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PreCon prep

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Hi all,

Had a moment to share a quick update. I am days away from Con of the North so I'm busy prepping possible sale of some old games, dusting off an old Pathfinder Society character for two Saturday games, and insuring I have my transportation to and from secured.

Well over a month ago I had promised a couple unboxings and discussion of some paint selections for The Great War. Its a matter of finding suitable time at this point as I have them all I think, save for a new bottle of sealer.

Once the Con is done with and I report it, I'll get back to that checklist. I also have a new map in Verdun to check out.

In the meantime, development and research of future Aqualith products is coming along. All for now.

Oh and I could still use a recommendation for magnification.


Steady tides be with you!

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Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:39 am
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I'm looking for recommendations for a magnifying glass on a stand. An attached light is a nice to have but I know that raises the cost. Looking to use this for tabletop painting, modeling, etc.

I look forward to your comment!


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Sat Feb 2, 2019 11:33 pm
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One quick thing...

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Merry Christmas! Christ, our Savior is born.
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Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:00 pm
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Verdun & Tannenberg community events

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As stated in my last post, I try playing the 1914-1918 WWI Game Series, which includes Verdun and Tannenberg, as often as I get an opportunity. I especially like the community-ran historical battles. I missed quite a few of them in years past but recently they've scheduled them a bit better for me to attend. This weekend there's two events, one for each game.

Tannenberg: Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive 1915, Saturday, 8th December 2018. Start time will be 8pm CET. Poland map, restricted to K.U.K. Trupp (Central Powers) vs. Frontovik (Entente), all weapons.

Verdun: Second Battle of Artois, Sunday, 9th December 2018. Start time also at 8pm CET. Artois map, restricted to Stosstruppen vs. Canada. Up to 128 players! Also all weapons allowed.

Utilize this fantastic time converter to find out when these are for you.


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Thu Dec 6, 2018 5:01 pm
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The Great War - On paints

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Here's an impromptu blog and request for feedback. My family is asking me for Christmas wishlist, so part of that is the painting supplies for my upcoming projects in the new year.

As mentioned in a prior blog, I plan to go about painting my armies of The Great War by PSC Games and French Army Expansion. That said, the current edition includes soft plastic 15mm soldiers. While this size and even type of plastic isn't ideal for extensive painting, I'm up for the challenge and want to see it happen anyways.

What I want to know from those who've done this with these kinds of games or plastic is: what brands/types of paint/washes should I look into getting? Feel free to go into as much detail in your response below as you wish. I'd love for someone else to find this post helpful.


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Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:00 pm
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Armistice, Part II

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Previously, I had intended to include this portion in my Armistice/Veteran's Day post, but I encountered a technical hurdle with uploading the following two images. That's now been fixed.

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Pictured: George C. Martin, Lieutenant, US Navy

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Pictured: Theodore B. Marshall, 1st Lieutenant, US Army


These are two ancestors I knew who served in that great and terrible war. This week, I honor them and those who've served in every war since. God bless you, and thank you for serving. As you may point out, it is Theodore's picture I am using as my avatar at the time of this writing.

Coming up soon will be my unboxing video of both The Great War Centenary Edition and The Great War: French Army Expansion. I don't especially like unboxing videos that include taking the surrounding plastic wrap and opening each and every plastic bag or punchout. What I will present to you however is an edited down version of it, but I will not cut any corners. There's plenty of other great unboxings out there, though my approach will be one who's a newbie to wargaming, Monsterpocalypse and X-Wing notwithstanding. Expect it in a few weeks.


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Armistice

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How fitting that my copies of The Great War Centenary Edition and The Great War: French Army Expansion both arrived this weekend, which marked the centenary of Armistice Day, yesterday. This is also proof that you can have it ordered at your local game stores here in the US now! PSC hasn't officially stated it's available here yet, despite much prodding from us on social media.

Board Game: The Great War


The next step will be unboxing it, which I'll attempt to do with a video to be posted in an upcoming post later this week or the next, depending on schedule.

I was planning to share some photos of some ancestors, from both parents' sides, but unfortunately I'm having some minor tech difficulties. I'll share them later.

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing a details about the very name of this blog and why I chose it.


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Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:00 pm
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Salutations & expectations

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I say hey...
Hi! My name is Ryan and I like to play all sorts of games. My primary gaming interest in this time of my life are roleplaying games, specifically ones with the opportunity for world-building and rules that can be modified easily for your campaign's needs. At the moment, my personal favorite to fit that is the Cypher System by Monte Cook Games, as well as varying degrees of involvement in the OSR and Pathfinder communities. At the moment, I cannot have a regular in-person or even virtual tabletop campaign, so play-by-post, specifically through Discord, has been my go-to for still having my fix. I'm currently in one ongoing Cypher System game.

Additionally, I've recently gotten the itch to check out historical wargaming. Maybe it's a sign of age?

My family, including my delightful wife who longsuffers my hobby, and adorable daughter (read: toddler roleplayer-to-be) currently live in the Twin Cities area without any set gaming groups as yet, but I am working to make that a thing whether at a game store or through friends at church. We are devout Christians and I'll happily extrapolate that in a future post, or you are free to message me with questions.

...what's going on?
* I have been told by local game store Lodestone Coffee & Games that the copies of The Great War Centenary Edition and The Great War: French Army Expansion I special-ordered are on the way!
* I backed the second printing of Monte Cook Games' No Thank You, Evil! earlier this year and hoping to see that delivered before end of year or early the next.
* I am attending the first annual Bold North Conference in Saint Paul this weekend. This will be my first reformed theology-centered conference I'll attend in person. I suspect it'll be pretty low-key in presentation, but rich in content.
*Star Citizen's Alpha 3.3 patch release to live? Not definite, but the recent updates on the release roadmap suggests it'll be ready soon. I'm a day one Golden Ticket backer of that project and I'll happily unpack that at at later date.

What to expect
Inevitably, some slice of life posts, but centered on all aspects of gaming.

I've got a few ideas to produce some very affordable RPG products to distribute on DriveThruRPG as a 3rd party self-publisher! No idea when, but I hope to document this journey. And my wife is also interested in contributing to it as well. It will also be a fun way to stretch my design muscles outside of the regular 40 hour work week grind.

As mentioned above regarding The Great War by PSC Games, I plan to paint the miniatures! And I'll be showcasing my process as well as showing an unboxing video when the time comes, as well as impressions about the rules and scenarios.

Rule of 'law'
Here's a rule that might possibly break some people's brains: On this blog and the Twitter account I've established that ties into it, I will use the Edit button liberally. Whether it's for annoying typos I find later, or to correct a thought I had after the fact, I'll do it. I do not so much mind corrective-history when it comes to my own stuff here. If there's a potential problematic portion of a post that I've edited, I'll retain a note to list what I changed and why as a footnote to that post. I'd like to think of this blog as not so much progressive in a time sense, but retroactive and referential, somewhat like a wiki. So expect links and callbacks to previous posts in-frequently where there wasn't one the first time you read it.

All the things
My primary hub of info for all gaming can be found in one place, as I found it perplexing to drill down all the usernames and handles across all the various sites and games imaginable. At the moment it's very lacking in a graphical theme, which pains me as a designer, but I'll get to it when I get to it. In the mean time, check it out and feel free to add me if you like. I do have some ads there which I wouldn't bother with if I didn't think they were worthwhile products.

Schedule?
I'll post these up in the mornings, probably every few days, sometimes consecutively. Some will go long, others shorter, to which I'll split out into a series. Either way, your best case scenario is to subscribe. I hope this will amount to something and worthwhile to myself and to you, the reader. Game on, and...


Steady tides be with you!

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