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Now on Ebay: A Complete Set of OGRE Designer’s Edition Kickstarter Exclusive Counter Sheets

Hey, y’all.

I just put my extra counter sheets for sale on Ebay.

Here’s my pitch:

If you missed getting these fantastic Kickstarter Exclusive Counter Sheets for Ogre’s Designer’s Edition, now’s your chance!

I set aside an extra set of these back when I kicked in… and now it can be yours! They are in absolutely perfect condition and have never been out of their sealed plastic bag even once. And let me tell you… they are AWESOME. I see other people that have the Retail edition of the game and you know what? There’s all these empty spots in their little plastic trays. Do you know what that does to the average boardgamer? It’s awful! There’s not just a gaping hole in their collection there…. There’s a hole in their life. And I see these people wandering around at conventions with a glazed look in their eyes and I just feel terrible for them.

That’s why I’ve decided to do something about this. I’m putting my Kickstarter Exclusive counters up for sale here because I have to deliver at least one gamer from this aching pain that never stops. (And I know it’s those empty Vulcan trays that really gnaw at them. I really can’t imagine owning this game and not having those pieces…!)

You don’t have to bear this burden any more. No, we can fix this. And the world will just be that much better of a place.

Here’s what you’ll get when you win this auction:

Sheet K1 “Targets Go Boom” — Green Ogres “Doom” and “Ducky” and “2932”, also Blue Command Post “Zeta” with 2 matching installations and 3 laser units.

Sheet L1 “Targets Go Boom” — 1 Destroyed Ogre, 1 Red Reactor, 1 Blue Reactor, 2 Blue Strongpoints, 1 Blue Mobile CP, 2 Blue Admins, 1 Green Turret, 1 Green Strongpoint, 1 Green Laser Tower, 1 Green CP.

Sheet P1 “Vulcans & Friends” — 1 Blue Doppelsoldner “NWO”, 1 Red Ogre Mark VI “Rex”, 1 Red Vulcan “Bob”, 1 Vulcan Drone, 1 White Command Post.

Sheet Q1 “Vulcans & Friends 1” — 1 Green Vulcan, 1 Flat Vulcan, 1 Green CP, 1` Green Laser Tower, 1 Green Laser Turret, 1 Purple CP, 2 White Heavy Weapons Teams, 3 White Engineers, 2 Black Heavy Weapons Teams, 3 Black Engineers, 7 Vulcan Drones.

Sheet M1 and M2, each with 2 Large six-hex sized overlays, 1 four-hex sized overlay, and 4 three-hex sized overlays. (Plus a few odds and ends.)

Here’s a photo:

And the Overlays:

Note: I also have a complete set of “Classic” style counters for this edition (ie 3 sheets) and a copy of the BGG sheet with the Ninja and the Godzilla units. But I didn’t think they would go for that much given that whole supply and demand thing. If there’s interest in those, I can list them as well!

This Week at Castalia House: Appendix X, Wargame Wednesday, and Francis Stevens

What’s going on at Castalia House this week…?

Well, the second installment of Misha Burnett’s “Appendix X” series is out– highlighting really good books they fell outside of the mainstream for whatever reason. We have a pile of other reviews as well. If you are looking for a book to read or just looking to talk books, come on over to the blog. You won’t find this kind of scope or depth anywhere else. If your mental map of the science fiction and fantasy landscape has significant holes in it, hang with us and we’ll fill you in!

Wargame Wednesday got a shot in the arm this week with a bonus post coming out early on Tuesday. (Expect that to happen again next week…!)  Also, borrowing a page from the GURPS-Day playbook, we initiated a similar roundup post with a wargame theme. We haven’t made a big splash with that yet, but people have told me, “hey… we didn’t even know Castalia House covered wargames!” So word is getting out and things are heating up. If you’d like to pitch in, then get on Twitter and start posting with the tag #WargameWednesday.

Finally, people seem to dig “Citadel of Fear” by Francis Stevens. It’s basically an A. Merritt story from before A. Merritt had even nailed down what that’d be. What does this mean? It means that a woman had a major contribution to the formation of the weird fiction scene… and you simply do not hear about this from the usual suspects. The kicker? She was a feminist that explored themes that you’ve heard a great deal about via Feminist Frequency and the many feminist critics that lauded the recent Star Wars movie across mainstream media outlets. There is nothing new under the sun!

The team is growing, our audience is growing, and the excitement is going. If you want to be a part of the action here, talk to me about doing a guest post. We are no where close to covering everything we want to get to and there’s plenty you can do to help!

 

A Short Response to People that Don’t Read

My post Lovecraft on Lord Dunsany and the King James Bible is creating some reflexive poo-pooing by the peanut gallery over at File770.

Here’s the opening salvo from Mark:

I’m not sure where Jeffro is coming from here. Lovecraft’s atheism is pretty well-known (and if it wasn’t, Joshi produced “Against Religion: The Atheist Writings of H.P. Lovecraft” in the last few years) but it’s hardly a surprise that a man in the US of the 1920s would be familiar with the bible.

The post is not about either Lovecraft’s atheism nor the fact that he was familiar with the King James Bible. It wouldn’t be much of a post if that were what it was about, would it? You can tell from just the pull quote at File770 that the post goes far beyond “News Flash! H. P. Lovecraft Familiar with King James Bible”.

Here’s JJ’s amplification of Mark’s point:

It’s hardly a surprise to you or me that an atheist would be familiar with the Bible, and that they might advocate the writing style of one of its versions as something to be emulated.

But Johnson has already established through numerous of his posts that he’s got very little life experience outside his own very narrow upbringing, so I doubt that he has any real insight into what an atheist might think or do, or what their literary background might be.

“Hardly a surprise?” When this story broke, the people at The Atlantic ran it with the headline, “Study the King James Bible’: H. P. Lovecraft’s Advice to Aspiring Writers”. This is so far outside of most people’s impressions of Lovecraft, they put it in the headline because they knew it would get peoples’ attention. But now that the story is out there, all of a sudden it’s “hardly a surprise.”

(But the guy’s got a point. The people at The Atlantic do have very little life experience outside of their very narrow upbringings. You know, I was wondering what their problem was!)

A guy going by “andyl” elaborated on this:

Dunsany was an atheist too. I am too, and English, and I think most well-educated people (at least in the UK) appreciate that the KJV to be one of the more influential works in English literature. Introducing words and phrases intro English in the same manner as Shakespeare (about 12,000 as opposed to Shakespeare’s 31,000)

You know, I gotta say… this is the best news I’ve heard all week.

No, really! Everybody loves loves LOVES the King James Bible. Especially atheists. And hey, if you want to be perceived as being even halfway educated, then you better be familiar with the sucker. Because the King James Bible is pretty much the cornerstone of both Western Civilization and the canon English literature. It’s awesome. All those Lovecraft imitators of today that are such terrible wordsmiths? You wanna know why they stink? It’s because they failed to cultivate the analytical study of the King James Bible. It really is the key to unlocking the power of H. P. Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany’s prose. If I was a novelist, I’d totally want to get in on that, wouldn’t you?

But thanks for clearing this up, guys.

A Johan P weighs in with this:

Re (7) Lovecraft, I had the same reaction as others to the “Given how his politics and beliefs tend to be portrayed”-line. It’s a strange idea that someone’s admiration for the prose style of a specific Bible version is indicative of their faith or politics.

Because you and everybody else are totally down with King James. I dig it. And all of us can easily rattle off a dozen high profile atheists, nihilists, and hard line progressives that have endorsed the King James Bible to the same degree that Lovecraft has here.

Right?

Yeah, right.

Oneiros is troubled:

Re (7): I was having trouble parsing that too. As an atheist (or at least not really a theist), I also find value in the KJV – it’s a beautifully phrased book, or at least what I’ve read of it is.

Glad to hear that anyone who’s anyone finds value in the King James Bible.

Atheists? Please take the time now to show off how much you appreciate this book of books. Please share in the comments your testimony of how it not only made you a better writer, but also completely transformed your life.

I’m waiting, yall…!

You know, the cognitive dissonance is so great on this thread at this point, it really needs someone that can bring it down to a level were everyone can get a grip on things. That’s why NickPheas speculates further on what sort of upbringing I might have had:

One used to encounter people who thought that KJV was the directly inspired Word of God and all other translations were heretical – “If the Authorised Version was right for Jesus, then it’s right for me.” So if one came from that kind of culture one might make that kind of mistake.

So you’ve got people reading a small snippet of one of my posts. They’ve latched on to something in it that really ruffles their feathers. Then they reframe it into something I wasn’t saying… diminishing my point so they could act surprised that I’d take the time to even say it. Then they speculate on what kind of person could have possibly said something that crazy. That’s how you get to “Jeffro Johnson, the poor white trash trailer park redneck snake handling Charismatic that thinks that the King James Bible is the only inspired translation of the WORD OF GOD.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… Straw Jeffro!

And you know what these people hate most about Straw Jeffro? It’s not just that the guy doesn’t get out much. No, it’s more than that. It’s not just that he’s a boorish clod, either. No. The problem with Straw Jeffro is that he only hangs out with people that share his views. And when he’s exposed to someone that says things that don’t fit with the very narrow indoctrination of his religion and education, he very nearly freaks out and goes into the fetal position. The guy is that narrow minded. That’s the real problem with Straw Jeffro.

It’s also the problem with the File770 crew.

SJW’s always project.

Q. E. D.

This Week At Castalia House: Empathy-Free Criticism, Ships of the Line, Dahl’s Elevator, and the Greatest Living Prose Artist

Okay, yet another haul of blog posts for you here:

I’m glad to see more of a commentariat starting to pick up. Maybe it was always there, but my 2,000 word retrospectives just weren’t much in the way of conversation starters. (Broadbrush generalizations about trends in sixty years of sff…? That’s something else!) People want to talk about Sensor Sweep. I don’t know if I want to do another round of short fiction reviews or not, but that one stirred people up a bit. And Daniel’s “Ships of the Line” post drew a lot of comment, too.

GURPS Day was bigger than I expected. I think there’s 19 bloogers on that beat now. (I remember when game blogging was one GURPS guy, one Car Wars guy, and a bunch of TSR fanboys, but there you go.)

Finally… this exchange from last weekend might be of interest:

Blue SFF Reader: VD, any possibility for Castalia House re-publishing an Appendix N Omnibus or Series (at least for the titles available in public domain)?

VD: Sure, if Jeffro wants to curate and write the intros. I’m not going to do it, but we’d certainly publish that.

That sounds like a cool idea if you ask me…!

This Week at Castalia House: Dark Conspiracy, Tanith Lee, A. Merritt, and Torchship!

This was a very big week over at the Castalia House blog.

With Douglas Cole graciously joining Cirsova (aka Alex) on the line up… that means we have the Top Gaming Bloggers from both 2014 and 2015 now! But wait, there’s more! The crew over at SuperversiveSF are also holding down a weekly slot. (Give Josh a warm welcome, y’all– he did this week’s post for them!) And as if that’s not enough, Misha Burnett has started sending me guest posts covering what he calls “Appendix X”– awesome books that are outside of the mainstream for whatever reason. (And Misha, by the way, made the cut for Cirsova Magazine. Don’t miss his story in there!)

This is an absolutely tremendous team. I cannot believe how this has come together. So do hang around: this is going to be good!

Just watching how things go over, I was surprised that the new Sensor Sweep link roundup series went over well enough that somebody asked for more of that sort of thing. The Wargames posts continue to stir up discussion. But almost nobody wants to discuss A. Merritt. (But that’s the case on the entire internet, really.) The hot topic this week was Earthsea’s place in Appendix N. If you missed the comments on that one, you’ll want to check it out!

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