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It was maybe a little clumsy in parts, but I didn’t read anything that I could imagine causing genuine distress. Maybe it was Lambshead’s response that caused that reaction, to judge from what is written above.
I think it was the sentence, “Let’s face it, the image of Dave suddenly transmogrifying into Davina is enough to unsettle anyone — the reverse even more so.” that upset people, and I can see why it would cause genuine distress. I’ll try to explain why.
A lot of transphobia comes from the idea that men will pretend to be women in order to assault women. I’ve seen it in discussion around “bathroom bills” in the US, and reform of the Gender Recognition Act in the UK. Obviously, this isn’t the place to debate these, but I mention them in order to provide context. There is plenty of transphobia around the idea that a man will put on a dress in order to assault women. “Dave suddenly transmogrifying into Davina” could very easily be seen as an expression of that, and that could certainly cause genuine distress.
Lambshead’s response certainly didn’t help, but I don’t think that was the only issue.
Some might argue it was a storm in a teacup, but it caused genuine distress. I didn’t see any reaction from Rick Priestley, so have no idea what his thoughts were or are.
I did see reactions from John Lambshead. He refused to apologise and was insulting and nasty to anyone that suggested he should.
It may have been intended as a harmless joke. But in that case, I don’t understand why he wouldn’t simply say sorry. I’ve caused upset without intending to any number of times. And my first reaction, on realising that I’ve accidentally upset someone, is to apologise.05/12/2019 at 14:40 in reply to: New SOTCW article: 44M Buzogányvető anti-tank rocket #127645
But isn’t the “mace” referred to here the weapon, rather than the plant?
I don’t really know, but the author has said that all his sources claimed that it was named after the plant. *shrug*03/12/2019 at 12:00 in reply to: New SOTCW article: 44M Buzogányvető anti-tank rocket #127530
An interesting read, thanks. I am left wondering just how accurate an unguided rocket would be trying to engage individual AFVs at up to 2000m range?
My guess would be “not very accurate at all”, but I don’t really know.
There are plenty of images produced by a Google search BTW.
Yes, but as it says in the note at the start, I couldn’t find copyright information on any of them, so couldn’t use them.
I’ve used 20mm since I first started with Airfix plastics back in the 1970s 🙂 It’s still my preferred “larger” scale, although I’ve picked up a few 28mm sci-fi and fantasy figures.
20mm seems to be reasonably well represented, although it does feel like 28mm gets the most online love.
I used to have some 6mm, and still have a bit, but for smaller figures, I prefer 3mm nowadays. 3mm seems to be a very niche scale, and as such there doesn’t seem to be a lot of online coverage. That doesn’t really bother me, though, to be honest.
Yes! Published by GDW in 1987. I’d Place its level of complexity somewhere just to the north of Ogre – facing is an issue, guided missiles are in play, different infantry types.
Cool. I only knew of the Battlefront game
Sounds like a very interesting project.
It’s an interesting idea, but I have some concerns. Presumably nobody knows what the odds of any particular outcome, whereas with a standard game, the odds are in the rule book. That could potentially mean that people who play a lot will work out the odds, and gain an advantage over anyone that doesn’t play often.
Also, there was mention in one video that lights change colour or flicker sometimes to indicate particular things. That suggests that players could miss important information if they were distracted at that moment. I don’t like that kind of thing, but it may well appeal to others.
It might be great for more complex games like air combat or Harpoon, with the smartphone/tablet doing the calculations. Or augmented reality of missiles and bullets flying when you point the device at the minis. Or have some blind counters with the chips and the device will show it as empty or enemy unit depending on if your unts sees it or not.
I used to have computer programs that did the calculations and book-keeping in miniature wargames. I also wrote a program for modern naval wargaming that did that, but also tracked the location of all units. The idea was to allow submarines to be used stealthily, potentially carrying out an attack without the opponent having any idea of where they were.
Well, that’s a surprise! I have tried to send a PM, but for some reason Russell, you are an “invalid recipient”…
That’s odd. I’ve had messages from other people. Oh well.
I must be honest, it’s not a book I will find particularly useful as a gamer and modeller of the ancients and fantasy variety, so would be grateful if you would re-roll, and give Guy another chance. Hope that’s OK. Geof
That’s very gracious of you. OK, re-rolling the same D4 …
It’s a 1! Guy Farrish, send me a PM (or email me if PMs don’t work – Russell -AT- RussellPhillips -DOT- UK) with your address and I’ll get it in the post.
Thanks to everyone for taking part. Now that the competition has finished, I’ll say that I’m surprised no-one mentioned The Beast. There were some very interesting mentions, though, and I’ve discovered some new films and books to check out. Honestly, I’m terrible at favourites because I change my mind too often, which makes it hard for me to choose a winner 🙂
I’ve narrowed it down to a short list: Guy Farrish, Geof Downton, Ben Waterhouse, and Gregory Principato.
Count Belisarius would have been on the list if he hadn’t said that if he won the prize should go to someone else.
So, I rolled a D4 and it came up a 2, so Geof Downton is the winner!
Geof, if you PM or email me your address, I’ll get the book in the post.
I’m always up for a good read, but perhaps someone with more invested in Cold War/modern would be better suited. If no one steps forwards I’d be happy to give it a go!
It’s been nearly a fortnight and no-one else has asked for it, so if you PM me your details I’ll send you a copy.
13/09/2019 at 12:53 in reply to: Pierre Le Gloan: The Frenchman who was a double Ace! #122108
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I haven’t built an Airfix kit in years, but I’m sooo tempted.
Likewise, that is actually quite tempting.04/09/2019 at 12:37 in reply to: Pierre Le Gloan: The Frenchman who was a double Ace! #121291
But – Gaaaarrrggh! So much choice!
I’m not sure if it will be me or Michael choosing the winner, so I’m not going to comment on your choices.
But I just wanted to say I’m pleased that you like the prize, and that it was difficult for you to choose a favourite 🙂
Thank you, Russell. I was not familiar with Collection Calculator. It does indeed give me food for thought.
Glad it was helpful. I’m pretty sure I first heard about it via TWW. I had a look but decided it wasn’t what I wanted, but it’s always useful to see how other people approach problems.
I just remembered Collection Calculator. Might be worth taking a look for inspiration/ideas:
I use calibre for my books, including wargames rules.
For my wargames models, including terrain, I wrote a very simple web app (PHP & SQLite). It records scale, nationality, period, and state (not started, in progress, unpainted, complete).
I like the idea of dice towers that double up as terrain. I’ve seen a GM screen for RPGs that had dice towers built into it, and always thought that was a nice touch.
My wife won a dice tower, which we use sometimes when playing board games with the kids.
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Many years ago, I saw a participation game at Triples that had enclosed boxes with a clear plastic lid for the dice. Pick up the box, give it a shake, look through the clear lid to see the result.
I always thought that was a rather clever idea, but for general use you’d need some way to open the box to change dice.