29 Jan 2016

It's cold - UPDATE

Sorry folks this week has been busy.
Lonely and cold - It's a Bear's life.

Lady Bear has been gone all week and yesterday my house had the furnace turned off because of a major gas leak.

Before she left I watched the Clive Owen film, Last Knights, which was a great "avenge dead master" film I've seen for a while.

Once Lady Bear left I've been working like mad.

Wed evening was suposed to be a quick build of Brother Bear's PC (player character) and get my new Laptop ready for XCOM2. We got one thing done.

When I worked on the new laptop and discovered that my SSD slots are M.2 sized PCIe slots not SATA slots. The difference is where the information flows through on the motherboard of the computer. In this case PCIe is faster controller but not the popular one.

Thursday was supposed to be some relax time and working on terrain. Well that got canned when I got home to the smell of gas. I kicked Moby out, called the emergency line and they shut the furnace down. I pulled out the go bag, grabbed dog food and fled for friends before staying at my parent place.
Moby keeping warm

So my house is right now 10 degrees Celsius.

I'm wrapped in a blanket and I'm waiting for the furnace people.

What a day. So me and the TV are waiting around.

The Occupied is a neat TV show, as I write this I've got the first episode running. Go check it out.

Seems that I won't get a new furnace until tomorrow morning. Lame...

Awe well.

- Brrr


22 Jan 2016

New Layout and Updates - 2016

So with the new year and the work on the projects I decided that I'd put down a new layout for the site. It's not much of a change but I think it's a bit more dynamic and allows me to put information in better places.

Also here is an update on the current set of projects:

Going well, trucking along with the meeting 000, 001 done and 002 booked. We have a good idea and direction to move towards.

Just sent Lady Bear my draft in the hopes she's able to sort out my language. After a few more drafts I'll be sending it in the mail.

PROJECT: Impudent Mortal 28 mm entry level terrain.
Coming along, most of the buildings are built and based. I need to finish fixing the rooftops and basing the ladders and baracades. The rooftops were too tight and I've had to put them together with spacers and fill the gaps with wood blue. Outside of these issues, these buildings are screeming to get on my table.

It's a work in progress
PROJECT: Get Away Campaign (aka The Tribunal)
Big Red has his PC done, Ontos Prime and Brother Bear have some good ideas that need to get finalised. The rest of the work is on me and next week, I'll have plenty of time to finish off the project for this session.

PROJECT: Couples Draft
I have two Fatpacks (9 packs each, 18 total) of Oath of the Gatewatch waiting for me at Wizard's Tower as of today. I'm hoping to get the couples that make up the Bears, Wolves, and Reds to draft some Magic one lazy night in the near future. That and snag some awesome cards...

Otherwise I play FTL, Fallout 4 all while waiting for X-COM2.

20 Jan 2016

The Iron Kingdoms in 2016 – Table Top

Iron Kingdoms is one of my larger projects these days. I have a need to run a regular adventure and Iron Kingdoms is going to be my system for the next little while. I think the upcoming Infinity RPG will usurp it once I get my backer rewards from the Kickstarter.

I’m also doing this for a few reasons, the primary of which is the Iron Kingdoms Role-playing Game. It (IKRPG) is a great game and tons of fun if you got a crew that’s willing to play on the table with some minis. The other primary reason I’m playing IKRPG is the support to Warmachine and Hordes. The two table top miniature games in the same setting that share about 90% of the rules and all of their miniatures with the RPG.
IKRPG - It's aweomse
by Privateer Press

Painting for me is a chore most of the time. I work at it hoping to get some nice results but it is work when I could be playing. Having armies uniformed in colour and themes is awesome. I love coming up with that… doing that is much harder to get done. So by using my minis it will keep the tanks full of fuel and I’ll be brushing my wee metal and plastic minis. With regular play of IKRPG and Warmachine/Hordes I think I’ll have that motivation to keep up the painting.

This is important to me because I have two miniature games that I play with, Infinity and Warmachine/Hordes, and two smaller games on the side, Mercs and Batman. Last year I was playing plenty of Infinity and not so much of the other games. This year I’m committing to playing Infinity and Warmachine/Hordes swapping games every month; JAN, MAR, MAY, JUL, SEP, NOV is Infinity, while FEB, APR, JUN, AUG, OCT, and DEC is Warmachine/Hordes.

So what’s the plan with IKRPG this year?

15 Jan 2016

Age 69 - Loss

I pulled last minute the post for this half of the week. I was going to write about a person who's inspired me and those people that entertain me. Instead yesterday it happened again.

Two men, great artists in their own right have escape their mortal coil. I cannot place one before the order as they are equals in their own craft. So I list them in the same order I discovered their fate only four days apart.

Mr. David Robert Jones aka David Bowie

Mr. Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

I will always remember David Bowie for his art. With songs like The Man Who Sold the World, and Under Pressure (w/Queen) and movies like, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

My favorite work of Bowie's was his music video for his hit single I'm Afraid of American's which was my gateway to rest of his work.

I would explore his sounds and later find out the creepy fucker in Labyrinth was David Bowie. Suddenly a cast of musical characters was in front of me. The White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, and the little known Halloween Jack from the album Diamond Dogs.

He would inspire many and I feel that for the youngest of us, Diamond Dogs, the name of the military organization that Snake operates in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a direct reference to David Bowie.

I first saw Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in the cult action film Die Hard. This was my first action film I was allowed to watch as a kid with permission - my folks may have had a long night and didn't think about their reply. I also asked my mother, why are we always the bad guys. I asked 'we' because I grew up for quite some time in Germany and my mother is German/Romanian Gypsy. I was learning a quick lesson about how North America looked at us as we were returning to Canada. I was nine years old.

Later on I would learn my first quote I would use still today. "Because it's dull you twit. It'll hurt more." - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Alan Rickman would always be the bad guy and Rickman made them into real villans with twisted complex motivations. I remember him as Elliot Marston in Quigley Down Under, Harry in Love Actually, The Metatron in Dogma and of course Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise.

So two great men, two fantastic artists are gone. They have inspired me through the years. Bowie in looking at more music outside of the small sphere that was NIN led industrial 90's music. Rickman in liking the villans because they are also just as important as the heroes.

This post was going to be about the progress in my projects - but I'll do that next week. Bowie started this post and I'll let him end it with words that have always inspired me.

"We can be heroes, just for one day" - David Bowie, Heroes (1977)

- Rise and take notice


11 Jan 2016

The Projects - Writing

Last year Dozer stopped.

Outside of my Hobbies and the Blog, I stopped all of my projects. 2015 was a year of rest.
2013 and 2014 were years of crap. Crap pay, crap job, crap feeling. It was the hardest years of my marriage. 2015 Lady Bear and I needed a break from two solid years of pure bullshit.

So last year we rested…

Well nap time is over.

8 Jan 2016

The docket - Books

This year I’m looking to read the following books.

The Mirrored Heavens

Written by David J. Williams, The Mirrored Heavens is the first of his Autumn Rain trilogy that continues with The Burning Skies and ends with The Machinery of Light. There are a few things that have attracted me to the series. The series is completed. It’s done. No waiting for the Rothfuss to finish the third book or for the Martins to the finish the sixth, let alone seventh book. Reviews have also been staggeringly in the positive


From the mind of Charles Stross and originally written as a slew of short stories, Accelerando is a series of nine stories of relatives as they witness the before, during, and aftermath of the singularity. I also read that the author uses a Matrioshka brain, similar to a Dyson sphere but for communication and computational purposes. These are not common concepts and hearing that they are used in a successful way makes me interested in reading this book on that fact alone.

River of Gods

Ian McDonald wrote a novel about AIs set in India. I like the idea of the different grade of AIs as a realistic control mechanism to prevent many of the dystopian showings of AIs. Using the Turing test is a concept I’ve only read about and have yet to see it applied in a fictional writing. I heard about Ian McDonald because of his novel Luna: New Moon which is also on my short list of books to read.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

By J.K. Rowling, this is a trilogy of hard boiled crime novels. Originaly written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, it was shortly proven to be work by J.K. Rowling. It’s gotten some good reviews and I have a crime novel itch that needs some serious scratching. It it works out I see myself pouring into the following books; The Slikworm and Career of Evil

So that's me for the next wee while. What are you looking at reading this year?

- Cheers


6 Jan 2016

Space… once more - Media

The year is 2016 and I’m going to start with Space. That final frontier that used to be dream realised only in TV, Movies, Books, and games. In the last couple of years Space as a setting has become more popular – again. The resurgence has been slow to build and I’ve be watching it slowly creep back into the zeitgeist.

I look back at some of my favorite games of the last couple of years and think we have some pretty good stuff that has to do with space. Mass Effect (all three core games), Dead Space (only the first game), and FTL: Faster Than Light.

On the table I play Infinity with the Nomads as my primary faction – once more into space. I’ve also been able to try out Emergence Event that has more of an exploration feel. I feel the need to play Twilight Imperium on a regular basis. I’m waiting for my backer reward from the Endure the Stars  kickstarter.

I just got back my copies of The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds, the two books of Scott Westerfeld’s Succession series, from Yasha a fellow Nomad player. We are talking some heavy hard sci-fi told at a great pace without drowning the reader in science. I’m also re-reading the first Takeshi Kovaks novel Altered Carbon which leaves Earth and the following two books are very hard sci-fi.

Now these reflections are not borne of a vacuum.

Charles Krauthammer wrote a piece on the visionaries moving to space. Matt Damon stars in a well-received space film the Martian. This comes shortly after we explored a dystopian need with last year’s Interstellar helmed by Matthew McConaughey, becoming my favorite film of 2014. Adding in that we have George RR Martin advocating for The Expanse, based on Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck work under their collaborative pen name of James S.A. Corey.

Space is becoming once more the target of our attention.

It’s not a bad thing.

I for one welcome 2016 as a year in space.
- Cheers