Sunday, September 21, 2014

What Are the Odds?

Fridaynight was board game night.  First up was Chariotteer (aka Formula I) run by Curt.  Curt (the bastard) drugged my horses which hobbled my whole race.  It went better than it should have as two teams (Jeremy and Stacey) flipped and crashed out so I finished a close third having lost a bid for first at the post.

For the second game I trotted out Terry Pratchett's the Witches  which was good silly fun.  Link to a review

The box notes that you don't need to know the Discworld series to play the game, and test results show this is this case.  Yep, in a random survey of 4 long time gamers we batted 0/4 on Pratchett.  I wish I knew something about probability so I could work out the odds of that!  I knew it was an odd event when Sylvain asked "why do I know the name Terry Pratchett?".

Anyway for those of you who don't know, Mr Pratchett is the best selling UK writer, the top selling non-US bases writer in the USA and he's bloody good!

I love his books because:

  • He's bloody funny and a damn good read.
  • He has a better way with words than most others and I'm a lover of puns.
  • He creates a better thought out world and characters than most "serious" fantasy writers.
  • His books have some very biting no wicked social criticism of religion, politics, money, class and other classic comedy topics.
  • He writes about things that relate to what I do for a living (death, money, a academics etc).
  • He's bloody funny and a damn good read.
 So if you are one a of few who haven't done so,go read yourself some Pratchett.  I recommend Mort or Going Postal.


  1. Another great thing about Pratchett's Discworld series is that the books are largely self-contained. You can start with any of them, enjoy it and have that particular story end in the volume in which it started. Unlike all the many multi-volume epics. No need to go back and re-read a previous volume to know what is going on in the "just released" book.

  2. Thanks for putting on the Pratchett board-game Peter. I have to admit that Pratchett is really not my cuppa (the comedy I find annoying and a bit twee) but the game was quite entertaining and I always have a soft-spot for cooperative designs. Thanks for bringing it out!

    Curt the Bastard

    PS: You horses wanted the drugs (must be the working conditions in your ludus) I was only facilitating their needs. :)