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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [WH40k] We are the Imperial Guard... no longer on: March 16, 2014, 07:47:34 PM
In regards to Space Elves and Mantic - I gather that the Mantic take on Elves in Spaaace! is going to be very different.

The Elves are a dying people, wandering space, population slowly shrinking.... So they use robots and drones rather than entering combat themselves. (A cross between the Eldar and the tau?)

If the death of even a single Elf means the loss of centuries of experience... why send them into battle with a shotgun and armored with tissue paper? (The range on the Shuriken Catapult is pathetic - and the standard Space Marine weapon ignores the Eldar armor.... So the Space marines have twice the range, ignore the Eldar armor, and Humans breed faster than Eldar... way to lose the war!)

I really want to see what the Space Elves look like in Deadzone, but meanwhile... the Martians are coming! The Martians are coming!

The Auld Grump
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [WH40k] We are the Imperial Guard... no longer on: March 10, 2014, 06:42:29 PM
Here, we've pretty much given up on current 40k. Some are tempted to go back and play 3rd Ed again, but mostly we're just using our old Warhammer Fantasy armies to play Kings of War. Much more entertaining.
Have you tried Mantic's Deadzone SF skirmish game? It feels like what I remember 40K playing like, back in the early days.

The first two games of Deadzone that I played I had my arse handed to me, on a silver charger, with a side of razzleberry dressing and a parsley garnish.

It was glorious!  Grin (Also, well deserved, especially the first game - I was clumped, and she hucked a grenade over the wall. *BOOM!* SQUISH! Two dead and two wounded - and it was a four 'man' force....)

GW is having IP insecurities right now - a whole bunch of their claimed (but often unsubstantiated) IP was thrown out, right at the beginnings of the mess with Chapterhouse. They were told that, no, they do not own the term 'Imperial Guard'. (Or fur, grenade launchers, Roman numerals, lots and lots of skulls....)

And this was after the mess with Spots the Space Marine. (Turns out that the term 'Space Marine predates the birth of any of the game designers... go figure.  Tongue )

I suspect that GW is currently living on borrowed time.

I have been playing a lot of Kings of War - I do not think that I will be going back to Warhammer any time soon.

The Auld Grump

I'd be a lot more sympathetic to GW as an endeavor if so much of the lore hadn't been pissing me off lately. I am, and see if you didn't see this coming, an Eldar fan (haven't had an army for a while, but I'm kind of scrounging one up slowly).

As for alternatives, I'm not aware of a lot of other Space Elf-esque factions/whatever. Good on you for having Krieg to fall back on. Get off the treadmill.
GW belongs to the post binder school of history.

Don't like the history? *RIP!* Okay, here's the new and improved history that is the way it has always been.

Squats? *RIP!*

Zoats? *RIP!*

Imperial Dwarfs? *RIP!*

Imperial Ogres? *RIP!*

Slann as overly reproductive frog armies? *RIP!* Now they are giant toad kings that cannot reproduce at all!

Karl Franz as a weak willed man raised to Emperor because the Electors think that he will be easy to influence? *RIP!* Now he is a mighty warrior, wielding a hammer forged for a God-King, and mounted on an enormous griffon!

Gods above and below, I hate their loose leaf binder approach to fluff....

The Auld Grump
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [WH40k] We are the Imperial Guard... no longer on: March 10, 2014, 03:52:39 PM
Here, we've pretty much given up on current 40k. Some are tempted to go back and play 3rd Ed again, but mostly we're just using our old Warhammer Fantasy armies to play Kings of War. Much more entertaining.
Have you tried Mantic's Deadzone SF skirmish game? It feels like what I remember 40K playing like, back in the early days.

The first two games of Deadzone that I played I had my arse handed to me, on a silver charger, with a side of razzleberry dressing and a parsley garnish.

It was glorious!  Grin (Also, well deserved, especially the first game - I was clumped, and she hucked a grenade over the wall. *BOOM!* SQUISH! Two dead and two wounded - and it was a four 'man' force....)

GW is having IP insecurities right now - a whole bunch of their claimed (but often unsubstantiated) IP was thrown out, right at the beginnings of the mess with Chapterhouse. They were told that, no, they do not own the term 'Imperial Guard'. (Or fur, grenade launchers, Roman numerals, lots and lots of skulls....)

And this was after the mess with Spots the Space Marine. (Turns out that the term 'Space Marine predates the birth of any of the game designers... go figure.  Tongue )

I suspect that GW is currently living on borrowed time.

I have been playing a lot of Kings of War - I do not think that I will be going back to Warhammer any time soon.

The Auld Grump
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 06, 2014, 10:30:57 PM
*Shudder* Babymetal - Gimme Chocolate.

The Auld Grump
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Digital Divide on: March 03, 2014, 01:09:38 AM
Maker Space is now live, I am saving it to my Kobo as I write. (I love my Kobo - but the desktop software is ssslllooowww....)

The Auld Grump 
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: March 01, 2014, 08:34:02 PM
Well, crap. Sad

I had just reread Doc Sidhe and Sidhe Devil a few weeks ago.

Seems like the old guard is dropping fast.

The Auld Grump
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: February 25, 2014, 03:07:10 AM
Goodbye Dr. Spengler.  Cry

The Auld Grump
38  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Berlin Between the Wars [Historic Urban Fantasy] on: February 20, 2014, 02:28:47 AM
Another bit of the soundtrack of the game - Gimmie That Swing!

Same plotline as Bones.

The Auld Grump - juggling too many games... again....
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: February 19, 2014, 09:24:31 PM
Gearing up for SteamCraft again in the near future. (Get it? Gearing up? Eh, eh? Tongue )
So far I have decided on some background music, of a more classical variety than my norm.
For a chase scene - Beethoven's Rage Over a Lost Penny.

And the bad guy's theme - Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights.

I have not yet decided whether to allow him to be redeemed, the second movement certainly starts with a hint that it may be possible.

On the other hand... I like the image of an irredeemable villain that yet has tears in his eyes. A villain that feels justified, perhaps?

The Auld Grump
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 28, 2014, 04:28:51 AM
Having just learned of the death of Pete Seeger I am listening to quite a few of his songs right about now.

Goodnight Irene
Which Side Are You On?
Cindy - with Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Joe Hill

I was lucky enough to be at a house party where Mr. Seeger and Tommy Makem were singing - Pete Seeger sang Across the Blue Mountains, which was a song that I don't think that he ever recorded. (A song based on a real incident - a bank president that quit his job, divorced his wife, and headed out west on a buckboard, with a new wife, half his age... and then had the effrontery to live a long and happy life.) 

The Auld Grump - I ran a Spycraft game with Which Side Are You On? as the theme song.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: January 28, 2014, 04:06:47 AM
Pete Seeger - folk singer, activist, songwriter, songfinder.

A man that taught himself how to read music, while succeeding as a musician at the time. (He ended up writing a book on the subject - 'Henscratchings and Flyspecks'.)

Rest in peace, Mr. Seeger.

The Auld Grump - I honestly thought that the man would make it to a hundred.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: January 14, 2014, 10:43:10 PM
Just put in my final pledge for Bones II - I added almost $150 at the last minute....

Leaving off the ones added for other people leaves -
2013 Core Set ($100) x1
Narthrax Dragon ($12) x2
Lords of Darkness ($10) x1
Unleash the Kraken! ($15) x1 (Happy happy joy, joy! Happy happy joy, joy!)
Oh, Rats! ($10) x1 (I had decided against this one... then started statting up a wererat thieves' guild called The Rats Teats....)
Heroes and Villains ($10) x1
Greater Demons ($12) x1
Water Elementals ($10) x1
Hill Giants ($10) x1
Demon Lords ($15) x1
Dungeon Decor ($10) x1
Blightfang Dragon ($10) x1 (I painted up and sold my metal one to a fellow that wanted a 'let's get back together' present for his girlfriend.  Smiley )
Devils ($10) x1 (Gonna run a game set in Cheliax, one of these days....)
Cinder Dragon ($10) x1
Expansion Set 1 ($50) x1
Expansion Set 2 ($50) x1 (I wanted #3 as well, but decided that I would rather have the Tarrasque.)
Mashaaf, Great Old One ($12) x1 (I have no idea what I will use it for... but I'll think of something....)
Khanjira, the World Breaker ($25) x1 (the Tarrasque by any other name would smell as... sweet?)
Dragons Don't Share ($35) x1 (Oh, yeah....)
Thank You Set ($20) x1
Cadirith ($15) x1

On top of that there is another three Dragons Don't Share, two Khanjira, one Narthrax, one Blightfang, one Mashaaf, and two Cinders added by other people, some to be painted for commission.

One of the Cinders will be used as a cake topper, unless Dragon's Don't Share is smaller than I think that it is.

The Auld Grump
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: December 17, 2013, 12:27:28 AM
Peter O'Toole, 81.

Don't know who he is? Go watch Lawrence of Arabia. Seriously.
The Lion in Winter is my all time favorite movie.

I watch it every year, around Christmas.

Be at peace, Mr. O'Toole.

The Auld Grump
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: December 13, 2013, 10:30:12 AM
Jang Song Thaek, 2nd most powerful man in North Korea, executed.

He might not have been one of the "good guys" like most of the people mentioned in this thread, but his execution is... interesting.
Frightening... with fears that it is just the beginning of a purge.

The Auld Grump
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Digital Divide on: December 12, 2013, 09:27:08 PM
Awaken, o' slumbering topic!

The first nine chapters of book 2 of the Rachel Peng series is available as a free download - you can find links in the comments section of the comic - here. I would have given a more direct link, but there are two versions - PDF and Mobi. And the page with the downloads is kinda wonky, the commentary under the comic also explains that a bit. (Essentially, the page is asking for a donation, not a payment. A payment of 0 allows you to get the download.)

I look forward to reading the whole book.

The Auld Grump
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