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Why the Gods of Brexit smile upon Tim Shipman

Why the Gods of Brexit smile upon Tim Shipman

There’s a classic structure common to many science-fiction or fantasy trilogies, which is perhaps epitomised by the original Star Wars trilogy. In the first installment, the protagonists are introduced and win a stunning victory over their adversaries against overwhelming odds. There is much rejoicing. In Star Wars terms, Luke and Han rescue Leia and blow up the Death Star. In the second, the adversary is revealed to have not been as badly beaten as all that. Demonstrating strengths and capabilities…

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Elisha was a Druid, and other hypotheses

Elisha was a Druid, and other hypotheses

What if well known figures from the Bible were really characters from D&D? Elijah (Cleric, NG): The most famous prophet of all, Elijah is the archetype of the Cleric. A holy man, raising the dead, creating food and water – what more could one ask for? Culminating, of course, in the scene on Mount Carmel, a classic Flamestrike if ever there was one. But if Elijah is a Cleric, his disciple, Elisha, is a bit different. Elisha (Druid, NG): At…

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‘No car is better than a bad car’

‘No car is better than a bad car’

(Alice and Bob are buying a car. Bob wishes they weren’t buying a car. The reason they need to is because Alice has got a new job, which is further away from home, and for which she needs a car. Bob didn’t want Alice to take the job, as it means she’ll be home later, and the two of them discussed it lengthily and angrily – but in the end they decided that Alice would take it. Alice wants the…

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Soul Trader

Soul Trader

Inspired by a trip to see Faust shortly before Christmas. Selling your soul to the Devil is a mug’s game. Not only is the expected outcome (in a mathematical sense) infinitely bad, it is definitely going to be infinitely bad. From the Devil’s perspective, this makes it a fairly poor offering: only a very small number of people are going to be foolish enough to take such a bad deal. But what if instead the Devil offered a deal in…

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Initial Hypothesis: The Game of Teaching Excellence

Initial Hypothesis: The Game of Teaching Excellence

Download and print a fully playable game based on the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). A card game for 2-5 players, lasting 30-40 minutes, Initial Hypothesis is a fast-paced game of skill and luck, in which each player seeks to secure a Gold TEF rating before their opponents do. Go for Gold at the helm of one of five renowned English institutions, including the Universities of Poppleton and Oxbridge. Collect a full set of TEF metrics – and…

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The Annotated Pratchett

The Annotated Pratchett

Spreading awareness of a very enjoyable site I found recently, The Annotated Pratchett – a site that explains many of the references in Terry Pratchett’s books. It’s particularly good for areas where one may have a specific lack of knowledge: I, for example, know essentially nothing about detective/cop shows from the 50s, 60s and 70s, but it turns out the early Watch books are riddled with references. Of course, it doesn’t have every reference by a long way, and sadly…

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