Monday, July 30, 2012


I am all in.

I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have officially joined the very good people over at HyacinthGames. Admittedly, I have arrived at this project reasonably late in the development stage; they already have a sizeable chunk of miniatures and fluff and rules and concept art completed (beautiful stuff, all of it)… but they have offered, and I have jumped head-first into the deep end.

I met the good fellows from Hyacinth at AdeptiCon 2011 and then again this year, and we got to talking. Specifically, the conversation seemed to return, no matter where else it wandered, always to two specific topics: one, to the very real notion that we are in a golden age of gaming; two, to the notion that there is ample room for creativity and interest in smaller upstart companies –particularly those run by people who share the passion, compulsion, and fascination with this fine hobby of ours. As you might imagine, one conversation lead to the next and the next, and… well… everything seems to have simply fallen into place.


To be candid, this is something of a dream come true. Like most unapologetic nerds, I have wanted to help build games in some capacity for a very, very long time. While that always seemed improbable, or at least unrealistic, for me, I find myself with a rare and comfortable position that I can actually make a go of this. And Hyacinth is jus the company.

While my specific roll is evolving, there will be quite a few familiar fronts tailored to my particular experience and skill sets. For example, in this coming week, I will be building a re-working a small “demo” table (perhaps two) for a big day the guys have planned over at Galactic Force games in Chicago. More table building! Ho! If you find yourself in the Chicagoland area, stop by on Saturday and say hello.

I will continue with some of the painting and photography responsibilities, as well as have a proper gander at the forthcoming rules… So very much to do. So very exciting.

Of course, I will still post about all these adventures here on A Gentleman’s Ones, but I will also be contributing to the Wreck Age blog and whatnot. 

So keep an eye for me both here and there.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dystopian Glory

Still at it hammer and tongs …with absolutely no sign of either life or hobby slowing down for a second. Will something give? Right now, we simply don’t know. Next week, however, will still mark an important announcement here on a Gentleman’s Ones. Stay tuned.

I mentioned recently that Roberto Vo5 blew through town like a hobby hurricane on his annual leave. I have known Roberto quite literally from the day I was born and, though at that time lacking fine motor skills and speech, we have been nerd comrades since that day. He is the reason I first read the good professor Tolkien back in the 80s. That should say it all, really.

Anyway, on this most recent excursion, Roberto introduced me to (and provided me with) Dystopian Wars, and even kindly, patiently walked me through a game with my new faction –The Federated States of Huhmurica. I. Effing. Loved. That. Game. -even though my most potent offensive move came the moment a much-worried Cruiser finally exploded and scratched a significant amount of paintwork on the surrounding enemy vessels. 

The fluff is catchy. The rules seem quite straightforward. The models are gorgeous –win and win and win. And the word "Dystopia" is right there in the title. Smashing stuff.

Because I don’t have enough to do these days, the FSA will be getting some serious painting attention in the coming weeks. Progress pending.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hobby Glory

This poor, forlorn, neglected little blog certainly doesn’t show it… but these recent days, weeks, months have been a time of pure, unfiltered hobby glory for yours truly. The whole hobby universe, it seems, currently rests at my doorstep (often in UPS packaging that inspires scowling from the wife). I am certainly not the first to say it, but this is a golden age for our fine hobby.

And I’m knee deep in it.

New Editions. New Ranges. Whole New Game Systems (currently looking at my 3rd). I’ve had a hand in all of that these past few months. And again, the blog certainly has not demonstrated this only because I have been too busy getting my glory on to stop and type about it.

That, and because there are two things in the pipeline that weren’t quite ready for proper public discussion.

One of them will be announced next week.

In the mean time, feast your eyes on a little of what’s been on my plate. Because Roberto Vo5 is an absolute legend, because it was recently his birthday, and because the good man subscribes to the Hobbiton tradition of giving on one’s birthday… generously… well. You know what this is.

To be candid, I have wanted to build one of these for a very, very long time. Then I read Titanicus, and that desire turned to something much more primal, more visceral, more potent.

Thank you, Roberto Vo5!!1!! Glorious.

This one is going to take a while. It is, clearly, a mammoth undertaking (dare I say, titanic? No. apologies). In fact, I would not expect to see it on the table top until mid 2013. I am going to enjoy this. Slowly.  

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wreck Age: coming along nicely

[++RETROACTIVE DISCLAIMER: although I didn’t at the time of this post, I now work with Hyacinth Games –the people that bring you Wreck Age. For the sake of full frontal honesty, I thought it best to announce this retrospectively so that there was no appearance of unseemliness or whatnot. You get the picture. ++]


I have absolutely no conception of how that happened. It has been exactly two weeks since I last posted. Granted, I did attend back-to-back out of town weddings, but still… two full weeks. Time, it seems, is relative and all the more so when with one’s relatives (thanks for that line Roberto Vo5). heyo.

Speaking of Roberto Vo5, the man himself was on leave last week and we managed an extremely pleasant evening of games. Roberto introduced me, in glorious fashion, to what is for me a brand new game system, and I am extraordinarily enthused. I will be making a full report of all that in good time. Stay tuned.

Roberto also brought a stupendous gift that has left me flabbergasted. You will also be seeing quite a lot of this one in the reasonably near future. Hint: it is massive!

Until then, I have two remaining images of the Wreck Age crew. It has been a few weeks since I last picked up a brush, but there is more of that on the agenda for this week. I have another six models primed and waiting. patiently.  

And then there is another facet in the making that I cannot yet tell you about. But it is glorious. So. Glorious.