Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Over: Above and Beyond

Sunday night's WWE Pay-Per-View, Over the Limit, was actually really good.

Not Wrestlemania-good, or 90s Summerslam-good, but a full card of largely interesting and well-performed matches.

Spoilers ahead. Is if that's actually required for a wrestling show that was free on Sky Sports two days ago. Satellite TV subscription-permitting, of course.

I'm liking that WWE are now putting their pre-show 'dark' matches - that are usually not seen by anyone outside the venue before the TV show begins - on Youtube and Facebook. The Tag Team triple threat match before Wrestlemania 28 was a good example of this, and they've continued it with the Kane vs Zack Ryder demolition (I'd struggle to call it a match, really, despite it being longer than 5 minutes).

All Brooklyn, No Brawler

A few things have come up recently that, with adequate participation, are severely threatening to enrich my life. How very dare they.

First there's the beginner-level salsa, or as the Hobbies and Interests section of the CV would put it: recently taken up Latin American dancing.

There's pen-and-paper roleplaying evenings, which aren't quite what I'd describe as a career prospect enhancer, but is enjoyable nonetheless. It's also much more fun than sitting around writing out my Starblaydia World Cup 60 squad and an accompanying roleplay.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Idling in Arcadia

Another blog post, another board game that I've played for the first time. This is one of the benefits of going to a primarily board game club in Coventry on Monday nights.

Agricola is one of those games you can play two different ways. Either you can try and build yourself a little farm to your liking, irrespective of what everyone else is doing, or you can go for the points and the win, denying resources and opportunities to the other players for your own scoring benefits.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Lesser of Two Weevils

The selection dilemma at the heart of the English defence is a simple one - Ferdinand or Terry?

Do England select the lion-hearted, good old fashioned English Centre Half and trench warfare specialist who will put his body and soul on the line for his country, most notably during the national anthem when he's pretty much the only one of the eleven singing?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Did Cthulhu just pop your cherry?

Why yes, he did. My pen-and-paper roleplaying cherry, at least.

Last night I was down in Warwick at The Gaming Club for the first time to try some Call of Cthulhu, 1920s investigative style.

I'm not new to the idea of roleplaying itself, thanks to the various tabletop and computer games, MMORPGs, NationStates and similar that I've played over the years. Actually sitting down in a group with rolled characters and a DM guiding things was brand new to me.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


Monday night's main game - one that I've only ever played on an XBox a handful of times one evening - was Carcassonne.

It was great fun and an interesting game all the way through. Though I took an early lead with some tactical road placements, I ended up fifth and last on 50 points, with the winner on 81. Not a bad showing, now some of the more strategic parts to it have become clearer.