Monday, January 6, 2014

Custom Dungeon Terrain vs Delivery Service, round one, FIGHT!

You can easily find on YouTube, many examples of lazy and in some cases, downright mean, delivery persons doing bad things to the boxes they are delivering. These examples are clearly the outliers or these businesses would have gone belly-up ages ago. Today I find myself the unfortunate victim of lazy delivery service causing fragile items to break.

Three days ago I ordered some custom Hirst Arts pieces over Ebay and today they arrived. The majority survived the journey unharmed. Four of the floor pieces were broken. I have contacted the seller to get advice with repairs since they can be salvaged.

Normally I avoid the Hirst Arts stuff because of mismatching with my existing Dwarven Forge collection, and the fragility of the material. This set was quite unique looking so mismatch of appearance was actually in the plus column, and I thought it was worth giving it a shot.

Below are a couple shots of the Egyptian themed items including the broken four pieces of floor.

While the seller could probably have done more to protect the pieces, I do not think it would have helped that much as the items were already in bubble wrap with cardboard supports inside the box.

Fortunately it looks to me as if a fix should be simple enough. Meanwhile I have asked if the seller has any obelisks or pillars.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Have You Heard the News?

It is official. At least according to WotC and several news sites including Forbes, D&D (next) is due out in the Summer of 2014. My guess would be just before or at the time of GenCon.

This coincides with the 40th anniversary celebrations for D&D.

For me, I'd love to see a softbound basic rules set in late spring/early summer, and the rest by GenCon. I'll be happy to get a look at it whenever it comes out.

Meanwhile I keep looking at ideas to steal or create for a version to call my own.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Damn it is dusty in here!

Sorry for leaving the blog hanging this long. Life sometimes deals you exploding lemons.

So where were we? Slowly waking up from the not blogging sleep.

I hope to get some posts up soonish and get back to a semi-regular schedule.

Now where'd I put the dustmop?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Odds and Ends

A couple of quick notes about things:

Jack Vance (The Dying Earth, etc) passed away recently. Jack was a major influence on D&D and was one of Gary Gygax's favorite writers.

Also, there has been an update from Gygax Magazine about their publishing schedule. Issue #2 is now due for release in July. More details to come in another post.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hey WotC, why the dick move?

I just found out that Wizards of the Coast has decided to do a GenCon Exclusive for D&D Next. Normally I would say, sure, whatever, you've done exclusive play tests at all the big conventions. It is expected. This time however they decided to sell a preview adventure/rules book for 5e only to GenCon attendees.

So what you say . . . well that is damned annoying to those of us that for whatever reason cannot get to the con, but would like to support such a release in support of 5e. To us this smacks a bit of douchbaggery.

Open the pre-order up to everyone and ship it out on the GenCon release date while allowing attendees to get it there if they choose to pick one up. Don't be dicks to supporters unfortunate enough not to be able to come lick your boots at GenCon.

Here's the official announcement: Asshats of the Coast

Monday, May 20, 2013

As vacations go . . .

. . . this one is teh suk.

Going to be away from the blog for a little bit longer than I hoped.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Taking a short break from posting.

I hope to be back to posting in a day or two. Too many things to do, not enough time in the day.