Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Just Had To Share

So this is has nothing to do with anything, but I wanted to share. I love monkey movies. Planet of the Apes is my favorite. As a kid I grew up with Lancelot Link Secret Chimp and my fantasy football team is the Evolution Revolution. So here they are.. found again... from Youtube...

It's a really big shooo woooo woooo

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 2 - First three games

We just finshed our first round of gaming. We started with Combat Commander. I was the Russians and Steve was the Germans. it was a very close battle. Steve won with 2 victory points. We are going to play some of the Stalingrad campaigns this weekend, so this was a relearning of the game. I am really excited to revisit this game because it has some really cool elements that I am finally getting the hang of. It pissed us both off at different times, but we had fun.
Next up was an Ameritrash game from Zman games called Earth Reborn. It has tons of bits and some cool mechanics. We played the first scenario twice switching sides. Steve was not as enamored with the game as I was. He felt parts were a bit gimmicky, especially the activation chits. I really liked it. We both won as the Salemites. That may be due to the fact we didn't know what we were doing, or it may be the scenario is not balanced, but I hardly think it fair to judge based on only two plays.
We have stopped for lunch. It is 4:52 and people are beginning to roll in. Looking forward to some more games after a delicious salad. Yeah, even gamers need to watch what they sludge up their arteries with.

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Wed. 2/23. 7:55

Settled in at the con. Our first game up is Conflict of Heroes:Price of Honour. I am taking the side of the Polish. Steve is the Wehrmacht. This is a newish game for me. I played this once last year and I had a good time learning the system. This is the newest expansion. The scenario starts with the Germans entrenched and the Poles arriving on the edge of the board. I began by assaulting the German main line and trying to wear him down, meanwhile advancing to one of the two far objective points. The game lasted 5 turns. At the end, the one with the most victory points was the winner.
It looked good for me at the beginning. I did some decent damage and was moving into the board. In the middle, the tide turned and I was flat-footed with most of my troops. When Steve brought his big armored car on, I thought for sure it was over. But in the end, I won. It was very close. See Steve's blog for a more complete description. He is better at the play by play than I am. But it was a really fun game.
Next we played Dust Tactics. Steve was the Americans and I played the Germans. I will do a full review of DT in the near future when I get a few more plays under my belt. Steve totally demolished me in the third scenario. I was totally unprepared for the ass whooping I received. Tomorrow promises to be more adventurous with some brand new games like Earth Reborn and possibly Fortress America.
Pictures of the games will be posted tomorrow sometime.

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Location:Charlotesville, Va

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Getting Ready For Prezcon

Well, the packing is almost done. Prezcon is finally here and I am looking forward to getting to the con. I think I have everything. Let me see....
Got my games. Check.
Got my clothes. Check.
Computer. Check.
Deodorant. Check. (It seems gamers have an aversion to deodorant.)
Kilt. Check. ;) Just in case I meet a sexy gamer!
Seriously, the games I will be bringing are:
Dust Tactics, Triumph of Chaos, Earth Reborn, Command and Colors Ancients, Asia Engulfed, Warhammer Invasion, Imperium (old version), Space Hulk, Twilight Struggle, Space Alert, Battles of Westeros, Manoeuvre, Fortress America, Incursion, Tanhauser, and The Republic of Rome. Whew, it is quite a list. Steve is bringing the other half of the games with just as many titles. We will have our work cut out for us. We won't get to play everything, but we will make a dent in what we bring. The goal is, as my buddy so eloquently put it, is "To play these babies!" So I will keep the blog updated as to our progress and the count. I've been told I will lose a lot of games. That is not how I see it! Here's to the week!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Title Chosen

The new title of my blog will be.... From the Front Line!
I was just sitting here and moping about everything and the blog name came to me in a half dream.  I wasn't even thinking about it.  It just popped in my head in a moment of perspiration, or inspiration, take your pick.  I am pretty excited about this change because it is a title that can incorporate all my various musings on games I like to play.  This week will kick off with my daily posting from Prezcon.  I will endeavor to keep up to date with the different games I play and how things are going.  I can upload pictures and stuff using my new ipad.  We will see how it goes.  So.... Here it is...

From The Front Line

Friday, January 14, 2011

Renaming the Blog

Well, I have been giving some thought as to what name I should choose for the blog.  I have a couple ideas that I will put below.  Tell me what you think.  Maybe some of you have some ideas, feel free to comment.


 Wooden Steel
Pointless Subdivision
Discarded Dice
Cheerful Winter
Obscure Magiks
Metal Toys of Joy

I might try out some others later.  I am interested in what you all think.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Red Star

     I am so stoked- even if just a little. For Christmas, I got an ipad from my folks.  I love that thing.  :)  But I just discovered some apps that feature the first three episodes of one of my favorite comics ever.  It was a little known series called The Red Star.
     The series takes place in an alternate universe, very similar to ours.  There were only 21 total issues set in this universe, I believe.   The series is set in a post WW2 mythical Soviet Russia.  The country is known as The United Republics of the Red Star.  As the series opens, they are at war with the country of Al'lstaan - a country similar to Afghanistan.  What makes the series unique and worth looking up is the incredible artwork and storytelling.  This comic exudes atmosphere and mood.  You don't so much read each issue as savor it for the experience.
      The first story follows Maya, a warkaster, who is part of the red fleet.  The fleet is made up of giant skyfurnaces which are huge skyships that unleash holy terror.  Maya is an instrument of that terror.  The first three issues are a remembrance of the the battle where her husband was lost.  The subsequent issues and volumes follow other citizens of the URR and we see a glimpse into the revolution and the downfall of the URR's greatest hero.
In addition to the comics, there was an almost aborted PS2 game, finally released- to pretty good reviews- and a D20 role playing game based on the D20 Modern rules set.  If you like Warmachine or Hordes- you might like this comic series.  Check it out!
The Red Star Home Page
1st Graphic novel (issues 1 - 4) on Amazon
Some of the Great Artwork!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Quick New Year's Update

Hi All,
I am sitting here helping out a buddy, and I have decided, once again, to try to make something out of this blog.  It's not like I don't have a lot to say, as my friends will all attest, it's just that I don't know that what I have to contribute is all that interesting or accurate.  That being as it may, I will just press on and let my shit be my shit and not fret too much about what all 12 of you think about what I might have to say.  (12 being the sum total of my readership as of January 8)  As my friend Steve has told me over and over, if I want people to read this then I need to post more often.
The funny thing about this blog is that it started over a year ago as kind of a competition between Steve and I.  We were working out at the gym and just joking around about it and then it just kind of happened.  What I thought was just a gag kind of thing, really turned in to something I wanted to care about.  I got real excited, but my limited knowledge of what I was playing and my total lack of experience with this medium made for a rocky start.  I pride myself on trying to be youthful.  That's why I teach.  I love having a child's outlook on life.  Miniature games and wargames bring me back to that time in my life when everything was possible and toys could bring such joy.  It is my happy place, you could say.  I guess what I am saying is that the joke of me always losing, while true, really constricted my ability to write and enjoy this blog.  What I really want to do is convey the excitement and just plain old joy of playing with toys. To that end, I think I will be changing my blog title.  I will think on it a bit, and post some ideas.  If any of you have any ideas about the title, please let me know.  I don't have any New Year's resolutions, but I do have a new resolve.  I just want to get out there and play!!!
To the multitude of you out there reading this...., er to the hundreds of you tuning in...., er to handful of you who clicked on Steve's link to my page by mistake- I hope you will like what is coming.  To my friends who read this blog and play games with me - You all are the best friends a guy could ask for!  Here is to a great new year!