Best of 2016 – The Mental Attic

As I said a couple of days ago, next week is going to be a week off from content on the site and its various channels, as I need a bit of a holiday to recharge for the next year.

I also said in the past that I don’t do Best Game/Film/Series/Anime/Plushie/Gunpla of the year because I think they’re shortsighted at best.

But with how strange this year has been–there’s a reason Merriam Webster chose “surreal” as the word of the year–I decided it might be a good idea to look back at some of the best moments in the year for myself and the site. So join me in this little trip down memory lane for a very strange year! Continue reading Best of 2016 – The Mental Attic

Review: Era: The Consortium

I first heard of Era: The Consortium during MCM London Comic Con earlier this year, I had the pleasure to speak to the Shades of Vengeance guys about their new RPG system “Era”, of which The Consortium was the most fully realised product, serving as perhaps the flagship title at the event.

A few weeks later, I received a review copy for Era: The Consortium, but at the time it was impossible for me to get a game going, but thanks to my recently formed RPG group, I had the chance to play a demo game and put the system through its paces.

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MCM London Comic Con – Gaming at the Con

I will admit that the amount of games at the MCM London Comic Con surprised me. I really didn’t expect to see so many gaming booths there, or so many people sitting down to play the games. Silly me, really. It’s a geek event so of course there was gonna be a bit for the gamers! Continue reading MCM London Comic Con – Gaming at the Con

MCM London Comic Con – Interview: Tom Mison – Sleepy Hollow

Yesterday I gave you the transcription for the interview with the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and as I promised, today we have the man fronting Sleepy Hollow, Tom Mison.

Before I begin, I will say that Tom is the nicest guy in the world and very funny. He joked around as much as possible during the interview and went quite dark with his humour a few times, particularly when we mentioned that Crane might head to Washington in the next season, as he would love the show to acknowledge Trump’s rise to political power and the dark force that has to be behind it.

Below, much like yesterday you’ll find a transcription of the interview. Instead of going into what he said in detail, I’ll give you the broad strokes of the answers, the meaning if not the actual words. Continue reading MCM London Comic Con – Interview: Tom Mison – Sleepy Hollow

MCM London Comic Con – Interview: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Before the start of Comic Con, the organisers sent the press a link to a registration page for talent interviews. A lot of the actors and personalities had “TBC” on their name so I couldn’t pick them and as for the others, I based my decision on whether I had something I wanted to ask them. Because of that, I decided against interviewing Willa Holland and Katrina Law from Arrow. Same with John Noble, as much a fan as I am of him, I don’t watch Elementary, where he portrays Sherlock Holmes’ dad. I quite dislike the show, in fact. My questions for him would be Fringe related or some of his earlier work, but I felt it would be discourteous to join that interview group when I didn’t know anything about his current work.

The ones I did pick, as I mentioned yesterday, were for the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sleepy Hollow.

For Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had four actors present at comic con: Continue reading MCM London Comic Con – Interview: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

MCM London Comic Con – My first ever Con!

If you asked me to describe the MCM London Comic Con, the answer would be ‘massive’. I have been to Rezzed two years in a row, and that’s a very intimate event, but even the big daddy of European gaming conventions, EGX, is tiny compared to the MCM Comic Con. There are so many people there, from organisers, artists, cosplayers and everyone else. It is absolutely massive.

This was my first Comic Con and not only was it a fantastic personal experience and I geeked out like I never have before, but it was also a monumental experience as runner/editor/writer of The Mental Attic. Why? Because I attended the MCM London Comic Con as Press. Continue reading MCM London Comic Con – My first ever Con!