It has been about two weeks since I started my new job and lost my modelin' free time in the process.
I now work as the Grocery Manager of a small cooperative store here in Kalamazoo, spending lots of money to bring in new products while keeping the store fully stocked. It is unlike anything I have really done before, but also quite familiar in a lot of ways as well.
Long story short, this new job is currently kicking my ass and keeping me from doing much of anything when I get home each day. But I must soldier on! With Adepticon just around the corner I am in the process of "finishing" the Ogre models I will be using for my Team Tournament list by adding a few details and touch-ups on my older paintjob.
I have also been on the look out for a new group of WHFB players in my new (old) hometown, so far with very little success. I've learned a few things though:
- There are a lot of gaming nerds in this town.
- There is no central forum/email list/website for them to congregate at.
- As such, any groups that do form are very insular and nobody knows about them.
- There are only three public places where WHFB is played - a chain hobby store (two small tables in the back of the store on Thursday nights only), a WMU gaming club (which meets on Friday nights for two hours and mostly consists of RPG and boardgame players), and Titan Games (which has a lot more 40k and LoTR players than WHFB).
- Titan Games hired a new store manager (a position I applied for but couldn't get an interview) who seems quite keen on getting more WHFB going on.
- Saturday is the "open gaming" day at Titan Games, but currently the few tables they have are mostly occupied with 40k players (I think they have open gaming on Sunday too but I don't know if anyone actually plays there yet).
So with all of that research done I realized I need to make a few decisions:
1. Start playing 40k - plenty of players here although they seem to be pretty low on the "quality" scale from what I have observed.
2. Find more people to play WHFB with - there are a few players here but they don't play that often.
Trick Get my friends to start playing WHFB - possibly by playing a few sessions of the Mordheim "gateway drug".
4. Create/encourage a local gaming group and/or community - a lot of work and it will likely be overrun by Larpers and CCG players.
I have to be honest, it isn't the most exciting set of options ... with any luck I will find a way to get my regular WHFB fix in a way that does not involve me spending a lot of time and energy. I plan on heading to the open gaming (at Titan Games) this Saturday, hopefully to find a game or two with my Ogres. I spent the afternoon last week watching two players stumble through a 1,000 point game so I know it will be a learning experience no matter what.
Speaking of experience, it has been awhile since I posted a beer review on the blog! Here is one I really enjoyed and probably won't be able to afford again any time soon ...
Stone Brewing Company - Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2009
Beer Type: American Barleywine
Appearance: 22 oz. brown bottle with a (now classic to me) Stone devil inked on the glass. Poured a reddish-brown amber color with a thick off-white head that left plenty of lace.
Smell: Citrus, hops, some darker sweet smells (brown sugar?). Something else I can't quite put my finger on...
First Drink: Hops, sweet malt, quickly followed by currant/chocolate flavors. A lot going on here but the levels of flavor seem a bit murky.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and a bit sticky-sweet. Left my mouth feeling a bit dry.
Last Drink: Beer opened up a lot once it warmed up a bit. More biscuit/malt flavors and a nice hops bitterness at the end. A bit of that "dirty" flavor I associate with a good Stout, not sure what that is.
Drinkability: This is a sipping beer for sure. Over 11% and will hit you like a train full of beer bricks if you aren't careful.
Notes: This is a tasty brew, it is too bad it is limited edition/seasonal! I was lucky to get a bottle - mostly because my girl bought me one from the Beer Troll. Thanks!
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5. Not too far off from the Stone Ruination but a lot stronger. Good times.
Links: Beer Advocate and Stone Brewing Company.
That's all for now! Hopefully I will have some pics of my WIP casty Vampires for my VC army in the next post, possibly some finished "new" Ogres as well! In the meantime ... did you notice the Black Library has a new website now? Pretty cool.