Maintaining Positive Hobby Karma – Part 14 Covid lockdown edition

It is fair to say Covid has had a fairly disruptive effect on both work and personal/hobby life. On the negative, work has been crazy busy and attempting to do anything of value in terms of home schooling has been very trying – net effect is my hobby routine has been pretty blown and I won’t be able to go to any of the gaming events or club nights for the foreseeable future. On the positive side of things, I have had more time with the family and managed to make time to do more roleplaying via Skype. I would normally update by my blog during my commuting ‘dead time’ while on the train to London and so I have neglected doing it with the same regularity. Continue reading

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Spectaculars RPG review

Previously, I did a run down of my history of playing Super Hero roleplaying games both pre-2000 and post-2000, as a preview to doing a Full run through of my experiences running the Spectaculars RPG from Scratchpad Publishing.

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*Spoiler* to cut to the chase, I think for me that Spectaculars is actually my favourite Superhero RPG of all time! Here is a quick rundown of all of the things that I dig about it: Continue reading

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Prelude to Spectaculars RPG review – a Grognard’s recollection of old school Superhero RPGs – Part 2

In my last post, I covered Marvel Superheroes, DC Heroes, Golden Heroes and Champions (Prelude to Spectaculars RPG review – a Grognard’s recollection of old school Superhero RPGs).  That pretty much covered a good chunk of my pre-2000 roleplaying experience of SHRPGs.  Due to University & work I then had a gap of around 10 years before I picked-up roleplaying and hobbying in general. Continue reading

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Prelude to Spectaculars RPG review – a Grognard’s recollection of old school Superhero RPGs

I have long been a fan of roleplaying games, with a particular fondness of superhero roleplaying since the 80s.  I immediately jumped on the Spectaculars RPG Kickstarter and was excited when it finally shipped in Jan 2020, only to find my old RPG buddies were still dragging their heels about committing to play anything regularly.  Fast forward to April 2020 and Covid-19 lockdown in the UK: all of a sudden I have an all too attentive group of gamers willing to play via Skype – turns out all it takes is a global pandemic to get my friends to the (virtual) gaming table 😉 Continue reading

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Maintaining Positive Hobby Karma – Part 13

Another late post, but here is a quick summary of what I did back in March:

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Warcry – Part 2: Terrain and Starter Set Finished

Wow – Covid-19 has really knocked me off my usual blogging game. Before lockdown I managed to finish painting the terrain and Iron Golems from the Warcry starter. Really enjoyed this coming together – just gutted that I won’t get to play it any time soon 😦
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Killteam: Deathguard, Emperor’s Children, Necrons & Tyranids

I managed to play a couple of learner games of Killteam at HATE Club last night – a fun multiplayer battle between Deathguard, Emperor’s Children, Necrons & Tyranids.
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40k Deathguard vs Genestealer Cult

So I’ve managed to complete one of my gaming goals for the year by playing a game of 40k at HATE Club! I dug out my trusty old Deathguard to play against a veritable Genestealer Cultist horde in 55 power level game using Maelstrom of War.
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Maintaining Positive Hobby Karma – Part 12

New year / new hobby karma reset! As a reminder of the rules of the game, essentially I am trying to make sure that net I paint, sell or give away more figure than I buy over the course of the year. I won’t mention the current size of the hobby cupboard of shame, just to aim to make sure that it is heading in the right direction 😉
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Adeptus Titanicus Part 1 – Warlord Assembly

The Epic Space Marine and Adeptus Titanicus releases were keystones of my teenage hobbying years. Before I picked up those games I had dabbled with attempting to paint a range of Citadel Warhammer Fantasy and 40k figures, but nothing more than a handful for any particular faction and not to any particularly unified colour scheme. I really got into the idea of collecting and playing with whole armies when I starting playing SM and AT which also required a level of perseverance and hobby focus that I simply hadn’t been able to sustain previously. Continue reading

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