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  1. The tropes. All of them. As a non-gamer, my favorite stuff is creative and different. Not necessarily unique, just not the run-of-the-mill tropey fantasy glut. That's why, despite issues with KS, my favorites are still stuff like Imbrian Arts and Low Life.
  2. I should post in this thread, though I read a lot of non-fiction. Like 99% nonfic! Around when I turned 40 or so, I just lost interest in fiction almost entirely. Too much amazing info on real stuff. Right now I'm digging The Bloody Mohawk, a historical nonfic about the area I live in. Unfortunately, the period I'm most interested in (formation of the Iroquois Confederacy) has the least amount of historical information. Still, a great read without a lot of the bias of historical writing of the time (it's an older book). I've got a couple other local history books I've been using as cross-reference, but the aforementioned is the best overall read out of them. I'm also reading Mastery, a book on learning; I dip into Marcus Aurelius' Meditations; my current art book is the new Marvel "painting" book. It's not actually about painting, but it's still an interesting read with tons of good art.
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    The Mandalorian

    Star Wars also has a long history of terribleness that makes Star Wars history less relevant. Also, he's 'The Mandalorian', which is good enough for toy marketing, which is the only reason they named everything (see: Snaggletooth). And personally, I miss the times when nobody listened to the fans. I can't imagine how terrible HP Lovecraft's work would've been if he took input from modern Lovecraft fans. There'd be tentacles everywhere and nary a whiff of suspense. Also, "Fans" tends to mean "loudmouths on the Internet". Since I've been a fan of Star Wars since 1977 and have never made my opinion known to Lucasfilms, as I'm sure the majority of people who enjoy Star Wars have not. People who want to gripe about the amount of midichlorians needed to lade a European swallow, on the other hand...
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    The Mandalorian

    I know a lot of people love to debate that kind of stuff, it's never bothered me in Star Wars. It's like trying to make sense of Conan's political situation or something. That said, I can answer the last one, and I hope it's kept this way: he's the nameless wanderer. The show is heavily based on spaghetti westerns and I always felt let down when they gave Clint a name (Joe, no less). He was always better as the enigmatic loner without a name, the high plains drifter. Not everything needs to be explained, connected, or even make sense.
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    The Mandalorian

    I signed up but forgot to watch it Tuesday. I'll try to catch it tonight (I'm kinda all about Death Stranding right now...gotta build roads and outposts and traversals!). One thing I'm interested to find out...will this show make people recognize the Mandalorian symbol vinyl that's been on the back of my truck for 11 years? :D Seriously, nobody knows what it is, though I've heard a ton of incorrect guesses.
  6. No, I have to at least think I'll play the game at some point. But I do prefer games with cool minis, so I do buy more games because they have them (I rarely get to play games).
  7. Kingdom Death: Monster with Cave Evil a close second for multiplayer and Massive Darkness a close second for single. MD is pretty simple, but it's quick and fun. The speed and light weight is why it gets more time than KDM. For cards, Spades. The game of choice from my band years, it was our version of the Black Company playing Tonk, there was always a game going on somewhere.
  8. A djinn, so I can have my mid-20s body back. Everything falling apart lately!
  9. Not backing Bones, but Jason's little critters were amazing.
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    Cash's 2019 Art

    More fundamentals, this time a rough version of an Asaro head. I've used it for a couple years as plane reference, but it's the first time I've attempted drawing it. Charcoal on newsprint, 18x24, as usual!
  11. So I'm not dead, but the end of 2018, early 2019 was a bit of a lull. I didn't really do anything except host figure drawing since September of 2018. Getting back into the swing of things, slowly. This year I want to focus on learning more about figure drawing, but that's been a brick wall thus far. I've also begun a color course, this week's studio session was the first assignment, creating value strips and chips. Trains the eye to be more sensitive to values and will be useful reference. Here's my 2018 post: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/79954-cashs-2018-art/ Here are a few selected sketches from figure drawing. Can't share the figurative stuff, since it's nudity :|
  12. Aww yiss! Almost time to fire up the wood stove and snuggle in the blankets, get out the soft fleecy pants and slippers! Real men know the cozy cult. When I almost lost three fingers in the accident last week, it took me a couple days to shake the trauma. Not just for the accident, but it gave me the weirdest sensation of what it would be like to be laying in the yard, breathing my last breath as I passed on from this world. So...I've been quietly updating my affairs, as well. Doesn't hurt to be ready, in any case.
  13. A reduction in house chores and projects so I can focus on art and video games for a few months. I enjoy the other three seasons, but they're super demandy of time. I can clear my driveway of 1' of snow in 15 minutes. That's a chore timetable I can get behind!
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Reese's peanut butter cups. Only in the original configuration. Other forms (minis, pieces, eggs, etc) throw off the chocolate/peanut butter ratio.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Love/hate. So much is so bad, I don't like gore or jump scares. I'd say more psychological/thriller kind of horror is my thing. Though I'm a fan of masterful sound and cinematography in most things, for horror I tend to like found footage. And most of it is bad. So I don't watch much horror anymore. The original Night of the Living Dead and the 90s remake are great, as is Return (our band's favorite movie). I love the Paranormal Activity style of subtle growing tension, use of sound and visual effects to slowly build in growing dread. There's something Lovecraftian about that (avoiding my "Lovecraft was about slow-burn mounting horror, not tentacles' rant). The plots tend to be pretty lame, though. And of course the subverted stuff like Cabin in the Woods and Tucker and Dale are cool. I enjoyed the 2010 Colour Out of Space https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1756479/ (I guess they're making a big budget one with Nick Cage? Ugh)
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    Cash's 2019 Art

    With all the wonky eyes in my 3/4 heads, I decided to take the fundamentals class to tighten up my placement and structure. Here's the first two weeks' homework. Both charcoal on newsprint, 18x24.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    I'm not a huge dragon fan, never have been. I'd say Nethrymaul (I should've bought a resin one at rcon!) or Angrislaug from Mierce. Naps are awesome. At least one a day.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    I painted a bust ONCE (in 2015) and it turned me into a portrait artist! Just say no to busts! (unless you want to be a portrait artist!)
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    My first painted mini was a minotaur from that line. Painted it when I was living in Los Angeles, just before the Rodney King riots. Good times.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Engines I can fully service, preferably with standard replacement parts. The Russians had the right idea with that.
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    Zombicide 2nd Edition by CMON and Guillotine Games

    The friendly fire rule was instantly house ruled out here. I adopted the BP rule back into Zombicide, and I'd assume that's what's revised for it here. It was always a dumb rule. It may have some use cases (as ced points out), but that's better kept as a scenario or per-character rule (ie; this is John's first encounter with the undead or John really sucks with ranged weapons) to keep Sylvester the combat vet from making those incomprehensible shots every time. I was just going to get the upgrade kit, but eh...I'm in for the new version. I'm going to need a Zombicide storage room. Right next to my KDM room.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    VR: I was a big fan of nvidia's 3dvision back in the day. I haven't jumped onto VR yet because it's still a bit new, technology-wise (needs to improve a bit more, the Index was a solid entry, so it's moving apace) and content-wise (most of the good games are mods for old games like Skyrim, most of the new stuff is gimmicky); and my computer is too old, despite being a well-built gaming rig. I have a friend that's way into VR and a techie, so I stay up on the state of the tech. He was struggling with a 1080 (I have a 970), and recently he got a 2080 Super that has helped a bit - but VR still wants more, and resolution is still low, so I extrapolate out a solid 5 years or so before I'll likely get into it. Barring a windfall or giant tech step forward (both, really!). My new thing this weekend is starting my new class (Hi @Morihalda, I see your Patrick Jones abstractions up there! Awesome!). I'm doing head fundamentals, so it's abstrscted skulls today, fairly easy stuff at this point. Mostly working on my features placement a bit to clean up some weak spots (getting the near eye in 3/4 view in the right spot has given me a lot of trouble), here's an example from the head class I took in the spring:
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    Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Poots is the Tool of the gaming world. It takes the time it takes, and it will be awesome. I don't understand why so many people rush everything and sacrifice quality. That's one reason I'm a fairly slow artist, it takes the time it takes. I see a lot of the kids here (here irl, not here on the forum) pumping out mediocre art when I know they're better. It boggles my mind.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    It's been around 2' long, it's been shaved clean. I've always tried to have fun with hair, it's easy and grows back. Currently I shave around the sides/back and let the top grow out between 1"- 8" and slick it back. Here's a recent pic, it's about twice as long now (it grows pretty fast, which is annoying to keep clean cut!).
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Chemistry by a long shot. For some reason I could easily do equations, often in my head, immediately. I probably should've pursued it (I found this out in AP Chemistry in HS) though maybe not since my first actual college attempt was as a biochem major because I wanted to create a mind/machine interface to enable deep space exploration.
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