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October 18, 2014

Sunday again, and another week closer to the end of the year. Is it just me or has 2014 been flying by? As usual I have another 8 sentences from revenant for you and, like always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    Ryan dragged Marcus’ limp form several meters, laying him down in a nearby corner of the vault. Walls on two sides limited his options if it came to escape, but Ryan would never leave his friend behind. Besides, he had had enough of running. Fight or die, that’s all there was left to do.

    He didn’t need any camera feeds to know they were coming, the guttural sounds of their approach told him enough. He hefted his weapon, waiting for the husks to show themselves before unleashing a barrage of deadly fire into their midst.

    Limbs burned and bodies fell, but all that carnage couldn’t keep the rabid horde at bay. Ryan let the rifle drop and drew his monofilament blade just as the first undead thing reached him.



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Published on October 18, 2014 14:46

October 11, 2014

Today is the last day of a wonderful two week break, back to the daily grind of work tomorrow to earn the cash to pay for the fun I’ve had these past two weeks. Today as usual I have another 8 sentences from revenant for you. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    The world turned black and green as Ryan’s helmet switched to night vision mode. His ears still ringing from the explosion, he ran forward determined to reach Red Dress before it could get away, or worse.

    He rounded the corner and found it hunched over Marcus, clawed hands tearing his armour away. Ryan took a moment to line up the shot before he squeezed the trigger. The plasma struck the unsuspecting banshee at the base of the skull and burned its head away.

    Ryan ran over to Marcus and tossed the banshee’s headless corpse aside before checking him for injuries. The man’s armour appeared mostly intact, but he remained non-responsive. He slung the rifle over his shoulder and, with one arm below each armpit, started to drag his partner clear of the area.



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Published on October 11, 2014 13:51 • 2 views

October 4, 2014

From the island state of Tasmania last week to Phillip Island in Victoria this Sunday. I am away again, but this time I am enjoying a gaming weekend where I can really get my geek on. I and five of my very good friends have rented a house on this popular holiday island for our annual Geek Fest. Four days of Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and the like, without the distractions (and pressures) of real life there to interrupt us. How thankful I am to be able to indulge myself in this way… I expect that once I return to work things might get busy again. :-)


We’re using the #GF2014 hashtag if you want to follow the action on twitter… but I warn you, we’re all generation Xers so our tweeting skills are somewhat lacking.


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    Marcus stepped out from behind cover, gun raised and firing. Red Dress stepped to the side, avoiding the shots and tossed the item it carried toward him. Ryan looked on, helpless as the small sphere struck the ground in front of his partner and exploded in a dazzling cascade of fire. The force of the blast threw Marcus back against the wall where he fell boneless to the floor.

    The banshee howled.

    An answering cry tore through the silence less than a heartbeat later and the vault went dark. The last thing Ryan saw before the camera feeds stopped was the professor cutting the power to the vault.

    This wasn’t good.



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Published on October 04, 2014 12:53 • 1 view

September 27, 2014

This post once again comes to you from Tasmania, specifically Port Arthur – a World Heritage listed site and well worth a visit. This trip has me driving around the beautiful Apple Isle with my family on a (Griswald like) vacation. Given that I am “out-and-about” I will keep the preamble short and launch straight into the next 8 sentences from Revenant.


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    “We should take her out before they can link up.”

    “I’ll go.”

    Ryan tracked Marcus’s progress as his teammate ran toward the lone banshee. Ryan also moved, taking a different path through the shelves to set up a crossfire; the A.R.D. making it easy to keep track of everyone and everything.

    Red Dress charged between the shelves with none of the banshee’s characteristic caution. “Marcus, wait!” Ryan shouted.

    Too late.



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Published on September 27, 2014 14:15 • 1 view

September 21, 2014

Has it been a week already? Somehow it is Sunday once again and that means its time for another 8 sentences from Revenant. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    Red Dress entered the vault just as Ryan and Marcus completed their sweep. The surveillance cameras let them track the lone banshee’s progress as it moved through the maze of stacked shelves behind them.

    “It came in alone?” Marcus said over the communication channel. “Doesn’t seem all that smart to me.”

    “Don’t get cocky,” Ryan warned. He knew that Banshee’s liked to work in pairs. “If Red Dress is in here then The Professor won’t be far away.”

    As if to punctuate his point, a scream sounded from beyond the door and a dozen husks streamed inside.



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Published on September 21, 2014 00:41 • 1 view

September 13, 2014

Sunday once again and that means its time for another 8 sentences from Revenant to share. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    They entered the vault side by side. The Augmented Reality Display in their helmets flared to life the moment the pair crossed the threshold. Real-time tactical data superimposed their view and it took them a moment to assimilate all the extra information before moving on.

    Wordlessly the two soldiers split apart, Ryan going left and Marcus right, using the ARD to keep tabs on each other as they worked their way through the massive underground chamber.

    The uniform rows of hermetically sealed storage all bled into one another, and were it not for the map in his head Ryan might have thought he was walking in circles. Eventually he reached the spot where he and Cassandra found the samples. Scorch marks and bits of gore still stained the walls from the plasma grenade he used to clear their path.

    So many husks had died in this place already.



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Published on September 13, 2014 19:19

September 6, 2014

It’s Father’s Day in Australia today. A day when dad’s across the land can sit around the house with a beer in one hand and the footy on TV completely guilt free. This post is as close as I am going to come to doing any work so I hope you all appreciate the sacrifice I am making in sharing it with you ;-)


8 more sentences from Revenant to share, and as always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    Marcus leaned back into the elevator shaft and peered up. “If that’s true then what do you have in mind.”

    Ryan thought for a moment. “The surveillance cameras in the vault are working. We won’t be totally blind in there.”

    “You’re suggesting we lure them inside, and then—”

    “—we spring our trap,” Ryan finished. “I’ve had enough of running.”



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Published on September 06, 2014 14:48 • 3 views

August 30, 2014

This weekend has seen the realisation of one of my dreams, seeing Queen perform live. Sure the band consists now of just two of the original members, and Freddie Mercury’s amazing vocals were missed, but the concert was everything I could have hoped for. Adam Lambert did an amazing job. He didn’t try to be Freddie, instead he sang with all his considerable passion and the result was sensational. Roger Taylor and Brian May did what they do best and I could not have been happier with how it all came together. Amazing.


Two Saturday nights in a row with me seeing fantastic bands, I must say I have had a great couple of weeks.


But today I Sunday and that means that I have another 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    “Deliberately. Are you saying there are other people in here?”

    “Not people, no.”

    “Then what?”

    “The banshees.”

    “Don’t be ridiculous. They can scream pretty loud, that’s for sure, but they’re mindless zombies like the rest.”

    “No, they’re not.”



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Published on August 30, 2014 17:32 • 2 views

August 23, 2014

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Anathema live in the final show of their Australian Tour. A great night out but a late one and at my age – yes I am playing the old man card :-) – it takes a bit to bounce back from such things.


But I digress. I know you didn’t visit my blog to read about my taste in music, so without any further ado I have another 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    “This is the vault level I assume.”

    “Only a short corridor before—” A series of loud clangs above them caused Ryan to look up. His eyes widened and he tackled Marcus through the elevator doors just as something dark and heavy crashed to the ground where they’d been standing.

    “Thanks,” Marcus said as he climbed back to his feet. “I guess my parting gift did more damage than I thought.”

Ryan peered through the cloud of dust to examine the object that nearly crushed them. “This had nothing to do with you.” Despite the impact damage, the pile of twisted metal was still recognisable as a desk. “That was thrown down here deliberately.”



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Published on August 23, 2014 16:06 • 2 views

August 16, 2014

Sunday has rolled around at it looks like its namesake might actually be shining for the first time in a long while. As usual I have 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you, these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.



    Ryan finished configuring his gear and pushed out from the wall to dangle in the middle of shaft. He looked on as Marcus set himself up and a less than a minute later the pair began their descent.

    Ryan reached the ground first, surveying the area with practiced efficiency. “Clear.”

    Marcus landed beside him and looked at the carnage littering the bottom of the shaft. “This is your handiwork I assume.”

    Ryan nodded. “We were rather in a hurry last time.”



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Published on August 16, 2014 18:21 • 2 views