I do tend to go on a bit so I’ll do this in slices (several posts [one post per level?]) to avoid the unwieldy (& unread?) megapost (I might be at yet another level by the end). I’m also, of course, using this as an excuse to discuss the games the pics come from.
So I started my time at Game The System determined to be the Tabletop (Board) game guy - not that I don’t like the rest but someone has to represent for the cardboard realm. So I chose an initial avatar from that realm of cardboard:
It’s from Star Fleet Battles ( http://www.starfleetgames.com/starfleetbattles.shtml ), which is the monster grand daddy of space ship combat systems. Based dodgily on Star Trek and launched in 1979, the rule book is a large solid lever-arch binder. The counter I used has my pinball playing (& my actual) initials on it but, unfortunately, isn’t a common or terribly useful ship in the game (1 amongst thousands of counters). There are many, many expansions to this gigantic system and this is part of a later fill-in-the-gaps thing. Basically it represents a Klingon War Cruiser Mauler ship (Klingons unusually have a ‘D’ designation for their cruisers - add a ‘W’ for War and an ‘M’ for Mauler). Basically it’s a gutted shell of a war cruiser wrapped around an unsubtle monster weapon unsubtley and monstrously called a Mauler. Like a super-shotgun or super-flamethrower blasting straight out the front of the ship, it can only do GBH on the nearest ship and then run away to recharge - it’s part of a fleet, not a solo actor. But it’s got my initials and it’s (hopefully) recognisably Klingon/Trek...
Here’s a ship display from Federation Commander (the simplified offspring of Star Fleet Battles) of a very similar ship - a Mauler conversion of the older Klingon D6 Heavy Cruiser. The big black arrows are the Mauler, and most of the rest of ship is given over to power systems to run the weapon, including giant battery banks to supplement the engines (which might be used in part to actually move) supply for the power hungry device. I’m sure a future incarnation of Tesla had something to do with the refit!
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
See it & the rest here: