Manic May: Skyrim, Crusader Kings, new campaigns and other methods of percrastination.

Posted by: Jason Silverain / Category: , , , , , , , , ,

Hello again folks, well do you remember I was ill last month and I was thinking that I should make a large back up of draft posts just in case it happened again?

Well I'll be honest I got a little side tracked...

However I did get to try out a massive amount of amazing PC mods for Skyrim (which regrettably broke my 97% complete play through but it gave me a reason to start all over again.), some of which I may just post overviews of next month as small bonus posts.
Also with the steam workshop finally working for Crusader Kings 2 I found myself been eventually dragged away from my Skyrim binge to a political web of deceit and regicide, which ended in me causing the collapse of most of Europe after I murdered the King of Italy so I could take his lover as my wife. 

It hasn't been all fun and games though (well not all games anyway) I was given the Cold Steel Medieval training sword for my birthday back in March and I've had time to really put its paces now so here's the overview as promised 

First of all when ordering the blade there were two websites and, at the time of purchase I will say the UK site was terrible as every training blade description was a copy paste of the katana and the blades were lacking any relevant information. Thankfully this has improved somewhat but its still a little bare bones compared to the American site or even their Amazon page.

The blade is 39 inches in length including the handle and weights about 30.oz however when swinging it the centre of balance feels a little too high (roughly an inch or two above the guard.) but it does help build control and arm strength. 

The blades material I was originally sceptical about as it was Polypropylene which is the same stuff they uses to make plastic chairs for primary schools but its held out amazingly well and has bare suffer a scratch after the initial few that any training blade suffers and even those vanish with a layer of boot polish.

In comparison with using a real sword the training blade feels slightly heavier however this may be because of the centre of balance been a little high as previously mentioned. Given the price difference between a Cold Steel Polypropylene training blade (£37.20) and the average metal renactment blade (£120) I can recommend anyone who wants to try blade training should pick one up. 

Just for a little visible display what Polypropylene blades can do I've attached this video:

Finally one of the DM's of my gaming group who I will refer to by his Obsidian Portal name Seidgaldr has been wanting to try running a Cortex system game since we completed our last World of Darkness campaign.

If anyone is interest the campaign will be available to read at Obsidian Portal and I hope to doing a few updates regarding it here.


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