Archives for August 2003

Big A-do about nothing

Well the whole HMGS thing ended up being nothing as far as I

could tell. I asked around a lot and mainly there were some dumb

things that happened but overall I couldn’t unearth malice on the

part of anyone. This is a good thing. HMGS needs to have a long

run where elections are boring and everyone knows what to do.

Warmachine

Well my latest addiction is “http://www.ikwarmachine.com”>Warmachine: a fantasy game of

giant steampunk robots, wizards and rangers with rifles. It has

Paladins with electric swords! The game rocks and the backstory

is pretty interesting as far as that goes. I am running my

Fantasy Hero game using the background (Officially called the

“Iron Kingdoms”.) We are having a blast with it. I just finished

painting a Khadoran Warjack (Destroyer) and Kommander Sorscha

Warcaster. I have 2 Man-O-War Shocktroopers (powered armor and

glaives, gotta love it) as well as the Butcher of Khador, a

warcaster with legendary toughness.

The Game looks like a lot of fun. I played one solo game and

found it to be more complex then I first had anticipated. It has

some interesting mechanics. For example command and control is

placed in the hands of the warcasters. They are powerful wizards

who have some pretty amazing abilities. They have FOCUS points

and they must allocate them at the begining of the turn. A

Warcaster cannot order troops around, cast spells and do a

hundred other things without first allocating focus points. Since

these are a commodity they require careful consideration before

being spent. You can order a unit to charge for one focus point

for example. You can boost a to hit roll with a focus point. You

can boost damage too. In a duel with one Warcaster and one

Warjack against a similar team you can have fun and boost away.

When you are in a serious game with multiple units to think about

it becomes more problematic.

The artistry in the sculpting is quite good. The Warjacks look

especially interesting. Most of the warrior and pit-crew (yes,

‘Jacks have pit-crew of sorts) are decent. I’d rate most of them

7-8 on the coolness scale. Of course the coolest figures for me

personally are the Confrontation figs. Right behind them but

definitely catching up are the Reaper minis. In any event I do

like the Warmachine figures. I think Rivit Head, the design group

that sculpted them, did an excellent job.

I think my paint job for Sorscha is better than the one on the

packaging without risking too much to bragging. I’ve been doing a

lot of painting lately and I’ve been experimenting with inks.

It’s really done a lot to improve my skills which makes me a very

happy boy. I’m painting as much lead as possible now to take

advantage of my open schedule. I hope of course I get a job soon,

but until then I want to get as much painted as possible. My

method is to paint that which I think I will be able to actually

run games with. This puts the WWII stuff right up there, but a

lot of fantasy stuff too. I have a lot of skeletons to get ready

for the “Army of Darkness Game.”

Oh and before I sign off – learned an awesome way to make snow

for bases! Using white glue and BAKING SODA you can make extremly

realistic snow. You have to be patient though. It takes at LEAST

24 hours to cure so once you make it don’t mess with it. I have

created a place to put up pics and pages of my Warmachine

miniatures. Head on over to:

Kingdom of

Khador
web site and give it a look. Finally I want to also

mention that if you are looking for good card protectors for your

Warmachine cards I suggest Rembrant’s Deck-Protector Ultra*Pro.

They are perfect. You can use dry erase markers on them to mark

damage AND they are clear on both sides. There may be others that

are clear on both sides but these are the ones I found and are

using.

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Well, Just found out there is a good explanation for the ballot issue. The ballots were sent in plain envelopes with a return address of the CPA. The end result is a lot of people probably didn’t recognize that they were HMGS East ballots. I remember the envelop was plain but I was lucky in that I tend to open up all of my mail. This would explain a higher loss rate than explained by postal error. If so then the posting of ballots in non-voters names is probably just malarky.

However we still have the other problems to consider. More to follow. Stay tuned.

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Rumor Central

HMGS East Election 2003

Rumor has it that HMGS East’s 2003 election was somewhat irregular. The last time

there was scandal was 1999 when a Mr. P– was reprimanded for his aggressive campaign

style. While I didn’t think he had done much wrong there were those who didn’t like the

fact that he was collecting ballots and bringing them up by the boxload to the ballot area.

The result of that was a change up in the rules. Ballots would be sent out to individual

members of HMGS-East. Members would fill them out and send them directly to a CPA

who would then count the vote and certify it. A secondary source (typically another HMGS

Chapter) would then verify the count. This has worked well for a couple of years.

The problem is that this year, there are rumors of things having gone wrong. I am trying

to verify these rumors and have not yet done so. What you are about to read is simply hearsay

and not fact. However, it is worth reporting because maybe someone out there reading this

can verify what this is all about. It is probably nothing, but it would be foolish to not look

into it.

  • Charge 1: Not everyone got a ballot. By this we mean deliberately and not attributable

    to normal loss rates due to the postal system.
  • Charge 2: Votes were cast in the name of people who never recieved ballots.
  • Charge 3: The CPA declared a winner without a secondary source verifying the count.
  • Charge 4: The CPA has ties with a board member of HMGS East and thus forming

    a possible conflict of interest

Again, this is heresay. I got my ballot. I didn’t vote because the political in-fighting at

HMGS-East sickens me and I didn’t feel any of the candidates were capable of keeping it

under control. I think few would be able to. However the members of the board seem

to be very reasonable people. In particular I like Del Stover and LTC Richard Egtvedt. I

have enjoyed speaking with them in the past. The others I don’t know so well but, again,

they seem to be reasonable people. They don’t seem like the people that would get involved

in an election rigging.

What I am trying to do is disprove these rumors (its easier to disprove in this case than

to prove.) I don’t think that they are true. However, they are serious and the people I’ve

spoken with felt sincerely that there is a problem. If you know of anything, write me at

pmancini@yahoo.com

and include “HMGS Election” in the subject line. Hopefully we can get to the bottom

of this quickly.

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Welcome

Well here it is, my first post into this damn thing. I don’t know what the point of blogging

is but, what the hell, everyone else is doing it. I must be missing out on something, right?

The point of this blog will be less about me ranting randomly about my life. It will be a lot

more about me going on about my life as a wargamer. I’ll talk about projects, games, personalities

and politics in the tight community known as wargamers.

Ok, so what am I into?

  • Historical Miniature Wargaming
  • General Miniature Wargaming
  • Role Playing (all genres)
  • Silly boardgames and card games (but not the collectable kind)
  • Serious board game (maybe once a year)
  • Some games defy description – Rise of the Luftwaffe/Zero are games in this category.

The other aspects of gaming I will discuss in detail are projects (building terrain, setting

up campaigns, painting miniatures, writing rules), game reports (often called After Action

Reports or AARs and finally any form of politics that occur in the gaming community.

Apparently there is a lot of interest in this. I am a member of HMGS East which is RIFE

with politics. I’ll report all that I hear from solid facts to unbelievable rumors. Sounds like

a plan to me!

I am also a member of BattleGroup Boston which is a fun group of guys out of

Massachusetts. I say “guys” because it’s almost exclusively men. We have had women

members and even women on our board of directors but so few women are into historical

miniatures that it’s not easy recruiting them into our ranks. It is pretty much a funny hobby,

and while we aren’t exclusive in the least, there are social reasons why women don’t get into

it at all. At Origins 2003 I did see lots of women in Role Playing and some in the

miniatures area but they still form a minority. Surely over time this will change. With women

joining professional football teams how much further can this hobby be?

A note about computer games — why not ditch everything and just play those, you ask. I get

asked this a lot and the reason is pretty simple: computer games don’t offer one tenth what

miniatures and role playing offer. The biggest component missing is Social Interaction.

The kick for me is playing with people, across a table. The banter and the laughs are missing

from online gaming. Even the advanced games with voice enabled play don’t give you the

same feeling. They never will. While I do like computer games I don’t see them replacing

the social aspect of other forms of gaming. Also there is something special about a well

painted miniature that just can’t be duplicated with a well drawn avatar in my mind.

Well that completes today’s blog. Lets see if I care about this still a week from now!

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