July 30th, 2020

Happy Birthday, Kate Bush!

Happy Birthday, Kate Bush!

One of my favourite musicians of all-time, Kate Bush, celebrates her 62nd birthday today!

I first started listening to the music of Kate Bush back in 1978 or 1979, with her first album, The Kick Inside (1978), a brilliant progressive rock album, with tracks such as "Wuthering Heights", "James and the Cold Gun", "Oh, To Be in Love", "Them Heavy People" (a track I adore), and the title track. I can't explain what it was about the album and her voice that made me fall for the singer and want to hear more of her work. The follow-up album, Lionheart (1978) (though I don't think I heard this album until a year later, being in Canada as I was), was...remarkable, superb, and even better than her first one. "Symphony in Blue", "In Search of Peter Pan", "Kashka From Baghdad", "Coffee Homeground" still resonate with me.

Anyway, I've been listening to Kate's music since she started, and am still a huge fan. I was also lucky enough to see her in concert back in the mid-1980s, and she is even better live. Enough already. To celebrate Kate's birthday, here's the video for one of my favourite tracks.

Here's wishing Kate Bush a very Happy Birthday! May she have a healthy, happy, prosperous, and blessed year ahead, and may a warm breeze always blow at her back.

Oh, and keep rollin' the ball! :)

Zorro Roleplaying Game Pledge Rewards Have Arrived!

Yesterday, I finally received my Kickstarter backer rewards for the Zorro Roleplaying Game from the folks at Gallant Knight Games, via UPS.

Here are a few photos...

The first photo above is the main Zorro The Roleplaying Game standard edition cover. This is a lovely book, and the cover is one of the images from the Zorro archives that Gallant Knight Games has access to through Zorro Productions, Inc..

The second photo is of an interior page from the book, and as can be seen, lovely images from the archives are featured throughout the book with very readable text on glossy paper. If I have one regret, it's that the book wasn't printed on matte paper as that would be more readable without glare from the light source near where I read. Still, lovely book.

The photo above shows the special, Deluxe cover edition of the Zorro Roleplaying Game rulebook. It's a gorgeous version of the book with silver lettering on the somewhat matte black background. The back of the book has a stylized silver "Z" on it, and that's all. There's no difference between the content of the standard book versus the deluxe book, but still really...nice.

The photo above shows the extras that I acquired for the game. These include a lovely dice bag, some game specific dice, and the tokens used for Hero Points. Here's two more photos of the dice and tokens.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the purchase. Gallant Knight Games have done a superb job publishing this game, and the rulebook and the support materials are absolutely top notch in production quality. All that's missing for the game is a stunning GM Screen that would pop at the gaming table at conventions and make everyone want to play the game! :)