Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Welcome to "A Hard Won Thing," my new blog focused on gaming with miniatures.

As with "A Rust Monster Ate My Sword," I plan to use this virtual space to share the materials I've created over the past three decades of gaming. (Well, technically that's two decades when it comes to wargames.) I also to hope to share the exploits of my miniature armies here - we'll just have to play that one by ear, though.

"Why 'A Hard Won Thing'?" you ask?

Well, it's because that basically describes any game I've won in the last 20 years. I love gaming with miniatures - constructing plans of battle, mulling over tactics, etc. - but when it comes to making those dice work for me, forget it. It's a real struggle for my little lead men to pull out a victory, thanks more to fickle Fortune than to any major tactical flaw.

In fact, I'm pretty certain I've not won a tabletop miniatures game in four or five years...

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  1. Great name for the blog. You definitely have my commiserations. After having a good run of things for the first few years of playing minis games, I've encountered a similar stretch of "character building" luck of the dice. If there's a way for an important character or unit to die in the most humiliating way possible, I'll find it. Then there's the last time I played Armies of Arcana--it came down to me basically winning the game on anything but a "6" on a d6. I don't have to tell you what I rolled...

  2. Maybe I should have started a support group instead of a blog.

    "My name's Chris, and I can't roll dice to save my life..."


  3. Good luck to you sir, I can't wait to read of all of your adventures!

  4. Thank you, slobberblood! I'll do my best not to disappoint. :D