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  • 2018 CAPTAINCON FUNDRAISER!!

    Like a behemoth sneaking through the dew-kissed topiaries of Buckingham Palace, you knew this was coming… Ladies and Gentlelost, it’s time to announce the 2018 CaptainCon Fundraiser! As long-term Losties know, every year at CaptainCon, our home convention in Rhode Island, we work with the New England Privateers to put together a fundraiser, proving that all us geeks can do amazing things when we come together… and, of course, we’ll be dispensing all the thingsas prizes.

    Last year we raised $4086 dollars in support of the Jimmy Fund. Let’s see if we can beat that, shall we?

    For those who aren’t familiar, the Jimmy Fund solely supports the work of Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for  cancer care and research. Specifically, this year we’re raising for the Colon and Rectal cancer center. Many of us have been impacted by cancer. Right now I’m sitting here in Canuckistan while family members back in the homeland are dealing cancer. Too many of us have lost family members, or had to watch loved ones suffer through the brutal effects of treatment. I’m bald by choice, not everyone is. Whatever we can do to help those suffering is a worthwhile endeavor.

    • So where do you come in?

    As per tradition, we’ll be holding a fundraising draw at CaptainCon. If you’re coming to the convention – February 2-4 2017 in Warwick, Rhode Island – then please consider bringing some funds with which to purchase tickets to win things.

    • Tickets, you say?

    Yup. $2 will get you a ticket, $5 will get you three, $20 will get you an arm’s length. I don’t care whose arm. Find someone suitably lanky, we’ll do it up. The point is to raise funds for charity here – if it encourages you to donate, I’m game.

    Tickets will be sold all through Friday and Saturday, and then Saturday night we’ll start drawing numbers. If your number is drawn, you’ll get to pick a thing from the prize table!

    • A thing? What sort of thing?

    Here’s where you can contribute a little more, should your heart be open. No, not so we can ram Everblight’s athanc into it, that’s just… no. The prizes on the prize table will be from the Lost Hemisphere Prize Pool, from our Sponsors, and from anyone we can cajole into making a donation.

    You can donate too, if you like. I heard the NJ SOBs are donating an entire painted army…. we’ll talk more about that in a future post, but don’t you want to be as cool as the NJ SOBs? I know you do… If you have some nicely painted models collecting dust that you’d like to donate the cause, I’d like to hear from you. If you have some new-in-box models collecting dust, I’d like to hear from you. If you have some sort of neat swag that you think would look awesome on the prize table, ogled by everyone at CaptainCon and shown off in the photodumps, I’d like to hear from you.

    This is a chance to do something amazing as a community. It’s a chance to make a difference. Having run these for several years now I can tell you it’s a hell of a thing to be standing there in front of a crowd of hundreds of gamers, drawing numbers, having them select their prizes, and after the dust has settled, being able to tell the assembled masses just how much we’ve raised thanks not only to the generosity of those who’ve opened their wallets, but also to those who’ve helped provide the prize pool.

    • So what do you do?

    If you’d like to pitch in, you send me an email at gdaybloke@losthemisphere.com with something like “Fundraiser contribution” in the title, and you tell me what you’d like to donate. From there we’ll work out how to get it to CaptainCon, to make this thing happen.

    This thing can’t happen without you.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  • Fundraiser Update: Moonquake Escape!

    What, you thought we were done adding prizes to the CaptainCon Fundraiser table? Oh, ye of little faith! We’ve always been a fan of supporting small businesses and the little guys in the industry as they make their way to being bigger guys, and it’s also super neat when they support us back. Today I get to tell you about a game that finally asks the question, can YOU escape from a prison on  moon that’s experiencing geological upheaval? I mean, I know that question’s plagued me for years, so it’s spiffy keen that Breaking Games is not only donating a copy of Moonquake Escape to the prize table, but they’ll also be on-site and their dude Jeff has also offered to sign the game and teach you all the playings! You can see his name down there on the box cover, and  he’ll be at CaptainCon running demos anyway, so you may as well take advantage of it!

    From the official website:

    In MoonQuake Escape, get ready to face the challenges of the spinning, changing 3D surface of the doomed prison planet of Zartaclaton. A massive MoonQuake grants you sudden freedom from your captivity, but there’s only one way to Escape–the last rescue rocket, and you need to reach it before the other players. Use the rotating and revolving 3D moon to gather charges and decide which actions will best meet your goal: finding and stopping others players, readying or stealing key equipment, or finding better ways to hide. Along the treacherous journey, watch out for shifting and dangerous terrain, out of control defenses, and a relentless prison guard that are out to end your sentence–for life!

    Finding and stopping the other players is your best plan, but each is hiding amongst decoys and traps. Player interaction focuses on a risk fraught variation of the classic 3-card Monte combined with a thematic “Bluffing” component creating a clever twist that reverses the “Take That” mechanic. Can you use protective shields to lure opponents into picking the wrong hiding spot and keep your own plan from backfiring? Reach the rocket and be the first to launch during the MoonQuake and you’ve Escaped the competition!

    The support of folks like Jeff goes a long way towards helping us make a difference for our Fundraiser beneficiaries each year. We’re grateful for their support just as much as we are for the support of those who purchase tickets for the Fundraiser. The Jimmy Fund – this year’s beneficiary – is part of what helps the Dana Farber Cancer Institute do what they do as they science! their way towards combating cancer and helping those afflicted. By donating to the Fundraiser, Breaking Games has stepped up the plate to contribute. I hope that those of you who’ll be joining us at CaptainCon will bring a giving spirit and help be a part of this as well.


  • Fundraiser Update: Army Painter!

    Yes, we’re on the final stretch for Captain, and we’re still adding stuff to the prize table. I received an email last week and words happened and next thing you know, there’s more stuff coming! Granted, this is all dependent on it arriving at Lost Hemisphere’s South-Of-The-Border Prize Depot (aka the New England Privateer’s secret underground monastery) in time for it to be ferried to CaptainCon, but when you have the opportunity to work with a manufacturer of very fine paints and modelling tools, you say “Why yes, sir, and would you please pass the grey poupon?”.

    Not only are the fine folks at The Army Painter sending us a grand selection of dice, multiple brush sets and some of their Strong Tone, the most popular Quicktone on the market, they’re also including their Wargaming Starter Set, which comes with its OWN set of 36 dice, laser pointer, laser line, tape measure, and even some glue for field repairs, all in a handy carrying case.

    I’m very pleased to be working with The Army Painter for this year’s Fundraiser, and hope to see many of  you at CaptainCon, supporting the fundraiser and getting your chance to win all the things. ALL THE THINGS! Here’s some pictures of more of the things…

    See you at CaptainCon!

     

     


  • CaptainCon Fundraiser Update – KR Multicase

     It’s time for another reminder that we’ll be at CaptainCon, raising all the moneyz for the Jimmy Fund! You too can help support cancer research! That’s research into how to combat and/or stop it, not research into its sociopolitical preferences and the role it played in Ancient Crete. KR Multicase believes in you too, and has sent some goodies for you to maybe – just maybe – take home with you if you’re one of the winners in our annual prize draw! As a sponsor of Lost Hemisphere, we always appreciate everything KR Multicase does for us, but right now even moreso. GOODIES!

    Every cognizant of the changing nature of gaming and current trends and the like, KR Multicase have sent is a cases suitable for Warmachine as well as cases that are perfect for smaller model count games like Guild Ball, Blood Bowl or Maifaux! Or Arena Rex too, can’t forget those guys…

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  • CaptainCon Update

    krlogoWhat, you thought we’d let you go forever without an update? PFFT! First, after chatting with our pals over at KR Multicase, I can confirm that we have three awesome fully loaded KR Multicase army transport solutions inbound, geared for Warmachine/Hordes and that newfangled Guild Ball game (Does it still count as newfangled when they’re previewing their third season?). We here at Lost Hemisphere are always grateful for the support shown to us by our sponsors, and with KR supporting us year after year we’re delighted to once again have them on board for our CaptainCon fundraiser, and to be sharing the niftiness of their excellent bags, cases and foam with you.

    Another nifty thing KR is doing is helping promote gamery across the board with their Community Directory, which lists stores, events, podcasts, and more, for a multitude of games. It’s a great resource if you’re looking for something to enhance your personal geek experience.

    The other piece of news is that the CaptainCon Schedule is now available!

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    You can click that to go to the full thing, but we have Warmachine and Hordes, 40K, Flames of Wat, Guild Ball, Malifaux, Wrath of Kings, Blood Bowl, Megagame, Munchkin, Firefly, Krosmaster Arena, (*deep breath*) Star Wars, Ninja All Stars, Dark Age, Relic Knights, Infinity, Age of Sigmar, (*puffs inhaler*), Arcadia Quest, the Free Port, the CaptainCon Board Game Library, and more waiting to give you a great three days in Rhode Island.

    You in?


  • Broken Egg: Adventure Tiles

    One of the best things about running Lost Hemisphere, for me, has been the relationships we’ve enjoyed with our sponsors. Dragon Forge Design puts out the best resin bases in the business, KR Multicase’s transport solutions have met every one of my needs for years now, and then there’s Broken Egg Games, who continue to expand and innovate. What started with top quality army trays for carting your stuff around the tournament hall, and expanded into tokens for Warmachine, Netrunner, Game of Thrones and other games, stepped up to zone templates and two-dimensional terrain that’s both durable and visual outstanding. Now, teaming up with Ed Bourelle (you might have heard of him) and Skeleton Key Games, they’re looking to make your roleplaying games more immersive while still being incredibly easy to transport, with their new Adventure Tiles kicstarter.

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    Yes, the picture’s a link. Yes, you should click it.

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  • CaptainCon 2017 Charity Announcement

    Hello, Losties. As we move through September we get ever closer to February next year. Yes, that magical time when for some bloody insane reason I decide it’s the perfect time to engage in a 9 hour road trip from Ontario to Rhode Island, so that I can enjoy all that Warwick has to offer when it’s buried under snow… Oh, wait, that’s right, we go for CaptainCon! Three days of awesome at the Crown Plaza! Lost Hemisphere’s home convention, where we team up with those scallywags from the New England Privateers to run our annual charity fundraiser! Last February we raised over $4000 for Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the United States. (you can read about it here). We did this thanks in very large part to contributions from you, our loyal readers, who provided painted and new-in-box models, swag, and other shinies so that we had a prize pool with over 70 prize lots to be won by those willing to buy tickets in the draw. It’s time to start rallying again so that we can top last CaptainCon’s total, but of course it’s important to know who we’re raising for this time around. Ladies and Gentlelost, the recipients of CaptainCon 2017’s fundraising efforts will be:

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    The Jimmy Fund solely supports the work of Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care. The dreaded C-word has taken its toll on the lives of many of Lost Hemisphere’s crew. Too many family members have been lost. Others have survived, but been irreparably altered by the experience, be it physically, mentally or emotionally. Whatever we can do to help those suffering is a worthwhile endeavor.

    So where do you come in?

    As per tradition, we’ll be holding a fundraising draw at CaptainCon. If you’re coming to the convention – February 3-5 2017 – then please consider bringing some funds with which to purchase tickets to win things.

    What sort of things?

    Well, that depends on what  what we can gather for the prize pool. We will be reaching out to our sponsors and friends and contacts in the gaming industry for donations to the prize pool… Many of the models sent to Lost Hemisphere for review purposes will be added to the prize pool… and then there’s you. If you have some nicely painted models collecting dust that you’d like to donate the cause, I’d like to hear from you. If you have some new-in-box models collecting dust, I’d like to hear from you. If you have some sort of neat swag that you think would look awesome on the prize table, ogled by everyone at CaptainCon and shown off in the photodumps, I’d like to hear from you.

    See, our annual fundraiser isn’t just a chance to throw some money at a good cause. It’s a chance to do something amazing as a community. It’s a chance to make a difference. Having run these for several years now I can tell you it’s a hell of a thing to be standing there in front of a crowd of hundreds of gamers, drawing numbers, having them select their prizes, and after the dust has settled, being able to tell the assembled masses just how much we’ve raised thanks not only to the generosity of those who’ve opened their wallets, but also to those who’ve helped provide the prize pool.

    So what do you do?

    If you’d like to pitch in, you send me an email at gdaybloke@losthemisphere.com with something like “Fundraiser contribution” in the title, and you tell me what you’d like to donate. From there we’ll work out how to get it to CaptainCon, to make this thing happen.

    This thing can’t happen without you.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  • Dragon Forge asks: Got Wood?

    Lost Hemisphere is a labour of love. Always has been, since the very beginning. We here at Lost Hemisphere appreciate the support of our sponsors, and so when they tell us they’re doing something cool we like to share the nifty, so that you can, should you choose, support those who support us. Lost sponsor Dragon Forge Design was our very first sponsor, and has had our back since day one. Spearheaded by Golden Demon Award winner Jeff Wilhelm, Dragon Forge’s resin bases and accessories have consistently been among the very best in the industry in terms of quality and, as far as I’m concerned, design. Balancing artistic design with practical tabletop application, Dragon Forge’s bases accent – rather than overshadow – your miniatures, providing a measure of consistency throughout the disparate aspects of your army… and now they want to swing some lumber your way with a new kickstarter.

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  • Concentrated Power: New Retribution tokens from Broken Egg

    Lost Hemisphere has been a labour of love for me for many years now, but it’s only with the support of the community and our sponsors that we can continue to do the thing. Today I am gobsmackingly proud to show you an exclusive preview from Broken Egg Games,  Lost Hemisphere’s preferred provide of army trays and manufacturer of gorgeous tokens for Netrunner, Game of Thrones, and more, but most relevant to today, Warmachine and Hordes.

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    If you haven’t been sleeping under a rock on social media, you may have noticed the Broken Egg is soon to release officially licensed tokens for each faction. Today, I get to show you the Retribution tokens!

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  • CaptainCon16 PostMortem: The Swag

    CaptainCon is over, and I’m still recovering, but I’m working on sorting out photodumps and the like for you – honest, I am. I could have let this morning fly without an update, but I wanted to give you a little something, so I thought I’d share with you some of the nifty that I came home with, since it’ll be a lot faster to share with you than the huge photodump that is the Fundraiser Prize post 😉

    This isn’t *everything* that came home with me – the Broken Egg Guild Ball tray was in a different bag, for example, but…

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    • A whole bunch of Krosmaster Arena figires
    • Venin, the last model I needed for my Guild Ball team
    • Squirrel Or Die, a quick little game that I’ll detail in a future post
    • Ten Candles, a collaborative storytelling RPG that I’ll have to play before I can tell you much about…
    • A set of Broken Egg tokens for Netrunner, because I like that game
    • A pile of Olive Garden chocolates
    • Games & Gear’s D6G brush set and the Wakizashi brush
    • An enormous Snickers bar for novelty value, because seriously, America, what the smeg?
    • And I saved one each of the new Lost Hemisphere Dragon Forge resin bases for myself…

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    These new bases from Dragon Forge Design are beautiful. On the left a cracked and broken logo that will fit nicely with an army based on the Forgotten Empire series, on the right a more modern and civilized paved brick surface with, essentially, a manhole cover. Imagine using it as a display base with a model clambering out from the sewer below!

    We’ll have more post mortem for you as the week progresses, but for now this bloke is tired… Huge thanks to everyone who made this weekend special! (Especially you, Doug Mafia…)