Friday, 11 January 2008

Building Kitschberg and Angstlust

Supplies have begun accumulating in the Williams household. And I'm not just talking about the mad rush to get everything we need in time for the imminent arrival of baby.

On the spare bed I have piled five red and five blue folders, a mixture of ring-binder and arch-lever. Red is for the Principality of Angstlust under Prince Ferdinand, and Blue will contain the Grand Duchy of Kitschberg under Grand Duke Siegfried. These will hold the army stats, personality details, messages sent, and the overall campaign notes. Although I aim to make this a narrative-heavy solo campaign, I do acknowledge that the stat-kid part of me loves to record data and chart the statistics of things.

Next to these folders is a big black box file, where my rules will live. Big enough to house commercial rulesets plus any house rules I may write, the box file is handy in that it can store dice, rubber bands, ruler, etc. BAR (Batailles de l'Ancien Regime) arrived in the post the other day, and I had a quick skim through over a cup of tea when I got in from work, before I had to sit down with a few dozen papers to mark. I have also put a copy of En Garde! in this box file, plus some of my own notes on duelling in Kitschberg.

Also on the spare bed is a plastic crate, which is starting to fill up with wargaming books and materials. As we are building, books are liable to get moved, separated, and perhaps even stored safely away in a box that unfortunately won't get opened for months if not years. To avoid all my wargaming stuff going walkabout, and to keep it handy and mobile in case I get a chance to do an hour's work here or there on my campaign, it's all going to live in the crate. Books by Asquith, Featherstone, Bath, Grant etc., along with flat cereal box cardboard ready to turn into buildings.

Next to the crate, ready to be stored in it, are several boxes of Ultra-Pro Card Protectors, the heavier kind used to protect cards that will see plenty of use. I have enough here to protect my deck of playing cards and a couple of hundred 'special' cards that I might create over time.

The thing I consider to be the masterstroke however, is enlisting the aid of the head of Art at the school I teach at. In my break and before and after work I now have a place to sneak off to, where I can build (and most importantly, store) my home-built terrain and buildings. Huzzah! As soon as I have anything worth showing, I'll post up some pictures.


Stokes Schwartz said...

Sounds great! Looking forward to those buildings.

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

MurdocK said...

Interesting thinking process, I look forward to your progress.

On the 'cards' front I too have made use of the think card protectors and made up loads of full colour ones that have been used in games in the past two years.

Check into the archived files at MurdocK's MarauderS.

tradgardmastare said...

Loads of cunning plans esp the head of art one! I am so impressed by your filing system etc - I am more a scrap of paper soul I'm afraid!
Looking forward to reading more and seeing the fruits of the art base!

abdul666 said...

A very well organized mind!
Things advance at a sustained fast pace.

Looking forward to discover your models, then may be the uniforms you designed,


Fitz-Badger said...

Sounds like good planning and well-organized! I'm a bit more scattered myself!

MurdocK said...

not to worry Fitz-Badger, the one thing I think most of the gamers have in common is once the available room appears then our 'stuff and clutter' takes over to fill it.

I recall having everything for my games fitting into a small broom closet when I was living in a small 2 bedroom home in a city. Now I am in a more rural setting with more room and the game(s) have filled it all up...

Bluebear Jeff said...

It certainly sounds like you are more organized than I am.

I REALLY like your plan to document all of the details of your two imagi-Nations.

Don't forget to regularly back-up your computer files.

And may good fortune smile on your child upon its arrival.

-- Jeff

tidders said...

Sounds like your'e very well organised. I use a folder per country (mostly for Uniform details), plua one for maps and general stuff.

-- Allan