Sunday, May 20, 2018

(Kickstarter) Yard of the Month by BrainBox

It's been awhile since we've have a new entry into the lucrative Gnome card game market, but the BrainBox Gaming Company is looking to change that their Yard of the Month, a game of garden growing, neighborly sabotage... and gnomes.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wizard of Oz Meets In Her Majesty's Name Over at Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Some of my most searched-for posts deal with miniatures and the Wizard of Oz. 

One of my favorite blogs to follow for inspiration is Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles.

My heart skipped a beat when the two combined this past week for a new unit to play with In Her Majesty's Name.
From the Toy Soldiers and Dining Battles Post
That is a perfect use for the Wild West Wizard of Oz Figures by Reaper.  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wardlings, Toy Aliens, and a Post-Gymnastics Universe

Last weekend was an end of an era for the family, the last gymnastics meet for the girls.  Maja and Millie's gym was closing up, so the USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling Region 6 (Northeast) Championships would be the last hurrah.

So after a drive to the furthest point east in West Virginia, a horrible truck stop dinner, and my wife confirming once again that she should never be put in charge of directions, we arrived at Shepherd University.

Regionals was a total bust for the girls last year.  With all the girls from Maine to Virginia coming, they essentially earned participation ribbons.

This year, they still had their problems, but Millie earned 4th, 7th, and 9th in her events. Maja garnered 4th, 6th, and a Silver medal in tumbling.  That Silver qualifies her for Nationals, but with no coach, big entry fees and the 8-hour drive to North Carolina on the week of July 4th, I think we'll savor our success in West Virginia.

With no gymnastics, life hasn't slowed down.   I've had to travel for training, a deluge of rain, power outages, and even a pseudo tornado have ensured that we haven't slowed down one step.

No games, save my online 5e game, although the Pulp game is all set for this weekend, if my mother and her health woes don't keep me away from the house.  Things are okay, but I'm ready for the decline to start.

If happy news, I've gotten a few things straightened out, slapped some primer and paint on minis.  Nothings finished, although I tinkered with these items.

First off, is the Female Wizard and Genie pair from the Wardlings line from WizKids.

Each pack of the pre-painted Wardlings comes with a stylized child adventurer and an animal companion (or Genie).   Two drawbacks, perhaps.  One is the $8/pack pricetag.  Second is the scale.  This young female wizard towers over any of my 28mm Pulp figures, much less my older 25mm fantasy.

The pack comes with two black WizKids bases for mounting.  I figured with a genie, a rocky desert base would suit them better.

I also rummaged through a few junk bins and found this little fellow to base and find a use in a game.
He's some sort of alien from a Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Playset the kids got years ago.  The playset was more a nostalgia kick for my wife and myself, but  this little fella was interesting enough to salvage during one of the playroom purges.

Next:  After months, my East African German Schutztruppe are finally in highlighting and details.  The Arab Civilians are right behind, but I also found the Legion of Steel Space Dwarves in my Spring Cleaning and they've been cleaned and primed.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Do You Want to Buy an OGRE? Try Warehouse 23's Sale!

I certainly don't mind updates from completed Kickstarters, especially when they are beneficial.

Steve Jackson Games is having a sale through the end of May on most OGRE products in Warehouse 23!   Outside of some recent releases, OGRE products are 50% off and the remaining metal minis, accessories, and even digital items are up to 75% off!

Additionally, purchases from Warehouse 23 will be added to the pledge totals of our current Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition Kickstarter campaign for determining stretch goals.

(Kickstarter) No Thank You, Evil Reprint by Monte Cook Games

Monte Cook Games found a winner with No Thank You, Evil! when it crushed goals for its Kickstarter.  But alas, all copies of No Thank You are gone, and the game is technically out of print.

But not for long...

Monte Cook Games has launched a second Kickstarter, this time for the reprint of the popular game
So you need a copy of the game?  This is the best way to get a new copy with a few added bonuses for fun. 

What if you already own the game?  Well, there are a couple of pledge levels for previously printed and/or pdf materials to keep you game going.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

(Kickstarter) The Lemonade Wars: Tabletop Skirmish Game

Blind Beggar Miniatures is at it again, launching yet another Kickstarter, but this time for 20's anthropomorphic figures in 28mm to fight out the heinous Lemonade Wars.
Oddly enough, for a skirmish game, a copy of the finished rules isn't the core priority for this campaign, the first two gangs are.  And, if you pledge for both gangs, you'll get an early peek at the online rules.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ballad of the Pigeon God #58: How Did Talis End Up in the Giant's Cage?

By the time Norm climbed the giant-sized furniture to the tabletop, Mellandria had unlocked the large birdcage, and long-lost Talis Makolin was coming to from the "friendly" electrical shock Mell had given him.
The bard stumbled out the door and hugged his dwarf friend.

"Talis,"  Norm asked, "Why are you in zee cages of zee giant, eating his stinky cheese?   It is not zee cheese to eat if you want zee beds of zee women to be in?"

Talis asked for some wine and a moment to recover his possessions from a junk drawer beside the giant's pantry....

He proceeded to recap the story of Nouvelle Avionne and Antian de Sephora, embellishing the heroics no one could confirm nor deny...

"When I got to the stable and mounted Eccentricity, I saw a huge explosion from the throne room.  Nothing could have lived through that, so I rode off...."

"It took sometime for Eccentricity and me to get out of the Wizard Principalities, but I hopped a ship back to Masgoth, sent that letter to you, Norm, and tried to figure out the next chapter in my fabulous life."

"I decided to pay a visit to Prince William the Scarlet of Aragain, maybe he had a use for a minstrel. I had a lot of stories to tell, after all.  It was a bit of a ride, but I eventually arrived and learned the Prince William was now King William I.  He didn't have much use for a minstrel, but he did remember me and his wife, the beautiful Evelayne had need of a musician, so I became her personal musician."

"Things rapidly went downhill in Aragain.  It turns out that King William was jealous of me and accused me of sleeping with the Queen.  I agree that our position seemed very compromising when he arrived into his bedchambers, but I tried to explain .  You see an unusually powerful wind blew through the room (I suspect a wizard) and blew the clothes from our backs.  In order to stay warm we huddled under the blankets using each other's body heat.   Suddenly the wind had stopped and before either the Queen or myself could do anything, King William walked in."

"I was forced to leave Aragain... lest King William further misunderstand and kill me.  I travelled back into Crosedes, until I encountered that cloud giant.  He seemed ready to eat me, but I thought quickly and played my lute to entertain him."

"He threw me in his sack and took me to his home.  I have been here ever since, forced to be his "songbird"  until he finally tires of me and eats me."

"As this time I kept thinking, I kept thinking to myself, 'Who would have thought that the magnificent hero, Sir Talis Makolin, Knight of Eding, and advisor of the Baronial Throne, finder of the Bell of Crosedes...' "

"Chardastes"

"Whatever, Norm."  As I was saying... savior of Eding... TWICE, and blight towards evildoers everywhere would have such an undignified death.  I was saddened for the world by the loss of my music, my tales never recited, and all the women I've never graced with my skill..."

"But now Norm, you found me.  What's our next adventure?"

"Well, Talis, vee have not seen Velandro. Rolf, Ashe and his weird brother Binklen are missing.  Zis new group with me is all that's left to stop the apocalypse from happening.  We are heading to the mountain in zat painting hanging at zee Chateau.  Hopefully, three magic artifacts are still inside.  Of course, zee magic sword and tridents are missing their wielders and, zo... It is just good old Norm and a magical battle axe!  "

"No worse odds than getting eaten by a Cloud Giant, Norm.  Grab as much wine as you can.  Let's go..."

DM Notes: With some added dialogue between Norm and Talis, this is the end of Talis' last journal entry, the final journal entry for the campaign.  After the tremendous failure at the Estate of Genevieve de Sephora, Talis' player, Hoyce, wrote up his fate if he had the fortune to get away.  I believe he had a session or two he had to take off, so the "new" group didn't have the journal to work with as they fumbled around the Barony of Eding. From this point forward, the episodes are dependent on twenty-year old memories of the players and myself.  

With many of our heroes dead or scattered, the discovery of the brash Knight of the Pigeon was a ray of hope for Norm's band of ragamuffins as they neared...

NEXT #55 - White Plume Mountain