FSS, Bugbears again? (a little ranty)

I used to joke that every few months the OSR blog-o-sphere blows up with some bullshit controversy or other.   DSC04397More recently though there has been a increasingly ugly thing going on where some people don’t like to see that people with opinions on things they disagree with have had some influence on 5e.   So they post stuff on various blogs (no links for the wicked) and whatnot saying these guys are … well the charges keep changing, apparently.  At first the accused (Zak S. and RPGPundit) were supposed to be anti-LGBTQ, then they were cyberbullies or something, and now the charge is something like: they send coded messages that send internet trolls (Manchurian commenters?) to harass their enemies.  No, really… get your tinfoil hat.* And if you ask for proof well that’s harassment right there. And it gets “better,” I guess, if you are a student of human stupidity and assholery, because now people who spoke out in defense of the first two guys (who frankly seemed able to speak for themselves…) are actually being harassed — I mean they are actually able to give evidence of it.  I’m just glad the guys making up the charges against Zak and the Pundit are decidedly not part of the OSR community.  They make whatever community they are part of look awful. The irony is that no-one reads the sites where the original accusations were raised but the two guys being attacked felt affronted enough to defend themselves on their more public sites and asked for people to show support, calling out the lying liars and their lies.  At this point no-one I play games with is probably even aware of all this BS.  I was only vaguely aware of “RPGPundit” and had only heard of one of the shitty people calling him and Zak S. transphobes or whatever.  From what I can tell, most gamers don’t know anything about all this.  Hell, I know some gamers that don’t even know there is a 5e. And WotC is certainly not commenting on any of this, for reasons of their own I guess.  I’d keep the hell out of it too. So naturally I’d been ignoring this for the last week or so but then I saw that one of guys who’s been fending off the baseless accusations is in the middle of dealing with a health crisis on the part of his long time girl friend and for fuck’s sake.  Enough already.  My advice to RPGPundit and Zak S. would be to ignore these losers.  But it’s not my name they’re dragging through the mud so I guess they gotta do what they gotta do. I can’t really say anything about RPGPundit though I suspect that it’s all lies about him; what I do know of Zak makes the charges so ludicrous as to merit no attention. Granted both of them argue a lot and doubtless hurt people’s feelings at various times, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that every person who’s been offended by RPGPundit’s “swine” comments and Zak’s unrelenting debates in comments areas and forums has come out to attack them or reblog the original attack.  How sad. At this point I should be posting something, anything, else as a palate cleanser, but I’m tired.  Maybe later this weekend. ========= * (To my discredit I gave some credence to the notion that their rabid fans might secretly be bugging the people they named & shamed.  I hereby apologize for the indirect damage that might have been done by my entertaining this idea in the comments on someone else’s blog. Asking someone to stop lying is NOT harassment.) ========== <Update … and it turns out the RPGPundit dude is pretty indefensible for completely other reasons. He apparently has talked a lot of crap about Empire of the Petal Throne, then ripped off the magic system and claimed it was developed independently (see link). And when someone illustrated exactly how baldly the rip-off was made, he won’t even own up to it. Classy.>

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Published in: on August 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Grenadier bugbears, Heritage kolbolds

Just finished the last of my bugbears and kobolds (I think!)

The more I look at the Grenadier bugbears, the more I think they are my favorite bugbears (although the Otherworld minis are a close second).  Although these guys were originally sold in blister packs with two axe-wielders and one sword-wielder, somehow I have three swords and one axe!  I think the issue is that the sword-wielder came in the “Action Art” boxed set too, so there are just more of them out there.  The axe guy has an extra-large head, but the fact that he has an axe also helps tie him in with the plastic ‘bugbears’ from the Dragonstrike game that I have.

Grenadier bugbears

Grenadier bugbears

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I figured the best way to make the sword guys distinguishable would be their shields, but then thought it might be cool if they were all the same…and finally settled on making one an ‘elder’ by adding some grey to his fur.

I went ahead and touched up a few WotC plastic figures I use as bugbears too — the one with a hammer was sold as a bugbear, but the other two were supposed to be orcs.  3e/4e orcs have a lot of hair, so painting them brown pretty much did the trick.

WotC-bugbears

So here’s all 15 bugbears in my collection:

bugbears

I’m not sure if I like the Heritage kobolds more than other manufacturer’s kobolds, but the Heritage figures have a lot of character, despite being in the same pose.

My kobolds represent just two of the four poses Heritage cast.  I got them from a variety of sources second-hand so I’m not surprised; this may also be a case of the blister and boxes having different contents, so the clubs and axes are just more common than the sword and javelin variants I’ve seen online.

heritage-kobolds

The Grenadier kobolds I have, which are from the mid-1980s I think, are similar but much slimmer and have no tails.  I also filled in the ranks of my kobolds with some Games Workshop skinks.  I can’t quite place why I started painting them all blue, but does help distinguish them from goblins.

koboldsI have Grenadier kobold mounted on a small dragon too, but forgot to include him in the group shot.

Published in: on February 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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Did someone say bugbear?

Oi. The never ending cycle of OSR drama. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, good for you!)

While you were debating harmful art in some RPG books, the bugbears got the drop on you. Serves you right.
Bugbears don’t need no stinking pants, let alone a social contract.

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 11:07 am  Comments (6)  
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Flesh for the OSR

Ok, just following this from March, what I notice is:

“Zak got a web show about an old school game played by porn stars; throw him under the bus!”

“Raggi says we’re OSR; throw him under the bus!”

“Kuntz says he’s not OSR; throw him under the bus!”

“That Invidious module looks a little iffy; throw them under the bus!”

Swords & Wizardy got a bigish publisher; throw it under the bus!” (more…)

Published in: on August 26, 2010 at 1:56 am  Comments (6)  
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101st post … whoopdipoop!

I forgot that we bloggers traditionally pat ourselves on the back when we hit a certain number of posts, comments, or days blogging. Dang.

Anyway while you’re here, this would be a good time to update your bookmarks. Old School Rant is dead. Long live Old School Jump! (more…)

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bugbears for breakfast

Or, why was Trampier only allowed to draw bugbears from the waist up?

(more…)

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm  Comments (3)  
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