Bookmarks Competition Winners.

Righto, I’ve finally come to a decision on this. As I noted before, the winner was an easy choice, but second and third weren’t so easy. It’s also the case that I feel a bit miserable having to make the decision. This was why I mooted the idea of winners and runners-up being picked by poll – pure cowardice. My commiserations to those who put in a lot of work (probably, in some cases, making a dent in the profits of the companies they work for in the process) and thanks.

Here then are first, second and third:

Third prize goes to Mark Chitty basically because I like the look of these, the way the pictures were blended together in tune with the order of the books (two there for the Cormac series, one for the Spatterjay series and the one that blends The Technician with The Gabble, which works) and, to me, they just look right. The best of them I feel is the one with the Brass Man scene on it, because the blog address is clear.

Second prize goes to Rob Hartwell. It’s probably the most contentious because my name isn’t there, but it’s quirky and I like it, so there. It also works in the respect that POLITY is going to grab attention, maybe cause someone to investigate further.

First prize goes to K J Mulder. The bookmarks look great, my name is clear, my blog spot is clear – in fact ‘clarity’ is the best word to describe these – and he is the only one who thought to make each of his bookmarks book-specific, which is something that never occurred to me. After printing these were the ones that really stood out, simples.

Thanks again to everyone who took part in this!

Bookmarks Competition

Okay, I’ve just printed up all the bookmarks and am now in the process of judging the competition. I have to say that picking the winner was easy, but picking second and third is more difficult. Before I go on about that I have to say that just about every one of the entries is better than the bookmarks I produced!

Though many of them are great visually, I’ve had to apply certain criteria. Obviously these bookmarks serve a purpose beyond marking the page in a book someone is reading. I wanted them to advertize me and this blog (and of course my books), so all of these needed to be clear. Quite a few fell down in that respect: small blog address, name unclear, either not showing up too well because of a busy background. So, right now I have the winner and some on the shortlist for second and third.

I’ll be putting these up when I’ve finally made my choices. Thanks to everyone who put in an entry for this!

Of Interest to Gamers.

Recently got a couple of emails from Andy Bryenton that might be of interest to gamers here. The first is this one:

I just thought I’d add to the already bulging overflow in your inbox (damn those ‘gentlemen’s pills’ dealers!) with a request for some minor assistance. Oh, and the usual congratulations on an ever-growing series of post-cyber-awesome novels so sharp you can use them to peel diamonds..

As an unrepentant geek, I’m compiling a ‘Codex’ (a rulebook for the popular* tabletop wargame Warhammer 40k) for the Prador. My hope is to enable Warhammer players, of whom there are more than could be deemed healthy for any society, to download this resource for free and enjoy a bit of cross-franchise slaughter. There’s quite a bit of crossover between your fans and players of 40k, and the need for models is easily addressed with enough sculpting putty, resin, plastic guns and superglue.

Of course it’s my intent not to utterly mangle your creation in the process! So if there are any links you can think of to relevant images, rest assured that I’ve trawled through all your books for data about weapons, tactics, technology and limitations of the Prador in battle.

I just thought it’d be nice to tell you that relatively hard-working geeks are busy expanding your universe in a very strictly not-for-profit, just for the fans kinda way!

I won’t bore you too much with details, at least until it’s done. And at that point, you’ll probably wonder how the hell my little crew got it so wrong…

Just rest assured that very soon, somewhere, some Space Marines are gonna get eaten.

*popular, at least, with the kind of guys who will fight for the honor of Darth Vader in a pub argument, tend to grow ill-advised goatees, and wear t-shirts which say ‘You don’t have to be the Kwisatz Haderach to work here but it helps’.

I supplied a little bit of info (basically graft a spider’s visual turret on top of a fiddler crab. Maybe you guys here have your own ideas? Then I asked if I could publish his emails (well, not the next one, but I don’t suppose he’ll mind).

Go for it! I’d like to make the final codex available to everyone for free, and the more people who can participate in this bizarre little experiment the better!

Due to the way the tabletop game works (and you may have seen those strange GW stores full of tiny, spiky models), I’ve had to use a little artistic license in shuffling First, Second and Third Children into units like ‘Heavy support’, ‘Basic Troops’, and ‘Elite warriors’, which in the ‘real’ Kingdom they are unlikely to have. For sheer shock and awe it is my intent to make an ancient Adult available as a commander, even though from what you’ve written such a being would be infinitely cunning and cautious, thus unlikely to leave its sanctum. Damn thing’s gonna have armor that you could crack tanks open on!

Armament is running to variants of railguns, with various nasty particle beam weapons as heavy tank-busting clout. Once again, the constraints of putting the pure idea of Prador into the framework of a 60mm model game are kind of like straining single malt through a gym sock… there may be a slight change of ‘flavor’.

Pictures, I assure you, will be forthcoming!

And thanks for taking an interest in the old, obligatory ‘what me and my mates did on our holidays’! If and when the modeling part of the project produces a resin-cast Prador First-Child Warrior with twin-linked Decimator railguns, I’ll send you one…

What do you think about this?

Jebel Krong Bookmarks 2.

Here’s a refinement of Jebel Krong’s bookmarks (he tells me his OCD kicked in).

And to remind everyone: I want bookmarks, using the Jon Sullivan cover pictures (clear versions can be found on his site), and they must include this blog address. No more entries after January 1st when I’ll be judging this competition (if the poll I put up before is anything to go by). The top three get copies of my books that they haven’t got in their collection (after their prizes) … oh, and when I say that, I mean any of the Macmillan books. The top two get the Spatterjay series with the new covers, whilst the winner also gets the Cormac series, all signed of course. Send them to me here at ndotasheratvirgindotnet.