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Say the X like E (Gaslands) – Pole Position, Teams & Hazards

Such surprises as this title come easily out of playing Gaslands.  It's a racing game allowing for players to have their own spin on the speed which makes this fun. Then how does X fit in?  It has to do with a Grand Prix.  So the last word means prize and that's how the people in Monaco would say the word used in that very famous international race. Why did I use this race?  Well it has teams.  Just like Gaslands.  But individual approaches show up when playing this game because these rules allow such things.  Why not? Now consider...continue reading

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Cars of Course (Gaslands) with Jerry Mandering

Once cars changed tires, several times, on a regular good drive. But problems would spoil it! They could get stuck. Worse, there were times they fell over. Even much worse was when a head on collision smacked into both cars caught in the same rut and they couldn't avoid it. Still something was needed. It was speed. Yes. A dealer from Indiana realized how excitement was waiting to begin. So he created the Indy 500. His idea was to stage a great race where speed could happen. It was the fun cars were meant to have. It sold cars! But...continue reading

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Cryptkickers (Undead) vs Bog Port Bloaters (Nurgle) for Blood Bowl

I haven't done one of these for a while, but last night my Undead faced off against a great looking Nurgle team, so I got quite a few pictures and I may as well share them! Right now we're in the middle of a season of Blood Bowl at my FLGS. This was my 3rd game of the season and one I knew would be tough. Nurgle is a difficult team to face in general, and I'm trying to relearn the Undead too. So, I wasn't quite sure how to approach the game. Cryptkickers vs Bog Port Bloaters John, my...continue reading

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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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In memory of Hal Dyson

With deep sadness, I note the recent passing of Hal Dyson. He was a fixture at conventions, running giant Aerodrome games back to back sometimes, solely for the love of the game. I always talked to Hal, who participated in some of my earlier Wild West and Victorian Science Fiction games enthusiastically. Honestly, I can’t find a good picture of me with Hal… so here’s some generic Aerodrome pictures instead. Hal lived a pretty eventful life, serving his country in many places and in many conflicts.  He was a Vietnam veteran.  He rarely discussed these things.   I never knew him to get overwrought about organizational politics, or hold a grudge against anyone in particular.  He was on an even keel. Hal was kind, energetic, caring and understanding. His patience was legendary— making him a great GM for children players. Hal never complained, never was bitter, even when declining health forced him out of the GM business. He was attending shows until the very end. I’ll miss you Hal. Heck, we all

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A Fistful of Kung Fu Review – Wargame from Osprey Games

Much like Bushido and Dark Age, I’ve been looking at Osprey Publishing’s A Fistful of Kung Fu for ages. Whilst checking out the Infinity casual play night out at Kayjay’s Games and Hobbies Café, I took the chance to lighten their stock of the Osprey Publishing’s range. Kayjay’s Games and Hobbies Café is what a games store should be, spread across two floors. The ground floor of the store is dedicated to stock, and stock there is. Kayjay’s carries a massive range, everything from Warhammer through to the more obscure games like A Fistful of Kung Fu. A Fistful of...continue reading

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Chronicles of Thor: Gaming, Painting, and Brushes

Quite a bit going on since last I chronicled. Let's see what I can remember though... Blackstone Fortress I got to play this with Kamui a few weeks back. I honestly knew nothing of the game beyond the basic setting. My lack of interest in 40K has included anything in the setting. So, getting to play the game meant learning everything. I mean, that goes without saying with a new game, but as I said - I knew nothing at all about this game. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Our goal was to learn how the game worked,...continue reading

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The Conscious Brain and the Way of Paint

On January 1, 2019, Zach Weinersmith posted the comic excerpted above on his webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. In his comic, Weinersmith makes jokes over a broad sprectrum of academic material, taking mathematical concepts and philosophical concepts and misapplying or reimagining them as petty discussions.In this particular case, you have a student coming to a master who tells him he has to let go of his conscious self. When asked why, the master replies above in the third panel of the strip describing how motor memories and declarative memory are two separate things, so letting go of consciousness in combat is necessary as thinking about what you're physically doing will only slow you down.The role of muscle memory in our hobby is everywhere, from painting our miniatures to moving the miniatures on the table itself. As an example, I could tell you HOW I move my paint brush when I layer a highlight, but hearing me explain it doesn't necessarily mean you can follow my "instruction" and do it. At some

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Gaslands Game Review from Osprey Games – Vroom! Vroom!

Gaslands is the brainchild of Mike Hutchinson. He is a gamer and modeler who started writing wargames at the tender age of 15. In Gaslands, a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future (that all good sci-fi settings should have), the year in 2018 and the Earth has been occupied by Martians for 19 years. Earth is a ghetto. All money goes to Mars. While some resent those that betray their fellows to work for a Martian corporation, many simply cannot afford ideals. Television continues under the global control of The Network, a nest of greedy and traitorous Martian collaborators. The Network shows a...continue reading

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2018 Year in Review

There are two blog posts that I enjoy writing the most each year, the first one is my "What's in store for" (next year), and the second one is my "Year in Review".2018 started with a "What's in store for 2018" so we will use that post as basis for our year in review.Guild Ball2018Painting Goal:  This is a tough one.  I would love to say to be able to complete every Guild Ball model that I have so that all Guilds are completed.  It is doable since I currently probably have around 40 models left to complete.  I have the new six for both the Farmer's and Blacksmith's, the second six for the Brewer's and the remaining are for my Mortician's and Union.  I do have a few one off's left (Smoke and Lucky) and I am wrapping up Skatha for my son's Hunter's Guild.  I think realistically I will shoot to complete the Farmer's, Blacksmith's and Brewer's (along with the few one off's).  This will give me some room for some of the new Minor Guilds that will be released in 2018.Gaming Goal:&n

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Tourney Lessons Learned – Bigger Isn’t Always Better!

Sometimes a tourney is a resounding success, sometimes not so much. Even when things fail though the tourney can teach you some lessons. I run local tournaments in my city, and have done so for many years.   We've cultivated a culture which stresses fun over competitiveness and as such many of the netlists and ultra-competitive types just don't bother coming to our tournies. No ITC points, all prizes are random draws, winners receive their name on the store trophy, a round of applause and a crisp high-five.  Our random draws have $800 or more worth of product on the prize...continue reading

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Fall-IN! 2018: The Sinkhole that wasn’t

Or: the toilet that got ideas above its station and tried to be a bidet Standard disclaimer.  I’m not a member of the HMGS BoD.  If I say anything in this post about HMGS plans or policies, it’s just me saying it, and not officially from anyone but me. So another early November dawning, and a cold and kind of rainy drive Northward to Lancaster for FALL IN!  The new pickup truck packed up pretty snug, as I was running a game for the first time in a long time.  The drive was pretty long for a change.  I like to head to Lancaster using the 495-270-15-30 route rather than drive on the Interstate.  It’s a more bucolic drive. This time, there was a pileup at a major intersection along the way, so they closed Route 30 for a few miles.  I got WAIS to help me figure this one out but I did lose time– it was nearly dark when the standard proclamation rang out on the Wright’s Ferry Bridge. Pulling into the parking lot, immediately I was getting a weird vibe from the Host.. for one thing, the

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Farewell to a visionary, Greg Stafford has passed

Let me point this out, I don’t want to turn this blog into a sad and gloomy place, it’s just that there’s been this long train of luminaries passing on in the last five years, and I always feel inclined to give them a nod in passing when they go.  I’m just noticing the increasing trend towards Obit posts.  With that said.. I’m burying the lead. Famed roleplaying game designer Greg Stafford has passed on.  I’m not quite clear yet of the particulars, but it was the end of last week, on the 11th.  Greg Stafford might mean nothing much to the younger crowd out there– he was old school, alternative, story based.  In my eyes, he was a visionary who added so much to the roleplaying hobby, that he should be remembered in the same context as Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. For starters, Greg Stafford invented the Glorantha universe.  That means, White Bear and Red Moon, Nomad Gods, and a host of supporting material.  As an RPG, it made a lot of sense, but it was the world

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The Warhammer Underworlds Warbands with Helpful Tips & Advice

One of my favorite elements in Warhammer Underworlds (Shadespire and Nightvault) is that you can buy a new warband, have a whole new way to play, get cards to help other warbands, and have some awesome models to paint for only $30. For me, buying new Warhammer Underworlds warbands is like Pokemon - 'Gotta catch'em all! So, what I thought I would do is to provide a complete list of all the Warhammer Underworlds warbands with some in-depth info on each, along with tips and tricks for them. If you have some tips on the warbands then please share it...continue reading

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Playing 8th Edition Tyranids – Thoughts, Tips, and Tactics

Hello true followers of the great devourer!  It's been quite the wild ride being a Tyranid player for the past several years, but as the dust is settling (somewhat) on our 8th edition codex and the recent big FAQ, I figured it was time to talk bugs. Tyranids were my first 40k army.  I was a diehard Warhammer Fantasy player and never was interested in the sci-fi grimdark in the least.  However I really truly loved the Tyranid models and they sucked me into the game, and my wallet hasn't really recovered since! Now at the time I began thinking about...continue reading

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