• Return to 40K

    It has been a while since I picked up a hand full of dice in anger, but I am taking the plunge and dusting off the armies.  However, as I dig under the cover and take a look at the game, I am not liking what I see in terms of how the game has evolved in the intervening years.

    The game has evolved into fantasy with guns, and I never really liked fantasy. This leaves me in somewhat of a quandary. Where to from here?  Continue reading  Post ID 356



  • City Board One – The Canal

    This board was the reason behind my choosing to make my terrain out of 60mm high density foam and was the first board I constructed. In hindsight I leapt into the fray too impulsively and didn’t think through the requirements of the table as a whole.

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    Board One – The Canal

     

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  • Cities of Death Table – Overview

    I finally sat down and looked at the table sections I have made, plus the ones I have planned. The thing that struck me is that I do have a rather large number of options. In fact more than I first thought!

    I have five boards each with 4 orientations of which any three can be selected. I suck with permutations, however there are 10 possible 3 board combinations. Add to that the fact that a board can have four orientations and seven positions and there are three boards and “POP” (The sound of my head exploding!) Continue reading  Post ID 340



  • Restoration – The Green House – Part 1

    The green house started as one of the first buildings I finished for my city. In effect it was a trial piece and left quite a bit to be desired in terms of visual interest.

    Green House
    Green house as it once was

    As you can see from the picture, I made a number of key errors. The most glaring was the fact I had three door panels and one skull panel on the front wall. Duh! Continue reading  Post ID 324



  • Cities of Death

    So after a number of years I have dusted off the Cities of Death terrain which I started all those years ago. It’s funny how what you thought was amazing before is not so amazing now.

    I have been jumping about on the design side, and have already scrapped three assembled buildings which were not doing it for me. Sitting down looking at the boards I have made, I discovered a few things.   Continue reading  Post ID 303



  • Evil will triumph….

    …  because you lack the strength to do nothing.

    I have been reading news of the sham that is the Ross Ulbricht trial. From what I have been reading, the Government is going for the throat simply because this individual decided to expand beyond their reach.

    A few days in to the trial, the prosecutors made this suggestion to the judge (I’m told by a reliable party) during a sidebar: “You should forbid the defendant to gesture and smile to his parents when he walks in and out; we don’t want the jury seeing a loving family.” The judge agreed, and Ross is no longer allowed to gesture or to say, “Hi Mom,” in front of the jury. I’ll leave you to make your own judgement on that, but I found it disturbing.

    This is just another example of the excesses of the state running roughshod over the average person, and that person willingly letting this happen. We allow ourselves to comply without question to the absurd dictates of the state and before long we look around and wonder why we are no longer free.

    As Paul Rosenberg wrote (published in the Casey Daily Dispatch).

    The great tragedy of our era is the extent to which evil has been successful in convincing people to service it. Good people having yielded their wills arm evil, accommodate evil, and acquiesce to its actions.

    Hannah Arendt summarized it this way:

    The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

    People end up supporting evil because they don’t want to make up their minds at all. They want to avoid criticism and vulnerability, so they hold to the middle of the pack and avoid all risk.

    These people wouldn’t initiate murders by themselves, but in the name of duty, loyalty, unity, and/or the greater good, they cooperate with evil and give it their strength. But each plays a small part—none of them stretches so far that they’d have to contemplate the final effects of their actions.

    In the 20th century, however, the actions of such people led directly to the murders of 260 million people. And they did this precisely by avoiding decisions… by merely obeying.

    Sins of Obedience

    People think of murder, lying, and robbery as sins, but none of those has nearly the death toll of obedience.

    Basically decent men and women obey agents of evil for very mundane reasons. The process often goes like this:

    • Being confused and intimidated, they look for the center of the pack.
    • They try not to make waves.
    • They learn that they can avoid making waves best if they adopt the perspectives of their overlords. So they run the overlords’ slogans through their minds as a default program.

    In the end, these people don’t make up their minds. Rather, they take on the minds of their overlords and do their will.

    And so, the vast majority of evil done on Earth traces back to minds and wills that have been abandoned to fear and laid on the Altar of Obedience.

    So where will you stand when the forces of evil come a-calling? Will you have the moral strength to look at the actions of the few and say “This is not right!” or will you simply acquiesces, bow your head to the yoke, and look the other way?



  • Ticking Away

    Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day.
    You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.

    So went the opening lines of Time by Pink Floyd. Sometimes I am amazed that people so young can grasp the future in ways that others are unable to. This brings me to the point that prompted my latest ramblings.

    What am I going to do now?

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  • 2015 – A search for a new challenge

    I find myself in 2015 looking for something new to distract me. On the employment front I am working for at least the next 6 months contracting in Wellington. After that I am not sure. This does create a small amount of uncertainty, but also provides some upside as well.

    Current reading material :  Cyberpolitics in International Relations

    I am watching the developments in the markets with interest. This year offers some significant possibilities as it could get rather spicy depending on what the US dollar decides to do with itself. Personally I have moved a good portion of my ready into US dollars as a long dollar, short kiwi trade.