Spring in 2018

We are in autumn but here I’m writing about spring? I’m late with the posts but slowly I’m make up for lost time.

This is the artificial lake built for the world exhibition of 1942 at the South of Rome. It has almond trees that as in Japan indicate the beginning of spring. We have only to wait almost 6 months to watch again this spectacle.



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Autori In Gioco 2018

Playtests are the only form of games that I play. Here while we are testing dungeons for miniatures.


The card game about missing cats with its luxury original artwork.

And now a convention only for people who wants to show their games to propose them to editors and to playtesters. In this order. It was located inside a sort of hospice with a section for people who suffers of Alzheimer. On the other side of the road the Italian centre of secret services. Yes, it is weird. However some games were weird too.



And here to hunt some witches.




An original idea from some friend of ours. I hope to see this game published when it will be developed in its final form.

More weirdness in the coatroom: Christ of the crutches.

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Snow

Snow in Rome is always an event. And it is fun to remember this at the end of Summer. It was the 26th of February. I went to work and I found the gates closed down. At 7.30 in the morning. Under snowfall. After a couple of hours someone brought the keys. Only a few were with me but however people presented to our counters. Some people is crazy.


Here some photos of my city like under an enchantment.





Winter is coming.

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Più libri più liberi 2017

The main Italian fair for small publishers that is held here in Rome has changed its location. The shift is only of 100-200 meters, from a congress building built in ’50 but designed for the world exhibition of 1942 that never happened due to war, to a new congress building built with extremely slowness. At least the first was interrupted as construction by war, the latter was protracted in time only due to speculations. From a neoclassic fascist building to a glass and steel building. 60 years in the passage of style, fashion and technique, but the spirit is the same: a large building with empty and useless spaces to add solemnity. And none needs it, because the first one could absorb congresses needs. Moreover its lend could be too expensive to attire people to organise events. However, I paid it with my taxes so I visit it paying the ticket for the annual book fair. What to say? It is so beautiful and original, a white cloud with rooms and floors, all inside a glass box. In the last decades the best thing as architecture in Rome. But it is surely costly as maintenance. This building isn’t going to end well, I suppose.
As books, I bought only a few, I just have got too many of them.










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Lucca C&G 2017: Cosplay [part09]

A shorter series of posts than before. After all these years I can’t repeat myself. I can only say that it is one of the best moments of the year according to me. There are a lot of things to view in Lucca Comics & Games, I published here only 134 photos. I cannot put all here inside. And now, as usual, the best phase of these reports: cosplayers, with a obvious preference for female ones.

















See you around the first of November for another edition of this appointment.

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Nagai and Tomino creations in Lucca Comics & Games were present as idols of the Japanese giant robots religion spread by anime on TV. I feel that I need some votive statues with them. I have some Tomino pieces of his pantheon in my house but none of Nagai ones. This could be heresy.








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A short review of some of the millions of statuettes, gadgets, models, action figures and similars that were around. You can find sexy things, perfect painted figures, auto-built models for modelling contests, rainbow Star Wars AT-AT made with Lego, giant Giger’s alien made with mechanical parts, Doraemon mesh-ups with animals, Marvel superheroes mesh-upped as samurai, giant dioramas with Marvel superheroes that you cannot put inside a normal house. Huge quantities of money is not always the problem, it is the available space the only limit to buy them.

















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Lucca C&G 2017: Computers [part06]

Videogames are a business so big that move more money than cinema. Before this was only a section of the Games pavilion, after they are exploded in various pavilions among the city. I’m not so interested in videogames but I’m a computer freak so these customised and powered machines are as porno for me. This remind me that my computer needs more neon lights inside…




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