So much has been going on since my last update that an update on my personal life is in order. I have moved (finally!). It went pretty well all things considered. The worst part was having to wait almost a week to get the natural gas turned on which meant no warm/hot showers during that time which was challenging. I’ve technically been off work since Friday of last week but there has been nothing restful about the past week. After moving, I had family in town to help install closet organizers in the bedroom. They took way longer and were more frustrating than expected but they do look extremely nice and are really functional so that’s good. My fiancée’s family has also been in town and we had the wedding tasting and made quite a few decisions around the ceremony and reception. We’re a month away from the wedding just about and I need a new suit and to get a wedding ring so things are going to be insufferably busy in the near future. Isn’t adulthood great?
Needless to say, hobbying time has been at a premium and I didn’t make as much progress as I would like in two weeks of “work”. I also am behind on everyone else’s content so bear with me as I hope to get caught up soon. All I managed to paint one measly synth. This one has a weapon that was interesting to paint. I just made up the lighting on the stun baton because I thought it would look cool. Hopefully, it actually does! Truthfully, I couldn’t remember exactly how I painted the previous one so I just guessed and while some things I couldn’t match up perfectly, I think overall, it looks pretty similar. I did try to increase the contrast of the new synth a bit more which you can see in the picture below. The one on the right is the latest one. I think the extra contrast adds just a bit more realism to it. If I remember correctly, this is my fifth Institute mini done and I have three left in the box so I should be able to have enough to play The Institute in Fallout soon enough!
Changing gears slightly, I somehow managed to read The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle to try and get inspiration for my future lost world Pulp Alley setting. If that name rings a bell, the author also wrote a certain Sherlock Holmes series you may be familiar.
I was a Literature and Creative Writing major in college and grad school so I have read my fair share of books and this one feels pretty Victorian in its sensibilities. Truthfully, most Victorian literature, including lauded ones like Dracula don’t hold up well at all too modern sensibilities and that was the case with The Lost World. It is very colonialist and racist but there are moments that really bring the setting to life. From dinosaur attacks to cannibal natives in South America, there were moments where I enjoyed the book and took inspiration. This is a spoiler and if you ever want to read this, please do skip this. One of the more unintentionally funny moments was where the scientists decide to help evolution/Survival of the Fittest along by supporting the native tribes against these ape-like creatures. They think in this matter of fact way that they’re just speeding along the inevitable and like it is their duty as scientists to ensure that evolution happens in this untouched and prehistoric part of South America. Its comical to think of such a thing happening now. We would obviously want to preserve life as best we can but not in Victorian times apparently! Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this book is that I feel like I can take some of the good ideas from The Lost World and improve upon them and make a more interesting setting which I am excited to do.
Finally, I’ve made a surprise move and dove headfirst into Arkham Horror: The Card Game. I spent plenty of money and time playing CCG’s in my youth. Mostly Magic: The Gathering but I also got into Pokemon cards pretty hard, some of the Star Wars games and Lord of the Rings. While I don’t play any CCG’s any longer, I really do enjoy those types of games and I’ve played another of Fantasy Flight’s Living Card Games, the Lord of the Rings LCG. I enjoyed aspects of LOTR LCG but also became really frustrated with others. Despite the fact that you don’t buy randomized packs of cards to try and get a collection that contains the strongest cards, there weren’t a lot of thematic decks you could build to win the various scenarios in the game. That was probably my biggest hope for the game so it ended up being the downfall for me with that particular game. Still, it was awesome to be able to play a card game solo and for some reason, I realized that I’d like to give another LCG a go and Arkham is a great choice for me as I love that setting as well.
I’ve only played the first scenario which I essentially lost in a very Cthulhu-like manner. I got beat up by some indescribable monsters and right when I got close to finding the truth, I had to run away because it was all too much for my investigators’ feeble sanity! The game is just so thematic for a card/board game that it really brings the Lovecraft world to life. That was enough to hook me on the game and I’ve spent well over $100 getting the next cycle (Dunwich Legacy) so that I play more of it in the coming months. I don’t think this will impact my wargaming hobby much, if at all. If anything, it will give me something I can do gaming wise over the next month or two because truthfully, I won’t have time to play Fallout even if I get the last bits of terrain ready for that. I don’t think I’ll talk too much about Arkham in the future on the site but it has been something that has helped me get through all of the craziness of the last two weeks so I figured it was worth sharing.