July 26th, 2008

Gaming

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Every time I have myself half-convinced it's time to move on from City of Heroes, I end up having a really awesome night of it, and wishing I played more. Quite the conundrum. Last night featured taking my kung-fu scrapper through the Midnight Chain, which was good times. Just another pick-up group that meshed really well, despite an odd build (two blasters, two scrappers, three tanks.) And did I mention my groovy new boxing costume? Well, I just did.

Also spent a little time re-basing older Heroclix for using in Superfigs, the minis-obsession of the week/month. I say obsession since I don't have the time/opportunity to play often, but a boy can dream. I'll be a gamer 'till the day I die, regardless of how often I actually get out there and get things done.

Speaking of which, I don't think I ever mentioned that a couple weeks ago, I did make it over to warmaster's gaming mecca. We tried out a couple games. First was Heroclix Alpha, which is a cool little simpler version of Heroclix. Very keen. After that, the long-anticipated Song of Blades and Heroes, which is a highly ambitious title for what turns out to be a smooth, simple minis game. Highly recommended for people who don't like games too crunchy. Retains the core feel of a minis wargame without bogging down in obscure details or math. Next up: their awesome goofy post-apocalypse version.

I do, however, need to start tossing older gaming books and things that don't have any significant resale value. The specter of moving again has driven that point home, with a bullet. Sigh. I'm so much of a pack rat, it hurts, but I need to face facts on this.

News

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'Some journalists say the American military is making a growing effort to control graphic war images from Iraq.' More from BAGnewsNotes here, as it's right up their alley.

Maryland officials defend their surveillance of death penalty opponents and peace activists.

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John Barrowman asks: why is John Barrowman gay?

Want some more vinegar in your beer? The Freakonomics blog revisits the subject of cheap wine. Good stuff.