Archive for January, 2013

Warmachine: The collector’s bug bites!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Another blog post, I’m on a roll :)

I’ve always liked the idea of miniature war gaming. There’s something intangibly satisfying about having the actual pieces in front of you, being able to analyse them and survey your next plan of attack. It’s why I’ve always preferred actual chess boards to digital representations, for example. This past weekend, I decided to take the plunge and begin my first1 foray into war gaming with Warmachine.

Warmachine Logo

For those that don’t know, Warmachine (and accompanying game Hordes) is a tabletop game where each player controls an army of their desired faction. Movement is not restricted to a regimented game board, instead units are free to move and attack anywhere on the playing surface according to their stats. (This is an extremely brief intro, check out the Wikipedia page for a more detailed breakdown). However, the gaming element is just one part of the hobby, as all the miniatures have to be constructed and painted, allowing for a lot of customisation. The exact nature of the army is also up to you, so you can craft your chosen faction in any way you desire.

I’ve decided that to start off, I’m going to throw my lot in with the “Protectorate of Menoth” faction. Something about their back-story (or “fluff” to use wargaming parlance) was interesting to me – religious zealots who like nothing more than to burn their enemies with fire! Plus, their heavy miniatures look pretty cool.

Protectorate of Menoth Vanquisher

The staff at Gamer’s World Dublin couldn’t have been nicer, and have even pointed me in the direction of other players and groups who would help me starting out. I’ve also found a number of resources on youtube that I hope will help me learn the game. If nothing else, I’ll have another topic to blog about on occasion :)

1technically it’s not my first foray. I actually have a starter set for Warhammer Fantasy. However, I found that game quite intimidating due to the sheer number of factions and scale of the rules. Also, and this is just my personal opinion, but I found the GW a little intimidating for a first time player, and the staff were trying to sell me huge amounts of kit right off the bat (of course, that’s their job but it’s a lot to try and digest right off the bat

Writing for Thunderbolt Games / New addition to the household!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

In my goals post last week, I committed to doing more writing in my free time. Writing is always something I’ve enjoyed doing. Those that know me will know that I’ve attempted to launch sites where I could write about games. Maybe I was too ambitious, maybe I took on too much at once, but for one reason or another, those sites failed to take off. Trying to write enough content to justify an entire site was something that was beyond me.

So at the start of the year I decided to go out on a limb and apply to write to an independent gaming site. I’ve been back and forth for a few days now, but I’m happy to say that I’ve been accepted as a Staff Writer over on ThunderboltGames.com. I’ve only discovered the site recently, but they have a rich history (dating back to 2000), and focus primarily on Reviews and Features, which is exactly the type of content and writing I’m most interested in. They have long supported budding writers, and I’m extremely appreciative to have been accepted and being given a shot at contributing to the site.

Also, after much (read: little) discussion, myself and Jess will be welcoming a new addition to the household very soon, all going according to plan. We’re looking to adopt a new dog :) . We haven’t settled on breed or anything of the sort, but we really want to give another loving animal a great home, and give Farnsworth some companionship.

Plus, if I get my way, and he’s a he, I want to name him Wernstrom!

Goals of 2013

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

I’ve been neglecting my blogging since Extra Life 2012. Getting things done around a new house really takes it out of you, and combining that with making sure Farnsworth doesn’t climb up the walls (literally) doesn’t leave much time for posting. But with a new year comes new initiative, and so my first post of 2013 is one to lay out my hopes and goals for 2013

Write More

Given the opening paragraph, this one is a no brainer for me. I really enjoy writing and conversing about video games, so I hope to get back into the full swing of game writing. I’ve applied to a site, so I’m hoping that something comes of that. Other than that, I hope to keep contributing to A Band Of Gamers with community reviews, and post with a lot more regularity on my own blog here.

Eat better / healthier

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I like food. When I first moved house, I began to get lazy and order a lot more take away food. I hope to change that in 2013. I’m going to try to cut out most of the crap that I eat, as well as reducing the portions that I eat. This will hopefully lead to goal number three.

Run a 5K / 10K race

Last year, I began to take up running as a way to improve my fitness. It lasted a while, but again, moving house has a huge effect. Jobs around the house began to take precedent, and eventually I got out of the habit of going out and running. This year, I hope to get back running, and run a few short distance races over the summer.

Reduce gaming purchases / finish more games

This one seems to be on my goals list every year. I suffer from what some gamers call “The Sickness”; an affinity for the new and shiny, having to buy each new release that peaks my interest on release day, and oftentimes playing them very little or none at all. I’ve a huge backlog of games waiting months (or years) to be played. I’m hoping to play and finish more games this year, and only buy those I really want to play at that point. I can wait on the others to drop in price before shelling out my hard earned.

I’m hopeful that writing out these goals will help keep me focused on them, and I’ll be able to look back at the end of the year and see where I’ve succeeded, and where I’ve let myself down.