Skirmish

 

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I realize it has been a while since I’ve posted a blog.  It’s not that I haven’t had time.  I was off work for almost a month with a broken foot.  The truth of the matter is between doctor appointments and taking care of what I could do around the house with a broken foot, I have been working on yet another submission to the Black Library.

Another thing I’ve been doing is researching some of the various wargames out there.  Yes, I’ve played Pirates of the Carribean (an RPG), Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) and EPIC 40K, but in all honesty, I think I prefer skirmish games better.  Why?  Well, for starters, it’s about the time it takes to play the game.  It took close to two hours to play games of WH40K and EPIC took three hours or more.  I just do not have that kind of time on my hands.  I want a game I can play in anywhere from thirty minutes to just under an hour and a half.  From what I’ve learned, skirmish games give me that.

The other big reason I’m leaning more towards skirmish games is they allow a story to be told with characters.  As you probably know, I am a storyteller first.  You cannot get to know each and every character in a game with around 150 to 300 miniatures.  I guess you could, but it would be quite time-consuming.  It’s a lot easier to do with six to ten models.

As for the games I’m looking at, those include the 2017 edition of Necromunda (N17), Warcry and WH40K Skirmish.  N17 is an updated version of the old Necromunda game from around 25 years ago.  It’s basically Escape from New York on acid.  The second one, Warcry, is actually not Science Fiction, but Fantasy; Sword and Sorcery-type stuff.  The third one, WH40K Skirmish isn’t even official.  It’s a game system developed by a group of WH40K fans that allows players to use individual squads instead of whole armies.  It’s similar to Kill Team, but I like it better than Kill Team.

As far as factions for the aforementioned games?  That’s a post for another day.

p.s.  With some luck, I’ll eventually finish those stories I posted on here from before.

 

Catch 22

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What does the above color remind you of?  If you said Pepto Bismol, then you’re in agreement with me.

I wanted more time to write.  Well, I got it . . . at least for today.  My boss sent me home early because I am sick; I think it’s a stomach virus.  There is one going around here in my town and I think it decided to land on me.  Well, I’m still not feeling very well and am so sick that I can’t think straight enough to put two sentences together.

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  A good old Catch 22.

The Gears Turn Again

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For those of you who were wondering where I went, I’m still here.  I have been working a lot of hours at the institution (prison), but still writing when I have that most elusive of things:  spare time.

I realize some of you are wanting me to finish the two Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) fan fiction stories I started a while back.  Well, I will probably do that, but just not right now.  You see, Tuesday morning of last week I woke up at 3:00 AM from a dream about my own original storyline I’m working on for my book.  I worked on and off throughout that morning until about 10:00 AM.  During that time I came to a not-so-easy-to-make decision.  That decision drastically altered the direction of the storyline.  I had been writing the story that I thought others would want to read.  Instead, I’m now going to write the story I would want to read, and hopefully, there will be others who will want to read it too.

I tell the truth that I will likely, at some point, finish the WH40K stories, but right now I need to write what I’m inspired to write, and for now, it’s my book.

Playing in the Maelstrom

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A longtime friend and coworker has petitioned me to write some more Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) fanfiction and post it here on my blog so he and his son can read it.  My favorite faction in WH40K is the Red Corsairs.  They’re essentially space pirates who operate out of a Warp rift known as the Maelstrom.  I plan on this being an ongoing miniseries that I plan on posting in at least three or four installments, perhaps more.

For those familiar with WH40K, and the forces of Chaos, in particular, these stories will be based on the game’s 3rd Edition rules, especially the Chaos Space Marines Codex known as 3.5 Edition.  The most fun I have ever had with WH40K was with 3rd Edition, so that’s one of the main reasons I chose it as a background era.

 

The Light

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In one of my previous posts I mentioned that retirement may be in my near future plans. Unless something drastic happens to change it, I will be retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons by the end of November.

I do not as of yet have concrete plans for a second career, but I have various options on the table. Whatever I do for a post-B.O.P. job, hopefully more writing time will be a part of the plan.

To use an old cliché, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

300 Club

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I had a doctor’s appointment today and when I stepped on the scale I realized I had joined the 300-pound club.  I have been kinda-sorta trying to lose weight, but now I really have to knuckle down and do this right.  My doctor wants me to try a modified Keto diet.  She said I can have the protein but not as much fat as would be consumed by following the true Keto diet.  I can have a small (and I really mean small) portion of carbs as dessert.  This is going to be tough because I like bread and pasta, but I have to do this so I can drop down to around 240 pounds again.  I hope this will help get my blood pressure under control too.

Almost Done?

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I may be close to being done with working in a prison.  I’ve been eligible to retire for a few months and I have very recently talked it over with my wife about retirement.  Before, when I would talk to her about it, her response was always “NO”. But now that she has spoken to some of my retired co-workers about how good and stress-free post-B.O.P. life is, she’s not saying yes, but she isn’t saying no anymore.

Warrant? What Warrant?

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Earlier today I received a couple of calls from Washington State and messages were left on my voicemail stating that there was a warrant for my arrest from that jurisdiction.  I had to laugh.  I have never been to Washington State.  I am a Federal law enforcement officer, so if there really was an arrest warrant out there with my name on it, the powers that be at my job would know about it and take the appropriate action.  I would love to take a photo of my badge and send it to the caller via text message, but I’m sure the call was generated by a computer, so that would not be helpful for me.  Oh, well, I guess they’ll have to try that call on someone else.

Rise Up!

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Yesterday evening I put up a post about possibly giving up on my story.  Please disregard that post.  Between my sore muscles from having participated in CPR and Self Defense training at work and the crazy Texas barometric pressure messing with me, I think I just wasn’t feeling like myself.  Now that it has rained and the temperature has dropped almost 40 degrees, things are going back to normal.