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3 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:
8 hours ago, kristof65 said:

If we get a few kids who really want to dive into the money pits of 40k or Star Wars Legions,

 

Up until recently I would have complained about having 40k and Legion lumped into the same cost category (money pit is a cost category, right?).
But lately it seems that AMG has changed their model from "why, our minis aren't crazy expensive like 40k." to "why aren't our minis crazy expensive like 40k?"

I suppose money pits can vary in depth. (?)

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So I've had some stability issues in my shoulders/traps/neck area for years.  With physio rehabbing my back, we've done some upper body stuff as well, and it has, well, made the issues more prominent.  Unfortunately, as they can be described as "tremors" that'll mean I need to go to a neurologist to rule out all the really bad things that can cause tremors.  The good news is that we are fairly certain (since you really can never be sure) that these are caused by long standing issues with my shoulders, but we'll still have to go through that process before we can do too much mechanically to try to fix them.

I saw a nerve specialist last week (same one who zapped my leg to see if the nerves were regenerating) and she sent of the neurologist request to my family doc to get that process started.  But in the mean time she did suggest putting some shots into my traps to try to get them to relax and maybe easy all the shoulder and neck pain and calm down the shakes and so on.
So we're trying that in about an hour.  Wheee, needles, my favorite......

But I'll be curious to see if it helps.

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49 minutes ago, Cygnwulf said:

 

The thing I love about OPR is that it's actually pretty easy to pick up.  Units have individual rules sometimes that make things interesting, but for the most part, every unit simply has 3 stats - Quality, Defense, and sometimes Tough which gives it wounds. Roll Quality to hit, Roll Defense to try to resist the wound.    Special rules on units modify the rolls sometimes but they're usually very straightforward and can be spelled out on the army list if you're using their web tool to build the list..

I mostly taught myself in an afternoon working with the rulebook and the AI sheet.  Last time I tried to teach anyone it took less than half an hour before he was off and running.  

That being said, I know they're in the process of releasing their 3rd edition ruleset right now, so you might want to hold off a month or so, in order to not be learning new rules right after learning new rules.

good to know, thanks. 

 

38 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

 

Up until recently I would have complained about having 40k and Legion lumped into the same cost category (money pit is a cost category, right?).
But lately it seems that AMG has changed their model from "why, our minis aren't crazy expensive like 40k." to "why aren't our minis crazy expensive like 40k?"

 

As @TGP said, money pits can have varying depths.  And if a kid asks me which of the two they should go for, I'm going to recommend Legions over 40k every time. 

And TBH, Legions is a pretty playable game just with the basic core set - it just gets old fast with all of those other cool units out there to purchase.  

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11 hours ago, Corsair said:

Okay, the last two R-cons I have run demos and events for Rangers of Shadowdeep, Frostgrave and Stargrave. These are excellent for your project as you can start off with just the primary rulebooks. They are designed to be mini-agnostic, and welcome anyone's minis. Rangers is a cooperative game, while the other two [and Ghost Archipelago, same designer] are competitive. Fast to learn with excellent playing rule sets.

I will always sing the praises of Ghost Archipelago over the others, but StarGrave is a close second.

I prefer GA over the others because DINOSAURS but also I prefer the balance of the powers in GA over FG.

 

10 hours ago, kristof65 said:

Stargrave & Frostgrave are definitely on my list, but I think we're going to start off with Song of Blades and Heroes.  The reason being that the PDF is cheap ($8) on Drive Thru and a printed copy is only $15 on Amazon, it's simple to learn, and goes well with the selection of Reaper & Wiz Kid minis available at our F (but not quite) LGS. 

After that, we may transition to One Page Rules - I would have seriously considered starting with that, but I've never played them, and don't have enough time to really familiarize myself with them. 

After the first couple/few sessions, I'll tailor the game choices to the attendees and try and show off as many different rule sets as I can (based on what I have and can reasonably afford myself). 

If we get a few kids who really want to dive into the money pits of 40k or Star Wars Legions, I won't discourage them, but my overall goal is really to get kids playing games they can both enjoy & reasonably afford.  I know that many of my RPG kids and their friends have spent some time at the FLGS and expressed interest in the minis games, but see the prices on the GW stuff there and get scared off, thinking that all minis games are super expensive and time-consuming.  I know there are at least two kids in town who started buying 40k armies a couple of years ago, but have never actually played because they still don't have more than a couple units each.   I want to show them that the hobby is a lot less daunting and more accessible. 

The guy that came to me and asked me to help actually asked me to run/teach D&D games.   While I'd love to, I can't commit to running yet another campaign, and I've found that trying to run a fun campaign with players coming/going in a public setting like that just doesn't work for me.  So I told him about miniatures gaming and talked him into that instead.  Doesn't matter how many people show up, as long as there are at least two of us.  And if I can get the kids to start buying their own minis and rules, then it can become self-sustaining, even if I can't show up occasionally.   

I would add Space Weirdos to your list. The rules are something like $5 on Wargame Vault and can use any sci-fi minis people have. I haven't had a chance to play it but it seems pretty easy and fun from what I've seen.

GrimDark Future: Fire Fight would be perfect for people who only have one unit of a 40k force. I've been looking to get some people into it, as well as using the GDF for my old 40k stuff.

I've got several articles on my gaming blog that are either reviews or how to set started with a lot of skirmish games, if you want some links?

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I ended up calling USPS about the mailbox, as my manager is useless and I didn't send my email to the right address, and they told me that the mailbox might belong to them, so they would replace it. The person I spoke with said that they would send out a locksmith. Allow me to show you the mailbox:

 

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5 hours ago, TGP said:

I suppose money pits can vary in depth. (?)

Observation:  The shallower the money pit the larger the surface area and the greater the likelihood of there being an island in the middle with lots of "shiny" that requires the expenditure of great sums of money to access.

GEM

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FYI since there was an impromptu Reaper Live during Reapercon this past Thursday (if you missed that you can view the vod on twitch or here on youtube: https://youtu.be/Rx2gEGiGTng?si=pTsfzvjmVmGJkqCH) there will NOT be a Reaper Live on tonight, the next scheduled Reaper Live will be next week, the 14th.

 

Also, I talked to Anne and she has made it back home safely and is good to go for her RTB Protips stream tomorrow at the usual time, 11:30am central! 🖤

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On 9/6/2023 at 10:31 AM, CaptainPete said:

In other news, it's time for a question to the universe: Why can't people stay awake at my work?

Night Shift is not for everyone. 
  (Some just can’t handle it.)


Night Shift is probably bad for anyone. 
  (Health wise.)

 

 

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I had to scroll back to find what had happened to the mailbox. I had mailboxes like this twice in my life. Once at some apartments and once at a house (they ganged several houses on one street together).

 

Looks like a remove and install procedure on the back doors will fix it.  I expected worse damage when I read vehicle collision. 

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5 hours ago, CaptainPete said:

I've got several articles on my gaming blog that are either reviews or how to set started with a lot of skirmish games, if you want some links?

I will try to remember to hit you up later on for the links.   Trying not to get too far ahead of myself right now. 


Dispatcher got pissed at me today. She tried to give me a call the Service manager has been avoiding, and I rejected it because I don't know how to address the issue.   She ranted at me about being tired of being told by people that they don't know things, then told me not to reply, because she's "had it." 

So I logged out and put my phone on do not disturb.   Seriously considering **cough** calling **cough** in **cough** sick tomorrow. I **cough** seem to have **cough** picked up a **cough** wicked cough. **cough cough**. 

Service manager is going to try and take all of tomorrow off, Engineers are still away at their funeral and other service tech is still on vacation. 

I get her frustration, but I've already tried to help her out way more than I should have based on my contract.   Sitting here trying to figure out how to word the letter to management about going back to my original contract terms, which basically means no more Canadian calls. She thinks she's frustrated now - she'll be really annoyed when I tell her "Oh, yeah, I could help that guy, if only he wasn't Canadian." 

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1 hour ago, kristof65 said:

[Dispatcher] tried to give me a call the Service manager has been avoiding, and I rejected it because I don't know how to address the issue.

:upside: :huh: Who does know how to address whatever this issue is?

 

You've made it sound like there are only three people (today) that could even answer the phone.

1) dispatcher

2) service manager

3) Kristof 

 

 

I am the sort that would send the poor unlucky client a tersely worded email that looks auto-generated:

 

“[Issue placed in queue for engineering research and review. Your ticket will be worked in the order it was received.]”

 

And I’d call it done. Easy Peasy. 

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10 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

 

Up until recently I would have complained about having 40k and Legion lumped into the same cost category (money pit is a cost category, right?).
But lately it seems that AMG has changed their model from "why, our minis aren't crazy expensive like 40k." to "why aren't our minis crazy expensive like 40k?"

 

That's too bad.

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2 hours ago, TGP said:

:upside: :huh: Who does know how to address whatever this issue is?

 

You've made it sound like there are only three people (today) that could even answer the phone.

1) dispatcher

2) service manager

3) Kristof 

 

 

I am the sort that would send the poor unlucky client a tersely worded email that looks auto-generated:

 

“[Issue placed in queue for engineering research and review. Your ticket will be worked in the order it was received.]”

 

And I’d call it done. Easy Peasy. 

It wasn't even over a phone call - it was over an email.  And the Service Manager has been putting them off for over a month. 

I've found that there are just certain types of problems I don't get involved in at all - if I reply, I wind up being the person expected to solve it.   I know that's one of the reasons that the dispatcher gives me some calls - I have a higher ticket closure rate than anyone else. Of course, part of the reason I have a higher closure rate is because I don't get involved in certain types of problems. 

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40 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

It wasn't even over a phone call - it was over an email.  And the Service Manager has been putting them off for over a month. 

I've found that there are just certain types of problems I don't get involved in at all - if I reply, I wind up being the person expected to solve it.   I know that's one of the reasons that the dispatcher gives me some calls - I have a higher ticket closure rate than anyone else. Of course, part of the reason I have a higher closure rate is because I don't get involved in certain types of problems. 

Perhaps your higher closure rate is attributable to your superior ability to recognize the complaints that are not capable of being solved by remote technical assistance but require the "rubber hammer calibrator" being dexterously applied to the "concussive receptor locus" of the skull of the person generating the trouble ticket.

GEM

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So the mystery of the mystery figure grows. There's a figure that I found in my tool box that never made it down to the main hall. Stayed in the hotel room. Knew it was a KS figure because of the bag, and sure enough, it's the boy with the lantern and wolf from Kid Heros II. I suspect it was grabbed from the stash because of the wolf that came with it, which undoubtedly is in my wife's possession. But why he was in the tool box remains a mystery. It's not a figure I would paint, nor would she.

 

I've been pretty good about writing the KS numbers on the bag. And I went light on Bones 5. Or so I thought until I looked at my pledge again. So, there's probably a big box around here with them all. I suppose I'll just have to let it stay at that level of mystery then. Huh.

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