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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: February 27, 2015, 11:26:48 AM
Still trying to think about what to do for the next season of Berlin Between The Wars....

But at least I have Gimmee That Swing for music....

The Auld Grump
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 13, 2015, 05:35:28 PM
Also the creator of Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy.

The Auld Grump
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 29, 2015, 06:46:27 PM
As they run the Ghostbusters franchise through a woodchipper.

What. The. Hell.

The Auld Grump
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Of Peter Jackson, Kiwis, Wargamers, And the Great War.... on: January 26, 2015, 03:51:46 PM
We're way ahead of ya Wink

I know a bunch of guys who've already put their hands up for this. I would have myself, but I don't think my painting is at the point where I'm happy for it to go on public display.
That may not matter much - depending on how they position models.

I know that folks that build model railroads have different degrees of effort on the models that go in the foreground - where everyone can see them - and the models in the background - where they are not as likely to be seen.

The Auld Grump
35  Community / Off-Topic / Of Peter Jackson, Kiwis, Wargamers, And the Great War.... on: January 26, 2015, 10:00:45 AM
Say what you will of Peter Jackson - but the man is a geek (and I mean that in a good way).

He has gotten in contact with Perry Miniatures to build a Great War museum in New Zealand.

Now they are looking for Kiwis to help paint the thousands of 54mm figures needed for the displays.

Just a heads up for the folks in that hemisphere.

The Auld Grump
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 25, 2015, 09:06:42 AM
Sadly my slightly moribund Nephos setting is a bit more 1850s than 1750s.
You might like the Lord Darcy series - where technology has advanced to steam engines and the beginnings of electricity... in the 1970s.

One of the two main characters is a forensic sorcerer - specializing in medical examination.

Garret's reasoning was that the development of technology would be slowed by the advancement of magic - purely because the same kind of people were working on each. If Watt is working on spells to determine pressure then he is not spending time working on a steam engine.

And there were folks that did both.

I have an easier time with a divided effort slowing advancement.

In the real world it was the Church and state that tried to prevent the advancement of science - in particular the development of the crossbow. (Worked about as well as trying to tell the tide to retreat.)

On the flip side, the Pope of the time of Galileo was a Copernican himself - Galileo was not tried for trying to prove that the Earth goes around the Sun but... well, mostly for being a jerk. He wrote a work putting the Pope's words into the mouth of a character called The Simpleton.  Roll Eyes

Changing the charges to heresy was actually a way of letting him live - heresy is a crime of intent, and can be recanted.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 23, 2015, 05:49:39 PM
Because in most settings, magic is the province of a specialised elite and their allies who have no interest in either enabling the plebs with access reliable 'technology' that would threaten their elevated status or else trap themselves in the workcycle of manufacturing.
Except for the fact that people in the real world tried to expand on the horizons of both - Sir Isaac Newton being a prime example (Newton studied magic (the nonexistence of magic not withstanding), and also invented the shot tower - which sped up the production of balls for blackpowder weapons....)

Hell... the witchcraft scare was well into the age of the gun.

Guns show up in the stories of the Grimm brothers.

So, not at all an effective argument.

The Auld Grump
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 23, 2015, 09:41:31 AM
I go through burts of listening to music either from earlier times or inspired by those times (yes, this includes steampunk).

Sometimes it is the 1700s.... Over the Hills and Far Away - the John Tam version from the Sharpe's Rifles series of movies.

I wish that I could talk more folks into trying a 1750s fantasy game.... I like blackpowder in my fantasy.

The Auld Grump
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 14, 2015, 10:52:52 AM
Wargames creator John Hill has passed away - the designer that brought us Squad Leader and Johnny Reb. Sad I know folks that still play Johnny Reb on a regular basis - it was not all that long ago that the third edition came out.

I mostly remember him from back in the Avalon Hill days.

The Auld Grump
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 02:37:48 PM
For me, what sums up the attraction of Eberron is the phrase 'battle on top of a speeding lightening rail'.  Grin

Film noir style D&D adventures are another big draw.

The Auld Grump
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 10:59:46 AM
You aren't alone in not liking the Realms....

On the other hand, I liked Eberron a great deal... after dismissing it because of the overhyped marketing....

5e... just isn't grabbing me. I don't hate it like I did 4e, but it just doesn't seem to do anything better than other games on the market.

Maybe there just needs to be more stuff out for it?

The Auld Grump - there's actually a long list of games that I like less than 5e. 5e is pretty much just in the middle of the pack.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 09:11:50 AM
Two of the three D&D 5e games by folks that I know have returned to running Pathfinder.

The third has begun a Serenity game.

A fourth, that was thinking about running 5e, decided to run a Cyclopedia game instead.

Not looking good for D&D at this point, at least locally.

The Auld Grump
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: November 15, 2014, 02:47:51 PM
Mantic has a Kickstarter for the second edition of Kings of War.

Kings of War has become my go to game for fantasy wargaming - the rules are simple and consistent, and the armies are much better balanced than a certain other fantasy mass combat game.

And you can get the rules and most of the army lists for free.

I have played a game of 4000 points in just over an hour - very little by way of rules arguing. (And that quibbles about who could see what and when.)

This... is going to be expensive... not so much for the game as for the addons....

The Auld Grump
44  Community / Off-Topic / Please Tell Me This Isn't About What I Think It's About on: November 04, 2014, 05:03:10 PM
A Poo Transplant?!!!

The Auld Grump
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: October 29, 2014, 09:45:37 AM
That said, however stuffed as the boxes might have been there wasn't a shortage of troops, supplies, or officers willing to back that choice. If the fix was in, it was a popular fix all same.
There were constant shortages of troops and supplies in the south.  All they really had going for them were their generals.
I had an history professor that maintained that at least two of the Confederate states had more volunteers in the Army of the Republic than they did in the Confederate army.

Not total number of soldiers, mind, simply the volunteers.

That there was that great a separation between the the leadership of those states and the hard scrabble farmers and miners that made up the majority of their populations. It was the monied land owners that wanted secession and the right to own other human beings as property.

The professor was from South Carolina, and was of the opinion that Lee should have been hanged, not for the war, but for continuing the war far past the point where the South had no chance of victory.

Revisionist history is a tempting fruit, but one best avoided.

As for whether the South would have been allowed to secede, had they not fired on Fort Sumter... I kind of doubt it, but a small island off of the coast of Maine did de facto secede just a bit before the Civil War - an act not officially recognized by the US government, but recognized by the US Post Office, the Treasury Department (including the Coast Guard), and the draft boards.

Wiscongus remained separate from the US until WWII.... (A patriotic surge because of the war and an aging Postmaster led to the island rejoining the Union.)

Mind you, we are talking about maybe a couple of hundred people here.... Easy enough to ignore.

The Auld Grump - the one attempt by the draft boards to conscript soldiers during the Civil War was driven off by the wives of Wiscongous throwing hot potatoes at the soldiers....
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