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A group of friends that play regularly in Newmarket, Ontario. We play a wide range of board games and miniature tabletop games. Check out our little blog: www.boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.com

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Preorder open for The Mōdis

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Set in the early 1800s, The Modis tells the story of a boy with an unusual and unpredictable gift that allows him to alter the world around him. A suspicious businessman tries to adopt him from an orphanage, but unwilling to leave his sister, the boy embarks on a wild adventure wherein he is entangled in a plot to overthrow England's monarch. Along the way he struggles to overcome his traumatic past in order to embrace the future.

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Proof copies are in, The Modis is moving ahead!

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Bringing you up to speed, I've been working on my first book of fiction for a long time and am happy to be holding the first physical copies of the book. These will be used to address formatting issues and proof edit the book. There are a few people already selected to read the book and put the final touches on, but I am optimistic we can have the preorder available in May.

Keep up to date and all of the developments for this steampunk adventure novel at www.facebook.com/authorjoshlaverty and the official page: www.joshlaverty.com

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The FSA Patriot leaves the Painting Table

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I had a chance to paint up the Patriot today for Dystopian Legions, and was excited to put this guy on the tabletop. This is the first tank like model I've ever painted for the tabletop, and I admit I wasn't sure what to do. You'd think it would be simple enough to transfer the techniques that I have become comfortable with when painting anthropomorphized robots or humanoid characters, but in this case I especially couldn't decide on a colour to start with.
What resulted was in fact an accident.



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Don't Blow up my Christmas Gifts!

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I was happy to find a few gaming pieces under the tree this year, and today provided a chance to play with a few of them. These pieces were for Dystopian Legions, and one in particular is the Patriot Transport for the FSA (Federated States of America).

This little tank is armed with the Orlington .70 Cal Machine Gun, on a rotating turret. Faster than infantry, and reasonably armoured, it carries up to 6 infantry models into combat. Sections can equip up to 2 as an attachment and begin the game embarked in it.

A couple of things I really like about the piece is that even when it has disembarked its section, it has a use to provide light fire support, and it can be used to steam through, forcing models to disengage from melee.

As a model, I am astounded at the detail and shear amount of resin in the model. It is a solid block of resin, giving it a hefty feel in the hand. Assembly was extremely simple, with only 7 kinds of pieces.

Main Body
2 tracks
2 track covers
2 bumpers
Passenger block
Turret
Main Gun

With some crazy glue, it took no more than 10 minutes to clean and assemble, though in this sense I wouldn't have minded more of a hobby model type assembly.

For an example of some on the table drama in Dystopian Legions, here is how it played out in our game today.

Turn 1, it steamed up the field at full speed.
Turn 2, It closed on its target, crashing through the sandbags to disgorge a team of Armoured Infantry, who proceeded to fire and kill a Japanese Lieutenant. My opponent fired at it with his Field gun, and narrowly missed damaging it.
Turn 3, The exploding sixes went crazy!! My opponent again fired at the Patriot, rolling 10 Red dice, and 21 successes! Kaboom, there went my Patriot APC! In the process however, the blast killed his nearby commanding officer, Master Okinawa.

Ha! That's what you get for blowing up my Christmas Gifts!

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Spartan Games announces more Dystopian Legions models for late January 2016

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After a long silence on Dystopian Legions, Spartan Games has issued an announcement for 2016 just in time for Christmas.
4 Box sets will be available to support the COA faction in their Dystopian Legions tabletop 32mm strategy game.

Here is what they had to say: "Ever since the Iron Scorpion boxed set was first released there has been a pent up demand for the Covenant of Antarctica miniatures, and we are happy to announce that their first wave of reinforcements has arrived. Fully compliant with the Dystopian Legions 2.0 ruleset, we have four boxes of miniatures that will allow players to either expand their existing Iron Scorpion forces or start a new tabletop force of these exciting miniatures."

The COA force is defined by scientific superiority, and elite sections. Excellent at range, and also offering resilience to survive battlefield conditions, the Commandos and Automata are a formidable, futuristic force in the Dystopian world. Check out their ORBATs (army stats) here: http://www.spartangames.co.uk/resources/downloads


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Time for something a little Novel...

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Some of you may know about my incessant and persistent toying about with too many things at once. My hobbies are too broad, including extreme sports and terrain building, Illustrating and Sprinting. Subsequently, things like designing a board game, and writing a novel become very difficult to finish. That brings me to now; I have started, written, finished and never released a few novels and countless short stories. At this time, I am officially announcing the future release of my first book of fiction called "The Modis". My distinct hope is that this will help me to consolidate my attention and to put the final touches on this book.

I say it that way because I published a book of non-fiction a few years back, though it centres around an obscure sport called Observed Trials. This becomes my first foray into publishing fiction, and I am excited to tell you a little about it, and encourage you to keep a reminder in the back of your mind in anticipation of the impending pre-order and the coming freebies.

At the moment, we are organizing formatting and timelines with an intended release in the first quarter of 2016. Leading up to this, I plan to be sharing some of the characters and ideas that this project has gone through. If it piques your interest, subscribe to hear more about it.

Looking forward to an exciting 2016!
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Ryuma Steambike 360 Gif

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I've been working on painting these guys up, and had an excuse to refresh my memory on building animated gifs. It's been a while since I made one, but here's a view of the steambike in progress. I am loving these models, not just to paint, but also on the tabletop. They look great, with lots of detail. They also have some fun moves, and in particular can push models out of melee, which is a very useful tactic. This is one of the only ways of disengaging from melee in the game, if not a cavalry or jetpack model.

Ryuma can also perform ride by attacks, while moving at the double. Since they are skimming models, this is awesome for flying over buildings and other terrain, to hit sections with impunity, while pushing them around. One game I played involved them hitting 3 sections, and running over an officer, which in turn pushed him onto a booby trapped bridge, which blew up! This has made them one of my favorite models in Dystopian Legions.
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Found a complete version of Battle Masters, and willing to part with it.

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Have found a complete copy of Battle Masters, the boardgame from 1992 that has all appearances been licensed from Games Workshop, based on their Warhammer Fantasy line.
All models, tokens and components are here, including game manual, game mat, full card deck etc...
Asking $75 CAD + shipping
Prefer interac e-transfer or COD
Board Game Geek Page: Battle Masters
Listing on Board Game Geek: Here


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Dreadball Online Vassal Module Updated to Season 4 and MORE!

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The LONG OVERDUE Dreadball Online Vassal Module is now live!

http://boardgamesminisandmore.blogspot.ca/…/how-to-play-dre…

UPDATES:
- Due to the file being MASSIVE, I have scaled it down to 4 Pitches: Dreadball, Azure Forest, Ultimate and Dreadball Xtreme
- All bases updated
- Season 4 added
- Xtreme added
Please take it for a run and let me know if there are any issues or needed changes!
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Table-top Gaming websites, Looney Statistics

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Statistics of Game Company Websites
Always good for a lark, I've explored some of the meaningless estimations of online website value calculators and find it funny as ever. What you do, is enter the URL of a website, into the search bar on these sites, and it will spit out a theoretical estimation of the monetary value of the website in question.

Take this blog for example:
You can generate a report here, and laugh at our pitiful daily value. Here's a brief summary:
Our blog is estimated to be worth....... $58 at this time. It has the potential to make a little over $6 a year. It estimates that we have about 120 visitors a month, but happily our statistics page says it is significantly more.

So out of curiosity, I have had some fun plugging some big company's sites into Alexa (by Amazon) and a couple of other "webvalue" sites. To save you the trouble, I've compiled some loose information below from Worth of Web - which seemed a little more in the middle of the extreme results I found elsewhere.

Website "Worth"
coca-cola.com..........$37 million
walmart.com............$2 billion
meeplemart.com.........$18,376
miniaturemarket.com....$405,687 (down more than $100,000 in the past 150 days)
manticgames.com........$24,000
games-workshop.com.....$1.6 million
spartangames.co.uk.....$21,000
warlordgames.com.......$43,000
fantasyflightgames.com.$1.2 million
privateerpress.com.....$57,000

Apart from the nature of highly innacurate estimations put out by the "web worth" sites, there is some fun to be found in looking at Amazon's "Alexa" website. Alexa provides actual tracking of visitors, search engine use, and demographics. This looks a lot more official, and has charts; so it must be legit!

Looking at this blog for example, we see that Alexa thinks we have about 3 visitors a day (also very much not what the backend tells us), and most of our link-ins come from the dreadball module page on vassal, dreadball forum and the privateer press forum. The link-ins are correct, we consistently have visitors from the Privateer Press forum and people looking for information on dreadball. Guess we'll have to make more of that content!

So let's look at some fun information from Alexa on the big ones listed above, and for interest sake, the website of the company behind Dreadball; Mantic Games.

Manticgames.com
Demographic: Entirely Male, In/post College, Sitting at home.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 24%, Netherlands 22%, UK 20%
Most Searched: Kings of War
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Kickstarter

Fantasyflightgames.com
Demographic: Almost Entirely Male, In all stages of life, Sitting at home, and a few from work.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 60%, UK 5%
Most Searched: Netrunner
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Boardgamegeek

Privateerpress.com
Demographic: Entirely Male, In/post College, Sitting at home.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 42%, Finland 12% , UK 10%
Most Searched: Warmachine/War Machine
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Privateerpressforums

Games-Workshop.com
Demographic: Almost average Female, Above average Male, In/post College, Sitting at home, some at work.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US 30%, UK 19%, Ger 9%
Most Searched: Warhammer
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Youtube

Warlordgames.com
Demographic: Male, Post College, Sitting at home, some at work.
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): UK 34%, US 25%, CAN 22%
Most Searched: Bolt Action
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Shopify

Spartangames.co.uk
Demographic: Not enough Info
Country of origin (largest portion to smallest): US! %50+, 21% France, 10% UK
Most Searched: Firestorm Armada by a long shot
Most visited prior (after google): Facebook, Youtube
One of the top 5 links is us! Woohoo

Some observations and thoughts:
It is really a big difference between companies that people perceive to be competitors in the tabletop gaming world. There could also be some perceptions of what the most popular game is from a company. In the end, it's just fun to see how many people are visiting sites and playing some great games. And the joke about Fantasy Flight being in a position to buy GW might not be that far off of a possibility!

The really interesting piece for me was how much traffic is from the US, for businesses based in the UK, and how I've had this perception that tabletop gaming is much more popular in the UK than anywhere else. Yet in the case of Spartan games, if Alexa is to be believed, the vast majority (70-80%) of the visitors to their site are not from the UK at all.

Also, Mantic and Warlord Games seem to have the most balance in their international interest.

Also of interest is that apart from google, Facebook, and other social media sites are the leading contributor to web traffic. This is hardly a surprise to a hobby industry, but is also an area that some companies have little to no official presence. Games Workshop for example doesn't even have sharing buttons on their site.

What do you think web traffic tells us about game companies? Share your comments below.

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