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Category: Thoughts and Ramblings

A Look at Vul-Con Arena II – The Conclusion

I thought I’d finish up my look at last Saturday’s Vul Con Arena II in Glendale, AZ.

I was very surprised by the number of people that I saw at Imperial Outpost Games throughout the afternoon. Granted, I didn’t spend the evening there but I’d take a stab, from the coming and going I observed throughout the day, there may have been upwards of 250-300 people who stopped by. For a game day held in a store, as opposed to a neutral location like a community center or such, I’d have to say the turnout was quite impressive.

A Stop at Vul-Con Arena II – Some Thoughts, Part One

I had the opportunity to spend much of my Saturday morning and afternoon visiting Imperial Outpost Games in Glendale, Arizona. You see the store was the site for Vul Con Arena II, a game day with quite a few events composed of a lot of different genres, which was scheduled as a lead up to next year’s Vul Con.

What? No Retailer Affiliation?

As we rapidly approach our one year anniversary, we’ve decided to move away from having an affiliation with any gaming retailers. It’s not that we have anything against any company, it’s simply the fact that it will free us up to share with you the best deals from anyone and everyone. So if Funagain Games has a big sale going on, we’ll bring that info to you. The same goes for Troll and Toad, Thoughthammer, Noble Knight, and anyone else out there.

A Guide to Painting Miniatures: Part Two – A Primer on Priming

Once you’ve been able to prepare your figures by removing flash and mold lines, it’s time to apply primer. It’s important to remember that acrylic paint doesn’t adhere very well to bare metal, plastic, or resin. If you’re going to devote time and energy to carefully painting your little miniature wonders you want to make sure that paint job is going to last a good long time.

Early Thoughts on ConSimWorld Expo 2011

One of the premiere wargaming events, in the US, is currently taking place in Tempe, Arizona. Organized by John Krantz, ConSimWorld Expo (an offshoot of the ConSimWorld website) is celebrating its eleventh year and it’s bigger than ever. Over 300 gamers of all ages are gathered at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel for a week of new and classic conflict games. Decision Games, Legion Wargames, our good friends at Victory Point Games, and other publishers are in attendance as well.

Developers Corner: Forbidden Village?

Andy Oakey, designer of such games as City of Guilds, Pandemic Express, and Cactus Creek, is working on a new Cthulhu mythos themed game.

License for Fun: Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Many of us get up in the morning and drive into the office, bleary-eyed and and mumbling for that first cup of coffee. Looking forward to a day of meetings, or staring at a computer screen. Well, lets meet the folks at Forrest-Pruzan Creative. Their job is to create games.

A Guide to Painting Miniatures: Part One – Preparing the Figure

Everyone loves the look of sharply painted miniatures on the tabletop. Many gamers assume that the art of presenting stylish and eye grabbing figures are beyond their skills but those same people would be amazed by the results they can achieve by following some rather simple steps.

Arkham Madness?

I’ve finally been able to play my first game of Mansions of Madness (well, second really). This isn’t a review, but some initial thoughts.

Benefit Auction for the Blackburn Family

Elliott and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Jolly Blackburn’s daughter, Amber, just a few days ago. Jolly is perhaps best known as the creator of the always hysterical Knights of the Dinner Table comic.

Where is Neuroshima?

So, you’ve played Neuroshima Hex and some of it’s expansions. Intrigued,you picked up a copy of the Neuroshima Hex: Duels expansion in 2009, and rushed out to get 51st State, the new card game just released in the USA from Toy Vault.

All of these games say “Based on the world of the Neuroshima RPG”.

What the heck is the Neuroshima RPG?

Playing with Cthulhu: Lovecraftian Themed Board Games

For those who enjoy a good list. Here is a by no means exhaustive list of the Cthulhu Mythos themed board and card games out there. I did not include the RPG, or the CCG that no longer is in print. Please lose 1d4 SAN after reading.

CCG vs LCG vs DBG vs The Wallet

Ok for the acronym challenged, I’m talking about collectible card games, living card games, and deck building games (I made the last acronym up, feel free to enjoy).