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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:51

Yes, I know... I've been bad... Really bad... This poor little blog has been sitting here patiently waiting for my input for over a year now. And I ignored it... It got so lonely that it wandered off around the internet all on its own and I've spent months trying to track it down. But I managed to coax it back with promises of slightly more than infrequent posts.

Rather than do a huge monolithic post of what I've been up to I'll just say that a lot of stuff has changed: job, house, courses, stuff, blah, etc etc etc...

So, Last year we made a stab at doing a podcast... We turned out a couple of episodes of Si and Ady's Eclectic Technicolour Podcast of Awesome which were great fun to make but we only managed to do three before all sorts of stuff got in the way of us doing more. However we have recently merged what we were doing with Brendan from NerdVsWorld and launched a new podcast a couple of weeks ago. You can check out the episodes on the wonky spanner site: ...

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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 09:02

Welcome back to NerdVsWorld, Episode 2: A Fistful of Nerds. 

In this weeks show Bren, Si and Ady discuss X-Men casting announcements, wrestling robots, Justice League woes, as well as discussing the big topic of J.J.Abrams and Star Wars.

The musical interlude this week is provided by Jon Liddell. ( You can like his page on Facebook at Go on and share the love.

As always remember to "Like" our page at in order to stay up to date with podcast announcements, and to get involved with the show. We want to hear from you.

You can also follow us on Twitter at: @NerdVsWorld...

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Monday, January 21, 2013 - 09:00

Kicking off the new year and new format with a bumper show of nerdy chat.

Come and join Bren, Si and Ady and nerd out. Music from Oxford metal band Crysis.

Remember, you can get involved with the show on Twitter at @NerdVsWorld.

Show notes will be up on the NerdVsWorld Facebook page at

Until next time, take care and be excellent to each other NvW

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 18:18

It's been a little while since my last blog entry and even longer since my last proper rant, so I figure I ought to make this one really count...  ;)

Today, 22nd August, 2012, Sony has announced that they are going to close down the SCEE Studio in Liverpool.

For those of you who don't know what relavence that studio has, let me take you on a little trip back to the days of the old skool gamers - and no, I mean BEFORE Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario the fat, tripping, plumber.

Once upon a time, in little old Englandshire, in the murky depths of musty bedrooms, workshops and secret man-caves, there were a selection of starry-eyed British programmers whose cunning and deviousness was second only to that of the Mad Bacon God of Omicron 4, but considerably more numerous.  These wild and slightly unhinged beings vaunted their...

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 14:33

The fourth and final session was possibly one of the most mental conclusions to any short stroy I have ever run. The players FINALLY discovered the plot!

Sure there was a plot, you cheeky wee get!  I knew what it was... Heck, the players had ample opportunity to achieve a full-marks conclusion...  They just didn't.  What was most annoying was that I didn't even get to kill off a single player!  Nope, not one... mainly because the players beat me to it!

All shall be explained....  :)

The trailer town of Clump has seen better days; it used to have a motel and a population of breathing, thinking (sort of) folk.  There also used to be a lot of trailers that hadn't been turned in to projectile debris, but times have changed.

The survivors, Hilly (local mechanic), Earl (ex-soldier), Tom (boy-scout), Norman (British scientist), Martha (obnoxious mother woman), Hammy (...

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Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 12:30

And here we are; floating in to the third session with a new player introducing the character Martha, an obnoxious woman who has lived in Clump for years and tends to be rather irritating to everyone other than her own child, a son by the name of (oh, who cares, you know what's going to happen to him, right?  SHe may as well have dressed him in a red shirt)...  What is it with the players introducing children in to Zombie infested games?  Seriously?!  I mean, sure, what were they expecting!?!

And with that I am going to make this perfectly clear, this has Adult Content and will be, very likely, disturbing to some readers (it is, after all, a horror story) and involves cannibalism, violent death, graphic gore and other things that, frankly, my own mother won't read.  But now that I've said all this, you really can't complain.

Monday Night Massacre, the 3rd, kicks off with the characters sat up in the apartment above the bar / diner, shivering...

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Monday, June 25, 2012 - 15:26


Wow... here we are!  And it's nice and clean, too!
We'll see about that.  ;)

Allow me to introduce myself, to those that are unaware of my existence till now; my name is Fergus M. Stonehouse and I'm a Freelance Stranger, Discerning Madman and general geek.  Professionally speaking, I've been recently working in market research (and NOT marketting) but in either case, please don't hold it against me.  Otherwise, I'm little more than a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, but that may well be soon to change.

But enough about me, let's talk about the awesomeness that is Mr. Spindles who has recently made me a very happy bunny.  I first met this fine man with a Herculean physique back in 2002 when stumbling in to Oxford, sleeping on a floor / couch off Cowley Road and hunting for work.  I staggered wearily in to the pub which he was effectively running at the time and took me on as a barman... and then promptly left.  Little...

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Friday, June 22, 2012 - 14:36
So here I am trying to release the uncut version without all the censorship: apparently, stuff that I've posted in all the other parts of my blog doesn't equate to the nastiness of this one - I am told that this is all done by a piece of net-nanny software, despite that the ADULT CONTENT warning is currently in effect; it appears you are not trusted to make these kinds of decisions for yourselves. Well, fuck them. If this is censored again, I will be closing Shades of Grey and will be taking it to another site that doesn't treat it's authors and readers, alike, as though they were entirely retarded idiots. (Post Note: guess what: the censoring was even harsher, so here we are... :D) So here goes: the uncut bits... Finally, this is me getting caught up with the game night write-up... and, wow, did things kick off. This was one of those sessions which I curse myself for having to run because I like the idea of giving the players the option to do WHATEVER they want - which includes... Read more
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 17:20
Finally, this is me getting caught up with the game night write-up... and, wow, did things kick off. This was one of those sessions which I curse myself for having to run because I like the idea of giving the players the option to do WHATEVER they want - which includes splitting from the rest of the group: half the group have just buggered off in to the night in a police cruiser, while the other half are trying to fortify themselves in the petrol station (which I have vowed, upon pain of Player Death, to blow that up so big there's going to be hole in the ground where Clump once was. Also, this session sees the introduction of a new character: Tom, the boy scout. And then the censors kicked in... See the director's cut for what happened that fateful evening.... :D
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 15:31
'HELL HITS CLUMP' ...Or so one of the players depicted in a pic he produced after the first session, along with a reference to it being a Uwe Boll production, so I made his character's life a little harder... ...actually I didn't, but I did rule in the second session that he'd peed his pants. Do you NOW see the power of the GM? It is Ungodly and Godly at the same time, is it not? Anyhow... the First Session. Hilly is at his gas station, mindlessly chilling with beer with his pal Earl, who sits on his roof with a rifle shooting 'stuff'. This pretty much sums up the entire of their day and every day, barring a short interlude in refueling vehicles and the occasional tune up. On the evening the they succumb to the dubious pleasure that is 'the bar', which, during the day, is 'the diner'. Nothing really happens and nothing that happens appears to be real. Enter, from the north, a Greyhound coach with but a single passenger and a driver travelling from Harvard. The driver pulls... Read more