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Posted April 28th, 2012 at 09:32 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus
How do you know where youíre supposed to go?

Iíve always subscribed to the theory that if you keep doing something, you will at least find out what youíre not supposed to be doing, what direction youíre not supposed to be going in- and thus by default remain on your truth path. But thatís the same as walking into walls to find your way down a hallway.

How can one bypass all that thumping?

When I was younger I thought I knew which way was the best for me. But all sorts of things popped up, and some commitments have developed into families and people who need me in one way or another. I guess thatís what life is, but no matter how noble it sounds to live in the service of others somehow I cannot shake the feeling that there is something I should be doing that I currently am not.

Iíve had much shakeup in my life the last couple years- health problems, losing jobs- and though all of that was sometimes incredibly upsetting,...
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Jim, Eat Crow

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 12:22 PM by Jexik
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or: 4 years and $13.50 shipping later...

I'm reminded of this blog post, where I contend that I'm not going anywhere.

And I wasn't. But I am. Kinda.

This week, I sold most of my semi-valuable figures. I was short on cash, and I hadn't played Heroscape a single time with my collection since GenCon outside of a cool tourney in Calumet City, IL.

I've still got figures that mean a bit to me, like my Gruts, Krug, Nilfheim, W1, W8, and the D&D stuff. But my keeping some of it has just as much to do with how little I can get for them.

I'm bringing this up not for pity or anything, but just to let people know what's up, and to make it less of a surprise for those who end up listening to the Plaid Hat Podcast episode 45 when it goes up next week. Many people would do this kind of thing quietly... but with nearly 7k posts, I didn't do much quietly here. I still spend a fair bit of time posting about games, but...
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What's with the pinecone?

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 11:50 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Iím art gallery sitting again. Gives me time to think while earning a small fee. They seem to like me- perhaps because Iím not too judgmental, and shower pretty darn regularly. Iím also very imaginative. To me art must have some merit. It can be beautiful, or moving, or have some fantastic meaning behind. Itís got to give me something positive- a feeling, a sense of awe, an insight- or I think itís junk. This is where my good imagination comes in- I can find meaning in things others cannot.

This artist is extremely engaging- very positive, upbeat, happy, smiley, - a real treat. But her show is a collection of sculptures and images which I can describe only as gauze with blood on them. And I donít understand it at all.

There is a really big gauzy pile, sort of tied and sculpted into nothing recognizable, and in spots it is soaked with red colour- it has to signify blood- what else could it be? Then there are some gauzy bloody things on the...
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A Paen to a Friend

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 01:48 PM by kolakoski
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Well met!

When I was young, I was the guy who played Chess during recess. Since then, I have taken up more physical pursuits, but that part of me that loves games never died; it just lay dormant . . . until:

Over 5 years ago, I was recuperating from an injury, and went online in search of a game and someone to play against. So it was that I met chas.

Although it was Battlelore that brought us together, once chas persuaded me (with a certain amount of difficulty) to try Heroscape, my fate was sealed. Initially, my involvement was relatively minimal: a game once or twice a month at chas' Game Palace in Brooklyn, usually just the two of us, but, occasionally, with Sherman Davies and/or Taeblewalker. Then, a serendipitous event led to my total immersion.

During a casual game of Heroscape, chas soundly defeated a friend of his with a Custom army he had created. In a fit of pique, his friend quit Heroscape altogether, and
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Bits and Pieces

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 10:57 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus
If you do a lot of customs sooner or later you end up with a box of ďbits and piecesĒ- bases, arms, heads, and odd figures that just havenít found their way to Valhalla yet.

In addition we have a brain box full of odd ideas weíd like to use but just havenít got to yet- either because the idea just isnítí finished, or itís too much work, or thereís still something wrong with it.

Making a good custom takes a long time- the card part is easy but the play testing lasts forever....

Here are a selection of random bits and pieces from our brain box.

The General Idea
I like to play the Romans and I have customed a good drawer full. Some are simple- I use the legionnaires with pilums together in squads of four to make a group with a once-per- game ranged pilum attack- very deadly.

We have praetorians, auxiliary cavalry, heavy cavalry and Julius Caesar too. But Iíve always been fascinated by MD
Gallus and...
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