23 Oct 2015

The Hope of a Syndicate - Video Games

Assassin’s Creed is a favorite series of mine. Assassin’s Creed: Unity did not do well in bringing the series main launches from the seventh generation systems which birthed the franchise into the new eighth generation of consoles.

Today Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will be released and I’m avoiding the reviews. Since the first game I am not picking up the game upon launch. Assassin’s Creed: Unity poisoned the well and made me think twice about picking up the game right away. Also I have no need to get it right away, I’m busy.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is giving me plenty of an open world, semi-stealth game with an overdone plot in a semi-historical setting. It’s also looking like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be able to last me or I may still be in the midst of completing it by the time my life goes deep into the world of Fallout 4. Fallout 4 is my anticipated game of the year.

Yet I feel the tug. The slight movement as I’m asked by ghosts from afar, maybe the First Civilization from the game’s own mythos, to pick up and play the game.

So we know what’s coming, let’s go over why Assassin’s Creed deserves a second chance… knowing that might not happen until after the holiday season.

19 Oct 2015

A place for everyone - Video

I spent over 48 hours with a couple of Dozen junior ranked NCO's of the Canadian Armed Forces. We lived outside sleeping in improvised shelters, practicing our annual list of military skills. It included navigation with map and compass - not GPS, CBRN drills - aka the gas hut, and remembering that Canada gets cold. It dropped past zero celsius. Wake up to -2 celsius in an improvised shelter and you find out how fast you move when woken up... I was waking folks up.

So today I've taken today off and I spent the morning after catching up on sleep watching the internet and their funny videos.

Come see.

15 Oct 2015

The Bust - BREAK

Well it seems this week is a bit of a bust.

Monday was recouping from two days of pure social activity, cleaning, and prepping. On Saturday and Sunday we cleaned the house, got some stuff sorted, and got ready for the two Thanksgiving events; Saturdays was at the in-laws and Sunday we hosted LiR, Red, Tambourine and their two boys collectively known as the wee Reds. By the time leftovers were issued and folks departed, me and Lady Bear were done. Monday was written off. Tuesday was back into full swing and in my case that means going to work, coming home to only leave for work again. From 7am to 11pm with a two-three hour window break in between. I turned WIN offline because Lady Bear is leaving tonight and tomorrow night I’ll be away in the woods at my second job. We both will be back by Sunday afternoon – tired and ready to start a brand new Monday.

So excuse the lack of posts this week but here is a rundown of what’s on the go.

9 Oct 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 - BREAK

Well folks up here in Canada it’s the October long weekend, aka Thanksgiving.

Saturday, I will be spending with Lady Bear and her parents. On Sunday I’ll be smoking a Turkey with Lady Bear, Moby, Tambourine, Red, and the wee Reds (Tam and Red’s two boys).

Monday I will relax.

There are a few Kickstarters coming to an end as well. Battle Chasers: Nightwar will end on Saturday morning. c2cup will end on Sunday. Both are neat projects and might be worth your time if you're interested.

I'm still tracking the Infinity: The RPG kickstarter which broke 200k as of this posting and we're about 7k away from finishing off the rest of the Human Spehere source books before we jump into the alien races with the sourcebooks for the Combined Army (230k), and the Tohaa (245k). So far I'm really liking the new d20's they are sporting. Note that the Combined Army dice is now white numbers rather than black numbers. Also the final design for the d6's are looking ok. Normal d6 show the following six faces: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The Infinity RPG d6 will show the following faces: 1 pip, 2 pip, 3, 4, 5, N. It will still allow you to use the d6 as a normal d6 but it will also speed up the tally of extra damage (1 or 2 extra damage), blank faces (3, 4, 5) or effects ('niffty Infinity styled N).

I'm painting my JSA which are coming along and looking great. They will be the focus of my painting for the next few months as I gear up for the winter. Looking forward to November releases, one because I'll be able to afford them, and two it will include JSA Domaru Butai 4 mini box set.

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain has been bright and fun. I've been at it, a bite at a time and it's going pretty well. Hint for new players - the water gun is a great silent way to put out fires, and electronics like generators, radio dishes, and communication centers - I havn't tried it on Camera's yet but it's been brilliant. We're a month away from Fallout 4 and that will kill my game clock.

Well that's what's up with me. Enjoy your weekend

- Cheers


7 Oct 2015

Heinz - Cooking

I've been dreaming a dream...

The snow has freshly fallen; the air is cold and crisp. The sounds are sharp, the daylight is that much brighter off the snow, and the world seems clean. Through the layers of clothing the cold creeps in inching it way against the extra heat being made from the extra effort of walking around through the snow with the extra layers of clothing.

You smell a fire and the cooking of meat. The scent of fragrant smoked woods, well cared for meats, and the seasoning gently slips into the air. The closer you get to the houses in front of you the stronger the smell mixes with the winter air dancing to be at the fore of your senses.

When you’re finally a bit worn, tired from the haul in the snow with the cold finally touching you through all the layers of protection you reach the house. It’s inviting with warm light, filled with laughter of cheer, cheers, and marry play. You walk in you strip off the warm clothing letting the warm seep back into your core, a warm drink is passed to you and you join in all the fun.
Heinz - in it's place of birth

Food is laid out, hearty full of flavour and freshly smoked from outside. It too has made it in from the cold after spending hours cooking slowly in dancing smoke. Your drink is replaced something less hot; a red wine given time to breathe, a cold dark beer or cool stout, maybe something fruity and sweet.

Friends who are more like Family, comfortable inviting places to explore fantasy worlds or talk about personal utopias entrenched in this world. The room is filled with conversations of busy days and expressions of where and when folks will be next. The sharing of life when gathered, letting others slip into fond memories of your life.

Good drink, good food, good people, community.

Good life.

Sunday Wolf, Big Red, Sergeant and I with some help from Moby (who made a smell), Pale Rider (all dressed up in white, supervising) and Lady Bear (who made smoothies, hot chocolate, and brought out a snack) built a home for Heinz.

5 Oct 2015

The Cinema ‘Wanas’ – Media

With the slew of flicks coming out this winter I’m eager to see the following flicks:

See you after the break.

3 Oct 2015

What's on my Mind - Ideas

I’m supposed to be writing a post about anything else. Instead I feel my mind fill with a flurry of ideas that escape into my language. The ideas and drafts I had planned for this week fell away to other priorities or simply being not happy with the posts.

I have to work on a new post but instead all this came to mind.

1 Oct 2015

Old and in-Prison - FU

The former Governor General of the province of Quebec is sentenced to 18 months of prison time. The 76 year old wheel chair bound former representative of the Queen was convicted of spending and claiming over $700,000 in expenses for personal use.

She’s quoted of saying to the judge “Since my youth, I’ve always helped everyone. … I can’t imagine that my grandchildren will have a memory of their grandmother being treated like a thief,”
When charges were first laid in 2009 her defense team tried to throw the case out. The reason was based on grounds her role entitled her to “sovereign immunity” which applies to the Queen and the “Queen can do no wrong.”

It had to go all the way up to the Supreme Court for it to be cast aside and have her face the courts. If you’re only defense is “I am above the law” when that fails expect the response to be severe.