Well hello there.
Welcome to the all about ‘David Nicol’, the place where I get to blow smoke up my own arse.
I live in Swansea, which is in South Wales, which is in the UK (free geography lesson right there), with my wife and kids and a couple of other animals. Despite the distraction of a full-time job I also produce Sci-Fi and Horror fiction.
There are three titles currently available from me: ‘Lament for the Living’, ‘Hannibal House’, and ‘The Deluge of Elias’. For more information and purchasing links for each title then visit my proper super-duper official author site: http://www.tbfmedia.com/bibliography/
In the future my goals are some, or all of the following (in no particular order):
- Win the lottery (properly win it, not like a tenner or something, I’m talking about stupid amounts where you start giggling while writing it out because there are so many zeroes).
- Consistently sell at least 700 books per month – at that point I can give up the day job and consider myself a bona-fide author.
- Stay happy.
Everything below this is legacy information from when I first started this blog (it used to be about gaming) – it may be of interest to some people, or it may just be taking up space. Either way it’s here for posterity:
I’m an old school gamer. Started on my brother’s Sinclair ZX-81, got my own Amstrad CPC464 (with colour screen!) when I was 10 (and all my friends had ZXSpectrums or C64s, and then the Sega MegaDrive) and played the early CodeMasters titles like Dizzy and Super Robin Hood – favourite games on the Amstrad for me were Harrier Attack and Roland on the Ropes though. In about 1997 I got my first PC and was playing Scarab by EA and Carmageddon by Stainless Games. A little bit of Quake, but nothing online. Also around that time had the PS1 and amongst the many titles two stand out for me – Worms and Metal Gear Solid. Had a PS2 at some point as well but my proper proper gaming started on the PC with Medal of Honor:Allied Assault, then on to Spearhead, Call of Duty, Ghost Recon and Blackhawk Down. Took a break from gaming until moving from the PC to the Xbox360 and Call of Duty 4 (Modern Warfare).
I would have been on PS3 from the start but after the umpteenth delay I decided I wasn’t waiting any more and got the Xbox360. A year later the PS3 was released but it wasn’t until the Red Ring of Death on the 360 that I decided to get one. Played it sporadically until late 2009 when I got CoD5 World at War, then in January 2010 got CoD 6 Modern Warfare 2 and I haven’t really been off it since.
Despite being FPS gaming for almost a decade, I’m mediocre at best, but play for the game rather than the glory – which is probably a good thing.
CodeMasters Treasure Island Dizzy was one of the toughest puzzle egg games ever 😉
It had a lot to answer for at the time. With umpteen publishers producing “puzzle” games that could only be solved if you had the same twisted view and skewed logic as the programmer.
It’s available as a free download from Codemasters http://www.codemasters.co.uk/downloads/details.php?id=17413
I installed it……and it just brought all the nightmares flooding back.