Archive for April, 2013

One of few bands more than capable of making a grown man cry for the right reasons made their triumphant return at the small but perfectly formed Lexington club/pub on the 15th after their extended sabbatical/hiatus. I count myself privileged to have seen Sarah in her last incarnation of Client B travelling across Europe and North Amerika a few years ago but of course I’d never have discovered Client without prior knowledge of Dubstar. A lucky late night drunken tv channel hop back in 1994/5 I first came across Dubstar on the White Room tv show. Uniquely (before the internet or Amazon etc) I went out the next next day during my lunch break and bought the 1st album “Disgraceful” and have never looked back. This band are that important to me that I even have a couple of their tracks picked out for my hopefully long off funeral…..enough of that, what of the gig?

To start, the place was sold out and there was a definate buzz in the crowd. Sarah looked more nervous than I’ve ever seen her, unsurprising really revisiting almost sacred material and desperate not to get it wrong. Chris and Steve looked relatively chilled or maybe just managed to hide their nerves more easily. There was nothing to worry about really as the first chords where struck to the 80’s cover “I’m in love with a German Film Star” I knew it was going to be a good one. To say it was faultless would be unfair to the band as there was a smattering of errors but considering the time elapsed since they last played a full live set together it was to be expected and quite frankly no one in the audience gave a monkeys fart. The fact that “Ghost” made Sarah cry after trying so hard not to just added to the audiences well-feeling towards the band.

Along with a couple of rather tasty new numbers and the b-side “I lost a friend”………. most of the classic favourites from the back catalogue were covered with a lot of people singing along. Frankly it amazes me that from just 3 studio albums there are so many songs that are worthy of that moniker “classic”. So a great return to form and one can only hope the band are inspired enough to give us some more dates and maybe new material for another album.

IMG_1389After watching the first part of Labyrinth on tv last night it reminded me to put up some more of my offerings for this game.  This time Variant #2 has Slingers made up from the Pilgrim blocks and supplemented by camp followers, the Saracen Ahdath city militia, and Sudanese Archers.  The final part will follow later.

I’ve also put a link to both these files in the Wargames section.

As before, the idea was to add a few extra blocks/units to give a bit of historical flavour to elements or troops not covered in the original game. Just cherry pick who you want to add. At last count this had over 200 downloads from BGG.