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    Winterset, IA
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    Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, most Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Wargaming, RPGs, racing.

    Right now I'm keen on starting a regular mini's gaming group.

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  1. I may have overreacted. After I downloaded the program text and poured through it, I found that the change only needed the removal of one program line. I did that, and tweaked some programming so that it could be toggled on/off. After I did that, the tech who did the programming in the spring tells me "Oh yeah, I meant to get back to that and finish it up before fall." I didn't do it the same way he wanted it done, so now he's forced to clean up my "mess."
  2. Several days ago: Customer to Salesman: Our system is currently doing X. I need my system to do Y. Salesman to Engineer: Car Wash needs to be reprogrammed to do Y Engineer to salesman: Have them call Kristof. Yesterday: Customer calls Me: Can you make our system do Y (first I hear of request) Me: looks at program. I think so. Makes change for Y. Today: Customer calls me screaming: That's not what we wanted it to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We wanted it to do Z, too! That's a little simplistic, but what I'm facing today in a nut shell. The problem is that major programm
  3. Interesting idea. I'm not sure if the growing popularity of 3d Printing would help or hurt this idea - on one hand, I could see the market that would buy a generic hull go "Nah, I'll just 3d print it". On the other, I could see people like myself creating all sorts of 3d files to go with it. Maybe that's an idea - produce a generic hull, and bundle it with a code to redeem for a wide variety of STLs to use to customize it. I think the Chronoscope Expansions we've seen have been the victims of the same scattershot approach that Reaper has taken with the Chronoscope line. I lov
  4. Jasper's right - it's such a hard question. So many different ones to like for so many different reasons. Including many I've designed myself for my own settings, such as the Centuari Runner or Neverastria III. I guess if you're going to make me pick one from widely known sci-fi settings, I have to go with the Millennium Falcon.
  5. I found this a relevant article: https://kotaku.com/please-stop-closing-forums-and-moving-people-to-discord-1847684851
  6. During the 90s our little game company was a GW Retailer for awhile. I recall three letters from GW that had us all laughing. One was the sternly worded letter about our decals - it wasn't exactly a C&D - it was more of a pre-C&D. The second was the letter you mention. The third was an essay about how selling GW models at a discount "devalued the brand for everyone" and "should never be sold for less than MSRP." I get that, but I still think shame on the patent office for granting it in the first place. you don't have to be a brat about it.
  7. I still can't figure out how WotC managed a patent on "tapping": https://blawgit.com/2019/01/30/bard-game-patents-magic-the-gathering/ Fortunately, it's now expired. I can understand why the guy may have thought that mechanics can't be copyrighted. I certainly thought that when I designed my first game, Checkered Flags. When we talked about publishing it, one of our concerns was that I had used the same cornering card mechanic that FASA's Circus Imperium did. We approached FASA at a game con about licensing the mechanic and they kindly laughed at us as they looked through our cards an
  8. I think they've backed off some, after getting burned by some of the legal actions they've taken, such as going after Spot the Space Marine. They have also made a big shift in what they call their stuff now, to better protect it - While they're still Space Marines, their models are given names like Primaris Eradicators and Primaris Intercessors. On the fantasy side, they've gone even more extreme - instead of Elves and Dwarves, they're calling them things like Aelf and Duardin. Note that it took me 10 minutes to figure out their new names for those races to write this post - I wasn't sure b
  9. I know, right? The guy was claiming that game mechanics are protected by copyright because his friend who tried to make his own version of 40k got a C&D letter from GW. Now it's entirely possible that his friend was copying more than the game mechanics, and the C&D was a legit use of it, but given how heavy GW has been known to be with C&Ds, it's hard to say. I know first hand at how little it takes (took?) to get GW to send a letter. My old game company got hit with a letter from GW for some decals we did - someone told them we were doing space marine chapter dec
  10. This question has made me sad. I've been thinking about this for hours now, and I can't remember any interesting or memorable introductions. Best I've got is the story about how Michael Jordan and his family were at the family fun park I worked at in the mid 90s. We were ll instructed to leave them alone, and treat them as a normal guest. I was doing my job underneath the Skee Ball machines fixing one of them, and didn't realize that he and his family were standing right there when I crawled out from under them to go get a part I needed. To this day I wonder if he thinks I was some f
  11. Look dude, I'm willing to help you with your problem. I have been for the last two years. You're the one who fails to follow through on getting the appropriate appointments lined up, then waits six months to try again.
  12. Currently reading a FB thread where a guy stated that someone receiving a Cease & Desist letter from Games Workshop is all the proof he needs to know that something is illegal.
  13. I'd have been really pissed if I had to travel for the session. Fortunately, these are just phone sessions. Stuff like this is why I prefer to schedule all training directly with the person who will be receiving the training. The sales man continues to stick his nose in and screw things up.
  14. Said tech would be me - minimum charge for travel time and labor necessary just to get it ready for someone to bang and weld on would be $500, then another $500 to put it all back together. And given how old the teller is, there is a good chance that it might not work again after all of that is done - there are dozens of wires that would have to be disconnected - with their age, it's a good possibility that some of them are brittle enough to break from the stress of unwiring/rewiring them. And you're absolutely right about it happening again. This site suffered multiple break ins on thei
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