Saturday, May 31, 2014

Post 200: Bad Chirine! Wicked Chirine! Naughty Chirine! OOOooo! Have I Been A BAD, BAD Boy!!!

I couldn't stop myself. I have compulsions, strange compulsions...

Well, here we are at post number 200 of this version of my little blog, and I have been a very bad, very wicked, and very naughty boy; there are  days when it pays to get up out of bed in the morning, and this is one of them.

The surface level of the game table for our little mini-campaign at the Lost Temple Tomb Complex is as before, with the marvelous 'Meso-American Temple City' set from Stonehouse Miniatures setting the scene. Below the surface, and behind the black felt curtains (courtesy of The Missus stocks of fabric, and yes, I did ask first) is the shadowy Underworld of the Temple Complex. It's dar down there, so I installed some of the IKEA showcase lights to illuminate the Dire Perils and Unspeakable Horrors (courtesy of Howard Fielding, he of The Tekumel Project, and the bane of my players' existences) and also to make sure that the Panasonic remote-control camera can send the view to the 36" M. A. R. Barker Memorial Viewing Device Of The Ancients so that the players can get lost more easily.

I am looking forward to this game session. Hoo boy, am I looking forward to this next game session...


Friday, May 30, 2014

Reeling, Writhing, And Fainting In Coils - Part the Second, And Hopefully Last

You failed them, Mr. Chairman.

It has been brought to my attention, both by automated and human agencies, that Chairman Dr. Raymond has issued a statement oh the Foundation's blog concerning my two projects, "To Serve The Petal Throne" and "Qadardalkoi: Advance Standards!", and the current discussion over on the Tekumel Yahoo group about them

I deeply regret to have to say that the esteemed Chairman is not being entirely accurate in his statements. I offer the following in reply, and this will be my final word on the entire matter; I am done with the Foundation.

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Apparently, you have forgotten the many, many conversations that we had about my two works over the spring, summer, and fall of 2012. I kept all of my notes of these discussions, especially from the June 2012 'Strategic Planning Session (my daughter Kerry is still waiting for the box of chocolates Ambereen told you to send to her for doing up the notes overnight, by the way), the Board meeting on August 8th, 2012, and the interminable hours of late-night phone calls you made to me trying to persuade me to run the Foundation for you because - you told me - that it was simply too much for you to handle.

You told me, over and over again, that you highly valued my works as being the 'poster children' for the Tekumel Foundation, as it showed that if I could work with you and your fellow Directors anyone could. You then failed in your duties to your fellow directors, the Professor's fans and customers, and most especially you failed Ambereen; you never established any sort of 'formal proposal and submissions process', or the various contacts and agreements that the Board and the Foundation's own lawyer advised that you prepare and implement.

You failed me, and my family, in your dealings with us. You consistently refused to carry out any of the decisions of the Board empowering you to deal with the issues facing the Foundation and the Barker Estate. I had to rely on the verbal discussions I had with you and your fellow Directors on the process of submitting my works to the Foundation

You may want to review your notes, if you took any; your insistence on having nothing in writing, so that you were protected in case of any litigation, may not have been such a good idea after all.

I do wish you the best of luck; I think you'll need it. Me, I take away something Ambereen told me in December of 2012; "The Tekumel Foundation wouldn't be having these problems if you (Jeff) were in charge." Yes, she offered me your position, and I declined.

Good luck, and Godspeed.

yours, chirine


Thursday, May 29, 2014

On Reeling And Writhing And Fainting In Coils - The Latest Fracas Over Tekumel

Phil and Ambeeen, at my 25th birthday; this is what I'd like us to remember.

It has come to my attention, this morning, that long-time Tekumel fan Mr. Alva Hardison has posted an excerpt from my recent Sunday update of May 18th regarding my interactions that I have had with the Tekumel Foundation over the past few years on my book - "To Serve The Petal Throne". While I would have preferred that Mr. Hardison had contacted me before he posted to Brett Slocum's Tekumel discussion group on Yahoo, he did not, and there has been some spirited discussion as a result. In the interests of clarity and consistency, I am repeating my post of this morning on this matter here on my own blog.


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First off, I want to make it clear that I am not connected with the Tekumel Foundation, in any way, shape, or form; my contact for my services as the Professor's archivist ended on November 15th, 2012, as I refused to renew it. My position as the Professor's archivist had become untenable, as I simply did not have the money to hand to support the Foundation's stated wishes and desires; in addition, Chairman Dr. Raymond's removing me from the archiving, restoration, and cataloging process that we had begun the year before made my participation in the Foundation's activities meaningless. What the Chairman wanted was a business manager and chief executive to run the Foundation for the Board, and I refused to go down that road - I'd already been there, some twenty years before, and I had and have no intention to ever go there again. I, my wife, and quite a few of my friends had had to put up with an immense amount of abuse from these same people over the years, and I have come to regard my offering my help and assistance to them back in 2011 as quite possibly the biggest mistake of my entire life. I am now entirely clear of them; they settled their debits to us, and we are done with them.

Secondly, in the course of my discussions with the various members of the Board of Directors of the Tekumel Foundation, regarding my book "To Serve The Petal Throne", I was given the terms I mentioned in my blog post. I felt at the time, and to this day, there is no possible way I could raise the money required under the Foundation's published and unpublished policies to pay their fees and expenses - if I may be blunt, the commercial market for Tekumel is so tiny that doing a hard copy of the book is simply not going to pay for itself, let alone meet the Foundation's need for revenue to support itself.

As I have stated before, on this and other Internet groups, I plan on simply offering the book as a free to download item - 'fan fiction', if you like. You go to the web site, you download the files, and there you are. What you do with the book after you download it is not my issue; I would like to hope that you might read it and enjoy my stories of my time adventuring in Phil's world. It will not be, under the Foundation's rules, an "Official", "Authorized", or "Authentic" work; I can't afford to pay for the Foundation's process to get that 'seal of approval'. I will not, as per the Foundation's stated publications policies on their blog, receive any "compensation" for the work; I am offering it to people as a way to share my sense of wonder and amazement at Phil's stunning creation.

Thirdly, I have no idea what terms and conditions the Foundation may or may not have set with their sub-licensees; the Foundation has the sole and exclusive license from the Barker Family Estate for the commercial exploitation of the Professor's intellectual property, and I would think that if you wanted to know what their policies might be you should ask them. All I can tell you about is what they told me, after all.

Finally, I want to make it clear that I am ***done*** with the commercial side of Tekumel; for the first time in thirty-five years, I am a free man. Phil made a point of asking for my forgiveness and absolution for his more wayward actions before he passed away, and I gave it to him freely - not because I wanted to exploit his legacy for my own gain, but because I loved him like a father. Our relationship ended on a high note, and that's the way I'd prefer to remember the most remarkable man I have ever met.

People, go forth and enjoy Tekumel - I adventure in Phil's world every second and fourth Saturday in my basement at noon, and that is what I plan on doing for a good long time. I am enjoying Tekumel for the first time in decades, and I plan on staying as far away from all this fracas for the rest of my life. Feel free to look at my blog, feel free to ask me questions, but leave me out of the fighting and feuding; I've had to deal with too much of that, over the years.

I wish all of you, and the Tekumel Foundation, all the luck and success in the world.

yours, Chirine ba Kal / Jeff Berry

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Thank you for your time and attention. I will now return to our regularly scheduled game...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day, 2014



Take a moment, today, as you flip your burgers on the grill and remember those men and women who made it possible for you to have a day off work. Amongst them:

Elton E. Berry, Jr.
United States Army Air Corps, assigned V Air Force in the Southeast Pacific Theater

M. E. "Pat" Patterson
United States Navy, assigned Seventh Fleet in the Pacific Theater

Thanks, dads.

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And a special thanks, today, to the men and women of the Glasgow Fire Brigade of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service:


The chairperson of the Art School had this to say about them, and I cannot do better then to quote her statement as reported on the BBC:

Broadcaster Muriel Gray, who is the art school's chairwoman, said: "This is an enormous blow and we are understandably devastated."


"Due to one of the most astonishingly intelligent and professional pieces of strategy by the fire services, they succeeded in protecting the vast majority of the building, apparently by forming a human wall of firefighters up the west end of the main staircase and containing the fire."



She added: "Also, after ensuring no lives were in peril, they displayed an impressive understanding of the precious nature of the building, and due to their careful and meticulous handling of each developing situation the damage is considerably less than we dreaded.

"We have run out of words with which to thank them, but the school has most certainly gained a new gallery of heroes."


If I may, I'd like to add one or two details. The staircase in question is made of wood, and was involved in the fire; the firefighters on the staircase were fighting to create a fire break to contain the blaze to the east end of the building. They did so, but at an almighty risk to themselves; it is considered, our own fireman tells us, both unheard of and uncommonly brave to try to attack a fire of this magnitude and severity from inside the burning building.

God bless them, and keep them safe on their call-outs.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Weekly Update For Sunday, May 25th, 2014 - Changes In The Way I Game

The magic-user flies the casualty to safety

Well! It certainly has been a very busy week, here at The Workbench, and I am really glad to have tonight off for my holiday. The game yesterday was a heap of fun, and I am looking forward to setting up the descent phase of the adventure for the players to marvel at.

The Skype machine is back up and running, and I was on video calls with various folks in Europe today for about seven hours. I'm going to try to be available for more calls, but do e-mail me in advance so that I can make sure that I am available for you.

After some discussions in the game group, there is going to be a shift in focus in how I game; I'm going to be running small 'mini-campaigns', where the players embark on a series of connected adventures over the course of a number of game sessions. The key to this is the new game table and the redone game rooms; instead of having to 'flip' the venue from one use to another, I can now simply set something and leave it up for as long as might be needed. Thus, we can stop in the middle of something if we need to, leave the table set as it is at the point we got to, and then return to it when we have the time.

This also means that I can get back to my normal 'build cycle', where the events of the game session drive what I'm painting or building for the next game session. I've found, in the past, that I work much better this way - 'directed builds' always seem to be much more rewarding for me then simply "oh, well, what shall I do today?" builds.

So, I am going to be going through my archives, and extracting the many 'story arc' campaigns that Phil did with us; he did quite a few of these over the years, and while I am writing about them in my book ("To Serve The Petal Throne") my gamers thought that it would be fun to go back and play them out. Think of it as traveling back in time, if you will.

I plan on taking pictures of the mayhem, and I hope to have the stamina to re-start my series of podcasts about gaming in Phil's creation; my thought, now that we can't do live streaming video, is to record a half-hour podcast before a game session, upload it, and then record some of the game session itself for uploading the same day. It won't be as good as being there, maybe, but at least you'll have the chance to see what antics we get up to in the game room; ultimately, the game group will have to approve any such 'casts, of course.

So, that's where we are, this week; thank you, all of you who commented on the posts this week - I appreciate your interest!!!

Thanks again!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Game Report - The Lost Temple Complex, Session One

Our intrepid explorers explore the Lost Temple Complex.

The girls from the Temple of Dilinala try a little fireball;
it backfired.

 The Temple of Karakan discovers something unusual.

We did the first session of the Lost Temple Complex 'micro-campaign' today, and a good time was had by all. Our Heroes, parties of explorers from the Temples of Dilinala and Karakan, spent an interesting afternoon poking around the ruins and discovering Mysterious Shafts that led downward. Casualties were light. The two groups finally worked out a partnership, and have retired to get supplies, reinforcements, and ropes. Lanterns are on the shopping last, too.

This is the first session of a 'micro-campaign' where the players will have the chance to fully explore both the surface and the lower levels of the Complex. I've ben asked to run a number of small, 'mini' campaigns were there is a connected 'story arc' that plays out across several game sessions, but is not the kind of long-term, open-ended game campaign that we played out at the Professor's for years.

More photos are going up on the Photobucket page, this evening, for your delight; have a look, if you please!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Game for the Holiday

A little something for our next game, eh?
(Meso-American 'Temple City Set' by Stonehouse miniatures,
cheap faux Mayan temple bookends by Dave Arneson.)

As you can see, the new game table is working out very well; this table, intended for this weekend's game session, took a whole half-hour to set up, going from blank table to fully-set in no time. The game will be one of my usual 'mini-Braunsteins', with rival groups of Heroic Adventurers trying to explore the Lost Temple Complex and stay alive while finding the Fabled Enormous Treasure of Kahn Ambereen The Splendid.

Why, yes, the temple pyramids are indeed hollow, and full of Dire Perils, Horrible Monsters, and Riches Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

I might also add that I highly recommend the sets of buildings from Stonehouse Miniatures; the temples are all fully modular, fully expandable, and very well molded and painted. They are cast in a very dense polyurethathane foam, and are very sturdy and strong. The stairways, altars, and other details are cast in resin , and of just as high a quality. The link to their website is:



Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Weekly Update for Sunday, May 18th, 2014 - An Island of Serenity in a Confused World

It's quiet, and I like it that way.

It has been a quiet week, but a very busy one. I have finally managed to locate all my bins of tools and model-building supplies in our very crowded little bit of reality, and moved everything back into the workshop. There's a  lot of new storage around The Workbench proper, and I have finally - al long last! - sorted out the huge piles of unpainted lead into 'keepers' and 'surplus'. I am keeping the bulk of the stocks of Tekumel figures I have been accumulating for the past decades, but the majority of them will be organized into full cohorts and integrated into the military figures; the gods may no longer be on the side of the big battalions, but I am.

At the same time, though, I am also reorganizing what used to be the 'role-playing' portion of the collection - basically, the individual 'personality' figures - into bins and separating them by era and RPG group. Dave Arneson's merry crew of "honest seafaring merchants" now has an individual bin-tray to itself, with the kindly old Captain himself and his four officers joining them. I think that having them all together is kinda cool; the crew figures are relatively new, being only a decade old, but their leaders are the originals I did for Dave and Phil back about 1980. It will certainly make gaming with them easier - which is the idea, after all!

The 'heavy industry' portion of my own Ditlana is now done; I am moving the table saw and related tools back into 'ready use' storage, and all the spare lumber I didn't use on the game table is also being stored. I still have a shelf unit to build for the A/V rack in the game lounge, but that's a simple 'weekend' project.

I have to say that I am very, very pleased with how everything has turned out. The rooms look good, I can get to stuff for gaming, and I don't have to bust my butt for three hours to reset the basement any time I want to run a game.

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I am sorry to have to report that the Dell computer we use for our Skype and Google+ connections is out of service due to a hard drive issue. I will not be able to originate either type of video call, but I can still receive them by prior appointment on The Missus' super-duper smart phone. I will keep everyone posted on this, of course.

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There is a hot rumor floating around the Internet that the lawsuit "Sweetpea Entertainment vs. Hasbro, Inc." has been settled; the case was supposed to go to trial on March 26, but that date came and went with no news. I have a couple of legal news sites that I check for this kind of thing, but nothing confirmed has appeared yet.

This lawsuit stems from the 1994 agreements regarding a proposed D & D movie, and is more then a little complicated to describe for the non-legally-minded. I'll post more, when and if I get hard news on the subject.

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Not a hot rumor, but a reality; the Tekumel Foundation has finally published something, I'm told. I'll know more when I get the notification from DriveThruRPG.net, and I'll post more when I see it. I'm told that they have republished the Tita's House of Games product, "Tales from the Thursday Night Group", part of their long term plan to republish all of the Tita's and Adventure Games backlist of old titles.

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On the subject of publications, I have been asked when I will be submitting my two projects, "Qadardalikoi - Advance Standards!" (the updated edition of my old miniatures rules) and "To Serve The Petal Throne" to the Tekumel Foundation for their approval, editing, and licensing. The short answer is "Not any time soon; I can't afford their fees."

To summarize the recondite details, I was quoted an annual sub-license fee of $5,000 (renewable every year), a requirement for the Foundation to have unlimited editing powers over the manuscripts, a five percent royalty on the gross sales of the books (in addition to the annual license fee), and a requirement for me to pay the Foundation for research, editing, and legal services at the rate of $200 per hour - the Foundation to be the ones to determine how much work is needed at these rates. The three- to five-year "processing time" that I was quoted by the Foundation for their approvals process, as well as the usual stipulations about the Foundation having unrestricted rights to the works (as set forth on their website), has led me to conclude that doing the works for myself (and my kids and grandkids) and simply giving them away to people is going to be the most economical course of action for me. I don't think that there is anything like the commercial demand needed to raise this kind of money and still pay for hard copies - even print-on-demand copies.

While, personally, I think that somebody is being wildly over-optimistic about the commercial possibilities of Tekumel as a  commercial property in this day and age, as far as I am concerned the Foundation has priced themselves right out of the market. I'm not the kind of "Big Name Author In The OSR" that Chairman Dr. Raymond of the Foundation feels gives the Foundation and the Board of Directors (as he put it to me in person) the sufficient "Prestige" and "respect" that they need, so I don't get the kind of favorable terms that such a Big Name Author would receive.

Not that I'm annoyed, really; as Chairman Doctor Raymond said to me several times, "Their business model doesn't concern me." Over the past winter, it's been slowly dawning on me that I have achieved all of my own long-term goals relating to Tekumel; I can now settle back to enjoy life and get on with the things I want to do in gaming and with Tekumel. Let the Foundation do their thing; they wanted my job very, very badly during the 1980s and 1990s, and now they have it. My brain bleed was caused by the stress of dealing with them for several years, and I have no interest in repeating that excercise; let them go forth and conquer, I say, and more power to them.

I am, I am delighted to say, retired.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Weekly Update For Sunday, May 11th, 2014 - The New Table Inaugurated!

Terrain tiles and trees in place - we're off and running!

The hottest news in what has been a very busy week is that the new game table - and by extension, the newly revamped game room / lounge - was the scene of our first game on the table and using the newly-redeveloped terrain system. The game surface itself looked very good, I thought; the tiles all fit with some 'drift' on the far edges to spare, and it took about fifteen minutes to set and to strike the game. An additional boon is that I no longer have to 'flip' the entire basement to make room for the game sessions; everything is now set and ready, and pretty much all I have to do is set out the game table and put the chips and pretzels in the bowls on the buffet table over in the lounge space.

It all makes my life much, much easier, and keep my blood pressure down in the safe range.

The next stage of the Ditlana is getting into the area of The Workbench proper, cleaning it off and sorting out all of the tools that I re-discovered when I was cleaning up the game room. I am a fearful collector of tools - which is handy, because it makes projects like this a relative snap! - but I have to make sure to put everything away so I can find it again!

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Exciting news from Howard Fielding and The Tekumel Project! He's released the Swamp Folk, and also gotten a new catalog up and on-line. I am delighted; I've been waiting for Swamp Folk for over thirty years, and these look great!!!

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I am delighted to announce that the miniatures from Mike Burns' 'Ancient Egyptian Harem Figures' Indiegogo have arrived, and they are really nice. Very crisp, very clean, and full of what I call 'charm'; these figures are perfect for parties at the palace, confrontations at the clan house,  and mayhem in the marketplace! I will get photos of them up for you after I get them painted.

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Yesterday's game was Shunned Ones vs. Humans, and quite a romp for everyone. I will have the photos up on my Photobucket page in a little while for you to be amused at. A lot of great playing and sportsmanship, and a fitting 'first outing' for the new table! Thank you, all of you!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ditlana Redux - The New Table

The new table, awaiting stain on the inside of the legs.

The legs are on, and these sit on casters. The table rolls freely on the linoleum, but will stay in place on the rugs that I usually put down for the gamers. The 'playing tray' is 48" x 48"; that's an Authentic Gygaxian Bounce Stick on the table to give you an idea of scale.

The fleet of folding tables fits underneath the table, to save floor space, but I think I'll move them out into the game storage shed when I have the chance. The beat-up old metal stool, on the other hand, stays right where it is in the game room; it's the same one that I sat on down in Prof. Barker's basement for several years until I got 'promoted' to one of the folding chairs at the end of his green-carpeted Ping Pong table.

Next job is to re-route the power to the track lights, so as to clear the wall outlet - which is behind one of the table legs, when I have the table in the normal gaming position. The dimmer switch in the blue box will also be recessed into the wall for a neater look.

Total investment in this project is about six hours of my time, and just under $20 for the wood stain and some supplies. I can do things like this pretty easily, as I have an 'installed' base of tools and equipment left over from my days in theater and technical production; I have lots of 'left-over' lumber in stock, from various sets I've built in the past, so building this table was mostly a matter of getting the lumber and sheet goods out of the garage and cutting it to size. After that, it was simple assembly work.

So? Whaddya think?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Weekly Update for Sunday, May 4th, 2014 - Tables and Decisions, or, Boring Ruminations on Philosopy

The new table top,  awash in retro glory.
(IKEA, this isn't.)
Howard Fielding, he of The Tekumel Project, has got Swamp Folk available; hop on over to his web site, and have a look, please!!! (Link in the left-hand column for you, too.) I am delighted with these figures - I have been waiting for Swamp Folk for over thirty years, and these are worth the wait. Hurrah for Howard!!!

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Reading through Mike Mornard's very entertaining account of his trip to Gary Con, and playing miniatures on a sandtable, has wafted me back down memory lane this week; back in Ye Olden Dayes,  all right-thinking miniatures players aspired to play on and / or own a sandtable - that big, shallow box with fine sand in it that one could sculpt into truly glorious wargame terrain. Real Men - none of your mangy D & D types here! - played Free Kriegspiel with miniature figures - Scrubys or Greenwood & Ball, thank you! - on sandtables in the basement.

You had to have the thing in the basement because all that sad and lumber posed a serious threat to any floor joists; the things, if done with stock and standard four foot by eight foot plywood sheets, were dang heavy. And having cats in the house was a real danger to the proceedings - trust me on this.

Be that as it may, gaming on a sandtable could be truly magical - in those far-off days of yesteryear, gaming was a social activity as much as it was a 'game session'. We often played at somebody's home, on their table, usually with their figures, and we would come and stay the day for a pleasant Saturday afternoon of fun and games, pushing lead around. The host would have usually spent all week dreaming up a truly fiendish scenario to challenge us with, and then worked like a manic to build the scene on the table. There'd be dinner, either via the local eateries or the hosts long-suffering spouse, and then we'd have at it again. All very social, and lots of fun.

This pattern of gaming also held for the meetings of the University of Minnesota 'Conflict Simulation' club; we gamed on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and we'd fill up our cars with stuff to bring for big games and small in the rooms we'd booked. Hobby shops would be pillaged for their stocks of 'Life-Like' trees and lichen, we'd build models of obscure vehicles and units with which to baffle and puzzle our friends, and in general we'd have some pretty good laughs.

I've had a lovely week, running lumber through the table saw, and the new tabletop is now sitting in the game room on supports whilst the clear coat of wood finishing varnish (Thank you, Ambereen! - she donated the can to the cause a while back) dries. The trays around the edges are all done and finished in walnut stain, and the central playing area, 48" x 48", has a coat of a nice greenish/tanish color for those game days when I can't get to the tubs of terrain tiles through the snow in the back yard.

As you can see from the photo, the 60" x 60" table occupies a good bit of the floor space in the game room; normally, I set up two of our 30" x 60" folding tables in a side-by-side formation to do this, but you do get a nasty seam down the middle of the game area. There is room for four players in very nice comfort, when I set the room this way, and I can get five to six in there very well if I need to. (When I set the room for RPG sessions, I can seat ten in decent comfort, and fourteen if they are good friends.) I prefer a comfortable game room - I think all those years in Phil's crowded game room brought me to that conclusion.

I've been asked about "Table size? Does it matter?"

Well, yes, it does. Normally-built and -sized people can only reach so far into the center of a table; about two feet is the normal limit. Any table larger in that one dimension will have a lot of 'dead space' that simply doesn't get used in a game - if you can't reach in there, you can't move figures in there. Movement rates are also important - if you have short moves, you will never get into action as you'll spend all game trying to march across the vast expanse of table. Smaller tables, like this new table top, make for faster games as your forces can get into contact and into combat a lot faster then on a large table.

This, to some extent, is a factor in may of the current miniatures games; smaller tables, longer moves per turn, and small forces - 'warbands', 'factions', 'gangs', etc. - make for faster and more dynamic games. Now, I do like the old style of 'big-table' games; the problem with those, in today's game environment / culture, is that people just don't seem to have the time for them. My last big Braunstein, (back in June of 2013) took a little over five hours to play out, and I did get a few comments about how long that was. Shorter games are more popular, and I'm working on making sure that I can run games that people will have time to play.

Logistics are also very important; the size of the table is not the big factor in miniatures games, but the sheer work it takes to pack up and move the miniatures, scenery, terrain, and stuff is. If I have nowhere to store the gear in between game sessions, or I can't get the van unloaded and loaded easily, I'm not likely to want to game in that venue. The old joke "Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics" applies just as much to our 'Little Wars' as they to to real-life 'Big Wars'.

So, the new tabletop is going into service; I have some decisions to make, at this point...

Option 1: Do I simply put the new table top on the existing folding tables, and go with that?

This option costs nothing; I have a whole $20 in this thing, as it's made from limber I had around the house. I'd put a couple of nylon skid buttons on the sides to make it easier to move on edge, as well as store it that way.

Option 2: Do I make a set of dedicated legs for this table top, and leave it up all the time?

This option also costs nothing; I have plenty of spare lumber. I'd also make sure to put casters on the bottoms of the box-girder legs, so I could move the table around for cleaning. I also would make the legs removable - I use screws on everything, not nails - 'just in case'. The downside is the size of the thing - it does fill up the room.

Option 3: Do I buy two sets of folding table legs for this table top, so I can set it up anywhere?

This would cost about $50, and combines the virtues of both previous options. However, the 60" table does not fit through the 52" back doors of the cargo van, so I would be highly unlikely to be moving this table anywhere besides to a big tent in the back yard. And I've got folding tables for that, after all.

Comments? Thoughts?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Music To Start Your May...



Here, for your amusement, is a summary in music of my book, "To Serve The Petal Throne - The Adventures Of Chirine ba Kal" in three minutes and fifty-four seconds.

See you in Jakalla, eh?

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Epic Score - "This is our land"

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