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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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For those who actually used Google+, and if you're a tabletop RPGer at all, that's a high probability that you were a part of at least a handful of groups, listen up.

G+ is being retired in case you didn't know, and they'll be pulling the plug April 2nd. After that you will not have access to any data found there. If you'd like to back things up, here's the directions on how to do so:

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788

Tenkar's Tavern rightly pointed out another problematic aspect to this shutdown: blog comments, as Google states,

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019.

What do you think? Is a site you own affected by these changes?


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New paints, new con, new initiatives, new year!

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It's 2019, and without going into details, I'm very thankful that year is done with. I am looking forward to a fresh start not only in the gaming hobby, but vocationally and home-building.

Let's focus on the hobby today.

Paints
My youngest sister gifted me a set of Humbrol paints for my Great War project. They have yet to arrive in the mail, but when they do, I shall snap some photos or do a video about my plans for them. Additionally, I promised an unboxing of sorts for The Great War to which I have not forgotten but simply was not afforded the opportunity to do so. I think the delay has allowed me to process how to make that a genuinely better post anyways.

Con of the North
Last night before I went to bed, yes before midnight because I am getting old and don't care for the strike of midnight hooplah, I submitted last minute choices for the events I want to attend at the Twin Cities' Con of the North. This will be my first time attending and looking to get a nice spread of roleplaying, board games, and dabble of wargame into three glorious days of gaming.

Game Day
New Years has afforded me and my friends from my home town celebrating New Years Day with a sprawling day of playing games either either at a church fellowship hall or in the case of this year, a park lodge. So from 2pm to midnight, my brother and I will be joining as many as a dozen or more other guys for some great games. I'll report on that this week as to what I got to play.

Speaking of, I need to get ready for it.


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Tue Jan 1, 2019 3:20 pm
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Laying foundations

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My trip to see family for Thanksgiving was great. Since then, I've been going full speed balancing the job hunt, seeing friends and relatives, as well as getting a little gaming in here and there.

Quick paints update
I believe I've selected some paints for The Great War, however I'd like to make that a separate post once I iron out some details. And I know I stated I'd have an unboxing, but in the meantime, I invite you to check out some of the others readily available and linked on BGG. I do not plan to duplicate others' work, and I have some ideas on how to put a different spin on mine to keep it fresh. Stay tuned there!

Over the top
But not all is stalled with my appreciation for WWI gaming. I did get a match in of Verdun yesterday. If anyone out there also plays and would be interested in getting a squad together for it or it's half-sequel Tannenberg, do hit me up on Steam. Playing solo has always been challenging, especially in such a squad multiplayer game as it is.

Acquired The Hero's Journey
During DriveThruRPG's Black Friday sales, I snagged a number of water magic based products that I hope to review and research for my own products. But one prime product that I'd been holding out on is The Hero's Journey Fantasy Roleplaying by Barrel Rider Games. I know that it's creator James Spahn has been hard at work with some other projects, though I know he's got plans to support his love letter to original D&D. This is a beautiful entry into OSR gaming. I'll spell all that out later in it's own forthcoming post. My read of it has been quite fun so far.

Let's get social
Onto some business. Today I spent a good amount of time updating the Twitter account, updating the avatar and header image, as well as interacting with some of the tabletop community and updating the header on my new MeWe group. You are welcome to join that, especially if you're already on MeWe as part of the diaspora out of Google+. I'll be putting my focus on those two outside of this blog for the time being. Speaking of Diaspora, I do have a presence there, but I have not been convinced as of late that it would be worth expending energy there. I really wanted it to be awesome, but it just never panned out. Convince me otherwise.

Aqualith branding
In addition to the social media updates, I did some groundwork for a proper logo for Aqualith and it's subsidiary logo lockups. I've got about seven variations, but I can't reveal them yet or else spoil them. And most are very subject to change and not pan out, so I'm playing it safe. But I'd still like to open develop on this blog as much as possible, if you'll allow.

Quench your thirst each Thursday
One of those seven projects may just start next Thursday. This is my first regularly scheduled post, so we'll see how it pans out.

That's all for today. I need to tackle some things outside the blog the next few days unfortunately not gaming related, but do join MeWe or follow on Twitter to keep in touch in the mean time. As always...


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Thu Dec 6, 2018 4:00 am
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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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