Thursday 26 January 2012
Wednesday 18 January 2012
But there is one die I have never loved, the four-sided die. The four-sider is the true dud of dicedom. Not only does it offer a very small possibility field, but it is shaped like a small pyramid that has no roll potential. You don’t roll four-siders, you just drop them onto a table and watch with hopeless inevitability as they land on a sad little number. To make matters worse, in their early incarnations you had to read the number presented on the bottom of each of the visible sides to get a result. Seriously, it took the industry decades before it realized that it could put the resultant number on the top point of the pyramid instead.
Too many great games have used the four-sider for them to be expunged from our dice bags (AD&D and Deadlands spring to mind), but I have begun to hear rumours of eight and even twelve-sided dice numbered 1-4 that can be used as substitutes. If true, the days of the little pyramids are numbered.
Thursday 12 January 2012
There was a time when it seemed that Christmas and Sherlock Holmes went hand-in-hand in my life. Every year Santa would bring me a new Holmes hardback written by some up-and-coming new mystery writer, and I would devour it during the quiet days before New Year. In fact, one of my favourite Christmas gifts ever was a book of Holmesian Christmas stories.
Wednesday 4 January 2012
Well, it looks like all of the whispered rumours are true. Sometime in 2012, the first Lord of the Rings Lego sets will hit the shelves. I was able to scrounge up a blurry, unofficial shot of the Shelob set. I was just barely holding my own against the Star Wars Legos; how am I supposed to resist the temptation of the one ring?
I probably won’t. Hopefully I will be able to contain the damage. Of course, rumours also say that this year will see the release of Lego Avengers as well. The greatest toy ever, now with some of the greatest licenses ever. Kids today have no idea how good they have got it.
On a more serious note, there is some really good thinking going on at Lego headquarters. Although I don’t know the ends and outs, it is obvious that Lego has the lost the patent to their bricks as several knock-off, but fully compatible sets have appeared in the last few years. By leveraging their position and financial power to get the biggest licenses, they are insuring that they remain on top.
Monday 2 January 2012
A couple of years ago, I joined in the rush of miniature enthusiasm for 15mm science-fiction. As a scale, 15mm has a lot going for it. Compared to 28mm the miniatures are cheap, quick to paint, and you can easily field platoon and even company-sized forces on a table-top. There are also a lot of good new rules sets that have come out in last couple of years that cater for the scale.
But in the end, the scale just wasn't for me. These days I'm primarily a miniatures painter and painting 15mm figures just doesn't give me the same sense of satisfaction as 28mm. So, after a lot of thought, I've decided to sell-out of 15mm and focus on other projects. To that end, I'm now offering my largest force up for sale.
The army includes the following:
3 Squads of infantry, each with 8 troopers, including an officer and special weapons.
6 Heavy APCs
2 Wheeled Main-Battle Tanks
2 Heavy Supply Trucks
1 Drop Ship
1 Tracked Gun Drone
2 Aerial Drones
1 Missile Defense Emplacement
2 Automatic Guns
2 Heavy Motars
I'm asking for £100 plus shipping or nearest offer. Let me know if you are interested.
Miniatures are a mixture of GZG, Brigade, Battlefront, Games Workshop, and Matchbox.