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Brainstorming: Grinning Skull digest anyone?

9 Mar

Just taking a brief respite in my sculpting and model making to say something…So, this has been rattling around in my head for a while, ignore the title of the post, that just implies the basis of the idea rather than the outcome, so to speak.
Whilst I like the computer world and it’s weirdness of the web, the myriad of different thoughts, opinions and voices that aren’t stifled by censorship and big corporations and such like, what I dislike a lot is Ebook type publications. My problem with them is that I have a hard time getting into them and having a good read, maybe an ebook reader or tablet is in order for me, but for the time being, it’s a no go.
I like real books and mags, that tactile feel of turning the page, the smell of the print, and the ability to read wherever
you want. for me and others, books will never go out of fashion.
So, what am I harping on about? Well, even so there are lots of great small press wargaming publications available for free and low priced, the electronic nature of them puts me of. I want to read stuff in places there isn’t going to be a recharge point, or plug socket, even sat on the bog! I want stuff in print!
What I am partial to, is reading other peoples blogs, there are tons of really great articles on them, from all parts of the wargaming world, the blog writers put some great material out there, most of them are far from professional writers, but they still produce great stuff regardless.
Now even so I enjoy the occasional foray into the historical bits, I’m a scifi/fantasy nut when it comes to my wargaming, which is why I enjoy blogs from likeminded people, it seems to be the only real place that one can get access to this kind of reading matter nowadays. But, I’d much prefer it in print form. I still hanker for the days of independent games magazines of old, and while I realise that these times are gone due to the dwindling numbers of the buying public, I still think that there are plenty of us old guard left that would support some kind of small press publication I’m imagining, something dedicated to the scifi and fantasy end of the wargaming hobby, but I’m not thinking about it being in the form of a magazine, rather a softback book.
OK, I’m thinking a compendium of sorts, articles, How to’s, Tutorials, fiction, interviews, reviews, a bit of art and cartoons and so forth, all contained in a publication dedicated to scifi and fantasy wargames. Hell, you could even stick some quick rulesets in there too, there doesn’t need to be rhyme or reason to tie it together with themes, the only coherent theme would be around scifi and fantasy wargaming.
It wouldn’t have to be a regular magazine type of periodical, even if it were successful it doesn’t need to be more often than one year at a time. Just a stand alone book, or a digest dedicated to the independent scifi & fantasy miniature wargaming scene.
So how to produce this “digest”? Ignore my post title, I wouldn’t ever think of naming it the grinning skull digest, that was merely to get my message across, it wouldn’t matter too much what it was called, only the concept is important.
I think everyone has at least one or two great articles in them, even myself. That’s how I would envision starting to get the volume of material needed for something like this. All it would need is a group of likeminded people behind the idea, everyone involved would get full credit for their involvement, I would imagine that while new original material would be preferred, a bulk of what you’d need could be reproduced (with permission and consent) from the web from their original writers.
I’d like to think that the many independent miniature firms could be involved a great deal, and by allowing them to showcase their own rulesets, miniatures and such, a lot of additional material could be collated for the book, after all it’s free advertising allowing them to showcase their stuff and may reach new audiences and customers. Same goes for blog owners and writers, artists and photographers, and many other folks eager to show off what they are capable of.

Alright, you know that money is going to come into play at some point, but with the event of print on demand and things like kickstarter, now making stuff like this is even more easy to do than it ever was, so while cash is great, it doesn’t have to be a big issue. Besides, if there was any money raised from the book, it could be donated to charity to save any hassle, or put into the next one if it were deemed to go that in direction. No real money ever need to change hands, nobody needs to get paid, self promotion far exceeds the price or cost.
All I’m saying is that an idea like this could be good, it’s not set in stone, nor am I saying it’ll work out as cut and dried as I’ve set out. I’m simply just trying to start a dialog and discuss if it could be done.
I’d be up for involvement, and I’d happily donate my skills to it, but whether anyone else feels the same way is another matter. It was just an idea that’s been floating about for a while in my noggin.

So, hopefully I have put my point across, and now I’d like to throw the ball over to you lot, please lets start a conversation to the how’s and why’s, yeses and no’s and so on. Go on, feel free to stick your oar in and have a say, you
don’t even need to have a vested interest to jump in with an opinion. Have your say, please. If you think it wouldn’t work, just say, if you would change something, say it. All opinions are valid (apart from anyone acting like a dick, keep it constructive please!)

I never said it was ever going to be easy….

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Magmod Scenics’ Fortified Farmstead Kickstarter

21 Dec

I do like terrain and scenics for wargaming possibly more than any other aspect of wargaming, and I can really appreciate a good set piece on the gaming table like this KS from Magmod Scenics, their fortified dark age farmstead, thats running right now.

Things like this make me want to create whole new projects around these lovely looking resin terrain bits and accessories. Even so they are really designed to be used for historical gaming, I can’t help but think there’s a whole lot of potential other than that in other genres. My Oggum would be right at home with these buildings, how they are back to basics and made from the oggam staple of bricks, sticks and straw!

Also, what I like about this is the various accessory add ons, which will add more interest on the table, and again be very useful in a plethora of other games. This is Magmod Scenics first kickstarter offering, and personally I think they are on for a winner, with some nice options for snap on magnetic parts for damaged and burnt rooftops and haybails, providing the project hits their stretchgoals (although it’s not clear what these are exactly)

Nice stuff for their maiden effort, I do hope that Magmod are a name that we’ll come to know well for their scenics in the future. Good luck guys!

If they look like something you’d like your Celts or Romans fighting over, check out the project page for a closer look!

The Fortified Farmstead by Magmod Scenics — Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: GamerGauge Kickstarter

19 Dec

I wanted to point out this KS, as I know there’ll be loads of you out there that this is going to interest.

This is the GamerGuage, a distance measuring system for wargaming that gets rid of the reliance for using the tape measure most of the time. The key to this, is the whole simplicity of it, reminding me of the measuring sticks that were used yesteryear, all be it on a smaller (inch) scale. Whilst not entirely groundbreaking, it is perfect for those smaller tight in encounters, where a tape measure is just a lot of faff!

You know there’s a lot of talk that Kickstarter is dragging it’s feet now, and that it’s become no more than a glorified pre-order system, but I don’t think that’s true at all.

Indeed there are some utterly atrocious and just plain bad stuff on there, just a good look under the surface of the dross, there indeed is plenty of gems still there. You just have to look.

Check out the project page to see if you’d like to get in on the act!

GamerGauge Tabletop Wargaming Measuring Device by Ryan Keller — Kickstarter.

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Hey people, share a bit of love for the LARP crowd…

5 Sep
A contest for candidates to the imperial thron...

A contest for candidates to the imperial throne is about to begin at a live action role-playing game BBRI4 in Visaginas, Lithuania (July 27-30, 2006). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[TMP] “”Double Double”” Topic.

This topic over on TMP makes me wonder why so much distain is aimed at the lowly LARPer, sure it’s a strange hobby, and it’s quite hard for people to understand what the hell is it all about and such like.

But this is coming from a site that promotes miniature wargaming! It seems kind of like the bullied kid at school taking a pop at another geeky kid in the playground! I’m pretty sure that if we were to trace a map of evolution of the hobbies, I am sure that there would be related strands that cross over in the family tree.

Besides, most people I know who LARP, are actually avid wargamers, RPGers, Re-enactors, and the like, but from the outside we all look the same to untrained eyes. Sure, it isn’t for everyone, but until you “get it” you’ll never see the delights of the hobby, just the same as roleplaying games with your mates, or being a general, commanding an army of tiny little men.

There’s also a stereotype of LARPers, which is just that, a stereotype. Much like that of wargaming which likens them to unwashed, beardy types that are devoid of female attention. Lets just be clear about this folks, it’s easy to be ignorant and fear what you can’t understand.

The original post in the topic was instigated by the article on the beeb site here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23877430 about LARP going a bit more mainstream, which after years, is about time to be honest.

I’m not asking for any of you to like LARP if you really don’t, but just don’t be ignorant about it.

Go on, share a bit of love….

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