Dune – House Corrino

I first read Dune in 1984. I liked it a lot and later read and enjoyed the five sequels.

I love the way the noble houses are described in the original books. I love how well Dune/Arrakis is described. When I read Dune and the following novels by Frank Herbert I could see where the ideas for the nobles in Traveller has got (some of) its inspiration from.

Now I have read the last one of the Prelude to Dune trilogy prequels, called House Corrino by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. This was an interesting book written in the same style as Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. This book focuses a lot on the Tleilaxu occupied world of Ix, where the Tleilaxu is trying to produce synthetic spice for the Emperor (from House Corrino). It is an interesting book, but I think that the other two prequels, House Harkonnen and House Atreides were better.

Arrakis - Dune

Original image from wikimedia. License Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Intercept space combat

Intercept space combat is a combat system for spaceships. It is designed by Anders Backman. The rules uses vector movement, blind moves and you can use Traveller starships.

Yesterday, Anders demonstrated the game for me and Mike. Anders then helped us with the rules in a small game where Mike used a Free Trader and I used a Far Trader. It was a great game, and I would recommend these rules if you want to play small space battles in great detail.

Intercept Space Combat

You can read more about Intercept at the Vector movement blog. There you can also download the rule for free.

Subsector SKA-1979

On this day (19 October 1979) , 40 years ago, the albums One Step Beyond… by Madness and the album The Specials by the Specials were released. (Read more here.) This is an ATU subsector map I made to celebrate this:
Madness and The Specials Subsector


#--------1---------2---------3---------4---------5-------
#PlanetName   Loc. UPP Code   B   Notes         Z  PBG Al
#----------   ---- ---------  - --------------- -  --- --
Bedders       0913 B788130-9    Lo Ni              134 Ll
Buster        1015 B562595-6  S Ni                 401 Na
Dekker        0915 C472579-6  S Ni                 120 Na
Barso         1012 C642574-5    Ni Po              602 Ll
Jerry         1017 A620463-9  2 De Ni Po           510 Ck
Kix           1113 E566583-7    Ag Ni              205 Ll
Roddy         1118 E320651-8    De Na Po           110 Ck
Suggs         1414 A542134-8  N Lo Ni Po           403 Ll
Chas          1214 E575200-3    Lo Ni           A  102 Ll
Neville       1218 C764567-8    Ag Ni              200 Ck
Woody         1312 B986347-7  N Lo Ni              414 Ll
Terry         1416 A366200-E  N Lo Ni              110 Ck
Lynval        1317 D568574-2  S Ag Ni              103 Ck
Brad          1320 B588233-9  N Lo Ni              124 Ck
Chrissy       1512 B542433-7  N Ni Po              602 Ll
Horace        1517 B49A78A-D  N Wa                 704 Ck
Dread         1615 X59A888-1    Wa              R  804 Na



A Message to You, Rudy
Do the Dog
It's Up to You
Nite Klub
Doesn't Make It Alright
Concrete Jungle
Too Hot
Monkey Man
(Dawning of A) New Era
Blank Expression
Stupid Marriage
Too Much Too Young
Little Bitch
You're Wondering Now
One Step Beyond
My Girl
Night Boat to Cairo
Believe Me
Land of Hope and Glory
The Prince
Tarzan's Nuts
In The Middle of The Night
Bed and Breakfast Man
Razor Blade Alley
Swan Lake
Rockin' in A?
Mummy's Boy
Madness
Chipmunks Are Go!


Madness and The Specials

Uniwar S by Irem

uniwars startWhen I was 15 years old and spent 3 weeks in Lancashire, there was an arcade game that I liked at the local pub. (That pub didn’t care that I wasn’t 16.)

The game was a lot like Galaxian but had another twist. I the later stages the attackers could drop “spies” that could then attack you from behind. I thought the game was called Alien Spy. Maybe the words “Alien Spy” was printed on the arcade cabinet.

I only found this game one other time. At Tumba-tältet (that was an indoor golf driving range) in Stockholm. Since then I have not seen it.


Uniwar S level 1Using my Google-fu powers with only that inaccurate name of the game as my only clue I finally found it. It is called Uniwar S. Using an emulator, I could also play it.

The first level is a lot like Galaxian except that all attackers look the same. If you know how to play Galaxian, the first level should be quite easy.

Each ship (called a Super Mosquito in the manual) is worth 20 points. I think you get the same when they are attacking (unlike Galaxian).

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