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8th March 2017

10:21pm: Changes, once more, again
As a kid, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew absolutely what I was going to do for the rest of my life. College was more of the same in that I had big dreams. Now wandering into my forties, it turns out those preconceptions did not pan out—shocking I know.
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Current Mood: Happy

28th February 2017

9:11pm: Crossroads of courage, Round III
Sunday I returned to my LGS to run our third entry in the season 1 of crossroads of courage campaign. Since last month I ran straight up caster kill, this time we went for the second scenario in the pack. The players wanted to play 1 2x2 game rather than 2 1x1 games. I figured it would be a good learning session for the newer members so I gave the people what they wanted.
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Current Mood: Fan-tast-tic

24th February 2017

10:45pm: Pointless Bitching
Ever feel like the world is trying to draw everything out until your sanity snaps? I have patience but it is wearing thin.
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Current Mood: better with bourbon

22nd February 2017

9:00pm: Crossroads of courage round 2
A couple weeks ago, I stopped by the LGS for what I thought would be the second round of our crossroads of courage campaign. It turned out that the employee/friend who had been running the league had left the store’s employ so I, being the most experienced MK III player *cringe*, took over in his absence.
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Current Mood: Good

15th February 2017

9:49pm: Basic concept
Reading level up your life, I noticed two alter egos. There were the people with characters that aligned with their interests. These were people who practiced martial arts in real life so they created a character who did so as well. The second group had more fanciful characters such as wizards and druids. These people turned a trip to the grocery store into a hunt for an ancient artifact—more fantasy than fantastic filter.
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Current Mood: happy

9th February 2017

10:14pm: Fucking first world problems--damnit!
I filed my 2016 taxes today. I used to feel proud, patriotic, even slightly happy completing my filing. Lately, not so much.
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Current Mood: Ticked-fucking-off!

4th February 2017

9:38am: A new Beginning
Back in 2013 (has it been that long?) I started a blog series called “The making of an action hero” in which I wrote about my fitness travails from the perspective of an out of shape action hero trying to get back in the game. I started out exercising at home, eating better, and going on Saturday walks with a friend. That worked until I ran out of easy time and ran into holiday dining issues. I replaced that with the fit bit which lasted into 2016. I added thrice weekly gym trips in 2014. Like most plans, they worked until my environment changed or I ran out of motivation.
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Current Mood: Interested

1st February 2017

8:21pm: Guns and Sh*t
In my circle of friends I am the dedicated gun guy. As a result, I think some people think I spend most of my time reading about clockwork bullet throwers, all my money acquiring them, and all my intellectual capitol strategizing their future. The reality—especially lately—is that while I would like to be on the range every week, I am lucky to spend a day each quarter at Continental. I am not happy about it but I believe honesty is the best policy—especially when reviewing my to-do-list.
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24th January 2017

9:18pm: 40 Games
A couple weeks ago the brunette scheduled a weekend of gaming in honor of my fourth decade (achievement unlocked.) It was a good time and had the additional benefit of letting me throw some actual dice in actual contests.
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Current Mood: tired

6th January 2017

10:32pm: I wish things were different
I grew up with two self images. On the one hand there was the blind savant—eagle scout, church youth leader, wrestler, member of 4 choirs, gifted and talented student, high school paper reporter, vocal soloist, student councilor, Phi Beta Kappa member, and all around wunderkind. Mild competence for most people was exceptional performance for me. So, I got a lot of over-the-top praise for above average results. I was called amazing, inspirational, and a blessing. I tried to live up to that perception.
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Current Mood: Sad

6th December 2016

9:33pm: Crossroads of courage Round I
This past Sunday was the first session in my FLGS’s crossroads of courage campaign. Since most of the players are new, the T.O. kept the minimum points down to 15. If you and your opponent wanted to raise the bar that was up to you. “Weeks” are actually months for us—so week 2 will be played in January. I am talking to the T.O. about moving to a rumble format since I feel that better fits the community’s skill level and resource count. He seems open to the idea.
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Current Mood: Full

3rd December 2016

11:49am: Updated Sorscha 1 tactica
The following is an updated tactica for Sorscha 1 with the new edition in mind. Your mileage may vary. Feedback and heckling are welcome.
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Current Mood: happy

29th November 2016

9:02pm: Beginning the campaign
This Sunday I will be playing in my FLGS’s first session of the Narrative campaign. We got a late start due to only “doing warmachine” once a month and the need to encourage players to join up with the journeyman league.
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Current Mood: full
7:36pm: Considering Kozlov
Rounding out my review of Khador’s new battle box, we shall consider Kozlov, friendliest of the Northern warcasters. As usual, any mistakes are my own.
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Current Mood: tired

26th November 2016

10:19pm: Considering the juggernaut
Continuing my review of Khador’s MKIII battle box, today we shall consider big red’s archetypal melee jack, the juggernaut.
Standard disclosure…all mistakes are my own, comments welcome, bla bla bla.
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Current Mood: full

21st November 2016

6:25am: A letter from my father
The following is an Op-Ed my father wrote recently for several National publications. Considering how often we butt heads over politics it is a message I fully support.
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Current Mood: Not awake yet

20th November 2016

6:38pm: Considering Khador's Decimator
Today we shall consider that double barreled thumper, that chainsaw wielding powerhouse, that much-maligned giant of the battle field, the Khadoran decimator. As with all things, these are my opinions based on personal preference and experience. Salt to taste. Any errors are my own—please correct me if required.
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Current Mood: Good

14th November 2016

8:12pm: @@@####$$%%ing Politics!
I was going to wait a few weeks before writing about politics. There is a lot of material on the table and I do not think we will have clear answers for many of the big questions until at least December. That being said…
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Current Mood: Pissed

13th November 2016

4:58pm: A funny thing happened to me on the way to the store
I spend a lot of time on public transportation, waiting at bus stops, walking around my neighborhood, and hiking through my local suburban jungle. When you cannot drive, yee-old foot power becomes the default transportation. Because of this, I often encounter “interesting” people.
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Current Mood: Mental blue screen

8th November 2016

12:58pm: Concluding my warmachine journeyman league
Note: This is the final report for my LGS’s 50-point journeyman league. See previous entries for the dirty details regarding how I got here.
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Current Mood: Happy

1st November 2016

9:41pm: Politics, before the storm
Thursday, I voted early. The process was quick—efficient—surprisingly painless. I have the sticker to prove it. Early voting is at record levels Nationally—in the states that allow it anyway.
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Current Mood: Sick

30th October 2016

9:49pm: Winter is coming
I associate winter with stark beauty. It is the season of cold nights and hot apple sider. It smells like smoke and the dusty burnt sugar of oncoming snow. There is peace in the quiet after a winter storm—when all is muffled—pure—consumed by frosty fallen crystal. I revel in winter’s crisp bite. It calls to me as others yearn for the dog days of summer and the burgeoning weeks of new-spring.
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Current Mood: Sick

11th October 2016

9:30pm: A correction and thoughts on a changing game state
It has been brought to my attention that I made a significant oversight in my list construction commentary regarding my last journeyman league session. It turns out that Man-o-War demolition corps do not in fact have combined melee attack. My apologies to anyone I may have misled. Credit to Esper for the catch.
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Current Mood: sleepy

7th October 2016

10:20pm: Big Red hits the table, or the first 2 rounds of jjourneyman league
Last month I entered a 50 point journeyman league. As my experience in the new edition could at best be called “limited”, I wanted a way to ease into the new environment.
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Current Mood: zzz

1st October 2016

10:24am: Initial debate thoughts
It is time for some post debate review. I am not going to do another one of these until after the debates are done unless something major happens.
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Current Mood: not awake yet
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