the third part

The Third Part Podcast | Episode 2

Hi Everyone!

It’s me, the DM. The second episode is finished and ready for your ears! A day early! This time the gang goes shopping for items they don’t need and Rahm gets drunk. Episode 3 is expected to be ready by March 28th 2018. I hope you enjoy it!

Also, the intro music you hear is still called The Lounge, by Bensound.com.

You can also find the file here! (Its a google drive link)

ModCubes – A new gaming aid

I was flipping through Kickstarter a few months back, and a project happened to catch my eye.  That project was titled Modcube – Part Tokens, Part Dice, Fully Modular.  I decided to back it, and tossed in roughly $60 for two sets of tokens and cubes, planning on getting the ones that were created for Warhammer 40k infantry and vehicles.  Fast forward a few months, and they arrived in the mail!  Excited, I eagerly dug into the package, and assembled my 16 cubes.  Each cube can hold 6 different tokens.  After careful planning (actually it was just me thinking “Oh this could work.”), I snapped my 16 cubes together.  I had cubes with numbers showing how many wounds were taken, cubes showing what was rolled on the vehicle damage table, cubes showing if the unit needed to take a leadership test, and many other various useful status effects.

As you may remember, I brought them in to the Montgomery Mall one Saturday, and let Jay and Chris use them in their game.  In the middle of the game, Jay commented on how useful they were, which I call a big plus.

I rather enjoy these cubes, and highly recommend them to others.  They’re lightweight, durable, and can be rolled just like a normal 6-sided die.  The cubes and the tokens come in an enormous amount of colors, so you can easily choose your favorite color, or mix-and-match to get multicolor cubes.  They are very easy to customize with your own combination of tokens.  As of this current writing, not only do they have tokens for 40k infantry and vehicles, but they also have tokens for Star Wars: X-Wing, Infinity, Malifaux, Star Wars: Armada, Warhammer 40k mysterious objectives, Warmachine/Hordes, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, and D&D Attack Wing, so there’s a wide range of tokens.  On the downside is the fact that the colors can rub off on your hands if you handle the tokens themselves too much (Mine got a tad bit smudged as I was assembling them, but they’re still readable).

To sum it up, I’d give them a solid 9/10.  They will be selling them to the general public sometime in November at their site, www.modcube.com, so keep checking there to get yours!

Competitive Playing in Casual Games (Opinion Piece)

Winning gives a great feeling.  I’m sure we all can agree on that.  However, does that feeling warrant potentially ruining the fun of others in a casual game format?  For example: in Magic the Gathering, do you play using a deck that may not be certain to win, but will be a challenge for your opponent?  Or do you play the deck that locks other players into a one sided game?  Is it worth the possibility of annoying other players, just to rack up a “W” in games where the only thing that may be on the line is your dignity?  Or choosing to take advantage of an in game exploit in a video game that will undoubtedly result in other players complaining about what you are doing, just so you can say you won?

One should always take into consideration who you are playing and whether or not there is a reason to win besides doing so.  The adage “Winning isn’t everything” comes to mind in such instances.  Perhaps if something is on the line (i.e. prizes, respect, your grandpa’s soul), then by all means, go all out.  However, if you are playing against people who only want to have fun, maybe you should reconsider bringing your gun to the knife fight.

Mauler Fiend

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*Mauler Fiend Noises?*

This model took me over a year to finish. Its still not technically done because the tendrils are magnetized and I haven’t finished painting the other weapon option. I painted a large portion of it, didn’t like how it turned out, then I just let it sit for a year. I finished it when I decided that having a painted model was better than having an unpainted model, even if the paint job doesn’t look good. While the painting itself isn’t my best, I really like the way the base turned out. This was my first attempt at using cork board and I think that it looks fairly convincing as stone in some areas.

This model is still fun to field in an army list and it really ties the army together. I don’t have all the models I use painted, so its nice to have an intimidating daemon-y vehicle thing to run at your enemies face.