It was one of the first publications to focus solely on role-playing games. Pelz felt the discussion was taking up too much space,  and he asked Lee Gold to start a new APA that would take this material and focus entirely on roleplaying games. The first issue of Alarums and Excursions appeared in June , the title taken from an Elizabethan drama stage direction that moved soldiers across a stage. In addition to removing roleplaying games discussion out of APA-L , the initial aim of the publication was to prevent roleplaying games from becoming so divergent that people from different cities couldn't participate in games together.
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Translated by Liz Waters Agenda Publishing. Add to Cart. Crisis after crisis has beset the European Union in recent years—Greek sovereign debt, Russian annexation of Crimea, unprecedented levels of migration, and the turmoil created by Brexit.
An organization originally designed to regulate and enforce rules about fishing rights, wheat quotas, and product standards has found itself on the global stage forced to grapple with problems of identity, sovereignty, and solidarity without a script or prompt.
From Paris to Berlin, London to Athens, European leaders have had to improvise on issues that the Union was never set up to handle and which threaten to engulf this unique political entity. And they have had to do so in full view of an increasingly disenchanted and dissonant public audience. Forced into action by a tidal wave of emergencies, Van Middelaar shows how Europe has had to reinvent itself by casting off its legal straitjacket and confronting hard issues of power, territorial borders and public authority.
Alarums and Excursions showcases the fascinating relationship between the Union and the European heads of government, and the stresses it must withstand in dealing with real world events. For anyone seeking to understand the inner power play and constitutional dynamics of this controversial, but no less remarkable, political institution, this book provides compelling reading. A brilliant series of case studies that illuminate different points in the creation of a new European political theater unscripted by the innumerable treaties and rules that created the EU as we know it today.
Van Middelaar is a more thoughtful guide than most to these [EU] institutions and events, in part because he brings the eye of a political theorist to his years working for the European Council president. Financial Times Part insider memoir and part commentary, this is probably the best analysis yet to appear of how the EU managed its recent crises over refugees, Ukraine, and the euro.
Foreign Affairs Brilliant treatise. A unique blend of behind-the-scenes knowledge, compelling ideas, and powerful political judgement. History is back, not as a script, Luuk van Middelaar shows, but as a living entity, and the choice is ours: do we want to play or be played?
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council. Read this mention about Alarums and Excursions in The Economist. About the Author Luuk van Middelaar is a historian and political theorist. In his role as a speechwriter and close advisor to the president of the European Council —15 , van Middelaar witnessed the political theater of Europe from the first row.
He now works as an author and academic. His previous book, The Passage to Europe winner of the European Book Prize , has been translated into more than ten languages.
alarums and excursions
Translated by Liz Waters Agenda Publishing. Add to Cart. Crisis after crisis has beset the European Union in recent years—Greek sovereign debt, Russian annexation of Crimea, unprecedented levels of migration, and the turmoil created by Brexit. An organization originally designed to regulate and enforce rules about fishing rights, wheat quotas, and product standards has found itself on the global stage forced to grapple with problems of identity, sovereignty, and solidarity without a script or prompt. From Paris to Berlin, London to Athens, European leaders have had to improvise on issues that the Union was never set up to handle and which threaten to engulf this unique political entity.
meaning and origin of the phrase ‘alarums and excursions’
The phrase alarums and excursions , also alarms and excursions , denotes confused activity and uproar. The noun alarum is an archaic form of alarm , meaning a call to arms the vowel between -r- and -m- in alarum perhaps arose from rolling of the -r- in the final syllable of the call. The noun excursion denotes a sortie , i. For example, the stage directions are as follows at the beginning of Act V, scene 3, of The history of Henrie the fourth [Part 1] Quarto 1, :. Alarme , excursions. The phrase is first recorded—in its military acceptation and in the form alarms and excursions —in The Siege against Lathom House in the year , published in The European Magazine , and London Review London , England of February
Alarums and Excursions
It was the first publication to focus solely on role-playing games. Each issue is a collection of contributions from different authors, often featuring game design discussions, rules variants, write-ups of game sessions, reviews, and comments on others contributions. The idea that role-playing games are an art form took strong root in this zine, and left a lasting impression on many of the RPG professionals who contributed. Maximum length is pages, no advertisements; issues usually run pages. Contributors are interested in many different games. They are also interested in cultural and military history, fantasy and science fiction, rock music, military re-enactments, movies, martial arts, murder mysteries, filksongs, science fiction fandom, religion, physics, astronomy, and a number of other subjects, all of which can be easily tied into roleplaying games if you take a sufficiently creative approach.