Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Updates Abound in Post #666

Another signpost and another "milestone" for the blog as this makes my 666th post at Mik's Minis! Wow, that seems like a lot! Sci-fi takes the lion's share of posts here with a whopping 259 tags with Fantasy at about a hundred posts behind in a fairly distant second place. It blew my mind so long ago when I had thirty something readers, so I don't even know what to think now. Thanks for all the support and y'all are the reason I try to keep it interesting and what drives me to keep writing.

I also realize that this post is going to kind of mark a turning point at Mik's Minis, and not in the same vein as Duck Sauce with his recent 'declaration to get things done' vows either. No, I do believe things are going to slow down around here, out of professional necessity if nothing else. Noted in my "big announcements" post (I'm not going to link to it, it's the one below this one) I have a new job, an "official" job, and as a first-year public school teacher my hands are going to be more than full. I went in today to look at my classroom and was equally exhilarated and terrified all at the same time! Mind you, I've been almost a post-a-day kind of guy, so I'm just saying that's going to slow down, nothing too terribly drastic.

Last weekend we held our "Bolterpalooza" event for my birthday. Basically we just played the Deathwatch introductory RPG adventure all day. It was a blast, good food, friends, and good drink. I've got photos lined up, I just haven't written it yet.

I've still got Flames of War pics I can't get off my phone too and I still can't find my tiny usb card reader thingie. I went to buy a new one, but it was $20 bucks! Forget that, I'll just keep looking here.

Now for our all-day Bolterpalooza my mom and daughter made me and the guys cupcakes. Not just any cupcakes as you can see, but Sleestak Cupcakes! Originally they were supposed to be aliens in little UFOs, but my daughter pointed out (all on her own) that the eyes were "wrong" and they should be Sleestaks instead. Once they put the green sprinkles on as scales, they were perfect! That's why when non-gamer friends of the family ask if I'm hoping for a boy this next time so I can 'geek out with him' I respond rather quickly I'm geeking out just fine with my girl already! Gender neutral geeking out is finally becoming more widespread fortunately.

I had a little birthday money, so I spent it on rulebooks. An important note here is I did NOT spend it on more miniatures! I could have, I could have very easily, but no, I showed some restraint. We all have boxes of unpainted minis anyway, right? So, I went with rulebooks, and I went with ones that have been on my mind for a while now.

I mentioned Malifaux some time ago, and looking back at that post, I'm surprised I've waited this long really. It's received enough positive word of mouth and solid reviews I have been curious, almost eager, to get to grips with it. Not to mention the figures look stunning, but I think I'll proxy a few games before I even think about those!

The next one is a relative newcomer in the, "Hmmm, I'd like to play that..." department, but it's near and dear to my interests and that's AE:Bounty. Again, word of mouth and preliminary reviews have me intrigued. It's sci-fi skirmish, but doesn't use points, focuses on small squad aliens, humans, and the like, and has lots of mini-campaign mechanics for the long run. The figs look great, but sheesh, not at those prices! Besides, I think I can kill two birds with one stone and play this in 15mm, accessing lots of great figs I already have.

Since Photobucket is completely failing me this evening, all I can do is tell you about the Strange Aeons game we played tonight. Not giving away too much, the pic at the left should be a big hint. Since Duck Sauce is taking the Deathwatch reins, I vowed to run a minimum of four linked Strange Aeons games. Tonight was just a warm-up, look for the reports soon, taking inspiration from the fine folks over at Geektactica.

All right, that's all I've got for now!


  1. Congrats on everything! Good luck with the new job :)

  2. Mik, I hope you find some way to instill or introduce your hobby into your class room. Congratulations!
    Cool Sleestack cupcakes, by the way. Inspired, I'm going to make my own!

  3. I have been told that DW will be out in 4-6 weeks .

  4. We might be getting into some Malifaux up here as well. Happy Birthday, BTW!

  5. Mik,

    Congrats on the new job and the added "task" of finding time ofr the hobby we all enjoy.

    I am sure you will not disappoint though andstill get a decent number of posts up. I look forward to your next postings ....


  6. @Indie: Thanks! I appreciate the thoughts, and I'll need all the luck I can get!

    @Gonewild: Of course! I'm mixing dinosaurs IN space as my classroom theme, and instead of drawing sticks or whatever for class helpers and what-not, I have a school-bound oversized d20!

    @Derina: They just sold out this past weekend at GenCon, arrgh! Check Amazon though, they've got it pre-listed at 30% or 40% off.

    @Rucht: Malifaux huh? You'll have to let me know how that goes, the rulebook so far looks great, and the figs are to die for.

    @Joe: Thanks again. I will still be posting, still all over the map to boot. In fact, I'm about to launch a new blog; completely different subject matter and genre though, so much so it warrants its own identity. Stay tuned...