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Calamis Earthshaker

Spotted: Earthshaker & Old Kuma!

Dipping through the interwebs and I notice that Jonathan over at GeekDad has upped some City of Kings piccys from GenCon 2018. Thank you Jonathan!

The City of Kings minis at GenCon 2018 image (c) Jonathan H. Liu 2018,

GenCon, along with Essen in Germany, Airecon in Mother Ireland, and UKGamesExpo in rainy England are the places where designers and creators go to hang out and show off prototypes as much as sell any games.

Crazy things can be spotted, along with the downright eeeevil:

Jon Wrot of Gate Keeper Games did a bad thing. Image (c) Jonathan H. Liu 2018,

The City of Kings New Miniature Set

Listen up, nerds. This is how devious my boss is. Mr. Frank didn’t let anyone know that the new City reprint would be getting brand-spanking-fantabulous miniatures. He probably knows that my silence can be easily brought with a well-placed packet of chocolate hobnobs.

Behind the Scenes: The City of Kings

It’s eight in the morning, and by that time I am awake, into my second coffee, and at my desk. Good. Not too early and not too late [Tip: Writing is like the Goldilocks Zone, apart from when it’s like your final boss fight with the Kurgan].

Booting up the trusty ‘ol laptop to see what’s occurred in the world while I’ve been in another period of cat-related-fatigue (aka, sleep) and I realize two things: 1). That Epson spams me almost every single go’dangit day about ink cartridges I am never going to buy, and 2). That PLANS have been happening since I last logged in. I trawl through a brace of updates, campaign alerts, newsletters, and the blog posts that I’ve somehow managed to get myself signed up to – and there, at the bottom is an email from my boss, Mr. Frank. Super-Good. Just yesterday I fired off my latest batch of words for his perusal, and while I have been elsewhere he has managed to inspect, edit, tweak, and even play test!

Yikes, that man has drive.

Sitting on my desk is the Deluxe City of Kings set (which I dip into every few hours it seems, and only *partly* to pretend-fight Calamis Earthshaker with a bunch of pointy-helmetted High Elves) which I now crack open to get the little grey cells clicking.

Fresh coffee nearby? Check.

Notebook and pen? [Tip: think in analogue, draft in digital] Check.

Cat set to the sleeping position? Check – but she looks as though she might do a little light killing in a bit. Must remember to protect Calamis.

I am ready to start another day’s work at The City of Games. It’s fun. It’s collaborative. It’s hard work. It’s still fun.

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