I’ve been using August’s 3rd Gen smart lock pro for about a year now. I had doubts when I first bought it… here’s my honest review after a year of using it every day!

The Ambience of Max Payne

Following on from my Ambience of Monkey Island playlist I decided to start harvesting content from a few other classics that captured mood through audio. MP1 certainly fit that bill. YouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2ZOQg1f

The Ambience of Jurassic World

Triggered both by my recent purchase of Stern’s new Jurassic Park pinball machine and the fact that I ran out of Curse of Monkey Island scenes to capture, I’ve been slowly building up a playlist of 1hr recordings of the ambient sound and music from Jurassic World Evolution. It’s not a bad game. You can…

FYRTUR Smart Blinds from IKEA

I took the plunge and bought some of the new Fyrtur smart blinds from IKEA. Turns out they’re great!

Armies on Parade 2019

Here’s how I put together my entry for Armies on Parade 2019. I decided to go full Hobbit this year and managed to win first place for best scenic board in the specialist games category! I’d wanted to do a Lord of The Rings style piece for ages, it took a lot of effort but…


Entirely unexpectedly I was headed for New Zealand. That’s the idea behind surprise presents. I did know about it before having to get on the plane – a current passport being a requisite – but it was still a surprise. Shelley decided we were off to the land of the long white cloud while we…

Guild of Ambience – Grimwade House

Grimwade House is located along the northern edge of Lake Ashenmoor. While much of the manor has fallen into disrepair, the living quarters remain active as lodging during winter. Guests have reported seeing light emanating from vacant rooms and hearing strange whispers throughout the night.

Rapid Fire – VGM Quiz #4

When everything you know is wrong.

Rapid Fire – VGM Quiz #3

Rapid Fire – VGM Quiz #2

You don’t stand a chance.

Guild of Ambience: Mana pool on Clydel mountain

There is a trail on Clydel Mountain that is said to lead to a collection of old stone pools. These luminescent wellsprings of elemental magic provide an increase in vitality to those who drink from it. Wildlife in the surrounding area has been reported to give off a similar arcane glow.