exojtm replied to your post “Écoutez les enfants: votez Macron. J'en ai rien à foutre que Macron…”

Bjr. Le programme du FN n'est pas axé sur le fachisme. A+

Bonjour. J’aimerais rappeler que le FN a été fondé par des nostalgiques du régime de Vichy, que Le Pen senior étalait ses blagues antisémites et ses opinions révisionnistes au grand jour et que Marine Le Pen veut promouvoir le roman national (donc une histoire unique, inattaquable et qui donc ne peut pas être remis en question), encourage l’islamophobie, la xénophobie et a déclaré la France non-responsable de la rafle du Vel d’Hiv. Aussi le FN est un parti d’extrême-droite dont certains hauts-placés et proche de Marine Le Pen sont des néo-nazis. A+

PS: C’est marrant, moi j’ai plutôt tendance à écrire fascisme à “l’italienne”! Je sais pas si c’est l’orthographe juste en français?

( @onestenrepublique @doucefrancecherpaysdemonenfance vous voulez ajouter quelque chose?)

Tabletop Void War: A love letter to Battlefleet Gothic

If you stopped a random pedestrian in the street and asked them what BFG means, assuming they didn’t just tell you to fuck off, they’d either say its that book with the tall, big eared fella by Roald Dahl, or its that room-clearing superweapon from DOOM with a rude word in the middle.

Or, maybe, if they’re anything like me, they’d say, ‘Battlefleet Gothic’.

Battlefleet Gothic is, without question, the tabletop game I have the most fondness for. I’ve played quite a few, not just GW published ones, and BFG’s system of huge space battles sticks in my head like no other. I remember getting it for my 13th birthday, the apex of my love of Star Trek and Warhammer 40,000, opening the box and digging out these cool plastic spaceships and gawking at the incredible artwork in the rulebook, published in landscape to specifically showcase these grandiose, kilometres-long warships. I liked the focus of it, how it didn’t cover the entire galaxy like 40k but instead focussed on this one conflict, on one of Abaddon’s black crusades. I miss that rulebook. It’s the only one I’ve not kept, the cover came off and it started to fall apart.

Most of all, I liked the context it game me. BFG was the game that really sold me on the premise of 40k, that everything was huge and insane and archaic, that the Imperium, crewing their ships with generations of indentured labour that lived their whole lives to crew a building sized plasma cannon, were not the good guys. It showed me not just how people got around the galaxy, but what that looked like. I loved the scale of it all, trying to get my head around how even a minuscule Cobra destroyer was a kilometre long, how fighters and bombers were the size of jumbo jets and the massive Retribution class battleship was longer than the distance between Leeds city centre and the far edge of Headingly. And even then, the model ships were just for show. The rules said that the actual game presence of the ship was represented by the 2-3mm plastic flight stand. Amidst the vastness of space, these colossal starships were too small to even represent accurately.

Everything was so well characterised: Imperial ships were grand cathedrals and ornamental rapiers, Chaos ships were sacrificial temples and ritual daggers. The Eldar sailed in beautiful, lethal porcelain arrowheads while the Orks took to space in single minded brutality given form. This character was reflected in the rules too, Chaos ship harkened back to an older time, massive long-range broadsides designed to cross the enemy’s T and blow them apart like galleons of antiquity, whereas Imperial fleets were a counter to this, armoured for a frontal assault against a gunline, launching spreads of torpedoes to disrupt before delivering the killing blow at short range. The Eldar danced in and out, just out of reach, every attack run either triumph or oblivion. Orks were random, haphazard, unpredictable. They’d fall apart or destroy everything and it’d be fun either way. I liked the verbose, needlessly poetic quotes in the book.

As much as it helped me to contextualise the 40k universe it also helped me to realise that wargaming wasn’t just this small thing I did with my friends, but this much larger hobby with a community, all message boards and zines and home-brew. Rules for ships and fleets, hobby articles on kit bashing and terrain making, community campaigns. I remember rules for doing crazy things like firing a torpedo spread into a moon’s gravity well so it’d slingshot around and pursuers. I loved reading the articles on building your gaming table, spattering a black sheet with white flecks of paint, airbrushing nebulae and using gravel and stones as dust clouds and asteroid fields. There was an abstract quality to a good BFG table that I found strangely beautiful. It wasn’t a war torn hellhole, it was space. And if there’s one truism that’s stayed constant in my life, its that I bloody love space.

Sadly, Battlefleet Gothic went the way of most of GWs ‘specialist games’. Support for it became less and less official, miniature quality dropped and eventually it quietly disappeared with Mordheim, Epic Armageddon, Necromunda and the like. However, its legacy is still felt in the game today. Fictional descriptions of 40k void war are based around the lance-battery-torpedo trifecta that were established in the rules. Lunar class cruisers, ancient chaos Grand cruisers, Space Marine battle barges are the way they are because of how they played in the game. The climactic events of the first Gathering Storm book could have only come about from the fiction established by BFG, with Abaddon crashing a Blackstone Fortress into Cadia to kill the planet forever.

I’m breaking my own rule on nostalgia here, wanting BFG to return. I want it back as I remember it, but with better models. I never had the money to play it properly, my fleet was the kind of scrappy mess limited pocket money could make, and I want another go with a bit more disposable income and a wiser(ish) head on my shoulders. There’s the Battlefleet Gothic Armada video game, which is cool, and Spartan Game’s Firestorm Armada means theres a similar kind of fleet combat war-game in the tabletop space.

But neither of those are quite there for me. I like my FA Sorylians, even though I haven’t played in ages and my fleet is still mostly unpainted, but it’s not what I grew up with, it’s not what I know (although if someone I know plays I’ll happily dig my fleet out). 40k is my Star Wars, it’s my shit. I’m hoping that GW release some kind of one off box game, like what Dreadfleet was to Man O’ War, but I’m not holding my breath. Sometimes you’ve just got to wait though. After all, as the saying goes, ‘You may as well try to catch starlight as bring Eldar to battle’.

58. Operatives are reminded to minimize contact with journalists, reporters and other civilian media unless lives are on the line. While we have yet to have an incident involving the mention of X-COM, Operatives are reminded that they are to avoid answering that you are part of any organization, group or unit, be it real or fictional. This includes (but is not restricted to):
the Ghostbusters
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division
the Men In Black
the Beatles comeback tour
Space Marines
Space Nazis
Space Soviets
Space Hippies
EXALT (Really?)
Scooby Doo’s Gang
the SCP Foundation
the Brady Bunch
the Power Rangers
Kamen Rider
Magical Girls
Justice League
the League of Legends
the Illuminati
the Priory of Sion
World Police
Thunderbirds/International Rescue
3rd Street Saints
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Pan Pacific Defense Corps
Raczak Roughnecks / Rico’s Roughnecks
the UNSC / ONI Section III / the 105th Orbital Drop Shock Trooper Division
Stargate Command
the Parahuman Response Team
the Adeptus Mechanicus
Megacity One Department of Justice
Raynor’s Raiders
the Colonial Marines
the Grand Army of the Republic
the Rebel Alliance
the Galactic Empire
the Royal Manticoran Navy/Marine Corps
Wolf’s Dragoons
Section 9
the Mane 6
Mobile Infantry
Diamond Dogs
Ghost Recon
Voltron Force
the Planeteers
Jedi Knights
Black Knights
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts (even if you bring back cookies)
Zombie Emergency Response Operations
I.R.S. back-taxes retrieval committee
Society for Creative Anachronism
the plumbers
Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
The Church of Scientology
Robin Hood’s Band of Merry Men
Team Dai-Gurren
House Lannister
House Stark
House Baratheon
House Targaryen
The Night Watch
Team Four Star
Krusty Crab Crew
Team Rocket, Aqua, Magma, Plasma or Galactic
The Aristocrats
Santa’s Elves
Brotherhood of Nod
Global Defense Initiative
—  Things XCOM Operatives Are Not Allowed To Do

Marin filming for TV Asahi’s 2017–18 Grand Prix commercial

Le véritable voyage, ce n'est pas de parcourir le désert ou de franchir de grandes distances sous-marines, c'est de parvenir en un point exceptionnel où la saveur de l'instant baigne tous les contours de la vie intérieure.
—  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 
Un bon week-end ...

Le début de la semaine a été assez dur, moral au fond des chaussettes…

La fin de la semaine a été bien meilleure. Samedi soir nous avons assisté au concert de Soprano à l’Orange Vélodrome. Bien que ce ne soit pas mon artiste préféré, le concert a été génial. Il faut reconnaitre que c’est un “artiste”, ses textes sont engagés et il les chante avec ses tripes. Un grand moment de communion avec le public et les familles du Point Rose qui étaient présentes.

Et hier, nous avons participé Charlen et moi à une régate pour le Point Rose… en compagnie de David et Dominique. Laurent, Nina et Jean-François complet notre équipage, avec François notre skipper ! Il fallait bien un vrai marin :-)

Grand moment aussi de partage et de bonne humeur sur la mer et sur terre dans un endroit des plus accueillant…

Les coupes de la victoire pour notre équipage !!!!


On this day in 1994, Roland Ratzenberger, an Austrian driver, was killed in a accident during the qualification of Saint Marin Grand Prix, at 34 years. He started to run in Formula 1 this year, after 4 years in Formula 3000 (in Great Britain in 1989 and in Japan from 1990 to 1993). He won 3 times and finished 3rd in 1989.
He also finished in 5th position at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1993, with Mauro Martini and Naoki Nagasaki , and he won in his category