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Rothco HW Messenger Bag - Blue
Rothco HW Messenger Bag - Blue
Offered by Phoenix Agencies
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful denim-y colour and sturdy build, 19 Dec 2014
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Ordered as a replacement for previous cream coloured. Beautiful denim-y colour and sturdy build. Some loose stitching however.


Laptop Battery for Dell Inspiron 15R (N5010) 11.1V/5200MAH
Laptop Battery for Dell Inspiron 15R (N5010) 11.1V/5200MAH
Offered by Tech Global
Price: £13.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Has less battery length than the official Dell one but ..., 19 Dec 2014
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Has less battery length than the official Dell one but perfectly suitable as a budget replacement if you don't need to be unplugged for 2+ hours.


New Toshiba Satellite C850D100 Laptop Screen 15.6" LED BACKLIT HD
New Toshiba Satellite C850D100 Laptop Screen 15.6" LED BACKLIT HD
Offered by Wikiparts
Price: £39.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Dec 2014
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Screen arrived and easily fitted.


Social Game Design: Monetization Methods and Mechanics
Social Game Design: Monetization Methods and Mechanics
by Tim Fields
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.55

5.0 out of 5 stars If you need to know everything and you need to know it now then buy this book right away., 27 Jan 2012
The preface of this book gives away a secret that would be detrimental in other publishing circles: It was written in under 13 weeks. However, any reader with an understanding of the current social gaming market would greet this news with a cheer, in an industry that moves so fast and where millions are made and lost it pays to have a book this up-to-date.

However, any fears about a lack of depth or quality need to be cast aside. One can only imagine the frantic typing and furious research needed to produce this book before the social gaming market changed yet again. The authors, industry veterans Tim Fields and Brandon Cotton, need not be modest about this achievement.

Social Game Design aims to target a variety of audiences: those in the industry, businesses planning social gaming ventures, industry job hunters and finally just the curious people out there. By adopting a non-technical approach and focusing on interviews, analysis and other insights, Fields and Cotton ensure such a varied audience can be accommodated within less than 300 pages. It covers all the current trends from both user and developer perspective,. Much of the terminology used in the industry is de-misted, defined and given appropriate acronyms to provide the reader with a comprehensive vocabulary for that next development meeting or job interview.

Above all, the books greatest virtue is how inspiring it can be. The eight in-depth interviews with industry leaders add personality and reality to what would otherwise be just an analysis. Many of the games covered are free-to-play and I'd recommend taking some time to play each one before you read the book to round out the experience with a hands-on element.


Spartacus: Blood And Sand Season 1 [DVD] [2010]
Spartacus: Blood And Sand Season 1 [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Andy Whitfield
Price: £9.80

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This show tries to please several different kinds of viewer, and it will not fully satisfy any of them., 19 July 2010
The plot of Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a simple one of revenge and glory, a Thracian wronged by the Romans is forced to fight in the area for the return of his wife and hopefully someday his freedom.

That plot is however a surprising slow burner and were you to take out all the extended slow-mo violence and sex scenes you would be left with an excellent story of deception and intrigue, that you could certainly fit into a great two hour movie or TV two-parter. The plot is actually quite complicated but it acts behind the blood and nudity meaning that anyone who wants to follow it has to sit through the junk they don't want, the same for anyone who may happen to be following the blood and boobs who then has to face a manly heart to heart or a dirty deal going down. By going for both 13-year old boys and fans of historical drama at the same time you hinder pleasing both fully.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is however fundementally a character drama, take out characters such as Barca or Crixus who stir our pathos and emotion as much as a walnut could, and you are left with some amazing remainders. There is Batiatus played by John Hannah who takes the top role and often steals the show from Spartacus himself in episodes. He plays very well the role of a Roman man trying to advance his fortunes against gods and men, hindered and aided in equal measure by his wife Lucretia, one torn between the right way for a Roman lady to act and the wrong way. Other secondary characters such as Doctore and Pietros play their smaller roles perfectly also.

The shows claim to historical accuracy is of course marginal, what the show can safely claim is its method of historical representation. Ancient Rome may not have been like Spartacus: Blood and Sand, but the authors of the time might have had us believe so. Just look at the The Satyricon (Oxford World's Classics) or the The Golden Ass (Penguin Classics S.) and you will see what the show was going for, but perhaps missed somewhat with its overuse of CGI and stylisation.

I had long wanted a Roman Historical Drama that did away with the high society of I Claudius or HBO's Rome, this is a show about the Roman underworld that deals with the dregs of society rising to power and the (somewhat typical) desperate struggle of the common man against oppression and the (very untypical) fight of the career worm to get ahead in a ruthless social system.

This show gets 3 *s, if you come for the blood and sex you'll be content, if you come for the drama and intrigue you'll be content. A safe middle ground has been reached, but this show will need to do something new in order to thrive in its forthcoming seasons.
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Outlaws of the Marsh (The Water Margin), Translated By Sidney Shapiro, 4 Volume Complete Set in Slipcase
Outlaws of the Marsh (The Water Margin), Translated By Sidney Shapiro, 4 Volume Complete Set in Slipcase
by Shi Nai'an
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.70

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece of storytelling, 22 Dec 2006
Do not be put off by the size of this book, it comes in a 4 volume box and is an epic. The first volume could be considered as a collection of tales and amusing stories about different characters. The second book is the coming togheter of these characters, 108 of them. The third book is thier forming and defence, and the final book shows thier downfall.

This book is truly an epic soap opera, some of the stories are so hillarious and so is some of the dialouge. However a word of warning, you will fall in love with the main characters and this is almost a shakesperian tragedy in its nature of the dilema the characters face and thier fall. Some examples of stories are:

Figthing a tiger on a mountain top

Getting very drunk (happens a lot)

Bar fights and prisonbreaks

Stories of lust and trechary

Epic battles

Buddist knowlege and nature

It is a very worth while read and probably one of the best books ive ever read.


Samurai Warriors 2 (PS2)
Samurai Warriors 2 (PS2)
Offered by AB Games
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome game in the PS2's last days, 22 Dec 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If you have played samurai warriors 1 then you kinda know what it is like, except that there are lots of niggly little things taken out and altered to make it flow better and this is the reason why it is one of the best of Koei's warriors series. I would like you to understand that this review does not apply to the 360 version, if i was reviewing that then this game really does lose a lot of value. Same old story, medieval Japan, warlords competing for power, in tales of love, war, treachery and brutality, quite interesting and worth reading into.

The playstation 2 is old now, and we really can't expect much more out of it than what we are getting. The graphics in this game are on a par with Dynasty Warriors 5 (A series that is probably the indentical elder brother of this series). The great news it that the draw distance is increased, so now you can see into the distance, and while there is still fog and popup, it is much less noticable and much further away. For once, the feeling of being in a battle is really satisfied.

Hack and slash, that does kinda sum it up really. The system of combos and specials has really reached a decent peak, there is just enough for a lot of variety without it becoming overwhelming. The game has one main mode which is the story mode that follows the trials and tests of this game's 20-something

characters.

There is a new multiplayer mode which kinda playes out like a mini board game where players compete against each other to control the land. Sadly however this and the challenge mode offer little addition to the bulk of the game. This is its one major flaw, there is not enough, if this game had the features of extreme legends and empires (regular spin offs of the warriors series ) included in it then it would really be a brilliant game.

Another noticable change is the removal of the insane random castle levels, now they are smaller, non-randomized caslte levels in the main levels, these are actually fun now and don't ruin the game unlike the old ones did. The new levelling up in the middle of battle is really cool, as it often happens after you defeat a major officer, this makes that kill look even more spectacular, and i have to admit that the AI is sligltly improved, the enemies dont seem to just attack you, they actually fight with your allies as well, they fire volleys of arrows and create spear walls, taking the poor group attacks of DW 5 to a higher level.

Brilliant, some new tracks, some old ones, but they are all fresh sounding, the good old electric guitar music that has gone so well with many of the games, but there are also some more traditional Japanese songs creeping in, giving the soundtrack variety. On a final note for this section, the voice overs are good, and listening to officers communicating in the field is a lot more interesting than before.

If you know you get addicted by these games then go out there and buy it now, if you are unsure about weather or not you will want to stick with it the rent it, if you still burn for samurai warriors 2 after the rental then buy it. I would also reccomend picking up any of Koei's other Warriors games.

I give this game 5 stars, in my opinion it is the peak of hack and slash for this generation, its only flaw is being too thin and not really having enough features to make it last long enough for the average gamer. Still it is very much worth it, especially on playstation 2. Go and get it,. Now!


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