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.
So the previous dice tray worked well, but an unfortunate incident involving mould consigned it to the trash bin. Setting out to make a second one I decided I wanted a deeper tray as well as something more square in shape. The depth especially since while the previous one was adequate for small 12mm d6s, bigger dice have a tendency to careen out of the tray, especially in times of excitement (which is often in my games). This time I used a deep photo frame, a 25cm square Ribba . It is about 4cm deep and only 9.90SGD at the local Ikea. Again I used a cork sheet bought from Artfriend sandwiched where the photo would be and viola. Yet another photo dice tray, this time a deep one. Admittedly somewhat large but nice and deep. Great if you need to roll lots of dice. Total investment this amounts to less than $12. Pretty neat, I like it!
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