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Second Playtest of Star Schlock!

Star Schlock is designed to simulate the low budget, forgotten sci fi films and tv shows produced between 1968 and 1988 on the tabletop. I’ve got a soft spot for such gems as Starcrash, Battle Beyond the Stars, and Robot Jox, but Star Schlock should work for getting high brow fare like Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Dune and Star Trek on the table as well. – John Sears, designer, on his blog “The 1000 foot General” John Sears ran the monthly Scrum Palace game this month. It was a replay of the playtest of his Science Fiction Skirmish game, STAR SCHLOCK. He had made some changes since the last game a couple months ago. Instead of playing the hapless planetary militia, I was on the side of the evil empire this time. I had two squads of expendables, pictured above, Captain Vrock, also above, and Murderbot, not pictured. Same cast of characters as last time.. the Baron, the Baroness, the Militia, the Doc, the Space Cadet.. etc. There were some new compon

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3D Printing, first steps..

After hearing that our local library system generously offers up 3D printing services, for free, to library patrons, I decided to start taking advantage of this service. I’m really glad I did. The combination of cheap, easy browser based modeling and slicing tools (TinkerCad), giant repositories of existing models that are cropping up all over the place on the web (most importantly, Thingiverse), and most importantly, an affordable way to turn the printouts into tangible things you can touch and use is just a fantastic combination for me. First Print job: ships guns for my Cruel Seas 3rd Party freighter I bought at Cold Wars I know, I know, this is probably old hat for a lot of you. Understand, I have wanted to get into 3D printing for a while now, but I found the idea of learning sculpting using Blender to be incredibly daunting. I’ve tried in the past– back when anything you wanted to create for printing, you had to create out of nothing. That was a tough road to hoe. With the advent of Sh

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