Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ogre Kingdoms For Sale! $275 (was 350) obo

I am selling off my Warhammer Fantasy Ogre Kingdoms army. Some of the units/models are painted to a pretty high standard. Will paint rest of army to matching colour scheme for addtional fee.
Included is:

1 - Ogre Kingdoms army book (newest edition)
1- Deck of ogre battle magic cards
1 - Tyrant
1 - Bruiser (converted & painted)
1 - Butcher/Slaughtermaster
1 - Giant (mostly painted)
7 - Ironguts (painted)
8 - Leadbelchers (4 painted)
6 - Ogres
1 - Ironblaster
35 - Gnoblars

All this brand new from GW is close to $535.00

Email me: Greg@40kegger if interested.

Monday, March 12, 2012

INGA: two weeks until launch

No battle reports, painting blogs, or game reviews today. That stuff will come back eventually, but right now life has been filled with other things. Most of my closest friends have been informed of my upcoming move, and the move is pretty much turning into the official spring 2012 event for my family and I. And, it's not just a little move, we are swtiching postal codes... Yup, I am moving to...

Gimli, Manitoba

If your town has a giant viking statue, there is a good chance you might be Icelandic

Population of about 6,000 year round, and a population of about 10,000+ in the summer. I'm excited to be moving into an area that still has people around. After living in the city my whole life, I don't think I could handle a small town with nothing but a Co-op gas station and a shitty hotel full of drunk farmers. No, Gimli is well established. They got a Sobeys, a Rona, a Liquor Mart that isn't attached to an insurance company, and plans for a Tim Hortons! However, there is no nerd store, and I am skeptical about the amount of nerds that may live there. But, there has got to be at least a handful of nerds underneath all the 55+ retired couples and crazy lookin' fishermen.

As if this guy doesn't have all the seasons of Babylon 5 on Blu Ray?

But wait!!! When I googled "Gimli Manitoba", there was something that popped up that made a big LOL happen. Apparently, Icelandic people love to renact viking battles during the annual Icelandic Festival. So, there you have it folks, Gimli has a massive LARP event every year. I shit you not, this picture shows up on the first page of the search....

LARP: Live Action Rape and Pillage

So, is it worth going on a quest to search out hidden nerds in Manitoba's Interlake? I think so. And I know of a few already. There are Chris, Suzanne, and Jeremy in Selkirk, and there is Christian in St. Andrews. That's right, there are already 5 of us, and there will be more. We will continue to grow until new game nights emerge and new friendships are made. We shall become INGA: the Interlake Nerd Games Alliance. Oh yes, there will still be games in my life... I can't imagine life without them. However, spring 2012 will be consumed by painting other things. The brushes will have to move from painting Aspect Warriors to painting bedrooms, cabinets, and fences. Hence, the one event I have been looking forward to for 365 days will have to be fought without me this year. Yup, no Astronomi-con for me this year. With the move happening the week of spring break, I just couldn't do that to my wife and kids. So, I expect some great batreps and pictures from all of you. Make sure I can live the magic through your masterful tales of death and glory on the battlefield.

If you find yourself wandering up to Gimli like thousands of other people do every summer, make sure you bring a fishing rod, tackle box, and your army case. There is lots of fun in the sun out there, and a table at my house is always waiting for a game.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

NERDS do your research - KONY 2012 possible scam

I may have been temporarily brainwashed by a shiny youtube video.

Slacktivism - the word du jour. Do you research what you repost? Do you feel like posting something makes a difference? If not, what would? Some interesting thoughts.

KONY 2012, a documentary produced by non-profit Invisible Children, has gone viral in the past couple days, receiving millions of views on YouTube and Vimeo.

The video has also, however, begun to receive significant backlash from organizations and publications questioning the authenticity of Invisible Children. Many of the negative critiques have been targeted at Invisible Children’s practices as an organization, not whether Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, is a war criminal.

Visible Children, a Tumblr dedicated to evaluating the legitimacy of the KONY 2012 campaign, raised some points Wednesday morning which have resurfaced in numerous publications.

“Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.”

You can evaluate Invisible Children’s 2011 budget, which is public online, for yourself: $1,074,273 was allocated to travel and $1,724,993 was allocated to staff compensation.

Invisible Children replied to the criticism in a blog post overnight Thursday, iterating its “three prong” approach to tackling the LRA: documenting crimes, channeling advocacy into energy and operating programs on the ground.

“In response to this explosion of interest about the Kony 2012 film, there have been hundreds of thousands of comments in support of the arrest of Joseph Kony and the work of Invisible Children. However, there have also been a few pieces written that are putting out false or mis-leading information about these efforts.”

Some Reddit users have been very involved in the discussion of the 30-minute documentary, raising similar questions and pointing out Invisible Children’s lack of compliance with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

“While participation in the Alliance’s charity review efforts is voluntary, the Alliance believes that failure to participate may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency,” states the organization’s evaluation.

Others across the Twittersphere have accused KONY 2012 of promoting slacktivism — the idea that sharing, liking or retweeting will solve a problem — across the social web. Slacktivism was even turned into the college student and Wonka memes.

I, for one, can’t remember the last time so many of my Facebook friends shared the same link (upwards of 20 were showing on my news feed all day Wednesday). Facebook events for KONY 2012 tours sprung up as well.

As with all charitable giving, individual research is necessary to evaluate one’s level of comfort with an organization. Read through what Visible Children, Invisible Children and others have written if you’re interested in taking a stance on the campaign, which has undoubtedly gone viral.

If you, like many others, shared the film, how much did you research the organization before sharing its compelling film? Do you think KONY 2012 is promoting slacktivism? Sound off in the comments.


When it comes to world issues, I am pretty lazy and apathetic. Yesterday for about 12 hours I was pretty stoked about this KONY 2012 video. I was touched and moved. I wanted to get involved, mostly because I didn't actually have to do much. Basically all I had to do for my part was to post on facebook and make a post on our nerd site. Stupid me. Like all of the other dumb shits that completely bought this video, I didn't do any research. Luckily there are smart people out there who did the research for me. I still feel like an asshole.

And thus concludes my jaunt into global issues. Screw it, I don't care about anything any more. The moral of this story: If you try to care, you're just going to look like an idiot. I should punish myself by playing Vampire the Masquerade or by watching the Twilight series.