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  1. Yeah, they have the live-action version. Much more exciting.
  2. For anyone who likes Hornblower-style fiction in an SF universe*, I'll mention David Drake's Daniel Leary series (I recently finished the latest) and A. Bertram Chandler's John Grimes series. The former is current while the latter is 35-ish years old now. * I don't really see the Harrington books to be in that genre, though. The politics and details of the wars take too much of the front of the stage for that style. Which is not to say that I dislike Weber's stuff, just that it's a different genre.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Alas poor Marvin. I knew him, Horatio.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    So, if the project weren't to deliver until 2024, you wouldn't consider that to be either "late" or "delay[ed]"? If you would consider 2024 to be one of those things, then we're simply discussing where to draw a line and your statement is plainly one that even you don't actually agree with. If you would not consider 2024 to be one of those things, then we disagree pretty fundamentally about how those words work wrt Kickstarter projects. In either case, the subject is one that seems not out of bounds for discussion to me.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I'm not sure, but it definitely rhymes with "row".
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    That's where I am. Big miniatures kickstarters are very hard for companies with extensive experience producing miniatures. They're not easier for companies without that experience.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Martin seems to be having the same problem that many other authors have had (Harlan Ellison, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Robert Jordan, Arthur Conan Doyle to name a few): some of his books became insanely popular when he was starting to be very tired of writing in that series (or having trouble writing out of a blind corner). I suspect that his poor reaction to people wanting the next book is driven more by his own frustration with a block than it is by unreasonable reactions from the fans. And yes, hearing the same questions every time he shows up is tedious, but the questions come from people who like his work and want more. That's not a bad thing and reacting as if it were is at best ungracious. I do find it interesting that the writers who have the worst problems with their fans in this situation seem to be those who go the farthest out of their way to get adulation from those same fans.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    There's way too much peeving about pronunciation. Many such complaints are used as ad hominem attacks (often with an odor of lightly veiled bigotry) on people the complainer dislikes. And most of the rest amount to a lack of understanding that there are different pronunciations in different dialects. Though there's a certain joy in watching (for instance) Brits complain about "creeping Americanisms" when many of those so-called Americanisms are either originally British or not from the US and not typical here. I highly recommend Lynne Murphy's Separated by a Common Language blog and her recent book, The Prodigal Tongue. That said, "Drow" rhymes with "bow". Always.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I think it's quite unlikely that an increase in PM open time will cause a delay. It's pretty likely that Reaper already has good estimates of how many of each figure they'll want to order. Any incremental increase in production time required by a few more runs of any specific mold is unlikely to be noticeable. But every previous major project from Reaper has run late, so expecting delays is pretty much par for the course. Of course it's Kickstarter; if you expect something else, you might want to try a different purchasing platform. Now, do I think that this change reflects delays that I didn't assume from the start of the project? Not really. And it might not reflect any delays at all. But speculating about that possibility seems reasonable to me. That has not necessarily been the case in the past. When delay is inevitable, Reaper has been pretty good about telling us. (Other than in the first project, of course.) It is not my perception that Reaper is good about telling us when delay is likely. I also understand (if not necessarily agree with) the business calculus that causes that reluctance.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The Amazon reviews are ... not complimentary. Bad painting, very thin plastic, and unbalanced. (I went looking too.)
  11. Good LED panels have a CRI (Color Rendering Index) higher than 95. It's pretty difficult to see the difference between that and a true blackbody radiator (which doesn't actually exist, btw). GE Reveal bulbs have a much lower CRI, because they started with a tungsten filament (around 3500K), then used a coating in the bulb to shift some of that light into a blue spike. They're not as good, frankly, because their spectrum curve is quite uneven as a result. But if you want them, you can probably find them under the Reveal trademark.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Just. One. More. Turn.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The nice thing about consulting for super villains is that mostly it doesn't matter whether it works. If it does work, then yay, you might get another contract. If it doesn't work, the super villain is unlikely to be able to complain. Just make sure that if your traps don't work, the super villain doesn't get away. (And always check the body. If he's "blown up" and you can't find the body, it's never because he was disintegrated.) Hmm, you might want the slightly better versions of those traps around your own hidden development facility just in case the super villain escapes. It's more important that those actually work as designed.
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    Grey Bones

    To my knowledge, all Bones figures are made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Depending on desired result, the manufacturer may add varying amounts of plasticizer (to make the plastic more flexible), tint (to change the color), or opacifier (to reduce the transparency). This can result in very hard pieces like the wings of Wyrmgear or the weapons or very soft pieces (which are easier to eject from molds) like some of the Bones 1 figures. It can result in white, gray, green, yellow, red, clear, or whatever color. And it can result in figures that are transparent (like the invisible adventurers) or opaque (like some of the more recent gray figures). There is no necessary correlation between color and hardness (see the gray CAV figures and the gray graveyard fences or the white Wyrmgear wings and the white Bone Giant). (Confirmed by Bryan maybe a year ago, btw.) For white or gray primer on Bones figures, I have come to really like the Badger Stynylrez primer. It's very thin, so it doesn't clog details (and it's designed for airbrushing). And it comes in a variety of colors that are mostly much lighter in color than the Liners. And it seems to hold very well indeed. I've not seen any stickiness in the 18 months or so that I've been using it. I mostly mix gray and white to get a light gray that works well with my painting style. (It's pretty close in color to Tamiya Fine Surface gray primer.)
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    GDW did brilliant worlds, excellent boardgames, and stellar miniatures games. But the game systems behind the RPGs of theirs that i played were weak. Traveller (black box) and Space: 1889 both had very weak game systems that would have been improved by nearly any popular generic system: GURPS, Hero, BRP, whatever. The one exception is Traveller: New Era, which I know is widely hated. Fortunately, I know that the people who think that version is weaker than the earlier stuff are objectively wrong. And as to Forgotton Realms? You mean Mary Sue the RPG?
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