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Brooding Paladin

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  • Birthday 01/24/1967

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    Denver, CO
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    Making my sons laugh. †Studying the Bible. †Playing D&D (live and via PBeM). †Painting miniatures (duh!). †Reading. †Playing Civ 4 on the computer. †Good wine and good friends.

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  1. Very cool sign! Thanks for sharing as I definitely don't Facebook!
  2. Posted this over at Troll Lord Games: First off, my heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family. As I read the posts and considered, there have been few constants in my life. Much has changed, through various education levels, jobs, friends, family, even where I lived and went to church. But since my introduction to the game in 1978, D&D has been a constant part of my life. I have made many friends through the game, learned many skills, and have known much joy due to this game. When I get a little time to myself, inevitably my mind wanders to dreaming up fodder for new modules, adventures, characters or the like. When I consider all that, I realize what a major portion of my life this game is to me. So I join the others thanking Gary for contributing what turns out to be a major portion of "who I am" to my life. I can absolutely say that I would be less without the game, and worse for it.
  3. Yeah, this is exactly what I came with too, thus my lament. The two sure sounded pretty interwoven. My guess is that you would go for the pure book and paper approach but you'd be left with the feeling that you paid for more than you would be using, strictly speaking. Of course, that's a reasonable choice one could make but you'd be wondering what you were missing. My bad. I've been away from the boards so long that I forgot to let folks know I was going. My brother and I have 2009 marked on our calendars, though, and I'm averdue to attend another ReaperCon...
  4. Ah, I had one other point. Regardless of what you think about 4.0 or WotC in general, I have to believe that they had to be the most reviled vendor at Gen Con. Think about it. Thursday night, before the weekend when the masses really show up, they announce 4.0. How many vendors there had 3.5 product to push? Granted, some won't adopt, but selling obsolete (ok, soon to be obsolete) material is TOUGH to do. Plus (and maybe this is reading a little too much into it, I'll grant you), WotC essentially declared war on everyone else in the D&D-related industry. They've reined in on Dragon and Dungeon magazines from Paizo, who are also just in the natal stages of their 3.5 compatible Pathfinder series. The online system will allow you to: customize a miniature (who needs Reaper, etc. anymore?), roll dice (who needs Chessex, etc. anymore?), build your character (who needs HeroLab, etc. anymore?), design your dungeon (who needs Campaign Cartographer, etc. anymore?), map your progress (who needs SteelSqwire's flipmats anymore?)... You get my point. Now before the flames start, I acknowledge that's a bit of a dramatic statement. People paint minis for reasons other than D&D, I get it. And people will still need the physical stuff because many if not most will keep playing face-to-face, etc. But it does make you wonder if this move is "good for WotC, bad for everyone else." -BP...still thinkin'
  5. Aw, man! I was there too! Shame I missed you... I'm still not sure about all of this. I emptied all my bile about having to buy new books when 3.5 was announced (but that was my own fault I guess; we held off on adopting 3.0 until about two months before 3.5 was announced. That, and I'm a little more laid back these days) so I'm not going to flip out on that. I'm more of the crowd that eyes the whole computer component suspiciously. The machine's never really deserved a place at our role playing table and I worry that it reduces the social aspect of the game, but I'll have to wait & see. Of course, it's also quite likely that the world has passed me by. Don't get me wrong; I'm on friendly terms with computers having made a good living with them, but it's the human aspect of the game that I enjoy so much and I worry a little that our society's doing so much to reduce social interaction...bigger problem though. I'd just hate it if my kids wound up "playing D&D" through a computer and not experiencing the live, all-around-the-table fun I got to enjoy. I can say that at the announcement at Gen Con there was a mixed reaction. Someone even shouted out, "When will 4.5 be released?" But one thing I wonder about that is, would there ever actually be a 4.5? If you have the license and a corresponding PDF that goes with it, they could, theoretically, just update the PDF you have access to if a 4.5 is ever required...just musing. At the root of it, though, I blame the suits if blame needs to be assigned. What better than to tap into the kind of annuity payoff WoW is experiencing, or so I'm guessing they're thinking. And, who's to say? If the online product is excellent enough, then I guess they deserve it. I'll probably never know, however, as I doubt I'm going to get an account. My main concerns are technical in nature. If supplemental rulesets (like the Complete Adventurer or whatever) are published online and a DM does not wish to include them, I'm not clear on how that can be prevented if the players buy them. Further, if an account is active and then the subscriber deactivates it (for whatever reason) only to reactivate it later, do they still have access to the online supplements they had? What about new ones released in the interim? There are answers for all this, of course, but that's where my head is at on this subject.
  6. Yeah, I'm a fan of this model too. He looks no-nonsense and the real deal. Nice!
  7. Wow. This I thought I'd never see, but obviously I wasn't looking hard enough. I can't claim to be elitist one way or the other, but I can't deny that as I read the news my reaction is disappointment. I've held Reaper in high regard as sort of a bastion of defiance against this plastic craze but that's a figment of my own romanticism. The fact is: 1. There's a raw materials reality: tin and the mining industry around it are in high demand and short supply. Things are tough for the metal-lovers because this means a higher cost, and... 2. There's a margin reality: the higher raw materials cost and the limited upward price point put the squeeze on profit margins. This is also a tough industry to be in as all things gaming have been in a bit of a recession of late. There are a few things moving in a positive direction though meaning... 3. There's a market reality: most don't paint, don't want to paint, or, as has been pointed out, don't have time/money to paint large grunt-type forces. BUT, plastic miniatures have met the need nicely. Businesses that don't adapt to their changing market aren't businesses for long. Truth is, I trust Reaper to be the top shelf on this. They're already differentiating by resisting the Siren Song of "blind, randomized" box sets. This boldly eliminates the need for a secondary market that I think people are weary of having to go through to get the specific mini they need/want. I believe that many in the market will welcome this and even be willing to pay a higher price point for the convenience of getting what they want without having to deal with ebay, etc. I also bet that the sculpts will remain high-quality, etc. It'll be a boon for Warlord as well, no doubt. I'm not thrilled to see (big assumption warning) that one of my favorite companies will wind up outsourcing another product line. I can't help but feel that leveraging overseas painting factories for the plastic addiction is exploitive. That's obviously not the business side of me talking but it's another source of my disappointment. Yes, that's a major assumption, prone to error and misdirection, but that's how you make the plastic line hit the margins. I just personally feel that it's sickening. As a company, I'd say Reaper is making a shrewd move and has already jammed its flag in the ground proudly in its differentiation. I'd actually bet this move will pay off greatly for them and the MBA part of me salutes them as wishes them well. But the gamer and metal-miniature enthusiast in me is sad and feels like a little something in me just died.
  8. I have more money than I have painting skills...so a check's on the way.
  9. Yeah, no worries here, either. Turns out I've got a good bit going on and probably don't have the time to do this right either. With hope let's all say, "Maybe later...."
  10. SK...Priorities, man, PRIORITIES!! LOL Well, good luck to ya. Hopefully RL won't keep you out for too long.
  11. Congrats, Qwyk!!! Your first? I'm a three-time veteran, actually. Not many minis painted lately, but I'm having fun with the other kinds of minis! ;-)
  12. Welcome back! I'm sure you're in a sea of boxes...hopefully that's dealt with soon. I'm with Spike; this'll be fun. Let's light this candle!
  13. True enough! She may even forgive him for not being born Elven.
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