Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Palladium Books/Robotech RRT Fiasco

Or 'A Troll By Any Other Name'

Some time ago I posted a rant about the delayed Robotech minis game and the response by a small, vocal, incredibly nasty group that had basically taken over the response board, turning it into the equivalent of youtube or yahoo.  Since then, I have spoken personally to the president of the company, Kevin Siembieda about it and the game is slowly coming along. 

He, however, finally got sick and tired of the trolls and posted what amounts to a 'screw off and let the real fans enjoy our game' post. For the most part I agree w/ it so I poked the bear a bit since we know for a fact that the trolls ARE a minority:
The trolls are a small, vocal, and sad minority that have not carried out a single one of their threats of trashing the game at GenCon, lawsuits, etc. Still waiting guys. Come on. Call me a 'White Knight' or some other insult. I'll just laugh as my minis get painted and I enjoy some gaming.
And I got the predictable response from the loudest of the trolls:
 in case you haven't been paying attention us "Trolls" as you call us have already started filing with the BBB and the Attorney generals of various states and the list is growing, so while those of you who sit and turn the other cheek think your getting wave 2, guess again your getting nothing because PB has nothing to send and when the law gets thru with them they will be lucky if they are still a company.
They've 'already started filing w/ the BBB..."

Yeah.  OK.  Three complaints so far out of over 5,300 backers.  Whoop dee frickin do.  I got more complaints than that from the OGRE sheets because I didn't start shipping out the same day as the main game and I hadn't even received them yet. 

AG's?  Yeah. OK. Sure skippy.  These keyboard commandoes have been making the same threats for the last year plus.  None have shown ANY evidence.  Why?  Because no AG is going to bother.

Kevin's shakin' in his boots.  I'm sure.

Just to emphasize the 'Troll' creds.... take a look at the profile.  ONE project backed.  Near 5,900 comments. Almost every one making threats, insults, and ridiculous claims.

Now screw off and let the real fans enjoy our game.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

CIL-Con '15 Review

A bit back I was approached by some ladies who asked if I would be interested in running tables at a show they were putting on.  The flyer they gave me said it was called 'CIL-Con' (Central Illinois Con) and was a Paranormal/Horror/Anime/Gaming convention.  They said that w/ my combination of Surplus and Game related materials, I would make a good fit.  Table costs were very reasonably priced so I reserved some and prepped the hippy-mobile for transport.

As it turns out, this was originally planned as a 'paranormal' gathering but they decided to branch out into the anime and gaming areas for overlap.  This showed in the vendors that were present.  They were mostly paranormal and horror including some palm readers, psychics, aura cleansers and similar.  From what I understand, the 'Haunt' community are like 'Undead Heads', they travel and talk.  I know of some in Ohio that had heard of this event and vendors/presenters were from as far away as Alabama. Not bad for a start-up con. Besides myself, there was one other anime seller and the 'EndZone' game store ran a game room.

One of the neatest things though was the 'Mystery Machine' from Scooby Doo.



Friday night had a Velma and Shaggy cosplay team.  Sat. saw a little bit more cosplay w/ several Pokemon and a TMNT turtle:
Sat also had a local professional wrestling group, Zero1 USA, set up a ring and perform some matches for a crowd.  Several of them walked the mall in character hyping it up.  My favorite was 'Norman the Belligerent'.  They were just cheesily choreographed enough to be entertaining. 


Not sure how the various seminars and events turned out since I was behind the table the whole time. 

Pros-  

Very well organized. Tables were marked. Events were clearly listed.  Info booth . Outside of a few things, this was well done.

Advertising- Not only all over town but as I said earlier, this was heard about across the country. 

Uniqueness- Definitely not something normally done around here it was able to attract a diverse audience not regularly catered to.

Cons- 

Advertised as gaming/anime, there were only a few tables for it including mine.  They have said they are going to get more for next year.

Booth manning-  The info table at the main entrance was only sporadically manned Fri night and not at all on Sat.

Sat. Morn and Evening.  Some people mentioned that several of the events in the morning didn't happen. Not sure if this is accurate but it was mentioned.  Also many of the 'paranormal' vendors were bailing really early, like 6pm, hours before the scheduled end.  This looks bad.

Misc. Recommendations (for all my .02 are worth)-

Film Room(s)-  Movies, movies and more movies.  Get a screen, projector and a laptop to show anime, horror flicks, and gamer movies.  Plenty of empty stores that can be dark enough to do this.

Overall they were able to bring in a nice crowd of people that weren't the usual mall walkers.  The diversity in themes definitely brought out the 'Freaks and Geeks' who were able to be themselves in an area that doesn't have a well organized gaming community.   I certainly hope I get invited back next year.




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Sunday Gun Day

Took Alpha & Bravo out for their 10/22 christening.  Started out w/ some balloons.






The boy did fairly well w/ adjusting to the iron sights getting 5/9 w/ his first magazine.  The girl decided she wanted to shoot w/o support.  Combined w/ learning the sights and some issues w/ her vision (we have an eye appt.), she did not do very well, only hitting one, and getting very upset. We talked for a bit and I convinced her to stick w/ supports for now and we tried out a pair of my older glasses on her.  It did help some for the next round. 

ZOMBIES!!!!

I found some targets at the 'Con I worked over the weekend.  Thought they would like them and they did:






Still trying to convince her to support both elbows but we all know how well kids listen. I got in a little shooting myself.


We finished up by emptying out their boxes into some cheap soda cans.  The foamy explosions are most fun.  Then back up to the house for some firearm maintenance (wipedown, etc) and putting everything away.


Next chore is getting the scopes on and zeroed for some more practice time.



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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Palladium FRPG 1st Ed. Ancient Dread: Totuga Pt I: Strongbow

Continued from here.

 

Shortly after, the 'Virtuous Maiden' reaches the pirate controlled port of Tortuga.  Captain Macintyre informs the party that the ship will remain in port for several days unloading cargo and making arrangements for other shipments before heading South again to explore for the adventurer's mysterious archipelago that was insinuated in the Eldren temple. The group decides to generally split up to cover more ground and look for potential jobs, rumors, clues, and general mischief.

Strongbow, Alta, & Mug

Strongbow:  Mug, there is a Church of Taut here, would you care to go and perform any devotions?  It will be some time before we are likely to see one again.

Mug: "Mug taught to be open to all paths of faith. Mug not know how to worship Taut.  Mug apologize for being deficient"

Strongbow: "No need to apologize. Would you like to visit another church of your faith or explore other options?"

Mug: "Mug shall do as Master wishes.  If Master wish to show Mug new path, Mug shall follow."

Strongbow begins explaining the message of Dragonwright to Mug.  When the name 'Kym-Nark-Mar' is mentioned, a flash of a giant eye appears in Strongbow's vision.  A presence behind it expresses interest.  Unnerving to say the least but when one is dealing w/ powers beyond their control, what isn't.   Asking Alta if there are any Temples in the city, she replies that there are not, the few present are dedicated to Dark gods or the gods of the sea but that there are several nice restaurants she could show him if he were willing to treat her to dinner.  Strongbow, being a well experience adventurer, recognizes a truly noble quest when he hears of it.  The offer is accepted and they head off the ship together, Mug remaining on board for the time being to think about his choices of faith.

Alta:  "I had an ulterior motive to asking you to dinner.  As we've been talking, I thought you looked uncannily familiar and then it came to me.  What though is a noble from the Land of the South Winds doing playing adventurer?"

Strongbow: "Simple.  I'm the second son.  I'm a good soldier but my brother was born to rule.  He has a natural gift for it but he has little affinity with the people.  It was mutually decided that I leave home for a time to let him solidify his seat without any possible rivalries or complications."

Alta:  "Any good sailor knows that a competent leader is better than a likable one.  So long as he has good people to help smooth things over...." (her eyes slide to Strongbow, mixed questioning and insinuating)

Strongbow:  "Oh I fully support him.  We both just needed to get our feet wet and strengthen our positions first.  The experiences and skills I am acquiring will help me in my command of the family's military."

Alta: "Then your House is in good standing I imagine.  How is your line?"

Strongbow:  "We're one of the last Elven houses in the world.  It's sometimes hard to find new blood" (sly wink and a smile)

Alta:  "Oh is my lord flirting with a humble fishing girl?' (she draws in close) "What would the others think?"

Strongbow:  "I don't think there's anything 'humble' about you and yes I am.  I doubt though that a group that accepts a broken boy and a goblin love slave will be concerned."

Alta:  Well then mi'lord, perhaps we can see about keeping the elven blood strong in the South Winds, should your wit prove strong enough to go beyond mere words. "

Strongbow pulls her close.  "Is it my 'wit' you're wanting now?"

Alta looks into his eyes. "Your wit yes, also more than a night's consideration.  Assuming you're as skilled with your 'arrow' as you are with your bow."

Strongbow: Then we'll take things slow and see where they lead."  He then kisses her deeply.

Alta melts into his kiss.  When they break, they continue on to the restaurant hand in hand.  The rest of the afternoon is spent over good food and fine drink.  She spends little time talking about herself but asks for his stories, carefully avoiding his time at court but sits in rapt attention as he tells about his exploits across the Palladium world and beyond.

On their return to the ship, they smile at eachother before she leaves to attend to her duties.  Captain Macintyre casually asks if Strongbow has taken an interest in his 2nd mate. Strongbow looks over to Alta who is now directing the loaders  "It certainly seems that way".

Macintyre, looking impressed, replies "She has rebuked every other suitor in the past.  Those that pushed to hard would up with not just their pride wounded.  I wish you luck M'lad".  With that he walks away and returns to ship business.  Mug, standing unobtrusively by as soon as his master returned asks if there is anything he is needed for.

"Yes, go into town and pick up any supplies you need for fletching.  Pick yourself out a rabbit or whatever you would like as a nice treat.  Also get a fruit basket and deliver it to the Elf Second Mate on your return".

Mug smiles and departs to perform his task, happy that he can be useful to such a good master.  His decision is made.

As all aboard perform their tasks, Alta, as is her habit, begins singing.  Normally she sings traditional sailor chanties and ribald ditties to keep moral up but tonight it is different. Tonight's songs are about love found.  All listening, even the coarsest sailor, is captivated by her voice.  Strongbow, both consciously and subconsciously, whistles along. Not a few of the older salts smile knowingly.  Alta also notices and smiles at Strongbow when she catches his eye.  Not all fish are caught with nets.

Later the rest of the party returns.  They have been informed of a bounty put out by the local Thieve's Guild on a rogue slaver ship just out of port.  Why?  Who cares.  The bounty is enough to fully outfit an extended expedition and keep Macintyre in service.

The Virtuous Maiden heads out for a fight.

To be continued.



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

A MishMosh of Gun & Game Stuff

Everyone.... This is Betsy.  Betsy's 'formal' name is Norinco Model 99 but I think Betsy is much better. She's a side by side split breach 12ga commonly known as a 'Coach Gun'.  She was my first 'home defense' firearm and has a special place outside of some excessive recoil and a tendency to pop off the grip if I don't hold onto her tightly.

Betsy was also the victim of the DampRid spill the other day, causing some corrosion and the loss of her stock shell sleeve.  Well Betsy's back in her finery, a basic model from Amazon, w/ some extra shells I had.


Ain't she purty?

This morning I also got a call from a good friend of mine who had read about the corrosion disaster. He's sending me a new bolt assembly for my AR.  THAT is how the gun community rolls.

On the game front...

I attended GenCon last year (2014) but was unaware of the Crystal Caste annual dice. I found some on Ebay and ordered some.  They arrived today.  One is going to my painting friend.  The other has been added to the dice display.



My Painting friend also, in exchange for picking him up some stuff, gave me a bunch of his older GC special sets.


And a few Misc.  From KenzerCo of Knights of the Dinner Table fame, I wanted to get a T-shirt but they didn't have them at the Con so I ordered one when I got home.


 And some novelty dice, a D1million (so to speak):






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