Monday, June 5, 2017

That is sooo Last Year (Part 1)

Sometimes before you can go forward, you got to go back.

I've been able to hobby on a more regular basis lately, so the next step is to get the old blog going again.  I've always enjoyed my time blogging and making the rounds in the gaming blogosphere, but my time allocated to the computer/Internet is more limited than it used to be.  Along with that I'm a real creature of habit when it comes to the Internet.  Some habits are hard to brake, and some once broken, are hard to start up again.

So this is my obligatory "get caught up" post as I try (again) to get Der Feldmarschall chugging back down the tracks.  I have been a bit more active on Facebook and Twitter, so click on those links if you want to check out/follow me there.  I'm not a big fan of FB, but the local SAGA and Bolt Action groups use it.  Although it has been nice to see so many familiar blogger faces on there.  So pretending that everyone cares what I've been up to, here we go!

I'll try to do this chronologically, so 2016 starts with Bolt Action.  I'll get more into my BA stuff in a later post, but locally BA really got going in the summer of 2015.  A "Twin Cities Bolt Action" FB group was made (up to 131 members now), Warlord Games had a few sales, miniatures were bought, mistakes were made, and 2016 had me starting a desert Italian force for the Operation Torch themed campaign event, Gathering in the Desert being held in Glendale, Arizona. (Feb 20-21)

"Ach du lieber!" Rolled a FUBAR in my first game.

It was perfect timing since I was already heading to AZ to visit my parents who have spent January through March out there for several years.  Very fun campaign event with about 8 players on each Axis and Allied side lead by team captains.  Although there were some separate awards, you basically were trying to win as a side.  Tables each had their own scenarios/missions as well as other objectives worth additional campaign points.  Captains made the table assignments and also allocated "strategic" assets such as Air Strike or Attack at Dawn, etc.

Yes, British artillery really was THAT effective!

Little game of SAGA later in the week with GitD organizers Tim K. and Mike W.

I try to leave negative or personal stuff off the blog, but we (my family) were hit with the worst news in April when my Mom and Dad returned home to Minnesota.  Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given very little time to live if left untreated.  Needless to say priorities shifted for the rest of the year.  As some of you may know from FB, Dad finally lost the battle in late October, so I'm very thankful for the time spent in AZ as well as some very good memories made during the summer and early fall.

Gen. Custer, apparently no worse for wear.

Along with taking in a number of Old West sites while in Arizona, we also visited the local Fort Snelling for the 4th of July.  I'll cover more on our visit(s) in later post, but this first time we got Dad to go along.  Other than touring the fort there's a number of activities during the day including a 1812 mock battle told as it was back in the day.

Gaming for the rest of the year was pretty sparse, but looking back there are actually few worth sharing.  With my Viking warband is already all painted up, I did get in a little SAGA action.  The first was a fun little 6 turn campaign during the summer using the newly released Age of the Wolf supplement.  There were a few hiccups, but it was fun to game again and a chance to play a number of new opponents.  Except for one lopsided game, I really enjoyed the rest of my battles even when my Warlord wasn't doing too well.  :-)

SAGA Sunday!

 Various Age of the Wolf campaign games.

 Another event that I'll cover more later but touch on briefly, was an August visit to the local Brickmania Toyworks Saturday open house.  The huge exhibition actually featured two local LEGO clubs, Brickmania being the "historical" one.

I have a few more things from 2016 to share, but this post is getting a little long.  So I'll be back soon with "Part 2."  Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. So sorry to hear the news of your Father, but what a wonderful opportunity to spend that time together in Arizona. Great to have you back posting and I look forward to more updates, particularly that amazing looking Lego!

  2. Welcome back, Jason. I'm glad I had a chance to meet your mom & dad at Saga Storm.


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