Visitors know I’m a huge fan of miniatures and miniature games and I’ve been painting all different kinds of figures from more than thirty years. I’ve tackled everything from 6mm science fiction to 15mm historical to standard 28mm of all stripes to 54mm decorator pieces as well as all the way up to airbrushing 1/6th scale “garage kits” of movie monsters and pin ups. I’ve certainly never claimed to be a world class painter by any stretch, and would never consider entering any painting contests, but that’s never stopped me from enjoying the hobby and challenging myself to produce better looking figures.
I know there are plenty of DVDs and YouTube videos out there devoted to the [...]
I just wanted to let folks know yesterday morning I received an email from Elliott informing me he was quitting TGG effective immediately. For the most part this is due to the fact I can be a pretty stern taskmaster when it comes to how we present information and go about things here at the site. I can understand as already having one job and boss, Elliott surely doesn’t need another. I’ll guess the responsibilities of job and family also in some way (albeit probably a small way) attribute to his leaving and he did mention taking part in the site and show just weren’t as fun as they had once been.
Hopefully our visitors appreciate the nearly two and a half years of time and [...]
One of my favorite historical/fantasy miniatures systems has always been Knights and Magick from long defunct Heritage USA. There was just something about the rules which were easy enough yet had extra flavor to the make battles unique and interesting. Add to this a pretty robust campaign system – which wasn’t impossible to implement – and I can certainly say Elliott, our high school friends, and I had one hell of a time playing! Unfortunately, Heritage went the way of the dodo around twenty five years ago and the Knights and Magick rules hadn’t seen print since they originally came out in 1980. Thankfully you can still get many of the old Heritage miniatures through [...]
It was just two short years ago when Elliott and I had the discussion of possibly launching a website devoted to the world of table top gaming. I can’t say we had any great sense of dissatisfaction with any particular websites or podcasts that were on the scene at the time but we both agreed it was quite possible the two of us might bring something a little different to gamers of all stripes by drawing upon two things: our thirty plus year friendship as well as decades of playing games both together and with our own gaming groups. Seeing I live in the Phoenix valley and Elliott is in the suburbs outside Chicago, I also thought a website would be a nice way for us to stay in touch on [...]
Due to the fact Elliott and I spent a good part of last week working on editing the “Extras” from Origins (and we still have a handful to post) we didn’t have any time to get much gaming in; Elliott lucked out and played a bit with his son but I, on the other hand, did not.
The podcast will return next week, in it’s usual Monday slot!
A lot of folks have asked Elliott and I how they can donate to The Gaming Gang. Our reply has always been mainly about our game plan, when we launched the website, which was to be unlike many other sites out there and never ask our visitors or listeners for anything other than helping to spread the word . Honestly, some folks seem disappointed that they can’t send a few bucks our way to help keep the lights on. For this we are truly grateful but we really want to stick to our guns about making everything we provide completely free to our friends in the ether.
We’ve done a lot of growth in the past twenty months and with that comes additional costs such as website hosting [...]
Come on down and say hi to Jeff and Elliott at this weekend’s Origins Game Fair. Not only are the terrible twosome going to be covering the show but they’ll actually have a media table smack dab in the middle of the gaming area in Hall D!
Obviously much of the day the table will be unattended – as the boys go about getting interviews with exhibitors and guests – but head on over, starting Friday evening, to say hello and have a chat.
Let the guys know what you think of the website and show and enjoy a laugh or two.
I have to say we’re pretty excited to find we’ve moved into the top one million sites in the world recently! Sure, that may not seem all too impressive but when you consider there are approximately over 378 million websites active at any one time, we have to smile. The biggest thanks we can pass out is to You! Our visitors have really supported “the little website that can” – to steal a paraphase from our pals at Victory Point Games – tremendously during our first twenty months in existence.
We know there are a lot of different websites, and podcasts, covering the same sorts of things as we do and you could be visiting any number of places [...]
Our latest contest has come to a close and it was pretty simple this time around: “like” us on Facebook and have a chance to win the newest title from GMT, 1989: Dawn of Freedom.
So without further adieu out of 210 contestants, Don Cooper from New York state is our winner! No word yet if he works for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce…
As soon as we have Don’s info we’ll have our pals at GMT send out a brand spanking new copy.
Thanks again for taking part and stay tuned for our next contest!
I thought I’d share the final art for our promo card to be included with the Kickstarter backed Nature of the Beast: Prairie vs Polar from Eye-Level Entertainment. A little good cop, bad cop would you say?
Now through April 30th simply “like” The Gaming Gang on Facebook and have a chance to score a copy of 1989: Dawn of Freedom, coming soon from our friends at GMT. 1989 is a game that is really on Elliott’s and my radar as it’s designed along the lines of our favorite game, Twilight Struggle! It even bears the pedigree of TS co-designer Jason Matthews alongside fellow designer Ted Torgerson.
What’s that you say? You already like us on Facebook? Then you’re already entered in the contest! But everyone has a chance to score even more chances to win: If you recommend TGG to a friend, and they like us, simply have them comment on our special [...]
Sorry, I should have posted this a lot earlier but with the new design work and all I’ve been a bit tied up. In the end, The Gaming Gang wound up as the top vote getter in the favorite podcast contest the guys at Eye-Level Entertainment were running for their Nature of the Beast: Prairie vs Polar Kickstarter project. The top two podcasts are going to be immortalized on promo cards that everyone who preordered will receive with the game. Joining us will be Tom and Eric from The Dice Tower so we’ll be in good company!
There weren’t a whole lot of votes cast but we’re still grateful for those who chose us as their fav!
As excited as we are about [...]
Less than two hours to go and The Gaming Gang is in a two way tie for second place in votes. Although we’re going to lose the tie breaker… Last chance to vote for Elliott and I as your favorite gaming podcast (and have us immortalized in the game) with a five dollar pledge to the project – the top two vote getters have a card designed for them in Nature of the Beast: Prairie vs Polar. It’s not looking good for the underdogs!
Unfortunately my little cat knocked over my mic stand Tuesday night and now the microphone doesn’t work correctly. Luckily I’d already recorded the intros and outros for the two remaining Vul-Con interviews but all other recording will have to wait until this weekend when I can get out to the musical supply stote here that carries Shure mics. And they are not cheap by any stretch … or at least not the model I use. Oh well… I’ll have a new one in time for the latest episode on TGG this weekend!
The Daily Dope will be back!
I just wanted to welcome Jim Flemming and his fiancee Rachael Gartner to The Gaming Gang. They’ll be working together as a team to bring us reviews and opinion pieces on games that are mainly targeted to two players or play very well with two. You can find their bio information on our About TGG page and you should see their first review in the next day or so!
We’re always looking for more people to come along to make The Gaming Gang more of an actual gang, so if you’re interested in contributing in any way be sure to let us know. But in the mean time, let’s make Jim and Rachael feel right at home!
In opposition to the proposed SOPA/PIPA in front of U.S. legislators, The Gaming Gang will join websites such as Reddit, Wikipedia, and others through the country and take part in a SOPA Blackout beginning at midnight EST January 18th. It’s important to note that we at The Gaming Gang do not condone online piracy of any shape or form but the current bills now before our Senate and House of Representatives are too broad and poorly defined. We do not believe either bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act or the Protect IP Act, provides any true deterrent to online pirates while actually providing government and private enterprises the ability to censor and censure websites and [...]