30 Mar 2015

Lady Players - FU

I was reading this post on Beasts of War and I was really impressed with the touch of the hobby from a woman's point of view. It lauded Warmachine's virtues and the community's support of female players.

It was a nice thing to say. It was a nice experience to share when we read about so many other poor experiences.

Now I live with two lady players. One is the all awesome, smart, and sexy Lady Bear. She plays Puzzle Quest 2 and is going through the Wolf Among Us. She plays in my bi-weekly IKRPG Immortality Adventure series published in No Quarter. She is playing the party heavy hitter as a Human Skilled Knight/Man-at-Arms. She is regularly described as the human lawnmower. Aside: In the Iron Kingdoms RPGs characters are created by choosing the race, archetype and then two careers. She also loves games like Takanoko, Cards Against Humanity, and she plays Magic the Gathering, with decks that I build with her input.

The other lady is the new addition to the house. Meat Mechanic, she's a Call of Duty player and I hope to get her playing some Battlefield (the better of the two series). She also has her first Magic deck which she allowed me to beat up with my current Black/Blue milling deck. She one the first match and then lost the following two games. The data I'm getting from those games are helping me tweak my Dreameaterdeck and trim the fat as needed.

In my house I live with two gamers. Last night I sat across the table from Dawn Seeker and Nymeria in my other bi-weekly game being run my Pale Rider. We're playing D&D 5th Edition, and Dawn Seeker is a Dragon Kin Paladin while Nymeria is a a Half-Orc Fighter. Wolf (Nymeria's boyfriend) is the Cleric, Rocko is the Warlock, and round out the party as the Rogue. Both of these ladies also play video games and Magic. Dawn Seeker even has a Hordes army and plays Warmachine at the Tower every so often.

In the same house Pale Rider's girlfriend is Pale Lady (I know not that original, sue me) who has picked up a few board games since hooking up with Pale Rider. When I first saw her place she was sporting a Nintendo Wii.

Ladies play games - Fact.
Ladies are people - Fact.
All sorts of people play games - Fact.
It's sad that this is an issue - sadly a Fact.

26 Mar 2015

The up and up - Break

So this week is a bit busy and time is not on my side. Work was pretty crazy until yesterday - it's calming down for a while. Meanwhile at the house we are expecting a new boarder - roommate, a local nurse who will be upgrading her College nursing education with a University nursing education. School starts in September and until then she was looking for a place to stay and save some coin.

Lucky for her - we Bears have a three bedroom semi-detached and the second room of the house wasn't going to be used much until September when we will be able to make Lady Bear's project room.

So we get a small influx of coin and she saves alot of coin - bonus, we help out a buddy.

So let me tell you about MM...

She plays Red as her primary colour in Magic. I think she'd do well with a Red/Green deck but she's only been playing for a while but she's beaten Rocko five times now. Also she is a Call of Duty player - not a good thing for me. This summer I've been looking at Battlefield: Hardline as my summer shooter to run around in. I may be able to convert her but CoD:Advanced Warfare has been pretty fun, but I don't play it much... that may change.

So that's the new Meat Mechanic.

Let see what else is new...

23 Mar 2015

Pre-Release: Dragons of Tarkir - Magic

This is going up late since I'm having issues posting the hyperlinks and images. I'll have them up afterwork and find out what I did wrong - it's normally my fault.

I know there are some who read my posts so I’ll go into some details about the release of Khans of Tarkin Block that you may not be familiar with. Each Block – in this case Khans of Tarkir, is made up of many sets. Dragons of Tarkir is the last set of the block following Khans of Tarkir (the first set) and Fates Reforged (the second set).

My favorite planeswalkers are Sorin Markov, Ugin, and Gideon Jura – Ashiok is neat but he’s story is not yet fully fleshed out for me to like him for anything more than being an awesome Planeswalker and being in my colours; Black and Blue. Sorin Markov got his third version in Khans of Tarkir, while in Fates Reforged, Ugin made his first appearance. So this Block had a lot in it that I was looking forward to.

Khans started out with a focus on ‘wedges’. What the fuck does that mean? Well each colour in magic has two allied colours and two enemy colours. If you look at the back of the magic card you’ll see two colours flanking each colour with two colours across from it.

Example: Blue has White and Black as its allied colours while Green and Red are enemy colours.

There are five Clans made up from the colours of a wedge. Each ‘wedge’ is made up of two allied colours and their shared enemy colour.

Example: The Temur Horde is made up of Green and Red as the allied colours with Blue as the enemy colour.

After the time travel and history rewrite in Fates Reforged, the clans lost the enemy colour and were now only a colour allied pair. Also each of the clans changed, now led by the dragon that had in the previous timeline had hunted and wiped out. So Sultai did not wipe out Silumgar instead Silumgar conquered the Sultai.

When I played Khans of Tarkir, I felt that the Jeskai (Blue/White and Red) had too much ‘fucking about’ and not enough ‘getting it done’. There was not enough of a bite to the Jeskai so during the Fates Reforged I chose to switch to Sultai (Blue/Black and Green) but me and Lady Bear got sick and we pulled out of the pre-release. So I never got to play but when I looked at our pre-release packs I was much happier with my card pool.

So this Sunday me and Lady Bear played the two-headed giant pre-release of Dragon of Tarkir. I stayed with Silumgar (the new name for Sultai – now Black/Blue) and Lady Bear played Dromoka (the new identity for Azban – White/Green). In this set you get a seeded pack of Dragons of Tarkir as well as four other booster packs in the set with a single Fates Reforged pack as the sixth pack. Because it was two-headed giant, each round was only one game instead of best two out of three.

20 Mar 2015

Friday 0632 hrs - Break

It's Friday and I'm waiting to get my arm scanned, X-Ray and Ultrasound, from a clinic down the road. Normally I'm at work by this time but instead I'm here at my Mac in the living room covered in painters tape tapping away on my wee Bluetooth keyboard that served me well through my years at university. 

Moby Bear is passed out between me and the doorway to the hall. Lady Bear is asleep in the bedroom. She'd normally be at work before 5 am, but she took today off to rest, relax, and more likely putter around the house.
Unleashed Box
by Privateer Press
My cell vibrates beside me on the glass tabletop. I check my texts and look back at the weeks worth of messages and broken conversations between folks. Within those simple collection of texts are ideas expressed between two people. Ideas like; how facebook sucks to plan events - folks get left out and calendars update. How Rocko will meet me at the Oak. How Pale Rider will not be coming over instead chilling with the Pale Lady, and an Unleashed box that I also have to pick up. How breakfast turns into brunch. How I love my wife, 381 - three words, eight letters, one meaning... old pager code.

The dinning room is still littered with Lady Bear's ongoing projects. She finished staining and putting  a layer of polyurethane on some shelves I cut and routed for the kitchen and the guest room. My Opa's (german grandfather) table has been refinished one of many success that Lady Bear has completed solo since we moved in. 

Our coffee table is littered with magazines like Cottage Life, and Wired. We have a few books like Akira Club by Otomo Katsuhiro, and Journals by Kurt Cobain. The pink white cover with the Audrey Hepburn styled silhouette of the Fashion Book keeps stealing my attention from across the room. 

Lady Bear has come down and is scratching Moby's chest. He's wide eyed and still sleepy. His tail thumps against the hardwood floor in approval. She moves about turning on lights, checking her projects, and opening blinds to the day. The back screen door creaks open in protest to the cold and it's own age. Suddenly Moby springs up and races to the kitchen to be let out. 

I've been here for fifteen minutes and the exercise is over. 

Next week is a slew of Magic - Dragons of Tarkir will have been pre-released (Me and Lady Bear are a team in the two headed giant event). So each day will be some cards per colour that pulled my interest. 

- Cheers 

Dozer 

18 Mar 2015

The idea of 'Stolen Valour' - FU

I wrote this a while back... just getting it out now.

I’ve included two links to most references – one is Wikipedia (it’s easy to read and in the
parenthesis), the other is linked to the direct document I’m making a note of.


The idea of Stolen Valour is not a new issue in the world. History is littered with people who impersonate military members. While looking up info on the situation since we’ve had recent events I found a slew of interesting legal issues that are parallel with the idea of “Stolen Valour”.

You can type in Stolen Valour into any internet search engine and you’ll get bombarded by a host of sites dedicated to denouncing folks who pretend to be in the military. The popular term Stolen Valour comes from the more recent United States of America Stolen Valour Acts:

1. Stolen Valour Act of 2005 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Valor_Act_of_2005), and
2. Stolen Valour Act of 2013 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Valor_Act_of_2013).

Wait two acts?

Let me explain after the break.

14 Mar 2015

Pie Day - Break

As a bit of an aside, I would like everyone to note that today is a rather unique day.

∏ (Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter) is 3.141592653.

March the 14th, 2015, which can be written as 3/14/15. So at 53 seconds past 9:26 tomorrow, the numbers will line up as: 3/14/15 9:26:53. Whoa!

So today is not only Pi day, it is one of the most epic Pi days of our lives, as this combination will not repeat until 2115.

So enjoy a piece of pie and celebrate Pi day.

13 Mar 2015

To Play on the Table (part 5) - Table Top

So I looked at five popular games this week.

EDIT: Here is the link to part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 of this weeks breakdowns for the more popular games on the table.

I know a missed quite a few: Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada, Flames of War, Bolt Gun, Relic Knight, Batman Miniatures Games, Dropzone Commander, Warhammer Fantasy, Dreadzone, Kings of War, Bushido, Malifaux, Wild West Exodus, Heavy Gear, etc... the list goes on and on.

I'm thinking of doing this again once I've jumped into a few other games - wallet shudders. Many of the above are very cheap and some not so much. Maybe by next year - again it also depends on if I can get more game time in.

So outside of cost lets rate the other stuff that each games has:

The scoring that I'm using -

FAIL – Failed in all aspects
WEEK – Did not meet the standard
BRONZE – Met the standard
SILVER – Exceeded the standard
GOLD – Perfect, set the standard

12 Mar 2015

To Play on the Table (part 4) - Table Top

EDIT: Here is the link to part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this weeks breakdowns for the more popular games on the table.

Here is the preamble -

Unless it's a Games Workshop product or otherwise mentioned I found all my prices on meeplemart and they are all priced in the Canadian Dollar.

Below you'll see the suggested table size, average length of a game, and the size those games are played at. I’ve also included the sizes and lengths of listed tournament style events. I've included the price of tokens, templates, and rulers needed to play at tournament events. For most tournaments each player is required to have the minimum of all the templates, tokens, rulebooks, and non-proxy miniatures.

I will not add in cost for paints and tools - you're just going to guess based on the size and count of the listed models. The time to paint each miniature will also be ignored as each reader will build and paint at their own level of quality and speed. Transportation of miniatures is also a cost that is not included in the evaluation below. The variety of transportation options is too varied to be included in the comparison.

Terrain will not be included in the comparison. In many cases, players will buy some terrain to start up but afterwards terrain is free to use when playing at most local game shops (LGS). I'll mark down size of table and how heavy the table is filled with terrain. Readers should look at and determine for themselves the extra costs of terrain if they are prone to playing more games outside of an LGS.
Please pay attention to the notes at the bottom of each entry for more details.

The scenario for my comparison is:

Two folks are wanting to get into a new miniature game. They would like to put together their miniatures, play a few matches, before jumping into a few matches at the local game store. As this is not their first miniature table top game, they are assumed to already have all the paint, glues, brushes, and other tools needed to build and play the game.

They would like to play between 2 and 5 games before playing at the store. They expect to be ready after a dozen store games, at one game a week in three months. During this time they expect to buy more minis to round out their respective forces after some experience on the table.

Their goal is to be ready to play at a large non-expert level tournament by the end of the year. They don't expect to do well at the tournament but at least be ready to participate and have fun.

Today let's look at two games…

11 Mar 2015

To Play on the Table (part 3) - Table Top

EDIT: Here is the link to part 1 and part 2 of this weeks breakdowns for the more popular games on the table.

Here is the preamble -

Unless it's a Games Workshop product or otherwise mentioned I found all my prices on meeplemart and they are all priced in the Canadian Dollar.

Below you'll see the suggested table size, average length of a game, and the size those games are played at. I’ve also included the sizes and lengths of listed tournament style events. I've included the price of tokens, templates, and rulers needed to play at tournament events. For most tournaments each player is required to have the minimum of all the templates, tokens, rulebooks, and non-proxy miniatures.

I will not add in cost for paints and tools - you're just going to guess based on the size and count of the listed models. The time to paint each miniature will also be ignored as each reader will build and paint at their own level of quality and speed. Transportation of miniatures is also a cost that is not included in the evaluation below. The variety of transportation options is too varied to be included in the comparison.

Terrain will not be included in the comparison. In many cases, players will buy some terrain to start up but afterwards terrain is free to use when playing at most local game shops (LGS). I'll mark down size of table and how heavy the table is filled with terrain. Readers should look at and determine for themselves the extra costs of terrain if they are prone to playing more games outside of an LGS.
Please pay attention to the notes at the bottom of each entry for more details.

The scenario for my comparison is:

Two folks are wanting to get into a new miniature game. They would like to put together their miniatures, play a few matches, before jumping into a few matches at the local game store. As this is not their first miniature table top game, they are assumed to already have all the paint, glues, brushes, and other tools needed to build and play the game.

They would like to play between 2 and 5 games before playing at the store. They expect to be ready after a dozen store games, at one game a week in three months. During this time they expect to buy more minis to round out their respective forces after some experience on the table.

Their goal is to be ready to play at a large non-expert level tournament by the end of the year. They don't expect to do well at the tournament but at least be ready to participate and have fun.

Today let's look at …

10 Mar 2015

To Play on the Table (part 2) - Table Top

EDIT: Here is the link to part 1 of this weeks breakdowns for the more popular games on the table.

Here is the preamble -

Unless it's a Games Workshop product or otherwise mentioned I found all my prices on meeplemart and they are all priced in the Canadian Dollar.

Below you'll see the suggested table size, average length of a game, and the size those games are played at. I’ve also included the sizes and lengths of listed tournament style events. I've included the price of tokens, templates, and rulers needed to play at tournament events. For most tournaments each player is required to have the minimum of all the templates, tokens, rulebooks, and non-proxy miniatures.

I will not add in cost for paints and tools - you're just going to guess based on the size and count of the listed models. The time to paint each miniature will also be ignored as each reader will build and paint at their own level of quality and speed. Transportation of miniatures is also a cost that is not included in the evaluation below. The variety of transportation options is too varied to be included in the comparison.

Terrain will not be included in the comparison. In many cases, players will buy some terrain to start up but afterwards terrain is free to use when playing at most local game shops (LGS). I'll mark down size of table and how heavy the table is filled with terrain. Readers should look at and determine for themselves the extra costs of terrain if they are prone to playing more games outside of an LGS.
Please pay attention to the notes at the bottom of each entry for more details.

The scenario for my comparison is:

Two folks are wanting to get into a new miniature game. They would like to put together their miniatures, play a few matches, before jumping into a few matches at the local game store. As this is not their first miniature table top game, they are assumed to already have all the paint, glues, brushes, and other tools needed to build and play the game.

They would like to play between 2 and 5 games before playing at the store. They expect to be ready after a dozen store games, at one game a week in three months. During this time they expect to buy more minis to round out their respective forces after some experience on the table.

Their goal is to be ready to play at a large non-expert level tournament by the end of the year. They don't expect to do well at the tournament but at least be ready to participate and have fun.

Today let's look at …

9 Mar 2015

To Play on the Table (part 1) - Table Top

Here is the preamble -

Unless it's a Games Workshop product or otherwise mentioned I found all my prices on meeplemart and they are all priced in the Canadian Dollar.

Below you'll see the suggested table size, average length of a game, and the size those games are played at. I’ve also included the sizes and lengths of listed tournament style events. I've included the price of tokens, templates, and rulers needed to play at tournament events. For most tournaments each player is required to have the minimum of all the templates, tokens, rulebooks, and non-proxy miniatures.

I will not add in cost for paints and tools - you're just going to guess based on the size and count of the listed models. The time to paint each miniature will also be ignored as each reader will build and paint at their own level of quality and speed. Transportation of miniatures is also a cost that is not included in the evaluation below. The variety of transportation options is too varied to be included in the comparison.

Terrain will not be included in the comparison. In many cases, players will buy some terrain to start up but afterwards terrain is free to use when playing at most local game shops (LGS). I'll mark down size of table and how heavy the table is filled with terrain. Readers should look at and determine for themselves the extra costs of terrain if they are prone to playing more games outside of an LGS.
Please pay attention to the notes at the bottom of each entry for more details.

The scenario for my comparison is:

Two folks are wanting to get into a new miniature game. They would like to put together their miniatures, play a few matches, before jumping into a few matches at the local game store. As this is not their first miniature table top game, they are assumed to already have all the paint, glues, brushes, and other tools needed to build and play the game.

They would like to play between 2 and 5 games before playing at the store. They expect to be ready after a dozen store games, at one game a week in three months. During this time they expect to buy more minis to round out their respective forces after some experience on the table.

Their goal is to be ready to play at a large non-expert level tournament by the end of the year. They don't expect to do well at the tournament but at least be ready to participate and have fun.

Today let's look at …

6 Mar 2015

Getting Sorted - Break

So things are getting sorted here at the Bear house. I figured Id send down the pipe this update before next week.

Minus the work on the bench in the Lab, you can also see the new play space below.

Lab 2.0 being used

Gaming Space and drafting table 

Gaming Space and storage

The table is a 6x4, with plenty of space ... 'cept I have some bins under that need to get organized. I also designed a 1/4" lip so dice don't go over the edge during the heat of a game. Speaking of games, the table will host all sorts of game that use a 4x4 table giving a foot on each side for players to use. 

The bookshelf behind the table is 9.5" deep allowing for more space for visiting players, to put drinks, books, and all those odds and ends that come with the hobby. Speaking of the hobby, the display shelf is high enough and far back enough to avoid random bumps. While the three shelf cabinet to the right of the drafting table is ready to hold more minis.

Thanks to the plywood wall, I'm finally starting to hang my nerd art. More is coming, I just need more wall to use. 

The storage shelves hold the majority of my army gear while the other half host a slew of Magic cards and hobby terrain. I expect once the whole thing is finally organized to my likeing, that I'll be sporting two shlelves filled to the brim with terrain for Infinity while the third above carries the weight of all the CCGs I have collected over the years. Magic the Gathering, Babylon 5, Netrunner... it's a bit of a list.

So next week, I've done a quick look at five different table top games and compaired them. We first look at the cost to build a collection before Friday when I rate the games on other factors, so as organised play, competition, accessability, and fun.

- Cheers

Dozer

5 Mar 2015

Violence - Break

Today's post was pushed back - I read something yesterday and it inspired quite the response that I felt might work here instead.

I'd like you to first read from the following link: https://weathervanesisterhood.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/a-call-for-change/

After the break I wana talk about what Toni said.

2 Mar 2015

7am - Break

It's 7am and I'm writing this from home. It's rare that I write something on the fly, especially here... I'm trying to keep some skills that I am week in and I try out new techniques and styles in order to expand my skill set as a writer of whatever skill I may have or lack.

I woke up on Friday at a later six am. I didn't sleep until 1am and I was woken up at 4am leaving me with 3 hours of bliss before I returned to my second job. I worked hard and in the cold all day until 6pm when I napped for another hour and the rose once more to work. When 1am came around yesterday I finally got a full four hours of sleep. I napped a bit on the bus back to Ottawa  40 mins or so... but I got my real rest at home at around 7pm when I pass out.

Today I woke up at 6am with Lady Bear, I took today off knowing I'd be without much rest due to the weekend of work. I drove her to work before I came home and finished off the second episode of House of Cards, season three.

It's now 0706 hours 2 March 2015 -