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1  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.
2  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!
3  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
4  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
5  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:
6  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
7  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
8  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 and added to both Facebook and Twitter (@espionagerpg).

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 (either through Facebook/Twitter or email at dpmcalister [at]

Thanks Smiley
9  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
10  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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11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: September 20, 2012, 05:14:11 AM
Not all of it unfortunately. I found more bits yesterday (would love to see it in all its glory though Smiley)
12  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: what brought you into spycraft on: September 19, 2012, 04:07:13 AM
Thanks guys Smiley
13  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: what brought you into spycraft on: September 18, 2012, 08:37:04 AM
I don't recall how, but I was wandering around the internet (such as it was at the time!) when I spotted a page promo'ing this upcoming espionage RPG called Series Archer (I seem to recall that you could download some cool sound files as well). I mentioned it on Modus Operandi and sat back eager for it's release. Got to meet (and interview) Pat at Gen Con UK 2002 where he announced that Living Spycraft had just been given the go ahead from the RPGA. I came on board as UK Regional Director for that in March 2003 and even managed to get a few credits in official supplements: Agency (additional writing), US Militaries (consultant), World Militaries (co-author) and Battlegrounds (consultant). Unfortunately, I wasn't so much of a fan of 2.0 so Spycraft and myself went our separate ways. Very interested in seeing how Third Edition pans out though as I've started getting the mojo back for espionage RPGs...
14  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft: Call for Reviews on: November 13, 2009, 02:33:04 PM
Apologises for the delay, but I've just posted my review over at UK Role Players:
15  Legacy Games / Classic Spycraft / Re: Classic Spycraft Wallpaper on: July 15, 2009, 04:25:05 PM
No, thank you Smiley
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