Archives for October 2007

Warning Order #19 available for free download


Warning Order #19 [PDF]

Warning Order is one of my favorite gaming magazines. It is produced in PDF format and is a free download. They say you get what you pay for but this online magazine is consistantly good with fun to read articles and great layout. I highly recommend it. It’s focus is historical based gaming, of which I am a big fan.

Definitely check it out. All prior 18 editions are also still online!

Bomb Drop at Last Resort (Final)

Ok I finished the video. The live action greenscreen stuff did NOT work out. I need to get a lot more practice with it. Lesson one: make sure your backdrop is smooth and well lit!

Enjoy!

Test Render of Halo 3 film

Here is a test rendering from my new Halo 3 film. I think it looks pretty good so far. My question was how would it look on You Tube? I did all of the editing and output in High Def. Input was normal TV Quality DV. The aspect ratio was over ridden in favor of HD since the live video clips (not shown) were done in anamorphic wide screen.

More to come.

Pete

Coming Soon a new Film by Me


Link to my Halo Stats

I’ve been playing Halo a bit lately. I’ve decided to make a fun mockumentary of one of the games we did. It came from a 31 second clip that I found really entertaining from a game we played. “We” being the Buttermen of course; the motley group of Thursday Night Regulars who play Halo for fun. Least uptight bunch you’ll find.

The video will be a “State Channel 1 Broadcast” documentary about a battle from the Red Vs. Blue Civil War of 2363. It will feature Moi as the grizzled, grumpy veteran survivor of the battle. Hopefully it will be stupid and funny instead of just stupid. I plan on depicting Red as a dictatorship and make this documentary just another propaganda film. I hope to take this creative license and make something entertaining and communicate the experience of playing team based Halo games. All hail the Dictator in his Infinite Wisdom!

With almost 3 million games of Halo played in the last 24 hours it is obviously a pretty popular game. I think Halo 2 was a good game but it wasn’t my favorite. Halo 3 how is is amazingly good and ranks right up there with one of the best I’ve played. Graphically it really pushed the 360 and showcases the architectural strengths of the platform. It makes me happy to be a 360 owner. It’s not a perfect game but they get a lot right and the fact that I can make these videos is a pretty freaking fun thing!

“If Only it were So Easy”

Another game of AT-43

I had the distinct pleasure of getting in another game of AT-43 this weekend. This time it was Red Blok vs. UNA. Since we are still teaching new players the rules and learning ourselves we kept the scenario simple. The UNA had a M.IND platoon and the Red Blok had a Frontline platoon – meaning it was a tank fight with infantry support!

The terrain was quite simple really – 2 hills, some containers and that was about it. Most of it was set up as a linear barrier between us on a 6×4 table.

RED BLOK OB:

KKS (Kossak) with Captain Pavel Vrachov

A Nakovalny Recon Strider

2 units of spetznatz kommandos

1 Unit of Kolossus Battlesuits

For the UNA we brought out a Defender Snake “Cobra”

However it was clear that A) even the Kossack was going to have a hell of a time taking it down and B) it was going to be about 3 turns before there were very few infantry units left on the Red Blok side. So we withdrew it until Al had purchased something with a bit more AT punch! Literally this thing was going to level everything on the field. Since this was a M.IND platoon it had the advantage of all of it’s vehicles having the Repair ability. It was going to be a nearly impossible fight actually! The only thing it could not fight was the Kolossus battlesuits and that was with it’s weapons. Since they are infantry it could have easily run them over and killed them in Tank Shock!

*edit below: a unit of 2 fire toads is indeed a legal unit*
We subsituted in 2 units of 2 Fire Toads 4 class 1 striders with repair plus some nearby mechanics meant it was still going to be one hell of a fight between the two factions.

My other units consisted of Steel Troopers and standard laser bearing Steel TacArms. Now I did buy some Jam TacArms but that would have been a sick combination against the Frontline platoon.

The game actually was a little close. The Kossak is freaking tough and can take a beating all day long. Between my Fire Toads and the Battlesuits we were winnowing it down. The Nakovalny blew up around turn 3 so that wasn’t an issue. However I was not able to stop the Kolossus battlesuits from getting one survivor into combat range. Al had the choice beween roasting my battlesuits or one of my Steel Troopers. He chose to split fire (haha no really!) and put one torch to the Steel Troopers and one to the Battlesuits. Well, thankfully his dice are well known for going cold on him. He did a fair to middlin job on the Steel Troopers but he only took out one of three battlesuits!

The next turn came up and I threw 5 command points into the authority test. If I did not get initiative he was going to roast the rest of the battlesuits and then the Kossak was going to close range and lay some serious fire down on my Fire Toads. He also threw some command points and I was up +2 on the test. I had already blown one test with such odds in my favor so it could have gone either way but my luck held and at Range 1 (automatic hits) the Battlesuits did the Kossak in style…

Can’t call this a "miniature"


Yeah baby. 2″ long spider found right here in Nashville. It was back lit by a spotlight which made it even creepier. I had my tripod and my camera so I had to take a picture. I’ve lit it up with a laser to make it a bit more in the spirit of Halloween. I don’t know what kind of spider it is but perhaps someone who knows of these sorts of things can ID it. I do have another non-laser lit picture of it as well.

Got the creeps yet?