22 Jun 2016

See you later WIN

Weekly Infinity Night shortened to WIN was originally Wednesday Infinity Night. I wanted WIN to be used for any day of the week instead of just the Wednesday that we played at my house basement aka the Lab.

The area was called the Lab because it was surrounded by books, terrain, minis, and sported the almost ten foot long workbench dedicated to the hobbies. There in the heart of the Lab we created things and experiments within our various hobbies. New Magic decks, Warmachine lists, miniature conversation, dedicated air brush space... the lab is awesome.

Will have been awesome...

I've mentioned before stuff is changing and so I reflect on how I got here and where to next.

19 Jun 2016

You cannot stop us all

Listen to this.

What the hell did you just listen to? Well that was a remix of a NIN (Nine Inch Nails) song that can be found at remix.NIN.com. This was Trent Reznor's big middle finger to the music industry that had started to affect his work. Once Year Zero was launched he started self publishing and this was the first step to sharing his music and letting communities of music fans work on his music to make more music.

It's been a while since I looked there and I started searching for the man and what he was doing. Boy did I stumble on something and it had me starting to think about the internet.

16 Jun 2016

"I could do this all day"

It seems like the world, or folks in the world, are attacking us - the majority. I'm making it very clear that the majority of folks on this world have enough 'good' in them to do right by their neighbours and fellow human beings. I emphasize that those who wish to do ill, those who do harm to the rest of the brothers and sisters of this world are of a minority. This could be argued and debated but I'll just give the largest piece of evidence to my assumption, my belief to you the reader.

Community. Humanity has a habit of bonding and generating social groups. This can only be done when folks gather together. Who support each other through necessity or simply a 'good' nature.

I will not define evil in this post. Evil and Good are too broad as terms to be fully defined within the scope of a single blog post from a fucker in Canada who has a hard time spelling words and making coherent sentences. Instead I will address some of the evidence of a slew of crimes, abhorrent behaviour, that are done by minorities. Understand me when I say these people who do these things, who treat their neighbour with such violence are the minority. I will not name these people, as they are still people but giving their name presence by taking up precious electricity and bits of information is a waste at this time and in this post.

As I draft this, the BBC just posted that MP Jo Cox was killed while meeting her constituents at a regular local gathering. The world at large is drowning in media coverage and reactions to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida - where a person murdered 49 humans and held hostage many more before he was killed during a police action. 53 other humans had non-fatal injuries but I can only guess at the non-physical trauma they may suffer still. A few days ago I read the story of Saeni, a 53 year old woman who operates a small cafĂ© in Indonesia and was raided by a group of public order officers (not police but who help police) who confiscated her wares and means of earning her living.

I wanted to finish some posts that had gotten behind me due to my eyes giving me grief while they heal. Seems like I need sight to finish typing the posts I had drafted last week. Post about what's new in my hobbies, reactions to the E3 events, ways my life is changing with Yasha leaving the city and my moving into a new home with Leady Bear and our dog Moby. I write about being a nerd, sometimes I talk about things that piss me off, or I try to write about things that steal my interest.

This is practice for me to keep up and develop (more on the develop) a stronger writing style. A written voice that is wholly my own. I try to keep the soapbox at home. I am no internet demagogue, nor a preacher of human nature. I write and that means at times I share who I am. Few folks read this blog and that's ok. I do get surprised when the numbers spike but I think that's just some sort of false count from the various machinations that run the internet.

Yet drafting some sort of reply after a week of shitty news, I find myself unable to write about being happy or pensive about my interests. I also crushed my soapbox in frustration with recent events. There is no need for me to shout that these things are wrong - plenty are doing that with stronger voices and eloquent language. I don't need to add my blip of data to the noise of the internet... but I want to do something. I want to express something that shows how I feel because why the fuck not? In the end this blog post is about me and my feelings, my observations, my experiences.

I obviously don't like the above events - crimes, I need to use the right words. I don't like the crimes I've mentioned above. "I don't like bullies"... another quote from Movie Stephen Rogers but it has a place here. It's why I like the cinematic version of that character. It's his faith in people and his resilience and mental desire to continue when facing adversity, even superior adversity. I feel like I'm off topic back in my nerd realm - quoting comic characters on movie screens. Fiction, on fiction, on fiction when I writing about my feelings on the real world.

I feel that it's a normal reaction, retreating to a world that makes more sense. Where things are more clear... yet I've lived in this real world for 36 years now and I've seen quite a bit of it. I haven't been afraid of the ugly things, the less pleasant things that litter the world. Maybe the fiction expresses my feeling better, I don't feel like I'm retreating into fiction just using it to give me a clearer voice. I have another quote I love from that same character that I feel would be a good title to how I feel and what I want to say.

The world can be shitty sometimes, but it's up to us - as a community, be it family, coworkers, neighbours, etc. to make it better. It takes buying someone lunch, dropping a few quarters in the parking meter to prevent a ticket. It takes small acts of kindness, layered over each other to support the grander gestures of our whole.

Those gestures like the support given to the family of Christina Grimmie, who was murdered last Friday, by Adam Levine. He paid for the funeral and to have her body taken home to be with her family.

Gestures are acts - actions are something. Facta non verba "deeds not words", is how I feel folks should judge each other. Because they make something change, they make something happen.

Some folks give what they can, other's pray, some write... there are those who put on a uniform and stand up leaving family and home to join those who don't have to leave because 'it' is in their home... together they push back. Some teach in hopes they can educate someone to make better actions and avoid 'it', and learn to see 'it' for what 'it' is. Some gather people around them to create a united force - a community can be a force, to fight back against 'it'.

We are many and we have just as many actions to each of these 'it'.

What ever 'it' is... collectively our race, our world, we're still here. We will heal and survive. I believe we will help out more than we will hurt each other. As a collective, a community we can act, we can do better.

We can all do this all day.

- Peace


7 Jun 2016

My Table needs a Safeword

2016 has now reached the halfway point of the year. I am about to move to a new location, loose the lab and table, and deal with changes to 17 years of my second job. Yet I feel like that's just life. It changes and you can't do anything about it - change and life go hand in hand. I feel safe saying that if life is not changing I'm probably doing it wrong.

Now outside of my table getting dismantled, the title above is ref to the abuse my table is taking this year.

Infinity has started up a storm with N3 the third edition of the game. Slick new books, streamlined rules, and sexy new 3D designed miniatures. We've been waiting for the second half of the game to get updated with the recent release of Human Sphere: N3.

Meanwhile as I set up my pre-order for HS:N3, Privateer Press drop their own bomb by releasing the third edition for Warmachine and Hordes to be released by the end of this very month. We're talking some major changes and a new direction for the IP.

Lastly Magic the Gathering is blowing up this year after a strong start with Shadows of Innistrad as a new standard for set design to finish with Eldritch Moon. On top of that we have the new Eternal Masters which is about to launch and the cards listed are all wanted. Conspiracy: Take the Crown is the follow up to very successful limited set Conspiracy that had plenty of fun and flavor for draft play. Come the fall we're getting  4 colour commanders for Commander 2016, which looks like to shake up the format. Last but not least another Magic: Anthologies set is being printed; Planechase Anthologies which will reprint every Planechase card printed allowing players like myself who was not playing during the original release of the Planechase cards to get into a very interesting format.

My table is going to get worn out with all of the above and that's not adding in MERCS 2.0 also getting released. My Kickstarter backer rewards coming in for Human Interface: Nakamura Tower, Scythe, Secret Hitler, Infinity RPG, and Endure the Stars. Plus all the fun with my fan made draft cube of Star Wars Magic the Gathering.

I have more toys than I have time to spend playing with them. All of which means, until we move, my table to going to get abused.

I feel like I've reached my max but that's ok. I feel like I'll be playing more Warmachine/Hordes at the local game shop while bringing some Infinity to the shop a few times a month. My Magic decks are coming along and I have enough decks to show up and play with mates on my off time. When I have down time, I'll have plenty to play and want for nothing...

Not bad for me but my table... that's another problem.

- Cheers


1 Jun 2016

Lazer Eyes

So we found a new place to live, figured out how we're going to pay for the cottage, and got back on track for doing the normal day to day.

Of course this all happens right before the Lazer Eyes.

Cyclops by Marvel Comics
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Sadly those will not be the laser eyes. I will have normal vision once the PRK procedure has been completed and I've healed.

Now I need to worry about sun glasses.

Final thoughts on stuff before I go blind for a few days:

I did see X-Men: Apocalypse last night. Much like X-Men: Days of Future Past it's an ok, meets the standard super hero film. It does a few things well and a few things poorly to balance out into a ok 3/5 film. Only X2: X-Men United and X-Men: First Class have reached the lofty above average score of 4/5. It had fun with Quicksilver but the rest of the powers seemed to rise and fall as needed for the plot. Too many characters flooded the screen much like X-Men: Last Stand and few characters got enough screen time for me to care about them like I did with Captain America: Civil War. 

Human Sphere Infinity 3rd Edition is awesome!

The recent XCOM 2 DLC has been interesting and I want to play more.

The direction of Magic the Gathering this year is looking fucking slick.

Well... I'm off to get laser eyes.

- Cheers