Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sometimes Dreams Come True

So, my beloved and I are buying a new house. It's been a long time coming and looks to be a dream come true - lots of space for all of us (we have 3 kids still at home), a great neighborhood, a nicely remodeled home - all the perks. We couldn't be happier about it.

But what does this have to do with gaming, you ask? Consider these shots of the finished basement:

Workout room.
Nice. Gonna get ripped. LOL! 
Play room.
Even nicer. Kids will love it.
Gaming Room!
BOOM! That's what I'm talking about, baby!
Ever since I was a pimply middle-school kid I've wanted to have a whole room dedicated to this hobby. It took 40 years to get there but... I'm thrilled.

I look forward to sharing with you all how the space develops, but just wanted to share my excitement for now.

Until next time, carry on!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Game Mat

I haven't been doing much modeling or gaming lately as we are prepping for a move. I did, however, recently purchase a 3'x3' gaming mat from here. I bought it on a whim and I have to say I'm really impressed with it. The printing is beautiful - very clear and vibrant. I think it will be a nice foundation for games of Songs of Blades and Heroes as well as my Dungeons and Dragons games. I'm sure it would work well with any game in fact. Anyway, here are some pics:

Close up of bare/rocky area.
Close up of path.
A party of adventurers is ambushed by goblins!

A shot with a Dwarvenforge cottage.

A mat like this is essentially a giant mouse pad. It rolls up for storage and lays flat instantly. It creates a nice padded surface for minis, important especially for games that rely on laying minis down as a game mechanic. As you can see, it's a nice addition.

If you've not looked at these types of mats you may want to give them a try. It took me a while to pull the trigger on one, but I'm glad I did.

Looking around online you'll find several companies that sell them. They come with lots of different types of terrain, from rural to urban to wasteland to outer space. You can buy them in sizes from 3'x3' up to 6'x4'. You can buy them with square or hex grids printed on in a variety of sizes. They really are a very versatile tool for miniature gaming. They can be pricey, but with care I think they will last a lifetime of gaming.

Until next time, carry on!