Geek Speak.

The past six months have been more or less dedicated to a crazy idea we had at the store sometime last summer. It’s all coming to a head now, and that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Today was so productive, however, I’ve decided to give myself just a bit of LiveJournal crack time to celebrate. The Internet boon has indeed done funny things to us. But back to the Big Idea, which is twofold:

The epitome of geek chic is undoubtedly the gaming convention, and as an energetic member of the local industry, I thought it fitting that the store should run a memorable game for KublaCon this year. But not just any game – THE game. We decided to take advantage of the licensed Warhammer historical rules that recently came out and lay down a mean Old West scenario with all the fixins. To make it special, the only thing we borrowed was the rules. The rest is made from scratch. This includes a massive, modular terrain board broken into three sections, thirty-five painstakingly painted miniatures divided into six posses, parchment-printed posse lists that are burned at the edges, a massive wanted poster advertising the game, and a completely researched historical scenario, with write-ups for each posse that tie them together. We’re even bringing a truckload of tumbleweeds to the hotel. Like I said, geek city.

Time is now bearing down on me and Andre, and there’s not even two weeks before we’re set to present a brace of six-hour games at the con. The boards are almost done, and there’s so much painting going on that my eyes are starting to implode. We’re playtesting three times before Memorial Day weekend, with a host of willing guinea pigs of all ages and from all areas of the Bay. We’ve taken pictures throughout and have documented the process in full. As soon as it’s over, I’ll be pleased to show off a glimpse of the finished product – but for now, there’s no time. Back to painting, then.

The second half of this mad rush is due to the KublaCon staff kindly asking me to contribute a historical lecture to their popular War College seminar series. I’m thankful for this opportunity, and though concentrating on the content is stretching my resources while we’re trying to get the game set up, I think it will be a good experience and a fun time when it comes. The boys were good enough to put me up on their site with a slew of industry luminaries. The bio is ridiculous, to be sure, but the plan I have for the lecture is sound:

Rebels, Patriots, or a Little of Each? Myths and realities of the Scottish army of the 18th century

Against the backdrop of the War of Austrian Secession on the Continent, the later Jacobite risings in Britain proved a very real threat to the stability of the Hanoverian crown. Popularly mythologized as both a band of tireless freedom-fighters up in arms against the repression of foreign tyranny and also as a throng of infantophagic thugs, some Scottish Highland Clans eventually became well-integrated with the British military machine after the threat to London was forgotten. This seminar is an examination of Highland recruiting methods, Scottish arms and tactics, and Jacobite discipline during the struggle for the British throne in 1745-6, and how the same men who were so feared by British society subsequently became heroes of the British army.

This stuff has been my life for the past half-year, and while I love the busy rush of impending projects, I’ll be happy to see June slipping over the horizon before too long. Thanks for bearing with my geek freak out and also my absence. More soon.

6 Responses to “Geek Speak.”

  1. hermiston Says:
    May 15th, 2006 at 3:22 am

    I cannot wait to see the photos! All that hard work will pay of. Surely the game will be the best, and all the sweeter that it was borne of your own imaginations and labour.
    Have you read Plank yet? Good luck with both the game and the lecture.

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 21st, 2006 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for your encouragement here; it means a great deal. Haven't delved into Plank yet, as I can't seem to put the brush down for even a moment. He's on my list, to be sure.

  3. jacesan Says:
    May 15th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    I've never been to KublaCon, but this makes it a must see this year. I love to watch people play Warhammer, but never got into it myself. I knew you worked in a gaming store, but didn't realize the extent of your dedication. Which day do you think would be best to check out your game?

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 21st, 2006 at 12:35 am

    It really is the finest convention in the area. We're running the game both Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 6:00 pm. If you're interested in checking out the history lecture, that's happening Saturday evening at 7:00. Hope to see you there; I'm sure you'll have a blast.

  5. thistlelurid Says:
    May 15th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    I cannot wait to see the shots of the terrain…..and tumble weeds?
    So amazingly cool. No one will be prepared for that!
    If I were more motivated…I would craft a tiny army of lil jackalopes
    to stew amid the battles…. 😀

  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 21st, 2006 at 12:37 am

    The mini tumbleweeds actually roll across the table when people blow on 'em. Not that one would want gamers to blow on things near them…
    Jackalopes? Don't tell me you really believe they exist! 😉

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