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  1. celestialweasel
    celestialweasel September 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    Why Southampton, enquiring weasels wonder?

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 8:48 am |

      Because that was where Sloth were based. I was working pretty closely with them, so made sense to be in same location. Also: any excuse to get out of Chelmsford.

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  2. jiggery_pokery
    jiggery_pokery September 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm |

    *salutes*

    Wow! 🙂

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 8:56 am |

      Thanks! Trying to think now when I first was in touch with you – I guess that must have been somewhere around 18 years ago? (Also Before Internet, for me at least, so no electronic records…)

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      1. jiggery_pokery
        jiggery_pokery September 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm |

        Whichever is the earlier of (a) the time at which you guest edited an episode of Flagship because Nick was off politicking and I took over from the previous sports editor who had just hung up his pen or (b) when we met for RPGSoc FLRPs at some point between 1994 and 1997.

        A sidenote which amuses me is that the Flagship sports editor after me was Mark Labbett, who has since become more famous as one of the Chasers on ITV teatime quiz The Chase.

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        1. undying-admin
          undying-admin September 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm |

          In my memory (which is notably poor at the best of times) you wrote to me at Flagship before you came up to Oxford, when I was still reviews editor – talking about various wrestling games you were involved with. So I already knew who you were by the time you appeared and started FLRPing etc. And perhaps we’d even physicaly met up at a con or something. But this might just be my brain subconsciously attempting to impose narrative on a chaotic stream of events…

          Unfortunately my email archive only goes back to October 1995, by which time the correspondence suggests we already knew each other pretty well. And my physical mail archive is somewhere deep in the loft! Well, it’s at least 15 years, anyway.

          (My guest editorship was over the June 1997 general election, so you must have pretty much finished Oxford by the time the issue came out.)

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  3. watervole
    watervole September 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

    I have a vague memory of the Enchiridion, though it is pretty vague now.

    PBM was a good time in my life, even though it was when the RSI first kicked in. I had enormous fun running Delenda and am still in touch with a few of the players. (You’ll have to come down for one of our games weekends some time.)

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

      Mm, the PBM era may have been brief, but it was responsible for some amazing creativity and great community-building. I’m still in touch with some of my players too, they’re a good bunch! I’d love to come down to one of your get-togethers, but sadly my Dad’s health situation means weekends away have been pretty unusual lately. Hopefully that will improve soon.

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  4. bibliogirl
    bibliogirl September 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    Congratulations 😉

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 8:53 am |

      Thanks! You guys have been highly instrumental in keeping me going, so the blame is partly yours 😉

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  5. secondhand_rick
    secondhand_rick September 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm |

    Many happy returns, and long may it last.

    And wow. I’ve not thought of Flagship in so many years.

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 8:52 am |

      Thanks!

      It is still going, although the physical mag comes out very irregularly these days. Pity, as many of the articles are still of pretty high quality.

      They’ve PDFed up some of the back issues, but not many yet.

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      1. thecesspit
        thecesspit September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

        I used to regularly read Flagship and wish I could play all of the games. Or at least some of them. I never got too play much though, and failed to keep up with the very fine Lands of Nevron (I wonder what ever happened).

        I always thought Mo was some sort of elder god of gaming, reading all his reviews… 🙂

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        1. undying-admin
          undying-admin September 14, 2010 at 9:15 am |

          That’s what people were supposed to think 🙂 but really I was just opinionated and mouthy, and lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

          More like a flying polyp of gaming 🙂

          Nevron gradually faded away, I think. There are still a couple of old web resources around:
          http://www.network54.com/Forum/69554/
          http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/NevronInfo/

          although this rather suggestive page:
          http://landsofnevron.com/
          may hint at further life…

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          1. thecesspit
            thecesspit September 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm |

            Does anyone still run PBM RPG’s like that anymore (or even PBeM’s?). I could never get into KJC’s antiquated entry system for their ‘RPG’ (hack n’ slash), but some of the wargames were worth playing (Keys Of Medokh got me in, and would have been good if it wasn’t actually vapour ware)


          2. undying-admin
            undying-admin September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am |

            Medokh was a very interesting case. The way it hooked so many people (me included) to keep playing it, despite knowing perfectly well that it wasn’t written, exemplifies the best and the worst things about the PBM industry.

            There are still a few PB(E)M RPGs around, but I think they’re all on a hobby kind of scale – more of a social-group activity than a genuinely commercial operation.

            I very much enjoyed running my own ones, but I don’t think I could go back to it; the hours/money equation just wouldn’t stand up.


  6. bateleur
    bateleur September 12, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    <applause>

    25 years is pretty epic! I never realised you started before university… impressive!

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

      It was all quite opportunistic, as I happened to make the right contacts at the right sort of time. Tbh if I hadn’t been in touch with people who were already making a living that way, it would never have really occurred to me to try and do so myself.

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      1. bateleur
        bateleur September 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm |

        The older I get, the more it fascinates me the way these sorts of things shape people’s lives.

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        1. undying-admin
          undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm |

          Mm, people probably don’t give these sorts of arbitrary contingencies enough credit in the shape their lives take up.

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  7. thefon
    thefon September 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    Congrats! Amazing achievement.

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

      Thanks!

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  8. adamsmithjr
    adamsmithjr September 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm |

    Congratulations, sir – you are an inspiration!

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin September 14, 2010 at 9:16 am |

      Thank you! That’s definitely better than expiration 🙂

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