|2014 Donations: $25
2014 Ad revenue: $0
Yearly cost for this site: $32.80
I'm afraid I have some bad news... my webhost is upping the price of their cheapest hosting plan. This means that I will actually have to pay them for their services (as in I can't get it for free anymore). Of course, Doteasy has been really good to me over the years, so I'll gladly pay. I've raised the "Yearly cost for this site" amount listed above to a pro-rated $32.80, and after December it will go up to $48.50 ($1.95 per month for hosting + $25 per year for domain registry). If anyone would like to help me pay this off, there's a Paypal donation button at the top of this page. But rest assured that this site will remain available either way.
Tracy and I bought our first big-screen TV recently (which also happened to be our first digital TV, our first high-definition TV, and our first flat-screen TV), and we had to completely redesign our living room to accomodate it. Now, when I walk into the room, I feel a pang for my missing TV cabinet... until I turn on the TV and see that awesome picture! I haven't played any Playstation games on it yet, but I'm totally looking forward to the experience!
We also visited Big Cat Rescue earlier in the month. Definitely a very interesting trip. I just cannot get over how many rich people think it's a good idea to get a lion or tiger, keep it in their basement in deplorable conditions and then abandon it when they get bored. I simply have no words to describe it.
Eid Mubarik, everyone!
I've posted some additional 2-D Star Wars paper minis. I think they look great (the thumbnails really don't do them justice). Too bad it's so hard to find good pictures of Star Wars characters from behind.
I've posted some new 2-D paper minis on the Star Wars Character Scale page. These new ones are SOOOOOOO much better than my older attempts, as they include a front and a back. They're also SOOOOOOO much harder to make (it's hard to find front and back pictures of a character in the same pose), so I probably won't be able to make many of them.
FINALLY! That blasted POwer Loader miniature I procmised you guys back in January is done. You'll find it on the "Aliens" page, but be warned - it's a royal pain in the behind to assemble. I'm also removing the old "Heavy Lifter Droid" model from the Star Wars character-scale page... it was an early attempt at getting something resembling the Aliens Power Loader, and I was never really happy with it.
I've also removed the "Shadowrun" link from the left-hand side... there really wasn't a whole lot there anyway. I'll put it back if I ever come up with some new content for that game.
In other news, Tracy and I have moved to a new apartment. If any of our close friends didn't get our new address / phone number, please use the "feedback" link to the left.
Upsilonman sent me a copy of his TIE Defender and TIE Phatom models that he made for the "Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game" by Fantasy Flight Games. Head over to the "starfighter scale" site and then click on the "Galactic Empire" link to download a copy!
Honestly, I have no idea why I get so many downloads for the old SW:SBG paper minis (I can't even remember what "SBG" stood for..."Stratgeic Battle Game" maybe?) I strongly suspect that someone posted direct links to the files, because the number of hits I get on them are greater than the number of hits for the Star Wars 2D page (which is where you're supposed to download the file from). So that means that either I've got people making direct links or else someone is going to that site, displaying the PDF file in their browser, and constantly hitting the "refresh" button!
At any rate, all that should stop immediately, as I killed the "miniimperials.pdf" file.... you'll find a squad of Stormtroopers has been added to the "miniempire.zip" set instead. Hopefully, that should help reduce the bandwidth (the old files were terribly, terribly inefficient... the current Imperials set takes up a quarter of the space at only 566KB).
If you are one of those people who downloaded "miniimperials.pdf" every other day, please drop me a line and let me know why. I would really like to know! :)
A special "Thanks" goes out to Nathan, whose donation has paid for the remaining 2014 upkeep for this site!
If you look over to the left, you'll see a new "Aliens" button. It doesn't contain any new content yet; it's basically just a place-holder for some upcoming models.
I've also decided to remove the "Shadowrun" button, since there's hardly any content on that page... that will probably be the next update. It's a shame - I love the Shadowrun world, but the game mechanics are too clunky and I haven't played it in many, many years.
Tracy and I went to see American Hustle the other day. It's the first time in years we've actually gone to a movie theater (inconsiderate crowds, filthy venues and insanely overpriced tickets have taught us to enjoy watching movies at home), and I have to say that we thoroughly enjoyed the film.
I made some minor tweaks to the Star Wars Tactical Battles rules, but I'm sorry to say I don't really have anything else to offer right now. Work has been rather hectic, and I'm finding it a challenge to get motivated at home.
A very special "THANK YOU" to Dan, for giving a donation that covers 80% of this site's 2014 maintenance cost!
Happy New Year's everybody! For this year's resolution, I've decided to try creating an initial product line for some models I can actually sell. Like for real moneys and stuff. They won't be hosted here (no way in heck am I going to invite that lawsuit), and I have no idea how long it takes to get an online business setup (don't want to start until the product line is ready), but I'm still pretty excited about the prospect.
This site will remain up, and I still have lots of plans for more free stuff to be added ( this, for example), so don't worry about where you'll get your Star Wars / Robotech / Transformer paper minis!