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Couriers at Christmas

It’s easy when we hear so many bad stories about couriers to brand them all with the same reputation, but a lot of the couriers that handle our precious games are barely making minimum wage, often below that, with shockingly poor working conditions. While that isn’t a justifiable reason for the worst couriers to throw our boxes of games onto the roof in the pouring rain, if we’re fortunate enough to have a good courier then it’s worth thanking them, and this time of year especially (if we can afford to do so) it’s good tip them a little.

We often choose to tip the waiting staff when we eat out, but is the worker bringing us our precious board games, books, CD’s, and board games any less important? That’s right, I’m listing board games twice because they are obviously that important. And yes, please tip your waiting staff too because they work darn hard (I’m certainly not trying to downplay the work that wait staff have to do, again it’s hard work for low pay and I personally would hate to hand out food all day without being able to have  a nibble or three).

They don’t want to be at our door at 8PM any more than we want them to be.

Even if we can’t afford to tip our courier, a smile and a thank you doesn’t cost you anything, and from a purely pragmatic point of view, will likely mean that your packages will be treated better in the future.

And if our courier just isn’t one of the good ones? Well, let’s lead the way in trying to improve the situation. After all, if our bosses made us poop in a bag in our trucks to avoid giving us a proper break time (allegedly, that’s right Mr. Lawyer, I said “allegedly”… why do you still have your pen in hand? 😳) then we wouldn’t probably be in the best frame of mind for dealing with strangers either. If we show some manners and tip (even a small tip) then maybe our couriers won’t have to stress so much about punishing deadlines and quotas and they’ll be able to take the time to deliver our goods in a better manner. That’s true of both our couriers and our postmen, who often have to work crazy hours at this time of year to keep up with the demands of their employers.… Read More

Lay Down Your Arms!

What’s that? Tom Vasel didn’t actually go to war with anyone? He also said there are many excellent game stores (like Chimaera and Fanboy 3), as well as some rubbish ones? Just like there are some fantastic online sellers *waves at The Board Game Hut & Chaos Cards*, and there are some rubbish ones too? So why has the internet been in meltdown? 
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How To Store Your Massive Darkness Miniatures

If you picked up Massive Darkness from Cool Mini Or Not (CMON) and you’ve got the various enemy packs and monster sets then you are going to have a large pile of boxes to store. So how to keep it nicely organized so that you can find what you want in a quick and easy way, and not have it take up a huge amount of storage? Check out this video to see how, with a list of contents further down.… Read More

I’d Love To Paint My Miniatures, But I’m Just Not Artistic

Beautifully painted miniatures. We’ve all seen them somewhere, be it at a friend’s house, a gaming club, online, or perhaps at a games store such as a Games Workshop. Most of us would love to have our own games painted like that, but we just don’t have the skill. Or at least, that’s what we tell ourselves.

That’s what I did for years, and many of my friends felt the same way. And as a result of that lack of confidence we never picked up a brush. I was positive that any attempt I made would leave my game pieces ruined. Is that how you feel? If so, please keep reading.… Read More