October 2003 Archives

Stargrunt and the Meaning of Minis

In other news, my flirtation with _Full Thrust_, and several recommendations from others, led me to borrow _Stargrunt_ from Inire. I'm not all that far into it, but I fear that this crazy "realism" thing they seem to be striving for is going to get in the way of what wargames are really about: little painted men blowing the hell out of each other. Optionally, stabbing each other with spiky bits. I fully appreciate that realism is very important to some people. And that most _real_ armies have chains of command. And that most _real_ soldiers would run right straight away from alien monstrosities from beyond death and space and time. And that tanks don't do that. But, dammit, I _like_ giant robots shaped like really mean humanoid cathedrals. I also like good, clean mecha design. (Not like most of our American muck.) Essentially, I'm a shameless devotee of style, even sometimes over substance. Of atmosphere over realism. And of clean game design, even when that sometimes ignores physics, or a half-century of military science.

Hunting

I've been quiet. Part of that is all of the _fun_ we've been having at work. (Now that we've freighted off the servers to someone else's data center, perhaps now would be a good time to figure out how we're going to support the product on their private net, hmm?) Part of that is general life craziness. Among other things, we've been looking for a new house. Actually, we've made an offer. There was a counter-offer. We spent most of the day agonizing about negotiations. Finally we accepted the counter, with one small request. But this is easily one of the most nerve-wracking things I've had to do. It doesn't help, of course, that we're looking at a down payment that is a 5-digit number an order of magnitude bigger than any check I think I've ever had to cut for anything. All that aside, it's a really nice house. I'm psyched. We're trying not to get too deep into decorating for, you know, actually _owning_ it. Pictures if they accept, and we get into the inspection period.