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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dethtron's Imperial Armour 8 Elysian Codex Review- Elites

Next up in my review we have the L33T units to deal with. Veteran guard players all know that traditionally, you need to take the word "elite" with a grain of salt here, as this slot has been a place to stick all your bullshit that has no home elsewhere- Ogryn, Ratlings, Techpriests, 4th ed bad Vets, and Storm Troopers (to some degree). The 5th ed IG codex has made some steps to improve this somewhat, giving us the amazing Psyker Battle Squad and improved, if slightly over-costed, Storm Troopers.  The FW Elysian Codex, though, trims out most of the fat and gives us some great choices, with a new spin on an old Fast Attack stand-by.


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Mondy Update: Ocho Con Carne

For those of you who don't habla the Español, the title is Spanish for Eight Con Carne.  True story.

Nothing too exciting this week - no new technology tweaks, no fancy-schmancy milestones.  The HoP dynamo is humming along nicely as we enter the Holiday season.  Though, I will say that the new comment system seems like it's here to stay.  Lots of you are using it even if it was only to complain at first.

We have this many new members.
With that out of the way, its a whopper of a New Member Monday

Hidden in the Warp

D6 Gaming


Death Korps of Krieg

Without Which Not

Can't Paint Won't Paint

Meandering the Dune Sea

Sons of Sanguinius

Another meaty bunch of bloggy goodness.  Um...  that's all for now.  But be sure to check out last week's Lantz/contest while you fritter away another perfectly good Monday reading blogs.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] Brutal Beauty

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! You know, I had an alliterative intro, a serious article and all kinds of cool shenanigans up my sleeve until earlier today when a real-life situation alerted me to the necessity of some levity. I'll possibly throw down some crazy words you've never heard of in the midst of all my silly hijinx, so get a thesaurus just in case.Also, just to cover my self... the opinions herein are expressly mine, and HOP does not endorse them in any way.]

" Just like flying a cab" - Corbin Dallas, The Fifth Element

So all of the webbernetz is in a roar over the Stormraven. You know, this thing:

The general consensus of the masses is that the thing's a glorified garbage hauler- only uglier.

I say: Yer all crazy. It's flippin perfect.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dethtron's Elysian Imperial Armour 8 Codex Review: HQ

Continuing in the reprint of my series from this past summer we'll be reviewing the Elysian HQ choices and exploring way more ways to swear than you would find in most reviews.

Time to move on with the review to the HQ section of the list. There are many changes here versus Codex: IG. The main theme is that you have less choice and different weapons options with no special characters*.


Friday, November 12, 2010

User Content Friday Special: Out Shouts

In addition to this week's normal Friday reblogging, we've got a bunch of HoP members who have special projects in the work.  Special Projects that are deserving of extra attention.  As its our sacred duty, sworn before Unholy Krondor, to promote out members, we bring you some links:

The Badab ProjectWell, not THE project... everyone's gone a little apeshit over how awesome IA9 is.  But this one is 'ours' in the sense that a HoP member is getting things organized and blogging it out.  I think this particular project will be pretty rad since it's blog based rather than forum based.  Anywho, head on over to The Fallen Princes and sign up to help Silar with his Lufgty goals or just to check out some pics.

Back to Basics:  Dave G over at N++ has teamed up with Ron "From the Warp" Saikowski to create a whole series of quality tutorials specifically aimed at beginning painters.  As a educator and someone who can remember how hard it is to get started in this hobby, I can't support this endeavor enough.  I highly recommend both sets of tutorials for anyone looking to step up their skills or get a refresher.

A Skaven Review:  But not just ANY Skaven review.  This one is in audio format and produced by a HoP member!  Archnomad asked us to drum up publicity and, just as importantly, feedback for the format.  I think there's a lot to love here - more of Archnomad's solid advice and a conversational style.  So check this out and maybe upload it into your iThings and listen to it on your way to get your fancy coffee.

[Note:] We're in the process of getting an article for today's reblog, so be on the lookout for it later in the day 
[EDIT:]  Huh.  Looks like that never happened.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Army Spotlight: Nyhil Part 1 of 2

I recently got a chance to talk to somebody who has made quite a splash in the blogosphere: Nyhil, winner of best appearance at the recent Battle of Salvation and Warstore Weekend GTs in 2010.  While certainly not a newcomer to the hobby (he's got over 18 years experience so far), his recent tournament showings have helped goad him into creating a blog of his own, that has quickly rocketed to the top of many people's reading lists.  After the interview go check out some of his work over on Ten Inch Template; it's pretty spectacular.

Today we'll be talking about the gaming side of things.  We're going to discuss how Nyhil chose his Traitor Guard list and what he does on the table.  Next week, we'll get the chance to delve into the hobby side of things.  I'm excited, aren't you?


Where in the World is Lantz?- Lantz End Outlet

It looks like Lantz is feeling better after last week's mystery illness that we're reasonably sure had nothing to do with syphilis.  It also looks like he's been fitted for a brand new suit of power armor as you can clearly see in the picture below.  Reliable sources have informed me that this photo has not been altered in any way.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Weekly Top X - Warning: Brent Heavy

This week we have another theme for the Top X - and an experimental way of doing the top-notch witty banter you've come to expect.  Its "picture Heavy Post" week with Brent's commentary represented by.. pictures.  Its a little avant-garde, so some of you may just not 'get' it.  It's okay, really.  Just know that while Brent and I may drink PBR with you ironically we'll still look down our noses (and past our ridiculous facial hair) at you.  Poseurs.

1) Dzer0 - Blood Angels: Blood Drinkers Sanguinary Priest c/w
John: You're absolutely right, Brent.  He did a great job with a tricky halved color scheme.


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).