Fallout 4, Day 8


It’s been over a week since I first entered post-apocalyptic Boston as a lone wanderer called “Gareth”, armed with a series of makeshift firearms and a suit of robotic, fusion-powered armour. I can’t seem to leave the place alone. Over the last week we’ve played for hours and hours and hours.

I’ve never played a Fallout game before but I lost weeks of my life to Skyrim, Bethesda Games’ epic fantasy role playing video game. My wife and I would wander the wilderness battling vicious enemies, crafting better stuff, picking flowers (no, really). And now it’s all happening again, but in the god-awful future.


Fallout 4 is as engrossing, immersive a gaming experience as you’ll ever want. There are literally thousands of things to see and do between combating marauding raiders, building settlements and picking a new bandanna for your dog. It is a wonderful looking, wonderful feeling, wonderful wonderful game.

This is unlikely to be the only post I ever make about Fallout 4. Both me and Aimee are really enjoying just living in this world: she does the settlement upkeep – the farming, crafting and recruiting – while I wander into what she calls “the sepia world” and do all the killing and dying (more the latter than the former, usually). It’s bloody great!


We’ve barely scratched the surface of this enormous game but I haven’t a bad word to say about it yet. There is nothing to criticise. I’m sure I’ll find something to pick at at some stage, but so far this game is a 10 out of 10. Sometimes I want to quest hard, ploughing through story or side missions with a hunger. Sometimes I just want to wander the irradiated wasteland, picking up junk to break down into building components.

But most of all it’s just great fun to be. It’s rare that a game offers such a living, breathing world to explore… Many games offer “open worlds” but here you get thrown into a world where a toothbrush is something you may find yourself searching for for hours on end. And even that search is fun.


FUCKING Bloodborne!!

Recently, I’ve started playing Bloodborne on PS4. I’d heard good things about it, as well as hearing an awful lot about it being “really difficult”, “unforgiving” and “brutal”. I didn’t think it would be this bad – I assumed people were overdoing it when complaining about the difficulty but no, it really is brutal.

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I’ve been playing it for about a week. I’ve restarted, with new characters and starting weapons, four times. Only now am I getting the hang of the game and its combat system. I’ve never played any of the Souls series of games so I don’t have the head start that so many say is essential to succeed at Bloodborne.


So to say I’m struggling is an understatement like no other. But I’m addicted to it. I’ve had a lot of time on my hands recently, what with barely being able to walk to the kitchen without toppling over (vertigo) so I’m able to play a lot. Which is a good job because I don’t think I’ll ever finish this game without serious practice. But boy, what a game it is! Thanks to my lovely wife for adding it to our collection!

“Rotten Borough” – An Idea For An Election-Themed Card/Dice Game

1desperatepoliticiansCOLCPThis constituency has a history of dirty elections with votes bought and sold and even the local PTA willing to take a bung to smear the other guy. But maybe times are changing! Then again, maybe not.

Do you have what it takes to become the put-upon MP for Rottenborough-on-the-Take? Are you willing to go the extra mile for your voters’ approval? Are you going to be the one to “be the change” and win the seat without breaking the law?! Let’s be honest, it’s unlikely. Things here have been done a certain way for a very long time and maybe the people like it like that! Who on Earth are you – Mr Public School Educated New-Comer – to tell them how to do politics?! Eh?! EH?!

Over six weeks (rounds) of campaigning you’ll earn people’s trust (or buy it) and hopefully their votes (or buy those too) as you spend your ever-dwindling campaign fund on honest ways to win (or dishonest ways). How you do it is up to you! Place ads and put up posters! Speak at public meetings to the local Working Men’s Club darts team, a hall full of bored politics students or the Women’s Institute, among others. Eventually face your opponents at the Hustings! Or just pay everybody off, expensive as it may be. But remember, not everyone who SAYS they’ll vote for you WILL! Come Election Day you may find your loyal supporters are anything but.

For 1 – 6 players, using cards (2 decks), cubes (loads) dice (many) and… test tubes?! “Rotten Borough” could be a great game! I might throw a prototype together some day soon.

Concept by Gareth Bundy,
Cartoon from Google Images.