Sunday, November 5, 2017

Arresting The Loading Cycle: The Weekly Update - Sunday, November 5th, 2017

The Indiegogo is funded!!! Woo Hoo!!!

More of Lord Chirine's baggage, courtesy of The Missus

First off, the big news around here is that Mike Burns and Dark Fable miniatures has had the newest Indiegogo campaign fully fund, and we still have three weeks left to run! Five sets of Anubis warriors, one set of the Scorpion Lord's minions, and a two-stage genie that has all of the ladies in the family chortling - she's got a look on her face that tells her summoners to be very, very careful about what they might wish for...

We'll be getting in on this campaign at the 7th level, as we can use all of the figures in our games. (should I do an 'Ancient Egyptian' label to help find things here?) If you haven't looked in on the Dark Fable campaign, may I suggest:


My alter-ego's baggage train also has gotten an addition, courtesy of The Missus and an end-of-season sale; there's a bit in "To Serve The Petal Throne" where the newly-ennobled Lord Chirine's bearers are loading his baggage into the cart for the trip from Meku to Fasiltum, when they find out that their new employer has a chest with a set of cast iron cookware. It's always been a part of our Tekumel gaming to have props around - Phil started it, it's not my fault! :) - and I'd been on the lookout for a sort of camping set for a while; we found this set, 'Fancy Flames' FF240, with all of the cookware needed for comfortable adventuring and a nice chest to load it all into. Coupled with the hand-forged iron fire tripod we got from a blacksmith up on the Iron Range (at the Tower-Soudan Iron Mine, to be precise) we now have all of the campaign / outdoor / camping cooking set for we've always wanted both for ourselves and our player-characters to use.

The Missus is threatening to do a Tsolyani cook-out, next summer. Watch this space.

I still have to replace the little cast-iron grill I used to own, which saw a lot of use on the balconies of the fannish apartment building where I lived and gamed in the late 1970s. It got lost in a move, decades ago, and I do miss the thing. The Missus, Queen of the Internet, says I can get a replacement so that will be something for the future. I have charcoal; she has food; I think we're in business.

One of our dreams, back in the day, was to have a 'trade show booth' where it looked like a Tsolyani merchant or noble had arrived for a visit, and not like the usual 'two-chairs-behind-a-folding-table' routine that we normally had at conventions and shows. We have been collectiong all of the stuff for this over the pat ten years or so, and we can now do this - just for the fun of it, really. When I get some warmer weather, next year, I'll set it all up and post photos of it for everyone. For a 'real' trade show or exhibition, we have the three Skyline displays as seen in these pages; I use these for gaming events and such, as they are quick, easy, and eye-catching.

In other news, the new chests are swallowing up stuff at a truly amazing rate; I have lots of now-spare milk-carton crates and plastic tubs to go back into the household fleet, and I am starting to be able to actually find everything I own. (There's a cordless drill that's been missing for over a year, but I'll find it. Eventually.) The spaces in the game room are getting a lot more empty, which I like as you can see all the good stuff that's down there. Also going into storage will be Castle Tilketl, in it's crate, and some of the large ships in the collection - ever tried storing a 25mm Hlyss nest ship?

So, lots of fun stuff going on; I'm very pleased with the developments, and looking forward to be able to do my own 'call in show' from my game room / studio! :)

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    1. And I'd better shoot some for you, then! Seriously, I will get to this - lots of cleaning and reorganizing going on, so the Missuma River Yacht Club is in dry dock at the moment...

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  2. I absolutely *love* your idea about a Tsoylani merchant trade show booth! :)

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    1. Thank you! We wanted to have something different then the usual table-two-chairs-and-cheap-fabric set up you see at trade shows here, and we'd always wanted to have something like this. Now, with the help of IKEA, Target Stores, and the PPL Shop (Project for Pride in Living, a local social activist organization) we have what we always wanted; 10' x 10' tent and a set of carved wooden chests, folding chairs, screen, tables, and accessories that all fit into chests. It's Lord Chirine's 'field headquarters', as seen in Phil's campaign and familiar to any historical reenactor.

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  3. Hello Chirine, I don't know that much about Tekeumel but must say I have enjoyed your blog. Discovered it yesterday and read back to 2015 in a slow work day.
    Regards

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    1. Hello, and welcome aboard. This blog is mostly about Tekumel, 'cause that's where we spent most of our time in gaming, but there's lots more about Ye Olden Gaming scattered around the place. Fell free to ask me anything, too! :)

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  4. Love the idea of a Tsolyani cook-out, and love the "Akbar and Jeff Traveling Tekumel Road Show". Two blog posts and you got me totally motivated for the next six months of gaming! Thank you so much! ✌😁

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    1. Great! We did this kind of thing back in the late 1980s, and we want to start doing it again. The 'Road Show' may yet live again, too; I've been able to put together quite the set of very expensive professional displays very cheaply - thank you, surplus! - and I think great things are in my future. :)

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