Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts from an indecisive gamer

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Letting go... and accepting it.

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Last night I couldn't sleep, which isn't too odd for me.
It was nearly 1am and I had woken before midnight in time for the daily reset for Marvel STRIKE Force - my favorite App game on the iPad.
Then I found myself laying in bed, missing my Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game: Rules Manual which I had collected ever since the game first came out with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring boxed set and bought every other main box to come out after.

I really loved this game system, it was so cinematic and exciting.
Regretfully I sold my collection including my custom built Helms Deep terrain set around a decade ago.
Well I found myself missing this stuff so much that when I came into some money I rebought almost everything I had previously, especially the books by GW.
My favorite way to play was recreating scenes from the books/movies by playing their specific scenarios - this was so much fun, I never found army building games to be very balanced so never bothered with it.
But the scenarios were nicely balanced and very fun for both sides.

I was still a bit stung from selling my first collection which was almost fully painted, and I didn't have the drive or energy to paint up a second collection though I did get some done with Army Painters Quick Shade Dip.
A year ago I sold that second collection, hardly playing any of it.

So last night while laying in bed I found myself missing my collection, and the silly thought momentarily hits me about buying into it again for the third time...
And I say to myself, fool me once shame on me, but fool me twice...

And from there I had a new perspective to view things.
Back with my first glorious collection, I was an active gamer with a gaming group of friends, we would game almost every week.
This second time around I had mostly become a solo gamer except for rare one-off games with either my friend Myles or my wife.
That is why that second collection collected dust unplayed.
I had massive dreams of recreating big battles from The Hobbit Movies particularly the battle of five armies, but couldn't see that it was never going to happen as a solo gamer which I firmly was - and that was before Covid19 hit and forced us into Social Distancing.
With my depression and paranoia, I was social distancing long before the outbreak of contagion.
Actually thinking back, I wasn't a definitive solo gamer at this point, I was still a hopefully gamer hoping to get games with friends happening, I had only become a solo gamer really these past couple of years with board games such as Dark Souls: The Board Game, and Hellboy: The Board Game.

Then I thought about how much I enjoyed playing my Marvel Strike Force app game, as limited as it is and came to the realization that I can live without the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game.
Hopefully, I can apply this logic to many other things such as game desires.

I still really want Marvel Zombies: A Zombicide Game being a big fan of Marvel and an accepting fan of Zombicide - its the Big G Galactus that really does it for me, I am still suffering FOMO from never getting my hands on the Cthulhu: Death May Die – R'lyeh Rising Great Cthulhu.
It is gonna be hard and expensive but I figure I could put my fortnightly allowance towards Marvel Zombicide and have it covered in time for the pledge managers close in a few months time.

I turn my thoughts to some other things specifically two player like my Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry Starter Set and Warhammer Age of Sigmar (Third Edition) Dominion boxed sets.
Sure there is a soloable way to play Warcry but I still miss that head-to-head of wargaming.
Atleast there is some solo/a.i content for Marvel: Crisis Protocol.
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Going into 2022, the road ahead.

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Normally this post would have been made about half an hour before midnight on New Years Eve, but I wasn't really feeling myself of late, truth be told I still am not really.

My emphasis from hardcore addiction to boardgames seems to have met with a bit of a cold turkey response from recent events noted in other entries.
I guess I am looking at things now from a more reliably doable perspective.

For example, a local sale came up for Bloodborne: The Board Game a Full Moon Pledge including all content and KS exclusives for $600 which is a killer deal - I paid around $500 for my Bloodmoon pledge with about half the content.
Normally I would be scrambling, trying to sell stuff off and raise money, and begging the seller to hold it for me, but in reality I am not going to have $600 anytime soon especially after Christmas unless I did something recklessly desperate.
That and while I loved Bloodborne and played my content to completion, I feel satisfied enough with it, sure I would love an All-In but right now that's a lot of space I don't have.

Two local sales of Company of Heroes, one an All-In and one just the warcrate semi bummed me out, as I really wanted this game to scratch the WW2 itch, but lost out on both chances to gain this game.
And again I am kinda Meh about it, sure it would have been nice but not necessary.

I've really been into a 'The Witcher' vibe, enjoying the Netflix season 2 of the show which rules and was jonesing to play the board game when I realised I had $10 spare on my iTunes and bought the iPad version of The Witcher Adventure Game boardgame and I have been loving every minute of it.
All the fun and action with option Computer controlled players with none of table bloat or organisation mess of a board game - all board games have this issue I guess to some extent, not just picking on The Witcher.

I am contemplating The Witcher: Old World but one thing notably holds me back in that the only Witcher character I am really interested in is Geralt of Rivia - I don't really care about these other new (older) Witchers.
Though I love the minis and the monsters.
Its probably too late to jump on for a late pledge though and I wouldn't have the money spare anyway.

I thought about a mod for The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms using Witcher characters with ES:CTA rules set, probably would be very easy to do.

The only other game I am thinking about is The Walking Dead: All Out War which sadly dies 2022 in March.
I am considering trying to buy the stuff I still want for this system and I do like this game even though its been a very long time since I have played it.

Did finally break my drought of no games played in December by playing a game of Marvel Champions on New Years Day - not a miniatures game but one of my favorites none the less.
I still fantasize about playing out as the Avengers in a multiplayer game of MC - but the downtime would be terrible!
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Am I losing my heart?

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Tabletop gaming for the longest time in my life was my heart, from miniatures wargaming to boardgaming and living card games, I really loved this stuff.

I seem to have had a change of heart lately, it happened after a fight with the family and my old man threatening to throw out all my stuff in a bin.
Short cut, I am a 43 year old schizophrenic and autistic (on top of other things) man who takes care of his wife who is very sickly and we had to move back to live with my family.

Its like I've cauterized my feelings.
I browse gaming stuff and just don't care anymore.
Even in the build up before the fight I hadn't been getting any games to the table, despite being an active member of Solitaire Miniatures Games on Your Tabletop Monthly Geeklists.
Just couldn't follow through and get any playing happening, despite having the jonesing to.

My dad is and always has cared for money first and foremost and any fights or tension between us always is about money, when I first tried to commit suicide and we got an expensive ambulance bill for $1000 he went off and said next time I should just die and not cost them anything - he said that to my face, can you imagine how small and insignificant that made me feel?
But because I had health insurance, I also had ambulance cover so nothing had to be paid...
Dad and I have moved past this point and sort of resolved things, but whenever he complains about money this argument always comes back and haunts me.
I have a love / hate relationship with my dad, he ignored me for the first half of my life until I got sick, now is trying to be a dad and still thinking of me as a child, maybe he is making up for the negligence he did when I was younger.
He would always be working, he admitted he worked his jobs at the cost of family and relations.

Sometimes my wife and I are reckless with our money, but we always try to make it up to dad.

I saw some local sales for board games that included things that I had previously wanted, like Company of Heroes warcrate and I really just didn't care.

I feel I am losing my love and passion for tabletop gaming, I just don't seem to care anymore.

I refunded some Kickstarters I backed for extra Xmas money and emergency money for some repairs around that time too.

Maybe this is all the depression talking.

I am having some fun playing my Marvel Strike Force App Game, I finally unlocked Adam Warlock which I was massively relieved to do so.
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Tabletop gaming for the longest time in my life was my heart, from miniatures wargaming to boardgaming and living card games, I really loved this stuff.

I seem to have had a change of heart lately, it happened after a fight with the family and my old man threatening to throw out all my stuff in a bin.
Short cut, I am a 43 year old schizophrenic and autistic (on top of other things) man who takes care of his wife who is very sickly and we had to move back to live with my family.

Its like I've cauterized my feelings.
I browse gaming stuff and just don't care anymore.
Even in the build up before the fight I hadn't been getting any games to the table, despite being an active member of Solitaire Miniatures Games on Your Tabletop Monthly Geeklists.
Just couldn't follow through and get any playing happening, despite having the jonesing to.

My dad is and always has cared for money first and foremost and any fights or tension between us always is about money, when I first tried to commit suicide and we got an expensive ambulance bill for $1000 he went off and said next time I should just die and not cost them anything - he said that to my face, can you imagine how small and insignificant that made me feel?
But because I had health insurance, I also had ambulance cover so nothing had to be paid...
Dad and I have moved past this point and sort of resolved things, but whenever he complains about money this argument always comes back and haunts me.
I have a love / hate relationship with my dad, he ignored me for the first half of my life until I got sick, now is trying to be a dad and still thinking of me as a child, maybe he is making up for the negligence he did when I was younger.
He would always be working, he admitted he worked his jobs at the cost of family and relations.

Sometimes my wife and I are reckless with our money, but we always try to make it up to dad.

I saw some local sales for board games that included things that I had previously wanted, like Company of Heroes warcrate and I really just didn't care.

I feel I am losing my love and passion for tabletop gaming, I just don't seem to care anymore.

I refunded some Kickstarters I backed for extra Xmas money and emergency money for some repairs around that time too.

Maybe this is all the depression talking.

I am having some fun playing my Marvel Strike Force App Game, I finally unlocked Adam Warlock which I was massively relieved to do so.
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Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:54 am
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Thoughts on my collection and why?

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You ever get the feeling you made a big mistake when concerning your board games?

I have several but my top 3 regrets are
- Selling my Heroscape collection which was almost complete
- Selling my Warhammer Quest Collection
- Selling my Epic 40k Collection

But I feel I just recently made another one.

I got obsessed with the vampire warband for Warhammer Underworlds, The Crimson Court, and that took me down a road of lots of spending on Age of Sigmar but very little gaming after I got out of the Underworlds saga.
The last purchase I made was for The Mad Titan's Shadow for Marvel Champions and that honestly has been the best purchase I have made because I have played it to death in the days since getting it, and all I have been doing is testing out Adam Warlock - one of my favorite characters.
To think if I bought this expansion first, I might have saved out (and missed out, depending on your perspective) on a whole bunch of Age of Sigmar goodies - definitely would have saved me on the Afterpay debt.
I did get a bit of a score with Cursed City and Warcry though.

I made a recent vow to never sell any more of my games, unless they are ones I cannot stand, because I never get my money's worth back and then doubly regret selling it in the first place.
Currently I don't think there are any games I can't stand that I have, but there are so many unplayed that I am longing to get to the table, just difficult in this Australian Christmas heat.

I feel a real urge to get Hellboy and Terminator Genisys to my table, Terminator was a real score - I hadn't counted on it being so hard to get now, but I scored it complete with expansion for about $80Aud which was a steal!
Hellboy I love, but I didn't back the Kickstarter because I was caught up between things and regretting it now.

It's just that some games are a given and very easy to get to the table - Marvel Champions probably being the top in this category for me.
But some games like the GW stuff almost never see table time, which is very disappointing especially for how much I had paid for it.
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Continuing down the Age of Sigmar rabbit hole

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And it's all because of Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm – The Crimson Court...

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Until then I had no interest in Age of Sigmar, with a brief passing look at Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and Warhammer Quest: Shadows Over Hammerhal but mainly out of nostalgia for the original and classic Warhammer Quest.
When I traded away my collection of original Warhammer Quest for some board games plus a Minecart of Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death I didn't have any regrets - to me Shadows of Brimstone took the heart and soul of the classic adventure game and tweaked it with cool new rules and most importantly with readily available expansion content.

But I had fallen in love with the system of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress, and despite its inherent flaws, I loved the idea of Warhammer Quest: Cursed City.
Unfortunately, it didn't look likely that I could get my hands on a copy of WHQ: Cursed City because it had completely sold out everywhere, in some cases it wasn't even listed for sale by my normal online games stores.
Then GW dusted their footprints by deleting the majority of the release info for it.

Well along came The Crimson Court for Game: Warhammer Underworlds, a game I hadn't shown any interest in, and I figured that The Crimson Court would go the way of Cursed City until I found it available online from an Australian Games Store.
Then I had also discovered that there were a couple of ways of playing Warhammer Underworlds solo and that was it, I pulled the trigger and bought a starter set and The Crimson Court, plus a few more warbands.
Notably, the Nurgle Warband The Wurmspat caught my eye almost immediately.

Reading some fixes for Warhammer Quest: Cursed City by another guy called Pete who also worked on an unofficial expansion too, I decided to look again for a copy, find one but not without some eBay Bloat.
But I got it and it was sealed, and I plan to never get rid of it, maybe expand on it myself with some custom monsters.

All these thoughts of Warhammer Quest made me rethink my stance on the original, and thanks to a very helpful Facebook Page, I am looking at creating my own Print and Play version, plus including all the things I never originally had.

Now Games Workshop is having a Warhammer Day Sale, which is almost unheard of - the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Dominion retails for $350Aud but for just under a week it is $203Aud!
That is a crazy savings.
I had toyed with the idea of buying a copy of Dominion and keeping it for a rainy day of boredom, but now I am definitely getting myself a copy.

I also had a great score on eBay today - I scored the original Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry Starter Set plus the four new army books for dead cheap!
And this game being one I once had before, but never knew about the 2+ Tough rules for Automated Enemies.
Plus GW released via its Warhammer Community pages the rules for Soulblight Gravelords for Warcry, meaning I can use the miniatures from The Crimson Court and Cursed City!

Ooh, and the new Red Harvest Set for Warcry looks amazing, I was borderline on buying the Catacombs box until I scored that eBay deal because I liked the Dark Elves, the Khainite Shadowstalkers, but wasn't very keen on anything else in the set, or that the set is missing all the really cool random battlefield set up cards that the original has.

I would almost buy Red Harvest just for this Not-Conan mini, I plan to use it as The Barbarian from Warhammer Quest.
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Now the part I am uncertain with - Converting stuff for extra content for Cursed City, or retrofitting everything for use in Original Warhammer Quest....

Decisions, Decisions.
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Oops I did it again... but Age of Sigmar this time.

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I think I have fallen down another rabbit hole...

I never had any interest in Setting: Age of Sigmar stuff before because I was very much a gamer of Warhammer: The Game of Fantasy Battles (6th Edition) and wasn't very keen on GW's change with the End Times and killing that awesome rank and file miniatures game.
I'll admit I had some issue with it despite loving it, painting rank after rank of infantry when they were literally little more than expensive wound counters did get on my patience towards the end.

And then one day I saw these awesome new Mega Dragons on Warhammer-Community... and then suddenly Age of Sigmar was on my radar.
There were other little moments when AoS had appealed - Warhammer Quest: Cursed City definitely caught my eye, and so did the Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm – The Crimson Court for Warhammer Underworlds.
But GW botched WHQ's release and then deleted all memory of it from their webpages as if to deny its existence, and I figured the same thing would happen to The Crimson Court because I could never find them available anywhere and constantly sold out on GW's webstore.


Well, to show you how far down the rabbit hole I have fallen, here are my purchases from the last two weeks:

- Warhammer Underworlds Two-Player Starter
- The Crimson Court Warband
- Warhammer Underworlds Direchasm Starter
- The Wurmspat Warband
- Magic Set Dice
- Morgok's Krushas Warband
- Warhammer Quest: Cursed City off an eBay scalper, assuming they will post it as it has been a couple of days already and yet no word.

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What really caught my curiosity about Game: Warhammer Underworlds is that there was an official GW scenario for Solo play, and also a campaign set in Shadespire, but I misread that and the campaign was for the full wargame AoS.

Well last night, after receiving my first bundle of Underworlds stuff in the post that day, I had a couple of playtests - first of the normal game, and then of the Solitaire Scenario: A Crushing Terror.
I was so disappointed with the scenario, it was either going to be extremely difficult or too easy to game - no middle ground.
It turned it into a very boring dice slog for attrition.

All you had to do was keep him from using his reaction where he destroys and throws an Objective Token, you do this by making sure he doesn't path over one, nor kill any of your Warband while standing one.
This stops him from Inspiring and being even more ridiculously hard to kill, then it was a simple matter of being able to constantly damage him while he inevitably smashes his way through your Warband.

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Luckily though, I had also found some alternative Solo A.I Rules on the net that vary in complexity, the set I like best is where you make up a deck of cards based on what tactics you want the enemy to take - being Aggressive, or Objective Seeking, etc.
Those rules also take out the Card Management portion of the game for the enemy which, I will admit, was very difficult to play Two-Handed with.

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The Crimson Court was pretty much my draw into Underworlds and I was very happy to find their stats or what's it called, their Warscroll cards, available on the semi-free to use Age of Sigmar App.

So playing very small skirmishes of Age of Sigmar also appeals, and I don't really have to pay any more to do so.
Though I have been tempted by the limited release Dominion boxed set just because it has a hardcover rule book and two nicely large forces.

I was also happy to find that they created a pdf release for the SoulBlight Gravelords for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Warcry Starter Set.
I had this game a while ago but sold my Warcry collection before I discovered the solo play rules, plus I wanted money for a Kickstarter.
Those damn Kickstarters...

I am semi-tempted to get Warcry again, but we will see.

I loved the Vampire Counts in Warhammer Fantasy Battles, the Von Carsteins most of all.
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It's a couple more months til Christmas and I am working on my wish list early.

Let's review my latest purchases
Pacific Rim: Extinction Saber Athena Jaeger

Doctor Who: Exterminate! The Miniatures Game Core set

Warhammer Underworlds: Two-Player Starter Set, Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm, Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm – The Crimson Court

The only thing I have received is the Saber Athena Jaeger and got to try her out in a solo game tonight, pity she got mangled pretty quickly by the Kaiju Hakuja.

The Doctor Who thing was kinda spontaneous, I was binging Brit-Box some old episodes of Doctor Who and Blakes 7 and figured I was keen for some narrative gaming.
And I love the idea that the Doctor can just appear in any setting.

Warhammer Underworlds has been something I have been curious about for a very long time, and then I saw GW did an official solo play scenario - and I have mistaken a Shadespire campaign for Warhammer Underworlds when really it was just a setting in Age of Sigmar.
But I really wanted the vampire Warband, The Crimson Court, and was able to find a copy available, of course just after I purchase it I find it relatively available from a few online stores except GW themselves.

I am kinda dreading what I have done though, buying into Warhammer Underworlds, being a highly competitive game and cyclic with its releases - many old releases are completely sold out and unusable if you can get your hands on them because of power creep.
I don't intend to be competitive, just something small and fast playing, but who knows it might get me out in the community which is something I've been meaning to do.
Certainly, a Warband of four miniatures will be easy to paint.


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WANTS

I still want a copy of Darksiders: The Forbidden Land, because the system intrigues me, the game is prepainted, plus I like the IP.

With all the Vampire stuff for Warhammer Age of Sigmar (Second Edition) Core Rules with the Soulblight Gravelords I was very keen on them, but not entirely wanting to buy into AoS, so Warhammer Underworlds was a quick buy-in for me.
I am also tempted to get Warhammer Quest: Cursed City despite its flaws and its lack of similarity to the original Warhammer Quest.

I sometimes contemplate getting the Dominion box for Age of Sigmar but I just mentioned my hesitancy to buy into a large-scale minis battle game.
Note to self, ask about the AoS Skirmish variant in the Solitaire minis Oct geeklist.

I am uncharacteristically very short on my wants list heading into this Christmas, maybe because I splurged too much already during the year?
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An Excess of Indecision, even for me. . .

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This blog is called Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts from an indecisive gamer and I am certainly living up to that title right about now.

Just recently in the last month I have splurged and dived headlong into a couple of new games thinking they would be 'the one' to end all other games, but am I just kidding myself?
Am I never going to find satisfaction?

I bought into the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game kinda heavily but have found that I floundered at the 'get everything painted' stage of my plans, sure I got eight Griffindors' characters painted and pretty happy with them, but I am just exhausted and low on inspiration.

So I thought I would buy a prepainted game and bought into Pacific Rim: Extinction Core game and a couple of expansions, and while I had a little bit of fun playing it - something still niggles me on the inside, some little sense of lacking satisfaction.
One thought that came to mind is with my mental illnesses, Facebook has been giving me reminders in the form of past memories, and apparently, I never fared very well around this time of year.
I'm doing much better than normal right now, I can barely remember what made my life so bleak back then, so can't help but think that this lacking of satisfaction is a depression symptom just much milder than in the past.

But what should I do?
Splurging on more games seems wasteful right now, despite me still wanting a copy of Darksiders: The Forbidden Land.
I can't find the game that I am desperately wanting to play right now, it may be The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms that I spent a little bit of time tonight relearning the rules.

It wasn't that Harry Potter or Pacific Rim, both IPs I love, didn't satisfy as much as didn't satisfy for playing Solo.
Maybe that is where The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms may make a difference?
If anything, I would want to replicate scenes from the movies for the prior two games!

I also have Fallout: Wasteland Warfare that I bought into heavily too, originally I was going to spend all my money on The Elder Scrolls, get the core rules and three boxed sets available and all that resin terrain - but instead I just the core stuff needed to play and splurged on getting more bits for Fallout in place of the resin bling for TES.
The only regret with The Elder Scrolls is that if I could do it again I would buy the resin sets, not the plastic ones.

Maybe I should crank out Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game as I am keen for some adventure, we haven't played online D&D roleplay for a month now and I am seriously jonesing - been a busy month for our DM.
Hehe, and for once that DM isn't me!
It's a nice feeling to be a player for a change.

Maybe I will Frankenstein a ruleset up for Dungeon Crawling in the Harry Potter world, based on my extensive experience with good old Warhammer Quest and Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients that spiritually, if not just mechanically, succeeded it.

I actually had a bit of a plan for this, using a 3x6 tile for a corridor, a folded Harry Potter mat as a dungeon room, and an unfolded mat as the objective room.
Hmmm, ideas to ponder.
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My Love/Hate Relationship with 3D Printing

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Throughout my hobby with tabletop gaming I have always been crafy, from creating my first pieces of terrain for Warhammer 40,000 (Second Edition) at the very start to where I am now - a practitioner of silicone molds, hydrostone plaster, and 3D Printing.

3D Printing was the last lot of skills I acquired and am still working on, but suffice to say I have a love/hate relationship with it.

I initially wanted to get into 3D printing for the sole purpose of being able to 'Pimp' My boardgames up.
Be it game inserts or replacing cardboard pieces with 3D printed ones, I was very keen on this idea of getting into 3D printing.

So I sold my extensive Dust Tactics Collection and instead of putting the money towards a new game or Kickstarter, I decided I wanted to get a 3D Printer.
Being completely new to 3D printers scene I had to do a little reading and try to find a decent printer for value and for a beginner.
I settled on a Geeetech A10 which I bought off eBay for free shipping and that's where my problems started.

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I got the frame all set up okay, but then had lots of trouble with the cables - the tiny one-page leaflet included that was the instructions were labeled differently to the cables I had, plus were hardly in English too.
So it took me a very long time of sorting the cables, when the ribbon cable that connects the display to the motherboard, the clip that holds it in broke.
Going online to the Geeetech discord, the recommendations they gave me were next to useless - Hot glue, super glue etc.
I complained to eBay and they sent me a replacement, however, I couldn't plug the ribbon cable into the motherboard because the slot was so tiny and my hands are so clumsy.
By now a couple of months had passed by, I would work on it a little and then give up, only to come back again at a later date.
My friend Myles was able to fiddle with it and get it plugged in and I made sure I never was in the position to yank it out again.

Eventually I had all the electronics wired up correctly, when I couldn't feed filament into the extruder - A simple trick I learnt about cutting the filament into a point now solves my issues, but back then I just couldn't manage it, and in trying to unscrew the ... thing, it broke completely, it wasn't even screwed it more like glued!

So some more months passed as I ordered a replacement extruder, an all metal one that was recommended to me as being much better in general.
I fumbled through the installation of it, and then found out that it was spinning in reverse!
I read I could fix this by either switching some wires which I didn't feel confident about, or by some program setting in the firewire.
Well I tried to patch the firmware and the whole thing died on me.

Beyond peeved, I was about to throw the whole thing out, I offered it up for cheap on a local 3D printing page with the explicit instruction that its cheap and you don't tell me how you got it working when a really cool dude named Tim volunteered to look at it.
Tim was very local to my area too which made this all the sweeter, as it turns out he was head of IT in the company where he worked and did a side job of fixing printers, now he went full-time with repairs.
He got my printer all up and running in a couple of hours and most importantly, he taught me the basics of operating my printer.

And that was it, for a while I was off and running and pumping out prints!
On of the first things I got printed were Token Holders for Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death.

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But I even went further and did one thing I promised myself I would do if I had a 3D printer, Print Warhammer 40k Titans!

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I did end up running into some problems, I had a blockage that I couldn't clear and it turned out that the tube had melted and started to extrude causing a massive blockage.
I was very frustrated that my problems still lingered after getting this far, but Tim was awesome and gave me a full-blown lesson in the 3D printer while rebuilding and replacing my hotend.

I had decided that I wanted to get a second printer and have come into a small fortune of money, so I bought a bigger and better printer, the Geeetech A30 with a much larger printing plate.

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I printed a lot of stuff for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare

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Eventually I ran into a problem with this new and awesome printer, that a little tiny piece of plastic guide pipe broke off and now I can't feed filament into the extruder at all.
The fix to this is getting an extruder upgrade which Tim can do at a nice price, but I was getting frustrated again.
There is this constant cycle of loving the printer while it works, and then hating it when something goes wrong and I can't fix it.

Just recently I was printing on my A10, getting a little bit of stringing was expected because I was using old filament that had been out for over a year, but when I switched in a brand new roll of filament all my prints from there on failed.

I think I found the answer to my issue though, it seems that the extruder isn't strong enough to pull the filament through while its coiled on the holder, so I let out a lot of slack and this seems to have fixed it temporarily, but I've never had that problem with my other filaments before.
I think I need to tighten the tension of the spring but that's my guess.

Now, I have also been contemplating buying a Resin Printer.

With a Resin Printer I could pump out all the miniatures I could ever want, and using Water Washable Resin, it takes out a step with nasty chemicals from the entire process - still, the resin is very toxic though.

And I wonder, if I dive in and buy a Resin Printer, will I get the same up and down of elation and frustration that I have been having with my FDM printers?
Probably.

And F*&%#(!, my print failed again.
I so want to bin these shitty ass printers.

EDIT - well it turns out I worked out how to fix the A30, it was sheer random cutting off a little bit of hose and stuffing it in the extruder but it did the job.
Printer is still doing a funny job with this roll of brown filament.... annoyed.
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