What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

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Adobe Caslon Ampersand

Adobe Caslon Ampersand

bulletcrs211Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself.

The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen.

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New Host – Website Migration – Website Update

WOW! It’s been awhile hasn’t it! We’re not dead, just busy. Just a quick note. If you’ve gone to the website lately, you have seen that things just aren’t quite right. (understatement) We have changed hosts. And because we waited till the last possible moment to make the migration, things got a little jumbled. And during the subsequent discussions we realized that the site has been relatively unchanged for 5 years, and is long overdue for an update. So with that in mind we’ve decided it’s time for a makeover. We’ll add that to the queue of “things to do yesterday”. So bear with us. We’re not dead, just busy.

– Later, Bolt

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New TABLETOP HERO Release- Plasma Reactor #G06

Plasma Reactor #G06

Sci-fi Plasma Reactor #G06. Includes raised platform and 2 control consoles.
GW figure shown for scale purposes only.
Photo of actual model.

bulletcrs2 This kit brings the total number of TABLETOP HERO releases to 30! By customer suggestion, we are proud to bring you a futuristic ‘Plasma Reactor’ #G06. Great for 40k or any other sci-fi scenario. This versatile model comes with its own raised platform and two control consoles. This detailed kit could be used in a ground based scenario or could stand in as the reactor core of a space craft or space station. There are a plethora of kit-bashing opportunities here as well.

Scope out all the current TABLETOP HERO kits! If you have any ideas for future releases, or don’t see what you need, give us a shout, we really DO listen. Check back often! You just never know, what you need for your table, may already be “in the pipe”!
Happy Gaming!

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New TABLETOP HERO Kit Released! -the “PIT” #G04

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Gladiator style fighting pit. Includes 2 ‘Blood on the Sand’ ground Sheets.
GW figure shown for scale purposes only.
Photo of actual model.

bulletcrs2 Here is another customer suggested kit, the “Pit” #G04. This TABLETOP HERO kit is a BIG’UN, but very easy to assemble and store. Its versatility lends itself well to variety of scenarios. It could be a Post Apocalyptic MAD MAX style arena, a Roman provincial gladiator school, or even an infected containment area. Combine 2 or more kits, and create a Circus Maximus style track for horses, chariots or motorcycles!

The “Pit” octagon arena comes with 2 slave pens and a reviewing stand for the presiding ‘Big Shot’. The pieces are detailed on all sides to allow for your creativity, they can be laid out as shown, or configured into a wall. However you configure the kit, there’s gonna be ‘Blood on the Sand’! The pieces of this TABLETOP HERO kit are designed to partially ‘nest’ when the kit is disassembled to make it easy to store. (HINT: the prototype is held together with Bobby pins, clipped on the underside to allow for dis-assembly.)

This release brings the published kit total to 29! Take a gander at all the current TABLETOP HERO kits! If you have any ideas for future releases, or don’t see what you need, give us a shout, we really DO listen. Check back often! You never know, what you need, may be “in the pipe”!
Happy Gaming!

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Part 3 of “the Maul”, the Old Quarter #MEC01C, Released

The Old Quarter #MEC01C

The Old Quarter #MEC01C
Includes 3 Middle Eastern Plaza ground sheets.

bulletcrs2 The final section, Part 3, of the TABLETOP HERO Middle Eastern Marketplace, “the Maul” is now ready for release. Sorry it took so long but we revamped the whole kit to make it a bit more interesting. This kit was designed to compliment Zafiras’ Gate (pt. 1) and House of Eufrat. (pt. 2) seamlessly. We think it was worth the wait!

We added the corner building with the tower to allow that section of ‘the Maul’ to have 4 levels of game play. Even though we show just one possibility, all the buildings in this kit are detailed on all 4 sides and can be used as stand-alones or in a variety of configurations to suit your scenario or available space. Combine this kit with some of our other Middle Eastern kits, and you are well on your way to creating a village or an entire town!

Soon, we hope to have pics of all the the TABLETOP HERO Middle Eastern releases set up together on a tabletop, so you can see some of the possibilities. (If the weather cooperates, we want to set up outside, to get the natural sunlight, for atmosphere. It is the desert after all.)

Check out all the current TABLETOP HERO kits! If you have any ideas for future releases, or don’t see what you need, give us a shout, we really DO listen. Check back often! You never know, what you need, may be “in the pipe”!
Happy Gaming!

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