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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 23, 2015, 07:32:57 AM
Thanks. You're right, for some decades there are lots of ideas. If this project works - and I hope it does - then I might repeat it for 2016. Of course, as I've said, if you have a cool plot hook feel free to email it to me and I'll get it on the site for you Smiley
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 23, 2015, 04:06:41 AM
Thanks. Most of the months have been, at the very least, pencilled out (so to speak) but those are some very cool pictures.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 14, 2015, 04:53:11 AM
Thanks. My aim is to widen the scope from the obvious espionage decades (as well as actually get back into writing). That said, the 1960s and the 1980s will have a couple of hooks rather than just one Wink
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 14, 2015, 03:08:44 AM
Thanks. The first plot hook is online now:
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 11, 2015, 09:39:25 AM
Another piece of thread resurrection, but I thought it easier to keep it all in one thread. Apologises if that's wrong. Anyway, after finally getting the redesign done but spectacularly failing to put up any, real, new content, I'm determined to change that this year so...

One of my plans for 2015 is to put together a monthly series of plot hook articles covering the 20th Century. Each month will bring with it a plot hook for one of decades of the 20th Century. Some may just be a few short sentences, others more fleshed out but it is my intention to post something each month. I am aiming to post each one of the 14th of each month - a deadline is always an aid to completion I've found.

I hope that you will join me with this and, perhaps, it will inspire you to contribute something yourself - I am always open to receiving contributions no matter how big or small.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Pat's UK Excursion 2013 on: September 18, 2013, 10:35:31 AM
The only indoor snow place I know of around Manchester is Xscape but that's outside Leeds (the distance isn't too far if you have a car though - straight down the M62). One cool place is Knaresborough where there are remains of a castle and Mother Shipton's Dropping Well (which is worth a visit). It's a bit up the M1 past Leeds.

If you head east a little way you come into my next of the woods: Lincoln (the City of the Imp Wink). We have a castle and a cathedral across the square from each other. The castle also became a Victorian Debtors Prison which you can walk around. In December there is the Christmas Market (over four days and nights (or so) which is a sight to see. Further east is Tattershall Castle which is a good visit in itself but if you're lucky you'll also see the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in the air over the castle as they operate from the nearby RAF camp (RAF Coningsby):

Nottingham is also worth a visit, although the castle that is there isn't the same one as in Robin Hood's days Wink You can visit Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem though which claims to be the oldest pub in England and, of course, to the south of the city is Warhammer World and the HQ of Games Workshop.

At least two conventions are happening: Dragonmeet in London in December (which I won't be at) and Conception near Bournemouth in January/February (which I will be at - for the weekend only). In fact, there's on in Sheffield the week after you arrive (Furnace) which has won the UK Role Players Best Convention 2011 and the UK Role Players Golden Crown Award for Best Convention over the last 10 years! It's held in an old garrison building (which is now a hotel) and you can play games in the cells!

Think that's about it for the moment (I should be working!) Drop me an email if you like and I can see about racking my brains for more information.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: July 22, 2013, 03:58:38 AM
Resurrecting an old thread but...

ENnies voting begins today and Modus Operandi is up for an ENnie in the Best Website category! Every vote counts so I'd like to ask you to vote for me.

Voting takes just a few seconds and requires no account or login, and you don't have to vote in every category:

1. Go here:
2. Scroll to Best Website and rank Modus Operandi a "1"
3. Click the big “Submit Ballot” button to cast your vote

That's all! Thank you so much for voting for me!
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Skyfall Discussion Thread [SPOILERS] on: November 08, 2012, 06:00:06 PM
Just back in from watching it (had to pass on VIP advance screening tickets in London a fortnight ago!).

Great film. Love all the nods to older films and the way they've developed the characters (and introduced new ones). Only one twist I didn't spot until about 30 seconds before it happened but they are all good Smiley

Can't wait for the DVD release so I can watch it again Wink
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: October 10, 2012, 01:31:09 AM
Not a chance. The motto was thought of before those books became (in)famous. It's also represented throughout by the colour scheme. That said, it does make the "...about..." text seem a bit more current depending on who's reading Wink
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2012 on: October 09, 2012, 07:12:09 AM
"The Uploader has not made this video available in your country"


Anyone got an alternate link?
Not sure if it's the same video but this one works in the UK:
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: October 08, 2012, 12:26:36 PM

It was a bit of a test for responsive web design as well (which I think has worked very well) so I'm really pleased Smiley
12  Legacy Games / Classic Spycraft / Re: As a first RPG on: October 05, 2012, 11:42:26 AM
Spycraft Lite might be an easier mode of entry. You can download it from

It only covers the basics but you can easily step up to the main rules once you're comfortable Smiley
13  Community / Off-Topic / Modus Operandi on: October 05, 2012, 08:19:06 AM
Just a quick missive to announce that Modus Operandi has been given an, overdue, facelift.

I'm aiming to put together some more articles in the New Year. If anyone else would like to submit material (the Spycraft 2.0 section is a bit unloved Sad) then please contact me at dpmcalister [at]

Thanks Smiley
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: October 05, 2012, 02:08:29 AM
Thanks. About to put up another stretch goal as the more dice the merrier Smiley
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: October 04, 2012, 05:23:14 AM
I hope no-one minds me promoting my own crowd-funding campaign Smiley 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of when I started UK Role Players and I'm looking to get some promotional dice made. If you help you also get to keep some of the same dice yourself Smiley Full information at the link or inside the spoiler. Thanks Smiley

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