40K and ergonomics

Well, second BoLS article has been published and I have to say I really like the experience of writing for BoLS, mostly because of the nice compliments I get in the comments. Knowing the comments section fairly well I always brace for impact, but surprisingly everyone is pretty positive. I guess it’s because I bring a fresh perspective to BoLS and to make sure it stays that way I plan to only write something when I really have something to say. With this approach I will write as long as BoLS is willing to accept text and I’ll keep writing even if the comments aren’t favorable.
Speaking of comments, they gave me some interesting new insights into 40K and ergonomics:
  1. I figured that back pain must be well known among 40K players as we are not necessarily the sportiest type of people, but I was still surprised how many and how openly readers shared their experiences.
  2. Heavy duty boots are not only good in the military, but also when playing 40K!
  3. 6-inch bed raisers are perfect to raise the workspace almost exactly to your desired height.
  4. Some people like to clean parts on a full recliner while watching TV with the paint station on their lap. Yes, I guess that’s comfortable although your arms will get tired after a while.
  5. Anti-fatigue mats seem to be popular… although I am not sure yet how they’re supposed to work.
  6. One guy reports painting while wearing a lumbar support belt (which is usually used during heavy lifting exercices). Never thought about that, but I am tempted to give it a try.
  7. Many gamers say that the gym is their best friend. I guess we gamers are better than the stereotype after all!
On a related note, Brent wins the “successfully googled Parcival’s blog although he was warned to die of boredom” award. Seriously, I feel very honored that he looked up my little blog and even left a comment. I like his way of writing a lot, although I agree that with his particular style you either love it or hate it. For me, Brent kinda falls into the same category like Tasty Taste as they are both great guys to meet in person, but on the WWW they successfully maintain some aura of obscurity that leaves you wondering to what kind of human being you’re exactly talking to. Some people get enraged, some people simply get entertained. Knowing that I will never entertain people like Brent and that it’s pointless to copy him, I will just continue to do my own thing while secretly admiring and teasing him in my own articles. ;-)


ETC 2011 in pictures

Here you find my complete set of pictures from the ETC 2011:
ETC 2011
You can find my written impressions in my first BoLS article.
Update: you can now find all ETC 2011 40K results on T3.