Saturday, April 29, 2017
Cheryl, Gee, and I rode the Expedition Everest. It way very cool. The Wilderness Explorer badge station near there was very hard to find. Cheryl and the kids left before us. They got lost for a bit on the way out. Shan waited around for me and I finished up a few more badges. We checked in at the Wilderness Explorer Station on the way out. I guess they had seen me working away at them. I didn't get them all but they made me an honorary Senior Explorer. We had supper back at the resort and made it back to the pack for the night show. It was the Jungle Book - partially projected on water sprays and singing and dancing Bollywood-style, followed by fire dancers, It could have been due to the rain, but we didn't think that it was as good as Fantasmic, On the way out, we caught a few vignettes projected on the giant Tree of Life. We would have stayed a bit longer and watched more of them but the kids were getting tired.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
On the Saturday we got up early for the ride to The Animated Kingdom. I took the new camera that we got from cashing in Air Miles points. We had just got it before we left but the safari was a rare chance to use it. Even though I haven't really got comfortable with it. Gee used my regular camera on the safari while I used the new one. We started in Africa at the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. It wasn't high on my list of attractions but it was quite good. Finishing that, we went on the Gorilla Walk. During the walk I picked up a Wilderness Explorer book from Jocelynne, a Troop Leader. There were many spots along the park to answer questions or do events to get stickers. While the kids weren't interested, it harkened back to my Boy Scout days and I did as many as I could throughout the day, much to my wife's chagrin. We had lunch at the Yak & Yeti - a mix of Indian and Asian foods. Next on our visit was the Maharajah Jungle Trek to see the tigers. The bats and the komodo dragons were away at the vet. We did the It's Not Easy to be a Bug Show. Again, the large spiders were not announced with enough warning for Gee. It was hard to find the badge coming out of that one. It was tucked in on the path out from the show. We worked our way around Dinoland USA. It's built up like an old-time Dino-themed amusement park. We didn't do any of the rides but I had to go into the Dig area to get the badge. It rained heavily a few times that day. We did remember to bring the Dollarama ponchos. A few people asked if we were Canadians - seeing the maple leafs. Our response - "Maybe".
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Games Workshop just announced that there will soon be a new edition of Warhammer 40,000 released and that it will be incompatible with the current codices. I only need three current codices – Imperial Agents, Dark Angels, and Tau. I am missing several of the supplements though. I am currently reading through the old codices – having just finished Dark Angles, and Tau from the sixth edition. It sounds very similar to what they did with the Warhammer game, where they had a big ‘end of days’ event spread across a few books, coinciding with large figure releases, and then wiped out the old ruleset and army books and started fresh with Age of Sigmar. I wasn’t active in Warhammer at the time, so I didn’t get the end times books or models, and didn’t make the jump to the new system. I would have to chase down the end times books and a lot of the army lists from the last few editions to complete the sets. I had liked the narrative that had been building in the old Warhammer world and don’t really have any ties to the new one. For me, it was a very good point to make a clean break. I am closely tied to the Warhammer 40,000 narrative, from the early days of Rouge Trader, all the way through the grim dark present future, with the additions of the Tyranids, Dark Eldar, Tau, and Necrons, as well as the loss of the Dwarves along the way. A lot of fine details have modified along the way, examples being the Genestealers/Tyranids, the Space Wolves/Dark Angels history, the Chaos gods. A lot of the big picture has stayed the same. Depending on how much it changes, this could be the last of my placeholder sets. It remains seen to see if that is because we part ways or if the new set will be a clean start. The nice thing about having all the sets along way is that I can always go back and play with the rules from my favorite edition.
Monday, April 3, 2017
With the line being discontinued, I made a mad scramble to pick up a bunch of Marvel Universe miniatures as well as some of the Spider-Man version of the Batman Miniatures game that could also be used in Marvel Universe. SM/MU Spider-Man – 1 SM/MU Daredevil – 1 SM/MU – Green Goblin -1 MU – Avengers starter – 4 MU – X-Men starter – 4 MU – Brotherhood of Evil Mutants starter – 4 MU – Guardians starter – 4 MU – Dark Avengers starter – 4 MU – Black Panther - 1 MU – Groot – 1 MU – Sabretooth – 1 MU – Hawkeye – 1 MU – Vision – 1 MU – Dr. Doom – 1 MU – Gambit – 1 BM – Objectives Game Markers - 4 Mar figures bought - 34, figures painted – 0 Running total 2017 – figures bought 67, figures painted 0