Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Steve Rambles >> Plus << Turtles 101

Steve Rambles:



And so we have nearly come to a natural break in our HeroClix game… for now. The plot is very, far, far far from being over, and we could go on and on just embellishing the `intro` to the story (which is all you`ve seen so far), but we fear it might bore the pants off anyone reading if we dragged it out that way for too long; and so we have decided to take a bit of a break from writing about Clix, and concentrate on some other topics for a while (starting with a few weeks of Bryan adding his `babes` to the blog).

I call it `our babes` collectively to describe and encompass all our personal projects… you, me.. every gamer out there has them, don`t we?
Me last week, receiving the second part my Zombicide Black Plague Kickstarter. I can`t even begin to describe how excited I am at receiving this bundle of goodness, or the sheer  amount of plans I have for enjoying this lot.

For example, Andy writes about his intensely cool Japanese Bushido game, terrain, and miniatures: and Jez likes to showcase his amazing homemade (custom) creations, miniatures and rules. Simon writes about his favorite tipple… his love for all things comic book; indulging us in the most in depth and well reasoned blog on the subject I have ever seen. Bryan has a thing for undead, zombies, vampires, werewolves (are werewolves undead?) and demons: and by some clever, nifty pieces of literary engineering, manages somehow to encompass this in just about everything he does. Tarot loves all things Orient, Chinese (especially the Water Margin) and Japanese Shogun, Ninja and Samurai: but it doesn’t stop there, Tarot has a deep driving passion to study and learn the Mythologies and the myriad ethos of the Eastern cultures, which takes her sometimes to weird and exotic extremes… *whispers* she is actually a very amazing and rather expert cosplay dancer, acrobat, gymnast and costume model *and yes, she probably will kill me later for revealing this, I am sure* Hil enjoys telling stories to an audience (she`s a superb dungeon master), making up fantasy campaigns, lost world and living breathing worlds… and killing people in game in grim and macabre ways. She`s a very unrelenting game host, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Make too many mistakes in her world and you WILL die horribly in it. That`s why it’s always wise to listen to what she`s telling you once you enter her game worlds.. and man, she will have you actually sipping from imaginary cups, smoking imaginary cigars and doing the actions, looking over your shoulder into the dark shadow filled corners and…. If she tells you it is cold you WILL be shivering, probably in fear too. And if she tells you… you feel hot in the game, you will feel boiling and start stripping down and feeling the desert heat. The fact she is a trained hypnotherapist really comes apparent once her `voice` starts to pull you into her game plots.

D&D Session in full flow.

Me…. Well I`m actually more of an eclectic gamer than I look. I play all sorts of things, and I won’t bore you with the full list. Suffice to say my interests cover pretty much the entire spectrum of wargaming and role playing. But my MAIN love has to be a select top 4: Chibis (played using my own rules, which I call `Chibi World`): Zombicide and Zombicide Black Plague… I call this one subject not two *cheat*: Sails of Glory which is a Napoleonic Naval wargame of ship to ship combat in the age of Nelson (or Hornblower): and any Richard Borg game (namely Battle Cry, The Great War, Memoir 44 and Battles of Westeros).  In addition to these games, I would have to include Arkham Horror, A Touch of Evil, Talisman, Tannhauser, and Advanced Squad Leader as very close follow up games. None of this even touches my love for Victorian and Pulp gaming in the form of Pulp Alley, Rugged Adventures, In Her Majesty`s Name, Space 1889… and my own Pax Limpopo Rules. RPG wise, I love my own (Battlechain) rules best, closely followed by Pathfinder and D&D 3.5 ed or/and 5th ed (but I do have a soft spot for most the 2nd ed stuff too)


I really enjoy specialised and custom Tokens for my HeroClix Games. Maria Hill stands in the background... arms  folded. I do so enjoy collecting all the secondary (and side kick) characters for my Clix game collection.



We all have our areas and fields of interest. And on top of that, we all have those interests we just never quite get round to fulfilling and seeing reach fruition. Not because we don’t care as much about these subjects or genres, but more likely simply because.. well… it takes  a lot of planning, financing, studying, and of course time to purchase and paint everything needed for a new subject. Very often these `secondary` passions in us simply aren`t viable for us to pursue with any serious intent…. also, it’s probable we simply don’t have space in our already crowded itinerary to add yet another subject to our eclectic whole. For example I have always dreamed of gaming trench warfare in World War One (including air warfare high above, over the green fields of Flanders/France). This was always a practical impossibility for me… until very recently, when I found a way to make it happen using Richard Borg`s “The Great War” miniatures table top board game. Suddenly the whole atmosphere and ethos of a past almost `forgotten war` of our grandfather`s can come alive in all its (I`m almost afraid to say) deadly glory.. for me.. in miniature.



A World War One Game in Progress

 
This interest was sparked for me as a young kid, living in Paignton - a part of Torquay. We had an elderly gardener called Johnny Walker, who fought in the Great War of 1914 – 1918. He would often sit with a cup of tea and relate tales to us about his exploits during that terrible carnage, and it stayed with me all my life. When I recently watched Upstairs Downstairs again on DVD, it sparked that interest in me once again… but I didn’t think I would ever actually do anything about it until, one day recently, much to my stimulated gaming excitement, I spotted The Great War game and just knew I had to buy it. The hell I had trying to get a copy of the game only added to the ultimate enhancement of my love and appreciation of this subject, when I finally got to lay my hands on my very own copy. Jeeese it was hard. NO one would ship in to Ireland (too heavy I suspect). And when I eventually did find an independent seller in America prepared to ship to me (the postage came to more than the game itself… but I didn’t care I was desperate for a copy at this stage), to my dismay it was sent via courier. Course the courier couldn’t find the house and the whole thing ended up being shipped back to America. After much pleading with Amazon to send it out to me a second time, they finally agreed… but it was very close to Christmas and I had an intensely hard, stressful and annoying time getting couriers (staffed with almost entirely non English speaking special part time Christmas drivers) to find and deliver to my home address. In the end by waiting at the end of my drive for two hours in the freezing cold and rain, I finally got my Copy of The Great War at about 4 o clock in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. Yeah… I was deliriously happy. Very relieved, but mostly just plain DELIGHTED.

I think that`s the thing isn’t it. Like life. How many of us feel elation of happiness at discovering we are.. okay! For me, I was diagnosed with emphysema a few years ago (due to glass dust.. I had been a Glass Engraver for most my early life) and I thought at the time “that’s it man, game over, game over” like Hudson in “Aliens” I thought of all the things I`d never do again. But I have an amazing doctor, and after seeing specialists, receiving tons of amazing medication, I`m great now. Sure I will never swim a hundred lengths of the pool each morning any more, or run and play with the dogs, climb a mountain, or walk fast with a heavy bag in each hand, but I tell you, my GOODNESS it does amazing things at making you appreciate what you have in life. As it happens, by being careful, sticking to medication, inhalers and so on, I have as much chance now of making it to the ripe old age of ninety or a hundred as the next person, I`ll just have to get there a little slower than the rest hehe. There is no buzzing about for me, not with only about %50 lung capacity but yeah… it does make you realize how lucky you are to have what you DO have in life.

And this should of course apply to all of us anyway. It’s not just when you are on holiday that you need to think of this… sitting in a comfy chair, sipping Pina Colada, staring at a perfect sunny view, from some high mountain hotel, looking out at the vast beautiful scented grape orchards somewhere in coastal Spain… its every month, every week, that we need to remind ourselves of what we have. THAT’S why I never take my gaming things for granted. I love my collections. Never leave them un-played, unloved.. unused (and try to encourage others to think similarly). I always remind myself of what I have in life, and never take a moment of it for granted or become blasé at a single day. Life IS short, even if you live to be seventy, eighty, ninety… one hundred?  Don’t waste a second. I apply this to all my gaming, and I never allow myself to collect anything I will never play with. If it’s too much for me to paint, I don’t buy more until I have my current projects finished first. That way nothing gets left behind and forgotten in the eternal gaming rush to buy yet more stuff, haha.


Batman Tokens... X Men Tokens... foreshadowing a cross-over? Does this hint to where the future Clix campaign might eventually be heading?

And so that’s pretty much the end of my rambling chat with you. It also covers the fact that Tarot had to be away this week and couldn’t write her HeroClix adventure as she intended. She was mortified she had to let us down, and was going to cancel her travels so she could fulfil her obligation to the blog: but I insisted her plans were, end of the day, far more important than this.



Empty tunnels, yep, where some of the adventures WILL continue.



So, I will add a bit of Turtle fun for you to read, but I`m afraid it may be some weeks before we continue the ongoing Clix story and campaign. This is good actually as it gives us plenty of time to zap the next installments and make them super exciting to read and catch up on.


 The next installment HAS been played and photos taken by me and Tarot, but it needs to be written out properly, and although I could do it.. or Hil, I think it would be nice to let Tarot finish her work on the thing. So bear with her and I`m sure she`ll dazzle you with continuing adventures soon enough.


For now, Bryan will be writing his games and things for us to enjoy for the next two or three weeks in the blog. I am looking forward to seeing what he has for us.



>>> )o( <<<

Turtles 101
Rule 1: Know Your Turtles:

Leonardo wears a blue mask, Donatello wears purple, Raphael wears red and Michelangelo wears an orange mask. Many believe that the distinctive coloured masks of each of the mutant ninja turtles represent their personalities. Leonardo is the team leader who wears the blue mask, so he is considered to be the calm one. Donatello wears the purple mask and he is considered to be the most intelligent and creative turtle. Raphael wears a red mask, which symbolizes that he is moody and can easily get angry. Michelangelo wears the bright orange mask and he is lively, unique, bright, and loves to be the center of attention.


Here is a closer look at the four mutant ninja turtles and their personalities!


Leonardo (Leo)


Mask colour: Blue
Weapon: Katanas



Leonardo is the leader of the group of ninja turtles and wears a blue mask. He was named after the famous artist Leonardo DaVinci and he is strong, focused and courageous. His weapons of choice are twin wield katanas (curved swords samurais were known to use). Leonardo is also the oldest of the ninja turtles.




Donatello (Don)



Mask Colour: Purple


Weapon: Bo

Donatello is the ninja turtle who wears the purple mask. Don is named after Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi and he is the smart one. Donatello is very charming, but shy and slightly aloof. He is the scientist, the inventor and the tech guru of the group. He is the least violent of the turtles, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t fight. His weapon of choice is a bo staff (stick).


Raphael (Raph)
  
Mask Colour: Red
Weapon: Sai
Raphael wears the red colored mask and he is named after Raphael Sanzio. He is stubborn, angry and very aggressive. Raph is the bad boy of the group, who doesn’t hesitate when it comes to fighting the enemies. He is rebellious, fierce, moody and sarcastic. His weapon is a pair of sai, which is a traditional weapon mostly used in Okinawan martial arts.

               Michelangelo (Mikey)                                                
Mask Color: Orange
Weapon: Nunchaku
Michelangelo is named after the famous Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Mickey wears the orange mask and he is known as “the party animal” in the group. He is funny, lively, bubbly and fun-loving turtle. Michelangelo is free-spirited, adventurous and the youngest one of the turtles. Mickey has SoCal-style accent (“whas`up dude”) and a good sense of humour. He knows how to cheer others up during difficult times. His weapon of choice is the nunchaku, which is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at the one end by a rope or short chain.




54 comments:

  1. What an excellent fill in article, Steve. You made the right call in telling Tarot to go off and enjoy herself. We'll still be here when she gets back.

    Once again, much of what you wrote about resonates strongly with me. We tend to agree on so many things in our hobby and I keep thinking, "I could have wrote that about myself" as I sit here thinking about this post. I loved your photo of your Heroclix figures cabinet. I could spend hours just looking at it. Thanks also for the pic of you with you Zombicide: Black Plague loot. I was just as excited when I received my BP goodies. Counting Zombicide and Zombicide: Black Plague as one game is perfectly acceptable in my opinion.

    Werewolves are definitely not undead, but for me, it would be unthinkable to not link them together.

    As for your medical condition, I'm glad to hear the future looks good for you. I can fully empathise with you. In 2013, I underwent major surgery to repair a perforated bowel and would have died but for the skill of my surgeon. When you go through something like that you get a whole new perspective on life. I am not and never will be fully fit and healthy. But, like you, the signs are good for me and God willing, I'll live to a ripe old age.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your musings, Steve, and many thanks for filling in so admirably during Tarot's absence. I'm getting ready for taking over the blog for the next few weeks. Expect some zombies to make an appearance along the way. ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Bryan. I was kinda panicking as I didn't have a clue what to write about this time... threw me for a loop temporarily. So ended up just writing and seeing what came out lol. The end result was gaming bluuurgh chat! lol

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    2. {{But, like you, the signs are good for me and God willing, I'll live to a ripe old age.}}


      Old gamers never die mate... our dice just get smooth round the edges.

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    3. {{I loved your photo of your Heroclix figures cabinet. I could spend hours just looking at it.}}

      Bryan, check the title photo (and the one below it) again mate! I suddenly realised, I was only showing half the Clix collection. I had the rest on the work bench for touch up painting at the time of that photo. Check again... its complete now, only I had to do it in 2 shots to make it all fit lol.

      You`re the same as me Bry` I too spend ages sometimes pouring over shots like that on other people`s sites.

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    4. Cheers, Steve. I'm going to save your pictures and magnify them so I can have a closer look at what you've got. I like to try to identify the figures to see which ones I have and which ones are new to me. There is something pleasantly voyeuristic about perusing other gamers' figure collections. :-)

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    5. {{ There is something pleasantly voyeuristic about perusing other gamers' figure collections. :-) }}

      Oh wow you are sooo right there. I had never thought of it that way before, but you are spot on hehe. I do it all the time when I think about it lol.

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    6. {{Werewolves are definitely not undead, but for me, it would be unthinkable to not link them together.}}

      A werewolf is not undead because it didn't die and then came back from the dead. Werewolves are mythological or folkloric humans with the ability to shape shift into wolves or anthropomorphic wolf-like creatures, either purposely, by being bitten by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse. The transformation happens under the influence of a full moon so they are humans and alive.

      However, Romanians (especially in the rural parts of Romania) believe that werewolves are a type of strigoi (the spirit of a person that for some reason or another are not at rest). These creatures roam the countryside and attack whoever they come across. While some strigoi will target specific people destroying crops and killing livestock. From Romania many of the were stories spread throughout the rest of Europe, following a divergent path from Native American shamanistic beliefs in natural shape changing animalism.

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  2. Very nice read, husband.


    I`m not that deadly a DM.. am I?

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    1. mmhmmm, you can be. But it does keep us on our toes. I`ve noticed (by observation), if you as DM start a new campaign and you begin with, say, ten players. On average you will lose about three of those, by the end of the first four or maybe five sessions. These will be the messers and those who don`t listen to the warnings... it makes the rest of us THAT much more scared and careful not to meet a similar fate. Shows us you don`t pull your punches and makes the adventure that much more intense while following the story line, and causes us to listen and hang on every word.

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    2. I haven`t killed YOU off yet have I..

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  3. that's because I`m just too good ^^

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    1. hmmmmm..



      *reaches for the bucket*

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  4. Steve firstly and most importantly I'm glad you're in good health! Long may that continue and you keep using that important life lesson to squeeze more out of life.

    Secondly once again I find myself nodding along to what you have written (I didn't check for typos, I'll leave that to Jez...) totally agree, keep writing the truth brother and I'll keep reading it!!

    Thirdly what thoroughly awesome Turtle pictures, who's the artist?

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  5. THANK youuuuuu Andy, that's really cool of you. Yeah I`m rolin` along really nicely thanks mate *thumb up*

    {{I didn't check for typos, I'll leave that to Jez...}}

    HAHhahaahahahahahaaaa love it ^^

    Oh gosh... um... I`m afraid I don't know who the artist is mate. I copied those a long time ago because I liked the look of them, but I never checked to see who the artist was. If I find out I will let you know for sure.

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  6. Those pictures of the Turtles are very good. I, too, would like to know who the artist is. It is interesting that in all four it looks like the Turtles have just had the crap kicked out of them - something you rarely see.

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    1. again, wow, great observation. you are right!! they DO look sort of `after the event` beat up, dishevelled, and post... aftermath of an encounter in which they most decidedly came in second.

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  7. A thoughtful and relaxing article, Steve, and one which was enjoyed with a much-deserved coffee (just finished a serious asmount of gardening).

    Part of the reason I started my blog was to encourage me to actually do some hobby stuff, as I was sitting on boxes of unpainted figures, a variety of vague project ideas and a set of rules that existed mainly in my head. Once I'd actually got a few regular followers who were prepared to comment, I kind of felt obligated to provide new content. As your blogging circle increases, it opens you up to new ideas, new genres and new games - and new friends. That's the beauty of the internet = it allows people who would normally never meet to interact online and, in my case, encouraged me to attend Salute for the first time, where I was fortunate enough to meet some of my fellow bloggers face=to=face. And will it stop there? I'm seriously hoping not = if I have my way, I WILL meet Andy, Bryan, Tarot (look at her face, look at her face...), Hil and yourself in the flesh. Don't know where and when, but I'm unlikely to turn up on your doorstep unannounced, so no need to worry! ;-)

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    1. Thanks for the comments my friend, it is always really nice to hear what you have to say about things. Its interesting what you say about blogging. I`ve always (in the past) gone the other route, and gone for websites.... and indeed I still do with my other historical and fantasy campaign (more in depth) stuff I like to write. You don't get the same responses, comments and personal interaction as you do with blogs, but you DO get to use a podium upon which you can write novel size chapter chunk on subjects that matter to you (and no one can answer you back haha). The interaction in blogs is lovely because you get to feel the pulse of other people`s thoughts a lot more... but at the same time, not so many who `follow` what you write are very vocal.. if at all. My main website for example, when I was running it with conviction, was achieving just under three quarters of a million hits a year, but comment wise, pretty non-existent. Whereas since Bryan got me into blogging, I find is really pleasant to feel part of a small community of fellow gamers.

      Chances you get to meet one, two, three or more of us are pretty high I`s say Jez. Tar` hits many shows, and Hi and I attend some (usually if we are invited to give a talk or demo a new game or something), and we have been talking for a couple of years about bringing `de gang` (the hardcore nucleus anyway, 16 of us) over in a minibus and mobbing Salute, Warfare of one of the cool shows up north.

      Enjoy the weather and happy gardening.

      Now then, time to make a bit of hobbit breakfast, fill up the corners, and then go take a look at part 3 of your rules.

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    2. My fellow blogging nerds let's do it! Salute 2017! Maybe even see if we can tempt the Vamp out of his North Easterly crypt??

      I agree 100% with you Jez, blogging has definitely upped my output and driven the quality of my painting, which was always acceptable at best and mediocre at worst. I now feel it's acceptable at worst and pleasing at best! ;-) also it's great for those night shifts when I'm on my own in a response car and I'm penning a post or poring over the lovely miniatures bloggers have put out there for our delight, definitely is a little oasis of calm in the midst of the all the crazy...

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    3. I would dearly love to attend a Salute convention just to meet up with my fellow bloggers. It may well happen that I will attend and God willing, I hope I can. The travelling will be a bind but the reward of meeting you guys would make it all worthwhile. All I can say at the moment is never say never and if I can make it I will.

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    4. O-----k, so Hils, myself, Tarot for sure (maybe a few others) will try for 2017 then :-)))

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    5. April 22nd 2017 be there or be square....oh dear...

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    6. Right, penciled in for me too. I think I'll try and arrive a bit earlier this year, as was unaware of the freebies that early birds get (boo!) And that might mean that the stuff I want to buy they won't have sold out of.

      Ooh, it's like a superhero team up, but with more tea (I still owe Simon and Roger one from last year...)

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  8. You have a treasure, sir.

    Wonderful article, inspires reflection.

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    1. THANK you so kindly, good sir. It always makes my heart glad if/when I manage to give something positive to the gaming community... especially if it inspires others to enjoy their hobby just that l-i-t-t-l-e- bit more.

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    2. Thank you, thank you, THANK you my friend :-))))

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  9. An absolutely mindblowing posting my friend, and a real eye-catcher right from the start. Don't you just want to re-base and re-paint all those wonderful "Heroclix" ;-) I was especially interested in your paragraph about "The Great War" and your motivation surrounding it becoming an essential purchase. I've been sorely tempted by the game myself (though not to the point where I'd watch "Upstairs Downstairs" on DVD), so would value a more indepth article on its pros & cons; especially as I believe there's a Tank expansion out for it. Thanks also for the blog shout-out, very much appreciated :-)

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    1. {{ Thanks also for the blog shout-out, very much appreciated :-) }}

      Your blog is DARN good. For anyone curious, the one I was talking a bout is:

      http://thebrownbagaeccb.blogspot.ie/

      Go take a look, you wont be disappointed. And while you`re about it, click on Blaxkleric`s name, you`ll see he runs many blogs... and yeah, they`re all pretty darn cool and well worth checking out..

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  10. Wow, thank YOU for such nice comments Simon mate. Means a lot to hear such nice things said about my efforts. *brushes over the notion of cutting Clix figs off their bases... *shudders in horror and involuntarily spasms of despair*

    GRATZ that you are planning to buy the Horror Clix Starter. Lots of lovely minis in there, nice double sided map, few cool bits of `playable` scenery, stat cards, Plot Twist cards, tokens, rules, dice, the lot... and your very own (mini is un-named, so perfect) Vampy Vamp, Vixen Chick Vampirella too (She`s VERY nice looking).

    Very interesting you should say that about The Great War: my next article (in three or four weeks, when Bryan is done) will be a simply massive in depth article, part review, part game play thing on Richard Borg`s "The Great War" and also the "Tanks" expansion. Following a week or two weeks later from that, will be a similar mammoth article on Memoir 44 and all its expansions... so there, now the cat`s out of the bag on that one haha.

    Talking of Upstairs Downstairs. I do that for any game I get really into. I like to immerse fully into a thing and soak up as much atmosphere as I can, to get in the frame of mind and the right `mood` to help me set the tone for my campaigning (I tend almost always to go the campaign route when I game, rather than one off, unlinked, scenarios). For HeroClix I watched Marvel Agents of Shield, Gotham, and all the Movies (Capt America, Avengers, Guardians, X Men, Fantastic Four, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Turtles, etc etc etc). For HorrorClix I tend to pull out my collection of Hammer Horror films. If I am playing World War Two, I watch endless war films and documentaries. And so on and so on.

    For The Great War, I really wanted to get into this one, so saturated my brain in Tony Robinsons great War documentary mini-series (got the whole set second hand on Amazon uk for lets than a fiver WITH postage... when I received it, even though it was second hand and sold as “in very good condition” it was actually still sealed in its cellophane). I read three decent books (1400 pages in all) on the subject, and watched the war episodes of Downton Abbey , and ALL of Upstairs Downstairs, so I could really get to grips and feel like I was there in the time period and get into the mindset of the people living through that era. David Jason`s “All the Kings Men” helped a lot too (sad, sad film that). So then, when I come to paint the minis.... usually with my war sound effects, and songs of the era CD`s playing in the background, I am utterly centred, focussed, and `in the zone` .. all charged up with enthusiasm for the subject in hand. Makes all the difference to the satisfaction and pleasure you get out of the hobby, I tell ya.

    But yeah, The Great War, is going to be covered very soon mate.


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  11. Oh and yes...... Army of Darkness ROCKS!!!!!

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    1. Army of Darkness does rock. Vampirella rocks even more (in my ever so humble opinion). But the Army of Darkness/Vampirella crossover stinks big time! Easily the worst Vampirella story I've ever read... and I've read them all!

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    2. Army of a Darkness Kickstarter game looks amazing, just saying.......

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  12. hold on a second, are we talking about Army of Darkness, the third part of the Evil Dead franchise staring Bruce Campbell?

    There is a game too??????

    What is this Darkness/Vampirella crossover, it must be some sort of subsequent comic (graphic novel) thing? I`m confused now, what are we talking about lol???

    Hil

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    1. It's actually the Evil Dead II part of the franchise and looks really cool! I can't afford to back it sadly :-(

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    2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evildead2/evil-dead-2-the-official-board-game

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    3. hmmm that's very interesting. I wonder what the scale of the miniatures is? If compatible with Zombicide, it might be worth signing up for this just for the miniatures (and the tiles) alone?

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    4. Hil, the Army of Darkness/Vampirella crossover was a series of four comics now collected in graphic novel format. I would strongly advise you to avoid it at all costs. The artwork is atrocious and the story is even worse!

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    5. Tarot, according to the FAQ for the Evil Dead 2 Kickstarter the figures will be 1.5" tall, which equates to about 35mm scale. That's slightly bigger than the Zombicide figures but not by much.

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    6. Ah right, thanks Bryan. I was slightly interested in pledging for this (would have been my first ever kickstarter), but 35mm hmmmm its just big enough not to blend in smoothly, I think.

      I`m intrigued now. You say to avoid it, and Andy says its good. oh my poor brain, what to believe what to believe :(

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    7. Sorry T I meant the KS game looks really good, I've never read the comic!

      I would listen to the vampster on this, Bryan is usually spot on when it comes to this stuff...

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    8. okiedokie, I`ll give this one a miss then I think :)

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  13. Excellent thread Stevie, you should do more of these informal chat type articles. It was insightful and interesting.

    T x

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  14. I know its a tiny bit off topic, but not really. Atually an ideal time maybe to ask (to anyone in general) what do you think of the All Things Zombie boardgame.. I mean the original version?

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    1. Hil, I have both the original ATZ boardgame and the updated ATZ:Reloaded boardgame and I've played them both. They aren't bad if you want a one off game. The original had a good set of scenarios that made up a short campaign. But neither game can compare with the tabletop skirmish rules.

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  15. ah okay, thank you Bryan. I was going to offer it (the original) as a prize for a small competition I was thinking of running here: but if its not that good, I wont hehe.

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    1. We have a brand new (unused) copy you see.

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    2. You could still offer it as a prize anyway. I'm only offering my opinion on the game. Others may think differently. Besides which, everyone likes winning prizes.

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  16. Hmmmmm I`m getting tired of blogger keep losing my entire posts.. everything I write, gone, lost. Keeps doing it to me, and it’s so awkward having to write things in word doc then transpose it over to the blog and adjust all the line spacing. Ah well, these things are sent to try us I suppose hehe.

    But yes, hmmmm, I shall have a word with himself later today when he finishes working. I was thinking this might make a nice little stocking filler for Christmas for someone.. I know, it’s still summer, but I`m an eternal realist and you`d be amazed how quickly it all comes round. Besides, I`m one of those people who happen to enjoy Christmas and never jumped onto the `poo poo` wagon of those who go “Bah Humbug, Christmas stinks, and is only for the kids” (as has become fashionably sour to be an advocate of thinking nowadays). So yea, I love to plan early. Christmas is a big thing here and usually involves an army of family and friends.

    But I digress, sorry. I was thinking of putting together a quiz (maybe with Tarot, she` good at this sort of thing too... but no maybe not or she won’t be able to take part then lol. Hmmm maybe she shouldn’t be allowed to anyway) and each article I write will include a clue, which when all put together, spells out the full answer.

    It WILL be hard, probably about as hard as an Inspector Morse Times Newspaper cryptic crossword puzzle: but then again you see, I can`t make it too easy as this is a rather nice, extremely rare, quite expensive boardgame (utterly complete in itself.. no expansins). The last clue, of about ten, will go in on the last week in November, and the winner will be announced first week in December; and the prize posted to them – full gratis soon after.. in time for the big day. How that sound?

    Hil

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    1. na na na na naaaaa na!!!! you spelt "expansins" wrong *grins*


      I think the quiz idea is a great idea love :))

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    2. The answer is "42"

      I win, I win!! *claps hands together gleefully*

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  17. .. what you mean, that's cheating???

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