Author: Mike Marshall

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

MAGE II – The Butterfly Games

So every year I try and run a event at my house that caters to both the lighter side of gaming and the whole social thing. You can see in the picture the bunch of reprobates that came to this years event. In the past these have all been Malifaux related, but as the spread of games that I play on a semi regular basis has expanded I wanted to expand what MAGE does as well – it does stand for Mikes Annual Gaming Extravaganza after all – and thus I have come up with the concept of the Butterfly Games.

Now I will be the first to admit that this isn’t a fully fleshed idea yet – I haven’t even booked the hall yet – but the rough plan is that there will be 7 rounds over the two days and each round will be for a different game. There will be things like jokers to give you double points in a game and the ability to skip a round if its a game you really don’t want to play but knowing the folks who come to these sort of events (bunch of try hards they are) I can’t see much skipping occurring. Miss out on points, not likely 😀

The games I am considering at the moment are

  • Malifaux
  • Guildball
  • Open Combat
  • Batman
  • Dragon Rampant
  • Dead Mans Hand
  • Gaslands

Throw in a couple of big multi player games (Zombicide has a lot of fun potential) and you get a decent gaming weekend. Well I think its a decent gaming weekend anyway.

If this even sounds vaguely interesting to you then please let me know so that when I firm more stuff up I can let you know. Also if there is a game that you think should be on the list that I have forgotten about, then let me know that as well, as I say its all still very fluid.

Until next time, I’ve been Mike

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

I expect you to die Mr Bond

I’ve been getting very excited this week about 7TV, inspired by the participation game that we are going to be running at Bonescon in February 2018 (tickets available now)

For those of you who don’t know 7TV describes itself as Inch High Spy Fi and is a game that enables you to basically play in the universes shown in TV shows such as Man from UNCLE and The Avengers.  Ever wanted to be James Bond or Our Man Flint?  Then this is the game for you.  Its in its second edition and its one of my favourite games that I never get to play, though I’m not sure why as whenever we do play it we always have a great time.

Anyway I’ve long wanted to do a dungeon crawl type game using the mechanics so the idea of doing a participation game where I can introduce people to the game has long been bopping around at the back of my head and this week I have started to make it into a reality.

First I’ve built a sewer board using bits from the Terrain Shed Labyrinth range.  This is one of 3 boards that the game will be played on (the other two are going to be the evil villain lair and a pretty standard town type layout) IMG_0421.JPG

This will be one of the potential starting points for our groups of superspies as they head out to deal with whatever mission they have been sent on.  It will be populated with security robots as well as the odd abandoned genetic experiment (or three)

As well as building this out I’ve also started working on the various casts of heros that players will be able to use.  At the moment I’m thinking there will be four different groups representing Britain, USA, Russian and some undefined Pan Asian conglomeration (got to get ninjas in somewhere).   Of course being a 60’s based show each of these organisations has to have a snappy acronym so I took to Twitter to see what my followers could come up with.  After I had filtered out all the sexual ones (amazing the acronyms people can come up with) I’ve so far got these

  • T.O.P.H.A.T – The Organisation Preventing Harm And Terror
  • S.I.C.K.L.E – Society for the Improvement of Communist Kulture via Liquidation and Espionage
  • L.A.S.S.O – League Against Sinister State Organisations

The final one is currently called DRAGON but haven’t managed to turn it into a cool acronym yet.  Suggestions on a postcard to ….

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Some SICKLE agents

I may also have bought hats for the players to wear.  Hey if you are going to go for it, really go for it.

So go buy your Bonescon tickets (did I mention there is a 10% early bird discount for September) and I’ll see you in the Butterfly House.

 

 

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Who are Parasol

I've been going back and forth this week working out some background for Ascension and how things all fit together in this shared setting that Matt and I are building.

One of the things that Matt has bern very clear on is that In the current time Ascension is the corporate headquarters for the Parasol Corporation but why they are there and what they are up to hasn't really been fleshed out.

Well, until now. What we have decided is that at some point in the past the founder of Parasol discovered a tear in the fabric of time and space that leads to other versions of Ascension (whats the point of having an infinite universe theory if you don't get to play about with it) in different planes of existence. This wormhole is know as 'The Rip' and the wealth and ideas looted from this alternate dimensions are the source of Parasols seemingly unchallengeable corporate wealth and power.

This concept of the rip also enables us to weave interesting stories into our existing characters. Why does Father Wilson believe what he is doing is right? Well an Angel told him so. But was it an angel or just some demon / alien that came through the Rip and latched onto what the good Father was already doing (an excellent excuse to get a game of Draculas America up and running)

The Rip also enables us to deal with things like the fact in one Post Apoc version of Ascension it is a zombie hell whereas in another its a Nuclear Wasteland (roll on the new Fallout rules). They are both Ascension just in one plane Parasol let loose a pathogen that turned the world into Zombies and in another they got nuked.

Now this might seem like a lot of effort to go to for a setting for our games – it makes no difference mechanically after all – but for us to see the narrative of what we are playing, which is the main driving force for our gaming, its crucially important.

It occurs to me as I write this that Ascension would be the sort of place that existed in OASIS as what we are trying to do is create our own game world that just happens to fit in with whatever we are playing at the moment. This thought makes me surprisingly happy.

Mike

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Busy Busy

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With the demise of FDWHP I have been able to flit between projects this week, completing next to nothing but still getting a lot done.

First up was working on 7TV stuff that will be used in the Butterfly House next year as I finally pulled the trigger on a basing scheme.  I had been going back and forth on using transparent bases but in the end just decided to go sands and tufts so that they matched in with everything else that I have been working on recently.  This meant I was finally able to finish off the Lvl 1 security grunts and made decent progress on the lvl2s as well.

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Then I finished up another Chibi in the form of Sensei Yu for my Chibi based Malifaux crew.  Have to say I am very pleased with how this one has come out and the crew as a whole is looking very nice.

I’ve committed to actually playing in an event with them in October (Joel and Eless are running a Halloween based story encounter) and it would be nice to have them fully painted by then.  I’ve started on the next two models but unfortunately Basketheads paint job all went horribly wrong so into the paint stripper he went.   TBF this is not an unusual occurance for my painting, its got to be right otherwise why bother.

Then the week turned into a basing and undercoating extravaganza as the Draculas America Nickstarter turned up – expect a review when we next record – and bits for a new OGAM / DR force arrived as well.

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Thats a lot of figures.

What else?  Oh yes played a game of Massive Darkness with Matt and my eldest daughter, expect to hear a lot more about this in the future as we really really liked it.  I’m a sucker for dungeon crawls at the best of times and this one has some excellent mechanics to it.  Seen some stuff online saying its pretty easy but if it is we must be doing something wrong as we were dead halfway through the dungeon.

Finally I did some work for Terrain Shed in the form of another building for the Rum and Villainy range (pirates).  I was hoping to get it finished this week but frankly thats looking unlikely as I’m off on my summer holidays with the family.  Stupid real lives getting in the way of hobby time.IMG_0239.JPG

Right, will be posting from the beach next.  Laterz

Mike

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Butterfly House Update

A quick update on where we are with the Fools Daily Butterfly House (FDBH) event that is going to be running at Bonescon in February 2018.

Tickets for Bonescon will be going on sale very soon and it seemed like an opportune time to give you a preview of what the schedule is going to roughly look like.  Now this is still slightly in flux ad hopefully we will be adding more things for you to do and play but at the moment we have this:

Friday

  • Dead Mans Hand Campaign event (loaner crews available)
  • 7TV Participation Game, everything provided, play for 30 minutes or all day
  • Frostgrave campaign event (loaner crews available)

In the evening we should be running playtests of the first Fools Daily game, Monster Smash

Saturday

  • Gaslands Campaign / Tournament (Details TBA)
  • Dragon Rampant Campaign event (loaner armies available)
  • Moonstone Event (Details TBA)

In the evening we will be running our Zombie Run game.  How far can you get?

Sunday

  • Of Gods and Mortals Campaign Event (loaner armies armies available)
  • Open Combat Campaign Event (Details TBA)
  • Mythos Event (Details TBA)

Over the weekend there will be participation games of Gaslands, Mythos and with a bit of luck Big Stompy Robots!

When you purchase a ticket  you are buying an entry ticket to the whole weekend, and this enables you to sign up for one seat in any event. Everything else is then filled up by sign ups on the day.  You can do anything anywhere with any ticket (as long as there is space in the event of course).

So feel free to play Warmachine, Malifaux or indeed any of the other games that are being organised, but it would be great if you could stop by the Butterfly House for a little while as getting folks playing games at the tables will help us ensure that the idea has a future and of course if there is something that you would like to see, just let us know and we will see what we can do (DC Miniatures Game????)

Will update with ticket info when I have it.

 

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

MIND Follow Up

Its seem like we struck a nerve with the A little bit of seriousness article from the other day, as its become by far the most read and shared piece of writing in this young blogs life.

This frankly is how it should be, everything else pales in comparison with the issues we discuss in it.

ka-logo-type-2.jpgAnyhow, we aren’t the only ones talking about Mental Health and gaming as an excellent article came across my twitter feed this evening – Depression and Boardgames an unlikely friendship by Katie Aidley which I highly recommend to you all.

I’m going to reach out to Katie and see if we can get her to come on the show to talk about it as well, it would make for a very interesting chat.

Mike

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Giving Up

The purpose of FDWHP was to bring some focus to our flighty minds and keep us concentrated on getting stuff done.  An lofty aim when you have a million and one hobby projects on the go at any one time.

However for me it has turned into a millstone around my neck and is actually preventing me from doing any hobby as I look at the tasks that I am supposed to be doing and then look at what I actually want to do on any particular day and finding they don’t align at all.

Which means I don’t do what I am supposed to be doing but also don’t do what I want to be doing which just leads to nothing getting done.

Hopeless all round.

Its like the stupidness of making New Years resolutions every week.  Start off with great intentions but ultimately nothing happens.

So for me at least I’m done with the concept.  Work on what you want and paint what you want when you want.

I’ll still be updating every week on what hobby I’ve done, I just won’t be predetermining what I am going to work on.

Simples

 

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Tortured Dreams

Space should not tear but there seemed to be no other way to describe the shimmering hole that hung above the surface of the planet. It sparkled with a myriad of colours and if you looked hard enough you would swear that you could see shapes moving beyond the event horizon, though of course that couldn’t be the case as the surface of the planet was desolated by war for miles around.

This was not the first time that Joshua had been here and each time he looked, he could see subtle differences. This time it seemed bigger and there were subtle whispers, just on the edge of his hearing, that hadn’t been there before.

As he moved towards the phenomenon it started to pulse like some sort of luminous heart and the whispers became audible if not intelligible. Would this be the time that he would make it all the way and discover what was on the other side?

Beep! Beep!! Beep!!!

Inquisitor Joshua Rands eyes snapped open at the insistent sound of the proximity alarm and the visions vanished into the aether as quickly as they had come. Stifling a muttered curse, he stabbed the open channel switch on the vox caster beside his cot.

“Inquisitor, apologies for disturbing your meditations but we have just entered orbit around the planet and have started our initial scans. So far we have not detected any unusual readings. We have also received an astropath transmission from the Heart of Terra. Lady Kara has been delayed and will not make the rendezvous for another two days”

“Acknowledged” replied Rand, “The will of the Emperor be done. Inform Techpriest Anderson that he has two additional days to get his charges ready. As soon as Lady Kara arrives we will be heading down to the surface.” With that he broke the connection.

Kara’s tardiness was not a surprise, she had been disappointing him ever since the Ordo had placed her with him for training. If only he had been able to mould that rebellious streak into something more productive, though of course she didn’t see it like that, to her that spark in her nature was what made her a great inquisitor. Still there was no one else in the whole of known space that he would have trusted with this mission, such was its importance to the future of mankind.

Or at least he thought it was important to the future of Mankind. Once he got down to the planets surface he would soon know if the visions he had been having were from the Emperor himself or if the whispers were from more insidious sources.

2 days, what in Dorns name could have delayed Kara so …

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

Competition Time

be6b-88a0-4456-9130-ab29fcc4fbe5.jpgThanks to our lovely friends at The Terrain Shed we have a £25 gift voucher to give away so decided that we should have a competition.  But what to do?

Well if you are old like Matt (youngish apparently) and I you will remember the Radio 1 Summer Roadshow and more importantly the quiz that they did every day called Bitz and Pieces.  It was often the highlight of a summers day (when there was no cricket on)  Yes Matt had a very sad and lonely childhood.

Anyway, we decided that we would blatantly copy this idea and because I am a lazy so and so, I’ve just lifted the tracks from the movie soundtrack playlist that I put together for our recent road trip to Stockport.

So 20 tracks and we need the Artist, Song Title and the movie it is from.  Point for each, best score wins the voucher.  In the event of a tie, some sort of random pick method will be employed.

Email your answers to foolsdaily@outlook.com and the closing date is 11th August.

Direct download is http://www.foolsdaily.com/bitspieces1.mp3

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Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

A little bit of seriousness

Last weekend Matt and I ran a very successful (even if we do say so ourselves) Malifaux event at Wayland Games.  Its one of the ongoing Showdown series of events that we run and has been growing steadily event on event.  This one pulled in a fantastic 48 players.

Now according to the MIND website approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Just think about that.

It means on average 12 of the people playing games that weekend will have a mental health problem this year.  Thats a lot of people.  But thats if we just take the average.

Now think about the sort of folks who tend to be gamers.  We tend to be just ever so slightly out of step with ‘mainstream’ society, hence the nerdy and geeky tags the hobby often gets labeled with, so what do you think  about what that probably means about the mental health of a typical bunch of gamers.

Of my close gaming friends nearly all of them have some form of mental illness (no jokes please about how they have to have to be friends with me).  They might not talk about it publicly but it’s there.  Depression, Social , Suicidal Thoughts and worse.

It as also affected my family life as my eldest daughter has (and still is) suffering.  Every day is a battle for her and I am so proud of how she has pulled her life back from the brink and continues to get up each day.IMG_0346.jpg

So with all this in mind (no pun intended) we at Fools Daily have decided that we are going to do what we can in our own little way to support MIND.  At the event last weekend we held a raffle as we normally do but this time we allowed folks to buy extra raffle tickets and their amazing generosity meant that we raised £150.   Thats fantastic but I’m sure we can do better.

From now on every Fools Daily organised event will have some sort of charity focused component and at our Xmas Malifaux Story Encounter, all proceeds including ticket prices and the super duper charity auction that we are organising will go to MIND.

You can find out more information about Mental Health here and if you fancy just making a donation then I’m sure they will be happy to take your money.

Right, seriousness over, silliness will resume soon but thanks very much for reading.

 

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one