Background Image - ZX81 manual cover artwork by John Harris
Some of you may recognise the background image we use for our website as that from the cover of the ZX81 operating manual. The ZX81 was one of the earliest microcomputers for consumers of the 80s and it was for a short period of time quite popular. I have very fond memories of it. I think I might have cut my first programming teeth on it, typing on the, in hindsight, hellish membrane keys.
The artist is John Harris and you can find out more about the artwork as well as purchase it here.
As gamers at some point we all fantasise about having a dedicated gaming room where all our prized games and miniatures can be displayed and brought out to play at a moment's notice, with no kids, parents or spouses to disturb a Very Important Activity. Our dedicated gaming room will of course have a custom made gaming table with tricks and little creature comforts that not only make it fantastic to game on, but also a place where non-gaming items like drinks and stuff can be kept out of the way safely yet within reach. We can all dream and while a dedicated gaming room might not be feasible for most of us, a custom gaming table is a lot more achievable. Check out what a fellow tabletop gamer has done. What I especially like is how he integrated his TV /monitor into the gaming surface so that it sits flush. The stained wood surfaces are a nice classy touch although personally I would preferred painting it all black or a dark mahogany. The TV and the inner surface can be c
It has been a long time coming but now the new site is up! Dice & Games will be focusing on all aspects of tabletop gaming, with more focus on how to play the games, the actual play, the rules and how to acquire the games. Coming soon will be content on games like Dust 1947, Star Wars Legion, Battletech and a slew of other indie games. Check out D&G now and stay tuned!
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