Is it to early to be thinking about FantasyCon 2015 ?

So I was in the comicbook shop the other day (surprise, surprise) and I ran into a flyer for Salt Lake FantasyCon 2015.

FantasyConNow, I am excited to know that FantasyCon will be returning to Salt Lake. I think it is a great Con. It is just the right size (for now) and Medieval fantasy is my favorite genre. I am really looking forward to seeing which minor celebs show up for this next event. I thought that one of the most special things about FantasyCon was how genuinely interested the actors and celebs were to interact with the fans.  I suppose that I did attend more panels at FantasyCon than I did at Salt Lake ComicCon. This might have influence my perspective on this, as I know that naucum had some really great interactions with celebs at SLC ComicCon.

I suppose that it is good to know that FantasyCon will be back. I will definitely be attending all 3 days.

 

Bring me the Dragons, bring me the Metal, and bring me the Ale!

K-Dog

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Comment by Naucum: Comments don’t seem to be enabled here, so I’m hijacking your post to say: No!! Never too early!! We’re attending FanX later this month too. I’m making Annie a costume for it and likely will for FantasyCon as well. Bring on all the cons!!!

Wee Ones for the Weekend from LoneGunmanGames.com

I know what I’m doing this weekend. I had hoped to have a batch of goblins to paint up.
That’s not happening, but thanks to the speedy service of James at LoneGunmanGames.com [Read more…]

Issue #1 of ToeTagRiot.com is out this Wednesday!

So excited! I picked up the Issue #0 at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 this year and had it signed by Matt Miner (mattminer.net). Now Issue #1 is out. I’ll be dropping by  my favorite comic shop (BlackCat) to pick it up. Not worried, though… It’s already on my pull list!

K-Dog

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Cheap lead bases for 15mm minis

So I’m cheap. If you don’t know this, well I am. Most of my clothes come from the thrift store. Not that being a Linux SysAdmin is a bad gig or anything, I just like to save money. And NO I am NOT a hipster.

So I have been playing around with 15mm miniatures lately.
I usually work with 25mm minis. I have mostly used the plastic Reaper Bones figures ( I’m cheap, right?). I have heard and read much about how people love their lead figures ( some of whom would Never by plastic).
The other week I picked up some 15mm lead figures off the internet. I opted to get a group of female warriors. I find that female table top gamers prefer to play with minis which are also female. Imagine that!  So I like these little gals, they are fun to paint, easy to clean and will work nicely with some game boards I am building.

Ok then, to the point (and the pictures). I noticed that these little minis had [Read more…]

Abstinence (Or: Replacing One Addiction With Another)

Recently I talked about my Doctor Who and Terraria addictions – you’ll be proud to know that I’m four days clean, with the exception of taking an hour to watch the latest Doctor Who episode (which I thought was alright, but The Internet vehemently disagrees with me). I’ve broken free of the cycle of abuse! I’m free!

…except I replaced both of those with new things.

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“Let’s get re-chard-ed in here!”

Unfortunately, I missed the background noise that the Doctor and his companion(s) provided, and started watching Parks and Recreation again. Netflix said I’d stopped watching somewhere in Season 3, so that’s where I picked back up… and marathoned through the end of Season 6 (seriously, the S6 finale was beautiful, and I’m looking forward to the final season).

I also played a few hours of Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance with some coworkers. If you haven’t played it, it’s worth checking out (SupCom and Forged Alliance are $20 on Steam) – it’s somewhere between StarCraft’s spacey combat and Rise of Nation’s giant map size. Fortunately, I am terrible at it, so I can’t marathon long sessions. Games also take like an hour or more, and frankly, I don’t have the patience to get my ass kicked non-stop for that long.

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This was my actual battle strategy

And then a friend got me into World of Tanks, a massive online game about… well, tank combat. As it turns out, I am also bad at this – at one point, I drove my tank directly into the center of a lake and drowned. I’m not sure what I expected to happen – it turns out the lake is deep enough to submerge my tiny T1 Cunningham, and that T1 Cunningham tanks don’t have snorkels.

Bloop.

The making of a great post

True grace.. well trained.. *A good understanding of technique[…]but not standing out*. My most recent post is certainly this. Let’s go into the making of this amazing post and what made it great:

1. American Psycho underlying theme. Even acquisition was spelled wrong to match the typo in the movie.

2. Screenshots… IN GAME!

3. Frequent reboots from Linux to Windows to do things my minimal install can’t handle… Like resizing images, or exporting to jpeg from gimp. Windozes so lame! Nod to naucum for making the watermark in her functional GIMP install in Windows 8.1 (HISS!)

4. That jump was only my second try!

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Yeah FNLINUX! F12 F12 F12 … I’ll bounce I have 160 HP! F12 F12 F12

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Oh….

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171! What’s that underneath…a thanksgiving turkey?…oh nope just my vanity copper suit…. and my head. F12 F12 F12

Shit.

*Credit to Anus/DeathMetal

The Doctor and The Digging

As previously mentioned, I tend to throw myself into TV shows and video games and marathon through things. I watched the entire reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica in a little over a week. I beat The Last of Us in three days.

Doctor-Donna friends!

Doctor-Donna friends!

And then I discovered Doctor Who. I latched onto the modern series and refused to let go. I watched all 7 seasons on Netflix in under a month, and then started again – and kept going. Usually, standard protocol is to watch an entire series without rest, restart it, and get bored before I’ve rewatched the first season (like I did most recently with BSG and Chuck), but not so with The Doctor – as I near the two month mark, I’m about to wrap up Season 7 for the second time. And after that ends and I’m caught up with Season 8, I’ll probably start again. Which I’m okay with – I’ll get to see Ninth Doctor with Rose again, and the Tenth Doctor with Donna (who might be my favorite companion).

This was all fine and dandy – what’s one unhealthy addiction to a fantastic British TV programme about a space-and-time traveling Doctor and his companion(s)? – until nathanthefake reintroduced me to Terraria.

A slightly less terrible house

A slightly less terrible house

You see, Terraria doesn’t have an end. I can’t marathon through it, beat the game in four days, and get on with my life. It’s a series of never ending digging and building terrible houses and more digging and fighting bosses and more digging and building incrementally less terrible houses and oh god it’s 2am why am i still digging. The last time I played, I sank 44 hours into it over the course of several weeks before burning out, uninstalling it, and swearing I’d never play it again. And then, five days and 12 hours of Terraria later, I’ve got two characters, each slaying zombies and strip-mining their own worlds.

But dealing with two addictions is new, much less two addictive things that I can do at the same time. At 8:30am this morning, I found myself with Terraria on one screen and S7E11 (Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) on the other.

Dig dig dig, oh hey the TARDIS is exploding

Dig dig dig, oh hey the TARDIS is exploding

I have a problem.

Well… two problems.

In celebration of our recent merger and acquisiton with FNLinux.com

For our latest Murder and Execution, ummm Merger and Aquisition Acquisition of FNLinux, I jumped really high in Terraria:

bo-bo-bo-ba-bo-ba-bo

YEAH!

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Look at that subtle off-white coloring; the tasteful thickness of it… Oh my God, it even has a watermark!

Gravwell Review (a.k.a. Naucum returns with a new review style)

Gravwell. It’s gorgeous. Look at it….LOOK:

SHINY

SHINY

Obviously I was instantly enamored with this game and its purty mouf. But beyond that: it’s easy to play, difficult to master and damn fun too.

Movement is based on gravity, or whichever ship is closest to you, and order of play is based on the alphabetical order of cards containing chemical element abbreviations. The science nods along with an aesthetic board made me feel all complete and shit.

Gravwell, as with most multi-player games, became more fun with more players. We started with two players, FalseFlag and nathanthefake, then to four players: one half game with my 8 year old (kids love it too!) and one full game with another grown-ass woman (this game will get you laid!) It was quickly discovered how unpredictable a first go is. I went from being in last position the entire game to winning. Bonzai, bitches. I assume that the possibility of mastering a strategy of this sucker exists, but I have no idea how. It kind of had the feel of poker, you know, like when you’re certain that your King high hand is going to win, and for some reason it doesn’t???? WTF royal flush???

Overall the initial high I experienced upon seeing this game did not diminish after playing it and I look forward to playing again.

Mc Chris Bundle

Yeah!

Mc chris arrives and you start “shuckin the jive”

Just got my mcchris Foreverrr Mega Pack/Bundle in the mail.

Inhale, Exhale, just got Chris in the Mail!

This sweet bundle came with mc chris’ newest album “Foreverrr”. It is a fun album themed around spooky things like ghosts and Ghostbusters. Favorite songs are “Giving up the Ghost” which is his EDM-style autobiographical about giving up herb, his great song about falling in love with Wednesday Adams, appropriately named Wednesday and his tribute to the wizard character class.

http://www.indiemerch.com/mcchris

Also included were 2 mc pins, a hoody, a poster and a sweet book bag which will serve me well at nerd conventions.

JOY!

 

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