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"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut



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Comment on I missed the moon! by John Parkin

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:07:25 +0000

It's all about the warpstone dust.



Comment on Makin’ bacon : Pig-faced orcs by Spooktalker

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 23:01:53 +0000

Congrats on getting these on the table! The Grenadier/EM4 orcs are well-suited to the task. And thanks for the shout-out!



Comment on Makin’ bacon : Pig-faced orcs by newyorkgwythaint

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:03:46 +0000

There were the humanoids from At the Earth's Core, from 1975, but my money is on Sleeping Beauty.



Comment on The heartbreak of Lead Rot by Calum Maxim

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:58:25 +0000

Thank you for posting I really enjoyed reading this. nice one, Calum



Comment on Bookjacking is a real thing, a real sh;tty thing by mikemonaco

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:38:09 +0000

Well that is a little off-topic but I've long been annoyed by the upsorting of Kindle editions when I'm searching for books. I did own a Kindle for a while (it stopped working after about a year and they are non-reparable, so I just recycled it rather than send it back for the proffered and negligible credit toward a new one). I have only occasionally ordered books from Amazon that arrive with decals, and fortunately never one that was not readily removed. The one time I had to complain about a book being not as described it was another marketplace seller, and their poor packaging of an oversized trade paperback caused the spine to crack. Amazon refunded me about 10% of the price.



Comment on Bookjacking is a real thing, a real sh;tty thing by ABE

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:38:11 +0000

ALERT! Amazon.com Deals-of-the-Day - Books - Print Books - Hardcover - NEW. As a Prime Member who does Not own, use, and purchase Kindle editions---I am forced to navigate and search independently with zigzag inefficiency for Print editions. Bozo Bezo, despite a plethora of telephone calls, e-mails, messages... over the past 3-years requesting that Prime members be unchained from automatic lock-in to Kindle Edition display mode on Amazon.com - Books (a supposed benefit of Prime Membership), it, and more such target marketing, further expends one's time and energies. In recent weeks, I have purchased three (3) NEW HC/DJ-Pictured Books - each from Amazon.com (Not Marketplace Seller), Deals-of-the-Day, via separate order. Each book was delivered bare inside a box by Amazon.com Services. And, each book was "Not As Described & Pictured"! One, No DJ, with a White Amazon.com Security Sticker on Lower Back Cover - Absolutely Non-Removable Without Stripping Superficial Layer; Two & Three, DJs had small marks and large creases; spine head & tail bent; publisher's overstock black marker strike at bottom page edges; and, the White Security Sticker!!! Again, each book was listed, pictured and sold by Amazon.com as NEW HC with DJ. No listing presented additional condition description indicating publisher's overstock, specific defects, flaws, etc. Obviously, each fraudulent transaction requires my intervention, and this process, as you all know so well, steals time and energies, and adds extraordinary stress. I'm not one to let it ride. Tho' I believe this is a New Amazon.com practice deserving attention and ongoing scrutiny---as such corporate behavior signifies perhaps deeper and wider corruption of this selling platform and further regression in real front-line product quality and customer services, fulfillment as advertised. Any similar such transactions re: Amazon.com Deals-of-the-Day - Books - Hardcover - NEW, worthy of comment, suggestions, actions...?



Comment on Bookjacking is a real thing, a real sh;tty thing by Thomas Morrison

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:35:33 +0000

Hi Paul. Interesting. Unfortunately you echo the same problem many of us have suffered. Such is borderline with fraud; and whilst Amazon do not make additional efforts to check real availability with their marketplace suppliers, they in my opinion, are complices. Its too easy to sit back, do nothing, and watch the dollars pile up. A simple way to deal with this is as you mentioned. All suppliers should be mandated to provide actual photos of the book (or CD or whatever...) to prove it exists. In this digital age, there is no excuse not too, a photo take and upload takes less than 2 minutes. However, what these sellers do is block your your funds, search in their network for the item, buy it at a much lower price (when they find it...) and you pay the difference. For particularly hard to find items, they often don't find it, but they tell you its sent (when it never was...) and of course they do not provide tracking because there is no article to track. This way they can confirm their dishonesty by blaming it on the postal system. Its unfortunate, because with a different procedural approach, honest bricks and mortar businesses could flourish increasingly on Market Place rather than be pushed out of business. You get the product you want, Amazon gets its distribution cut, and the store remains in good health. To finish, going back to my photo comment, the new, like new, very good, good and acceptable rating is subjective. This again depends upon the honesty of the seller to accurately describe the articles condition. Photos would back up condition claims by the seller. Kind regards Thomas



Comment on Bookjacking is a real thing, a real sh;tty thing by Paul Rimel

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 03:09:48 +0000

Murray Media, North Miami Beach, FL - On Dec 11, 2017 I ordered an out of print book from them through Abebooks that was supposedly in-stock & brand new. I paid $15 for expedited shipping because it was a X-mas gift. I received notification through my Abebooks account the next day that it had shipped & the estimated delivery date was Dec 28 however, I received no tracking number. I contacted Murray Media and asked them for a tracking number, but even though Abebooks said it had already shipped, their response was no tracking was available but they'd let me know when it was. So, Dec 28 came & went but still no book or tracking number so I contacted Murray Media again on Jan 2. This time they said their tracking number (which I never received) indicated no activity so it must have been lost in shipment but they would send a new book out to me right away. I responded that they'd need to provide me with a tracking number for the 2'nd shipment or refund my money. Then they responded they would need more time to re-stock the book but by this time I had already contacted my credit card company & disputed the charges. They credited my account for the full purchase price plus shipping and blocked them from charging my account again in the future. Moral of the story - If you mistakenly get tangled up with one of these lying, cheating bookjackers, don't wait for them to refund your money because they'll try and string you along in order to get you outside the guaranteed refund window, which in the case of Abebooks is not arrived by the estimated delivery date up until 30 days thereafter. I did finally find the book listed by an individual seller who sent me photos of 3 random pages so I could verify it was actually in his possession. So I purchased it, received a tracking number the very next day & it will arrive this Fri. only 5 days after it was originally ordered. Murray Media is a bookjacker and they suck, but they didn't get away with ripping off me!!!



Comment on Clubs by Return of the Koshinbun: Tolkien, Final Fantasy IV, Rampage – PC Bushi

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:30:33 +0000

[…] Swords and Dorkery dude made a bunch of clubs. This kind of thing makes me lament that more fantasy characters aren’t club-wielders. Also maybe I should pick up carving as a hobby. […]



Comment on Baron Wars! by mikemonaco

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:00:56 +0000

Just looked at the Wayback machine's archive of the site (https://web.archive.org/web/20121118164240/http://baronyminiatures.com/Baron-Wars.html) and I had that backwards -- core rules were for sale, expansions for fantasy, naval, and siege were free pdfs. Looks like there was a hard copy version of the core rules, which might turn up in second hand sources?