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April 21st, 2008

Dork Tower, Monday, April 21 @ 07:57 am

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Good heavens, it's quiet on teh Intertubes, today. Let's talk about something.

I'm playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2 at the moment. mostly on the theory that, if I can't go to Las Vegas for GTS, I might as well blow it up.

Who else is missing GTS? Who's all there and having a great time?

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Having just read Harry Pearson's "Achtung, Schweinhund: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat" however, what I'm really jonesing for is to start painting up some miniatures again.

I literally found "Acthung Schweinhund" just sitting at the Last Square last Saturday, and was hooked as soon as I started thumbing through it. In the great British tradition of Gerald Durrel-esque comic memoirs, this is a sort of "My Family and other AFVs" tale of a boy, his toys (Commando comics, boardgames like "Escape from Colditz", "Action Man" figures and - most importantly - miniature historical wargaming figures), and holding on to them tightly.

Pearson's wit occasionally becomes a bit repetitive (he falls back on a '"Historical Person A" makes "Very Bad Historical Person B" seem like "Soft and Cuddly Historical Person C"' formula a tad often), but really, that's a quibble when a thoroughly enjoyable book essentially tells the story of your life from out of the blue. Born a year earlier than me, much of Pearson's experiences in the 60's and 70's apparently mirrored those of many an English schoolboy, from Airfix 1/72 Desert Rats all the way through attending the miniatures conventions that dot the British landscape seemingly every weekend.

Best of all, the book is insidiously educational, devoting chapter after chapter to the history of such diversions as tin soldiers, plastic models, boardgames and war comics. Although it must be said, stumbling across a howler like calling Gary Gygax a Canadian does make one want to double-check some of the other historical facts presented. So, too, did the author's disdain for fantasy gaming cause the occasional bump in the road for this Geek-Of-All-Trades.

Still, "Achtung Schweinhund!" has been passed from gamer to gamer at the Last Square, to the enjoyment of all. Not for sale, the copy I found belongs to owner Karl Krieger, and he's apparently loaned it to every other gamer who's walked through the store's doors. The verdicts are unanimous thumbs-ups: I might have thought some of the veddy, veddy British references may have been a tad esoteric for those not brought up in England in the 70s, but apparently not so.

An enjoyable, quick read, "Actung Schweinhund!" is well worth seeking out. Easier to come across in Britain and Canada than the US, though, it still may take some finding.

On the other hand, I've been looking for 15 mm Testudo formation Trajanic Romans for more than 20 years now, so finding my own copy of this should be a snap...

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Anyone know how to remove the "Funwall" application from Facebook?

It seems to be Spam-happy anymore, and I can't figure out how to get rid of it.

EDIT: Thus, removed. Thanks for the tips.
 
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From:jasonsmyr
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
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heh.. first post.. (ya childish I know)

And what i find more funny... is I know if I show that comic to a few friends, they won't get it ... not at all.
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From:jhghendriks
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Are you sure that you can make a legal Flames of War list using 15 mm Testudo formation Trajanic Romans?

Must be Early War Italians...
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From:muskrat_john
Date:April 21st, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Hah!
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From:pwca
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Excellent -- I had browsed "Achtung Schweinhund!" in the bookshop whilst my daughter mused over the Manga and thought that I might pick it up at some point. I promptly forgot the title and so now I am reminded. Thank you.

In the meantime take a look at "The Elfish Gene." It covers the same kind of area but specifically roleplaying rather than wargaming. It is slightly disdainful of the hobby now and of the time that the author spent gaming, but it makes one or two interesting points.

[http://www.amazon.com/Elfish-Gene-Dungeons-Dragons-Growing/dp/1569475229/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208792499&sr=8-1]
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From:muskrat_john
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
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I just got a pre-press copy of "The Elfish Gene" from its American publishers. They'd like me to do a quote for the back of the book.

I noted the disdainful tone in a brief glance at it...
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From:flawed_karma
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Any chance of you coming to New York Comic Con next year?

The gaming area was huge... *hint*
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From:muskrat_john
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to try to make it out there sometime.
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From:out0fcontrol
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Re: the facebook application - go to the "edit" next to where it says applications on your menu on the left hand side of the screen - you should be able to disable/delete it there

K
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From:muskrat_john
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Many thanks. Fury clouded my vision. I was looking under the application itself.
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From:awetitu
Date:April 21st, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)

Facecrack...the Pepsi of a new generation...

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I find the best thing to do is just remove all applications, keep it bare bones and add what you want later.

You can also choose to IGNORE an application entirely, so no matter how many times a friend sends you invitations to "Owned" you will never see their invite...it has brought me a great deal of peace of mind. :-D
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From:beezelbubbles
Date:April 21st, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Facecrack...the Pepsi of a new generation...

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Thank goodness for the ignore function. I hated signing in to see five invites to the same thing after I'd rejected it from two other people. Now, if they'd just make it slightly easier to get to...
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From:sircrowbar
Date:April 21st, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Facecrack...the Pepsi of a new generation...

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I have started collecting the invites, displaying them proudly to my friends as if I had hunted them in the wilds of Africa myself.

At this time, I got more invites for "Vampires" than "Vampire", which sort of amuses me.
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From:hurrigirl
Date:April 21st, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Hehe - I live in Vegas and want to blow it up...lol!
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From:muskrat_john
Date:April 21st, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
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*snerk*
From:yeuvald
Date:April 22nd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Well if you want a copy of Auctang Swinehund, just ask and I'll stick one in the post to you (I have a spare) I am sure I could find something for you to do in return.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:April 22nd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Thanks much. I already found one, and it's on its way to my sisters' place in London...I'll be picking it up next time I'm over.
From:yeuvald
Date:April 24th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Damn and there goes my chance for a one of a kind John Kovalic pirate flag!

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