lunedì 16 febbraio 2015

Infinity: female Wildcat WIP

Here I'm proceeding rather slowly on the paint side, since living alone adds a new meaning to "doing the chores".

And I'm having troubles uploading photos (dang the SD reader!).

This is my painting station... which doubles as PC station to call home, as general purpose laboratory to repair and make stuff, as sewing place...

Finally! She's the last  Wildcat, right now I'm working on a Intruder and one Sputnik. Still have to finish her.

mercoledì 4 febbraio 2015

D&D: Gaming on Skype

Yesterday I got my first D&D game on Skype.
I had a blast, even if the conditions were far from optimized.
This spurred a reflection on what is needed for an enjoyable gaming session on Skype.

Obviously, you need PCs and a good connection ON BOTH SIDES. If the connection is crappy, then you won't be able to enjoy the game due to constant delays and poor image resolution.

It's also good if you can arrange a test beforehand. Don't forget to set up and connect the accounts before actually meeting for the game.

If you're hosting the game, the best place to put the computer is in front of the Dungeon Master's screen. This way the Skype user can see the rest of the party: often communication is made also by facial expressions and gestures.
Loudspeakers are a good addition, since sometimes the caller voice is rather feeble.

You should also consider ambient noise: keep it down to a bare minimum. Also chit-chatting on non-gaming topic makes understanding gaming-related talk difficult.

On the guest side, a headset with microphone is needed to keep resonating noise down. You also should be aware of where you are calling from. A silent place is to be preferred to a noisy one.

Having paper reference sheet and books helps in getting all readily available when needed. Also real dices and a dice tray are better than dice-throwing apps, since the results are readily shown on Skype.

Snacks and beverages are to be kept at arm's length, along with glasses. Remember to shut off your mic when eating, otherwise the chrunching sound can annoy people at the host place.

Those are my 2 cents for now; I hope to have more tips for you soon. Enjoy your gaming!

domenica 18 gennaio 2015

Infinity: Wildcats Wip

And so I'm now in Finland... I managed to bring with me some miniatures and a very small selection of paints and brushes, so I'll have something to do in the evening.
From now on, at least for a while, I'll post only in English, as it somehow feels more appropriate to the situation.
Right now I'm living in Paivenpaiste with another erasmus student, a Lithuanian guy.

Bot now, back on the miniatures! I'm following the original scheme, as it suits those models very well. The two guys in the foreground are almost identical. I say almost because I had to mix paints to achieve the same colors as in my previous model.
Another unexpected issue is the temperature and humidity of the building I'm living in.
Even with heaters off and the small window half-opened, here the air is so dry and hot that paint dry almost instantly. So different from my painting station, with 80% humidity and 18°C... It will take a while to get used to it. Here I don't have an hygrometer nor a thermometer, so I cannot really compare the two situations on scientific grounds.

Anyway, see you to the next post! Moi moi!