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    Interaction design, usability, WoW, reading, cooking, Traveller, and, oh yeah, mini painting. And wishing that I could still ride horses regularly.

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  1. vutpakdi

    Paint kit on airplane? Advice?

    Ive taken a small paint kit from Houston to Stavanger, Norway, in winter. No problems with frozen paint. I think that it can get cold, but freezing temperatures in the cargo compartment are rare. Ron PS: I use a double edged safety razor. Very economical, especially since the Merkur blades that I can can last me months (your mileage may vary).
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    Reaper Swag Points

    The Swag Point program ended long ago. The best thing to do with them put them in the recycling bin. Ron
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    Paint brushes

    The #8 green handled brushes that Jim Wappel uses are from Hobby Lobby and can be found in the craft section and not with the rest of the brushes. 12 for $5 (even less if you use the 40% off coupon). They last a surprisingly long time for such an inexpensive brush, and I've become a convert to using them for the shaded basecoat. I'll have to try that boiling water trick, Wren. Ron PS: What do you know: I have an unopened pack. Here's what you look for:
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    Artis Opus - Series S: Brush Set

    Having been burned badly by the first Games & Gears Kickstarter project, I'll wait for a review of a production set from someone that I trust. And, I also don't need the really small sizes. Ron
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    Reaper classes?

    There is usually a wide variety of painting and sculpting classes available. Most painting classes are at the intermediate level on a variety of specialized topics (like techniques, colors, and composition). There are a good number of beginner classes, a couple for kids, and a few advanced classes as well. The sculpting classes are for beginners and intermediate. There are also conversion and basing classes. I don't remember there being any terrain classes (beyond the basing ones). Ron
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    Robotech RPG Tactics - Palladium

    No, they aren't charging retail price for the exchanges except for the con exclusives. The price is generally close to the Kickstarter price. The core box set price is more than the "sale" prices that they almost immediately had after release. Ron
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    Robotech RPG Tactics - Palladium

    I read some comment that Harmony Gold was going to lose its license in the next few years, so that may have factored into any decision about renewing a license. As well, the share of revenue from the Robotech line may have dwindled to the point that it didn't make any sense to renew at the requested rate, regardless of anything surrounding the Kickstarter project. Ron
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    Robotech RPG Tactics - Palladium

    There may be lawsuits, but I doubt that backers will ever see more than a few pennies on the dollar for their pledges. Getting materials for a dead game may be the best deal that they will get even if they have to pay shipping. Assuming that the backers win, Palladium could just declare bankruptcy. I can’t imagine that they have the money to pay lawyers and pay any significant judgement. Ron PS: I’m walking away, writing this one off as an expensive lesson.
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    Robotech RPG Tactics - Palladium

    For those in the bleachers, Palladium just admitted that there will never be a Wave 2. In fact, Palladium did not renew the license for Robotech, so they must liquidate their entire Robotech stock (including the RPGs) by the end of March. Backers can get remaining Wave 1 RRT stock in trade for Wave 2 items not received, but they must pay for shipping. Ron
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    Traveller RPG: Element Class Cruisers Box Set

    One of the great things about the original Ashanti High Lightning plans was that you could use individual decks as plans for facilities or buildings with some imagination and hand waving. Doing so was even a canon use as a few of the class were broken up and repurposed in that way. The plans do include decks that are mostly equipment. Looking at the example above, I do see areas sectioned off by hatches, and each deck would be its own compartment as well. Ron
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    I use the Xuron flush cutters pictured above. Quite happy with them. Ron
  12. I have a soft spot for Traveller deck plans, and this set reminds me of the old Azhanti High Lightning box set which was incredibly useful. About Welcome to the Element family of cruisers, one of the mainstays of the Imperial Navy and a common sight throughout the Third Imperium and beyond. This Kickstarter project is to create a brand new box set for the Traveller roleplaying game, detailing the three main classes of cruiser within the Element cruiser family, together with 10 massive double-sided blueprints that will allow you walk through each deck of the ships as if you were there... You can download preview PDFs showing some of the content right here: Excerpt from Handbook Fore Section Blueprint The Element Cruiser Ship Builder's Blueprints box set will contain: Ten gigantic (28" x 40") two-sided, full colour blueprints, laying out every deck of the ship. One full colour, 64 page book covering the three main cruisers of the Element family, along with full High Guard game rules and optional ship equipment. Serving On Board A Cruiser We have done deck plans for every ship covered in this edition of Traveller, but we have seen a chance to really knock the ball out of the park and 'super detail' one of the largest ships in the Imperial Navy. Each blueprint has been meticulously worked upon, and includes revisions and optional equipment, allowing you to tailor your own Element cruiser to specific mission roles. The accompanying book sets the scene for cruisers and how they are used in Charted Space in general and the Imperial Navy in particular, then follows the design process of the Element family, from initial navy specification to maiden voyage. The Element cruisers have a highly flexible 'pod' system that allows them to be configured for specific mission roles, and we have covered them in this book - from the 'standard' missile pod fit most commonly used on these ships, to long-ranged strike craft, light carriers, troop transports, and orbital assault ships, all are possible with the Element cruisers and have been included. This has necessitated the introduction of an expansion to High Guard, detailing the new ship options now available. However, this box set is about more than the hardware, and the duties of each individual crew member are examined, along with their integration into the full complement of the ship, commanding officers and security access. We have gone into a lot of detail with these ships, in the handbook as well as the blueprints themselves!
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    Mid life crisis

    Over 10 years ago (13? 15?),I joked with my wife that I was having an early mid-life crisis, and I wanted to go to GenCon. So, with her blessing, I did. You don't need to get a motorcycle or vintage car: it could be a new, high powered, sports car. From what I've heard, if the car is expensive enough, the car helps with the affair part. No mid-life crisis here. I work with and see many folks who are in their late 20's and early 30's. I am amused and have some fond reminiscences of being that age, but I don't want to go back to that age. Well, except for physically. Being physically in my late 20's or early 30's again would be good. Ron
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    In my experience, the Embassy Suites rooms have a separate bedroom and living room area. They may be separated by a fairly flimsy door, but there is a door separating the two. Ron
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    Robotech RPG Tactics - Palladium

    I’ve written off Robotech RPG Tactics as an expensive lesson, so I’m not expecting to see Wave 2 (or 3 or 4 or however many waves there might need to be). Sure, I’d like to be pleasantly surprised, but I’m certainly not wasting any more energy on this project. Ron