Posts Tagged ‘gamer’

classic black dungeon 1 dice bag

 

The Dice Bag of Mapping is a potential powerful item when used correctly.  An unassuming drawstring bag at first glance, it has an unusual design – the bag will sit open on its own due to the unique construction.  It is large enough to hold a handful or two of dice, enough chalk to mark a labyrinth, and/or various other small items.  When used correctly, the bag will display a map of the wielder’s surroundings for 500 feet in all directions surrounding him.  Handy for moving through dungeons, and even in wilderness environments!  Some versions of this dice bag also allow the user to make a “pinch and zoom” motion with his thumb and index finger on the fabric to see a larger or smaller mapped area.

Get one of your own at Greyed Out.

 

Fleur de Lis Dice Bag

I’ve been making dice bags for about four years now, and it still always amazes me how supportive and incredible the gaming community is.  I still get a kick out of mailing out every order, and like seeing new countries to send a dice bag to.  I’ve done a few giveaways before, but this time I thought I would be a bit more “official” and use Rafflecopter to help make things a bit smoother.

 

In this giveaway, I’m going to letting go one of my Greyed Out Dice Bags, in the Orc Clan style, along with a set of five orc-themed dice from Q Workshop.  I own a set of these in red, and they’re fantastic.  

 

Find Greyed Out online at Greyed Out or on Facebook at Greyed Out.

 

 

Click the link to find your way to the Rafflecopter page:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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orc 1 dice bag

Some new dice bags available at greyedout.etsy.com

 

Quick progress post on what I’m currently working on.  I’m doing a big order of dice bags, and today I cut fabric for a few hours, to save time later.  I cut all the pieces at once, to keep from having to do so later.  It’ll be 48 dice bags in total, and this is just the first half of the project.

 

Tonight I’m also planning on getting some more written for Airships of Marrakesh; I may go back to the old schedule of 1,000 words every few days, because that seems to motivate me more than 4,000 words every four days.  So we’ll see.  Either way, I know I’m behind on my updates, and I apologize.  There is more steampunk airship action to come soon, I promise!

One of my hobbies is tabletop miniature wargaming.  It’s a little bit like chess, or historical wargaming, except that it uses little pewter miniatures to represent fantasy warriors like knights, fierce beasts like giant werewolves, and giant, steam-powered, magic-controlled robots.  The miniatures come unpainted and unassembled, and putting them together and painting them has always been one of the highlights of the hobby for me.  While some may see it as an expensive hobby, it can be cheaper to pick up a new miniature than to spend a night out drinking with friends.  Budgeting helps, as well.

When I moved to Atlanta, one of the first things I looked for was a friendly local game store(FLGS) to play at.  The game I play is Warmachine, by Privateer Press, and my search online quickly led me to Giga-Bites Cafe in Marietta, just to the northwest of Atlanta.  I stopped in with my fiancee several weeks after arriving in Atlanta to take a look around and see what the store has to offer, and was very impressed.

The store is a long rectangle, leading back from the front door.  To your right as you enter is the cafe section – yes, the cafe.   Owner David Finn had a brilliant idea, and the store serves food and drinks as well as being able to sell you the latest miniature.  The cafe features a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies, as well as sandwiches and paninis, and David knows his way around the espresso machines.  On the left are racks upon racks of miniatures mounted on the wall – everything from Warhammer 40,000 to Warmachine to Firestorm Armada and Flames of War.  The center of the space has large tables meant for playing those miniature games on, and on any given night you can find a number of gamers rolling dice and moving their miniature soldiers around.

At Giga-Bites, certain days of the week are reserved for certain games – that is to say, there are many varieties of tabletop wargame, and on certain days, preference for table space is given to players of those games.  Thursday night, for example, is Warmachine and Hordes night.  That doesn’t mean that players of other games will get kicked out; the store is incredibly fun to hang out at, and everyone I have met so far has been super friendly.  On my first day there I was quickly welcomed, and had a chance to play several games over the course of the night.

The store is a friendly and welcoming place to play, and the hours of operation reflect the hobby – the store is often open until 11pm, and tournaments on the weekends can run all day.  If you need a miniature that isn’t on the shelves, the salesperson will be happy to order it for you, and orders generally arrive within a week.  The store also has a “Rolling Bones” club – members pay $15/year and receive a 10% discount on all purchases – worth it if you plan to spend a good amount on your hobby.

I’ve found through over a decade of being in this hobby – miniature tabletop games – that most gamers are friendly and welcoming people, and it’s wonderful knowing that there is a safe place to play games to your heart’s content and indulge in your hobby with likeminded people.  Giga-Bites is certainly a shining example of the FLGS, and I’m glad to call it the place where I play.