Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Weekly Update - Sunday, February 26th, 2017 - Unpacking and Goodies

I'll use the helmets and the round shields...
The two I have had very broken wings - fixed, now...

One very - to me, anyway - odd thing about Con of the North was that for a 1,300+ convention, there wasn;t anyone in the vendors' area selling miniatures and miniatures stuff. I do have to qualify that, though; one of the local pro painters was there, doing wonderful commissions - you dropped your figure off, and it was ready two hours later! - and a booth selling painted figures from a local collection. Otherwise, nada, which meant that my budgeted funds stayed in my wallet.

Enter The Source Comics and Games, run by the irrepressible Fighting Bob (General Karim Missum, to us old Tekumel hands), who saw the wads of unspent cash moldering in my sweaty hands and allowed that if I dropped by the store his staff would have a few deals for me.

So, I did, and they did. Some of the folks at the convention had asked about my getting my play-by-post (e-mail, actually, but let's not quibble) miniatures campaign going, and I felt the need for some Salarvyani light infantry skirmishers. I got a pack of the plastic Numidians from Victrix:

My thought was to use the helmeted figures, to match the old Craig Smith drawings, and the round shields as being more appropriate for skirmishers. The downside to this plan is that the shields supplied are very - very! - plain, and I'll have to see what I might have in stock that I can use to add a little visual interest to the shields. I used decals on the Old Guard ones that I had, and I may root around the see it anything will work. Otherwise, it's new shields. We shall see.

I also got a pair of nice little models that badly needed a home. As regular readers will recall, I have a fleet of small-scale ships, and it struck me as I looked at these models that there are are at least a couple of Undying Wizards that we met in our ocean travels who habitually flutter around the skies of Tekumel in skyships. The "Bajoran Lightship" seemed to me to be a pretty good stand-in for these; this pair of models had some very broken 'wings', and the staff at The Source allowed as how I had been known to be able to mend broken stuff pretty well. They made me an offer I could not refuse, and I've managed to fix the two ships. New bases are in order, I think, as the ones provided are not all that good; an easy thing, involving plastic rod and sheet goods.

Still unpacking everything; I do the upkeep on the displays before I put them back into storage, so it's been a little busy this past week. Everything is done, though, and so we're on to new and old projects again...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Con of the North, Interlude - a Question For Chirine

Not from the convention, but you get the idea...

So, the question was asked at the convention why my bright, smiling face wasn't there running games. The answer is in two parts:

1) Bill Hoyt got to me first. Events bookings are on a first-come, first-serve basis, mostly because I need to get my vacation time-off requests in by March 15th every year. Vacations are granted by seniority, so I have to take what I can get - and book early or not at all. Some weeks are Right Out, due to things like student move-in and move-out in the University dorms, so getting my time off is very tight.

2) This is Brett Slocum's event, not mine. Brett does a really good job of getting people to come to this event, and he had a very full schedule of games. I am both space- and time-intensive with the kind of games that I run, and Brett is very aware of that. If he wants me, he'll let me know.

As I've mentioned, I can either organize events or run games. I can't do both. See also my Events Guide, if you will... :)

Con of the North, part 3(b) - Bill's Miniatures Game

I think Bill said that he was using "Dragon Rampant" for the game, but I'll check and make sure...

Con of the North, Part Three(a) - Bill's Miniatures Game

Con of the North, Part Two - The Tekumel Track

Bill Acheson's gladiator game

Yes, that's a 90mm Ahoggya!

Brett Slocum GM's

Steve Vossler's wonderful game of urban sprawl

The art display in the background of Brett's game

I think you can still view the schedule on the Con of the North's website; Brett Slocum runs this springtime event in a similar vein as U-Con does in the fall of the year, with much the same results. A lot of very good GMs run a lot of very good games, and people seem to have a very good time.

I got to play Steve Vossler's wonderful game of urban expansion, which has tiles that one plays to further one's interests and possible block those of the other players. I normally don't like board games, but this one is simply a delight - the strategy is so compelling that I forgot to keep track of my points as the game went along, but who cares? The game is simply wonderful, and full of Tekumel flavor.

Bill Acheson ran a game of gladiators in the grand scale of 90mm, which was astonishing, and also a game in the more usual 28mm; more on that in the next post. Again, people had a lot of fun!

Lots of RPGs all weekend, as you'd expect, and there were a lot of new faces at the tables. I was very pleased to see this, myself, and delighted that so many people were having fun in Phil's world.