Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cropping PDF Files With Briss

A large PDF

Introduction

Good Heavens I have just looked up what Briss means. At long last the name now makes sense. Briss is a tool to cut down PDF page sizes while retaining the formatting. It does this by cutting away at the page, letting you cut away white space around the edges or taking a multi column page and turn it into a single thinner column.

Briss can be found here:

http://briss.sourceforge.net/

Other write ups about Briss can be found here:

http://lifehacker.com/5744899/briss-trims-pdfs-to-make-them-more-readable-on-your-e+reader

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/briss-trims-and-repaginates-pdfs-for-better-e-reading/

Here is a very brief guide to Briss and why it might make your life a little better if you like reading things on devices with smaller screens. For the purposes of discussion the screen I am using is the 480×800 pixel screen of my Archos 70, which is a good 7 inches across the diagonal. This could also be handy for my Sony Reader I suppose.

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A Mine, A Mine, My Kingdom for a …

Luckily I got a mine. Which made up for losing a Yetisburg earlier.

Zombiaki II: Attack on Moscow Review – English | Zombiaki 2: Atak na Moskwę | BoardGameGeek

Zombiaki 2: Attack On Moscow Review

This is my first review for BGG and is based on about four plays of the game with my better half.

Introduction

Zombiaki II Attack On Moscow is a two player strategic card game between zombies and humans. One player plays the defending humans the other the attacking zombies. The human player wins by stopping the zombies from overcoming their defences. The zombie player wins by overcoming the human defences before dawn.

Presentation

The card box contains: 40 cards for the zombie player, 40 for the human player, 5 cross street cards, a barricade card (human side) and a cemetery card (oddly enough the zombie side). The cards are well done with a large clear title (chains, pickaxe, steroids, shot etc), a generally entertaining picture, a visual representation of a cards health (for zombies) or damage dealing potential (for human cards), a bit of flavour text (“Fresh zombie steak!”), more text describing the gameplay of the card and a number telling you how many of that card are in the deck. The cards seem to be about as tough as a card from Magic.

The text is generally clear enough to work out what each card does. For some cards there seemed to be an odd missing word and one of the zombie cards was in German. Which actually just added to the entertainment for me.

My first review at the Geek 🙂