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    • Kraken
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      Yeah, sure, why not? Figure we’re always doing things the other way around, anyway… just so long as it’s in a while, because BOY do I have some financial restructuring to do.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      6ft 5in and I’ve never noticed you? 

      I need to get my bloody eyes tested. Anyway, welcome in from the dark!

    • Kraken
      Participant

      Dang, man. Fair enough, JET. Well, I hope things get a bit more chill for you – and it’s not like you’re leaving for really reals, which is nice. Thanks for all the hard work!

    • Kraken
      Participant

      Mate, I do that sometimes. I suspect you’re just a bit like myself, in that sometimes you REALLY need to step back from society and chill for a bit.

      Is it bad that I am deathly afraid of werewolves? I think not, myself. Perfectly sensible policy. However, I’m not the judge here…

    • Kraken
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      Once again I find myself feeling foolish for not checking this thread more often.

      Man, that’s so cool! I’m always impressed by folks who try to get out into the gaming world for themselves, regardless of capacity. It takes a spine of steel in a world where GW’s lawyers are lurking in every alleyway, C&D notices ready in hand – I understand this is part of the reason some of the BatRep channels on Youtube ran into difficulty. Seems silly to me, seeing as it’s basically free advertising, but there we are.

      What sort of mats do you make? General all-purpose ones, or for any specific systems?

    • Kraken
      Participant

      I don’t think you’re under any obligation to react to these questions a certain way, if it helps, so no I’d have to say it’s not bad.

      I think this is a thread which, by its very nature, can deal with some quite saddening stuff at times; confessions that are meant seriously aren’t often particularly pleasant to witness even though they can be necessary to get off a person’s chest. I think because of this there are going to be a few “is it bad” questions that raise the hairs on the backs of our necks from time to time. The important thing is to remember to be polite about if someone decides to bare their soul, so to speak, and keep in mind that they’re doing this because they’re pretty unhappy with whatever it is they’re asking about and want help in changing it. Hopefully that’s what you meant by the question, and hopefully this answer hasn’t been a waste of time!

      Okay.

      Is it bad that I think those mustard-seed sauce things you get with certain meals are absolutely disgusting?
      Help me understand, comrades. Help me understand their appeal.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      Well, if we’re suggesting things…

      As a few of you poor souls already know, one of my favourite pet ideas was to do something involving the HMS Victory. It’s docked in Portsmouth – as it has been for a long ol’ time now – and it would be really very cool and nice if we could organise a trip around the world’s oldest commissioned war vessel. I checked the ticket prices out and they are a tad steep at £18 for an adult, but considering the history of the place and the fact that a lot of our gang are avowed steampunks, a visit to the most famous vessel of the Royal Navy seems fitting to me!

      The only thing I can think of (right now) that may be a bit of an impediment is the issue of uniforms. Obviously, while Victory mostly serves as a living museum, it is also technically an active ship in the Royal Navy and so to turn up in what looks suspiciously like a set of political uniforms could be a bad idea. That’d have to be researched thoroughly, of course, a la the research we did for the Great Grand British Invasion of 2010.

      Still, what does everyone think? 

    • Kraken
      Participant

      Time for a little thread necromancy, I think.

      I’m having a jolly old Sunday evening listening to Pete Seeger and pals – Songs of Hope and Struggle. Quite relaxing, if you’re anything like me – not that many are.

    • Kraken
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      I do wonder sometimes just how big an influence Doctor Steel actually was on some of us, mind. I think for a lot of the American soldiers he was very important, because of course he did every single one of his shows/things/whatever in the USA. For a lot of people on my end of the Atlantic, though, I think it’d be safer to say that while Steel was an initial impetus towards getting together as a group, it was the friends we’d made and the fun we had that allowed us to grow into the awesome little pseudofamily we are now. I at least never saw a huge amount of Doctor Steel in that, beyond the basic “have fun” philosophy and maybe the music on occasion. I think we built a lot of what we are now ourselves, but that’s just my take on it and I could very well be wrong.

      To add to Dutch’s comment, it’s probably worth remembering this when we think about the guy behind the Doctor Steel persona, and remembering that he – like a lot of people who end up pursuing fame and fortune – was all too susceptible to the dark side of it is probably very important. John Lennon was a wife beater, after all, and yet a lot of people still find something of worth in his music. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we as a group are not Doctor Steel; we made our own successes, and we sure as hell don’t share his sins either. If folks still like his music, that’s fine, just as people like Lennon’s stuff, but it is important to remember that Steel was a man with flaws, and pretty dark ones too.

      On a semi-related note, very glad for Kato that she got out from under that. What a horrible position to find yourself in, and good on her that she’s found the strength to fight back and carry on.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      Any support is good! if nothing else, it swells the potential membership of the division and means that we’ll have plenty of people to trade ideas with when it comes to our fave games/strategies/worst modelling injuries or whatever. 

      Mate, I feel you on the out of print games – rest in peace, Mordheim.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. While some wargames have moved on from the ol’ self-painting days – X-Wing, to name one – most still require a bit of artistic involvement. 

      In any case, people shouldn’t be put off by their own respective skill level. I’m no Napoleon myself; this division would be for people of all levels and interests. No “That Guy” behaviour here, as it’d be contrary to the ethics of the Army for one – if only one person in a group’s having fun because they’re tabling everyone else, it’s a failure of a group.

      Scouter made a good point above, by the way. A worldwide tournament is INDEED possible, albeit difficult, due to the online simulators available to allow for games across oceans. I even used to use one in Uni… though I don’t remember what it was called. D’uuhhhhhgh.

      (Also OF COURSE Blood Bowl’s a wargame, have you seen how many people get killed by the crowd alone?)

    • Kraken
      Participant

      I’ll be there for round two – well, I mean, of course I will.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      I did expect that, actually. It’s a good point, though!

      To be honest, I don’t expect people outside of the UK (and then only parts of it) can join me specifically. However, the division would be a great way to organise local meetups in the areas a lot of Toy Soldiers live in – there’s a big ol’ gang in Boston and the surrounding area, for example, and London is an obvious hub for any soldiers in the UK. I’m thinking the Division would be more useful to people that way.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      Lookin’ good, Frosty! Man, it’s been a while since I played Minecraft. Kinda want to get back into it now.

    • Kraken
      Participant

      @Sgt. Dutch said:

      @Raptor said:
      I’ve just been told by a friend that my condition is a minor disability.

      Bullcrap. Your friend obviously doesn’t know the hell you’ve been through.

       

       Sounds to me like this person would benefit from kindly keeping their opinions in their pocket from now on.

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