The army so far

It took almost 18 months to assemble, prime, and paint the dwarf battalion box that I purchased at GenCon 2012.  There are a few extra models in this picture.  The flame cannon was a Christmas gift in 2012 and the slayer was donated to my army by a friend who had a sack o’ dwarfs he did not want.

My army is of Karak Norn. I picked that stronghold because my son plays Bretonnians and my daughter plays Wood Elves. Given these three armies the most logical place to base my army was the Grey Mountains.

The green regiment on the right, the 1st Infantry Regiment are known as the “moss backs”.  The 1st has been involved in many defensive actions among the rocky slopes of the Grey Mountains.  They cling to their post as moss clings to the rocks.

The second rifles provide small arms support to the army.  The 2nd Thunderers Regiment is led by Grom Stiffstock.  This unit has distinguished itself is several small skirmishes with Bretonnian archers who have ranged too close to the mountains without permission.  The 2nd has suffered some casualties in these battles and they are eager to get the trespassing humans in their sights again.

The “icebloods” are the blue soldiers on the left.  Eight of the units are masked as ironbreakers and eight are holding great weapons.  These elite troops of the 3rd Infantry Regiment fight in the upper reaches of the mountain where their blue cloaks are often coated with a thin veneer of ice.


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Warhammer on-line is gone?!

I decided to check in on my free-to-play rank 10 Dwarf Engineer.  I hadn’t played Warhammer on-line much but I did like the game.  I didn’t make it past the first PvP area.  I pulled up the client and nothing happened.  It looked like the application wanted to update.  So I headed over to the web site and what did I see?


Warhammer on-line is no more.  The servers shut down on the 18th of December.  There’s another game gone that I liked.  That’s both Games Workshop computer games gone.

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Starting the new semster

Lot’s has happened and none of it made the blog.  Painting dwarfs, starting courses at VTC, lot’s of gaming.  It’s really tough to write about things when there’s no time.  I suppose I need to set aside some time for things.  A schedule would be a good thing…

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Relic beatdown

Every once in awhile you play a game and can’t do anything right. No matter what you try. No matter how you change your style or strategy, nothing works.

That was my first attempt at Relic.

Every time I needed to roll for an enemy I rolled 6. One time I made a 3 monster into a 21 to slam my friend into the ground.

On my turn I rolled nothing but 1. Over and over. It got so bad I started to roll and then calculate what I would need to hit to win. It didn’t really matter because on my turn the die would only roll a 1.

After nearly 4 hours I finally had a relic at level 6. Thankfully the game ended there. I made it into the final tier but there was no way I’d be able to win.

Relic is a fun game and it is Talisman with a War Hammer 40k theme. As is common with most re-skins there are a few tweaks and changes, but if you know Talisman you can play this game easily. Unless you can’t roll a die, as I found out, then you are boned.

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Happy Halloween! is doing a halloween give away!  If you find the Jack-o-lantern icons on the web site you get free RPG books!  Check it out.


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Avast ye swab! It be talk like a pirate day!

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Dwarf Fortress: the Plato’s Closet edition

My most recent attempt at Dwarf Fortress is slowly unravelling.  My fortress of 200 dwarves is in the  beginning stages of  an emo death spiral.  Food production has been interrupted.  Tantrums are resulting in assaults.  Soap has run out and infections are claiming many of those wounded in the assaults or by some of the forgotten beasts roaming in the lower caverns.

Of course any DF player knows, “losing is fun” 

It was one of my better attempts.  I achieved a few firsts in this game:  First fortress over 250; my max population was 270. First fortress to make use of  adamantite.  First fortress to see a dwarf elevated to nobility; we had a baroness for a short time.  I built up five squads and defeated three ambushes in no time without losing a single troop, mostly this is due to my use of the military schedule and assigning patrol routes for the first time in a game.

With all the firsts and wild success over nearly 2 weeks of play you may think I’d be sad to see the inevitable end of Ralshashdon and yes I am a little sad.  However, part of me is not unhappy to see this particular fortress fold up.  For several days now I have been focused on clothing production and old clothing trading.

Hence the title of this post.  I have legendary clothiers producing wonderful clothing and a cleaning team collecting old clothes to be sent to the depot.  My trader pawns the old clothes off on the elves and human caravans and gets more leather and cloth.  I haven’t got any organic cloth production apart from adamantite clothing.  Next game I may swap out chickens for sheep in my embark load-out and see if I can keep a wool production line going.

So soon, probably over the next 3-4 days the once vibrant and proud city of Ralshashdon will degrade into a backwater ruin filled with a few hangers on and eventually a Forgotten Beast of a well armed squad of goblins will claim it for their own…



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A Brilliant Idea: Savage Worlds Scooby-Doo

The Scooby-Doo gangThis is a brilliant idea.  I was wandering around the Savage Worlds forums looking for extra Pirates of the Spanish Main RPG info and I tripped across this thread.  A Savage Worlds Scooby-Doo adventure.


The gang are all wild cards and each player is carefully matched to the right hindrances and edges.  For example, Shaggy has Yellow and Fleet-footed, while Velma sports Bad Eyes and Scholar.   There’s even a rule for Velma to drop her glasses.


The adventure setting is an old favorite from the Call of Cthulhu game twisted slightly to align with the plot of the television show.  It’s a haunted house, of course, and the gang is investigating it.

A run away child is in the house along with television show style NPC special guest stars Sandy Duncan and Don Knotts.   The enemy, Old Man Smithers, is a little darker in this game than the normal television show.  So I wouldn’t recommend this particular scenario to younger kids, but it looks like it would be a blast for anyone who grew up watching those meddling kids and their dog on Saturday mornings.




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More bad news about games I love…

In the rule book for the Pirates of the Spanish Main RPG, by Pinnacle Entertainment Group there is a reference to future books that explore other time periods with rich ocean-going themes.  Alas, my Typhoid Mary streak is still going strong.  The Pirates of the Spanish Main RPG line is defunct.  This is due to the restructuring of WizKids.

So RP sessions in Plattsburg Bay with gunboats on the lake or whaling off the coast of Nantucket will have to be home-grown affairs.


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The Typhod-Mary of products

I think I must be an unlucky patron or perhaps I’m just not good at picking winners. Futurama is cancelled. Disney is turning off Pirates of the Caribbean Online. EA killed Warhammer Wrath of Heroes. The World of Warcraft TCG is going away. I’m afraid to like or become interested in anything. As soon as I like it or start collecting it, poof! Discontinued. Cancelled. The company is moving in a new direction.

Maybe I can contract out to the completion. Sony could hire me to “like” the Xbox One (aka the XBone). If my track record holds true Microsoft will cancel it. Of course the XBone is already pretty self-clobbering.

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