Skirmish Outbreak - new wargame rules

I have been very tempted to order a copy of "Skirmish Outbreak" as it looks interesting and a review I read on a blog piqued my curiosity.

I thought I would purchase the actual printed book rather than just the PDF, but after adding it to my cart I was amazed to find this book made in New Zealand is selling in $USD.

By the time I added postage and then worked out the exchange rate from $USD to $AUD I decided the $68AUD price tag was a bit steep at the moment, especially as I have medical costs to fork out for at the moment.

I would have thought a book made in EnZed would have been in kiwi dollars, but it is not the case.

 I am sure there is a perfectly good reason for this, such as aiming the product at American gamers, but it doesn't help us Aussie gamers on a tight budget, especially as the Chinese currency caused the Aussie dollar to drop even lower today ( australian-dollar-falls-sharply-on-yuan-devaluation ).

I could buy the PDF which is much cheaper, but I really want a physical copy of the rules.

 I might have to save my money for a bit and see if the Aussie dollar can go up a bit more before investing in a copy.

For those with a larger budget, you can check out the rules and order a copy here:

Of course I am open to doing a review on my blog and on forums if a copy was sent to me as part of a publicity drive.....  (yep, I am shameless it seems)

Life imitating art.. well kind of

I am currently reading "Zombie Apocalypse" created by Stephen Jones, which was released in 2010.

It is a bit different to your normal zombie novel, in that the story unfolds through the use of diary entries, emails, police reports, letters and blogs to make the big picture.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but I am really getting drawn in to how the zombie apocalypse takes off in this novel.

Without giving too much away, I was surprised to see this news article today from the U.K.:

It is very similar to what is happening in the book, even right down to the time period the bodies were buried in this area.

This all makes me wonder if knowledge of the burial site was commonly known before they started digging it up, or if Mr Jones and Co. stumbled upon the idea of the book and it is just a coincidence.

Either way, I find it interesting.

Oh, and I started reading 'zombie apocalypse' as I first saw the cover for the third (?) book in the series and as I wanted to read it, I figured I would start at the beginning: