Too quiet…

September 22, 2010

It has been exactly 4 months since I last posted in this space. I wish I could say it was for something as simple as being distract by new shinys…

I haven’t stopped writing (I don’t think I could ever let that happen), I just haven’t written anything in this space since May. New job, new city… sure, that all played a part in my diminished role here. But I’ve missed writing this blog, in this space that’s been mine since 2007. Hard to believe it’s been that long.

I’m not gonna lie; there’s been something that has re-ignited my interest in this blog: TempleCon 2011. Airline tickets are purchased. Rooming arrangements are being made — and more importantly, gaming and socializing is being planned. It will be fantastic to return to the scene of my indoctrination into gaming conventions (way back in 2009!), catch up with old friends and finally meet some people I only know through the series of tubes known as teh intarwebz (Gdaybloke, I am talking about you!).

The 2011 TempleCon schedule is here, and if you’re a Warmachine/Hordes fan, you want to be there. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of conventions since February 2009 — TempleCon, Gencon, PAX — and they all have their strong points. But TempleCon is special because it was my first. And 2011 will be special for the absolute mayhem, carnage and shit-talking Team Ghettokore is bringing to bear. We’ve got a fantastic team assembled, now it’s just a matter of making sure everyone gets there.

Since this is the second “rebirth” for Ghettokore Studios, the blog has gone through another face lift, and I think I’m going to stick with this one. Let’s say I’ve learned a little bit about marketing and branding in the past 6 months.

As February 2011 gets closer, keep an eye on this space for updates on painting, strategy and our nefarious plans.

. . .

To focus on the immediate future, Breast Cancer Brawl: Boise 2010 is set for Sunday, Oct. 3. The event is in the capable hands of brotherscott, and I’m pretty excited to be attending. My Angry Elves will be on the table and I’m still trying to work out some creative ways to help the event raise even more money for charity. If you’re in the Boise area, you’ve got absolutely no excuse for not dropping by and checking out the event. And if you’re out of town, it’s definitely worth the trip. 🙂

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Templecon: More pics!

February 12, 2009

Almost forgot. I linked em from the forums, but not everyone goes there…

Templecon 2009 on my Flickr account.

Templecon: Battle reports

February 12, 2009
I’ll be honest. I had too much fun to take notes on all four of my games. In the first game against DS, I was really enjoying the game, the trash talk and my opponent. So, I have no notes on that. But, I do have a few pics:
I won the roll and went first. I was pretty aggressive will my units because I wanted to dictate what the Steelheads did. Little did I know the cav would smash in Nemo’s face. 😛
Devilsquid and his custom Brocker jersey. Pretty cool stuff.
750 points: Cygnar vs. Trollbloods
For my game against Kevin, I have this:
Epic Doomshaper. Yeah, he’s going to be a lot of fun.
I won the roll and went first, which was as theme this weekend for once. All it meant was that my dude got eaten faster.
This was before the Great Bitin’ Off Headz event of 2009. The Earthborn over there was bonded to eDoomy and proceed to heal from killing SGs and then threw the bodies at Rowdy. Much hilarity.
Yup, they’re still standing…
Kevin’s list:
  • Epic Doomshaper
  • Mauler
  • Mauler
  • Earthborn (bonded)
  • Earthborn 
  • Kriel stone bearer [6]
  • Gatormen [5]
  • Feralgeist
  • Swamp Gobbers
My list:
  • Epic Nemo
  • Squire
  • Thorn
  • Ol Rowdy 
  • Thunderhead
  • GMCA
  • JWC
  • Ogrun Bokur
  • Reinholdt
  • Rupert
  • Stormsmith x3
  • Stormguard [10]
Key points in this game: A Dire Troll Mauler charging Nemo from 20″ away, Stormguard being thrown at Ol Rowdy, eNemo surviving having a Mauler thrown at his head, eNemo popping his feat and killing a Mauler twice, only to be eaten by Gatormen… It was great fun, I wish I could remember more of the particulars. Yeah, I suck. 😛
1000 points: Cygnar vs Steelheads
The epic battle takes place!
There were a lot of damn models on both sides of the board. And I’ve actually got a partial battle report for this one. I’m going from memory and what I can make out from the pic for DS’ list.
Devilsquid’s list:
  • Ashlynn
  • – Vanguard
  • Bart
  • – Nomad
  • – Nomad
  • eEiryss
  • Rupert
  • Stannis (duh)
  • Steelhead Halberdiers [10]
  • Steelhead Halberdiers [10]
  • Steelhead Halberdiers [10]
  • Steelhead Halberdiers [10]
  • Steelhead Cav [3]
  • Steelhead Cav [3]
My list:
  • Ashlynn
  • – Vanguard
  • eCaine
  • – Squire
  • eEiryss
  • GMCA
  • GMCA
  • JWC
  • JWC
  • – Hammersmith
  • Ogrun Bokur
  • Ogrun Bokur
  • Reinholdt
  • Rupert
  • ATGM
  • – Officer
  • — Sentinel
  • ATGM
  • – Officer
  • — Sentinel

I won the roll and went first.

BF Turn 1:
Run just about everyone
Arcane shield on eCaine
True Shot
Dirge of Mists on ATGM 2
Quicken on ATGM 2
Feint on Vanguard
Arcane Shield on Ashlynn
DS Turn 1:
Steelies 1 run
Nomad 1 runs
Nomad 2 runs
Vanguard adv
Cav 1 runs
Steelies 2 run into forest
Steelies 3 run
Steelies 4 run
Cav 2 runs
Stannis runs
Piper plays Heroic call on unit of Steelies
BF Turn 2:
10 Steelies in various units die; blondie makes 5 tough rolls. *sigh*
DS Turn 2:
ATGM 1 Lt dead
Dude dead
Junior w/Hammersmith takes a shot in the face from Stannis
GMCA dies from Vanguard gun shield, of all things…
eEiryss dies
GMCA dies
ATGM 2 dies
Ashlynn feat
Bart feat
No, this is not looking good at this point…
BF Turn 3:
Drop True Shot
Ashlynn feat
eCaine feat
eCaine fails assassination run on Ashlynn
ATGM 1 still engaged by Steelies, stay put and are KD and murdered
DS Turn 3:
Dude 2 is killed while holding control point
Cav makes a run at control point for the win
I think there was stuff that happened on the other part of the board, but I don’t remember — I was too pissed off at dropping True Shot, which would have allowed me to get shots in on Ashlynn, who had Quicken up. Nothing like missing 9 times to bolster that self-esteem.
Still, it was a fun game and I’m looking forward to a rematch. 🙂 I had the right list to face the Steelies, just didn’t play it well. Then again, I didn’t play test it either. But hey, it was Devilsquid’s first 1000-pointer, and I don’t mind the loss at all.
500 points: Cygnar vs. Searforge
Or, hey, my army is fully painted!
Biggie’s list:
  • Madhammer
  • – Blaster
  • High Shield Gun Corps [6]
  • Forgeguard [7]
  • Thor
  • – Gunner
  • Gudrun the Wanderer
  • – Ogrun Bokur
  • Brun & Lug
My list:
  • Nemo
  • – Squire
  • – Thorn
  • GMCA
  • JWC
  • Stormguard [7]
  • Stormguard [7]
  • Sword Knights [8]
  • – UA
I won the roll and went first.
BF Turn 1:
GMCA adv, shoots Bokur with Blaze round for 6 points of dmg
Run Thorn toward hill with High Shields
Arc boosted Chain Lightning onto HS, kill 5. They pass cmd ck.
Yo-yo Thorn out of harm’s way.
B Turn 1:
Forgeguard adv
Thor attempts drive on Gunner, fails
Madhammer puts Bump & Grind on Blaster
BF Turn 2:
SG unit F (left flank) move
Thorn runs
Nemo arcs CL on Forgeguard, kills one
Nemo arcs CL on Forgeguard, kills one more
Thorn yo-yo
SKs charge Forgeguard, Blaster
GMCA does 6 points of dmg to Brun
SG unit Y (right flank) advances to screen Nemo
B Turn 2:
FG kill 3 SKs
Thor succeeds with Tune-up drive
Blaster misses SK Maj. with a an 11
Brun adv, shoots GMCA and misses
Lug adv
Durgen pops feat, hits SKs with Blast Back
Spray Bunny shoots SKs — miss, miss, hit, miss
BF Turn 3:
GMCA stands still, shoots & kills Brun
Thorn runs into melee with Blaster
SK charge, Major wrecks jack on two hits, thanks to Flank and Dismantle
SKs kill no Forgeguard
Junior misses shot on Gudrun
SG unit Y charges Gudrun, can’t hit on the charge
SG unit F runs to screen Nemo
B Turn 3
Lug frenzies
– 4 points to Thorn
– 2nd claw misses, Thorn disengages (I love that!)
Madhammer adv
– Ground Zero
– Concussion on Nemo
– Scree on SG unit F
– Shell Shock on Thorn
Nemo gets a crapton of energy tokens
BF Turn 4:
Thorn adv to engage Lug
SK attack Madhammer, left with 4 health
SG F adv
SG Y attack Gudrun
Nemo up to ARM 27 between focus and AS
B Turn 4:
Frenzied Lug destroys Thorn
Gudrun kills another SG
Forgeguard adv, enage SG F
HS shoot SG
Durgen Primes Forgeguard
BF Turn 5:
SG attack Primed FG, killing half with melee, half with electro-leap
GMCA shoots Durgen with Blaze round, 2 health left
Nemo steps up, casts boosted Ball Lighting on Durgen, does 11 dmg for the win
I really think I’m most comfortable playing either version of Nemo. I can’t help it, I like the old man. But I’m going to take a real close look at Durgen. I like what Biggie did with him and I think he’d be fun to try out.
OK, that’s enough writing for one night!

Templecon: The recap

February 12, 2009

Biggie and me on the last day of Templecon.
So Templecon was my first gaming convention. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was only going to really “know” one person there, and that was through a few phone calls, some texts and PMs on the forums.
I had nothing to worry about.
The cool thing about the Press Gang is that we really are like a family. It was nice to be able to put faces to names and talk to these folks in person. Prior to TC, several of us linked up through Facebook, so I had a head start on knowing what folks like CptCaine and Z looked like. Some people had pic of themselves in their profiles, so that was easy too. And at 6-foot-6, there was no missing Devilsquid. No, the Steelhead Halberdiers didn’t make the trip to the airport. 😛
Thursday night, I met the roomies — Tamwulf, Rawtooth and DS. Rawtooth, DS and I grabbed dinner at this Mongolian BBQ place called Fire & Ice a little bit from the hotel. Great food, a freezing walk, but a great time. I don’t remember much else since the last sleep I had gotten was Tuesday night. I think we finally crashed out around 2 and were up again at 5 to set up the ballroom.
Stubbs made terrain pieces for all of us. Devilsquid’s had a squid in the pond! Very cool stuff.
Set up went pretty quick. The terrain boards were great and the terrain pieces made for a great gaming experience. Then it was off to the PG breakfast. We had a great time meeting and greeting. Then it was time to register for the con and do my volunteer shift.
I think Friday was when DS and I played our 500-point game, the one where Nemo tried to stop a cav charge with his face. I also got in my 750 with Kevin and will try to recall enough details to fake a battle report.
Saturday, my volunteer shift was 8 a.m. to noon, and I ended up helping out with Hardcore registration and sorting sheets for Kevin. It was a neat event to watch, but not something I think I’ll do anytime soon. DS and I played the dreaded 1000-point game, which I lost on scenario (must upkeep True Shot, dammit!!). But it was a great time. I think we grabbed bar food for dinner, but I’m not sure.
Sunday was an easy day. No volunteer shifts until tear down, I think I slept until 7 or 8. 12 hours of sleep over 3 days, not bad, right? Spent most of the time watching games and hanging out with the crew. I ended up playing Biggie, which was great fun. And I won! What are the odds?

Kevin, CptCaine, GodimusPryme, Rawtooth, Devilsquid, me, Biggie.
After the con was over, a bunch of us went out for dinner and had a great time. Long live the Suffering Bastard! Damn, that was a good drink.
Monday was a catch-up on sleep day. Killed some time, then went to the airport. And that was that. 
In addition to a ton of T-shirts — Midnight Madness, Support Devilsquid for a Steelhead Warcaster, a Biggie rules shirt and a PG shirt from DS — I ended up with a few birthday gifts from DS:
Now I’m a real Cygnar player! Yay!
Pink dice and a bag that will be used for my Troll dice.
I have never had as much fun playing Warmachine as I did Templecon weekend. Sure, I didn’t get many games in, but honestly, I was there for the people. The trash talk from the forums carried over into the games with DS, which was entertaining, and against Kevin, I don’t know if there could have been more shit thrown in that game — mostly my SGs getting their heads bitten off and thrown into other SGs in the unit! Against Biggie, it was a close-fought battle and a ton of fun.
I will be going back to Templecon in 2010. Hell, we’re already talking about keeping the same rooming arrangements! It was a great time and I’ll go as often as finances allow. Even if I can’t make it every year, I’ve made some lasting friendships, which is worth more to me than winning games. 

Catching up: Screw you, United Airlines…

February 12, 2009

I should’ve paid the extra $60 to fly out on Southwest. I could have checked a bag with no extra charge and they would’ve given me a snack. And, most importantly, I would not have had to endure the flight from Boise to Chicago in a tiny-ass plane.

The annoyance started with my e-ticket check-in, where they try and get you to upgrade. And I can see why, given how small the plane was. But it was something like an additional $300 to give you the amount of room Southwest does to start with. 
The annoyance grew exponentially when I was told my army bag would have to ride in the hold because it wouldn’t fit in the overhead. WTF kind of plane was I getting on? And so my mostly painted minis rode underneath, with the only noticeable casualty being Thorn’s spear. Should’ve pinned it anyway, but still. Fuckers.
We were offered only beverages for a 3-hour-plus flight. Snacks were an option for the ride from Chicago to Providence, but they wanted to charge you for it. As if it wasn’t bad enough I paid $3 for a Cliff Bar at O’Hare so I didn’t pass out from hunger. The cabin crew on both flights was less than impressive. Seriously, if you don’t like your job, find something else to do. I solved most of this by plugging into the iPod and attempting to pass out. Even with no sleep Wednesday night, I couldn’t do it. I was too amped to sleep and so I mostly rested.
Flying back to Boise was relatively OK. I was asleep before we left the ground in Providence but was greatly annoyed when we were in a holding pattern over Chicago for for about 20 minutes. Then the pilot told us we might need to be diverted? Whuh? I don’t think so. We did land at ORD as planned, though a little late. Then it was the sprint from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, complete with fully loaded backpack and army transport. I was not amused.
I get to my connecting flight just as my group is being boarded and get herded onto another tiny-ass plane (two seats, an aisle, then two seats) that was full for the trip BOI. What the hell? Why would so many people want to go to Idaho??
It was the same drill. Beverages and then a charge for anything snackish. They wanted to charge $6 for a beer. Uh, no. It was cramped, but my seatmate was pretty nice. She had been on the flight out with me. Again, I was passed out before we left the ground.
It was nice to get back into Boise. But this has taught me that I will avoid UA like the plague. The service they give you for the money isn’t worth it, and they don’t even seem like they’re having a good time. I’m not saying they need to be all goofy and shit, but hell, don’t suck the life out of what is already a shitty experience.
I’m so glad I’m flying Southwest to the Invitational in May.

February 8, 2009

And now we face The Quartermaster!


February 7, 2009

1k insanity – and so it begins


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