“Why is there a social interest in the concept of doing this?” – Hankerin Feranale
The first post of the year…. Welcome to 2017 everyone. I don’t usually do the who “New year new me” thing and this year is not all that different. I decided to start Tai Chi which I’ve done a little bit of before….. on VHS no less. A parting gift from 2016, a twisted knee that might need an MRI, is keeping me from it. While I’ve been recuperating, I’ve been watching some videos on modeling dioramas. Technically, the guy I’ve been watching, Luke Towan at Boulder Creek Railroad, is modeling HO gauge train layouts, but to me… it’s about the diorama.
From there I looked at the different scales. There are several used in model train collecting from the tiny N gauge to to O that’s bigger than, say match box cars and up. I’m developing interest in HO (half O) to S which is more along the lines of table top RPG and table top war games. While looking into that vein of the interest, I found Mel, the Terrain Tutor, who does professional layouts for war games that are spectacular and, perhaps, attainable for me to attempt.
Because of the scale comparisons and the mention of table top RPG (S being close to most of your standard table top minis), my nerd nerve…. Nerdve? … was starting to tingle. I remember the days of table top RPG and a long while back, I started developing my own RPG system. I stumbled across Hankerin Feranale over at Drunkens & Dragons, and Jeremy Pillipow at Black Magic Craft and both of whom use modular foam crafted dungeon systems that are just incredible to look at. If nothing else, I’m going to make some of these tiles just to have them. At any rate, they’ve made me consider finding a random group of people to game with.
Thinking about that, I am reminded that my wife wouldn’t play and she says most of our current friends wouldn’t play, so that leaves me squarely no where…. or in a room full of creepy or perhaps socially awkward strangers. I know, stereotypes. Most RPGs these days are not for beginners anyway. Hell, I’ve been looking up the manuals and most of the games some friends I know who still do play are playing seem like they’re written in a foreign language. My buddy Joe said his current group probably wouldn’t even know what a THACO was much less how to calculate it so maybe the new games aren’t harder, just different.
In the mean time, I have an idea of doing a diorama of a drive in movie theater in S scale with a working movie screen run by a raspberry pi. I’ll let you know if I get any of these things accomplished.