August Pieces Of My Mind #2

  • As a 5-y-o Star Wars fan I was confused by the relationship between light sabres and Lifesavers hard candy.
  • Looking forward to spending a lot of time at the library of the Royal Academy of Letters again in the coming months.
  • Bought my first gig ticket since the pandemic started (Orange Goblin) and my first theatre tickets in years.
  • I wonder about those live D&D dungeons you could pay to enter in the UK in the 80s. They used to advertise in White Dwarf. In order to turn a profit they can’t have had a lot of staff. Were they incredibly lame?
  • Movie: Free Guy (2021). The Gnostic perspective of The Matrix and The Truman Show meets the expendable extras as protagonists of Redshirts. Grade: good!
  • Feeling energetic, enthusiastic, anticipatory about the autumn’s work and play.
  • Finally listened to some Watain. Not my style, but impressive musicianship.
  • I miss big solid mechanical power switches. My monitors have these ridiculously unreliable touch switches.
  • All over Scandinavia you can find trad jazz bands consisting of men in their 70s and 80s, playing Dixie music. Hardly surprising, you may say, old men playing old music. But they’re actually not old enough by far to belong to the original Dixieland audience. The bands started during a high school craze in the 50s, when kids either listened to early rock’n’roll or to Dixie revival. These old men have been playing old music since they were young.
  • Here’s a handy tip for all you fans of Asian cooking. When a recipe calls for edamame, you can always swap it out for Edamer instead. Save yourself a trip to the store!
  • You know when archaeologists find a human figurine and can’t tell who it represents? This can mean either that we don’t recognise the figurine’s iconographic attributes or that there are no particular attributes. And here’s the relief for us: in the second case, ancient people couldn’t identify the figurine either. They would rely on the maker or owner to tell them “This is supposed to be Ullr”.
  • My parents, my ex, myself, my wife, our kids and Cousin E have all been vaccinated.
  • Christian Frenchman proselytizing to guy on park bench just now: “Ze salary of sin is death”.
  • Movie: The War of the Worlds (1953). Martians invade a world where scientists are revered hunks, generals have little effeminate moustaches and non-white people live only in India. Grade: OK, but toweringly great for its time and genre.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

9 thoughts on “August Pieces Of My Mind #2”

  1. Long time reader – but this may be my first comment,

    I went to one of the LARP sites, once (Labyrinthe at Chiselhurst Caves) back in the ‘80s. It was quite fun, though maybe not for the guy who ran into a wall. Treasure Trap had been going for longer. I remember that there was an organised group at Uni that went quite often.

    The Wikipedia entry on Treasure Trap describes it pretty well – Labyrinthe was much the same: (I don’t remember dye-filled eggshells being used, though).

    They were done on the cheap, and were certainly more in the “hack and slash” line (with foam weapons). But they worked and people enjoyed them enough – Labyrinthe is apparently still going in some form.

    (Chiselhurst Caves aren’t natural caves).


    1. Wow! A period eye-witness! Seems though that the commercial version soon morphed into not-for-profit clubs, or what we know as LARPing today? The Wikipedia article describes monsters played by participants. “if the party was slow-moving the monster might have to wait several hours for a party to show up”. This doesn’t sound like something anyone would pay to do.


      1. Nobody paid to be a monster. I think there might have been a discount if you did it at Labyrinthe, although I can’t really remember. At worst it was a way to fill in between the adventures that you paid for. And another way to make the thing work on a shoestring budget.

        And yes, it really was the start of the LARP scene in the UK.

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    1. I’d have to (almost) parrot your statement. I was not super-active on the LARP scene, but I probably clocked between 1 and 5 LARPs in any given year. For people who were super-active, I think it was possible to clock 20-30 in a given year. And I know (knew?) several people who were LARP runners, which pretty much is how I ended up participating.

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      1. Ah – what you need is a Greek fisherman’s cap. I had one of those and wore it for many years, until it fell apart – it was a wonderful thing.

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