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Origins 2018 – Scenes from the GrogHeads Central Command

For the fifth year in a row ~

GrogHeads Newsdesk, 18 June 2018

photos by Corrine Mahaffey

For our fifth year at Origins (and our fifth straight year of not having our name right in the site book!) the GrogHeads crew set up our Central Command for wargaming at Origins.  Located over the C-Hall, one of the two gaming halls, we were a little further back from the front doors than in years past, but still hard to miss near the CABS Board Room.

Interestingly enough, we were probably one of the 4- or 5-most-filmed booths at Origins, mainly because we were in the background of most of the video the guys posted from The Dice Tower, who were right across the aisle from us.  We were in hailing distance of Academy Games’ playing area, and wedged in between the minis paint-&-take, and the Star Realms deckbuilder.  Most importantly, we had our own little chunk of concrete for gaming, and we made the most of it.

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Origins 2018 – A Floor Report

What’s Happening on the Ground at #Origins2018? ~

Brant Guillory, 16 June 2018

What?  A quiet moment to write?  Naaaaaaah….

Actually, yes.  Origins weekend is usually the same weekend as the annual Columbus Pride Parade, so if you want a parking space that’s any closer than the airport, you need to get here early – and that means 0730 for me, with Bayonet Jr in tow.  It also means, that since our first ‘thing’ today (family photo with the Grogs!) isn’t until 0900, there’s time to write.

What’s been going on?  If you follow us on either Twitter or Facebook, you’ve had the chance to see plenty of live video and updates from the show.  Those are giving a look at what’s happening, but only superficially.  Here’s the detail of what’s going on.

Origins 2018 – Photos!

The first photos are in from #Origins2018 ~

GrogHeads Staff, 14 June 2018

The GrogHeads Central Command was so jumping we had a hard time finding a break to load pictures.

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What’s Gus Playing – The Shortest Rome 2 Total War Campaign – Nabatea

The Dwarf of the Desert delivers dangerous deeds and derring-do  ~

Lloyd Sabin, 11 June 2018

Sometimes you got it, sometimes you just don’t.

I chose to play as Nabatea because the idea of armored camel cataphracts charging through the desert really tickled my pickle

The Total War series is one of my favorites and has been since Shogun was released all those years ago. Fast forward to 2018 and I could not wait to play a faction from the Rome 2 Emperor’s Edition DLC – the Desert Kingdoms. There are four to choose from, including the Kush and Nabatea (think modern Horn of Africa and Saudi Arabia).

In doing some basic research on each, I chose to play as Nabatea because the idea of armored camel cataphracts charging through the desert really tickled my pickle. The campaign was rated as ‘Hard’ however, and even though that typically scares me off, I took my chances. Taking the plunge, I charged in to Nabatea circa 272 BC, and was psyched to get my first camel cataphract unit. It would be glorious.

Or it would be one of the more ignominious defeats in my TW history. I have had some lightning fast victories, mind you…I won as the Egyptians in the Medieval 2 TW Crusades campaign in under 25 turns! But this Nabatea playthrough was going to be the opposite of that.

All that said, I feel compelled to tell you that Rome 2, some 17 patches and many years after release, plays, runs and looks fantastic now. It really is a totally new game from the earlier versions. If you were frightened away by the nightmarish launch, it is worth it’s price now and goes on sale every so often.

Beware though that ‘hard’ means what it says here…there’s no messing around. So, let my ignominy be a lesson for you.

‘I am Nabatea.’ And I can’t wait for my first unit of shiny camel cataphracts. It’s going to be great.

 

Dragon’ Up The Past – Hello & Goodbye

We’re back with another classic issue! ~

Brant & Jim, 8 June 2018

Dragon Up The Past is back with a mid-80s blast of nostalgia, along with the usual side-eye commentary you know and love. Watch for the “air quotes” 🙂

We’ve got plenty more where this one came from – there’s 189 issues still to go!


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