That doesn't mean that I've been completely idle in the world of elfgames. Far from it, my friends! Let's see...so I didn't really do much related to gaming in Europe, although I did plow through Charles Stross' Laundry Files (well, at least the five main books). I've enjoyed a couple of Stross' other novels (Accelerando and Glasshouse both managed to impress), and even when they have suffered from prioritizing "big ideas" over characters (something I've encountered more in British sci-fi, for some reason), they have been rife with gameable ideas.
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The Laundry Files also has plenty of game-ready ideas (in fact, it's been covered (DriveThru)), and also manages to have some appealing characters and well-paced plotting. It's certainly not meant to be taken as seriously as some of his other works, but not everything has to be high-art. And we were talking about elfgames, right?
But that's not all.