Well, it has been a good year in gaming. I managed two conventions and several games with my son as well as the regular DnD game I attend a couple of times a month. Painting has been sporadic with equal time being pent between 1/72 scale fantasy and 1/72 scale WW2 as well as a bit of card modeling. There was even a bit of Portable Wargame being played in between it all. In all it was a satisfying if not a bit slow year.
An observation for advertisers and gamers. I have noticed over the years that bloggers, whether they are gamers or game designers, don’t seem to give enough details for the reader. I will often see a battler report or even a review of a game or period I am interested in. At the end of the report, I am left puzzled as to what was being played or, in the case of a designer or reviewer, how some of the game mechanics work. A simple detail like what game you are playing can go a long way to clarifying how and why a battle went one way or another. When reviewing a game, most people want to know WHY this game is the best game since sliced bread. Tell us about the game mechnics. Give us some vital derails like how combat works or something more than “It’s definitely not IGO-UGO.” Most of these little nits can be answered in a few sentences. It really isn’t too much to ask!
This year, TMP and I parted ways after 17 years of participation. I’ve found a new community with The Wargames Website. Much of the advertisement and content at large leans more toward home grown and indie style games. I like this a lot. Many of these games get back to the spirit of wargaming, back in the days when the games were simple and straight forward. I think this is the last I will speak of TMP. TWW is hear to stay.
Finally, for a Christmas present , my friend gave me his old 3D printer. The Da Vinci Jr is not a high end printer and will not print figures all that well. However, have found it will print buildings and vehicles reasonably well. A bit of sanding and fill are definitely required. The smaller scale of the vehicles mean you won’t really want to use filler primer as you might bury the fine detail of the model. I’ve been using krylon plastic primer alternating sanding and priming to fill in the ridges. So far, so good. I’ll post the final models in a week or so.
So this is it ’til next year. May everyone have a fabulous New Year celebration and may 2018 bring us many fun games and much progress on the old lead pile!
Happy New Year!