Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Rather than be surrounded by gamers in a hotel convention hall, I was forced to be outside with a bunch of 20 somethings cavorting in the pool. I think all of you can understand my disappointment at missing the con. I actually spent most of the day either behind the BBQ (young people eat a lot! - not as much as gamers but still a lot) or on the boat taking them tubing.
It was really rough duty. We did have a casualty in the house - one of the young ladies decided it would be a grand idea to heat up some buffalo sauce/dip in the microwave. The only problem was the it was in a ceramic bowl that has a metal lining. Well that microwave was 10 years old so probably needed to be replaced anyway.
I really do want to make one of the Williamsburg, VA events so hopefully can go to the Williamsburg Muster in Feb'17
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Mr Lee's blog has just crossed 2 million page loads a staggering achievement that will surely displace Guttenberg and his pokey old printing press in the historical annals of communication achievements.
Check it out
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sean left for college yesterday. He'll be living off campus in an apartment for his senior year so he's taking our old SUV (with 205k miles on it and still running nicely)
A few shots of the car all packed up.
He left about 10:00am wed morning and I was a wreck for the rest of the day. Oh well back to becoming a curmudgeon.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
To be honest, my initial reaction was to rue the silly local laws that forbid the discharge of firearms in a residential area as they were munching on our shrubbery. The a state park in the backyard that full of stuff to eat - why pick on my yard?
Once I had stop railing about the infringement of my 2nd amendment rights, I was able to think back on the special relationship that a mother shares with her child.
Queue fading harp music......
Of course he's a bit larger than the fawn coming in at 6'4" and has the lithe and delicate frame of an offensive lineman. But he does share one likely characteristic with the fawn - he's terrified of his mothers wrath (as am I).
Sigh, he heads back to school today for his last (hopefully) year of college.
Any of you want to hire a soon-to-be CMU grad with degree in stats and robotics? He's really good at lifting heavy stuff.
I really can't afford to feed him any more.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Well, no, it's not really blasphemy. I just need a change of pace and am thinking about doing something a bit daft for next year's Historicon game that may mix historical and fantasy - shall we say "Muskets and Dragons" or even "Bolt-Grave"? But more on that another time....
If one is going to do a fantasy game, one needs some dungeon terrain. There a lot of commercially available terrain sets out there which are all patterned of the 2x2x2inch cube format used by Dwarven Forge. DF makes great stuff but it's expensive and also "small". I wanted to have a bit bigger feel, so I decided to mock up a sectional piece.
After waiting a few hours for the primer to dry the next step was to paint on a basic very and then highlight with white.
I think the test section came out rather well but the walls are two high. It would be difficult to get a measuring tape or fingers in there. I think if I reduced the effective wall height from 3 inches to 2 the playability will increase sharply with out loosing to much of the dungeon feel.
My preliminary plan for the HCON game needs 6x4 feet of dungeon, which means a minimum of 96 tiles to build. I think that may be a fun project for the winter.
What do you think?
In planning this little project, I did stumble over a lot of helpful you tube videos
Storm the Castle 3D Dungeon Terrain
While the game concept is a bit silly from a historical viewpoint, the terrain making will be a lot of fun and its' still you soldiers. I just need a break from big, set-piece battles for a bit.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
What does one do with a plethora or tomatoes?
Back to more standard gaming related items in the next post (maybe)
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Right after this picture was taken he started striking at me. It was really cute until....
It's rather useful, when one is a stupid as I am, to be married to a surgeon and my lovely Dr wife took charge of my care along with simultaneously admonishing me for said stupidity.
It's now Tuesday and the swelling has gone down which is allowing me to type this post. It actually was a nice few days being unable to use a keyboard.
What happened to Young Master Rattlesnake? Well I let him go in the woods - rattlesnakes aren't that dangerous if you don't try to catch them (there's the whole stupid thing again) and are amazingly effective at keeping the rodent population down. They are also on the endangered species list here in Maryland so its against the law to harm them. Sadly, the rascals have no legal proscriptions against biting us.
As you might suspect, I spent a good bit of time single-handedly googling Timber Rattlesnakes on the web. Fascinating creatures but nowhere did I see any indications of their love of swimming pools.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Such was the case at Historicon where I was "tricked" by great game play, wonderful mini's and a cool theme into trying Guild Ball a sports/combat themed fantasy game from SteamForged Games Ltd.
After a few demo games with the WWPD crew, I was hooked and on Saturday Steve walked me through the vendor hall saying you need this, that and one other thing. At the end of our sojourn my wallet was a good bit lighter and I had the makings of a team from the "Engineers Guild". The minis in the pictures are a bit shiny as I haven't varnished them yet - there's still a little bit of detail work I want to do on both the figures and the bases. I went with a scrapyard theme for the basing.
The figures are wonderfully sculpted and perhaps the funnest I ever painted (sorry Michael and Alan Perry - I still love Perry historical the best)
One of the more appealing aspects of the game is there are no points - each team consists of six players, one of which must be a mascot. Simples.
After putting on a giant battle game at Historicon, I really like the concept of just a handful of figures to field a team - easy to get into and transport. Each Guild has several other players - you can see one in the back of the pictures awaiting painting.
The pricing on minis is a little eye-watering but they are superb sculpts. Offsetting the cost is the fact that all the rules and players cards are available for free via download. You can buy nice printed versions (which I did, again due to travails of "peer-pressure" - that's my story and I'm sticking with it) but everything you need to play the game is available for free - including paper players. It's a great distribution model and since the company owns the IP for the game they can charge whatever they want for the minis.
I'm looking forward to my first game with these guys in a few weeks!