Thursday, 23 March 2017

A New Announcement


The Game Cupboard is happy to announce it will be returning in early April. Starting with an all new themed campaign game:

Gotham: City of the Bat: A City at War
 

Earlier this month, I was kindly offered by Jez, to write an article written on his site “Carrion Crow`s Buffet.” 

https://carrioncrowsbuffet.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/they-are-the-law/

After a long break from blogging and hobby lifestyle-ing on websites, it felt so good to be wielding the old war sword once again; and for just a moment I felt like King Théoden when Gandalf said to him: “You might remember the old days even better my Lord, if you grasped your sword once again.”
I wonder if jez, just like Gandalf did, actually knew the healing properties in those words and the deep power of that persuasive benediction? Certainly it felt wonderfully complete to be able to share my hobby once again with other like-minded hobbyists, and I am grateful to Jez, for providing the impetus which has caused the gang and I to want to start writing once again. I don’t mind how many read our blog, or how many comments we receive for any of our articles: and just to be able to reach people in what is (at the end of the day) a wonderful shared interest... is fulfilment enough for me: and I feel sure the same rings true for the other Emerald Isle Musketeers (aka my two partners in crime).  
But we have not been idle this last several months, oh no. We have been hobbying solidly... pretty much focussing entirely on planning, implementing and ultimately playing science fantasy games, all geared towards bringing converted HeroClix (and anything else we could DIY for our game theme) to a shared world of Batman, Captain America, Klye Reese and John Connor`s Terminator, alongside Judge Dredd`s Cursed Earth.. to create an all encompassing dark macabre futuristic world of gothic noir and neon laser.
Firmly based in DC comic book world of Batman, this new series will focus in on the use of genre crossover: and a unique `gates` system will ensure lots of potential for dimensional and extra-plainer immersion, plus time distortion access to pure inventions of the mind: allowing treasure troves of imagination and, hopefully, previously unexplored possibilities.

All the usual suspects will be involved of course: from Batman`s Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Clay Face, Harvey Two Face, Penguin, Riddler, and then we have Captain America`s Black Widow, Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D etc etc and of course Xavier`s X Men have to make an appearance (just wouldn’t be the same without them)... all the way to Cursed Earth`s Anderson, Hershey, members of BritCit and various MC Citi-Def, various individuals, criminals, perps and those oh so indispensible minor characters and cool quirky robots.. ending up as a truly tricky eclectic and memorable “what if” game, along similar lines that HeroClix used to be played and enjoyed, back in its glorious heyday.

Should all be quite a fun ride. Hopefully you will join us on the epic adventure we plan to share with you.
 


Steve and the Gang
 
happy Gaming

48 comments:

  1. Yaaaaaaay, it feels like coming home.

    *sighs contentedly*

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    1. LOL, uuUooh here comes trouble ^ lol... hiiii sweetie and hey good luck on your tip if I DO manage (by bad luck) to miss you before you leave.

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  2. Nice one mate,

    `bout time you did it. Good on ya.


    Dave the gamer

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    1. hey, its about time you showed your face here Dave. Great finally to see you here mate. Lots of fun ahead, meanwhile I advise you check out some of the older posts while you wait for all the new stuff to come.

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    2. You betcha. I want to see these plastic DIY converted apes and things I keep hearing about. The Penguins sound just weird too. Just the way I like it. Spooky dude.

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    3. hehe you`re just jealous `cos you went for the zoob toob Mountain Men and Arctic adventurers set.

      ..mind you they do look absolutely s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g the way you did them.

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    4. DIY kiddo, the Mother of all invention. Lets blame Hilly for all that jazz, with her non stop (nag nag) modelling crusade and "hey let`s all just make everything ourselves." She sounds like a promotional add for Home Improvements (jk H - you know we all adore you really).

      Great to see you here Kid, love ya T girl.

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    1. Hi Bryan, nice to see you back. Stay tuned regularly for lots of fun posts ahead.

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    2. *waves to Bryan and smiles*

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  4. Great to have the Game Cupboard back, as your boundless enthusiasm for all things gaming were much missed. "Emerald Isle Musketeers" - good name that, wish I'd thought of it ;-)

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    1. haha, yes I wonder who did coin that phrase "Emerald Isle Musketeers" hmmm I wonder... hey wait a minute, it was you wasn't it ^^ hehe. Good to see you back Simon :))

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    2. Ooo hiya Simon, Its lovely to see you back again. I`ve missed your cheerful comments: and even more, I`ve missed your cool blog. I will rectify this as soon as possible (work/study has been horrendous these last months).

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  5. Lovely to see so many old faces again. Welcome back all and each :)

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    1. Thank you kindly. Hey, stay tuned regularly for lots of fun times ahead.

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  6. Hi Guys, nice to see you all again. Thank you kindly everyone for visiting and please do re-visit often xxx

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  7. Whoop! Whoop! They have returned, get in.

    Good to have you back in the blogosphere x

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    1. awwwww you are sweet Andy. Its good to be back, and even better to see familiar faces such as yours xx

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    2. Good-day gooday bud. Woohoo!!! he`s here... he`s here. Now the show can really start :))

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  8. And you all thought I was just the owner of a quirky blog... Now you all know better! Soon everyone will fall under my sway! Resistance is futile! No-one can escape "The Jeremy Effect"! Mwah-hah-hah-hah!!!

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    1. Hey there Brit Cit swashbuckling dude, how`s it going. Great to see you here bud, but then again, how would we possibly keep you away for long in any case ^^

      Fun times are here to stay, woohooo!!!!

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  9. LOL, oh Jez oh Jez **laughs quietly to self** I guess this puts the official stamp on you being the forth Musketeer. If Mega City One has its Judges, the Emerald Isle sure needs its Btit Cit swashbuckler. Certainly well earned. When we were dark.. dark side of the moon almost for a while; I can recall at least one letter a week from you to each of us, throughout, to keep us alive and entertained during the big winter freeze: your steadfast communication with us will not be forgotten, friend Jez xxx.

    Good to have you back at The Game Cupboard.

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  10. Jezzzzzzzzzzzzz


    {{does the happy dance}}

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  11. "Brit Cit Swashbuckler"? Oooh, I LIKE that. I'll need some tight trousers, a flouncy shirt and a big-brimmed hat, midnight blue and trimmed in silver, with a ridiculously large feather...then there's the sword...hmmm, foil, rapier or epee? Boot knives (one is never enough) and a concealed derringer, because you never know.
    "You have besmirched the honour of my fair lady, foul brigand! Prepare for a thorough trouncing...but done with effortless wit AND style."

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  12. Okay, now that's torn it! You realise now that someone just HAS to make a Brit Cit Swashbuckler miniature called Jeremy Crow. Tight leathers, silk shirt, big floppy felt hat complete with BIG feather.... has to be a foil I think, maybe a shorter poniard as well, as Jez says... yeah, all the trimmings. Posh accent and foppish (though dashingly rakish) stance, oooh I live this character already.

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    1. Heroclix Nightmaster as a base, perhaps?

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  14. oooh nice choice. I just checked him out.

    Interestingly, just as an aside, I`m pulling my hair out a bit over the rules we will finally settle on and use. First we were using our converted homebrew HeroClix, and then we decided that the D20 (Modern) was more suitable to our needs as it allows for tons of role playing to be factored in; but now a lads seems to want to go back to the old default and use a system I wrote literally yonks ago (called Battlechain, or rather.. the advanced rewrite Advanced Battlechain - or ABC for short). Uuugh its driving me mad at this stage as I just want to settle on one thing and stick to it hahaha.

    Anyway, okay, little question for you. Look at the mongoose/warlord games Brit Cit Judge miniatures and the boots, gloves, knee an arm pads are always shown painted blue, right? Now ask any fan and they will tell you Brit Cit Judges are blue/black leathers and blue (not green) trimmings etc.

    AND YET, I own the new full colour 2016 graphic novel "Brit Cit Noir" which clearly shows throughout, that Brit Cit Judges wear the same green boots, gloves etc, as Mega City 1 Judges do?

    I can further back this with many... many pictures like the following (which I show for example of what I mean):

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=fCZinhoz&id=EE0770E85508E3355EEF2DCA0764BA639848B8D7&q=Brit+Cit+Judges&simid=608030150611700668&selectedIndex=11

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    http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=%2bP84P0ZG&id=777CE383F473B1E27C8AA0C5059F7702D18F4DCE&q=Brit+Cit+Judges&simid=608004827482489522&selectedIndex=7

    I was all happy and prepared to think Btit Cit Judge were simply shown in blue but now I`m not so sure. Especially after reading my new 100+ page graphic novel (by John Smith, John Reppion, Leah Moore, Colin Macneil and Tom Forster).

    Any `accurate` advice would be gratefully received. I have this awful sinking feeling that we are accepting the blue boots, gloves etc as gospel just because the new wave of miniatures are all being painted that way in the new glossy rule books. Any thoughts?





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  15. Hmmmm, I`ve been thinking a great deal about this one.

    I think the answer is probably a lot simpler than you realise Stevie. End of the day, you will look at blogs, and websites and on line stores selling a huge array of lovely miniatures, and you will see all sorts of Dredd toys you want and could use in your games: some of them will be shown in shiny black leather, some in muted blue/black with green biker type boots, elbow gloves and pads.. some may even have these trappings in royal blue (or *gasp*shamrock green for Murphyville), but end of the day.. how do YOU want your judges to look? Will you even stick to official cannon, or will the game veer off, like all good rpg`s tend to do anyway, and become more of a “what do YOU want your game to be?” type of thing.

    If you think your BritCit guys look cool in black leather and blue boots, do them that way. But if you like the idea of green better, do that instead. I don’t think anyone can really advise you here Stevie. Its fantasy, and ultimately it becomes your own choice what type of fantasy you see in your head.

    You might even end up going off target entirely and using the bare bones of the comics to form a framework for an entirely unique sci-fi game altogether (sort of like crossovers and stuff, but with even more imaginative input). For example, one of the best batman games I`ve ever seen was a mini campaign which wildly steered off from the norm and went very much “what if” and included some really cool D&D black skin white haired Drow, Reptilian Space Pirates, and a confederacy of Nut Jobs (rogue robots). It was a total blast to watch and play I can tell you.

    Personally I think the standard assumption is that Brit Cit Judges from the Cursed Earth world-verse are depicted in black leather and royal blue trappings, and the newer Brit Cit Noir graphic novel is simply taking a few artwork liberties (but I may be wrong), but as you point out.. plenty of people out there are panting their miniatures in various shades of green, so I`d say do what feels right for you. Who`s going to argue or go “tut-tut?”

    Quite!

    But end of the day, I reiterate: paint your Judges how YOU want to. And if at the end of the day you don’t even use them as judges at all but as a stylised representation of the same, and simply call them Law Men, its all just fantasy and make belief, and I`m sure the game will be just as good as any pure strain `official` comic book world might be.

    That`s the beauty of our hobby.

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  16. Oo sorry Bryan. I saw Stevie`s question and excitedly jumped in. I should have waited and let you answer first as you are something of THE official expert on all things Dredd :)

    But yeah, I think that about covers it Stevie. So without any further ado

    STAMP <<<>>> of approval!!! hehe

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  17. Thanks for that affirmation Bryan, and thanks also for Tar,` twain voices of reason which I most certainly will not ignore.

    Strangely, this wouldn’t even have been an issue for me but for two things. Firstly, I started converting Judges out of various HeroClix minis some time ago. I originally only intended to make/convert a couple but as I kept seeing ideal figures which (when cut up and reassembled) would make perfect Judges, I just kept making more and more, and then the lads here joined in to help me, and made a few too: and suddenly... BLAM! I found myself with a veritable precinct of the Justice Department guys all in a row inside my glass cabinet. Suddenly how to paint them became very important as I really wanted to get it right; but I can see now, there really is no right or wrong way to paint them is there. So long as I keep them fairly cool and menacing looking and recognisably in theme.

    Second thing that got me moving on this was, one of the gang here had an old set of JD Judges (a really nice 10 set retro box collection from the 1990`s) and let me have them in a cool swap (he got Rogue Trader the boardgame off of me in exchange).

    The best paint jobs (as in colour schemes) I have seen to date are the Warlord Games ones, but grrrr they are all now pulled from their website as the game is unavailable, so it’s hard to source that material any more for inspiration and ideas. But end of the day, I think I probably should be looking to my own touch and my own style, pour over my own graphic novels and so on to find a tone of my own.

    Doesn’t help that I decided to start at the beginning with Cast Files 1 through 5 of Dredd graphic novels, and of course, uuugh!! they`re all in black and white aren’t they hahaha.

    But cheers guys, that was good solid helpful advice.

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  18. Welcome back, an empty space fills up!

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    1. Hiii Phil, so amazingly wonderful to see you again my friend.

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  19. **Groans in pain**

    you had to say it doesn`t you, you just had to say the word

    "Lawmaster Bike"

    haha, oh man you have no idea how much I want to get my hands on the 2 bike and rider set of these minis. They are simply AWESOME but eBay is asking too much and postage on top, sadly, places them waaayyy out of my price league :(

    I totally get you there Bryan, I don't know JD nearly as intimately as some, but even I with my limited knowledge, can spot at least three completely different styles of bike... and then there`s the movie version(s) on top of that uuuuugh!!! The best solution I had come up with was maybe to buy myself a set of 3 Warlord Games Space Marine Chapter bikes, but close inspection reveals they really aren`t that close a match. Besides, they are almost as pricy as the other ones I really want but cant afford, so that's pretty much a no starter anyway.

    Wargames Foundry YES that's the Judge`s set ones I think I have, only... they`re the old style set, not the newer castings (which if memory serves me correctly, but I might be wrong, were originally from the Citadel range, waaayyy back).

    Thanks for the offer of the colour schemes. Bear with me a while and I`ll see if I can`t muddle through this on my own first, you`ll know if I don't make it `cos you'll heal a big psychic wail of HELLPPPP!!!!!! from across of the vast cyber waves LOL.

    My game is predominantly Gotham-ish in tone, and characterisation, and I tend simply to use `devices` (gates, portals, crossover realities etc) to drag things I need into that world, from other genres. Works well enough for me. Sure, I might easily have chosen to place my game firmly in the Cursed Earth, but availability of miniatures and lack of funds prevented me. Soooooo I took an alternative approach >>>>> GOTHAM <<<<< hehe. Work well for me, as I happen to love the City of The Bat just as much ^^

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    1. Your bike problem is sorted Stevie: whipped Jez (poor guy) into walking/driving down town and going into Toys R Us and buying up loads of Capt America & Avenger bikes and rider toys (which amazingly, are perfect scale) and all at an amazing sale price. He even got into a fight with the woman behind the counter who insisted they were marked the wrong price, but he stood by his customer rights (even called the manager) and get them for the price marked in the window, so fair play to him for that hehe. So, s these look incredibly like the bikes and riders you want .. maybe a tiny little bit of conversion needed, I think we`ve solved your problem *winks*

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    2. Now have five brand spanking new bikes and riders **beams like a happy loon**

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  21. Glad you have managed to sort something out guys, look forward to hearing about your adventures! btw...stevie, can you ping me an email? I have had a pc melt down and lost all my addresses!!! disaster!!!!!!!! Hi Hills, Hi Tarrot :)

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  22. Hi Alan, lovely to hear from you. Stevie will be delighted; and yes, I have been moaning to him for a few weeks now to get off his bottom and write and reply to you, and I know he has you top of his `next to do` list (lol, oh dear that sounded bad, but you know what I mean hehe). So sorry to hear about your computer Alan, I know what its like when they go wrong, never a convenient time and total panic and dismay for those terrible dark days while we sit rocking in straight jacket and waiting for repair (or worst case, a new machine entirely). I`ll also remind him to pop our phone number down in the next letter as well, so you can always contact us when you need to.

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  23. Omg so sorry Alan, time slipped away from me again. I so need to discuss your last book with you as well, as I have some naval warship questions I want to ask you. But more to the point I owe you a big long letter anyway.

    Gimme a couple of days and expect a magnum opus... `with hot gypsies thrown in`

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