Monday, 11 July 2016

Better Know a Blogger- Part 15: Stepping Between Games

This week's Better Know a Blogger features Rory from "Stepping Between Games".

Rory has been a regular commenter on my own blog and I began to follow his own blog a while back. Rory writes from the lovely Emerald Isles (Ireland to the rest of you) and his blog has a strong focus on the progress of his Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marine army. You can find regular updates on Rory's work in progress for many aspects of his current army, the most recent additions being his Daemons and Forgefiend.

Not Rory.

As well as his own work, Rory's blog features a lot of community building articles that are well worth checking out. These include army showcases when he comes across some great looking armies online, highlights on Kickstarter projects that could be of interest to other gamers and a number of guest articles on a variety of topics including Malifaux and a 40k Hrud army.
One of Rory's showcased armies.
His most recent work has involved his attempted to scratch-build a Chaos Imperial Knight. Quite a daunting task, I look forward to seeing how it progresses.
Here are Rory's answers to my questions:

1. What age did you get into gaming and what started it off?
I think I was 13 or 14 when it really starting to pick up for me. I was lucky that I had a friend equally into the more quirky things in life, indeed he went on to become a fantasy writer, Paul Shortt. Together we played games of Hero Quest and Space Crusade, including a lone Gretchin taking out a Space Marine captain, the shame... Since then tabletops, boardgames and LARP have kept my gaming life busy.

2. What was the first model you ever bought/painted?
I couldn’t tell you exactly but it would be for my second edition Space Wolves, yes I know I played the Wolves and play the Thousand Sons now. I still have them around somewhere actually, I will have to take some pictures when I dig them up. My painting, such as it is, has come a long way since.

3. What is your favourite aspect of gaming? 
I’d like to say gaming, but as a number of bloggers know I haven’t had a game for 15 years (I can't imagine going that long without a game!- Mike). I will eventually break that streak. The fluff has kept me going for many years and I strive to improve my painting and modelling constantly.

4. Fondest memory in gaming?
I do remember epic tales of my Wolves clashing with friends' Eldar and Ork armies. But in all aspects of gaming, I enjoy the shared moments when everyone can sit back and go ‘wow!’

5. What are you working on right now?
My ever expanding Thousand Sons, The Host of Remembrance over on Stepping Between Games. It is limited mainly by my cashflow (hear, hear- Mike).

6. When you are not conquering the tabletop, what do you do?
Most of my free time is spent with my family, my Wife and two kids. Otherwise I like to LARP, both in Ireland and England. Combined with this I run the Irish team of the Men In Black, a team who demonstrate games to convention goes for SJ Games. In what little time remains, I design board games and try to sell them to various companies.

7. What would you say about your blog to someone who has never read it to draw them in?
“Come see the wonders of Tzeentch as he twists a mans mind!”

8. What is your favourite article that you have written?
I would probably say my work on Deadpool as a marine. I created him as a Cypher stand in and tried a lot of new things on him. The response was really encouraging.

9. Which rule would you like to see changed or removed entirely?
I am just one of those people who want the Chaos rules brought up to date with the loyalists, not bitter me ;) (Don't worry Chaos fans, I'm sure your time will come soon. You get a grav gun, and you get a grav gun, and you get a grav gun......- Mike)
10. Which of your armies is your favourite?
The XVth, the Sons of Magnus, the Thousand Sons of the Host of Remembrance.

11. Secret wargamer or loud and proud?
Loud and proud wargamer, geek, nerd, LARPer and all.
12. Any hobby tips or cheats to share?
Stick to one project at a time, you will get a lot more done in the long run. I wish I could take my own advice on that, the Host would be finished by now if I could.
13. Tournament or Casual?
Casual. I tied a tournament once. Not to my tastes. Plus I play Thousand Sons and cannot afford Forgeworld vehicles to counter the army's weaknesses. I should start a Gofund me campaign or something.
14. Nintendo or Sega?
Nintendo for the childhood memories. Although back then I had neither, my pride and joy was an Atari ST. A fancy one with a 1MB of Ram, aww yeah, check those specs! (please Rory, this is a family blog!- Mike)

15. Xbox or Playstation?
For a wedding present I was given an Xbox by friends much to the amusement of my Wife, a year later I was given an Xbox 360 as a late wedding present. I was hooked anyway. It gets all the best games and the controllers don’t feel like they will break in my hands.

16. McDonalds or Burger King?
McDonalds for a snack, BK if you want not to feel hungry in a half hour. More of a pizza man myself.

17. Coke or Pepsi?
Neither. If I had to go with a bubbly drink I'd go with a Dr Pepper. :) (Heresy!- Mike)
Thanks to Rory for answering my questions. You can find Rory on his blog, Stepping Between Games, and on twitter at @macantsagart
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  1. Love the Editorial comments Mike. Cheers for popping my stuff up here.

    1. Glad to have you take part Rory, some great work on your blog that deserves to be shared.

  2. If the latest 40k rumours hold true, chaos are gonna be a top tier army again! Just have to wait and see though.

  3. Rory is now going to be rich and famous! ;)

    1. 10s of views nearly 25c of monies, muhahaha

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    3. Hey, now. That 25c means you're a professional blogger. Getting paid for something = professional ;)

    4. A few more years and I can buy a Forgeworld model. Second hand. A small one ;)

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  4. Good read Rory. Congratulations on your 25c.

  5. Great stuff. Love reading these and finding out about the people behind the blogs we interact with every week.
    I have never LARPED before but it does look like fun, especially the sword fighting :)
    What boat games have you designed Rory? My brother in law is massively into his games. He owns about 400+ at the mo, and is always buying and selling more to play

    1. Board games, not boat games :D

    2. LARP can be great fun if people don't get the in character/out of character lines crossed ;)

      I've had a few designs run past games companies and some good feedback and possible options to go forward. Simple card games to sprawling epic board games.

  6. Great to learn some bits and bobs about rory! Just seeing his progress on his blog in the past year has been awesome!