Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Weekly Update for Sunday, May 5th, 2013 - MAJOR CHANGES COMING!!!

Malia, the Pirate Princess, and some of her motley crew of rapscallions.
It has been a very, very busy week here at The Workbench!!! I'll try to mention everything that's happened, but bear with me; I may forget something.


We have confirmed the date and time of my miniatures game at The Source Comic and Games; the game will be on Saturday, June 8th, at the store. The event starts at noon, with the dice dropping at one sharp. I will, as usual, provide everything. This will be a four-table game, with ships, Ahoggya, Hlutrgu, and whatever else will contribute to a soggy morass. Save Serqu's sisters, and pocket the reward!!!

This game event will be the continuation of the group's desire to hold an event every year to commemorate Dave Arneson, so this will be the 2013 version of "The Davis L. Arneson Memorial Maritime Miniatures Mayhem" event, and I will be getting announcements out this week. This will also mark the first year of the brand new "Mohammed Abd Rahman Barker Memorial Tekumel Miniatures Game"; we're combining the two this year, but I think we'll be running them as separate events at Con of the North, the local game convention, in 2014.


I got a huge package from the very busy Howard Fielding of The Tekumel Project this pst week, and I am now working away at sorting out Ahoggya arms and gluing them onto the resin bodies. I will have a review with photos later on, but I have to say that these are superb castings. The legs and bodies are cast in resin as one part, and the nine different arms (!!!) are metal castings. You get a large number of weapon options as well as 'open' and 'pointing' arms, so there's a vast number of possible combinations to have. Wonderful stuff!!! Thank you, Howard!!!


Big changes are on the way here at The Workbench!!!

Our beloved roomie, Joe the paramedic / fireman, is moving out of the house after living here for eight years. He was offered a berth with some good friends, and we're delighted that he has the opportunity to move into a larger house with bigger rooms. (And cooler people, too! We're such old fuddie-duddies, really...) It doesn't sound like much, but the space we get in his old room, some 150 square feet / 1,200 cubic feet / 13.333 cubic yards - and yes, we do have to work in those terms, here at the little house! - will mean that the 'lounge' furniture in the basement 'game lounge' will now be moved upstairs. This, in turn, will clear an immense amount of space in the game room / lounge area, and I will be able to have enough space - at last! - to have not one, but two - yes, two! - game tables up and running at once.

In addition to this doubling of capacity, the conversion of the old bedroom into a lounge area will give us a lot more flexibility; the two sofa beds will allow us to accomodate guests, like our daughter Kerry and her husband Zhodi (expected in from Zurich in the middle of June), and to - if desired - have a room where people can play RPGs or board games. So, we're tripling our capacity, and also rebuilding the home office with an considerable increase in computer and printing capacities. Lots happening, and we'll be very busy for the nest month or so!

The Game Plan

What I'm planning on doing, with the help of the game group, is to do something special every quarter of the year. This year will be a 'build year, where I make stuff, but we'll start the cycle nest year. Samples of what I'm looking at are:

First Quarter - Con of the North game room(s)

Second Quarter - Miniatures game event at The Source, a tradition of ours

Third Quarter - 'micro con' here at The Workbench, taking advantage of the fine weather

Fourth Quarter - to be determined; any suggestions?


"To Serve The Petal Throne" continues to grow apace; I am now up to 80,300 words, and I still haven't scratched the surface of my notes. My heavens!!!


In health news, I am doing just fine; still in the 'human normal' range, and being very careful. The doctors, and The Missus, are very happy.

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