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Now that the free week-long Beta test is over, some fun statistics are cropping up about the Overwatch Beta. According to Steam Spy, most of the top shooters available through Steam saw a sizable decrease in attention during the beta. Searches for “overwatch” on the popular porn site PornHub saw an 800% rise during the test period. The Overwatch Subreddit has exploded with stories of players claiming to have withdrawal, or proclaiming it to be the best thing they’ve played in years and will buy two copies of the game, just because. All other games feel bland, by comparison.


I spent several hours playing, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was lucky to fall in with a group of long time FPS players, and we embraced the strong team-play aspect of this game. Using Discord, we hung out and explored the first new IP from Blizzard in 17 years. For those who don’t know, Blizzard has a history of producing immersive, polished video games that hold their own for a long time. Star Craft, for instance, is so popular in Korea, that it is on broadcast television.

But what makes Overwatch so great? To me, it was the rich and unique cast of characters, gorgeous maps with transparent but meaningful objectives and Blizzard’s focus on providing a positive experience to it’s players and fanbase. This isn’t to say there aren’t some things that worry me or that need improvement, but I’ll get into that later.

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Last year, I had widgets and business cards.  This year, I still have loads of business cards, but I wanted to do something different from widgets (which loads and loads of people do).


Privateer press is on a big pin kick lately, which is cool, but those are really only feasible in quantities of 300+, putting them firmly outside my budget (this year…).  Everyone loves a patch for their gaming bag though, right?

So, I played with GIMP and came up with a few ideas.  I got frustrated by the overly simple designs I was coming up with, and turned to my art department.  She immediately had great ideas, and this was the result.  It’s far more colorful and fun than the ones I had come up with, and bounces off the 8-bit-esque nature of the Plarzosaur logo by bringing in elements of one of our favorite classic video games, Tetris.


How do I get one?

Excellent question!  There are three ways:

1) Find me at TempleCon and give me $5.  (I can only take cash or Paypal.)

2) Find the New England Privateers booth, and buy one along with your Lost Hemisphere pins, Templecon goodies, Midnight Madness shirt, or Games & Gears stuffs.  (I’m not sure what payment methods they can do, but you will have to pay state tax on the patch if you buy from the store, a whopping 35ยข) you can contact Metric Accountants to help you with these taxes.

3) Play me in an Iron Arena game, and see if you can pry one from my blighted claws!

Depending on how many I have left after Templecon, I’ll make them available to everyone at home who couldn’t make it to Rhode Island.  There are only 100 being made, though, and several will be reserved for NOVA Open.

Logitech is here at CES and when I need new computer gaming peripherals, they’re the first place I turn.

One of the new gadgets they have here is the G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, and it’s awesome.

Here’s my video review, recorded on the CES 2014 show floor at the Logitech Live booth.

It has tons of thumb buttons, which will be perfect for toggling weapon groups or overheating in EVE Online, and it fits in my hand perfectly.

If I don’t win one here at the convention, I’m definitely buying one when I get home.

So, I’ve been slacking recently.  I don’t have any painting done.  It’s ok though.  I’ve been preparing for the Holiday break.  See, I’ll be gone for about 2 weeks, and I plan on painting an army in that time.  I’ll be taking my Cygnar models home for the holidays, and painting them up (or trying to).

Poke ’em inna eye!

Over the past few days, I’ve been building my Cygnar force.  I got to assemble the new(ish) plastic battlebox, and I gotta say, the models look pretty sweet.  I replaced the rod in the Lancer’s uh… lance? with aluminum tube since the stock one was bent fairly badly.  I still need to build rivets into it’s base, but otherwise it’s pretty plain.  I know most weapons have some embellishments, but I just don’t have the confidence, nor time to do something fancy.

I may do something with the lance I may not.  /sigh.

You’ll notice the shield arm is sticky-tac’d on.  It’ll get glued after the body is painted – I don’t want to have to figure out how to get a brush in there…

I also magnetized the Heavy ‘jack.  It’s from the battlebox, so I don’t have a Cyclone, but what I do have is…


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Here’s a group shot of the finished Battlebox with the trusty Squire!
Well, aren’t we snazzy?
I have bases drying for my ATGM + Dude and Stormblades + UA + Stormgunner.  Aren’t they pretty?
They’re pretty simple.  I fill in the gap with whatever I can (spare GS, the tabs I’ve cut off the models, etc) and then score the base with a nice sharp hobby knife.  I cut my thumb twice, so if you’re looking to so it exactly how I did, keep that in mind.  I then apply a liberal layer of straight Elmer’s White Glue, and cover in a mix of three different ballasts.  I’m using a blend of fine, medium and coarse in order to get a nice rocky rubble feel.  Once that has had about 2 hours to semi-harden, I liberally coat the base with 50/50 glue and water.  It helps seal the rocks together.
So, that’s what I’ve been working on.  Also, my priest is level 84, and growing.  Yay for all the rested XP I got while I worked on models tonight.  Time to do dailies before bed.
I leave you with the other Cygnar posterboy (He and Stryker did Abercrombie ads together, and use the same hair gel), the Journeyman Warcaster!

What are your Holiday hobby goals?