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New Additions To My Gaming Collection

June 19th, 2014 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on New Additions To My Gaming Collection)

A couple of weeks back, my dear buddy Daryl asked if I would be interested in buying just about all of his various gaming figures which he meticulously and artfully hand painted. There are like five different time periods/genres of figures which he wanted to sell off.

How could I say no?!!!

Over the years, we have spent many a day playing “war games/historical campaigns” with these figures*, along with the previous sets that I bought from him a few years back. Not only is there a sentimental attachment to these figures, but they truly art little works of art that have been lovingly painted, even down to subtle little nuances which are noticed only if one is holding them very close to inspect.

Along with the collection of figures, there are multiple buildings, trees, shrubs, and other assorted environmental knickknacks and fun little objects which one would find within a dungeon deep as well.

It is one thing to “have” them to enjoy for ascetics and “cool” factor, but it really is all about playing with them. So with that in mind, my hope is that in the near future I can host a game whereby my other gaming buddies can delight and cherish them as much as I have.

Of course what I have to do now is to start saving up some money, for the next time when Daryl wants to sell off some of his latest figures which he is currently painting and working on.

Maybe he can paint up some wild west figures.

Now that would be a Yippee Ki Ay of a game to play!

* Along with a glass of some smooth whiskey, wine, or heavenly rum…while puffing along an old school tobacco pipe to boot!

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40th Anniversary of D&D

January 27th, 2014 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on 40th Anniversary of D&D)

Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons, a game which has played a major role in shaping who I am and who I have become. Just what is Dungeons and Dragons (or D&D for short) for those who may not be familiar with the game? It is what would be termed these days as an old school pencil, paper and dice game. It is a game which takes place within a fantasy world as created by the Dungeon Master (the one who runs the game), or by way of a pre established gaming moduel with which the Dungeon Master employs to run the various players through the adventure. The object of the game is open to any number of particular goals, such as rescuing a princess, saving a town from foul monsters, seeking a powerful magical item to help defeat some nefarious wizard locked away within his mage tower. Oftentimes, the game is played over a long stretch of time, months, ever perhaps years in terms of a longstanding campaigns that both DM and players engage in.

What are some of the ways in which D&D has had such a vast influence and impact upon my life? From a simple standpoint, I would not have made the tight-knit friends that I have now. Starting from the early days when I played in grammar school, through the years I worked at trader Joe’s or those now who I have the enjoyment of playing with and establishing new friendships. So it truly has been a means for me of getting outside of myself and being social. I have been both enriched and blessed with lasting, inseparable friends, who have played (no pun intended) such an significant and impactful part of my life.

Moreover, Dungeons and Dragons allowed for the means by which to promote and contribute to the development of my imagination to flourish. It opened up vistas of new mythical lands, fanciful creatures, unusual races, which all were envisioned within my mind as related by the Dungeon Master, who as the game proceeds, describes to us what we as the players see and or experience within the game setting. Much like how a book works upon the readers imagination, so to does each player create a visualization of what is taking place. So for example, the Dungeon Master might relate to the party that we “see a passageway before you, enshrouded within a grey hazy mist…you can hear some faint foot steps echoing off the stone walls, ominously coming before you.”

Oh ho! What are we going to do as a party now? One had better think fast, and adapt, improvise and overcome the various challenges and trails that the DM puts before us.

Thus, D&D has also helped in promoting good critical thinking. The game in one sense is all about problem solving. How are you and or your party going to come up with solutions that need to be achieved in order to be successful within the campaign or the particular quest you are on. Oftentimes, it serves best to “think outside the box.” I still find this to be a good mental challenge, for it forces me to approach things in a way that is oftentimes outside my particular mode of analytical reasoning.

What’s more, D&D also taught me how to work within a group dynamic, especially in light of the fact that not all players are always as kind hearted or as altruistic as you would like them to be. How do I adapt to people who act or think differently than I do, how do I still be respectful while fulfilling the personal goals of my particular character I am playing? How best to work towards achieving the party’s goals with others who also have different personas, motivations and aspirations than I do? There are different approaches to worthing (and playing) with others. D&D is certainly a  terrific teacher in how to both play with others and adapt to others may be different thank you. 

In thinking upon the much grander, larger scale impact that D&D has had, one must recognize the very tangible reality that it is responsible for so many fantasy novels, films and of course computer games such as World of Warcraft, which for those who are regular followers of my WoW blog know how much I am fond of playing.

Lastly, as a game it is just plain and simply fun!

Life can and often is quite difficult, which goes without saying, so taking some time out to hang out for an afternoon or evening with good friends and going forth upon an adventure to slay dragons, save a besieged village, gain wondrous magical items and prodigious amounts of gold and this to become a heroic figure having a profound impact upon the people and vast lands who wouldn’t want to partake in that? It is an “escapism” from the trails and tribulations of life, where you can role-play a totally different character than what you are within real life. Hanging out with your friends, having story telling time, out seeking misadventures and feats of heroic deeds, while enjoying some slices of take out pizza is what makes playing D&D so great!

Gaming is one of the defining aspects of who I am. Am I a great gamer? Not by a long shot. I still am learning how to game, even after all of these years. I still am learning what the rules are and how best to play my character class.  That is one of the really cool aspects about gaming, is that it always allows for learning, developing and growing. That is exactly what it means to be alive and proceeding through this particular life of ours.

From my vantage point, D&D has been such a profound and wondrous means to grow as a person and to learn from others, while establishing and possessing such good, dear friends, how can I not have anything but positivity to write about when it comes to D&D!

It goes without saying, but I reckon I shall regardless, it will be a hobby of mine that I will continue with for hopefully many more years to come.

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Here is an article detailing the history of D&D:

Link: When Dungeons & Dragons Turns 40

Here is an interesting video on the history of D&D:

Link: A History of D&D In 12 Treasures

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(Gary Gygix, one of the primary creators of D&D…”requiescat in pace”)


New Kern WoW Blog Post

January 8th, 2014 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on New Kern WoW Blog Post)

One of my hobbies is that of playing World of Warcraft. I have been playing it now for nice years! A couple of years back, I started periodically writing about my experiences within the game by way of a blog. Well, I just wrote a new post about what I hope the game developers will do for the Warrior class that I play in the soon to be upcoming expansion of the game.

Check it out!

Link: Warrior Wants For Warlords of Draenor

For the Horde!!!!


Blizzcon Rocked Me

November 19th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on Blizzcon Rocked Me)

One of my longstanding hobbies as a gamer has been playing World of Warcraft. I have been playing it now for nice years! Recently, Blizzard the company that publishes WoW held a massive gaming convention, which is the seventh they have had thus far. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to attend each one that they have had. This year was a blast! Here is my write up which I posted over at my WoW blog. Enjoy and For The Horde!

Link: Kern’s Blizzcon Rocked Me Post






Nazi Zombies

September 20th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on Nazi Zombies)

The Nazi’s are employing zombies??!!

A town is under seize and needs a crack team to not only wipe out the zombie menace, but to save the towns much beloved Rabbi, who is working on the means to assist the Allied forces against the hellish forces of the Nazi’s!

Well, in times such as this, call in the Desert Rat…that’s me!

My buddy Daryl bestowed that most honorable name upon me after some of my more ignominious actions on the field of battle over the many years we have gamed together.

Here are two pictures from that particular WW2 game, which I might add was a complete and absolute victory for the “good guys”. Not only were the Nazi forces roundly defeat and their zombie abominations destroyed, but the good Rabbi was saved and even managed to give them a good thumping with his own “secret weapon” which is so secret I didn’t even take any pictures of it!

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Siege of Orgimmar Cinematic

September 12th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (1 Comments)


The Horde has a NEW Warchief….


Long Live Vol’jin…For the Horde!!!!!


Vid Link: World of Warcraft Warchief revealed – Siege of Orgrimmar Cinematic

(For those who would like to know more about our new Warchief, here is a good article

Article Link: Vol’jin and Conflicted Loyalties

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Mists of Pandaria – Siege of Orgrimmar

August 15th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on Mists of Pandaria – Siege of Orgrimmar)

For those who have known me for well, they can tell you that my favorite video game and at this point most cherish is World of Warcraft, or WoW for short. Every so often the game developers put out an update in which they move the storyline forward. Pretty “Soon” there will be one such update to the game, also known as a ‘patch”. Well, within this one we go up against the corrupt leader of the Horde. The Horde is a lose confederation of races which seek to help protect one another, while maintaining their freedom and autonomy from their enemies that of the Alliance, who it should be noted are the actual “bad guys” of the game according to lore.

Over the course of the current game expansion which is called Mists of Pandaria, the current leader of the Horde is Garrosh, who as can be seen within this newly released game trailer is embarking down a path of big trouble to say the least.

Later today, I will write up an article upon my WoW blog ( which will give some background upon the character of Garrosh,

Here is a brief synopsis of the events taking place within the video:

Garrosh Hellscream’s treacherous excavation of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms has finished with sinister results — not just for Pandaria, but for all Azeroth.

In a compound beneath Ragefire Chasm, Garrosh has infused his followers — the ‘true Horde’ — with the pilfered essence of the Old God Y’shaarj. With the power of a primordial world-twisting force at his command, Garrosh can rebuild the Horde in his image: strong, obedient, and, most importantly, ‘pure’.

Vol’jin’s attempts to lead Horde rebels into the capital of Orgrimmar haven’t gone unnoticed — and the mightiest heroes of the Alliance have stepped in to siege one of their enemies’ most prized cities. Will the Alliance be content with overthrowing a despot, or will they crush the Horde at one of the most vulnerable points in its history?

Vid Link: The official trailer for World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar




A Day of Gaming Awhile Ago

August 12th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on A Day of Gaming Awhile Ago)

Some time back, I had a wonderful day of “historical” gaming with my dear friend Daryl. A perfect day filled with good food, homemade mead and high tea! Life does not get any better than that!

All of the figures shown within the photos have all been hand painted by Daryl, which I unreservedly and emphatically declare that he is one of the preeminent figure painters that I am know! I was able to purchase this particular collection of figures not long ago, the money of which Daryl was able to begin work upon a new set of historical figures which I will show here on the blog at some point in the near future.

Just to provide a simple context of the game, I was in charge of the British forces, which was to quell a revolt from a particular troublesome providence. My objective was to put an end to the seditious citizenry and secure the temple which they seized and used as a base of operations to launch attacks upon local garrisons and peaceful denizens.

At the conclusion of the game, my forces were victorious and won the day!





Break in the battle: High Tea Time!









Sony ZINGS Microsoft’s Xbox One

June 12th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on Sony ZINGS Microsoft’s Xbox One)

This is sheer brilliance on Sony’s part, for they totally shred Microsoft typical annoying and dare I say inherently frustrating and infernal practices of having making everything overly difficult to do, such as sharing a game with your buddy.

The Sony Playstation 4 is the one for me!

Vid: Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

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Minecraft Hidden Level Easter Egg In Torchlight 2

June 5th, 2013 | Posted by pmpax in Gamer - (Comments Off on Minecraft Hidden Level Easter Egg In Torchlight 2)

One game that I very much enjoyed was Torchlight, which came out some years ago by Runic Games. It was created by the original Diablo team that left Blizzard to start their own company. They created a sequel, aptly named Torchlight 2, at which time I am patiently waiting for a Mac version to be ported over.

I was checking out some different articles on the web about the game and came across a video of a player who finds a hidden Minecraft Ester Egg while playing Tourchlight 2. What I love about the video is the players reaction and overall delight and appreciation as to the developers efforts to insert a fun, little surprise.


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