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  • Captain 2019 Fundraiser Update!

    [Dramatic voice] Oh, haven’t you heard? [/Dramatic voice] Lost Hemisphere is teaming up with the New England Privateers to run our annual fundraiser at CaptainCon in February. Yes, we do this every year. Yes, it’s amazing, I know, I know – and I’m thrilled to be able to give you an update and an insight into some of the goodies that are going to be on the prize table, thanks to the generous support of some of our friends in the industry and some amazing Losties, just like you, dear reader. We first announced the 2019 fundraiser here: Linky!

    For 2019 we are raising for the Asperger/Autism Network, who support both those on the autism spectrum and those who care for them. Raising a child is hard enough under the best of circumstances. Supporting them when there are additional challenges can be utterly heartbreaking. Services like AANE help people on the spectrum learn skills they need as they deal with the world at large, and they also help the caregivers by providing them with tools, techniques, and better understanding of what our loved ones are going through.

    What makes this fundraiser a success every year is support we receive from our friends, both gamers and game companies. Today I’d like to tell you about some of the wonderful stuff we have coming in for the prize table, thanks to our generous contributors.

    Arena Rex will be contributing multiple starter sets, packed with their utterly gorgeous gladiators. Which schools will be represented this year? Ludus Magnus? Legio XIII? Morituri? Zephyri? Maybe even the new Helleniki…

    Small logo, big support! KR Multicase has supported us every year with amazing cases, which are always among the first prizes to be claimed from the table. I’ve been using their products pretty much exclusively since I discovered them, and I can’t say enough good things about KR as a miniatures transport solution. This time around some lucky winners are going to have their pick from:

    • Kaiser2 with colour trays
    • Backpack2 with colour trays
    • Standard card case with colour trays
    • 2x Half size card case with colour trays

    If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Beckley, then I really don’t know what to tell you. She’s pretty spiffy, and has teamed up with Aaron Lovejoy to produce Miniature Monthly, a Patreon based service offering painting tutorials. If you’d like to see some of Elizabeth’s work, she was the brush behind a whole bunch (all?) of the Wander miniatures. Elizabeth has pledged to send us something from her own painting table. We don’t know just what yet, but I’m excited to see what she sends.

    If you’ve flipped through Forces of Warmachine: Retribution of Scyrah, you may have already marveled at this helmeted House Shyeel Magister. Gosh, you may have thought, I’d love to own that. Thanks to the generosity of Drew Drescher, someone will. It’s already in a box and on its way.

    Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to February, and share some of the other amazing support coming in. Also, if you’re coming to CaptainCon, remember to bring a little extra to buy tickets 😉

  • CaptainCon 2019 Fundraiser!!

    Every February, we have the privilege of teaming up with the New England Privateers to run a charity fundraiser at CaptainCon. Every year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and contributors and to the open hearts of CaptainCon attendees, we raise thousands of dollars to make a difference for our chosen recipient. This is not only Lost Hemisphere’s way of giving back, but also an opportunity for the gaming community to support a worthwhile cause.

    Each year we consider a number of charities, and we often like to choose one that has personal meaning. In the past we’ve supported the Hope Alzheimer’s Center, Rosie’s Place, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute – all wonderful agencies, and it has been an honor to help them do the good work they do. For 2019, we’re supporting a new charity.

    The Asperger/Austism Network (AANE) is a non-profit working out of Watertown, MA, supporting individuals, families, and professionals who work with people with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles to build meaningful, connected lives, through information, education, community, support, and advocacy.

    The AANE is an inclusive community that also serves people with a variety of neurological differences, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Social Communication Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), or Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD). AANE works with children, teens and adults, regardless of whether they have a formal, professional diagnosis. Further, the organization is committed to welcoming all individuals, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or gender identification.

    As a father with a child on the spectrum, I cannot tell you how many times I have come up against behavior that I simply don’t understand, or otherwise have difficulty comprehending as I try to be the best parent I can and help my child prepare for the life ahead. A group like the AANE can make all the difference not only for someone on the spectrum, but for those caring for them as well.

    So where you come in?

    There’s two ways you can help us in our mission to raise funds at CaptainCon.


    You can help bolster the prize pool. The Raffle has become a big part of CaptainCon over the years, with me standing on a chair and reading out ticket numbers as people recover from the Team Tournament on Saturday night. It’s an amazing feeling watching people choose their prizes, knowing that they’ve helped raise funds for a good cause.

    Those prizes, though, have to come from somewhere. The Lost Hemisphere Prize Pool will be drained for raffle prizes, our sponsors will pitch in, and in previous years several amazing industry partners – including Privateer Press, Ninja Division, Wyrd, USAopoly, Army Painter, Games & Gears and more – have all helped fill the shelves. The NJ SOB’s are also once again stepping up to the plate with a fully painted army to be won.

    So how about you? If you have something you think might be a great addition to the prize pool, drop me an email at gdaybloke@losthemisphere.com. New-In-Box stuff is always welcome, as are fully painted models that need a new home, and other things that are just plain cool. Maybe we can pull Aggyface away from her paintbrushes long enough to knit some legwarmers with Menofixes on them or something, who knows.

    If you’d like to contribute, I’d like to hear from you.


    Buy tickets. Simple as that.

    If you’re coming to CaptainCon, please consider bringing a few extra bucks to buy some tickets. The goal here is to raise funds, and to do that, we need you to buy tickets. Buy tickets, hang around after the Team Tournament, win stuff. Your part in this is nice and straightforward!

    If you’re not coming to CaptainCon, and you know someone who is, hit ’em up to act as your proxy. We’ll be posting pics of the prize table, so you’ll have an idea of what’s available, and can let them know in advance what you’re interested in should your numbers be drawn.

    In either case, there will be a lot of prizes to be drawn, and we need to keep the line moving. Drop by the raffle table, check out the goodies, and have an idea in advance what  you might like to take home with you!


    Expect updates as we sort out prizing, so you can have a better idea of what awaits you on the prize table. Let’s make this a good one.


    Disclaimer: The point of the fundraiser is to raise as much money as possible. If someonewants to buy 200 tickets, I’m going to let them. All the tickets are mixed up, but there is still the possibility – however remote – that they may win half the prize table. That’s how raffles work. Last year one patron expressed disappointment that he saw several people win multiple prizes, while he was not that lucky. They had bought many tickets, and every ticket is just as likely to win as any other.

    Other Disclaimer: This fundraiser is made possible by the hands of many volunteers. It wouldn’t be a thing without them, and I personally appreciate everything they do. Should they wish to buy tickets as well, they are permitted to do so. That said, as the person doing the actual drawing of tickets, the only person who’s not allowed to win something is… well, me. Someone bring me a consolatory doughnut when they do a Dunkin’ Donuts run on Friday or Saturday morning 😉


  • LH’s Annual Fundraiser: Who and where!

    We’re a little later than usual with the announcement this year, but I’m pleased to announce that a beneficiary has been selected for our next fundraising efforts. For those not in the loop, Lost Hemisphere, in conjunction with the New England Privateers, has run a fundraiser at Templecon every year, leaning on the generosity of gamers who’ve made the trek to Rhode Island in February to engage in some excellent gaming. This  year there was some confusion with Templecon moving to August, but the lads behind CaptainCon recognize how important it is that we have some East Coast shenanigans in February and boldly stepped into the the spot vacated by Templecon, even maintaining the same venue, so yes, we are holding our annual fundraiser this coming February, yes, it will be held at the Crown Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island, yes, I’m hoping to see many of you there as we embrace the change and enjoy CaptainCon: Winter Harbour.


    Okay, so we’ve established that we’re doing a thing, but who are we doing it for?

    We has a tradition of choosing smaller, local charities who are in need, where our donations and assistance can make a very real impact on the lives of those in need. We’ll often select a charity that has special or significant meaning for the Lost crew, and this year is no exception. For CaptainCon 2016, the beneficiary of our fundraising efforts will be Rosie’s Place.


    Please click the graphic, check them out for yourself.

    Rosie’s Place was founded in 1974 as the first Women’s Shelter in the United States. Operating out of Boston, MA, Rosie’s Place supports and helps literally thousands of women in need on an annual bases, and – here’s the kicker – does it without any City, State or Federal funding. On top of that, and this made me feel particularly pleased about this choice, 88 cents in every dollar donated to Rosie’s Place goes directly to services for poor, underprivileged and homeless women. Given the stories we hear about some charities and their overheads and donation percentage distribution, I was heartened to hear that such a significant portion would be applied directly to those in need.

    Rose’s Place offers emergency services – meals, beds, health and wellness care – to those in need, as well as things like language classes, job and housing search assistance, advocacy, stability – they even maintain an outreach van to get to those who can’t get to the shelter.

    I hope you’ll join us at CaptainCon, and that we can count on your help in making the fundraiser a success.

    Where do you come in?

    You can help. Every year we hold this fundraiser as an enormous raffle with prizes provided by Lost Hemisphere, our sponsors at Dragon Forge, KR Multicase and Broken Egg Games, and also thanks to the donations from our patrons at Privateer Press, and other awesome companies such as Soda Pop Miniatures, Arena Rex, Tectonic Craft Studios, Games and Gears, and more.

    We also turn to you, our readers, and ask if you have something you’d like to donate. Last Templecon we had several fully painted armies donated by the community, and thanks to you we managed to raise over $5000 for the Hope Alzheimer’s Center. Yes, we’re CaptainCon this year, but I’m hoping we can pool together to have an awesome prize table.

    So you can do one of two things (or, preferably, both):

    1. Email me at gdaybloke@losthemisphere.com and tell me how pretty I am… also, let me know if you or your gaming community can help us out with the prize table. New In Box or fully painted models only please. This is *not* restricted to Warmachine/Hordes, though of course we do love our lizard overlords at Privateer Press. If you think you can help us raise funds for a worthy cause, get in touch.
    2. Actually attend CaptainCon, and bring your generous heart with you. We want an awesome prize table, yes, but we also need people there to buy raffle tickets. This is an opportunity for you to directly benefit women in need, and with any luck to walk away from the prize table with something particularly shiny at the same time.

    I look forward to hearing from  you, and to seeing as many of you as possible at CaptainCon. What’s that? The Lost Hemisphere pins are being recast in new colours and will be available for the first time at CaptainCon? Well, then, I guess we’ll have to see if we can’t use them to help too…

  • Templecon 2015 Charity Announcement


    Ladies and Gentlelost, it’s time to share with you our plans for Templecon 2015. As our loyal readers will know, Templecon is our home convention and the Losties migrate en masse every February to take part in the biggest li’l Warmachine convention there is. Every year we also select a charity and hold a fundraising raffle, giving gamers a chance to give back to the world at large, and prove that we’re so much more than just a bunch of folks in black t-shirts and the occasional utilikilt.

    2015 is Templecon’s 10th anniversary, blending elements of previous years to make for a chronological crossroads, a temporal t-intersection, a… okay, my alliterative skills only go so far. With the marking of Templecon’s milestone, it occurred that it might be a good time to look back at the roots of our own relationship with Rhode Island’s most awesome gamer event.

    Accordingly, Templecon 2015 will see Lost Hemisphere’s fundraiser benefit and honour those suffering from or affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. We will once again be working with the Hope Alzheimer’s Center of Cranston, RI, as well as submitting a portion of the funds raised to be directly applied to research into prevention and one day, a cure.


    The Hope Alzheimer’s Center provides support and respite for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, and for their families and carers. It’s often easy to focus directly on the Alzheimer’s sufferer and forget how much of a struggle it can be for their loved ones. This year the Titans – Lost Hemisphere’s core support team – have been heavily impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease, including the loss of loved ones and one Titan struggling daily with an elderly family member’s fading memory. In Peggy’s name, in Jean’s name, in Laurel’s name – we’re looking to do some solid fundraising this time around.

    “What can I do?”

    Turn up at Templecon and bring raffle money. We’ll be selling tickets on our usual model – $2 apiece, 3 tickets for $5, $20 for an arm’s length – and as with last year’s highly successful fundraiser, we’ll have a table chock full of niftiness for you to choose your prizes from.

    “Wait, weren’t  you accepting contributions last year?”

    Yup, and we’re doing it again. If you have something you’d like to donate to the prize table to help make this a success, we’d be honoured and delighted to have you share in this with us. There’s a couple of criteria though. If you’re making a donation to the prize table it should be either:
    (a) new product in its original packaging, or
    (b) completed models that we can display.

    This event is not exclusively for Warmachine/Hordes. Models from other game lines are welcome, as are board games, terrain, hobby tools and the like. If you’d like to contribute,  please drop an email through to submissions@losthemisphere.com with Templecon Donation in the subject line.

    “So what sort of prizes can we expect?”

    Well, much of that depends on what people submit. This is an opportunity for some small businesses to get their name out there – we will be publishing the names of donors unless they wish to remain anonymous – for their products or painting services. Lost Hemisphere will be donating a number of prizes saved from Review product received throughout the year, our sponsors traditionally have something nifty on the table (that’d be Dragon Forge Design, Broken Egg Games and KR Multicase), and every year Privateer Press has stepped up in a big way and provided an entire army to give away. I also have it on good authority that an entire army of Blighted Nyss is making its way over from Australia to be added to the prize table. Last year we also saw donations from local game stores, both new-in-box and professionally painted Colossals, and a custom unreleased terrain piece.

    Given that we were still receiving donations two days into last year’s convention, the exact contents of the Templecon 2015 prize table won’t be known until, well, Templecon 2015.

    We hope you’ll consider pitching in to be a part of our annual fundraiser, perhaps as a donor or, if you’re attending Templecon 2015, as a participant. Someone has to buy all of those arm’s lengths worth of tickets, and you never know what you’ll end up going home with. Please take the time to check out the Hope Alzheimer’s Center’s website, and maybe, next family gathering, have a little extra love for the older members of your clan.

    See you in Rhode Island.

  • Nova Nomads’ Feat of Service

    The Warmachine and Hordes community is full of some amazing people. I’m not talking about the players who rock the top tables event after event (sweet as they may be, they’re not the topic of this post), I’m talking about the guys and gals who are more interested in giving back than they are in taking heads. Every year Lost Hemisphere runs a charity fundraiser at Templecon (most recently working with the New England Privateers), and I’ve been humbled time and time again by those not only forking over portions of their convention budget to buy prize tickets, but also those offering prize support, dedicating their time and effort to making the fundraisers successful. We have Foodmachine and Breast Cancer Brawls. We have events supporting animal shelters, hostels, we even have community members branching out into other avenues of geekery that try to make their world a better place, like the 501st.

    This weekend there’s an event being run by the Nova Nomads, and I can only apologize here and now that I wasn’t able to get a promotional post out about it earlier. I’m going to blame my being out of the country, and the fact that I’m still trying to play catch-up now that I’m back.

    The event in question is the 1st Annual Nova Nomads Feat of Service, a charity event benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project, which endeavors to provide care and assistance for not only those who’ve suffered illness or injury in military service, but also for their families – their spouses, carers and children.

    I first heard of the event through Lostie Plarzoid, Lost Hemisphere is proud to be associated with this event as a sponsor, with the Lost Crew providing the winner of the Hobby Champion award a huge based model of their choice. True to Lost Hemisphere style, the Hobby Champion prize is not awarded to the player with the most points scored during the day, but rather will be awarded based on modelling, creativity, and just how cool they’ve written the fluff for their warcaster or warlock. Have fun with the game, win stuff.


    Oh, didn’t I mention that it was a Spell Draft event with custom warcasters and warlocks? Cool, huh. You can find the rules they’re using on the Nomad’s website, as well as check out the prize support, and maybe even click the donate button yourself to help them reach their donation goal of $2000.

    I’d write more, but I’m supposed to be at work right now, and I just wanted to get the word out there. If you’re in the area, please consider dropping by to cheer the participants on. If you’re not, please consider visiting th website and maybe, just maybe, helping them ring that $2000 bell.


  • Stare into the face of PURE GEOSTRUCTION!

    IKRPGGday80Sometimes you meet someone online and natter for a bit, and you think “Huh, this individual is rather spiffy.” Then, just to show you where you were wrong, they step up to the plate and contribute some pure unadulterated awesomeness to a charity fundraiser that you’re putting together. You realize that referring to them as “rather spiffy” was a gross understatement.

    Ladies and Gentlelost, I present for your ogling pleasure, one of the prizes on offer for this year’s Lost Hemisphere Fundraiser at Templecon 2014, all proceeds going to help fund colon cancer research.


    * Geostruction being Geological Destruction, of course.

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