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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

They Don't Make Nostalgia Like They Used To...

Not so Long Ago...
I needed a hobby. 

My hobby at the time which was 'drink till you fall over' was getting a little monotonous and besides which I'd pretty much mastered it by that point ;-)

So I decided killing peoples toy soldiers with my own toy soldiers was the way to go...


Monday, January 10, 2011

New Member Monday: No Clever Subtitle Today I'm Afraid

We may have to start some kind of 'friends and family' reward system soon - so many of you are pointing your buds in our direction that we're getting this fantastic clusters of blogs.  We're also breaking through the 'GW barrier' that surrounds the part of the blogoshpere we started out in. It's like that one episode of Star Trek only with blogs instead of mysterious negative energy and hot alien babes... actually its nothing like that.  The point is that were getting a good base of non GW centered blogs and the idea pool is getting deeper.  Good times.

We're in spaaaaaaace!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Identity

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy, where this woman works her wordy wit and wonders about the world.]

O, be some other name!

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet


Friday, January 7, 2011

User Content Friday - Types of House Rules

Dave G From N++ is the kind of understated genius that I can only assume make up the entire population of Canada.  His Punk Art posts are things I've gone back and reread a few times because they're just that good.  Now I just need to figure out how to re-run them here to get them some more publicity.  In the meantime, here's something in the gaming vein as a little taste of Dave's mind grapes.  

I've been seeing a lot going around lately about rule changes, cheating and so on. It's had me doing some thinking on various forms of house rules and what they're for.
Keep in mind there are only so many rule changes you can make before the game you are playing only resembles that which the developer created.

Rule Clarifications

These are rules created by people who either do not understand the rules, feel they aren't clear enough or are contradictory. This can be the fault of the writers but sometimes it's just a matter of personal interpretation.

These are written by people with the intention of simply clearing up a confusion in the rules. Sometimes this will be by those of authority such as a gaming store, other times by a consensus of people in a circle of friends.

They're not always correct and official errata / FAQs should be checked and devs emailed before making up your own rules. Be sure to write down your errata so you don't get in rule arguments in the middle of a game.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Where in the World is Lantz? - Lantz Crafters: Glasses in About an Hour

The Lantz puns are getting a little thin on the ground, but Dethtron and I are as committed to cheap laughs as we are to Phlogiston theory.  Which is quite a lot, as it turns out.

We're also committed to helping Lantz promote himself in as sexualized a manner as possible.  Beyond being an excellent home-brew rules writer know for his unflagging wit, Lantz is basically a piece of meat.  Sexy, sexy meat.  Have a look and feel free to add this to your spank banks.:

Though the picture speaks for itself, Lantz sex sez: "Are those Monoliths or am I just excited about the new Necron rumors?"


Gaming on a Budget: Blister Packs, Part 1

Welcome one and all to this the first installment of my new Gaming on a Budget series.  As I mentioned in a previous post, this concept has sprung from my new found frugality, directly resulting from my extremely protracted period of funemployment.  The idea here is to not only teach you how to save money on your gaming purchases, but also to show you how to get the most out of what you do buy.  Today we're going to kick this series off by talking about blister packs and how you can divert the entire thing from the landfill.  That's right eco-nuts, we're going Green and recycling the shit out of some packaging. 


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Deluxe mixed nuts (less than 50% non YTTH content)

Brent's promised me an interruption free intro this week (where is he when you need him), so here it goes:  

I don't want to fully full on use the word slapdash to describe this week, but things were a bit harried due to the biggest drinking holiday of the year.  (No, I'm not talking about days that end in 'y', Dethtron)  8 hour drives with a hangover aside, the first Top X of the new year is ready to go.  So sit back and relax, clear your mind of the shame of the bizarre New Year's resolutions you made while drunk and have an easy going, post-holiday season read.

1) Warhammer 39,999 - Safety First: Hackerproof Your Blog
Brent: This is an interesting lead-off, Lauby. I really dig these type of unrelated-yet-related posts - where do you manage to find them?
John: On the HoP blog roles, of course.  Zing! 
Brent: ...
John:  Right...  I like stuff like this because I tend to think of blogging about Wargaming as the third leg of the hobby (or at least my version of it).  Like the whole painting and gaming things, there's a lot to take in with blogging and it can be a bit of a challenge to get going on the whole thing if you're not all that tech savey.  HTML looks scarier than it really is and even just getting a layout you like can take weeks of tinkering.  Some people just don't even have a clue that this is an issue.  As the supreme Gawker fuck-up proved, web security is extremely important.  In a lot of ways, going back to my third leg (Hiyo!) theory, this post is along the same lines as x-acto knife safety.
Brent: It’s definitely worth the read. I’m redoing my router password tonight... as in adding one. (I’m so ashamed!)


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Etiquette in Pick-Up Games

For those of you who aren't suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder another person to play against is an essential part of the hobby.

Most of us have regular opponents, some of which may be your friends; others are people who you'd probably never see again if you gave up the hobby tomorrow. Gaming clubs are also another source of regular opponents as is your FLGS (depending on how it's set up, obviously) which also may or may not be filled with people you know.


Monday, January 3, 2011

New Member Monday - The Holiday Season Rush

Hello and welcome to a new year of buttery HoP goodness.  While the rest of the world was recovering from drunkenness, family stress and spending all there damn money, the blogosphere was relentless and untiring.  We have a ton of new adds this week and its pretty damn exciting. 

On top of that, Dethtron took his first baby steps into the world of html coding and didn't fuck it up added a great little feature that should have been implemented long ago.  So for the first time ever, all the links we're aboutt o share are gonna open up in a new tab automagically.

Not his kind of Rush, though dual double guitars makes me wish it was.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Series: Gaming On a Budget

Greetings everyone.  Loquacious seems to have contracted some form of plague and won't be able to bring the Weekly Whimsy to you as planned.  Full details are available here.  Make sure you visit and wish her well.  I'm slightly saddened that she isn't able to share her Nyquil addled ramblings with us this week (I'm sure Lo on meds would be hilarious, despite her contention that it's not), but this gives me the opportunity to set the stage for a semi-regular series that I'll be starting up later this week:  Gaming on a Budget.  I've also thought about titling this series The Frugal Gamer, but I don't think many people would get the allusion and we've had more than enough jokes about molesters anyways.

Your Humble D. sans job. 


Friday, December 31, 2010

User Content Friday - The Internet’s Impact on Gaming

Last week we posted a bit by Brent that hit on some of the nuances of internet advice.  As a kind of companion piece, here's a bit by Dethtron that I've always loved and dove-tails nicely with Brent's bit.  I'll let Dethtron take it from here.

Lauby wants me to add something to this and although I'm not sure what else to say, I'll give it a go.  I wrote this almost a year ago and still don't think that I've answered the central question yet: whether the Internet or technology in general have really improved the overall gaming experience for me.  It took me so long to even figure out what the question was that the answer may well be a long ways off still.  Towards the end of this article I hint at a follow up piece coming.  It hasn't happened yet, but it's been at the back of my mind for a good long while.  I just need to finally formulate an opinion or think of new ways to argue with myself first....needless to say, this follow up could take a while to materialize.  Anyways, we'll be back with more content and some new improvements for the new year.  We may as well enjoy the last year of our lives, after all. ~dethtron


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz?- Lantz Party USA

I guess it's still non-denominational holiday season or something, because Lauby is busy with family stuff, meaning you guys are stuck with me, dethtron, for another Thursday post.  I promise not to put up any more disturbing highly eroticized pictures of myself up this week, though, since we've gotten a new Lantz pic in on top of the glut that he sent in last week in order to prevent me from ever being allowed to show my face on this site again.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Weekly Top X - Electric Six

It's been a busy Xmas season for your intrepid HoP authors, but we've crossed frozen plains, braved sleet and the pain of death to bring you this wee...

Brent: Yea, yea, yea; Lauby writes another introduction! I wanted to cut in and find out when we get some Top X time.
John: Isn’t that what we’re doing now? I’m not entirely sure where you’re headed with this...
Brent: Well, you and me are always here talking about the awesome content House of Paincakes members are dishing the Blogosphere each and every week... who’s dishing about us?
John: Brent, it’s public service. Our lot in life is to bust our asses promoting and helping other people until our inevitable burn-out and disillusionment. Its up to the general public to feel generosity in the depths of their black hearts and return the favor.
Brent: Oh. I hadn’t considered that. Let’s get started then - you’re always holding up the show!
John: Gah!

Brent and John are awesome, Dear.  High Five!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dave Taylor Miniatures Steel Legion Contest

Your chance is almost up to take advantage of the Steel Legion Apocalypse List Design force over at Dave Taylor Miniatures.  You have until the end of the year to send him a 3,000 point Steel Legion themed apocalypse list that can also be scaled down to 1,750 and 1,850 points effectively.  Make sure your list is mechanized and follows the Steel Legion background and then send it in.  Full details on the contest can be found here.  Unlike a certain other one of your favorite sites, rumor has it that his contest will actually have prize support.  Yippee.  Be sure to check out my own entry after the break.


What Comes 1st, Theme or Competitiveness?

Here's a question for you all that's probably quite relevant at this time of year...

You've just brought yourself or being given one by Santa a shiny new codex or army book.


Monday, December 27, 2010

New Member Monday - Two for the Money

Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season so far.  I know I have.  Not much going on this Monday aside from our two brand spankin' new HoP members.  Though their membership anniversaries are gonna be a downer in about a year since their both Xmas babies.  We'll probably try and roll their gifts into Xmas due to the proximity of the dates and all their relatives will get them ornaments and crap like that since old people have a hard time telling the difference between the birth of Christ and any other event that happens around the same time. Oh, speaking of Xmas - everyone gets a double dose of essay this week.

New Member Monday

The Dice Gods Hate Me
Keywords: Warmachine, Hordes, Malifaux, Firestorm Armada, Dystopian Wars, other games you're not cool enough to have heard of
Essay: I don't know that I am God's gift to the internet, but I am interested in the Animal Sexual Magnetism and heightened metabolism that you claimed we possible if I joined!

Ineptus Mechanicus
Keywords: 40k, ADD, Jesus impersonation
Essay: A essay of 500 words or less explaining why I'm God's gift to the Internet, huh? You said your probably not going to read it? Well ok... in that case.... I dressed up as Jesus for Halloween so not only do i think I'm God's gift to the internet I think I'm God's gift to the world... that work for you guys? In all seriousness and humility I don't think I'm Gods gift to anything, just a hobbyist looking to pimp his and others blogs a little... but I really did dress up like Jesus for Halloween!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] The Skin Trade

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Wishing your and yours wondrous winter warmth and winging wit on warrior women and what they wear.]

Red Sonja is awesome.- Dethtron


Really, what can I say? At some point, I have to go to the obvious material. I've been trying to avoid the topic for some time, hoping to come up with some wise & witty commentary regarding the elephant in the room: women in fantasy art.

Screw that noise.

I only have a few comments in regards to the De rigueur damsels en dishabillement. No, they're not terribly consistent or logical. I never said I was consistent; just opinionated.

I "Get" It.


Friday, December 24, 2010

User Content Friday - Living in the Era of Internet Advice

Here's something nice by Brent of Strictly Average fame to put in your Xmas stockings   It's a nice little piece on the dangers of dogma, what anecdotal evidence counts for and why daemons are underrated.  All with that classic Brent flavor you all know and love. 

Sometimes I wonder how much we're capable of learning from blogs and forums.

It can be a bit depressing. There is so much information out there, but it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Leaving that out of the equation though, I think we put ourselves in too much of the argument.


I replied to comments made about Daemons in this thread (comments have not been ported over) Paul S says that Daemons work best when:

a) Your opponent doesn't have a clue how to properly deploy
b) Your opponent still believes transports and tanks do not dominate 5ed
c) He does not take three Preds and five Razorbacks
d) He asks you what target priority means
e) You roll a lot of sixes - he rolls a lot of ones
f) Your reserves don't arrive turn four
g) you are allowed to control the center of the table
h) Your opponent thinks that he can go H2H with Daemons and prefers to attack rather than shoot
i) You are satisfied with a draw or minor victory 

So he's basically saying a Daemons player has to play an idiot to win. All things being equal, luck and someone who doesn't know how to play are what is required for me to do well. Please note, this is not an attack on Paul S. It seems like he is venting a bit, or trying to make a point. Still, this seems to be the overwhelming opinion.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz? - Parachute PLantz

Last week there were no Lantz pictures.  It might have had a lot to do with how Lantz and I may or may not be the same person.  Either way, illness was involved.  Don't worry though, the crushing guilt he felt after a bearded crazy man who was 'sensuously' licking his lips Dethtron filled in for him was enough to send him into a Robert Mapplethorpe frenzy picture taking.  We got a whole month's worth this time around.

Here's one of them now:

Conveniently, this also doubles as his entry for  last weeks not at all shameful grab for filler content contest.  Which he did not win. 

Props for the presentation, but hipsters are lame (fixed gear bikes and all) and thinly veiled game mechanic metaphors for necrophilia are... something else.  Not that I don't think necrophilia isn't a fertile ground for humor - I just think the verb 'porking' could have been worked in.  Though that face is credit card commercial priceless.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Founder's Day

Brent had a nasty case of Real Life this week so Dethtron is gonna fill in for the first ever Founder's Edition of the Top X.  Should be a good time -  it's part Top X, part Dick Move with just a hint of "we killed a man in Reno just to watch him die".

Or is that Flounder's Day?  HA!  I kill me!!
1)  Blood of Kittens - Best of 40k 2010: The Blogs
Lauby: I was a big fan of Tasty’s best-of’s last year and it was a genuinely pleasant surprise when I popped over there the other day and saw a new crop of them springing up. Its always good to see lists like these composed by someone with a critical eye.  Though I like this one best because our totally rad and cool blog was all over it.
Dethtron: Yes, you’re right Lauby, those are all HoP members. Soon the world will bow before our might...
Lauby: MUHAHAHAHAHA. In all deadly seriousness though, it’s super cool of Tasty to give us an honorable mention on top of all the support he gave us during our own roll-out.
Dethtron: I guess I’ll allow it. Even though he didn’t nominate Dick Move for best blog ever.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Who says I can't?

Me and Fluff Nazis don't get on very well. There's a good reason for this...

They're wrong....


And need to be brutally murdered*

*Okay, maybe not the last one**
** Well not all of them anyway...

Perhaps a vague justification for this opinion is needed...
In the dim and distant past I wondered into a Games Workshop store and after a bit of inane banter that I didn't really understand, I left with a shiny new Chaos Space Marine Codex. After careful reading of the fluff I decided I liked the whole idea of renegade Marines and it being near my birthday I was gifted with a Space Marine Battle Company (which incidentally is the best value box set GW ever made and should be rushed back into production immediately) by my girlfriend.
In my naivety I assembled most of them with weapon configurations that were a bit rubbish but was generally happy with the resulting look of my newly turned renegades. On entering what was (at the time) my FLGS I was given a brief overview of the rules and 'enjoyed' my first crushing defeat. And then I had my first meeting with what I later came to know was a 'Fluff Nazi'. The conversation went something like this...

Him - "Your using Space Marines?"
Me - "No they're Chaos Space Marines"
Him - "Your using the wrong models"
Me -"No, I'm not"
Him - "They're not Chaos Space Marines"
Me -"Yes they are..."

The conversation went on in this vein for a while. At the point that I grew weary of this individual I gave him a look that managed to say 'The only thing keeping you alive right now is the number of witnesses' and he went away. However, unknown to me was the fact that he was not a unique unit...


Monday, December 20, 2010

New Member Monday: This Ain't No Dry Cough

Good news, everyone.  I didn't die of tuberculosis! Plus, I got to see Tron: Legacy one and a half times.  Wewt.

This guy looks like he's packing about one and a half trons as well.
With that out of the way, let me introduce the House of Paincakes three newest and coolest members:

New Member Monday
Colonel Shofer's Mild OCD Model Blog
Keywords: Too old for promotion, Painting, Modeling, Warhams.. Privateer Press.. wolves... horcruxes?

Terran Forge
Keywords: 40k, 40k painting, 40k modeling, 401k

The Wargate
Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000, Necromunda, Mordheim, Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, D20, D&D, World of Darkness

And now a winning essay.  It was a tough call and even though The Wargate took the time to make a list of proper keywords (a task this disease addled author appreciates), the essay win has to go to Colonel Shofer:

Do me, do me now.

Thank you.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] Lola is My Lady

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Lovely, lethal, long loved- Lola; angel of annihilation. Also, actively analyzing the adoration of armies.]

swing swing swing
chop chop chop

My axe is my buddy
- ICP, My Axe

Earlier this week, the talented J Croxford was featured on FTW's Top ten for this lovely piece:

Seeing it really struck a chord with me. I had forgotten what originally drew me to Khador and their frozen wastelands, their harsh women, and their furry hats. I'd forgotten all about Lola.

Lola originally caught my eye, and then I was drawn to her faithful escort, Butcher. His manic, brutal mien was as alluring as her strong lines and great curves. I knew the moment I saw those two, I was hooked. 


Friday, December 17, 2010

User Content Friday - Better Playtesting: Running The Gauntlet

Nikephoros has been dropping some excellent science about better playtesting over the last month.  In short - we're doing it wrong.  In any case, the HoP is proud to present the first in what will, hopefully, be a longer series over at Bringer of Victory Be sure to check out part 2 if you dug this.  Oh, and bonus 3++ linkage today so Kirby should be happy.

Like many 40k players, I used to be a competitive Magic the Gathering player, and for a short time I was on the Pro Tour circuit. I never won more money than I spent on the trips, so the whole thing was a losing proposition unless you think of traveling to exotic locations to play Magic as a real vacation. Some do, I don't. Tournaments I got eliminated on Day 1 were usually a blessing in disguise because it gave me a day to go out and sight see the place I spent so much money to travel to.

Pictured: early playtesting efforts
Regardless of my boring life story, there are so many valuable lessons I learned about competitive gaming that can carry over to 40k. The biggest lesson in my mind is playtesting. I've mentioned elsewhere that I seriously doubt anyone playtests enough to get useful quantifiable data to make the right decisions about their army composition. There are two problems that cause this.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Where in the World Is Lantz- Seriously?

This week's Lantz related post will be decidedly Lantzless, as we didn't hear from him this week :(  Lantz, I hope you're ok and not suffering a slow Tuberculosis related death like Lauby is right now.  So, like over the weekend with the Weekly Whimsy, you're stuck with me, Dethtron.  Ever wonder what I really look like?  I slip photos of myself in all secret like every once and a while, but this will be about the most blatantly full on pic of me ever published here at the HoP....


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Dat Ass

No clever intro today folks - Brent and I are celebrating the holidays early by having an eggnog chugging contest. every time I stop to write, he sneaks ahead even more. No time to waste.  Onward!

Also, Snoop is judging the contest.
1) Claws and Fists - Arena of Death - The Sanguinor vs The Swarmlord 
John: This reminds me of a special character showdown that was published in White Dwarf so many years ago. I loved it then when I was a wee lad and I love it now with newer and better contenders and better methodology. Dice for the dice throne of Khorne!
John: Also: FIGHT!!!!!!!!
Brent: I agree. This was a cool idea - I’m surprised nobody has thought of it before. My only complaint is there were no pictures to go with it. Even a pic of each model stolen... er, borrowed from the internet would have been great.
John: FIGHT!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Of Dice and Men...

Dice, those six sided (In the case of 40K anyway) determiners of the fate of the universe…

They have minds of their own you know…and a sick sense of humour...don’t believe me…does this situation sound familiar?

It's for that all-important dice roll, you know the one…that ‘needed to win the game’ die…a two or more is all you need…

Your dice are waiting for their moment. You know the moment I'm talking about. That moment just before you roll when of course somebody will say “Anything but a one”…


Monday, December 13, 2010

User Content... uh... Monday: Dark Eldar Test Schemes

Sorrowshard over at Rant In E Minor painted some super sweet test models for his Dark Eldar army. He then did his damnedest to make sure people knew about how awesome they were. He marched straight into the HoP offices, grabbed Dethtron by his head and said "I'm not going to jail for you or anyone!" Wait, that was Wayne's World... But Sorrowshard did want more people to enjoy his work and as HoP exists as a sort of non-profit pimp, we said "hell yeah!"

Dethtron and Lauby have asked me to give some insight into the process I use to create color schemes for my new armies.

As I feel they are more interested in the creative process than the actual method of army selection Ill just stick with painting methodology for this article.

I usually have a few ideas floating around in my head I'll usually go through the various GW schemes for ideas, trawl the net, art, comics whatever, some ideas just stick and start to grow out of some of that collated stuff.

For Example, the first piece was kinda inspired by the Obsidian rose scheme which was my favorite from the Dex, crossed with some inspirational colour work by MajesticChicken. throw in my own painting style and approach to colour and voila we have a test model.

1st attempt, failure
At this stage depending on how it takes me ill always try and do a decent standard on my test models, as I want to know how good it can really look. I'm trying to convince myself its the shizzle after all. The quicker I can hit what I want/clicks the less painting I have to do, Less painting = good.


New Member Monday: Pizza is Metal

Actual News... Apparently
As soon as we stop reporting that there's no news, we have news:  The HoP writing staff just got international.  GMort has joined the HoP team!  We've re-published a number of his articles over the months and we thought it  time to take things to the next level.  Keep your sleeves rolled up for an additional weekly shot of GMort via the HoP. 

I don't have much else to say about this, except that we're chuffed to bits.  Sooo.... its animated GIF time!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] Goes to the Movies

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy, where Loquacious' lot leaves laid-up.   Lays low, letting libelous logician lasso longhand.]

Shit, alliteration is hard, which is precisely why I wanted to write the intro in the form of a palindrome.... that was until I remembered how hard palindromes are- race car.  'Dethtron what are you doing here?' you may be asking yourself right about now.  Well it seems that Loquacious has taken ill and I have, therefore, asked myself to take up the mantle of gaming's best written female perspective on the net.  Now, I am sad that Lo couldn't pull through enough to scrawl some NyQuil addled musings for us- that would have been pretty amazing- but we'll all have to make do with me for the week.