January 17, 2018
Noted as one of the most successful game franchises that you can find in the world, Mario has been known as the heartthrob of generations of videogame enthusiasts. It was during the 1980s that most of the kids wanted to play Mario, and eventually went on to force their parents to purchase a Nintendo entertainment system. It was obviously costly, but the repeated pleas of the children bore fruit. Nintendo went on to become one of the highest grossing entertainment companies when it comes to video games for that particular generation. With millions of people fawning over the latest Mario titles, and more and more people thinking of ways how they would be purchasing the Mario games, the entire generation was brought up on Mario characters being the ultimate heroes.
One of the cool things about Mario games is that it was not only a character that was recognizable, but also the fact that the costumes of the Mario games were extremely simplistic, and went on to become the number one choice for children and adults to wear during the Halloween. Even today, Mario is an overwhelming choice for children that would simply like to portray their favorite gaming character during the festive season of the Halloween. If you go online, you will find that there are thousands of websites which are dedicated for sales of Mario costumes alone.
Most of the dresses are extremely simplistic, and cost a few dollars. However, there are also dresses that can cost you a lot of money, simply because of its authentic look, as well as the quality of the fabric used in its creation.
Halloween costumes have almost always had a probability of shifting to the ghastly characters rather than something out of a videogame. However, the popularity of Mario has been able to transcend boundaries, and let people see how it can contribute to the fun of Halloween by simply portraying a lovable character. However, it is also during the Halloween season that Mario costumes are in huge demand, therefore purchasing it at least a few weeks before Halloween would be the best thing that you can do.
Again, if you think that going trick-or-treating with your child during Halloween is a wonderful thing, and costumes play a very important role, then go for a delightful costume. In order for you to look your part, you can go as Mario, and get your children dressed as Luigi, or vice versa. That way, you will be able to stick to a theme, and the costumes will be able to portray your love for this Nintendo blockbuster game like no other.
Of course, Halloween is an occasion for your children to rejoice, for them to have candies, but there is no rule that stops adults from having fun. So, get out your inner child and wear your Mario costumes to the fun parties that you would attend.
September 22, 2017
Beneath the lavishly-decorated cover, emblazoned with images of miniature warriors, the book is organized quite logically. The whole period divided into four sub-periods: The “Biblical” Period (3000 BCE to 500 BCE), The Classical Period (500 BCE to 300 CE), The Dark Ages (300 CE to 1100 CE), and The Medieval Period (1100 CE to 1500 CE). These are divided by the advents of significant developments in military thinking and technology; For example, the Biblical period was typified by Chariot warfare, which gave way to the massed infantry armies of the Classical Period, and so on—until the introduction of gunpowder weapons provided the change which lies beyond the scope of this book.
A Chronological Layout
Each period is provided with historical background on the military developments of the time, and it is clearly explained how the period differed from the one before it. This is followed by a simple set of rules for fighting battles in each period. Following this, the organizations of each of the major armies in the period are given, so that the reader may organize his or her own miniature army in the same manner as its real-life counterpart. In these “Army Lists” are provided tactical advice for the army in question and diagrams showing how the army deployed its units. Following this is a turn-by-turn report of a famous historical battle being “refought” using the relevant rules and army lists which preceded.
The book also provides historical anecdotes for each given army, to provide the reader with fodder for his or her imagination. For example, in the list for the Early Hoplite Greek Army, the author states that “The Greeks saw their Persian enemies as being a remarkably effeminate bunch. This is because [They] were clad in trousers, whereas the Greeks maintained that real men always wore skirts.” (Thomas 80)
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A Book For Beginners And Veterans
Many people who are new to the hobby of miniature gaming are put off by the jargon in the books, as most rules and guidebooks in the hobby assume at least a passing familiarity with the hobby. However, this book is provided in plain English, with all the mechanics in each set of rules explained thoroughly and given in an easily understandable format. Even the greenest of beginners should have little trouble, and much enjoyment, immersing themselves in this hobby.
Each set of rules provided for each of the periods is a variation of the same rules, but modified for the period in question. This is a shrewd maneuver on the author’s part to provide across-the-board simplicity, and to clearly show how warfare changed from one period to the next. The generic nature and simplicity of the rules will not confound beginners, and will provide a new spin on the hobby for veterans.
This hobby is a visual one first and foremost, and this book is not entirely devoid of visuals. There are sixteen glossy pages of photographs nestled in the center, showing professionally-painted miniature warriors from nearly every army arrayed in pitched battles with their historical opponents. These images of knights, chariots, elephants, and of course the brave Greek hoplites, ought to be sufficient inspiration for anyone with an interest in the hobby to raise their own armies, as well as to give veteran hobbyists something against which to compare their own painting.
The Rules are simple and generic, but this does not rob them of elegance and tactical depth. They are clearly set up with historical tactics in mind. No complex record keeping or mathematics are required to play, nor are an army of different sizes of dice; The rules require only six-sided dice. The use of tactical skill, good deployment of your army, and planning are rewarded, as they rewarded the great generals of history whom the players will no doubt seek to emulate in their own battles.
Easily Collecting An Army On A Budget
The rising cost of miniature figures is addressed in the rules, as none of the armies require more than one hundred miniature figures to complete. The author also thoughtfully provides a breakdown of the scales, or sizes, of miniatures available to the hobbyist, as well as a list of manufacturers and distributors of miniatures, and magazines and newsletters relating to the hobby.
September 19, 2017
The highly anticipated final stop of the 2016 Dew Action Sports Tour took place on October 16-19 in Orlando, FL. In addition to the usual excitement and action, crowds were also treated to some of the most surprising upsets to date in tour history.
In skateboarding, two athletes have jumped in to claim 2016 as their year. In the park competition, 14-year old rookie Chaz Ortiz has topped off his first Dew tour by beating his mentor, Paul Rodriguez and three-time winner, Ryan Sheckler. Sheckler failed to qualify for the final jam session and, for the first time in Dew history, didn’t walk away with the Dew Cup. In vert, Pierre-Luc Gagnon gathered enough steam for a final push to the end to claim his first Dew Cup.
It was Ryan Nyquist who came out to steal a perfect season from Daniel Dhers in BMX Park. Although Dhers had been assured to win the Dew Cup, many people expected to him to pull off the first perfect season in Dew Tour history by winning at every stop and claiming the final prize. In vert, Jamie Bestwick earned his fourth win of the season and the Dew Cup. With Ryan Sheckler failing to win this year, Bestwick is now the only athlete to have won every Dew Cup race. The Dirt competition was exciting throughout the year as there were as many winners as there were stops, so the Cup was most certainly up for grabs. In the end Cameron White, who had four podium finishes, ended up ahead of the points race and took the Cup.
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2016 Playstation Pro results:
Skateboard Vert: 1st- Pierre-Luc Gagnon 2nd- Andy MacDonald 3rd- Danny Mayer
Skateboard Park: 1st- Chaz Ortiz 2nd- Paul Rodriguez 3rd- Greg Lutzka
BMX Vert: 1st- Jamie Bestwick 2nd- Chad Kagy 3rd- Simon Tabron
BMX Park: 1st- Ryan Nyquist 2nd- Daniel Dhers 3rd- Austin Coleman
BMX Dirt: 1st- Dennis Enarson 2nd- Cory Bohan 3rd- Cameron White
FMX: 1st- Nate Adams 2nd- Robbie Maddison 3rd- Jeremy Lusk
Overall standings for the 2016 AST Dew Tour: (Dew Cup Winner)
Skateboard Vert: 1st- Pierre-Luc Gagnon 2nd- Andy MacDonald 3rd- Bob Burnquist
Skateboard Park: 1st- Chaz Ortiz 2nd- Paul Rodriguez 3rd- Ryan Sheckler
BMX Vert: 1st- Jamie Bestwick 2nd- Chad Kagy 3rd- Simon Tabron
BMX Park: 1st- Daniel Dhers 2nd-Mike Spinner 3rd- Ryan Nyquist
BMX Dirt: 1st-Cameron White 2nd-Cory Bohan 3rd- Dennis Enarson
FMX: 1st- Adam Jones 2nd- Robbie Maddison 3rd- Jeremy Lusk
The 2009 tour will kick off in June. If you can’t wait that long for all the excitement of action sports and an AST Dew Tour program, make sure to check out the inaugural season of the AST Dew Winter Tour, which kicks off on December 18, 2016 in Breckenridge, CO.