Episode 21: Mesmerizing Joel Back into Hosting

Section 1: Malifaux day @ Chris’ house, Joel paints, and running a successful event.

Section 2: The Mezmerist and Mack’s un-optimized 40k army additions.


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Blog is a Terrible Title

Welcome to yet another blog in the general miasma that is the Internet.  I wanted to start up a public blog, mostly to organize my thoughts and progress on a regular basis.  Mine will be an irregular and meandering blog generally focused on my hobby life.  You are much more likely to see pictures of models and games being played than cat videos or failed Pinterest projects.  Apologies in advance for my complex sentences and eclectic vocabulary.  It’s also probable that I’ll toss in some random British spellings (armour, grey, recognise) because of a combination of playing a lot of British wargames and work related issues in developing materials for Australian clients.  Blame that if you must!  My fellow hosts will also be blogging as soon as I get their accounts set up!

I used to post fairly regularly on various forums, but most of the forums I belong to are either a) fairly public (read: hostile) places that don’t provide positive feedback or b) specific to a particular game, primarily Warhammer 40k, and don’t support the plethora of games that I do play.  I’ll be talking about playing all sorts of things, including some overlap with what is on the show, but I am a miniature gamer at heart, so I will likely focus on that a lot.

Completely contradicting the end of the last paragraph, I’ve actually been playing video games a fair bit recently.  I sold off my Xbox early this year as it was just collecting dust and using up valuable bookshelf space for disks.  I don’t regret the decision and I’m not likely to purchase a new console, but I’ve found that I miss occasionally playing video games.  I recently remembered that before the release of Fallout New Vegas, I purchased a bundle from Good Old Games with the original 2 Fallout games.  So broke out my general media tablet (a first generation Surface Pro), and have been having a fair bit of fun with the original.  I’m actually having enough fun to really consider building a moderate level gaming PC in the next few months.

That isn’t to say I’ve not been busy with minis.  I have a couple of Warhammer 40k models that are ready to assemble/paint.  Most notably, I have a pair of additional Imperial Knight Titans to paint.  One will be to spec with a fairly mundane paint scheme, though he’s been all lit up by someone who isn’t me.  This guy is for an army that one of the online communities I’m a part of does each year for charity.  We raffle off the army (usually armies) on Ebay and all the money goes straight to Toys for Tots.  The other model is a shiny new Cerastus Knight Lancer from Forge World.  This guy will be an update of the one I currently own.  I originally rushed the job a bit and although he came out nicely, I’ve refined the process a lot and can get much better results now.  I’m also looking forward to posing him much more dynamically.  Lastly on the 40k front, I am planning on a fairly large display board for my knight army.  I’m going to the Las Vegas Open again this year and I’d like to have a cool lit display board.  I have some plans that should work well with a techpreist working on  parts of my magnetized knights.

Lastly, I’m also working on my various Malifaux crews.  I’m sure it will be on the podcast tonight, but I got a couple more games in over the weekend.  I’ve now used each of the 3 Gremlin crews I own (the Kin, the Brewmaster, and Somer) at least once and understand most of my models much better now.  It lets me plan much more effectively what I want to get done.  I think I will be painting up the Lacroix sooner rather than later as I enjoyed playing them a great deal.  I’d like to have a reasonable amount of Malifaux stuff done in time for the LVO as well.  I (assume) I won’t be playing in the 40k championships on Sunday, so I’d like to be able to get a game or two in there.  Though I might do some more classes this year.  The classes that I took last year were really fun.

Tonight is podcasting night, so I won’t be starting in on any of these ambitious projects tonight, but I might get a start on something tomorrow night though.  I will endeavor to post pictures of what I’m working on as often as possible on this blog.  When relevant, I’ll also record videos (much like our Joel’s Six Second Challenge videos)  I may even occasionally record an audio blog on occasion and post it here as I have all the recording equipment (read: Mwuahahaha).  If you have any comments, suggestions, or other notes for me, feel free to shoot me an email at chris at thedicedecide dot com.

Episode 20: The Phantom Upgrade

This week, Joel is missing, so we replaced him with new recording equipment and a plastic McDonald’s toy.   We also talk about metagaming and how appropriate it is at the table, particularly in Pathfinder.


In segment two, we continue talking about metagaming and continue our coverage of Occult Adventures with a very brief bit of coverage on the Medium, though Mack and Chrissy think its the Mesmerist!

Episode 15: Black Joker was flipped!

Tonight we talk about some Pathfinder stuff, namely how fighters relationship with wizards. The answer? It’s complicated.

Then we get into Malifaux as we prepare to really get into some nitty gritty tactics and Malifaux love… Chris plays his first game!

Also, check out Maps by Mars
and, The Thin Blue Line
h and here is that Legends of the Night thing Chrissy mentioned.

Episode 14: Monkey Spheres!

Wow, just wow. If we can keep doing it this well we are in business.

This week we talk about a bit of potpourri, including We Be Goblins, The Crazy Squirrels mini con, free RPG day, and some 40k chat that sees me realize why I’m so butt hurt.

Then we talk about monkey spheres and dip into a “very special episode” territory. But it works, we think. We hope. Who knows.

Also, check out matsbymars.com if you’re looking for awesome mats. We’ll be talking about them more in next weeks episode, which should be fairly Malifaux centered.

Episode 13: Joel’s Six Second Challenge


Bit of potpourri in this episode, for section one! We talk about… well a lot of different things. Artemis, Malifaux, Snow-Horse Shoes (or Snow Horse-Shoes), oh man I can’t even remember. There was rum.

Second section we introduce Joel’s Six Second Challenge where we make him do something stupid as a standard action. Then we talk about homebrewing mechanics!

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