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There’s going to be a Frostgrave 2.0

Joseph McCullough says so. Version 1.0 A casual perusal of Reddit this morning had this line catching my eye: Well, the news has leaked, so I might as well go ahead and make an official announcement.There will be a new edition of Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City coming from Osprey Games in June of 2020! Now, as you might have picked up here and there, I’m pretty bullish about Frostgrave, or the original Frostgrave, or Frostgrave 1.0 or whatever. I feel like I’ve definitely made back my investment in entertainment. It’s fun, engaging, and based around simple concepts. I’ve always equated a game of Frostgrave as being “all the fun action its from Dungeons and Dragons without any of that pesky roleplaying to slow it down.” This is probably over simplifying and being a tad unkind to Joe’s great design, which I have been an enthusiast of since I first bought it. With that said, I was scratching my head a bit when reading t

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Fast Times in a Roman Coliseum

We playtest the coliseum game scenario for this year’s HISTORICON 2019 I have Adobe Sparkpost on my Ipad, so I decided to give it a try. I like the transitions but it can’t repost here directly, so follow this link:Playtest of Mad Maximilian 1934 Coliseum Race at the Scrum Palace Steve, Joe, Rich, Francesco, Jared and myself going pew pew pew and VROOM VROOM! View post on imgur.com//s.imgur.com/min/embed.js

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Session 2, Rift of the Frost Giants

So, I’ve been a little remiss in posting lately. We did a follow up to our last D&D v. 5.0 session at Casa Scrumm two weeks or so back. This is the continuation of the session that Jared put on for Joe’s birthday, which was a delve into the next in the series “Against the Giants”, a famous series of D&D Modules from way back in the day, revised for version 5.0 of D&D. If you remember from the last post, we delved around on the top floor, some members wandered off, and nearly got eaten by wolves or a giant bug thing. Given how that worked out we stayed more or less together this time. This time, our doughty crew started clustered together and didn’t deviate from that. We started after having retreated to our cave camp that is somewhere in the approaches to the Rift. We retreated there to heal up and learn some spells so we got in some long rests. It was during this rest period that we created the fiction that had Rich McKee’s character join us. As

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Space Schlock Alpha Test at Scrum Palace

Meta note: The crappy pictures are my own from my Ipad.  The nicer ones are courtesy of Ms. Ellen Levy who did a fantastic job of recording the game as usual.  Permission was granted up front. Friend and fellow Scrummer JOHN SEARS (whom you may know from the 1000 Foot General blog) is working on a labor of love called (at least for now) SPACE SCHLOCK.  John will correct me if I get the particulars wrong, but Space Schlock is a small unit skirmish game, with units roughly being 5-10 individual figures plus individually based special characters.  The setting is .. hmm.. well, the kind of B tier science fiction movies from the late 70s or early 80s you would associate with being Star Wars rip-off genre films in a science fiction setting.  Battle Beyond the Stars would be a perfect example. John is working on transitioning from design to development so he requested the able assistance of the Scrummers to do a little Alpha testing.  Four active players showed up so each of us got a s

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The Long Arm of Tolkien and how he saved us all

Poster for TOLKIEN by Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved I went to see an extraordinary event last night– the sneak peek premiere of TOLKIEN, a biopic of the foundation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s adult career as a linguist, scholar, poet, and (not necessarily in that order) the most famous fantasy writer in the English language. Afterward there was a live streaming Question and Answer session led by Stephen Colbert, the host of the Late Show. If you are ignorant of the fact that Colbert is probably the only person I’ll acknowledge being a bigger Tolkien geek than your humble narrator, that’s understandable. By way of background, Colbert struck up a friendship with Peter Jackson, the director of both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy. Jackson was so floored by Colbert’s encyclopedic, intimate and enthusiastic knowledge of Tolkien’s works– that he admitted publicly that Colbert was a more learned Tolkien scholar than he was. Colbert was later extended an offe

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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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A Halfling Shredding in the Steading (D&D)

Oddly enough we didn’t encounter any actual giants in the first session, so this illustration, although period authentic, is a little overly dramatic. Apparently you can teach this old dog some new tricks. My son Gar and I went to Joe Procopio’s house for a convening of what is the “off-week” game (usually roleplaying) and played in the adventure THE GLACIAL RIFT OF THE FROST GIANT JARL. This is a D&D adventure of some legendary fame in game lore, dating back in original form to the 1980s, and the second in the series called AGAINST THE GIANTS (the G series). I had not played in real, face to face D&D in at least two decades. I never got actually tired of it or disliked it, it just went to a ‘second tier fascination’ with my kids coming on the scene, and career obligations and real world stuff. It’s just hard to get together once a week. It’s still hard to do that, but I am managing to get in roughly monthly game sessions these days now that my kids are

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3D Printing is impacting wargaming…

I admit, I’m an easy guy to impress with the “new hawtness”.  Marketing types call my kind of brain an “early adapter”.   This trend is somewhat dampened by the realities of cost and space to put stuff, but I follow technology developments avidly and sometimes wonder how new tech would impact my other big hobby, playing and painting with toy soldiers. 2mm 3D Printed Miniatures from Forward March Miniatures Now, 3D printing isn’t exactly new anymore nor is it unique and new to miniatures gaming. I’ve been buying onesie and twosie pieces off of Shapeways for a few years now.. not anything drastic because the price point still isn’t there yet– and won’t be until production costs can somehow go down. What’s unique, and for as much as I can tell, new, is the effort that Forward March Miniatures is engaged in. They are producing, at a very small (2mm) scale, the ability to create a 1:1 army for games set in the Age of Gunpowder and Steel (roughly, fr

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Cold Wars 2019: progress, progress

I went to HMGS‘ Spring show, Cold Wars, last weekend.   Cold Wars is a show that I usually don’t volunteer to work staff for, because sometimes I actually like to go to events in the morning. Imagine!  This time, however, there was a plaintive request for assistance on the HMGS board, so I said to myself, “eh, okay, self, why not?” An Epic Journey.. okay, a two plus hour drive.. https://i.imgur.com/UZu2p48.mp4 Of course, we had to honor a time-honored tradition. https://i.imgur.com/ynP53l6.mp4 So I’m going to mention this stuff up front, so we can get it out of the way fast and just discuss convention activities. The Host has gone through some changes for the better. I will be the first to admit I have been critical of the Host’s diminished capacity in the last few years. Some might say even scathing. The last show, in particular, was fraught with facility problems that just seemed to be taking forever to make headway on. So don’t be shocked, but I’m going to sa

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Two new vehicles for Mad Maximilian 1934

In preparation for COLD WARS 2019, where I’m running a Junkwaffel game Friday night, I have rolled two new vehicles out of the shop.  The Leyat Fan Dancer and the Blue Omega.  Both cars are diecast conversions, not kit cars. First, a little history.  Both diecasts are based on ancient vehicles that actually existed.  The first is the ALFA CONSTANZA 40/60 AERODINAMICA, which was designed between 1913 and 1922. I like the unique shape. At the Alfa Romeo Museum, Italy I am intrigued by the new Spar Torpedo rules that were published in an article in WSS 95, so I thought I’d build a few conversions featuring this weapon. Enter.. the Blue Omega! Blue Omega with one Torp deployed.  Figure for scale. Blue Omega with both spars in stow configuration Conversion was simple. I added a couple of brackets on either side of the Omega, and then built a large spar with a rocket shaped game piece on top for the “warhead”. Note that the WSS95 rules state only one spar per car, but I cheerfully broke this

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Kickstarter Incoming: MyMiniReport

Well, this just came to my attention via Reddit’s /tabletop subreddit.  A French company is fielding an app on IOS and Android that will (they say) capture the salient points of a tabletop gaming experience, allow you to add notes and comments on the fly, and share to social media outlets . The project is called “My Mini Report” and I can see the need for it, because I do a lot of blogging and usually take pictures with an Ipad or an Iphone. With that said, it reminds me strongly of an earlier product called COMIC LIFE, which essentially does the exact same thing in a less structured format. From what I can glean from the video and description, they MyMiniReport people are adding value to the idea because the app generates the reports on the fly, while Comic Life required you to be at your desktop to really use it effectively. Also, PDF is a decent format for sharing, and would be really useful for, say, a gaming club newsletter that needed some quick content. My issue is that the PDF is gr

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Yessir, that was the Scrum that was!

* Image Credits at bottom I am happy to report that Scrum Con happened, last Saturday, at Davis Hall, College Park, Maryland. Attendance was sold out a week ahead of the date, and adjusted a little with a couple of last minute cancellations and a couple of walk ins.  Davis Hall is a medium sized meeting room in College Park, used by the municipal authorities apparently, and I had never been there prior to this event.  It was full up, to be sure, but not too crowded.  We provided a lunch at reasonable price to mitigate any mid-day exodus in search of fast food, and that proved to be reasonably popular.  We even had vegetarian options!  Yeah, that’s right, we’re hip!  We also had coffee and bagels for GMs in the morning, which is more than I ever got at any convention. ScrumCon was conceived as a fair play, equal ground concept for both RPG and tabletop miniature games.  It was built that way because, frankly, that’s what the Second Saturday Scrum Club likes to play.   So there were equal pa

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Countdown to ScrumCON 2019

Our little jury rigged community effort convention is a mere short two weeks away (less, even). Video courtesy of Ellen Levy. Advertisements __ATA.cmd.push(function() { __ATA.initSlot('atatags-26942-5c5c6bd3af6a0', { collapseEmpty: 'before', sectionId: '26942', width: 300, height: 250 }); }); __ATA.cmd.push(function() { __ATA.initSlot('atatags-114160-5c5c6bd3af6a3', { collapseEmpty: 'before', sectionId: '114160', width: 300, height: 250 }); });

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Junkwaffel: Southern Cross sold out, but…

JUNKWAFFEL: THE SOUTHERN CROSS! at ScrumCon 2019 I’m pleased as punch to announce my ScrumCon 2019 Mad Maximilian 1934 game, JUNKWAFFEL: The Southern Cross is sold out. Ten players will be a challenge, but it won’t be impossible. If you are an attendee and want to play, get on the wait list. I have lots of cars, we’ll work something out. Source: Junkwaffel: Southern Cross

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