The Conservatives here in the United Kingdom have embraced the modern way of doing politics in the West in so much you openly lie to the people in the hope you fall for the lies and vote for them. Though the Conservatives here have reached a whole new level of this method of politics in so much they lie so blatantly especially during the recent General Election.

This has been recently highlighted by the fact that during the General Election campaign the Conservative party promised to put a price freeze on the big six power companies here in the United Kingdom. But this week British Gas have put up their Electricity prices by 12.4% with no real clear reason why just some garbled excuse from their owners.

What did the Conservative Party under Mrs May do?

They have done absolutely nothing not even a comment so once again the Conservatives have lied to the Electorate here as they had no intention to put price caps on the big six power companies and Mrs May only made the promise in a desperate attempt to get votes during the General Election.

Myself it is time the people of the United Kingdom woke up to what the Conservatives are doing after all if they lied about the price cap what else have they been lying about?

After all Brexit was based on lies so I do I need to say any more other than people should really wake up to the fact the Conservatives under Mrs May are lairs full stop and they now cannot be trusted with the future of the United Kingdom any more!

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The past weeks I have felt like a whole tonne of bricks have fallen on me which should really not be a surprise after the last weeks when my partner had to go into Hospital for an operation now they have to rest for two weeks at home. It has been a stressful last few weeks with long days as I still had to work and visit my partner in Hospital. Add this the worry what is wrong with my Partner could be more serious but in the end it was not and it should hopefully make life better for them in the end.

I think this week all the issues of last week have finally crashed in on me big time making me feel very tired, lethargic and down a little. Though not helped by issues elsewhere the sort of issues which sour an atmosphere and make things more difficult for all those, especially myself, around them.

Currently I am really not pleased with some of the peoples actions and attitudes around me as I have just had a long and difficult few weeks in which someone could have been in a far worse position than the people in question. All made worse by the fact their attitude are over trivial matters which do not involve matters of life and death but those matters that in the bigger scale of things amount to nothing.

I am starting to question certain parts of my life and people I am associating with because they really not doing me any good both physically and mentally. It is becoming clearer in my own mind something needs to change in my own life as the constant feeling out of sorts with the world around me is very tiring.

But as always I am trapped in a vicious circle as because of this feeling constant tired means I cannot make the change needed because I do not have the energy to do so. Looks like I may have to do something dramatic to break this cycle just what I have not decided yet!

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Since starting again role-playing with local group at home I have got the bug for playing and running role-playing games. But I have found there is still that age old issue with games like Dungeons & Dragons, Role Master and Chivalry & Sorcery which are centred about their rules rather than their backgrounds. This has become very apparent with lasted editions of Dungeons & Dragons which almost glorifies its rule system over background and I have always felt it is far too centred on combat rather role-playing.

Do not get me wrong such games to have a place in the hobby as they are very good introduction for new players and game masters especially those coming from computer game background. As it is easier to set up and run such games, especially Dungeons & Dragons, which makes a good starting point for role-playing hobby for the novice players and game masters.

But for experience players like myself who have moved onto more sophisticated games especially those of story teller ilk that is role-playing games in which the story comes first rather than the rules and gives both the players and storyteller for more opportunity role-play such games like Dungeons & Dragons seam very limited in comparison.

What I find by comparison playing such games like Dungeon & Dragons are not as satisfying to play as strangely they actually do not encourage role-playing and far too centred on combat even with an excellent games master. Though such games do not help themselves currently by centring a large majority of source books on rule extensions rather than giving the games masters and players wonderful background.

There is one major issue with current editions of Dungeon & Dragons unlike the earlier editions and Advanced Dungeon & Dragons the range of backgrounds provided are very small range of backgrounds which currently only includes Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft. This is unlike Advanced Dungeon & Dragons which a whole range of published backgrounds from Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, Dragon Lance to name a few which game the games master a lot of choice of the game they wanted to play and to role-ply.

Added to the range of alternative games tend to be more heavily rule based with few actually put the story and background first so new players and games masters get little real opportunity to move on from more combat orientated games to more storyteller based games. This really does not encourage new players and game masters encouragement to develop their role-playing skills and widen their experience of role-playing games.

I do have the advantage of being a very experienced role-player and storyteller but I currently miss the fun of real role-playing which the likes of classic White Wolf World of Darkness. I have learnt that creating an interactive story with the players is far more rewarding for both the players and storytellers as both have put a lot into the game.

Yes, I know it is very satisfying completing quests and winning a hard won combat in Role-Playing game but this pales into insignificance for myself when I get to the end of a storyteller game as the fruit of my and my players comes to fruition.

Basically saying rules do not maketh the character but the players themselves.

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I remember once when Role-Playing Companies produced real and self-contained rule books and source books and not as they do now splitting the rule books and source material across a number of books along with current trend to even selling you special dice!

Personally this is dirty trick as it costs people more to get all the required material to play a role-playing game and fools them into buying unnecessary dice.

But this tend reflects the way we do business nowadays in so much why sell someone one book when two or more books will do and our profits go up.

At a time when Role-Playing is not as popular as it once once and need to encourage new players, the whole industry seams more intent on making more expensive to start the hobby.

My personal view is that this trend should be stopped by the companies and they treat players more fairly after with a workable core rule/source book people will still buy more books and not like myself feel we are being taken a ride by the Role-Playing Companies.

It also highlight a common malaise with some modern Role-Players in so much they have not figured out it takes imagination and creativity to run a game not a whole lot of rules and source books which the said companies are exploiting.

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I.T. is a Wide Church!

Posted: 29 July, 2017 in Comment, Computer

It was one of those weeks when you have to smile at people’s ignorance about the I.T. Industry even after for existing for over 40 years.

That is due to its nature there are a lot of roles within the Industry from Software Engineers, Support to Hardware Engineers whose jobs span a wide range of skills need to keep the I.T. Industry functioning.

Each role has it’s own set of skills some of which overlap but not all for example a Programmer is an expert in writing software not fixing and installing hardware but people outside of the Industry fail to appreciate this. They have this strange notion a programmer can fix computer and operating system problems or a Hardware Engineer can fix software.

But I should not really be surprised about this misconception even after computers being around 40 plus years a large majority of people both in and out of work still do not realise the real power and difference to their lives computers could give them. Plus little understanding of work needed to create a computer and the software which runs on computers especially the wide range of skills and knowledge required.

I find this very disturbing in so much especially in everyday world around me as it highlights just how badly our society’s technological, cultural and social progress has stalled over the past decades since the advent of computers!

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I have been quiet for last month and so as once again I have been fighting my depression again though this time on a new tack doing something about my anxiety rather than the depression directly. It has meant I have not been very talkative over the past month as I adjust to the new state of my mind.

The upshot of which it has worked and I am far more settled within myself and slowly getting back to what is normal for me without the constant worrying about small things which had started to blight my life. I can laugh again and get angry over things which matter..

Most of all unlike on the anti-depressants my creative and emotional have not been suppressed which is a far better result for myself as it is making me feel more human and more positive about things around me.

But I am starting to question things that are happening around me in my life as they are making me feel unfulfilled and do not feel right to a point I am starting to get uncomfortable. All not helped by living in a country and with people who look inwards and backwards which is starting both frustrate and bore me totally.

I need to find a place and people around me who inspire me, have real lives and look both forward and outwards as if I stay where I am any longer it will kill me. I so want to have the energy to move forward in my life as I have so much to do and currently feel I have no chance to do any of it because I am constantly fatigued.

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I do not like the vision of the United Kingdom as envisioned by Mrs May and her National Socialist government.

All I see is a National Socialist country which looks backwards and put up walls against the world and it’s people.

That is a country which is run by authoritarian government which will dictate how we think, live and work where anyone who dares to be different to impossible Christian values and morals will be actively suppressed.

That is a country which only works for a small elite who will get richer on a more oppressed majority whose basic human rights will be suppressed so the elite can get richer off their work.

Of cause there will be those out there who will say this is a dark and unrealistic view of the future but I say to those people just open your eyes to what is happening in this country now.

Brexit is only the start of this process and nothing to do with leaving the EU as part of Mrs May’s Brexit plans is to remove the European Human Right Act and giver herself and her Ministers more power.

Personally I suggest people wake up to what Mrs May Brexit truly about nothing to do with leaving the EU but a naked power grab by the extreme-right wing Establishment at the expense of everyone else’s freedoms.

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