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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dethtron's Imperial Armour Volume 8 Elysian Codex Review Introduction

Being the fan of the IG that I am, I decided to revisit a series of reviews based on the Imperial Armour Volume 8 codex review that I had previously hashed out on Dick Move.  I'll be updating a few things here and there based on my original thoughts as well as correcting some niggling grammar issues that result when you do things like not proofread- aka my normal style.  I hope you guys enjoy this.


Monday, November 8, 2010

The Monday Update -

In an effort to let you all down gently from last week's whirlwind of weekly words I need to leave the alliteration to Loquacious super sweet news, we up and made some technological changes to the site.  But as cool as new blog tools can be, they're just there to support our mission.  Which, among other things, is to promote our members.

New Members
A good sized crop of stuff this week as we continue our general trend of mild and evenly paced success.

Dzer0: 40k Elves and Angels 

Jungle Revenge

4 Up Cover

I Roll Boxcars

Shaken Not Stunned

Contest Reminder
Don't forget to enter last Thursday's not at all shameful grab for filler content contest.  I think its a good one.  But more importantly, participation makes us feel better about ourselves.  Even more important than our self esteem is the fact the winners and runners up get some publicity.  So impress your peers with your ability to name actors and throw you hat into the ring. 

New Comment System
After some urging from the community and based on our own research, we've decided to implement IntenseDebate on the House of Paincakes.  Starting.... NOW.  This is the same comment tool that 3++ Is The New Black uses and we think its pretty rad and tubular.  The downside is that it will require you to create an account in some fashion.  The upside is that it allows for comment threading, embedded pictures/video and a peer rating system.

At this point, we're not 100% committed to the service so we're just giving it a go around to see how it works out for us and how it works out for you.  We'll be making minor tweaks here and there as well as, potentially, scrapping it should it prove troublesome, burdensome or hated.  In any case, the tool has a lot of potential, so sign up and get commenting.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekly Whimsy- The Girlfriend

Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Meandering into more mature material, mumblings and missives maintenant. Guys, I'm gabbing on the glamorous, gorgeous, garrulous, gamine, gracious, and gratifying gender; germane to gaming and giving guys a gamble.

[One of these days I'll find a tougher letter. On to the subject at hand! As hinted to above, this is a little more serious. I still plan to be lighthearted and fun, but this is a slightly more adult topic today.]

Hey little girl, I wanna be your boyfriend

Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

over heard at the game store:

Gamer 1- “So, after 9 months of dating, I finally told my girlfriend I played [insert game title here]”

Gamer 2- “What was her response?"

Gamer 1- “ I still have a girlfriend.”

[remainder of conversation irrelevant]

Seen at the game store:

Gamer C brought his girlfriend to a MtG event. By all accounts, she wanted to play and was hanging out with C's friends A & K. C generously and willingly paid for her entry. A & K teased C mercilessly for paying and being a gentleman, but in a gentle, chiding sort of way.

Girlfriends. While as a rule, gamers seem to want them (a few notable exceptions come to mind); they seem to be a strange and compelling quandary for the men I know.


Friday, November 5, 2010

User Content Friday - Battlewagon Tactics : Deployment

The Antipope has written an interesting 3 part series about how you Ork lovers can get the most out of your battlewagons.  Now, we're only posting the first part due to space constraints, but be sure to check out part 2 and part 3 over on 122nd Cadian.  Also, do yourself a favor and poke around the rest of the Antipope's archives - there's a lot of great stuff for all you servants of the Emprah as well.

One of my precious Battlewagons
So here is the list I'll be using for the upcoming Greek GT (unless I figure out something better or someone convinces me that it really sucks). But how am I going to use it and try winning some games? This is the ways I figured out how to play the army after a year of using similar lists.

For the deployment part, the principles are simple enough. If you win the dice roll at the beginning then give first turn to your opponent. On the other hand most people tend to go first so this works for you if you lose the dice roll. It might sound a bit suicidal but hear me out. This list is very good for flanking your enemy and directing the game on the side you want. So you must know where and how he sets up his forces. If you don't know where he is going to deploy his units then you totally lose that element and you are going to be in for  a few nasty surprises. You'll probably end up chasing fast skimmers across the board. After all you'll have 1/6 chance to go first after all.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oops: An accidental Omission

When I was dealing with some join requests a second ago, I made a shocking discovery.  I dropped the ball on Monday and forget to mention the three other blogs that had joined last week.  That's right, I'm a ball dropper.  Nice play, Shakespeare.

In all the excitement of our 100th add, I had forgotten to mention members #97-99.  I'm sorry guys.  So instead of burying you in next Monday's announcement, I'm going to give you a proper shout-out now.

Table Top War

Hulls Angels

The Vanus Temple

Hang on, let me get down on my knees here... [creaaaaaak]...



Where in the World is Lantz? - Free Lantz Journalism

The good news:  Lantz was never apprehended by the authorities after last week's brutal assault on good taste.  Not even Interpol's special fashion police squad and the  weight of the might Focus on the Family could bring him to justice.

The bad news:  In all the excitement, he caught Super AIDS SARS bird flu. Or something. Shit, I dunno.

The silver lining:  We still got a Lantz picture!  5 (or is it 6?) in a row, baby!

The harsh reality:  We got THIS Lantz picture:

Lantz sez:  I've been quite sick the last few days, so I sent an Assault Marine Sergeant in to take care of the problem.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Crazy 8

Brent: I get to do the intro? Is this thing on?
John: Yes and yes.
Brent: Okay, I’ll spare you my normal opening and get right into the links. I will say we went a bit overboard today and picked a bunch of extra blogs, so get ready for some House of Paincakes goodness!
John: Yeah, we’ve got a lot to cover so the banter won’t be the crunchy corn-dog style you’re used to - more like tempura - light and exotic.

Behold!  The terrifying hound of the the God of Murder!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Not Brent Piggyback Commentary

Not Brent here, kicking out my first article for the House of Pain.  I think I'll call this series 'I Drink Your Milkshake' - and if the lawsuits roll in, I'll roll over and blame what's-his-face.  He's got to be good for something besides bad hair and whining.

I'll get right to the point - something else what's-his-face can't be bothered to do.  The House of Pain is for the cool kids, so I'll keep my straw dipped here, nice and deep.  I'm gonna find something worth repeating and kibitz the shit out of it.

Turns out Rhellion isn't dead after all, but rather changed the name of his hobby blog to Rhellion's Tabletop.  That's nice and vague, meaning he can post about whatever he wants, right?  Take notes, you: that means don't call your blog Only Necrons; that's a short slide to sucks.  Let's get started.


Monday, November 1, 2010

The Monday Update - Brave New World

This is gonna be a news update to remember.  Not one, but two totally boss and cool things happened over the last week.  Both of them milestones.  Lets get into it before I get all maudlin and start crying tears of joy into my beer about our supporters (that comes later).

The News
First up, we are chuffed to bits to announce the addition of two new authors to the House of Paincakes' Peebody Award and Pewlitzer Prize winning team:

Brent (of Strictly Average fame) - He's the hardest working man in blog-business and is probably just one more coke-fueled bender away from trying to storm into the HoP offices with a gun.  Thank god we don't actually have offices.  In all seriousness, Brent has been a big supporter of our efforts and its time we recognized that.  He already has some new stuff in the works so be on the lookout for some uncensored Brent.

I'd say more, but we all know that Brent is two things: a damn fine whore and a good buddy.

Loquacious (of burgeoning World of Wonder fame) - We've tapped her to add some pizazz to the content desert that is the weekend on the HoP.  You may have seen her inaugural post this past Sunday and if you haven't then what the hell are you waiting for?  I'll let her say a few words:

Hey all,

I'm Loquacious. [Hey! I promise I'll be quick.] I'm a wife & mom, and I'm one of those "unicorns"- a lady who games.I came into it honestly- my dad got me into gaming when I was about 12.  I'm married to TheDude (also a gamer) and my teenage kids game as well. I'll be sharing some of my "special brand of crazy" with you, on topics both silly and serious.

[What? My time is up? I just got started!]

They're asking me to keep it short. I get to talk as much as I want on Sundays, though...

So welcome aboard guys!

New Members
Now, our new additions to the blog rolls this past week were a bit sparse.  But it doesn't matter.  We've hit 100 members. Fuck. Yeah.

Hulksmash threw his hat in the ring lat Friday and submitted his blog - Hulksmash's Homeplace - to our humble rolls. 

I'm having a hard time properly expressing how we feel about this.  We about as pumped as two human's can be without actually being ninjas.

From the bottom of our black hearts, thanks to everyone who's helped us get this far - to all the contributors, supporters, members, commentors and readers:  the HoP wouldn't even exist if it weren't for you.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] A Word on Rides

Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! An authoritative address on accessorization, accessibility, adaptation and admiration of automobiles among aficionados in our armada of acolytes.

[I adore words, just in case ya didn't know. On to today's topic!]

(No, you're not seeing double. This is posted over at World of Wonder, too.)

Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage - Coolio, Fantastic Voyage

There's something both fascinating and fabulous about any form of locomotion with a motor and wheels. The appearance of any kind of vehicle seems to turn certain brains to mush, reverting them back to their four year old selves. I've seen it countless times, mostly in men, but a few of the women I know fall victim to it as well. It's especially pronounced when the motor is especially powerful, or is encased in a fancy or visually attractive package. Throw a Lambo out, and -wham- instant stupid.

I'm personally turned into a blithering idiot by vintage muscle cars. I'm an absolute nut for the Shelby era cars, but have a serious case of lust for pretty much any long hood setback power car prior to 1969. A prime example is this luscious hunk:

um.... droool... I'm supposed to be writing a blog entry... damn... Blink... back to the thought at hand...


Friday, October 29, 2010

User Content Friday - It’s Like Tactics: Interwebz R Wrong about Mechanized

Fluger posted this up on Blood of Kittens about 2 weeks ago.  I thought it was so good that it deserved a second go around.  Kinda like the Deathstar in a way...  I have two naive hopes for this:  1) a different cross-section of people will see this and 2) it will spark intelligent discussion.  In any case, food for thought and be sure to check out the comments section of the original posting.  There's some good stuff in there as well.

Get ready to post lots of angry comments! I’m about to challenge a notion so central to 5th edition that people take it like its obvious. The notion? Mechanized is almost infinitely better than basic infantry. Now, I’m not talking about things that even the most “competitive” of list builders gives a pass to: bikes, jump pack units with FnP, long fangs, etc…

I’m talking about honest to goodness infantry that walks everywhere and is usually equipped with basic weaponry. I’ll use this article by Kirby as an example of the mindset I’m arguing against:

Essentially, his argument boils down to these few points:

1. Mech is more survivable
2. Mech is faster

I think this quote encapsulates this mindset the best: “Foot is just too static and has to deal so much more damage to a Mech army in a mobile and defensive enviornment that they just can’t cope.”


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz? - Lantz In The Pantz

Dateline: House of Paincakes, the Internet - October 28th, 2010

Local residenst mourned the loss of good taste today as Lantz McDonald brutalized everyone's sense of decency in a calculated act of wanton depravity:

You may want to ask your children to leave the room.
Eye Witness accounts universally agree that Mr. McDonald posed 'sexily' for two or three hours and claimed that [He would] "be on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the next swimsuit edition".  Those wounded in the blast were taken to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery

Fire Department and Police authorities were unable to apprehend the suspect and advise everyone to lock there doors until this crisis is over. Health officials recommend that in the event of accidental contact with Lantz, victims flush there eyes with cool water and then immediately contact a poison control center.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Brent Style

I only have a few seconds before Brent gets here... so I gotta make it quick.  We put Brent in charge of the Top X picks this week.  So please be nice to him no matter how crappy you may think it is.  He's fragile he is.  And another thing... OH SHIT!  He's here!  Quick!  Act like we weren't just talking all conspiritorially.  Be cool, man.  Be cool.

John:  Hi, Brent!
Brent: Ah, a Brent Top X! The control is going to my head. What shall we do for this week’s theme? Anything I want!

The second I get to know Brent well enough to send X-mas gifts, he is totally getting one of these.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Army Spotlight: Sandwyrm's Tallarn Pt. 1 of 2

It is with great pride that we of the HoP kicks off a new series for the site: The Army Spotlight. Here we will be featuring some of the best of those rare armies that are able to pull everything together in a force that is a beast on the table and is simply gorgeous to look at.  If you've got an army you want to brag about, send us a few pics and you might be the next spotlight.

For this first article, I grabbed my canteen and set off through the deserts of Tallarn in order to track down Sandwyrm from the Back 40k.  I've always been an admirer of his work and he is, to date, still one of the only people I've seen out there rocking the forces of Tallarn.  Today I'll be sharing what we discussed on the gaming side of things- list building, tactics, and so forth as well as what drew him to the Tallarn.  Next week we'll satiate all of your hobby cravings and get down to the nitty gritty of painting and converting.  Shit, we may even find out how the hell he actually got the original Sentinel models to look good.  If everything goes well, we might even get some first looks at the newly finished models for his current list as well as a brand spanking new display board.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Monday Update 10/25/10

Very little news on the news front this week.  We're nearly up to 100 followers; we may hit it this week!  We owe a big thank you to the tabletop community for believing in our vision and blowing up readership in a very short amount of time.  It's been a fun ride so far, and we're just getting warmed up.  We can't wait to continue promoting your blogs and bringing you the best original content that we can. 


Friday, October 22, 2010

User Content Friday: Tournament Attendance as a Painting Aid

Gmort is back with some more sage advice about tournament play.  Or in this case, preparation for tournament play.  It's part overview of the process of army building, part time management seminar and part ramblings of a crazy person.  Or 'nutters' as they call them in ol' Blighty.  Be prepared to be better informed than you were before you started reading.

I don't paint very often...

Halley's comet appears with greater regularity than my paintbrush does.

"But GMort, you have several fully painted armies I hear you shout"*, "Are you one of those bastards who gets other people** to paint your armies?"

*or that may be the same voice in my head that for some reason want's me to kill clowns...
** Admittedly my girlfriend sometimes helps with the last minute stuff as she's better at doing squad markings than me and can base 20 models in about a fucking minute...

So I obviously need some motivation to paint and that (you've probably already worked out from the post title) comes from going to tournaments.

I'm also not very good with scheduling or time management or chronological resource implementation or whatever the current terminology is. If I have a week to perform a task you can guarantee I'll be doing it on Day 7, Hour 23, Minute 59.....I was that kid doing his homework on the bus on his way to school ;-)

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz?- Lantz off Dance off

Not only is Thursday dedicated to the god of Thunder, the new beginning of the weekend, and the day that  Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs, but it's also the day on which we here at the HoP put down our whiskeys and tip our hats to Lantz.  This week we've got a nice shot of the man himself sporting a transformer ski cap and driving.  Wait, Lantz did you seriously take a picture while driving?  If you really want to be a party to vehicular manslaughter next time you should try simultaneously updating your facebook status to something like 'just blew by a cop going 90,' tweeting about your love of knitted haberdashery, texting about how you've got a photo project due this Thursday for some assholes that run a blog, and programming the location of every nearby gentleman's club into your GPS.  Now that would be a way to go out in a blaze of glory.  Digging the hat though.


My Painting Journal and Me

If you're anything like me, you probably have more than one hobby project going on right now.  Personally I've got some Cadians to finish up, 3 vehicles and CCS for my Elysians, most of an Empire army, Tyranid MCs and gants, and an Ogre Kingdom army to get painted.  Depending on how you rock it, your situation may be slightly better or much much worse.  I don't mind having a fairly large backlog and several distinct projects going on simultaneously- it actually motivates me a little in a strange fashion with mildly masochistic undertones.  Having lots to do means that I've always got a new challenge to change things up.  If I'm bored with a color scheme (like I currently am with my Elysians), I'll switch over and paint something different.  When I get tired of painting troops, I can always slap some paint on a tank, warmachine, or monster. 


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Marshaling Your Forces

This week's Top X is a bit different... actually, they're all a bit different.  Different themes and gimmicks and what not.  Kinda makes it hard for anyone to notice if anything's only 'a bit' different.  Hmmm.  I need an introductory catch phrase.  I'll have to ask Brent about that...   Crap, I'm typing out my thoughts!

This week the theme is is a fun one for me/us.  We expanded the scope of the time frame we allowed ourselves to work with and decided to not just bring you a handful of posts, but rather BUCKETS of posts.  This week, the them is armies and their development.  So each one of these fine selections are actually a whole string of posts dedicated to getting an army ready for pretend war.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Big Jim's Army Stolen- How You Can Help Out- UPDATED W/ PICS!

Late last night I read the unsettling story of Galaxy in Flames author and HoP member Big Jim's army being stolen out of his van while he was at work.  Many of you probably already read about this.  As soon as I saw the story, I knew HoP needed to do something to help out, but I wasn't sure what.  Then I opened my inbox this morning and saw that Loquacious had had already done the work for us and sent in some links to Magilla Gurilla's drive to replace the stolen miniatures.  We here at the HoP think this is great and hope that anybody with some spare chaos minis can replace what's been taken away.  Links to everything relevant will be at the end of this post.


Monday, October 18, 2010

The Monday Update - October 18th, 2010

Not a lot going on this week in terms of new and unusual things at the House of Paincakes.  Little bit of this, a little bit of that - none of it new, but don't let that fool you into thinking that the the crack admin team isn't feverishly working on the problem of giving more than 100% percent of anything.  I don't want to break the news before our experiments pan out... but it may involve magic.

With that out of the way, its on the news... such as it is.

Article Submissions:  With rare exception, the only time we get articles submissions is the couple of days following us begging for them.  So I guess we have to keep begging asking:  Please send in your articles submissions.  PLEASE! 

The Facebook Page: For those few of you who were aware of our Facebook page, you may have noticed that it never updates.  We have no idea why this is.  We've followed the directions and it never works.  Either Facebook can't find our feed or it just wont import anything.  I've even tried burning the feed.  If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to shout out in the comments or shoot us an email.

New Member Monday:
Check out the newest people to make the best decision ever- joining the House of Paincakes!

Stratford Gaming Union

Rust, Dust and Ceramite

Dark Future Games

Last but not least, here's an extra special announcement from your pal, Dethtron:

I've noticed quite a few people referring to this blog/blog network as IHOP.  It's actually just HOP or HoP.  This was a deliberate move to make sure that we weren't infringing on anybody's copyrights.  Seriously, those Pancake people have been known to sue the shit out of people who steal their IP.  So please cease and desist using IHOP to refer to our site, before we get a Cease and Desist of our own.  Remember, we're the House of Paincakes (HoP).


Friday, October 15, 2010

User Content Friday: You Suck and This is Why

Today we have the first part of a two part series from Archnomad over at Skavenblight.  If you can't tell from the article title, Archnomad wants to help you... no, really!  Haha I keed, I keed.  We picked this article because it does actually point out a lot of the rules mistakes that people get tripped up on... and drastically alter the way the game is played.  Its also hilarious.  Right, so take it away, Archnomad...

The matter at hand is why you suck. Simple WHFB beginner mistakes. Some of you vets might even make these, it's a new edition after all and everybody has to learn. So here's some of the common errors I see in WHFB. I should say, this article is tailored to new gamers, because from the feedback I've gotten about this blog a lot of competitive 40k players seem to be jumping on this and waiting expectantly for me to teach them competitive WHFB. Whatever. So I decided it's much easier to do a "What not to do" than a "What to do" article, so here goes.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz: Driving The Ambulantz

Hey, look at that ludicrous thing Lantz is doing.  Doesn't that just beat all?  ...can you tell I'm writing this without having seen this week's Lantz picture?

Yes, but you're pretty spot on.  What Lantz is doing IS ludicrous. Here's the picture to round out our Thursday tom-foolery - Lauby

 Lantz sez: [it was] A busy week involving drinking, sex, shenanigans, 
more sex and some 3D glasses.

Speaking of embarassing, it's time for this week's not at all shameless grab for filler content contest and we're playing by Dave of N++'s rules.

This week Dave wants us all to stare into the abyss our souls and come up with our most embarrassing moments in gaming- you know, that critical dice roll you failed that still haunts you, that time you managed to knock over your entire army like a bunch of dominoes, or when you went all aggro on somebody and burned down your FLGS. Ok, maybe you shouldn't share something like that last one, but you get the idea.

To get the ball rolling, Dave is going to let it all hang out and share his own personal moment of utter fail:

When I was younger, in one particularly brutal team session, I was alpha striked by two Imperials down to just a Farseer. (My ally was Nids and we were playing on a 3’ x 8’ table – the long way; back then we gamed however we could. They didn’t need to worry about the nids for a few turns)

Still wanting to be able to help lead to the 5 words that would come back to haunt me – “Want me to guide anything?” This is still referenced during any spectacularly fail moment that occurs in our games.

Now we don't want to leave Dave hanging out alone, naked, and in the cold with his embarrassing story.  Let it rip, share your most epic fails in the comments sections.  Who knows, you may be the next person to abritrarily win a shakily designed contest that you weren't even aware you had entered.  Shit, maybe there's even prize support- is it too soon to whisper free iPad*.

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*For your generous donation of $599.99 to help support the HoP in this pledge drive season, we will automatically throw the contest, if there is one, in your favor and send you an iPad.  What's that you say? You could buy an iPad for that money; the entire donation would be blown in one swoop.  Well that's your problem buddy.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Now with 50% More Commentator

As a result of the last Top X we did, Brent and I got cocktails named after us.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but we now have high expectations from all of this weeks featured authors.  Like maybe some of them will get Brent and Lauby tattoos or re-name there kids after a fictional character of our choosing.  Our Cult of Personality grows larger each day!

In less insane terms, the response we get to the Top X had been growing and its the kind of thing that keeps us warm at night.  So thanks, everyone!

#6:  The HoP readership

Here's to hoping our egos don't get crushed and here's this Wednesday's Weekly Top X:


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Extra Announcement- Members Index Page. Must Read and Comment!

We've got an extra special announcement for you guys today.  I know that we usually save those hijinks for Mondays, but this week at HoP we're moving some things around in a big way to improve our ability to promote your site. 

K.Blas, author of one of my favorite blogs, Painting with Coffee, volunteered to undertake a major project for the HoP.  I'm particularly stoked about this since it's not just an amazing display of selfless community spirit*, but it's also something that Lauby and I were not looking forward to doing- and did I mention we really think this is going to help you out?

Starting pretty much right now, k.Blas will be taking charge of indexing all of our member's pages.  He'll be putting together a page with an alphabetical list of all of your sites and is even going to include a brief description of your site.  Please leave a brief synopsis of what your site  is all about in the comments thread of this post and we'll be sure to add it to your entry(ies).  Don't think of this as so much a way to pigeonhole yourself, but really to rock your search engine optimization.

What are the final entries going to look like?  Not sure really, we're leaving that in Blas' hands.  He proposed something like this a few weeks ago:

Asshatery, Rock and Roll

That looks pretty solid to me, although I think you should add in the game system(s) that you write about.  Just keep it to short 1 or 2 word tags and we'll see what we can do to help you.  Your entry may then look something like:

40K, WFB, pants, Asshatery, Rock and Roll

 We'll obviously have everything cleaned up and not centered on the page (it's just easier to call attention to the entry style here).  If you don't have anything in to us by this time next week, we're going to have to brand your site ourselves.  Not only is that a huge pain in the ass, but we think you can probably explain what you do better than we can.  Do yourself and us a favor and submit your own synopsis.

The join us page will be updated shortly to include this information as an entry requirement.

Thanks for helping us out with this everyone, especially k.Blas, and I'm looking forward to reading your responses.

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*Though it may sound like it at times, I can assure you that we at the HoP are neither Hippies nor Communists.  That said, if you would like to donate any free love, Trabants, or granola to our cause, please contact us.


Monday, October 11, 2010

The Monday Update - October 10th, 2010

No creative titles today, I'm afraid.  Unless Dethtron wants to snowmobile this bitch and add one.  Stranger things have happened.  Let's just get right into today's business.

Article submissions:  We still need these.  Please keep sending them in.  Seriously.  SRSLY, even. Is it that you guys are afraid?  Are you fearful that your blogging peers will be driven into fits of blood-minded homicidal rage and, in lieu of killing you, will make fun of you?  If it is, please stop.   Stop the fear.  The House of Paincakes is a warm, nurturing environment.  Much like Harry Harlow's surrogate mother experiment.  Dethtron is the wire surrogate mother and I'm the cloth one.  You all are the infant rhesus monkeys taken from your mothers...  wait...  No.  Let me try again with some flashing (for the FireFox users amongst you) red text.  Nothing awful or threatening about that: