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Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4485   0
In spite of some truly fantastic content the first half of this week on Fortress:At, I've opted to barge this onto the front page as a blog post instead of as a reply to the current 5th Edition D&D thread. If you're not interested in Dungeons & Dragons in particular, the final three paragraphs call the question for the concept as a whole and I'd be curious to hear people's responses to what I think is a fundamental disconnect between the publishing and purchasing halves of the industry. [quote="Death and Taxis" post=112480]I have a lot...
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 7002   0
“Imagine that the cow is a sphere.” This is the punch line to an old Physics Professor's joke. I could repeat the setup, but it isn't funny enough to warrant the effort. The punch line on its own is sufficient to reveal the absurdity of how physicists view the world. They do it for good reason. Physicists need to paint the world with big fat brushes so that the large concepts they consider don’t get lost in the minutia. Having the cow shaped as a rectangle would likely work, but having it shaped as a cow makes...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3055   0
          My optometrist told me today that the amount of near-sightedness in young children is up 40%.  You can likely guess what the experts are attributing the change to -- hand-held games are changing the way young eyes are developing, largely because they are significant uses of young kids' time.  I'm not getting all preachy on this.  When Pete Townsend's hearing went south he asked is doctor if he should turn the music down.  The doc's response was that he should spend some time learning to read lips instead.  Myopia isn't a catastrophe and with a...
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Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 10240   0
Consider for a moment -- you’re a soldier in a big concrete bunker.  Coming up the hill towards you are: a) a group of 20 men with rifles, and b) a tank.  Beside you in the bunker is an artillery piece, the words “Anti-Tank Gun” written on it.  Which should you fire at?  The men, or the tank?  This isn't a trick question; go with your gut.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3197   0
Dear Sag, I noticed that you let your subscription to Ancient Warfare lapse. Of course I too am familiar with the bane of all magazine-lovers: the renewal reminder. They all want immediate attention and money. Result: they get put to one side and forgotten. Some time later you realize the subscription has lapsed, but now your collection is incomplete... Am I close? If that sounds familiar, then I'd like to invite you, once only, to renew your subscription to Ancient Warfare at this time. To encourage you to do so (and to...
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5390   0
"You need to teach that boy how to go on offense." Before you can fully understand how concerned I was when these words left my wife's lips I have to review something about the nature of twins.  In each pair, one is the good, the other the evil.  The boy my wife was speaking about in the sentence above is the evil.  You never teach an evil twin how to go on offense.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 1710   0
"You need to teach that boy how to go on offense." Before you can fully understand how concerned I was when these words left my wife's lips I have to review something about the nature of twins.  In each pair, one is the good, the other the evil.  The boy my wife was speaking about in the sentence above is the evil.  You never teach an evil twin how to go on offense. Some will take offense at my recognition of this concept but those of us responsible for...
Last Man Standing
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 2802   0
"You need to teach that boy how to go on offense." Before you can fully understand how concerned I was when these words left my wife's lips I have to review something about the nature of twins.  In each pair, one is the good, the other the evil.  The boy my wife was speaking about in the sentence above is the evil.  You never teach an evil twin how to go on offense.
Interviews S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 14152   0
A few years back I was standing at the World Boardgaming Championships looking at the games table in the open gaming room when somebody behind me said, "does anybody want to try out a new game?" The offer wasn't to play the newest title from an established publisher, this was an offer to play-test a game still in development and the guy asking was its designer. I'm not the biggest fan of playing half-baked games with strangers so my initial reaction was to stay quiet until other people claimed all the spots and then go back to...
Knowledge Transfer
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 9868   0
One evening last month I sat down to a first session with a game I had been really been looking forward to. My goal: get two turns in. I wasn't planning to play a whole game; I wasn't even planning for two correct turns. I was planning for two turns with a bunch of take-backs and oopsies and lessons learned so I could beat my understanding of the game into shape. That way when I sat down to it the second time, I'd be all ready to go. I love this part of gaming.
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