacks would help as well. 🙂

So I’ve got some vague ideas regarding what to run:

  • Call of Cthulhu – A quality horror game in the “creeping evil” vein which can be set in the 1920’s or present day.
  • Mechwarrior – Set in the Battletech universe. The system is good but the character generation is over-complicated.
  • Delta Green – A Call of Cthulhu based setting in the present day. It involves U.S. Government conspiracies and Mythos-related investigations.
  • Elric – Based on the Elric stories by Michael Moorcock. Doom laden fantasy.
  • Children of the Sun – A dieselpunk game. Apparently bridging the gap between steampunk and cyberpunk. I don’t have this yet but I’m tempted to pick a copy up. Unfortunately the company producing this are no more so getting a copy might be difficult but I’m sure Static Games have a copy.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay – Given the choice between AD&D and Warhammer, I’d pick Warhammer every time. It’s considerably darker than most fantasy games. A strong possibility.

I think I have enough potential players for two separate (and comfortably small) groups but if anyone wants a game then send your requests to the usual address. (Which I’ve just realised is no-longer on the site. Must fix that…)

May 15, 2006 at 5:56 pm | Gaming | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No comment