Wednesday, September 23, 2009

(RPG) Halloween Gaming!

Ah, October, one of the two months of the year where normal gaming plans change for a holiday! If you're not fighting Lobo with tac-nukes at Santa's Workshop in December, or fighting big bad horror uglies for Halloween, you just can't get in the spirit.

Since we're well ahead of the Wishing Well campaign games, Halloween is easy this year. Although our RPG of choice (or by default) has been Call of Cthulhu, I figured to change things up and instead of adding an installment to our Coal Country Cthulhu - Northeast Pennsylvania game, I would run *gasp* modern era. Not Delta Green, but it still has the potential to be awe -waitforit- some!

Worlds of Cthulhu Magazine #4 has a great adventure: Electric Hoe-Down of the Atomic Reptile Bikini Women... in 3-D!!! take Raising Arizona, throw in a D-level 60's monster film plot, and play Primus for theme music. It will be ridiculous!

It should be pretty quick, so we can whip out Zombies!!! and like we always do, block out the city so there's no place for the helipad

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gaming Day: minor attendance, great in results.

So Saturday was our monthly game day. Due to the scheduled appearance of my buddy Georgie and his son Georgie (G-3) I moved game day from Easton to Wapwallopen.

I knew we had craziness, work, and school for some of our regulars, so I anticipated a sparse gathering. I never got the info from George that Georgie was the Rico Suave of his Jr High class and that couldn't make it, so it was me primarily as games umpire and Nichols and Michelle's cousin Michael (a wargaming virgin), trading blows determining the fate of the Swiss and German Gnomish territories.

As one of my last acts as a Dad on parental leave this week will be to post after action reports (AAR) for scenarios #1 and #2 before I talk about #3 and #4 in detail, I will just comment that the Swiss are bad-ass defenders and Michael had some horrible misfortune. The German Blitzkrieg is over, the conventional was has begun.

Just a tease:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mini Painting, how I miss thee...

 I thought my first post would be of some substance, about how, with this here blog, I can organize my thoughts (and more importantly my lead addiction).

I shall provide far better advice: Painting minis with a four-month old in the house is not impossible. Impractical? At times, yes! Therapeutic? Definitely!

I've comandeered our large dining room table, desperately trying to finish base coats on my Swiss 3rd Engineers. Little progress today (The fact that my "safety orange" paint seems to be missing... Time to pack up the little one and run to Michaels tomorrow.) Our game Saturday has no hard fast rules to painted minis, but it would be nice for 5 out of the 6 units to have some color to it.

While little Maja was preoccupied by Mom and Grandma, I turned my focus to finally assembling my WWI Schneider Tank I had picked up from Brigade Games at Historicon 2007.

Yes, it most certainly is not a cardinal sin to leave gaming purchases unopened and unassembled (if fact two years for some people is a rush job), but the $46.00 I spent on this kit was only useful if I started playing Post-Apoc naval warfare (the resin body could be used in a Mad Max-esque game). A few hours of holding pieces together with Crazy and Gorilla Glue I've learned a few thing, (a) even early Schneiders tended to get battelfield "improvements", and that's on top of modifications as the war went on and (b) no one photographs the back end of these or a model of one. The kit comes with a number of pieces that are assembled on the back end and no web site had any pieces resembling anything I had.

Stupidity soon left my brain, as I jumped on the now-retired Brigade Games Yahoo! group and lo and behold, a rear picture of said Schneider model.

One day I'll find that leak in my head, and stop my brain from oozing. For now, I need to figure out how exactly I'm going to use this in our game Saturday, if at all!