About this blog

This is the official blog of Phoenix Roleplaying, a multi-genre simming site, created in August 2010.

Run by the players, we hope to achieve great things.

Where our journey takes us, who knows.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sir John Hurt 1940-2017

When an actor's death is the top story on the BBC, you know that they were something special.

And John Hurt, who has died aged 77, was definitely something special.

His roles across his long career were legendary. The Elephant Man. Alien. Harry Potter. The dragon in Merlin.

Then most recently, the War Doctor. His appearance in Doctor Who in 2013 and later three Big Finish audio box sets, with a fourth due for release later this year, gave him yet another generation of fans.

His rich voice was truly memorable and I chose to use it as the one for Beeching, the computer on Alycidon.

His death was a surprise - he had beaten pancreatic cancer previously - but I am not that distraught about it. We all have to go at some point and hopefully he is in a better place now, swapping anecdotes in the green room in the sky.

He had a good long life. In fact, a spectacular one.

Rest in Peace, Sir John.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Burning Question #30 is now out

Hi, after way too long a silence (and the tragic death of Carrie Fisher) issue thirty is finally out!

In this newsletter you'll find articles about Atlantis, one of the oldest active sims on the site, as well as Of Knights of Blood and Steel, one of the newer sims.

Silent Hunter has once again contributed an outstanding background article, this time on the Tupolev Tu-22 'Backfire' bomber.

 - mlb38

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Happy Christmas

It hasn't exactly been a great year for humanity in general, but hopefully at this time you will be able to take comfort in your friends and family.


We wish you a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Ron Glass 1945-2016

We're losing a lot of famous people this year, but this one is going to be a particular blow.


I'm a fan of Firefly and while all the crew were of course great, Book acted as the ship's conscience. Without Glass' performance, he would have been a far weaker character.


Rest in Peace.



Thursday, 22 September 2016

James Bond: Never Say Never Again

When I saw that this was being aired again on ITV4, I finally decided to record the unofficial James Bond movie from 1983 i.e. the remake of Thunderball that Kevin McClory was allowed to make as part of the deal that allowed EON to make the original Thunderball... which honestly isn't that good a Bond movie to begin with.

This is simply put a dire film. The direction is awful, the music gratingly inappropriate at times and the so-called comedy is very, very forced. Connery is the best thing in it and even he's sub par...

After half an hour, I asked myself whether I wanted to carry on with this. The answer is 'only if accompanied by Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot...' because this turkey is only suitable as material for a Dr. Forrester experiment i.e. Mystery Science Theater 3000.

I hope no-one involved this piece of foulness is proud of this junk.

0/10 (Automatically awarded for any movie I decline to finish)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Issue #29 of The Burning Question released

After a long break and a change of editor, the latest edition of the Phoenix newsletter is ought, including the latest news and a feature on the Canadian space series Dark Matter. The newsletter can be viewed here:


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Six sims close down after founding members leave site

Two of Phoenix's founding members, husband and wife Ash and Deborah Leighton Plom, have retired from the site due to lack of available time. As a result, due to no-one having volunteered to take over the job of running the sims, the following games have closed down:
  • Cydonia
  • Vermillion City
  • Stargate: Beta Site
  • Middle Earth
  • Invisec
  • Accipiter
It is entirely fair to say that their departure leaves a big hole in the site and will be difficult to fill, but Phoenix will go on.

This writer wishes to sincerely thank Ash and Deb for their six years here (and before that in AJJE), wishing them all the best for their future.
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