The Gaming Mammoth 2018

So I forgot to post about the 2018 Gaming Mammoth, which raised $1715 for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. They had all kinds of awesome partners, sponsors, and giveaways. They had a tabletop game, and a handful of gamers who played for nearly 48 hours straight, and pulled off a great event again this year.

We collected $1715, and that deserves a Thank You!

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Pinecone Broadcast: Return

That’s right. The Pinecone Broadcast is back. What’s Dutch been up to in the interim? Find out!

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The Gaming Mammoth 2017

The time has come again! Toy Soldier Day has passed us by, and now the next big thing is upon us: Charity Work.
Gaming Mammoth

Yes, the Army of Toy Soldiers are not just a bunch of mirthful people who run around and spread cheer and silliness… we are also a bunch of gamers dedicated to charitable acts. For the last three years, every spring we get togeteher and raise money for a good cause by streaming our silliness on the internet. In 2014 we raised over a thousand dollars for Child’s Play. In 2015 we raised over fifteen-hundred dollars for the Alzheimer’s Society. In 2016 we raised over two thousand dollars for the Enable Community Foundation.

This year our goal is to raise at least that much for Mind UK, a charity for mental health awareness and campaigns to improve mental-health services in the United Kingdom.

And, in addition to the video game madness, we are having a special Friday Night RPG stream, and a Saturday Night Boardgame stream. So join us on 31 March 2017 at 4PM CET as we game for 48 hours STRAIGHT… FOR CHARITY!

The channel goes live here:

For more information, check the project out at

And if you want to spread the word yourself, check our our shop and the pretty swag!

mammoth swag

Mammoth Swag

All proceeds benefit the charity, thanks to our sponsors!

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Musical Distraction

And now for something completely different: MUSIC! By a Monkey!

Happy Toy Soldier Day 2017!

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May the Fourth

The Fourth of May has come again, and the internet is awash with Star Wars posts. So here’s ours.

Hope everyone’s having a great spring, and they got up to all kinds of fun on Play Day last Saturday. And now there’s a new star wars movie to watch to celebrate with your besties, be they droids, wookies, or just plain aliens.

So from everyone here at the Seventh Regiment, May the Forth Be With You.

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Building a Playland

Released today, as an homage to the old theme for the Army of Toy Soldiers, we present…

Building a Playland

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Toy Soldier Day 2016

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.” – Robert Jordan

Another year has come to a pass, and the day has come for all good toy soldiers to come to the aid of their cause, because it is Toy Soldier Day again!

What is Toy Soldier Day? It is the day where adherents of the Utopian Playland show off what it means to make Fun the top priority! How do you do that? Any way you see fit!

You see, Toy Soldiers are creative people, and the mission is to spread fun and happiness. If you enjoy baking, make your friends and coworkers cupcakes. If you like cosplay, wear your favourite outfit. If you’re all about a particular fandom, celebrate with your fellow fans.

This year is also momentous: it is the tenth anniversary of the Disneyland Invasion. To celebrate, the Toy Soldiers are having a grand bash at the original vision of the Utopian Playland. But there will be invasions at fun places all around the world (that’s right, Toy Soldiers are international!). Just a smattering of invasions include:

  • Wild West Con – Tuscon, AZ
  • NAMCO Arcade – London, UK
  • Disneyland – Anaheim, CA
  • London Science Museum – London, UK
  • Duke City Derby – Albuquerque, NM

And check back throughout the day for live updates by following the twitterstorm for live updates to invasions world-wide, and special events on

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Toy Soldier Orbital Sciences Directorate

Ok, sorry for the inconvenience; I’ve turned off all of those APOD links. If you enjoyed them, please consider subscribing to APOD directly. Otherwise, I’m still working on getting the APOD feed to feed the TSOSD page.

What is the Orbital Sciences Directorate? It’s the Toy Soldier Space Program; where we aspire to the stars without having to rely on the ‘old world’ government model, but also don’t have to spend lots of money renting time on SpaceX’s rockets. We’ll try it ourselves.. how hard could it be?

All we need to do is to hire this guy:

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M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda’s image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including exactly how long it will before it collides with our home galaxy. via NASA
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The Seagull Nebula

A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker – The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird’s head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). Dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen, the complex of gas and dust clouds with bright young stars spans over 100 light-years at an estimated 3,800 light-year distance. via NASA
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