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23rd October 2017

10:21am: Back to the grave
WMTG and I recently squared off for a third installment of frostgrave. I finished my required weekend short shift at the reference desk and it was off to the frozen city after a taco bell appetizer.
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Current Mood: Happy

7th September 2017

7:57pm: A bit of ranging
I have not done much with guns lately. Adjusting to work, limited finances, and a dearth of range partners has cut down on my time.
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Current Mood: meh

21st August 2017

9:39pm: Final thoughts on warmachine MKIII 1 year in.
The best game lines represent a relationship between fans and the production company. My first gencon, PP took over a local restaurant. They renamed every item on the menu for warmachine characters and had open gaming in the back. When hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, they put out a charity resculpt of Vlad I to raise funds for the victims. When they had to raise prices or start using new materials, they explained their decision in simple language—no razzle dazzle—just the facts.
They set the standard for quality, design, and community engagement. I did not like every choice they made but I knew they had a plan. I trusted that they had it under control. If I doubted for a moment, my faith was soon restored. Flash forward to a year after MKIII’s release and I am let’s say…concerned. Please keep in mind that although the following is inherently critical, it comes from a love of the game.
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Current Mood: Tired

19th July 2017

8:31pm: Thoughts on Warmahordes MKIII pt2
Game play:

I believe you should value a game for what it is—not what you want it to be. Put differently, it is unfair to complain about how little variety there is in tick tack toe VS. Chess because they are fundamentally different games that happen to share a board design. There is value in the comparison from an analytical point of view but not from the standpoint of personal preference. I mention this because I am going to compare warmachine to several board games in the following article. That comparison is not meant to say that one game is better than another—just that different systems have different strengths and weaknesses. My opinions are just that—the preferences I have gained through 20 years pushing around tiny combatants.
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Current Mood: Happy

12th July 2017

8:04pm: Thoughts on Warmahordes MKIII 1 year in
I love warmahordes. It is the longest running of my mini hobbies. So, when I heard MKIII was inbound I had astronomically high hopes and proportionately terrible fears. How was my pet game going to change? Was I going to like those changes? How was my style of gaming going to fit in the new sandbox? It is difficult to separate my feelings about the new edition from my feelings about the associated decisions PP has made since the initial release. The PP faction forums were a daily touchstone—the first thing I checked when I woke up and the last thing I checked at night. Their loss, regardless of the reason, is indelibly associated with MKIII in my head. I cannot objectively review the new edition without considering the changes to the surrounding bureaucratic architecture. So, I am going to write a couple of rambling reviews on a variety of subjects. Be advised that this is all personal opinion. I am a long term casual player. I do not get to play much. So, errors are my own—salt to taste.
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Current Mood: Happy

9th July 2017

10:02pm: Politics, AAArg!
I used to like politics. Even when government ticked me off, I savored the ability to intelligently discuss ways and means. My ideas were challenged and evolved in response. It took a lot of time. Reading, writing, listening to the news…I remember listening to the Zimmerman trial in its entirety…watching the presidential debates…listening to the coverage of the Paris attacks. The investment paid dividends when talking to my father, Squish, WMTG, and other respected acquaintances. A couple bus drivers loved asking me thorny questions on my ride home. We did not always agree but the back and forth was fun. With each exchange, I proved to myself that I was more than a reactionary knuckle dragger.
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Current Mood: Meh

3rd July 2017

8:38pm: I hate portion control
The following is a note on health, fitness, and the limits of personal willpower…you have been warned.
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Current Mood: happy

19th June 2017

10:37pm: Frost Grave, Again, Still!
Yesterday, WMTG and I gave FG a second run. This was his Father’s Day event so I showed up with a couple six packs and miniatures in hand. I forgot the darned mat again (profanity on the ride over.) Whatever, pidge and Ceri went to the movies. So, it was just WMTG, me, and the animals.
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Current Mood: Happy

17th June 2017

9:56pm: Frost Grave, a new beginning
Sunday, Phoenix and I set to a classic game of frost grave. In some ways frost grave is the minis game I have always wanted. It is simple, internally consistent, and beautifully free of fiddly bits. It is also a game that benefits from scenario and campaign elements over the long-hall. The core game is a straight forward resource competition. The campaign variant through multiple scenarios dilutes the lethality while retaining the resource acquisition race.
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Current Mood: Sleepy

12th June 2017

9:08pm: Week day warmachine
Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of facing Cane III. My friend Corc came in from out of town to do battle on the field of honor. Cygnar has ever been my nemesis so I figured this would be an excellent learning opportunity. I seared a couple steaks, had a great dinner, and faced down PP’s newest bad-boy.
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Current Mood: happy

8th June 2017

8:46pm: Reviewing Zerkova I
A couple months ago I started looking for a new warcaster to playtest. I wanted to try something a little “different.” I have pedestrian tastes—I am drawn to the original prime casters. In spite of those preferences, I kept coming back to Zerkova I. She looked tantalizingly off the snowy path. I was vacillating between Sorscha and her when PP released her reskulpt—sold! Thus I give you this review from a non-tournament playing, low experience son of the motherland.
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Current Mood: Meh

16th May 2017

9:40pm: Finishing Crossroads of Courage
A couple weeks ago I finished the first season of Crossroads of courage. This also concluded my test run of Zerkova I, she of the cold heart and dark secrets.
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Current Mood: zzz

11th May 2017

6:47pm: an overdue update
Lately I have found less and less opportunity to write and reflect. I could blame this on the new job but I think it more accurate to say that the job has forced me to reevaluate my priorities. I shall attempt to make a men’s.
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Current Mood: mmm bourbon

24th April 2017

9:26pm: Crossroads of courage, game 3
A couple weeks ago I ran my store’s third week warmachine narrative campaign. One of my friends came off a three-year hiatus to play Cygnar. Much was learned—painfully in some cases.
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Current Mood: Meh

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
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