Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Chinese View of the Rest of Us

I read a lot of news. Mostly technology, science, and military. But I also have reasons to follow Chinese news (propaganda), and came across this article about how the Chinese sees America, and by extension, the rest of the world.

They're here for the long haul. 

Therefore it's wise to note that they are proud of their 5000 years of recorded history of their civilization, and how they perceive themselves as resilient across time. Also useful for me, because China is a world super power in the Gate Walker universe, and therefore this stuff helps me get inside the head of Chinese ambitions.
As you can infer, I'm still researching for the next book, having realized how little I know about the nature of Chinese ambitions, and the world of espionage.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Another Month Flew By

Another month has flown by. When I've not been painting miniatures to escape the world around me,  I've been noodling about rules for playing a tabletop miniatures game set in my Gate Walker universe.

It's a way for me going back to my non-fiction writing roots.

Having failed to market the previous rule set I wrote*, it's important to minimize the risk of my mecha combat rules getting lost in the churn. So, I've been asking myself, what do I want to achieve with these rules?

An important question, because I'm aware that there are several new sets of mecha rules out, or are about to be released to market. I want to focus on command and control, including the use of UAVs/drones.

Currently the UAVs are for laying out the deployment points on the game table.

But, I just had this idea about how to use them in the game as artillery spotters for fire-support. Besides that, I want the game to feel like a battle taking place in the future, where everything is interconnected.

What I'm hoping to do is make my game different from other sets of rules, with it's own unique selling points to encourage players to buy these and instead of BattleTech or Heavy Gear.

A tall order. But a worthwhile goal to have. That's all for now, catch you all next month.

NB: *OHMU War Machine: Oversized Heavy Mechanised Units.


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