166. Dora the Explorer
Originally uploaded by Ape Lad.
NOW: DO ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THE CENTRIFIGUAL CASTING OF D&D MINIATURES?
Because that would be awesome.
MEANWHILE: Lad's eerie photo of a DORA THE EXPLORER "ICE" "CREAM" "NOVELTY."
That is all.
Centrifugal casting is mucho expensive especially for a pursuit like D&D (where well made and inexpensive minatures are easy to come by on the free market). I've done some sculpting with a friends vacuforming table with the express notion of making RPG minis (although i wasn't super pleased with the end results). I'm familiar with centrifugal casting but i have not attempted it myself personally.
These questions seem to be an excellent way to gauge the realative geekiness of your audience. What's next? Tattoos of beloved Characters? Fluent speakers of languages even more fantastic and retarded than klingon (elvish? The Tangut? Dutch?). I hope that if this becomes a trend I will soon find myself unable to help you, because as it stands i feel like the proverbial "that guy."
Never let a Klingon hear you say their language is retard OR fantastic.
hey look it's that guy!
Dora's pupils are really rather dilated... I wonder what's in that "novelty" treat?
Dear Kevin Allen Jr.,
If you were really "that guy," you would know that elvish is not a language but a linguistic group of related languages. Please see E.L.F. (The Elvish Linguistic Group) at www.elvish.org.
I know a fair amount about the casting of minis. I was the Creative Director for Miniatures R&D at Wizards of the Coast 5 years ago, back when WotC was still doing metal miniatures (now they are pre-painted plastic minis done in China). What do you want to know?
People should know, for their safety, that the dye in Dora's eyes can stain the skin for up to three days... even after nightly baths. Iknow this from bitter experience.
"Centrifugal casting" brings to mind my youthful days as a Shotput enthusiast.
Are you planning on playing D&D on an industrial scale?
Unfortunately, lactose intolerance has turned me off on Dora.
Speaking of the Lad of the Apes, his hobo cats cartoons are a wonderful homage to Mr. Hodgman's hoboes -- not to mention a goofy interwebs "meme" known as "lolcats."
Look for it in Apelad's Flickr groups, and look for the H in sunrays that is on almost every image.
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