Obligatory end of year post

So 2011 draws to an end.  It’s been a pretty good year in terms of gaming, despite the holiday hiatus that always seems to set in whether we mean for it to or not.  My group hasn’t played an RPG since like November, and we played Man-o-War once, and that’s been it.  The 5DM campaign has kind of withered away, but it gave me a nice break DMing and I think I’m ready to pick it up again.  I have been talking with my brother about how to restart the Telengard campaign, and it looks like we’ll be using a slightly simplified version of C&C…reducing the saves to the standard 3e Fortitude/Will/Reflexes, and dropping “primes” (all checks will be target 1,5 add level and stat mods as usual, although I will use ability checks/skill rolls very sparingly).   Also dwarves, elves, halflings, and gnomes will classes, and I’m dropping the illusionist’s worthless ass, for now at least.  So that 16 classes.  Keeping LotFP encumbrance rules, and also adding Fantasy Wargaming style bogeys.  Probably adopting whatever weapon & armor rules Tom proposes.  Keeping ritual casting and shield-splintering. Done.

As far as the blogging goes, I’ve been slowing down a bit.  WordPress tells me I get 200-300 hits a day when I don’t post anything, and only about 50 more on days when I do, so I think I’m posting often enough to stay on the radar, for whatever that’s worth.   I also seem to have gotten about 175,000 views … which is counting every view since the blog began.  No stats on how many of those are unique but my sense is that I get a lot of search engine traffic from people looking for some of the old paintings and illustrations I have up, and other random traffic.  There are 44 subscribers now, which is triple what it was I when added the “follow by email” button earlier his year, but fairly small potatoes even for a niche blog.  What is cool though is that I think have some ‘quality’ subscribers — people who will comment once in a while or who have their own blogs or web sites or actually work in the industry.  So although I’m not of those bloggers who posts “welcome aboard” messages every time some subscribes, I do appreciate the vote of confidence and hope I am keeping you all amused.

Miniatures-wise, I have not been painting quite as much as I’d hoped to this winter, nor posting many pictures, and the ones I have posted lately have been of a lower standard.  New year’s resolution for the blog: photograph everything I paint going forward, using decent light and a tripod.  Might go the extra mile and build a light box but that’s pretty ambitious.  Right now I have a lot of things on the painting desk: frost giants, knights, henchmen, clerics, ghosts, and flying eyeballs.  So some of those should be coming soon.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some sweet minis Scottsz sent me… a WotC mummy (repainted nicely), a ‘demi-lich’ conversion, and a freaky ghastly whatsit that looks like it stepped out of an 18th century Japanese ghost book.  I will have to take a pic of the last one.  Stanks again, Scott!

Lastly I have confirmation that all the Iron Chef contest prizes have been mailed out.  Embarrassingly, I was the last person to send out a prize…the three donors all sent out their prizes before me. Thanks again to all the participants and donors! I might try another contest this summer.  (I have been advised that contests right around the holidays are kind of a bad idea, as people have so many other things competing for their time.)

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great 2012, and see you then.

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  1. Mike,

    I really like this post and may steal the general idea of it to do a post or two myself. I kind of like the recap of the year and what is in store for 2012.

    As far as the picture taking and lightbox the next time we get together I will show you what I am thinking of purchasing. A YouTube friend of mine picked one up and the results look fantastic. They have really improved his photo and videos. He still has the same camera but the quality has definitely improved. It isn’t that expensive and comes in a nice little travel case too.

    I’ll show you some pictures of it the next time we get together for gaming or something.

    Also, glad that I got back into the fold to get some gaming going on with you guys again in the later half of the year.

    • Thanks Chad, and it’s great to have you back in the fold.

  2. See you in ’12!


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