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> Fallen London: The Blemmigan Affair
> #lootcrate
> A TRiP To Gold Saucer
> Gaming Sins: Lucius II
> Shooting Crap: Venus Hostage
February 27, 2015

Fallen London: The Blemmigan Affair

Morchella esculenta... Lactarius delicosus... oh, how delightfully scandalous!

You will never look at mushrooms the same way again.

You will never look at mushrooms the same way again.

A fungal fad sweeps London. Morel-strings garland the lamp-posts. Blemmigans roam the streets. Who is behind this mushroomy mania, and does it hide a darker intent? The Blemmigan Affair is a mischievous story featuring blemmigans, a perilous expedition into Bugsby’s Marshes, and inappropriately racy fungal-themed poetry!

Yep, I’ve been doing a bit more work in this delightful universe. This is a chunk of paid content for Fallen London proper, geared especially towards newer players – a few tasters of systems, a little face-time with a couple of celebrities, and the odd cheeky tie-in to Sunless Sea. Oh, and oddly few puns. They were there, once, but Failbetter shot them with a special fungal-pun destroying laser. (It was their morel imperative. As was removing a line about someone sampling a moist clitocybe nuda. Shockingly racy mushroom poetry indeed!)

To play it, log into Fallen London and follow the gold-edged story “An Escaped Blemmigan”. (After a while, it’ll be moved to the Nex page along with stuff like the awesome The Gift, which all players need to check out). It costs 30 Fate/Nex, the magic Fallen London story-currency. And if you haven’t played FL yet, but enjoy worlds of delicious words, you should definitely give it a shot. It’s an awesome place to explore, and the kind of free-to-play game that really isn’t out to mug you and take your wallet. No, really. That would be most impolite.

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February 26, 2015

#lootcrate

Welcome to the world of whorecraft...

There are 8 comments on this TRiP

February 25, 2015

A TRiP To Gold Saucer

What's new in the world of Final Fantasy XIV? Only the single best thing Square could possibly have added!

Welcome to Gold Saucer! No, the music never stops or changes! EVER!

Welcome to Gold Saucer! No, the cheery music never stops or changes! EVER!

Gold Saucer! It’s arguably gaming’s most famous theme park, and easily one of the highlights of Final Fantasy VII. The games! The neon! The chocobo! Who cares that the world’s about to end? Oh, right. That. Well, it can wait!

I’ve been waiting a long time to see something similar find its way into an MMO. It seems fitting that it’s Final Fantasy XIV that finally saw the potential. I dusted off my old subscription to go check out one of the coolest individual locations ever patched into a game. At least, when I actually made it over there. (P.S. Grrr…)

Continue reading this post…

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February 23, 2015

Gaming Sins: Lucius II

Every game has sins. This Antichrist simulator has more than most...

With apologies to a certain other channel. Needless to say, this isn’t going to be a recurring treatment! As for the game, I can say it’s easily the most entertaining awful game I’ve played so far this year, but…

Oh, and speaking of devilry: this remains my favourite adventure game conversation ever.

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February 14, 2015

Shooting Crap: Venus Hostage

A Valentine's Day Aching Solitude Awareness Day Special

It’s that time of the year again! Boo! Boo! Boooooo! I’m so annoyed, I’m going to mispronounce someone’s name for about twenty minutes. That’ll show this stupid festival of smuggitude what’s what! Won’t it, Miya? I mean Mila?

What a terrible game. At least it’s only an hour long…

Oh, and if you want to read about the fine novel seen during the video, here’s everything you need to know

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February 10, 2015

What I Hear When Peter Molyneux Talks

How long ago the 90s seem now, eh?

Video taken from the most awkward excuse for failure ever recorded to YouTube. Poor Konrad’s face.

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A Random Selection Of Things That May Interest And Entertain...

Quick TRiP: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

True horror comes from within in this, the latest ‘walking simulator’ to play with the amazing power of modern graphics.

[Video] Night Whisper Lane

You don’t know what lurks ahead, just fear will fill inside your head… so, uh. Yeah. That, I guess.

Knightmare Games

Knightmare. The greatest TV show the UK ever produced. Why did it never get a game? Well, it did. Two in fact. But there are reasons they’re remembered less fondly.