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tension at Pandemonium

(Disclosure: I should point out, firstly: I am a member of the 'Arvard 'Ardboyz i.e. one of the Warhammer players, secondly: I was not there this week - I don't get to play games very often because of babycare duties)

There's been a bit of tension at Pandemonium between the Magic players and the Warhammer players. Apparently this week there was an incident on Thursday. Let's look at the weekly events calendar... so that's Warhammer on Thursdays, and Magic on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

The official report of the incident is here. But to summarise, a Magic player was upset by being asked to move his game, on the one night of the week which isn't a Magic gaming night, and therefore the Ardboyz get a table taken away and assigned to him. Does this seem like rather an over-reaction?

I have no idea what the economics of running a game store are like, but right now it feels like Tyler is prepared to throw away whatever revenue he gets from Warhammer stuff, in favour of keeping the Magic players happy. I have stuck to buying my games stuff (at least the ones they stock) from Pandemonium for the last couple of years but if I no longer feel welcome then I can more easily and cheaply buy it online.

The main thing Pandemonium has going for it is that we have gaming tables and terrain there and a time which is reasonably convenient to go and play. (The other club I would like to go to meets on Sunday afternoons, which is more intrusive in my 'family time').

Lets hope we can figure out something a bit more reasonable than the latest 'changes to the arrangement'.

Edit - made this public.
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feedback requests

I repeated a previous mistake today :-(

I wrote an email like:
I want to do X. Does that sound reasonable?

Later I had to send a followup stating what the initial email should have said:
I'm going to do X at 2pm unless I hear any objections.

There, much better.
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because I am an optimist

(and a Lib Dem supporter) I think it's better to see some Liberal policies and influence in a compromise government, than no Liberal policies and influence in a Conservative or Labour majority or minority government.

Maybe more comment on policies if I have time later.

Will also respond to the idea that some people are suggesting: that Labour wanted to work out a deal with the Lib Dems. This is bullshit. Before they'd even had discussions, Labour MPs were appearing on TV saying they would not support it, and all we've heard about the discussion itself was that the Labour representatives were unable to make any compromises and just "offered their manifesto".
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coalition schmoalition

Ever since I was old enough to have a vague understanding of the political system in Britain, I wished there would be a hung parliament, which would result in bringing in proportional representation in order to make a coalition deal with the Lib Dems.

What we have now has not turned out to be quite what I wished for. The main stumbling block is that the combination of Labour and Lib Dem seats does not add up to enough to make a majority. Even a so called 'Rainbow Alliance' would control a dangerously slim majority, and may result in concessions to Scottish and Welsh nationalists that we can ill afford. Clearly this is why Labour have made the more attractive offer to the Lib Dems.

The Conservative offer grudgingly includes a referendum on 'Alternative Vote' - but the Conservatives have been open about the expectation that they would oppose it. And anyway, AV is not proportional representation. It creates some more appearance of fairness, and might actually benefit the Lib Dems in some places, but it doesn't create a situation where small parties can gain seats.

So maybe we'll end up with a referendum where the people who really want proportional representation have to vote against AV, and the Conservatives will be able to point and say "look, we offered reform, and you didn't want it." I'm not sure how I would vote.

See, I knew the election was going to be disappointing.
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My dad proxy voted for me (since I am on a different continent). Apparently the officers had to look up the registration rules. What fun.
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job seekers

Forgive me for being naïve. I hear politicians saying they'll stop 'the dole' for people who repeatedly refuse to take jobs which are offered to them.

Do people repeatedly refuse to take jobs which are offered to them?