To be honest, it probably took me much longer than most to figure out what Bailey was going for with the name ‘Skirmish Frogs’, but now that I’ve seen it for what it is…

…that’s actually kinda clever. Well done, Eric. A little disappointed you didn’t go with Bickering Tortoises, but I guess this will do.

So, yes. A blog post from Wally. Anyone that’s ever followed me is probably rolling their collective eyes at the mere sight of me posting about proclaiming something that is probably not going to happen. While there’s some validity to that given my track record, Eric is one of my longest running Twitter pals and when he mentioned the idea of this website and whether or not I’d be interested in contributing, I had to think about it.

I mean, since the opening of 1 More Castle, Eric I and I talked numerous times about me contributing a series of some sort and then when I finally figured out what I wanted to do…BOOM! The damn castle exploded, or so I’m led to believe.

ANYWAYS…here I am, with every intention on creating content on this retro gaming lily pad.

I have always wanted to be a content creator, and have done some very sporadic work over the years, but nothing has stuck. I’ve created websites, YouTube video series, features…many, many different things but none of them have stuck.

So why would this be any different?

I have a plan. ONE plan. One idea, and one plan of execution. Like many, I have had numerous different ideas or thoughts that pop into my head that I’d like to follow through on and my experience has shown me that all of these ideas are great, but the execution has been lackluster and by doing so, it ultimately kills the idea.

Anything I have created…my Rewind, Toons of YesterYear and H2 videos…(check out my YouTube Channel here)I enjoyed all of them and the satisfaction I got from making them all was a lot of fun. But it was too many ideas, too many thoughts, too many projects…

You get the idea.

So this iteration will be different. Make no mistake, I’m not creating content to be the next great games journalist, nor do I have aspirations to become a YouTube star and make money off my content. I do what (little) I do because I enjoy it, it’s an outlet, and sometimes it sparks some conversation.

That’s why Skirmish Frogs is a neat idea. There are other gaming collaborative sites, and other retro-themed sites as well. But given the personnel of who will be posting here on a regular basis…that’s exciting to me, and I’m happy to be a part of it.

At the end of the day, it’s about posting what you enjoy. It’s my personal belief that you should write/create about what interests YOU first, and if others can get behind it, even better.

That’s why my next undertaking is going to take some time, but it’s something that I’m really excited about and have already started creating.

NHL_Hockey_CoverartOver the course of the next several months, I will be developing a min-series focused on the NHL Hockey series that began on the Sega Genesis in 1992. There will be 16 episodes focusing on the original game in ’92 all the way up to this year’s release. I will continue to add to it as the series evolves, but this will be a complete retrospective on the series. Episodes will vary in length, but my plan is to detail this series, specific to each year’s release.

“So let me get this right, Wally…you’re going to put together a 16 part mini-series on a freakin’ SPORTS game? And a HOCKEY one, no less?”

Yes, that’s correct.

Look, I know that sports games appeal to a very niche group of gamers. And I know that hockey isn’t the most popular sport outside of Canada. But this all stems back to making content that I want to dive into. Digging in to uncover hidden details, new features and more information along the way…that interests me. If it interests even one other person, that’s great. But I’m doing this for me.

I’ve already begun capturing footage for the series and will begin working on the scripting soon. I don’t have a set timetable for its release, but I’m fine with that. It won’t be an HBO masterpiece, but I want to take my time and have fun with it, and I also would love to have a few episodes produced prior to releasing the first one.

That’s the grand plan anyways. I knew I didn’t want to contribute to the site without something specific to focus on, so that’s what I’ve come up with, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with you.

Aside from that, I’ve also decided to take another shot at tackling my backlog of games. I don’t own a million different games, but I have enough that are just sitting there, having never seen the crack of dawn. That, to me, is ridiculous and I’m almost embarrassed by it. So rather than complain, I’m going to do something about it.

Did you know I own many, many Legend of Zelda games, but have only played, like, three?

Did you know I own many, many Legend of Zelda games, but have only played, like, three?

It’s not the ‘No Game, New Year’ pact that so many have embraced and done well with. (Essentially, you go a full year without purchasing new games. It’s aimed at achieving this very similar goal) I have a number of retro and modern games that I have yet to play, and so many that I want to enjoy. I’m also a big RPG guy, and as a married father of three, you can imagine how precious video game time can be and how narrow a window that is.

And that’s the biggest reason for the initiative. I don’t need to buy new games. I have too many to play already. It’s a waste of money. Not only that, there are old favorites that I finally want to play and complete. I want to FINALLY get somewhere with A Link to the Past (SNES), Secret of Mana (SNES), and Riviera: The Promised Land (GBA)…three games that have stared at me for years with no resolution.

I also want to experience Lufia II (SNES). I played the original Lufia many times as a kid, and finally defeated it a couple of years ago. I love the series and want to enjoy the prequel. Hard to do when you continue to purchase games with seemingly no end in sight.

That’s the plan, anyways. The next game I purchase for myself will be NHL ’17, as the series is usually the one thing I buy myself for my birthday every year. Until then, my goal will be to refrain from buying new games, and enjoy the ones I already have.

I may blog about the experience from time to time, and some other random posts here and there from things that may pop into my head.

There you go. I’ve laid it out for you, in complete transparency. Now that it’s out there, I (and others) can hold myself accountable to ensure that I follow through, with the project and the restraint.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I think you’ll really enjoy what you consume here at Skirmish Frogs. There’s a boatload of great people, and the right Toad steering the ship. I’m excited, and you should be too.

Until next time…!

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About Wally Wallcakes

As a lover of retro gaming, cartoons and old Nickelodeon bumpers, Wally has been all over the retro community since 2010. While not always a consistent contributor, Wally can be seen interacting and sharing opinion and nostalgia all across the interwebs. Follow him on Twitter @WallyWallcakes


  1. I’m Canadian, and support your NHL series plans 1000%!

    Keep your head up!

  2. I’m often a little embarrassed about what games I own that I haven’t even played yet. I think this’ll be fun I’m excited to keep an eye out for it.

  3. NHL games are the best.

  4. Well, if you think I’m going to bother reading a 16 part series on one specific series of hockey games, most of which, especially the early ones, I own and love, then you’d be wrong. I will not read this series. Nope. I will anxiously await every entry and absorb its contents, but I will not read it.

  5. This warms my black, vulcanized heart.

  6. “I do what (little) I do because I enjoy it, it’s an outlet, and sometimes it sparks some conversation.”

    You get it. 🙂

    Looking forward to taking the deep dive into hockey gaming!

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