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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 20:49 by David

Ah, those pesky men.

A quick list of some of the finest specimens...

Agent Thompson - self important,egotistical,smug, sexist, bigoted asshole.

Howard Stark - skirt-chasing, two-faced, arms dealing liar.

Edwin Jarvis - stuffy, useless in a fight and far too loyal to his master.

Agent Souza - Dogged, intelligent, sympathetic but looked down on because of his war injury.

Chief Dooley - Stark-hating, devious, suspicious but finally showing some competence. 

Mr Mink - sadistic, smuggling, extortionist murderer.

The prodigal billionaire returns as a smuggled package. Peggy and Jarvis deal with the smugglers trying to up their handling fee, but with nowhere of Stark's left unwatched by the SSR, there's only one place he can stay....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 14:10 by Spindles

Welcome back one and all to the wonderful world of Westeros where I'm sure we're in for yet another season of the uplifting, light-hearted enterainment that we've come to associate with this fine show.

We kick off this year's sunny season opener with something slightly new. A flashback no less. We get a look back at a younger version of Cersei skipping merrily through the forest with one of her little friends. The reason for this little excursion soon becomes apparent as the plucky young Cersei tracks down the mad, scary witch lady who lives in the woods. Apparently she wants to know her future, and recieves what turns out to be a particularly accurate divination of what's in store for her in the years to come. Including a warning of one younger and prettier who will take...

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 15:41 by StefEmp

If your old and decrepit like myself (27 years of existence is old in gaming terms), you may remember the epic tales woven by the developers of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. Back in those long forgotten days the RPG was a pretty new concept and the Baldur’s Gate franchise was based on Dungeons and Dragons, which is a table top roleplaying game. These games are beloved because of their character development, story and their focus on following Dungeons and Dragons rule sets within the combat, as well as the beautiful hand painted backgrounds that players play on. The combat itself was complex and death, was a pretty common occurrence, leading to the odd habit of spamming quick save regularly before a big fight. Now, what does this...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:36 by Spindles

First up tonight are local Bristolian boys, Tax The Heat, who recieve a very warm welcome indeed from their home crowd. It's easy to see why. These nicely turned out gents boast a sound that is equal parts Rolling Stones, Presidents of the USA and Bad Company. They belt out blues heavy anthems for a full fourty-five minute set to rapturous applause in what has very quickly become a packed out venue before ceding the stage to tonight's main event.

It's obvious from the outset that Reef are very at home in this venue as they launch into the first part of their set. They obviously have a history here as Gary urges the crowd to give new guitarist, Jesse Wood, a warm Locarno welcome, harking back to one of the venue's previous incarnations.

Now, before we get onto the gig...

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 13:05 by Spindles

In a slightly altered version of history, Hitler, almost at the point of defeat in the second World War, unleashes his deadliest weapon: Hordes of undead soldiers. That's the starting point for Rebellion's new co-operative shooter. Fans of Rebellion's Sniper Elite series will find a lot of the engine very familiar and may well have even played earlier versions of the first two segments of the game, which was availalble as a downloadable expansion. 

The game has been fully remastered and has had all manner of extras crammed in to feed your zombie slaying habit. There are now 8 playable characters that you can choose to take through the campaign mode in co-operation with up to three of your friends, or you can choose to go lone wolf. Although it's worth pointing out that your...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 21:32 by Spindles

Having reached the tender age of 21, The Sci Fi Ball (formerly Starfleet Ball) has now left its hometown in Bournemouth and headed out towards pastures new. In this case, the pasture is that of The Grand Harbour hotel. The Grand Harbor is an impressive venue on the seafront of Southampton overlooking the ferry ports which, for this weekend, would serve as a haven for hundreds of Sci Fi, Fantasy and Comic fans.

Sylvester McCoy

Attendees of the SF Ball have the opportunity to spend the weekend immersing themselves in all manner of comics, games, talks, cabaret, discos, trailer screenings and much more. As well as taking part in Q&A sessions with the guests, attendees can also mingle, have photos taken, get autographs signed and even do The Time Warp on the dancefloor with the...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 21:10 by David

It's still a man's world for Agent Carter.

And the men are getting the ladies into a spot of bother.

Firstly at the Griffith Hotel where a daring lothario gets a resident expelled, and then in the office when Peggy has to think on her feet and come up with a plan protect Jarvis from cracking under interrogation by Agent Thompson and Chief Dooley.

At the Griffith, this means Dottie, a new neighbour for Peggy.

At the SSR the consequences are potentially career ruining.

We also learn Jarvis' secret and why he owes a debt to his employer.

Following up with Jarvis at Stark's vault gives a trail to a boat containing some of the missing inventions. And what a trail it is, so mind-bogglingly complex that it involves going downstream in the sewers...

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 21:00 by David

After an Explosive (and Implosive) start to the series, we now need to get down to business. The business of clearing Howard Stark's name. 

Being such a popular, millionaire philanthropist playboy, you'd think that it would be quite tricky to find anyone willing to stick the boot in. Surprisingly you would be wrong. 

It's a given that the boys at SSR are none too fond, as Stark is their target, but unfortunately after one of the silent/scarred guys destroyed a factory in the last episode, the boss of Roxxon oil, Hugh Jones, makes an appearance.

Now I'm not one to jump to conclusions but...

CEO of company...

...an Oil company...

...and played by the one and only RAY WISE !!!!

Jump to your own conclusions, I'm saying nothing....

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 20:41 by David

So in the end did it all...END?

Did all of of the attempts to avert Armageddon ultimately prove fruitless?

I'm not telling.

Someone who IS telling is Agnes Nutter. Her ancient predictions may be badly spelled, and a bit obscure, but they're bang on (a suitable phrase for Anathema and Newton). Her predictions have now directed several characters to Lower Tadfield for the final confrontation. 

There are others whose directions are a little more Infernal.

Now back down to the four original Horse-biker-men-woman of the Apocalypse, Death,War,Famine and Pollution are trying to trigger World War Three. 

This involves getting access to a US airbase to start the Nuclear countdown. Everyone else is not looking forward to becoming charcoal...

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 20:33 by David

You know it's getting bad when the Forces of Darkness have taken over Radio 4. I mean Radio 1 being Infernal is pretty much a given, but Radio 4!

Crowley can go nowhere now, his masters are now onto him, but he knows where to go. 

Tadfield.

And as for Aziraphale, he's been banished by the smiting finger of Sergeant Shadwell, so  Crowley must rush to his destination alone.

Well, not alone.

Armaggedon requires certain things. Four things. Horsemen. Well not horses, and not all men.

Things have changed a bit and horses are now horsepower, War is a woman, and although there are definitely four, their fame preceeds them and they acquire some hangers on.

They are all headed for Tadfield, which is now cut off by road due to rains of...

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