Posted on July 18, 2013
My things, let me show them to you.A couple of things that I think are great and don’t have to be cluttering up any place other than this one: 1) Table Titans. I don’t think Scott Kurtz is great. In fact, I think the whole Kurtz-Holkins-Krahulik-Straub axis of game-related Seattle webcomic artists seem like – to borrow a phrase from Ben O. – 10lbs of cunts in a 5lb bag. I can’t begrudge any of them the living they make – hey, I can’t both draw and make up one good joke every three days either – but I have the suspicion that they are terrible people and that they’ve put the web part a little too far in front of the comic part. All that said, Table Titans is really enjoyable. Its about a bunch of people playing 4th edition D&D, with the action split between the players and their characters. There isn’t a whole lot of it and it moves slowly, but at twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, it runs on a more satisfying schedule than the otherwise reasonably satisfying Order of the Stick. 2) WTFD&D? Is just as great as it always is. Did you need reminding. 3) My iPhone. iPhones are dumb, but once I realised I can play games on it, iPhones are great. In particular, Elder Sign: Omens is great. Ticket To Ride, Steambirds, Agricola and Trainyard Express are also all great, but Elder Sign: Omens is particularly great. I think JIM has been on here before, singing its praises and I’d harmonize badly with that, one finger in my ear. The game mechanics don’t take too long to pick up although you’ll keep adding tricks as you go. The interface is easy and the art, reused from the Fantasy Flight dice game/parent is fantastic. It makes me want to see how the physical games works out, because I think slowed down with more players, you’d soak up more of the Call of Cthulhu-ness of it all. Highly recommended. I ploughed through the first six Old Ones, Nyarlathotep and Hastur being the biggest speed bumps. I’ve yet to beat the trail of Ithaqua, but it is tantalizingly close. You get 4 choices of Old Ones to play against with the basic game and Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep and Ithaqua are stand alone purchases that mess with the basic layout of the game: adding more encounters, more stages, more rules and more investigators. 4) I finally finished painting the NPC Castaways. I think this is great because it means I can get on with painting other stuff, like Rolland’s iconic witch, which is one of the most detailed and accurate miniatures designed from a painting. I’m kind of blown away by how much tiny detail from the Wayne Reynolds print they managed to incorporate into the miniature. It is as spot on as the GW LotR miniatures, but with crazy amounts of detail.