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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. James Wappel probably will have his videos available on usb drive sticks. Ron
  2. I purchase my "good" brushes (Da Vinci Series 11) from Dick Blick. Expect to pay about $15 for a #1 plus shipping. Well worth it, especially if you order other helpful supplies or brushes at the same time. Dick Blick has great prices and customer service. That said, I've also become a convert to using the green handle #8 craft brushes (12 for $5 from Hobby Lobby) for quick and dirty work. They have a surprisingly good point and last a decent amount of time (for synthetics). I blame James Wappel. Ron
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    It might help to look at the threads for the previous Basius projects: quite a few recommendations there. Based on your description, maybe Watchtower, a dungeon setting one like More Endless Halls, one from Industria, and a brick one from Renasence)? My reading of the description is that the new company is the one that produced the previous project molds (and will produce the current ones) so the original creators are just going to be the lead designer with the new company handling actual production and distribution. Ron
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    I'm very happy with my pads from the earlier projects, but I have enough of them, so I'm going to pass this time. Probably. Maybe. Ron
  5. We used China markers to color in our dice (mostly GameScience). I may still have my set of some 6-8 colors somewhere. Ron
  6. My most successful Traveller games was a PBEM (Yahoo Group) game that ran for a couple of years real time called The Tales of the Bray Keaven. One of the players serialized the game into a story hour on Enworld but most of the second "tale" was lost in an Enworld crash and never recovered (as a story hour). It was fun while it lasted, but after the second adventure completed, I was tired of being the GM and handed the reins off to one of the players. Unfortunately, things petered out partway through that adventure. Ron
  7. Yes, the classes will appear on the class page. The available classes will have a # of available seats listed. "Not available" means that all of the class seats are either purchased or sitting in someone's cart. Ron
  8. Just because you're a friend, I'll volunteer to test out checkout early so that you can see if I can find a bug before everyone else hits the code. Ron
  9. Until recently, I never appreciated that most Traveller campaigns have the feel of a group of people thrown together because they are all having their mid-life crisis about the same moment in time (albeit at different ages). So, they quit their "jobs" and then are trying to figure out what to do next, making some really bad decisions along the way. Meanwhile, their loved ones and friends are shaking their heads sadly and wondering what went wrong. Rarely do I feel that the characters are just relatively unskilled noobs at the start of their careers and are going through difficult times. Ron
  10. Army Colonel Bartholomew Sullivan D76A97 Age 34 4 terms Cr70,000 Skills: Bayonet-2, Brawling-1, Fwd Obsvr-1, Gambling-1, Rifle-2, SMG-3 Service History: Attempted to enlist in Army. Enlistment accepted. Commissioned during first term of service. Promoted to Captain. Voluntarily reenlisted for second term. Promoted to Major. Voluntarily reenlisted for third term. Promoted to Lt Colonel. Voluntarily reenlisted for fourth term. Promoted to Colonel. Denied reenlistment after fourth term. Wow, I got pretty lucky. Running it a few more times, the generator seems to like Army careers. Ron
  11. Videos are great, and I have many in my backlog queue from Jim Wappel, Painting Buddha Academy, Ben Komets, and Miniature Monthly. That said, your skills can develop considerably more when you can see how a painter applies a technique in person and then get comments on your application in return. Ron
  12. As a side note, "hobby" classes (painting, terrain, basing, sculpting) normally require an additional fee at major conventions. I think that Historicon is a rare exception where their Hobby University classes are included in the price of admission. Ron
  13. I assume that's why she is asking: Jubilee knows them entirely too well. They're a vicious, testy, and downright disreputable bunch. Ron PS: Yay! Jubilee, hubby, and baby might be attending!
  14. You're probably better off assuming that the maximum number of classes is 8 and then adjusting if you hear otherwise (which won't happen until next week since Bryan is off at World Expo). Practically speaking, most peoples' brains are mush if they take 8 classes, let alone more than 8. Ron
  15. The Lost Citadel - Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Roleplaying by Green Ronin: The city is called Redoubt. And as far as anyone knows, it is the last. (map by Andrew Law) Seven decades ago, there were cities upon cities. Kingdoms and nations; the remains of ancient empire. Cultures at war and cultures at trade. Humans, dwarves, elves, and others. Magic and monsters, rare but real. And so it was for millennia, through two dynamic ages the lorekeepers and scribes called Ascensions. Until the world ended. Most call it the Fall, but whatever term a given people choose to use, it marked the time when everything changed. Nations crumbled. Races died. Magic sputtered. Nature sickened. The dead woke. Welcome to Zileska, a world ravaged by death and undeath. In the Lost Citadel Roleplaying game, you take on the role of a last remaining survivor of your race, be it human, dwarf, elf, or ghûl. Seven decades ago, the Second Ascension came to a brutal end in a worldwide cataclysm called the Fall. During this period of stark decline, magic began to fail even the mighty elf civilization that was the pinnacle of the age, and as it did, the world's fallen began to rise from their graves. Whether because the doors to the Underworld flew from their hinges, or because the God of the Dead went mad (a popular theory), the end result was the same: The dead became the Dead.