Monday, 7 October 2013

Yet Another Bloody Blog…

Perhaps it’s just the Malifaux community, but it seems like every man, woman and their dog is starting a blog these days. Well like the mindless sheep I surely must be, I’ve decided to push ahead and start a blog of my own. Will it be good? Will I be able to stick with it for more than a few posts? Perhaps most importantly, will anyone actually care?! Only time will tell but for now, it’s enough that I’ve finally made a start on this damn thing!

Anyway, every body of work needs an introduction and since this is my first post (aside from the test post a year ago…never mind that) I thought I might start with a bit of a Q&A about me and what this blog will be about.

Who are you?

I’m Adrian - 31 year old human male, but most people who read this blog will probably know me as Rathnard – the guy who posts everything in pink on the Wyrd Forums. I strongly suspect that’s the only reason most people know me, but selecting garish colours for posts and stubbornly sticking to them isn’t my only talent. I’m also very heavily involved in all things Wyrd and Malifaux, and have been for about 3 1/2 years now. In addition to having more than half the crews in the game, I’m also;

  •  Henchman and more recently, one of the forum Moderators for Wyrd Miniatures,
  • An admininstrator for the PullMyFinger Malifaux Strategy Wiki,
  • Administrator to the Wyrd Chronicles,
  • Playtester for many of the past releases by Wyrd Miniatures, specifically Showdown and every Malifaux book released after the original rulebook.
  • Co-host for the Aethervox podcast, which may or may not be putting out another episode. :P

Do you do anything outside of Malifaux?
Before delving into Malifaux I played Warhammer 40k and Fantasy (probably like most other tabletop wargamers) for about 13 years, as well as the various other Games Workshop specialist games when my gaming group was struck by the urge to do so. I switched to Malifaux before the Perth wargaming community was swamped by the billions of skirmish games now available, but I have dabbled in a few other games, including Hordes, Dropzone Commander and Infinity. I’ve also got Wild West Exodus and Deadzone models from their respective Kickstarters on their way, so I’m hoping to at least have a dabble in the both, especially the latter. I miss playing Necromunda, and Deadzone seems like a good replacement rules system.

I’m also club president for one of the long-standing gaming clubs here in Perth, called Outpost 6030, and have organised or helped to organise more than a few local tournaments and leagues, both for Malifaux and other game systems.

Okay, lets try again, do you do anything outside of Wargaming?

Hah, yes well believe it or not, I do have a life outside of Wargaming. Currently I’m a stay-at-home Dad, looking after one of the most important people in my world - my 16 month old daughter Miranda. The above photo is the ugliest one I have of her...she's the one without the beard. I also have a PhD in Medical Genetics and up until April of this year was employed as a research scientist. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) that job had to end. I’ll save you the details (might be a topic for another post), but the end result is that I’m much happier being a stay at home dad and my wife Rose is much happier working.

Why are you starting a Blog?
There are a few reasons. For one, I enjoy writing and I’ve been wanting to do more of it, so this seems like a good excuse to do so. I have a regular article on the Wyrd Chronicles too, but I’d like to be able to write stuff that’s a little less developed and a little more personal. For instance while I might do a tactics article for a certain Master in the Chronicles, I’d only want to do it once I feel confident that I know what I’m talking about. Having a blog should therefore allow me to post stuff more akin to personal opinion or initial (perhaps poorly informed) thoughts.

What will this Blog be about?
Mostly wargaming and Malifaux in particular. It is, after all, my main (arguably my only) hobby so chances are that I’ll be writing alot about my favourite tabletop wargame. However I do hope to include some more personal topics as I go along. Don’t worry, I’ll make it clear which ones they are so you can skip them without much difficulty. ;)

Gosh, you sound like such an exciting person! When would I be able to meet up with you?
Well if you happen to find yourself in Perth, Australia then you’re in luck – just give me a buzz and I’m sure we could arrange a game or something. Failing that, I’m coming to Gencon in August of 2014! Flights from Australia aren’t cheap and opportunities to leave my responsibilities as a Dad are rare. So this might well be my only chance to attend the “Best Four Days in Gaming” (well, that’s what the Gencon website tells me…). Needless to say I’m pretty excited about this, and am definitely looking forward to meeting all those people I’ve talked to via the forums/email, but never met in person.

Wait a second…why isn’t this post in Pink?!
What? Yes it is! It's a very dark pink. Honest. ;) I did think about sticking with black for this blog. One thing I’ve found is that posting in pink (or purple) can be a hassle, mainly when I’m trying to post something on the Wyrd forum using my mobile phone (have you tried typing in the requisite colour code using those tiny smart phone keypads?). That said, I still enjoy posting in unusual colours, so for now I thought I'd stick with the pink (or purple...).

That said, if the colour choice is proving a problem for my 1-2 regular readers (Hi Rose!) then just let me know and I'll consider sticking with black instead. 


That will do for now. Expect another, much more interesting blog post shortly. I have some fun ideas in mind (well, fun for me!), so I’m looking forward to seeing them come to fruition! In the mean time if you do have any more questions, just post them in the comments section and I'll endevour to answer.



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