Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Looking To The Future - The Essay Concluded

What the future was going to look like, once upon a time.

So, having gotten in my ration of grumpy-old-man-complains for the week, let's move on into a future that may never have been, or may not even be remembered...

I enjoy games. Building them, and running them. I'm not apologetic about it, it just is. It's my hobby - my obsession is model railways (the GWR, in OO, to be precise) - and I have been having a lot of fun in and with that hobby for over forty years. Despite the best efforts of a number of people, I'm going to stay in that hobby. And, going forward, I have a few things going for the future.

First and foremost, I'll be finishing "To Serve The Petal Throne" this coming year. It's been moving right a long, and I've been getting quite a lot of encouragement from people who have been discovering or rediscovering Phil's astounding creation.

Secondly, my emphasis in gaming will focus on what I do in my game room and sharing that with people via the Internet. The massively powerful video rack, which combines all of the diverse technology I've been building up for years into one very capable and flexible systems, will allow remote play by people in games. This will allow me to have a lot more depth and intrigue in my on-going campaign, and provide people with a look into how I game.

Backing this up will be the parallel writing of the second edition of my miniatures rules. The biggest change will be that it will be an electronic publication, so that I can illustrate it with photos of my miniatures; the video rack will also allow DVDs to be made, and I'm looking forward to adding this to my capabilities; you can have me there in your game room, without me rooting around in your fridge.

I'm going to continue building games, and rebuilding and updating old ones. The emphasis will be on the sheer visual effect of miniatures, combined with logistics considerations to make the games portable if that becomes useful. I will be making 'guest appearances' on occasion, out in public venues, and I will use our considerable resources to make these memorable for players and spectators.

That's the 'short form' of what's been developing hereabouts for the past couple of years. More to come, as I think of it, but I think that's what I have for now.

Thanks again for your time and patience!


  1. I like these updates and posts, Jeff. I hope to see more pics fo the game room in the new year! Nathan

  2. I think you will, and I think you'll like what you see. I am, I think, going back to my roots in gaming, and rebuilding a lot of what we had here in the Twin Cities back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The new electronics, both the video production and the two huge plasma screens, will add a dimension to what I do that I could only dream about back then.And styrene plastic figures - a gift from the gods, if you ask this old model builder! I'll have more on this on the weekend; I want to talk about building stuff... :)

  3. I'm looking forward to do more together, like with light cavalry. (Yes, I'm that guy. Just exploring your blog.)

    Glad to see you're well. From reading this blog I assume that van was the reason you were kept busy in the recent days.

    "I'm going to continue building games, and rebuilding and updating old ones." If you need help or opinion I'm certain many people will volunteer for it, with me among them.

    Tip: I myself love to be inspired by music, helps to get through mood swings and depression. It also helps me create RPG characters. Might be worth a try for you too, whenever others criticize you for what you like just ignore them and listen to some music :)

    The situation about the skin color painted figures in your previous blog post is insane. I second the suggestion to paint them all blue, or paint the clothes/armor the skin tone too. However, if you think it is better/nicer just finish the characters as you intended, and give the figures to those people who 'modelled' (skin color) for the characters originally.

    1. Welcome aboard, and I hope you enjoy our journey!

      You are correct about the van; it's our only source of reliable transport, and when it's down we're in pretty deep trouble.

      Same here about the music. I have a pretty good sound system in both the game room and the workshop; I drew the palace plans while the original "Conan The Barbarian" soundtrack was thumping away, and I think it really helped me get in the mood. It may have resulted in too many secret passages, but that's the way it goes sometimes. :)

      I was both baffled and a little hurt by the negative reaction I got, and I will keep moving on from it. The figures are great, and I'd hate to waste them.

      Onward! :)