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  2. 2018 OBBL Coaches meeting 1-7-2018

    I almost thought this was a really good idea, too.
  3. Oops, sorry Kacy. Didn't see that.
  4. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    Yay! Presents!
  5. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    Everybody has a chance of getting a present.
  6. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    Yes, but the handle must remain alive.
  7. Looking for players in Tacoma wa

    I can play at the Game Matrix.
  8. 2018 OBBL Coaches meeting 1-7-2018

    Ill be there
  9. 2018 OBBL Coaches meeting 1-7-2018

    Gonna try to make it, see if I can get these Norse assembled and painted by then. Holidays take their toll on hobby time, as we all know...
  10. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    Can anyone open a panoply, or just specialists?
  11. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    Can a G:Servant bot (with a surviving controller) convince Santa of its inherent goodness?
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  13. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    No! You cannot hurt Santa!
  14. Sunday!! The 17th, We Game!!

    Can Santa be targeted?
  15. Dnd or Pathfinder

    Well I thought I would reply to the points on the OP... First thought was... you have been playing D&D (2nd-5e)... are you and your group set on a fantasy setting? I would also ask (since these two flavors of high fantasy offer different things to a group)... what does your group want to try? Along with that, what about the recent games of 5e did you find to be good... or conversely... irritating? A simple pro v. con list for you and your group could help point you in a direction as well. Some folks like crunch...some others like to keep it lite. As a GM do you have a preference? These are all important questions of course... so just make sure you have a good consensus from the group you plan to play with - before making the leap and going with one game system or the other. Other thoughts, I have played lots and lots of RPG's... various sorts of fantasy, or sci-fi and modern. The key for any of these for me and my groups has been the system. At setting should be reflected in the system - but should always be something comfortable for you and your group. Make sure the system fits your style - the flavor is window-dressing - an is easily dealt with - so that isn't something I would worry to hard about. Not sure about a flavor? This is where digital is king - get some "quick start" pdfs and try a couple sessions - compare and contrast with your group... find something that works for you. After you have settled on the flavor or brand - I would insist that you pick up a printed copy of the rule book (5e D&D would include Players, DM guide and a monster manual). Other game systems may have other choices or just one book. Look around, if possible make a trek to a LGS with your group to pick through selections - see what sparks your interest. Then look for something simple to get some play testing in for your group. Try before you Buy... maybe sit in on a group - borrow a book or something if your unsure. Bottom line, be choosy... no really ... find something that you like to GM... and the group likes to play. Odds are, a young group will be playing this system for a long time lol. There are lots of great systems out there. Some do a few things well - with the setting they are made for... but don't do so well with things they were not. I'd be weary of systems that don't have a setting in mind IMO, I'd rather have a well supported and well crafted system over a jack of all traits system. Not to say some of those aren't great ... some are really good lol. Anyhow, I hope this discussion is helping you settle on a game system lol. -d
  16. Dnd or Pathfinder

    I think we are getting off track from answering the question of 5th edition or pathfinder.
  17. Dnd or Pathfinder

    They should be able and willing to pay full price, even if they don't. Having a realistic grasp of a hobby's cost is important. Getting involved in a hobby you can't afford leaves people bitter, and may make them seriously consider criminal/immoral means to support their hobby. This is true with kids and games alike. People should enter a hobby knowing the costs and be willing to pay what it costs to enjoy the hobby. I do agree, there are lots of cheap ways to do wargaming and RPGs, children too. Nothing wrong with those, just that you shouldn't get into the hobby assuming that those discount options will always be there. And you don't have to support local game stores, you just shouldn't expect them to keep existing if you don't support them. IP creators/owners as well. It's the role of the consumer to establish what they want to have survive and what doesn't need to. That said, I don't really think digital copies of the rules are good for the hobby. I just have found that people with them don't seem to read them very well, or at least don't retain what they read very well. Plus they seem to be pirated/illegally copied quite often - even from people that legally bought them and just are "loaning" digital copies to their friends and family. PS: if you don't have a local game store, there's no need to support local game stores. I'm talking from the perspective of a gamer that regularly benefits from having a high quality local game store, one that would be sad to lose.
  18. ag4 snot is good....till he gets crunched.
  19. Legend of Grimrock

    Yes, Grimrock 2 is available at least for PC.
  20. Dnd or Pathfinder

    I'm not sure that telling people that unless they are willing to make large expenditures they should reconsider entering the hobby is the best way to support either the hobby or the LGS. There are a number of ways to actually get into wargaming that don't involve the purchase of a new rulebook and a new army and I don't mean PirateBay either. Used armies and books and where they are available PDFs are all options to lower the cost and keep the hobby alive. And as more and more wargames come out through kickstarter or largely online sales those games are going to become the model for the future and they are not, by their very nature, going to support the LGS. So when confronted with the choice, do you let the hobby die because it does not support the LGS or do you try to bring new blood into the hobby even if it means a new business model and a new venue for gaming? I think you still have to support the people creating the IP, whether it is rules or models or electronic platforms to play on. Otherwise you might as well write off the hobby entirely and the LGS is dead anyway.
  21. Foul every turn? Even turn 16? 😂
  22. How about: Ogres 6 ogres, ( 840 ) 1 Block, 2 break tackle ( 70 ) 5 snotlings (100 ) 1 +1 AG ( 40 ) 1 Leader ( 30 ) 2 RR ( 120 ) = 1200k Foul every turn, score with the AG 4 snotling, easy peasy
  23. Dnd or Pathfinder

    You seem to have missed the point of my post, Pax. This is actually not about whether or not I support my LGS. It's about *how* I support my LGS. I look at products and decide if they are worth the price they are marketed at. Paizo's books at $45 for a hardcover book offering new spells or new combat feats is not something I will buy, period. I am a good enough GM that I can come up with my own content and my own relatively well-balanced spells if I want to. As such, I am not going to buy that product, period, and my LGS gets no support. I am not such a philanthropist that I will go out and donate $45 to my LGS to keep it in business. On the other hand, when the same product is presented for pennies, I will give it a very different look. You're trying to draw a distinction between Barnes and Noble and Amazon and the LGS. You've missed the point. No matter how reputable or nice the buggy-whip vendor is, they are all but dead because the buggy-whip is no longer the most efficient tool (or even in demand) in our society. Similarly, print books (and boxed minis and albums from the big music labels) are being replaced by digital content and print-on-demand because those paths to market are so much more efficient and cost effective. When you remove the choke-hold on the distribution path held by traditional publishers of these products the IP becomes cheaper and more readily available to the consumer. If you want to identify some *other* benefit that the retailer provides (e.g. tables to play at and a social forum) then look at a way of maintaining that product (e.g. the gaming cafe) and quit trying to save the doomed aspects. As a retail vendor of certain types of IP, the LGS and the book store are doomed. Over time that market has no option but to dry up and die. Whether it is kickstarter eating 70+% of the market for new games by offering direct-to-consumer sales or online digital content, those products are moving away from the traditional retail storefront. Every person here who purchases kickstarter minis or Jim's castings like his excellent terrain and objective markers is taking money away from the LGS. And I'm going to praise Jim for bringing an excellent product to market and using a new and more efficient means to do so. I don't know if he could have done it with traditional publishing but it doesn't matter because of the new technologies available to him. So the need is not to support the LGS in the specific (although I do where it makes sense), but to identify the things about the LGS that are not being replaced by the digital content revolution. Space for gaming and social interaction is clearly one of these and is why I hold up Ordo as an ideal means of perpetuating the hobby. Conventions like GameStorm and Dragonflight also provide a unique experience that is not being replaced. Online forums and tools are also going a long way toward providing the social environments and digital tables or other tools for gaming though. These environments provide access to many more people and encourage them to invest in the IP and perpetuate the hobby in a way that the retail storefronts cannot. I can't roleplay or wargame locally. I am in central Mexico in a small town and there simply is not a social group participating in that kind of thing here (at least not one known to the folks who frequent the local ex-pat forums, physical or virtual) and there is certainly no LGS for me to support. I can still participate in those activities through the internet though and so I still invest in RPGs and games, supporting the hobby and the holders of the IP. That's not hypocrisy, that's identifying what is important to me and supporting it as much as I can without being a foolish wastrel.
  24. Rate the last series/season you saw (TV)

    JJ is still my #1 but this was a close second. Casting has been excellent in all of these shows (except IF where they seem to have missed every mark).
  25. I will be at GG on THU, 12/14 with: lists and models for v4 Mid-War north Africa German panzer and British Armor lists: 50, 75 and 100 pts Team Yankee lists and models for Demo, short missions and regular missions: Soviet Tank plus support and USA M1 Armor lists: 50, 75 and 100 pts
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