Author Archives: Taskbaarchitect

About Taskbaarchitect

Game Designer and Writer.

Super Mario Kart: A Retrospective

Don’t talk to strangers. Never drink from anything that has a skull and crossbones on the label. Avoid bananas while driving. If you grew up alongside a Nintendo system, the odds are that Mario Kart‘s quirky rules will be etched … Continue reading

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Games of the Year – 2013

GRAND THEFT AUTO V Let’s start with the obvious one. So tarred is the GTA series by its controversies, its cantankerously misogynistic plot lines and its own undeniable success that including a Grand Theft Auto in your Game of the … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day

I wanted to write a poem like Michael Rosen For National Poetry Day. So I hemmed and hawwed. Hemmed And hawwed. And I got cross because I just couldn’t seem to capture his style And I looked out of the … Continue reading

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The Star Trek Annual

I’ve inherited the 1968 “Star Trek Annual”; a slightly battered hand-me-down from my Mum, who was young enough to have drawn all over the inside cover with callous disregard for the future invention of eBay. That’s okay, though – I … Continue reading

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Book Review – Shada

Shada, bless it, has been knocked about more times than Ben from LOST. The original script, penned by Douglas Adams (you might possibly have heard of him) fell victim to strike action and was never produced. Since then it’s been … Continue reading

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The Christmas Spirits

1. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the house Came their screams, and I quaked In my bed like a mouse. An old threadbare blanket Hid me from sight It alone could sustain me To last through the … Continue reading

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Animal Crossing 012 – Ragnarok

People occasionally complain that Animal Crossing, packed to the gills as it is with Harvest Festivals and Graduation Days, pays short shrift to the British calendar – most notably, there’s no animal equivalent of Guy Fawkes Night. This is true, … Continue reading

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