Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla wrap-up

Awhile back I wrote a review of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. I liked the game, though I felt it had its flaws. Since that review, I've played other games, at least one of which (Ghost of Tsushima) was better than AC:V. Yet, in the long run, it was Assassin's Creed: Valhalla to which I kept returning. Part of…

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Upgrading from Mojave: Keyboard, Audiobooks, etc.

About two years ago I wrote a series of posts on why I didn't want to upgrade the operating system on my 27-inch iMac. You've guessed it: I had to upgrade last October. That 2013 iMac was showing increasing problems, and there were software incompatibility issues that become too much to overlook. In this post, I'll review…

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Return to Monkey Island

This is a review of Return to Monkey Island from someone who never played the original games in the Monkey Island series. The TL;DR version: My apologies to the Monkey Island fans out there, but I don't understand what the fuss is about. While I enjoy the occasional hunt-n-click game, such as the various Telltale games, I'm…

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Vallejo shifters, space dwarves, and ISS Vanguard

I originally thought that I'd never had to write this post. At the time I wrote this post on shading Tainted Grail miniatures, I was growing a bit tired of the exercise of airbrushing minis. I knew that painting the second wave of Etherfields minis was ahead of me. That was about the same time that I…

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Two years of Klingon lessons

tlhIngan Hol vIHaDtaH qaStaHvIS cha' DIS = I have studied the Klingon language for two years. This is a collection of anecdotes, tidbits, and my personal experience with Klingon. Let's get the obvious out of the way: Klingon is a made-up language. Aficionados prefer to call such languages "constructed," or "conlangs". There's a entire community called "conlangers"…

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Etherfields Wave 2: Zenithal Prime and Contrast Paints

This is another post in my series on my adventures in painting miniature figures. You can see the entire series by clicking on the CRAFTS link in the tag cloud to the right (if you're reading this on a desktop) or below (if you're reading this on a phone). Once again, I offer you lots of pictures…

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It’s a Grand Old Flag

I normally exercise indoors, as part of my general pandemic-related isolation. However, today I decided to walk around the neighborhood instead. I had to go outside anyway, to mail a letter. I figured it was an opportunity to get some exercise into this sagging body that I've abused for a few decades. I walk outside, only to…

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