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vutpakdi last won the day on April 8 2012

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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Clippers?

    I use the Xuron flush cutters pictured above. Quite happy with them. Ron
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Reaper Kolinsky

    As a side note, just because a brush says "Kolinsky Sable" on it doesn't mean that it's a good brush. Winsor & Newton used to have 3 grades/lines of "Kolinsky Sable" brushes: Cirrus, Watercolour, and Series 7. The Cirrus brush that I tried was terrible: couldn't hold a point and had a very mushy, soft feel. That said, I won't buy a Series 7 anymore: I've had terrible lucky with trying to get one that won't split under moderate load. I've never had a problem with DaVinci Maestro, and I've bought scores of them (I used to give them out as part of the class fee for my Beginning Painter's Toolkit class at GenCon). Ron
  12. [SPLIT] CMoN orders

    I highly doubt that CMON intentionally sold stock that they don’t have on hand and then ordering to fulfill those orders: the sales price for many items was at or below wholesale cost. I can fully believe that they didnt do the do the math and properly account for the impact of the sale, that the inventory is disorganized, and that they don’t care enough to increase staffing. Closing the web store seems like an attempt to catch up and avoid digging themselves deeper in the hole. Doesn’t sound like they will have caught up before the store opens again. Ron
  13. [SPLIT] CMoN orders

    I'm sorry to hear that so many of you are having problems with their webstore. I think that part of the problem is that, based on what I've heard, CMON is effectively getting out of being a miniatures oriented retailer so that they can focus on being a game manufacturer whose games often have minis associated with them. They probably going to put as little time/money into their webstore as they can. Good luck, Ron
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I like having a couple of cases of MREs in the closet as part of my hurricane supplies. We've only had to use them once during a storm. Every couple of years, I'll find some "newer" stock on eBay to replace the oldest case or two. Ron
  15. It’s going to be hard to accurately compare a picture of a painted mini to a color that you have in front of you. First, unless the mini has just single color basecoats, you’ll be trying to filter out any highlights, shadows, washes, and glazes used. Second, you’ll have to take into account that the picture might not accurately capture the colors because of lighting and camera color balance. Third, your monitor, might also shift the colors slightly unless it’s calibrated. Best bet would be to get painted color swatches on paper, but that may not be worth the trouble, Ron