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I wrote a post in the Book of Ana Karithon, in defense of the designers with regard to Ana Karithon's power, Protection from Evil. This power, unfortunately, ignore Valkrill's units.
While this is a terrible development, the designers were probably not allowed to know that they were even getting another general, let alone one that was "evil," at the time they designed the D&D Master Set. Therefore, they missed the chance to include Valkrill, but not because they dropped the ball, but because WotC threw them a bit of a curve. At least, that's how I see it.

A non-rep signer (though he was kind enough to give positive rep) sent me this message:

"If you think it's just like any other game, then you cannot possibly understand what it means to a heroscape fan. Besides, you wouldn't be so forgiving if an average site member had made such a mistake. Is everyone here at this sitea a kiss@ss?"

My response it this: If anyone, a designer or otherwise, made a unit now that didn't take Valkrill into account in such a manner, I would call them on it. If a custom unit creation, made a year ago, didn't include Valkrill, I would not penalize them later. I would, in fact, be just as forgiving. I am not kissing ass.
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This point in history

Posted December 17th, 2013 at 01:09 AM by Taeblewalker
Updated September 9th, 2020 at 09:20 PM by Taeblewalker
Folks, I have had some major life changes and had to do a lot of soul-searching of late. My life has been turned upside down in so many ways, though the good news is that I am now living with my fiance, Kathy, who is kind enough to have played Scape with me and even to have gone to tournaments.

What I really want to write about though is how lucky we are to have been born at this point in history rather than any time sooner. The easy reason for members of this site is that Heroscape was invented recently, but as much as I love the game, I am talking about technology and our ability to communicate and form online communities.

This generation span is the first time since people invented language that people from all over the world are able to communicate almost instantaneously. This is the first time that a community such as this can exist, and we get to be a part of it. Generations before us had telephones and telegraphs, and before that, communication was at the speed of the pony express.

Life is short, and being 42, I am starting to feel the truth of that matter more heavily. I'd love to live forever and see what new wonders people will come up with; live into the Star Trek era and beyond. Alas, that is not our lot in life. But I feel very fortunate that I was born late enough to be able to share in this wonderful online community. I have made friends here - true friends - and that would not have been possible without the technology we take for granted every day.

Thousands of years from now, I believe people will look at our time as the birth of the "modern" world. The Internet and other forms of immediate communication have changed human history forever. And we get to see the magic in our lifetimes.

It is said that any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic. Just think how magical a cell phone call is, reaching thousands of miles in mere seconds from your hand to another person, the signal somehow not getting lost along the way.

And I want to say what an honor and a privilege it is to be on this journey with you fellow travelers, and may we all live long and get to see many more years of what magic the future will hold.

I'm reminded of a quote by Samuel Clemens, who died in 1910. He said something like this: "The 20th Century will have wonderful things in store, but I shan't get to see much of it, I'm afraid." I wish he and everyone from that time could see just how many wonders the 20th Century did hold, and on into the 21st. We can't make that happen for them or for any other past generations, but we can appreciate our good fortune in having been born at this time - in time to appreciate the magic.

I'd still like to see warp drive in my lifetime, but thems the breaks.
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Having turned 40 this year, I share with your thoughts on time and our own mortality.

At times I do miss the simpler times but without the current tech we would not have Heroscapers and that would be a real tragedy. Heroscapers is a perfect example of what can and should be.

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Posted December 18th, 2013 at 01:27 PM by Tornado Tornado is offline
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They say that in my grandparents' lifetime, say 1890-1970, there was more technological change than in the entire previous history of the human race. I have a book on space travel from the 1950s (one author is Wiley Ley) that predicted way back then, when I was a kid, that Ion Drive will be the next jump after chemical rockets. I just saw a former astronaut on the Science Channel whose company is building one! Maybe we'll make it Out There after all.

In Tolkien's Silmarillion, Death was originally called The Gift of Man, and only much later, as our understanding lessened, The Curse of Man. In Osamu Tezuka's life work anime The Phoenix, its the few humans granted immortality who suffer the most.
Posted December 20th, 2013 at 01:14 AM by chas chas is offline
Updated December 20th, 2013 at 01:32 AM by chas
Taeblewalker's Avatar
It's been a year since I posted this blog, and I've seen more magic in that time. I have a cell phone that I can talk to and tell it what to do. For example, I can just hit a button twice, then say, "Set alarm for 6am." And it will do it! Or I can say, "Search Leonardo DaVinci" and it will do that to. It's just like when Captain Kirk spoke to the computer on the Enterprise!

Oh, and @chas , regarding The Phoenix, I don't think I'd mind the suffering that immortality would bring. Just sayin'.
Posted December 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 PM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is offline
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I just thought I'd resurrect this blog again. When I wrote it I was 42; now, I'm 44. The clock is ticking!

On the positive side, if anyone has any news about great new technological inventions, feel free to share them here.
Posted April 17th, 2015 at 11:16 PM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is offline
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It's worth updating this blog, now that I'm 50. Hopefully, I'm only halfway through my lifetime!
Posted October 4th, 2021 at 09:57 PM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is offline
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