Games, Life, Oil, TZM

Annnnnd I’m Back!

Well, I’m back from work!

Have been for a few days now and I didn’t get to accomplish ANYTHING that I wanted to while I was away. This was, by far, the most difficult job(s) we have been on; at least since I started working with my boss. It wasn’t difficult work, nothing really is out here, it was just a lot of work. I feel for my boss, he had several nights with little to no sleep, some consecutively! So much went wrong out there; leaks everywhere, missing parts from important equipment, broken equipment. The mud was ridiculously intense as well, even though it only lasted for a day or so after it rained.

We were on one job with another crew for a week then ended up moving to another location for two weeks, just my boss and I. Both jobs were literally in the middle of nowhere; the closest towns were about an hour and forty-five minutes away and there was no data or cellular service on either location. The last week we were out there we got satellite Internet but, it was a bit late at that point. It was all-in-all a very different experience on the job than any other I’ve been on in the North or East.

WS LogoIn the time that I’ve been back, however, I have gotten a lot of gaming in already and a couple really decent (and one extremely aggravating) conversations! I played a game of Infinity with a ‘pro’ player (someone who knows how to play) and got stomped within three turns but, I learned a lot so, I’m looking forward to getting another game in. I also got in a good number of games of Weiss Schwarz and learned a lot of that game as well. The amount of intricate strategies in the game are enormous and it’s probably one of the more complex CCGs I’ve ever played.

I’ve stayed true to my goal of making every conversation relevant and that’s been a lot of fun but, let me just talk about one I had recently that was very irritating. It was with a semi-friend of mine who I’ve gotten into it with before but, not near as bad as the other day. I’ve never given much credence to the idea that younger people think they know everything but, this guy is the epitome of just that. It started with a simple conversation about him reviewing anime (he’s a reviewer for video games and anime, pop-culture) and how it’s difficult because he has certain biases towards specific anime and he wants to remain bias free in his writing. We ended up getting into media as a whole and that’s where things started taking a deep dive into the negative. I was explaining to him that there are organizations and movements out there that are trying to help shape things to come in a more promising light but, he didn’t want to hear any of it because of MY bias towards the organizations I had mentioned. He said he doesn’t want to know anything about it from me and that he’d rather hear about it from someone who doesn’t know about it. Someone who reads about it openly and then tells him about it without bias; someone who isn’t a part.

TVP LogoI can appreciate the idea to an extent but, as I’ve seen time and time again, this leads to   more ignorance than anything else. How many web pages are dedicated to The Zeitgeist Movement being some conspiratorial organization or The Venus Project being a terrorist group, even having been investigated by the FBI? TZM Logo 2You never see official literature being cited on any of these sites; only extremists that have nothing to do with either organization projecting their own ideas upon the groups. These are people that read a bit of documentation, twisted it, and decided to make up the rest. The media is guilty of this as well, asking the same old entrapping questions that aren’t answerable to create an ‘Ah ha!’ moment. They don’t care about education, only a spotlight.

I don’t want these kind of people in my life and I’m working on figuring out the best way to let this guy know that I really don’t want to hang out with him any more. I don’t want the negativity around me, the complacency, or the ignorance.

Games, Oil

Finally Going Back To Work!

Ugh, I’ve been off now for for way too long!

I love being off for weeks at a time but, three months is way too long. I really love my job; well, the being outdoors in the middle of nowhere part of it anyway. It’s so great to get away, be alone, contemplating this or that while being surrounded by the flora and fauna Spiderthat just doesn’t exist in your everyday world. After about four weeks out in the field, however, I start missing being around people as well so, there has to be some kind of balance but, I’m not quite there yet. I think three weeks on and three off would be perfect, honestly.

I’m going to ‘West Texas’ on this job so, it should be quite an experience; I’ve yet to have any work out there. From what I understand, everything is a lot more dangerous, from the toxic gas coming out of the ground (H2S or Hydrogen Sulfide) to the types and sheer amount of spiders and snakes and who knows what else. My brother once said it was like working in the setting of The Hills Have Eyes but, I’ve never seen it; maybe I’ll watch it this evening to give myself something more to look forward to over the next few weeks!

I plan on getting a lot of painting done while I’m out there. I’ve recently gotten into a game called Infinity (expect some posts about it soon) Infinity and have a small number of minis to get painted up. The problem is, is that they’re so god damn beautiful! The quality and amount of detail is insane and very intimidating so, I’ve been procrastinating on getting it done. Depending on how long I’ll be out there, I’ll probably take care of my orcs I picked up for my game as well, Syndicate: Clash.

I don’t know what kind of cell or data service I’ll have out there at all so, if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’d be why. I do intend on writing all I can while I’m out there though so, maybe the days I manage to make it into town there will be updates on here; we’ll see.

Wish me luck!

Games

Relic Knights at TexaCon

Texacon, for Relic Knights, was an awesome success!

I was there by myself demoing games all weekend long, starting Friday, with my Noh Empire, Black Diamond, Doctrine, and Shattered Sword starters. I had the Star Nebula Corsair starter and Dark Calamity book on display as well so people can see what the product actually looks like, along with some other individual models still in the boxes. One of the con organizers (Brian Guarnieri) was kind enough to share his terrain between myself and another group there demoing Warhammer 40K. The terrain provided a lot of cover for units and worked out perfectly.

In all, seven FULL games of Relic Knights was played between myself and others, two games between other players, and countless conversations about the world of Relic Knights with passerbys.

Big Brothers/Sisters was there as well and I happily got to teach a couple bigs and littles about miniature gaming and the hobby so, that was a wonderful added bonus to the already great weekend.

There was a vendor there (Metalhead Minis) that had some RK stuffs for sale and I went all in! I managed to pick up two boxes of Boost Tokens and Ayu Beat, whom I thought I’d never actually get my hands on, as well as a few extra goodies that I’ve been wanting to pick up all for $48! A couple of the people I managed to demo for actually picked up some minis from them as well, including some starters for a family.

I think the next local convention I’ll be going to will be WaCon in Waco Tx and, like last year, I plan on being there with all my RK stuffs, this time better prepared!

A few other pics…

Games

KanColle Card Review

So, let me preface this by saying that I have yet to even play this game. I’m excited to get into it but, aside from watching a few how-to-play vids on YouTube, I don’t have much knowledge of it at all. However, I just picked up the KanColle Trial Deck today from a local game shop (Collected, TCU location) and am already quite impressed! Personally, I’ve never heard of KanColle at all until I talked to a guy there and he gave me a very quick plot point that seemed kind of cool. ‘It’s basically an anime about Japanese warships and each warship is personified by a cute anime girl’; I was sold!

As you can see, along with a 50 card deck (a full deck), the game comes with some documentation, thankfully. A sheet of rules and quick start guide, a playmat that samples the recommended way to setup your side of the play area, a bit of marketing for the anime along with some strategies on how to best play the KanColle deck, and a playbook that contains advanced rules and rule clarifications. It also comes with a few exclusive cards and a few random RRR cards (triple-rare?). All of this is packaged in a pretty nice little plastic container that seems like it could actually be reused pretty easily to carry your deck and rules around in the future if you don’t already have a dedicated card box.

I really love the fact that they put a Card List and Features section on the back of the playmat. I remember picking up a Force of Will starter with a firend of mine and we struggled through our first few games not knowing anything about how the game is supposed to work because there wasn’t the slightest hint as to what the cards or, more importantly the deck, is supposed to do. Weiss Schwarz solves this perfectly so, another huge plus there.

Alright, let’s jump into why I wanted to do this review in the first place, the cards. These are probably the nicest cards I’ve ever played with. Actually, let me take a step back and say that I don’t actively play many cards games at all but, I’ve tried a good deal of them (including everyone’s new favorite ‘Force of Will’). I’m very impressed with the quality of these cards. The art is hi-def, unlike some Pokemon cards where you can see the pixelation, and goes edge to edge making for a really eye-catching game when the play area is full.

You can see from the image above, the weight of the cards is really fantastic; they feel great between your fingers and have a lot of support when ruffling. I have mine in some cheap Ultra•Pro sleeves I had laying around but, I’m definitely going to pick up some nicer Dragon Shields when I get a chance. I imagine this is why Weiss Schwarz cards are so damn expensive ($24.95 retail).

There are just two complaints I have about my purchase. One I mentioned earlier and is possibly why I have yet to see anyone actually play this game, let alone see it on shelves; the box art itself. There just isn’t much at all; it’s not an attractive box, doesn’t catch the eye and doesn’t give anyone a reason to physically pick it up and look at it. I’m no huge educated graphic arts/marketing major but, I can imagine a number of ways to make this packaging so much more enticing. The other complaint I have, and is really quite moot, is that the playmat is cut short!

Life

Apparent Mini-Vacation

So, I definitely didn’t think I’d be off work for this long. I was trying to wait for the next job to start up before I made my next post but, I’m getting anxious so, here I am. Anxious for a lot of things really but, the next job to start up is pretty much the top thing on my mind at the moment. And only because Winter is coming and I don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere in a sexy little sports car while it’s cold and snowy. I need to get a truck ASAP and, although I’m getting paid VERY well out here, I need the next job to kick in (and end) before I can afford the down payment. That’s stressing me out a bit but, that’s it; everything else has been flippin’ fantastic. The other projects I’m working on: the website for the Zeitgeist Ambassador (a TZM sail boat), a new newsletter for Ninja Division (the company that publishes Relic Knights…), a Vassal module for Relic Knights (a new game I’ve been obsessing over lately), and I think that’s about it.

So then, what’ve I been up to?

The day after I got off the previous job (Clearfork-Pullen) I hit the bank to grab a new checking and savings account down here and immediately ordered the game that I had been wanting for months; Relic Knights. When it came in I dove in straight away; filing, gluing, reading. I went to Reaper Miniatures headquarters here in TX for some modeling advice and was very ill impressed. Specifically, I went there for an open paint/painting clinic with their own artists and what I got was something less than stellar; a few cranky employees and a clique of people who had no interest in helping out a newbliet like myself. Needless to say, I haven’t been back and probably won’t bother in the future. I figured things out for myself though, and have been going to a local game shop called SciFi Factory pretty much every day just to keep myself out of the house. The minis are now painted up completely and since, I’ve managed to get in about eight games; not bad for a game that no one plays around here but me and that I’ve only had a couple weeks! I absolutely love it and I’ll be doing a review in another post.

I finished the Through The Breach Fated Almanac and wasn’t too thrilled about it. I’ll write up a full review on it in another post.

I went to WaCon, a small convention in Waco, TX and had a good time. I pretty much just taught people how to play Krosmaster Arena through the entire convention; I’m used to it. I did bring Relic Knights but, sadly, the miniatures area was fairly lackluster. Only a small handful of Warhammer 40K players and the guy running it, hated the game so, I don’t image many people in the miniature room had much fun. I managed to get in a game of Duel of Ages II but other than that, the main productivity of the convention was in socializing. I’m not good at meeting people, down right terrible at it actually but, I grew closer to the guys down here that my brother hangs out with and that, as an outcome, is better than anything else I could have asked for over the weekend.

A few of you have been wanting to take a look at some of the photos I’ve taken while out on the job site so, I manage to put a little photo album together on Photobucket to share. I think it’d be fun to keep a photo journal of all the locations I work so, without further adieu, Clearfork-Pullen.

That’s it for now, peeps.