Monthly Archives: February 2014

My life in games: 1990-93

Part II of My Life in Games, where I unashamedly reminisce about all the games that I’ve had a special connection to over my life.

  • 1990-91: I spent a lot of time at the arcade, putting all my measly money into Final Fight and original Street Fighter.  My friend and I would go down about 9 am on a Saturday and leave when all our coins were gone.  We eventually won Final Fight (I played as Guy and my friend was Hagar), but we were no match for Sagat in Street Fighter.  Only the older teenagers could beat him.  I also played a lot of Alex Kidd and Wonderboy on my friends’ SNES, and Altered Beast, Sonic, Mega Man X and Golden Axe on my other friends’ Mega Drive.  We also continued to play D&D.  One of my friends was forbidden to play by his Catholic grandmother.  D&D was getting a bad rap in the media as some sort of devil-worshipping cult.  I gave him a set of dice for his birthday and she confiscated them and threw them away.
  • 1992-93: Ninja Turtle mania hit my school and we started to play Palladium’s TMNT & Other Strangeness as a bit of a break from D&D.  This led to briefly experimenting with some of Palladium’s other systems, like Heroes Unlimited and Ninjas and Superspies.  We then discovered that we could combine these games in an unholy feast of Kevin Sembieda-inspired lunacy.  Essentially it all imploded in a giant festival of overpowered teenage boy alter-egos, culminating in us shooting the Shredder with an AK-47 and assassinating Vanilla Ice while he was on stage.  Being able to make any sort of character we liked was too much for our power-hungry adolescent brains to handle, and we soon lost interest and switched to Shadowrun, which was disappointingly realistic by comparison.  Every week our characters died because in Shadowrun, if you get shot you tend to die.  I got really carried away with the Shadowrun background and started to write my own Australia sourcebook.  I also began collecting and painting Games Workshop armies in earnest: Dwarfs for Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Whatever the Hell I Felt Like, Mostly Squats for Warhammer 40k.  We didn’t play 40k much at all but we had a good go at Fantasy.  My own group of mates preferred RPGs but my brother and his friends really took to Warhammer so I often played with them.  We had a table tennis table in the garage which was great for epic Warhammer battles.

Next time it’s 1994, when I really started to play Street Fighter…

Iybraesil Eldar for sale

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The next models I have up for sale are my Iybraesil Eldar, the last project I started for Warhammer 40,000 before I pretty much stopped playing it.  Kieran from the excellent blog Do You Have A Flag? had first claim on them (as a result of his asking when I closed my old blog) but since he has bowed out, I’ve put them on eBay.

Here is the auction.

I tell you what, you think other game systems are starting to gain some traction in the market, and then you put a 40k auction up and you see just how enormous the game is world-wide.  The bidding has already passed fifty dollars and I only put them up a couple of hours ago.  In one hour there were three times as many watchers as my Infinity TAG got in a week.

Things to do, models to paint

On the Australia Day long weekend the family and I travelled to the coast for my friend Ben’s wedding.  I’ve linked to his blog before.  At the wedding we talked about miniatures (as you do), and Ben asked me if I’d like to swap a miniature for one of his paintings.  I agreed, and now I’m starting to think about what model I would paint for him.  Like just about every guy I know, he’s dabbled in Games Workshop games (Warhammer Fantasy Battle I think), so I was initially thinking I’d paint the Skaven Screaming Bell as I think it’s a great model and I’ve always wanted to paint it.  But now I’m thinking that there’s a whole world of miniatures out there, why go with Games Workshop?  Or even 28mm?  There are lots of really impressive 54mm models out there that are maybe even better as display pieces.

We shall see.

In other news I successfully sold my first model on eBay (for more than $1!), and might have found a buyer for my Battle Sisters, the Order of the Revenant Maiden.  Now I just have to finish painting one squad, as I realise that they haven’t been detailed.  I gave up on them in disgust and switched to Infinity models a year or so ago at the thought of having to paint twelve near-identical models, again.

Does everyone else find it as hard to get hobby stuff done as I do?  I used to have the problem of too many projects that I actually wasn’t very enthusiatic about.  Now that I’ve fixed that by resolving to paint and then sell, I find that I have hobby stuff I’m excited about doing.  The problem is my other responsibilities (my paid work, my writing, and some editing I’m doing on the side) seem to have crowded everything out when I wasn’t looking.

Bah, it’s too hot anyway, my paint practically evaporates as soon as I open the lid.