Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Daily Teaser — 29-12-2013

You, I have to admit, I’m a bit of an aging role-playing-game fan, I really am.

And one that played Tunnels & Trolls, many years ago.

The game was the second hit for a then comparatively then gaming genre: and always left those in the industry thankful.   

Because it proved Dungeons and Dragons success wasn’t a fluke: and that you could make an RPG that was a heck of a lot less clunky … !

Well … I got chatting to Liz Danforth on Twitter, last night: the gaming industry veteran artist, without whom many games — including T&T — would’ve looked very different.

And according to her — someone who definitely knows — the game’s soon to be republished: by original publishers, Flying Buffalo, and its original creative team.   (Including Ms Danforth, herself.)

Think I’ll be keeping my eyes open for THAT … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Mr Strict, Debbi* and Andy putting in their answers: with Mr S bagging 9, and Debbi and Andy scoring 10, it also saw Debbi telling us she’s working on her memoirs, and Andy pointing out — in his answers — the Eon Productions almost postponed making Skyfall.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with todays questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) The night of the 29th December, 1940, saw the Second Great Fire Of London: caused by a bombing raid by whom … ?
Q2) More to the point, which London Cathedral famously survived that raid … ?
Q3) 29th December, 1959, saw the Lisbon Metro start operating.  How many stations are there on the Lisbon Metro … ?
Q4) More to the point, in which European country is Lisbon … ?
Q5) 29th December, 1860, saw the launch of the first Royal Navy ironclad: what was its name … ?
Q6) That ship’s completion and launch was in response to which country launching an ironclad … ?
Q7) And finally … 29th December, 1914, saw the first chapters of A Portrait of the the Artist As A Young Man serialized: who wrote A Portrait of the the Artist As A Young Man … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th December, 1895, saw the first fee paying film screening: by which brothers … ?
A1) Auguste and Louis Lumière.
Q2) That screening was in the basement of which Café … ?
A2) The Grand Café.
Q3) What did the brothers call their projector … ?
A3) The Cinématographe.
Q4) The word cinema comes from a Greek word that means what: marching, movement or dancing … ?
A4) Movement.
Q5) Nat Taylor is the man credited with inventing the Multiplex cinema: in which Canadian city was his first cinema … ?
A5) Ottawa.
Q6) What cinematic device did Charles Cretors invent: the movie camera, the popcorn machine or the clapboard … ?
A6) The popcorn machine.
Q7) As of 2012, what’s Britain’s highest grossing movie … ?
A7) Skyfall.
Q8) While we on the subject: there are three linked films on Wikipedia’s Highest Grossing UK Films list, at Eight, Nine and Ten.   Name one of them.
A8) The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King.
Q9) Which Stanley Kubrick film did Stanley Kubrick describe as “the proverbial good science fiction movie” … ?
A9) 2001: A Space Odyssey.   (It, for my money, is still one of the best films ever made.)
Q10) And finally … which Orson Welles film was regarded — until 2012 — as the greatest film ever made … ?
A10) Citizen Kane.
Enjoy those, everyone: as today’s the birthday of Dr Who star, Bernard Cribbins, I’ll leave you with this quote from him.
“I remember my mother used to always make us a very special dish - string beans covered in marshmallows and cornflakes... fantastic!”
Bernard Cribbins, 29th December. 1928
And, of course with his two big UK hits … 

*        You DO realise, Debbi, I’m going to be wanting to add that to my collection … ?


Debbi said...

You realize, of course, it'll take me a while to write them. :) Especially with my crappy fingers. Ha ha ha ...

Prepare for the surreal on Monday:

This should be interesting. :)

1. Germany
2. St Paul's Cathedral
3. 55
4. Portugal
5. HMS Warrior
6. France
7. James Joyce

Debbi said...

Hey, since you mentioned games, do you know anything about Sonic the Hedgehog?

There are some details I need to verify about that game. I'll try to keep Googling for info, but sometimes it's best to find someone who knows from experience.

Thanks! :)