We’ve been casting lots of Wiz-War pieces over the past weeks. I finally got some masonite to use as a base for the game board segments, to which we would glue the floor and spacer tiles.
I cut a square of masonite to size. Then we spread a generous layer of Tacky Glue and laid the tiles and spacers down.
Tacky Glue is thicker than typical white (PVA) glues, and it sets up quickly. So we worked in sections.
After all the pieces were set, we put another square of masonite and some encyclopedias on top to help it dry flat.
We’ve now glued-up two boards, and have enough pieces cast for half of the third. We need to get casting again, and start working on painting the boards and wall pieces. Then there are the cards, minis, and assorted accessories…
The Solstice Cardinal brought me gaming gift called Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot. It’s a silly, fun card game with a number of different aspects that make it quite interesting.
Basically, you try to keep get lots of Carrot Cards, so that you have a good chance of having the “winning carrot,” which determined randomly at the end of the game by a die roll. You try to keep your bunnies alive while ruthlessly eliminating your opponents’ bunnies. And there are numerous expansion packs.
The very best part, though, is that Beloved Wife enjoys the game! So that makes it a keeper. She even mentioned it in her blog.
Thirteen years ago, I made the best choice I’ve ever made; I asked my best friend to marry me.
I’m so grateful for the time we’ve had together, and I look forward to your wonderful companionship in the years to come.
I must say goodbye to a friend of many years, that passed away suddenly late last week…
This electric kettle provided service faithfully since it was gifted to me for my birthday in 2004 by my Beloved Wife. It has produced boiling water for thousands of cups of tea, which has become an important part of our days’ rhythm.
We are now trying to identify a worthy successor. But this Braun Tea Kettle will always have a special place in our hearts.
Wow. I took a two-week vacation over the holidays, and it was delicious. We’re all a little sad that it has come to an end, but it will be good to get back to our respective vocations.
I think we had a pretty successful 2008, and I’m looking forward to what 2009 has in store. There are a few things I’m planning on working toward, this year.
One lesson that this vacation has taught me, though, is that I need to make space to be with my spouse and son. With our busy schedules, this will take some conscious effort.
Beloved Wife starts her field work, today. I know she’ll do well. NatureBoy goes back to school; he’s thrilled. (Did I mention that he got straight As on his most recent progress report?)
I’m looking forward to going back to work, too. Well, I better tackle the remaining morning tasks.
Happy New Year!
A slug for this video flickered across the bottom of (one of) my IM client. I’d not heard of Keith Olbermann before, but it was nice to see this kind of message in such a visible way.
Olbermann: Gay marriage is a question of love
I also learned that a protest will be held on Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 PM in Burlington City Hall Park, as part of a nation-wide effort to counter California’s Proposition 8 and other anti-GLBT state initiatives.
Our gaming getaway concluded on Sunday, and I’m thinking it was a good thing. Our room was located in a high-traffic area of the hotel, so we were roused frequently by late night gamer carousing — especially Beloved Wife, who is a light sleeper. Needless to say, we all were pretty tired.
NatureBoy and I were scheduled to play just one game, Star Trek Fleet Action from 10 am to 2 PM. After breakfast, packing and checking out, we headed to the dealer room where we picked up two D&D 3.5 books at 50% off: the Fiend Folio and Monster Manual III complete our monster sourcebooks collection. BW and NB also each got an oversized die. One dealer had some fun t-shirts, but we resisted the call to spend.
Star Trek Fleet Action was a mixed bag. It was a huge tactical miniatures game, with at least ten players controlling several spaceships each. All the players except one hadn’t played the game from which this homebrew rules set had been derived. The GM has lost his voice from running many games already, and the noisy room made it next to impossible to hear. And even though the players unanimously opted to go with his simplified rules, we still each received a 10-page (or so) booklet of the rules and reference charts. (I should have known when I saw that the GM had provided calculators.)
We made our way to the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee for Carnage. We’ve all been looking forward to getting away for the weekend, even Beloved Wife, who isn’t actually participating in the convention. She’s a crafting geek, though, and brought knitting to keep her content (as well as some homework).
One our way through Randolph, we stopped at Mugwort & Malachite, a new-age shop, to check it out. It was small and dark, but had some nice things. I liked a few of the Dryad Designs statuary. NB picked up a dragon calendar.
We did some meal planning, and picked up a bunch of foods that you can prepare by adding hot water. We also brought fruit, snacks, and tea. But we forgot our electric tea kettle. :O So we stopped by the Price Chopper in West Lebanon, N.H., and bought a small electric kettle and a small crock pot (both on sale).
We had pre-registered for the conference, and we got all the games we requested except for the first slot. Here’s what our schedule looks like:
I’m taking NatureBoy and Beloved Wife to Fairlee, VT, for a weekend gaming getaway at Carnage 11.
NB and I will be gaming; BW will be doing a bit of school work, knitting, and enjoying Lake Morey resort. We attended last year and had a good time. This year, we’re looking forward to a bunch of board games, including Robo Rally, Wiz War Classic, Power Grid, and Star Trek Fleet Action.
In fact, we’re not scheduled to playing and role playing games together. I did reserve a slot in a GURPS Prime Directive (i.e., Star Trek) game in the late slot on Saturday, but it’s after my usual bedtime, so I may skip it.
Maybe there will be some Fear the Boot fans pulling together a World Wide Wing Night 5 celebration there.
My son’s sixth-grade class climbed Mount Mansfield as a celebration of their accomplishments, and I had the pleasure of being a chaperone on the hike. It was a humid day, the hike having been postponed from the previous day because of thundershowers. As we reached the top, clouds began to move in, which obscured the great view.
Doesn’t he look thrilled? 😛 I couldn’t be prouder.