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Showing posts with label Rakuten Ads. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Christmas Request - Lego Millennium Falcon

My daughter has asked for the Falcon for Christmas.
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I found one over at It comes 1353 including 7 mini-figures from the Solo Movie. 

I'm not sure if this is the right one. Knowing my daughter, she likely means the larger set - 7965. lists it as hard to find, but I found it at Amazon. 

This set has 6 mini-figures and 1254 peices. I don't know... I have a bad feeling about this.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

#RPGADAY2020 28. Close - 14 Classic Movies Ads?

Back in January, I picked up a bunch of sponsors for ads. Since I'm doing #RPGADAY2020 and item 28 is close, this a good place for these Rakuten Ads. Rakuten is an advertising company that matches companies with bloggers. I can't say it's worked out for me, so this post is to close out this idea. No clicks, no more Alibris ads. 

As of July 2021, I have had zero sales on these types of ads, so I am replacing them with Amazon Ads. If your blog is amendable, Rakuten is not a bad option to check out.

When in doubt, make a list. So, here are 14 old movies that have have influence my game play. All images lead to where the films can be purchased, usually on DVD. Otherwise just enjoy the images, pretend the links aren't there. 

To tie back to "close", unless since this format of ads didn't work, I'm going to close the book on Alibris and replace it with Amazon links. 

The Lion in Winter (1968)

It's Christmas in the royal household and things are turbulent.  Peter O'Toole as Henry II, Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anthony Hopkins in his first major role as Richard the Lionheart. 

RPG tie in Ranking: ★★★ for political intrigue and beautiful costumes. 

Brigadoon (1954)

Tommy Albright's (Gene Kelly) love for Cyd Charisse as Fiona Maclaren breaks a magic spell. Based on the 1947 play. 

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ for star crossed lovers, a magical setting in a modern time. Easily 5 stars for the quick-witted wordplay. There is not a bit of swearing, but man, the punches land fast and hard. Equally valid for the 1966 production, too. 

Cromwell (1970)

RPG tie in Ranking: ★ or ★★★★, depending. The film is beautifully acted with Harris, Sir Alec Guinness and so many others. The costumes are glorious, the action epic. But for a film that boasts 10 years of research, there is a lot wrong here. 

Princess Bride (1987)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★

"Have fun storming the castle!" 'Nuf said. 

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★. One reluctant hero, one reluctant nun. Every story arc gets a double beat ending. It also runs like the Three Outlaw Samurai (below), where the non-hero backs up the little guy for the win.  

The Taming of the Shrew (1965)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★ Who doesn't want to be a princess? Katharina, that's who. Just like Brigadoon, the wordplay is incredibly funny. If you need a snappy retort, take notes from this film. It works because it was a written by the Bard. 

The Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ Ronin vs. Samurai, heroes backing up the little guy for the win.  

The Birds (1963)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★ This is the only Horror film on the list. This is a classic world gone wrong story with lots of action and tension. 

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★ Only for people who want to fall in love with the setting, not the story or players. This was a box office bomb, but still packs a punch with scenery-porn.

Magnificent Seven (1960)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ A different take on mercenaries. Instead of the scrappy villagers fighting back, the scrappy mercenaries fight and lose for a higher cause. 

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★ This one is an off beat selection, but I think that the two kingdoms in this story reflect the Heptarchy era of England. There is no world shattering threats here, its a low level dust up between angry and confused parties. Everything doesn't have to be Big, BIG, BIG!

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) 

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★ Another quirky pick, an ageless story of love and loss. Not entirely amendable to RPG play, but I could see a party encountering these people on their adventures. It'd help if you could get Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison to reprise their roles at the table. 

Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)   

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ Ah, that smile. Errol Flynn as Robin Hood is trope all on it's own. This film is from a era when every special effect was a practical shot, usually with something dangerous flung at an actor. 

This one has created a whole genre of films, from The Court Jest to Men in Tights, all of which are classics on their own. Even the Kevin Costner version. 

Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

If you play a game and this doesn't come up, you're doing something wrong. 

In closing, I would like to thank for for participating in the possible cessation of some types of ads on this site. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

A-Wings - My Favorite Ship

The Heart want what the heart wants... I love A-wings.  

Overpowered engines, lots of guns. It'd better be overpowered at $199.99. 

It even comes in Resistance Green, which comes at a significant savings at $29.99. They do have a free shipping promo for orders over $35.00.  FREE SHIPPING every day on orders over $35!

However, my favorite version is from Rebels. I love the fact that A-Wings are all they could get. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Other Stuff Coming Down the Pipes - Models and Figures

I want to get back into building models and painting figures. So I placed an order on Amazon. These seem to be all Japanese imports, but not ridiculously expensive.

Millennium Falcon + 2 X-Wings 2 A-Wings Jedi Starfighter

The fighters are all 1/144 scale while the Falcon is 1/350. I might have to kit bash a Falcon is 1/144 scale, but I have no idea how big that would be.

As I progress, we'll be looking at each build individually.

Anyway, my kids are asking for some Lego Star Wars sets. I can't find the Falcon, but I did find the fighters. These images are link's to I have to warn you, the reason my kids don't have these is the price.

Jedi Fighter A-Wing X-Wing

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Legos for Role Play

Back in the day, Legos had a great series of Knights which I used as figures for my D&D games when I didn't have time to paint minis.

While that series is long gone, they have newer series which offer min-figs and settings for your game. These are Pirates sets and offers pistols, swords, sharks, a boat, rifles and other cool additions for play.

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This first link offers the pirate ship at a significant markdown.
You can combine this purchase with a code to get a free Drag Racer product on orders over $45.00.
LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer GWP, free with all purchases over $45 on

This link is the Pirate ship at full price. Use the link above for a considerable savings or use this link for free shipping on orders over $35.00.
FREE SHIPPING every day on orders over $35!

And this link is for a smaller set.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Endless Quest on Alibris

Back in Feburary, I looked at Endless Quest books at Amazon. Today, I'm looking for deals at Alibris. Sometimes, comparison shopping can really save you. The links below are paid ads and will take you to Every click supports this website with remuneration.

It looks like they're missing some titles, but the prices can't be beat. Since I last checked, it looks like the prices are down a buck or two. None of them are over $8.00 and most of them are under $5.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Strictly (Duke) Springer - Day 062 – March 2nd

Ok, I have to do some book keeping. We are taking a day of RRR. I have two engineers, so I have them get to work on the new ship. They install some guns and stasis units. Lucy, Duke and Emily are healing up.

We decide to name the second ship the Alicorn.

I am dividing the areas protected by stasis units among the ships. There are 4 CU of protected space in each ship’s crew quarters. I move the 2 CU stasis unit from engineering to the other ship’s pilotage. The turret of the Antelope has 1 CU of protected space. There is a 4 CU stasis unit in the cargo hold of the Antelope. I have created a pair of sheets to mark all of this down.

We also redistribute cargo and the crew.

Four crew members are on the Antelope: Duke (pilot/gunner), Bones (medic), Ratchet (engineer) and Lefty (gunner). Five are on the Alicorn: Emily (pilot/gunner), Deadeye (gunner), Doc (medic), Lucy (engineer) and David (gunner). We lose the capacity to fly the hoppers and the ships at the same time. We have 9 crew and need another pair of pilots and one gunner.

In order to protect all of these people, I need to buy some more status units. In doing this, I will refit the crew quarters with 4 3 CU stasis units. This will allow me to protect up to 12 crew per ship in groups of 3. I can move the single CU units to various parts of the ship to protect workstations. I’m almost OSHA compliant. :)

Since I am being so nice to the crew, I am going to cut their salaries and simply give them a 1% cut off of all profits. This is 1% each, not total. Cheating, yes, but this will make record keeping easier. Payouts will be much higher than a measly 15 secs. a week.

As an additional cheat, I will no longer be tracking personal items owned by the crew as cargo. That removes side arms, PS bots and USuits from the cargo hold and presumably into the crew quarters. I am simply going to assume the weekly cost of the bots as a loss, per week.

You'll note on these sheets that I am only coloring very large items like big guns and multiples of repair units, fuel and life support units. The Alicorn has no boat, so the fuel and guns are simply sitting in the boat bay. Since I am actually working on paper, I merely have a sheet with penciled in notations. I may share that later.

1 Antelope starship with TL-5 Guns. I owe nothing.
1 Hopper with boat guns, TL-3.

1 Boat guns, TL-2,
4 CU Status Unit (e103),
1 TL-1 military U-suit,
5 TL-4 heavy hand weapons with explosive effects,
7 Side Arms TL-1,
4 Doses of pheromones (e009) in Duke’s pocket,
and the ship is fueled with 6 hypercharges.

1 Alicorn starship with TL-1 Guns. We owe nothing.

1 TL-2 Boat guns,
10 TL-1 Heavy Hand Weapons,
and the ship is fueled with 6 hypercharges.

I have 54,171 secs. We are wanted in the Palatek system.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Chessex at Gamestop

Gamestop has some Chessex dice available. At $9.99, I might order a set or three. I am sure I can find dice cheaper, but Chessex dice are nice.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Strictly (Duke) Springer - Day 040 – Feb 9th

FINALLY! I sell all but five side arms for 2,000 secs. I also get lucky and sell the skimmers for another 1,200.

I have 16 CU of space in the Bay. Time to move on.

Before I move on, I'm going to make a principal only payment, since I already paid the interest this week. 1,000 secs.

1 Antelope starship with TL-5 Guns. I owe 116,000 secs. in principle.
1 TL-1 Ship’s Guns.
1 Hopper with boat guns, TL-3.
2 CU Status unit in Cockpit and Engineering, 8 1 CU Status units in Crew Quarters and 1 1 CU unit in Gunnery.
10 Fuel Units in the Ship’s Boat.
12 Repair units,
5 Life Support Units in the Ship’s boat.
7 PS-bots, 1 per character,
6 Heavy Hand Weapons for sale, 4 for characters use,
5 Side Arms
13 U-suits, 7 for the crew, 5 for sale and the ship is fueled with 4 hypercharges.

I have 3,631 secs. We are wanted in the Palatek system.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Starship Deck Plans for Hopper Alternates (Star Smuggler)

I came up with three alternates for Ship's Boats. One is a completely new product, an Orbiter, which takes up 50 CU inside a 60 CU cargo bay. It really not a good choice for the Antelope, but it can be done.

The Orbiter is roughly 25% bigger than a Hopper Ship's Boat. It is able to carry a skimmer. This ship is big enough to provide it's own Life Support just like a Starship. Even though it has enough cargo space for guns, there is no way to mount them due to the wing configuration. It is always unarmed.

The second ship is a regular sized Hopper, but reconfigured for longer trips. It does not provide Life Support, so some cargo will have to be used for that.

The third ship is called an Interceptor, because... well, it's an interceptor. It has integrated guns. They can be upgraded or downgraded, but never removed. It has a dedicated space for Fuel and Life Support Units. These spaces can't be used for other things, just like the gun space.

Each and every one of these ships have the ability to break out of gravity wells. See r214b. The Orbiter must use it's cargo for fuel to escape, while the other two ships can do it with just their fuel tanks. The Orbiter has a max power of 15, the Fast Boat has a rating or 16 and the Interceptor has a rating of 20.

In order to boost to a speed of 20, the Interceptor must purchase external fuel tanks on the planet is is leaving. Each tank holds just enough fuel to break orbit from that planet and are jettisoned on take-off. These tanks can be purchased for standard price 500 each and are available from ground based areas which offer offer Hypercharges (eg. e025). These tanks are extraordinarily dangerous and can only be stored on a planet or on a military vessel, like a carrier. They are never available at space stations.

All three of these items can be purchased or sold from e034 or e035. They can never be found in the Ruins.

Prices are:

Orbiter, e034. 1800 secs. base price. e035 is 2400 secs.
Fast Boat, e034. 1000 secs. base price. e035 is 1500 secs.
Interceptor, e034. 2500 secs. base price. e035 is 5000 secs.

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