Pokemon Playmat

As a firm believer in gaming as both a hobby and a personal growth mechanism, I’m naturally inclined to support any interest my daughters have in any game.  My oldest (6) is wildly in to Pokemon the TV show, and many of the associated things like ‘stuffies’ and figurines.  She has a Pokemon Encyclopedia she has all but memorized.

It should come as no surprise then, that I introduced her some time ago to the Pokemon TCG.  Our decks of choice are the Keldeo vs. Rayquaza duel decks, a fine introductory product even if Keldeo is a bit overpowered.   Continue reading…

Magic the Gathering – Lifepad

For those unfamiliar with Magic the Gathering: one of the essential components of good play is being able to keep track of not only your life total, but the life total of your opponent.  In casual Magic and even for newer tournament players it is not uncommon to use dice, either real or spindown counters (20-sided dice where the numbers decrease in a sequential order), to keep track of life totals.

After many years and many different attempts, I finally sat down to create a scorepad I would feel comfortable using and sharing.

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Career Day

Career Day: User Experience Designer

I had the pleasure of offering my time for Career Day at my daughters school this past Spring, and I thought I would share some of that. Originally I had talked about it on my (very briefly live) podcast, but since that is gone from everywhere save SoundCloud, I thought I should talk about it briefly here.

So, ‘Career Day’ at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi is a very well-run affair. When I showed up I was ushered to a lounge in the library with drinks and catered food while I awaited my first of two sessions. I was taken to my ‘room’ by a volunteer who knew exactly where I was going, and helped my set everything up. I had a – I think it was 30 minutes – session in period 1 and 3. Both sessions were full with 20 students each, from the High School.
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First Update of the New Bostich.com

So after having a look at all my web properties past and present I thought it was time to give bostich.com a simplified makeover. This goes hand-in-hand of course with a desire to begin posting again about my general hobbies, mainly gaming, as I mentally gear-up for a return to Canada this year after being abroad for some time.

Honestly, I accidentally irreparably deleted the database that contained all the bostich.com posts going back for the past 5 or so years. I have an old backup, and my host would restore everything for a price, but neither of these are the path I chose. I was not looking forward to having to re-format all those old posts anyway: the previous WP theme used some shortcodes and I was not keen to hack my way through them.

It’s funny, because at one point in the late 90’s I actually ran bostich.com off my own homegrown lightweight CMS system written in PHP, but have gradually migrated from that to Moveable Type to WordPress and now finally to a Managed Hosting solution. As my time becomes more precious I want to spend less of it worrying about database backups and staging servers and more about just writing or playing or whatever else is actually enjoyable.

If you are looking for that old content, I’m sorry but whatever links brought you here are likely to remain dead going forward. I will probably dig back in to Arduino, but most of the Miniature Painting content is set to remain in the past.

So as I look forward to moving back to Toronto, I also look forward to a new sense of purpose for bostich.com.

404 – You can’t get there from here

Just a quick note: After a catastrophic failure I have decided not to re-enter or re-build the content previously available. This means a lot of content about Miniature Terrain, Subbuteo, Arduino, and basically whatever brought you here if it was posted before today, will no longer be available.

Hopefully there’s a google cache of the content for you, or you can try archive.org. As of this point however, bostich.com is only looking forward.