Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Update for Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Yet another one of my 'pre-school style' games
Still alive, amazingly, and I got my blood pressure down to 134 over 80 yesterday after the game session. I still get tired out pretty quickly, but I'm still here. I had a very good day yesterday pottering about amongst the miniatures, and quite a bit of fun doing the "Why did I get these???" routine.

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I'm in the run-up to Con of the North, where several of the Usual Suspects will be running Tekumel events this year; I'm providing a few things, so the next two weekends will be very busy getting it all ready.

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The group will be putting on one big 'outside' game event this year, unlike in past years where we did a number of events. The idea is that since the logistics for several small events are just as much work as for one big event, we can economize on effort and work and put on a better event. It'll be much more like the event we did in 2011 with several tables running at once; we have the miniatures and the scenery to do it, so why not? Details as I get them, of course.

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We will bring back the David L. Arneson Memorial Maritime Miniatures Mayhem Event, after a year's gap, because we want to. Details to follow; we're likely to be doing this away from the usual March - April window so as not to have a scheduling conflict with the folks in New York who run D & D events remembering Dave, as well as Gary Con.

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And speaking of Dave Arneson / Captain Harchar, "To Serve The Petal Throne" is now up to just over 65,000 words; I just finished his battle with the Haida Pakallan ships, and I'm kinda pleased with the result. Since I have the model ships, I may just use photos of the game table to illustrate the battle.

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"Work on "To Serve The Petal Throne" continues; I need to take a day to get the volumes organized, the book has gotten big enough to require being broken down into five volumes; luckily for me, Chirine's career also breaks down into five discrete 'epochs', so it should all work out. My lovely daughter Kerry is the Editor-in-Chief of the whole project, and any comments you might have will be gratefully accepted by her as she wrestles the beast into submission. If you'd like to see the draft, please feel free to e-mail me here at The Workbench.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scrapyard Update, 1/24/13

The 'miniatures end' of the game room

A short update; there are two new items in the Scrapyard; I am clearing out the 15mm and 20mm Tekumel figures in my collection to make room for more of The Tekumel Project's wonderful 28mm figures, and these two lots will be up on e-bay by the weekend. I will post links as I get them.

As you can see from the photo, I'm tight on space, and I want to make room for the stuff we actually use in games as opposed to 'dead storage' items like these 15s and 20s. I have no use for them, and I just don't see myself painting them any time soon. ( I have never liked the smaller scales then 25mm / 28mm, no idea why.)

I still have to sort out the old Ral Partha and Reaper figures as well, but that won't happen until this coming weekend. I am 'refining my focus' (or something) to concentrate on making room for the purely Tekumel figures for the collection, and those figures that actually get used like the 60 gladiators; oen of these days, I am going to run a 'Day at the Arena' with gladiators, jugglers, wizard's duels, dancing girls (and boys, if I can find any, dang it!) and fast and furious betting that one expects in the way of Tsolyani family entertainment.

(I do have a fistful of kaitars; I got those for my three infamous games: "A Fistful of Kaitars", "A Few Kaitars More", and "The Good, The Bad, And The Ahoggya". I never have enough Ahoggya, though.)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Update for Sunday, January 20th, 2013

This is a place-holder until I get a photo of the new grandchild.
Exercise patience, please; I'll be back as soon as I can.

Just back from inspecting the new grandson; he and his parents are doing just fine. Nothing much else to report today, as we're pretty sleep disrupted from all the excitement. I'll be back to our regular programming tomorrow, after I get some sleep. Thanks for your patience, and your comments!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Photobucket page is back! (I hope!)

Phil's globe
I am happy to report that my Photobucket page is back in action, and I'll be adding to it as I have the time; we're a little schedule-disrupted due to the birth of my grandson, but we'll keep trying.

Links off to the left as usual, but here's the page:



Friday, January 18, 2013

Breeding the next generation of players!

Priestess of Avanthe, from Dark Sword Miniatures

I am delighted to announce that the lovely Tholleb and the stalwart Nlyss have done their part to ensure a steady supply of player-characters for the future. Eldest Daughter was delivered of First Grandchild this evening, and mother and son are doing fine; Father is frazzled, refereeing mud-wrestling match between maternal and paternal Grandmothers. Adoptive Grandfather and Grandmother are doing fine, and will inspect the goods tomorrow afternoon. More details as I get them, of course.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

May I suggest?

A poor photo of a great book
May I suggest having  look at:


I've known Rachel for a very long time, and I think she's done a great job with this book. It reads very well, and I'm looking forward to playing it. Please have a look, and thank you!

Update for Sunday, January 13th, 2013

An old photo, but a nice one; the sets of Urutsk and Tekumel 28 / 25 mm
figures I did for Kyrinn Eis for last years NTRPG Con.
I am doing similar sets of Tekumel figures for use by Brett and John in their games.

The bulldozer work in the game room continues; I have sorted some 5,000 miniatures over the past week, and pretty much figured out what will stay in the 'active' bins, what needs to be re-based to meet current basing standards, and what will go in the 'reserve' bins. It's a lot of work, but it's 'quiet' work and keeps my blood pressure down.

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I had a 'high excursion' incident yesterday, but the members of the game group caught it and I'm back down in what we think is the 'safe' range. And, yes, I will be more careful.

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May I suggest having a look over at The Tekumel Project's page? (link to the left) Howard has a lot of new Qol pictures up, and the new palanquins are wonderful!!!

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Bitterly cold this week here in the Twin Cities, so I will be staying huddled over my electric radiator at The Workbench when I'm not on the job or asleep.

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I should note that Eldest Daughter is expected to be delivered of a bouncing baby boy anytime now, and I shall be - gasp! - a grandfather!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Update - January 6th, 2013

This is the box of the original player-character figures I did back in the 1970s;
The box itself is an artifact, as I got it from Gary Gygax when he started the TSR RPGA.

It's the weekly update! I'm still alive, which is all I hope for, but lost of stuff happening. I am stable, with the blood pressure at 154 over 92 this morning; low for me, high for real people, but stable.

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Lots of work done in the game room yesterday as we get ready for the resumption of our regular schedule of game sessions; I'm sorting lead, and there's a lot of it! I've emptied out all of the bins and reloaded them with the figures, so that the armies are in some sort of logical order and the RPG figures are more accessible. I'm also sorting out figures for the sets I'm doing for Con of the North, here in the Twin Cities next month, and they'll go off to the painting bench later this week.

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The Tekumel Project is steaming along very nicely; drop by, and have a look at the new Temple of Ksarul sets, and I think you'll be very inpressed. I am, and very happy!!! The seated Priestess of Ksarul for the palanquins looks just like one of our players, the lovely Nonnie! Yea!!!

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Brett Slocum has also posted his handy rules sets for Tekumel; see also his "Skein of Destiny" blog, and have a look!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Year in Preview - Goals for 2013

The 'flip side' of "Golden Voyage of Sinbad";
I preferred to deal with Caroline Munro,
myself, but Phil had other ideas. Yikes!!!
Last night's post about the appalling debacle that was 2013 ended the year on a pretty bitter note, so I thought I'd try to lighten the mood by looking at my goals for this coming year. In no particular order, here are the 'bullet points':

1) Rebuild the game group into the fun and dynamic slathering of chaos that it used to be. We've suffered a lot over the past year, and we won't go there again.

2) Rebuild the photo albums, on whatever hosting site we can. (Photobucket may not be an option.) I have over 3,500 photos to share, so this may take a while.

3) Catch up on e-mails and other communications.

4) Keep my blood pressure down.

5) Sort out the miniature figures, culling out all of the stuff I've been hoarding for years.

6) Rebuild the game room, getting all of the video teleconference gear up and running as well as the video recording gear so I can do tutorial videos about what it is that I do to entertain the gamers when they come by.

7) Get more sleep.

8) Sort out the boxes and boxes of scenery and terrain materials that I have yet to do anything with, and dispose of the huge amounts of excess.

9) Get "To Serve The Petal Throne" done; I'm up to 136 pages of manuscript and over 58,000 words at the moment, and still going strong.

10) Get "Qadardalikoi: Advance Standards!" going; this update of my decrepit rules set from the early 1980s will feature all of the advances in war game technology and technique that have been invented over the past thirty-odd years, and it'll be illustrated with photos of miniatures. "How-to-play" video is also in the works, too.

11) Support the new generation of 'indie' game authors here in the Twin Cities.

12) Run like hell the next time I see an animated statue of the goddess Kali waving a lot of sharp swords. (And if I can find one in 28mm scale, you should consider running too...)