•March 15, 2014 • 4 Comments
I really, really, really dislike basing.
It doesn’t help that I’m up at 4am trying to get everything based for a Combat Patrol tourney tomorrow at Gryphon Games. Not that 4am’s crazy for a weekend night, especially since I slept til about 2pm today because it’s, you know, Setherday. I’m also making my own job harder by basing every model of a particular type, rather than just the ones I’m running in a 500-pt tourney. That’s leading to some additional bloodletters, plaguebearers, etc. getting the basejob.
But man, I hate basing. It just…it feels pointless and messy and ineffectual. This is further compounded where flying bases are concerned–they’re already clear! They already reflect whatever the creature’s flying over!
I do appreciate that a lot of Fantasy stuff seems to come pre-loaded with decorative bases, and I’ve put some elements onto other ones. But it’s a dramatic shift between the pleasure I took in the time-consuming, repetitive task of washing 19 Plaguebearers (they were my first models, and I thought washing meant a different thing) or painting/washing 8 bloodletters (I did them up with a strange, random paint scheme that evokes African demonic spirits) and the snarling grumbles I’m emitting as I slather texture paints and white glue all over the bases for these guys.
So I wrote this post in the hopes I’d feel better!
•February 28, 2014 • 6 Comments
What’s the single most important lesson you’ve learned from DnD?
As I just said, I’ve taken a lot from DnD. My teaching style is profoundly influenced by my growth as a DM, which is how I can walk into a classroom where there are three of seven students present, only two of whom have done the homework, and turn their combined 11-minutes of presentation into a two-and-a-half-hour class, incorporating both a visit from my boss and one student’s decision to use a massive picture of “blue waffle” as part of her presentation. Continue reading ‘Boppin’ and Blog Hoppin’: Day Twenty-Eight’
•February 28, 2014 • 1 Comment
If you had it to do all over again, would you do anything differently when you first started gaming?
My last couple posts got a little maudlin re: groups that no longer game together. However, in terms of starting out I’d change nothing. DnD has been such an incredibly influential element of my life, my interests, my personality. This treads dangerously on the 28th-day post’s territory, but basically I wouldn’t touch my early experience because I tend to subscribe to the Sound of Thunder philosophy of nostalgia: I’ll look back fondly or regretfully, but I wouldn’t actually change anything. Continue reading ‘Boppin’ and Blog Hoppin’: Day Twenty-Seven’
•February 28, 2014 • 5 Comments
Do you still game with the group that introduced you to the hobby?
Hah, no. I don’t even game with the guys I played with in high school…I don’t really talk to those guys, for a variety of reasons ranging from “dude never actually liked me but we both wanted to game” to “dude did a thing I can’t forgive” to “dude doesn’t like Facebook.” We did get back together on a break from college to run a 3.x game, and that was a ton of fun.
My original group, though? I haven’t talked to any of them since I skipped a grade, because skipping a grade in middle school is the sort of thing that’s pretty impactful vis-a-vis relationships you had with people before the change. I don’t begrudge it, or particularly regret it.
There are collections of gamers I wish I still played with, because the collaborations were so incredibly rich and satisfying. Continue reading ‘Boppin’ and Blog Hoppin’: Day Twenty-Six’
•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Just broke 100! That’s with so, so many posts unwritten, too. I’m thinking of starting a thing where I resurrect a draft; I apparently have something like 40 drafts unfinished on this blog. Some of them were probably pretty time-sensitive. Some of them were probably drunk. Some of them probably got re-written. But even with all of that I’ve still managed to hit 100, and some of the projects I’m looking to keep doing, and posts I haven’t written, will see me well into the quarter-centennial beyond 100.
If you’re reading, thanks! If you’re not reading, maybe you will at some point, and see this, and think “Wow, I wish I’d known dude when.” If you’re my wife, hi honey!
•February 28, 2014 • 2 Comments
What’s the longest-running campaign/gaming group you’ve been in?
See, this is where my wordiness pays off (from the perspective of having 28 entries completed by the end of today, specifically)! This is how I teach classes too; come the end of the class I wave my hands and explain “We already covered this! And this! We’re burning shit up!” (I say shit a lot because it makes my adult students feel less awkward if they get to talk like, you know, adults.)
So I’ve discussed this. Continue reading ‘Boppin’ and Blog Hoppin’: Day Twenty-Five’
•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment
What’s the movie you immediately associate with DnD?
Conan. The original Conan.
I don’t need to explain that, do I? We’d straight up put the DVD into a dude’s sound system, turn on the “church” equalizer setting, and game to that. I’m confident we’re not alone in this.