Monday, August 31, 2015

Minis & Modeling Monday - LEDs, Plastic Glue, & Spray Booth

Over on, they discuss LEDs for Beginners here.

Also, on Amazon, you can find a very powerful plastic glue if you're not satisfied with what you currently use.  Check out PlasticWeld here.

Finally, on The Wargamers Consortium YouTube channel. there are a couple of videos showing some cheap spray booth options.  Enjoy!

A look at prepping and painting Miniatures,
crafting buildings and paper Models,
and other non-terrain stuff for the tabletop.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - Roll A Pair, Glue Gun Crafts, & Minas Tirith

Over on, it's the final day to order the "Grab Your D20s and A Roll A Pair T-Shirt" here.

Also, on, "It's Glue Gun & Plastic Time Again" here.

Finally, on, "Architects crowdfund to build £1.85 billion Minas Tirith in England."  Find out more here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics on
not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Systems Saturday - New York 1901 (2015)

Joe broke out a copy of New York 1901 (2015) for us to give a try yesterday.  The rules are simple and he teaches it well, so we picked up the basic game easily and dove right in.  I had a very good time with this one.  Our only regret was making Tom Wham play this instead of a train game on his birthday.

The description on Board Game Geek is as follows:
Relive the dawn of modern New York City, the historic years that made it what it is today. Build bigger and higher skyscrapers on some of Lower Manhattan's most iconic streets. Raise one of four legendary skyscrapers — the Park Row, the Singer, the Metropolitan Life, or the majestic Woolworth — and make one of them the crown jewel of your real estate empire!
In New York 1901, the players are building skyscrapers on a map of New York's Financial District. Players take location cards from a cards' display and then use 2-3 of those location cards to place tetris-shaped building tiles on the board. They first build bronze level buildings. Later in the game those buildings can be replaced by silver level and then gold level buildings.

There are both tile placement and worker placement elements to this game as well as some light puzzle solving during the course of play. It has a nice random endgame Victory Point addition that helps make this game very replayable.  Though there will be times when boxing out your opponent(s) might prove advantageous, most of the game is played within the sphere of you own control, taking what positions and locations suit you best for the strategy you are developing.  I need to play the more advanced version of this game soon, I think.

A look under the hood of various Games, Rules and Systems.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Tabletopper Friday - Doctor Who Minis, Fallout Monopoly, & Tabletop RPGs vs Video Games

Over on, they herald a Doctor Who Miniatures Game here.

Also, on, someone "Made a Fallout Monopoly board & cards" here.

Finally, on, they give us the "Top Ten Reasons Tabletop RPGs are Better than Video Games" here.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nostalgia Thursday - Intel Monopoly, Chainmail, & AH Revival

Over on, discover "How a Brilliant Intelligence Officer Used 'Monopoly' to Free WWII POWs" here.

Also, on Expeditious Advance, Travis Casey discusses "Towards a History of RPG Mechanics - Part One: Chainmail."  Find out his thoughts here.

Finally, on, John Keefer expounds on "8 Avalon Hill Board Games That Deserve New Life" here.

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wargaming Wednesday - Parents' Guide, Free Rules, & FLGS Support

Over on, from a couple years back, is an interesting "Parents Guide to Tabletop Miniature Wargaming" here.

Also, on, you'll find tons of "Free Wargames Rules" here.

Finally, on the tabletopminions YouTube channel, he tackles the question "Should You Support Your Local Game Store?"  Watch!

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Terrain Tuesday - Frostgrave, Drawing, & Augmented Reality

Over on Fencing Frog, Adam shares some of his new acquisitions for terrain he'll use with Frostgrave here.

Also, on Fantastic Maps, there is a nifty GIMP tutorial on "How to Draw a Map" from earlier this year here.

Finally, on the NVIDIA YouTube channel, check out the recent video on "GeForce-Powered Augmented Reality Sandbox."  Enjoy!

For purposes here, the term Terrain is used broadly
to cover 3D and 2D maps, foam, felt, and such.
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