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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hobby Event Vs. Competitive Tournament.

Recently I did an article in which I stated that a different mindset was required for the more hobby based event than was required for an actual 'competitive' tournament if you actually wanted to enjoy yourself.....

I still think I was right about that, however I'd have liked to have been wrong.....

Whether you like it or not there is a distinctive difference between the two camps (both perceived and actual differences, obviously). But the more important issue at hand is why the two things seem to be mutually exclusive?

Before we attempt to answer that question, lets look at how the two different camps can be effected by certain similar issues.

Lets limit ourselves to the big ones though.....

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Miniature Wargames Conversions Contest

Hurry hurry, you have but scant hours remaining to join one of our newest members' site for chances to win fabulous prizes such as a scratchbuilt Thunderhawk or Warhound Titan. 

Go check out Miniature Wargames Conversions for contest details and to see a plethora of super sexy conversions and scratch builds. 

Image taken from Minature Wargames Conversions without permission, but I'm assuming it's cool since he asked us to promote his contest ;p

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New Member Monday - Plagiarism as a Viable Path to Success

All of the exciting news happened yesterday what with the photobucket misstep on Sunday.  That's all solved now, but it is a valuable lesson on the hidden expenses of being successful.  Something I hear the web comic artists experience as well.  The basic premise that the more people look at your stuff, the more expensive your bills get.  Hmmm.. there's a full article in that.  Other than that bit of old news, I fully intend to update the rotating subtitles with the last batch of entries as well as fix the grammar fuck-up that TKE pointed out.


New Member Monday

PlasticPolyhedra
Keywords:  intelligent strategy, dungeon crawling, mutant blasting, 28mm tabletop gaming, hopefully 15mm gaming when I get round to it - but it will be awesome, space combat, things going boooom, pics of nice minis, breadth of gaming geekiness-ness

Warmonger Gameday
Keywords: Wargaming in General, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine, Anima Tactics, Soda Pop Miniatures, Terrain, all kinds of other stuff, Huey Lewis and the Wargaming News

Miniature Musings of a Bear
Keywords: Warmahordes, painting, 40k, Malifaux, Dystopian Wars, Anything Shiny, making other people keyword his site

Best Overall
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Modelling, Converting, Painting, Listbuilding, Competition, Competitive Hobbyist, Yiffing. Errr... wait, how'd that get in there?


Miniature Wargame Conversions
Keywords: 40k, paint & modeling, raffles, ruffles, Rufio (from Hook), roofies.

Looks like Kirby wins today's essay contest since he wrote Purgatus' for him and it was the best one:


Another new blog you say? Well this one is Purgatus' and we all kinda like him right? Anyway his blog can be found here: Best Overall and the lucky bugger has already been added to my links and blogroll.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Codename: Special Lady Friend

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy - Lauby looks to lend his learning to Lo's lively lead-ins to lovely gamer ladies]

"Pellinore, that time king, followed the Questing Beast, and after his death Sir Palamides followed it."
 - Sir Thomas Malory - Le Morte d'Arthur

Man, alliteration IS hard - especially without making up words to bail myself out.  Now I know what Dethtron was going though when he had to cover for Lo.  What's that you ask?  Where is she?  No idea.  Vacation or something.  I dunno. I wasn't really listening.  She could just as easily be in the Jungles of Cambodia fighting insurgents or something. In any case, I'm filling in for her this week with something very near and dear to my heart.

Now, to live up to bar Dethtron set with his man's take on the [whimsy].  All right... I'm gonna take a running start on this one.  Turbines to full! 

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HoP Grows, Time Space Continuum Still Intact. News at 2:30

Our long (inter)national nightmare is over and the HoP logo is back to its non-out of bandwidth self.

Again, thanks to Counterfett and all the various members of the network who hit us up in comments threads. 

Other than that, with our new fancy-dancy photobucket PRO account, we shouldn't have any issues with this again until next January when we forget to renew the account.

Bonus: None of you had to do any work.  Just like we promised. 



I'm kinda out of stuff to write about, so while you waiting for today's Weekly Whimsy, go check out this bit on A Year of Frugal Gaming.  Its pretty handy and ties in nicely with our own Gaming on a Budget series.

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HoP Grows, Internet Explodes. News at 11:00

Oddly enough, it is nearly 11:00 in my time zone, and may well be by the time this is posted.

This morning you may have seen this image on your site in place of the HoP logo widget if you're using Blogger:



Now, if project mayhem were still alive, it would be safe to assume that this was me messing with you guys or that the House of Paincakes has changed its name to Upgrade to Pro today!  Bandwidth Exceeded.  That's not the case, however.  It seems that our little site has finally become popular enough to destroy the Internet.  Our logo widget is currently showing up on enough sites and being clicked on too many times and has grown in power too much to be contained by the mere mortal strength of Photobucket.

Fear not, we're on a mission to find a quick, permanent solution to this that won't require you to take any action.  We'll update everybody when this is fixed.  Thanks for your patience and thank you for helping to make the HoP network crazy huge.  This thing is only going to get bigger  and better from here- the biggest, most syrup drenched revolution the gaming community has ever seen.

Thanks go out to CounterFett for bringing this problem to our attention.

While you're waiting for the logo to come back on line with bated breath go check out this conversion.  Its epic.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

A New Perspective on Mechanized Tyranid Forces

Wait a second, mechanized Tyranid forces don't exist, do they?  Well I guess that just depends on your perspective. 

We all know that mechanized forces supposedly rule the current 5th edition 40k landscape.  The inability of Tyranids to field a mechanized army has often been cited as a reason they are not competitive.  Why more people don't recognized other non-mechanized armies like BA jumpers, bike armies, foot IG, whatever the hell it is Tau do these days, foot BT, etc etc as being viable alternatives to mech I'll never understand, but that is a whole different argument for a different day.  I'd like to briefly raise a point today, instead, about the Tyranids' true answer to the mechanized force- the Tervigon.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

User Content Friday - The 4 Things Every 40K Army Needs To Have

One of the sad side effect of the whole blogging thing is that posts often become disposable - even when they're really not.  The following bit from Sandwyrm and the boys at the Back 40k is most certainly not something to throw away.  It may be a healthy one year old, but the advice therein is the kind of stuff that'll be relevant for the entirety of 5th edition's lifespan.  Especially to the players who are less comfortable with list building.   In this day and age of list optimization and pissing matches between WAAC and FAAC, its real easy for the new guys to get lost.


Sometimes, you look at the army the other guy is putting on the table, and you just go "What the...?" That happened to my twice this week. So I thought I'd go over some of the things that every army needs to have in order to be effective.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Cheap Miniature Cases

This week we've got a guest Gaming on a Budget article from Dave G of N++ Wargaming Tradecraft.  Since he sent me stuff for every article so far I invited him to do his own article.  There's lots of great stuff in here, so listen up.... or read closely...

Lets face it, wargaming is an expensive hobby. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not your friend - they just want you to play so there's someone they can beat or so they won't be the n00b at the local store anymore. To offset just how expensive this hobby is, there are corners you can cut - and I don't mean "cut" as in, did you know brake lines make good scale metal tubing? That would be highly inappropriate... cheap terrain is going to be another article.

If you're looking for a way to carry your models around that won't scratch them up, there's plenty of options besides dropping a ton of money on professional carrying cases. Most of this stuff you can get from around the house and often for free.

Source: Bolters and Balsa

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Mellow, Drama

There I was sipping Brandy in my Study when I received the strangest letter. It was from Not Brent of all people. Til that minute, dear readers, I wasn't entirely convinced that he was real. Yet there was his missive nestled between adds for underwear I'll never have the figure to wear and various bills. Note to self: my gas bill seems excessive - Fire Jenkins and split up his marriage on the off chance he's embezzling.

When I opened the letter in question, I was aghast to find documents pertaining to the mental health of our Mutual acquaintance, (regular) Brent. I quickly rushed to make much needed changes to this Week's Top X. 

What follows is the Normal Top X and one man's decent into the depths of mental illness.

Have fun!
Brent came with warning labels.... if only I'd listened
(From Brent’s desk comes the following letter, soaked with tears and not just a little snot. In fact, it’s pretty disgusting. You can include his behavior in that - is this a grown man or what?)

Dear reader,
I’ve taken one hit too many. My Empty Digital Headache aches. I thought perhaps some progress was made... and then I read the last blog in this week’s Top X.

I’m glad I have Lauby to lean on. I think he’s got my earlier reactions before... before... AAAGGGHH!

Yours in Digital Tears and Much Regret,
Brent

(I guess we’ll have to read on to find out.
Signed, Not Brent... especially today.)

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Competitive. Not necessarily a dirty word.....


I accompanied a group of friends to Warhammer World in Nottingham this weekend as several of them were entering the 'Throne of Skulls' tournament.

For those of you who don't know I've been to the tournament pretty much every year for the last five years and enjoyed the format greatly. All the missions were standard ones from the rulebook so they didn't require altering your standard army in any way just because some pillock decided to include a 27 objective mission for no apparent reason. There were no 'Comp' scores whatsoever so you took whatever you thought would work best and the only 'Sportsmanship' score was a box to tick if your opponent was a complete twat.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

New Member Monday - Three Blog Night

Another week, another group of new members.  I gotta be honest - its more than a little gratifying that we've yet to have a new member-less Monday.  The system works!  Today we've got three new guys all lined up to be introduced and welcomed in to the relentless, inexorable machine that is the House of Paincakes.

HoP: the skull-faced, killing robot of the blogosphere
But also:  NEWS!

Thanks to some handy advice from Rob of Warhammer 39,999 fame, we've managed to bung together a snazy new custom email address for all of your HoPpy inquiries.  So you can go right ahead and forget whatever old crap we were asking you to use and add this to your address book:

info@houseofpaincakes.com

Who knows, in the future we may even get more of these going.  For those of you who are interested, take a look at signing up for Google Apps and refer to this help document.  Please note that you will need a custom domain name to make this happen.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Girlie

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Girls are great, gregarious, gorgeous, goofy, giggly, gifted and good. Also aloof, affronted, accusatory, annoying and angry- at times.] 


-hopefully not too 'girlie' - Entrant, In my contest 

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I found it more than a little telling that a stranger- someone who has seen my personna only via electronic words- could completely understand that I am not, nor do I LIKE, "too girlie".

As I've mentioned before, I have three younger brothers. While I could  have used my gender to separate myself from them and to cement an identity, I didn't chose to do that. I dove right in and fought, kicked, yelled, teased and laughed just as hard as they did. I defined myself in terms of my peers.

As I became a young woman and then moved into adulthood, I was always ok with being a girl- but I had a firm limit on what I considered "too girlie".

I'm not a huge fan of makeup, doing my hair, nails, and accessorizing to "look cute". I'll admit I have a SERIOUS purse problem, and just recently discovered an intense affection for high-fashion shoes; I just can't afford the habits.

While I might like some of the "girlie" trappings, I don't let them define me. I've found that I'm a lot more "middle of the road", and not at one extreme or the other of feminine nor  masculine. I'm just me.

While all of this is true, I noticed that I have taken the time to build an "online brand" as a female gamer. I've worked hard to show you a different perspective, and to bring ideas and considerations to your attention that might not come across any other way. I point out that I am a unicorn, and I do exist.

[By the way, Brent's recent article was fantastic and well worth the read. I appreciate that digital headache more and more every day.]

Some of this comes back to my post on identity recently, but some of it comes to a general (but complicated)  question. How does a woman, who doesn't want to be seen as weak, treated with favoritism or bias, doesn't want to be regarded as a pariah- but is ok with being a woman- express that in a group of men?

It's a tough balance being a woman today- can't be too aggressive (or be regarded a b*tch). Can't be too passive (or be regarded as a p*ssy). Can't ask for favors (or be regarded as wanting preferential treatment). Can't be too touchy (or be seen as a man eater). Can't stand off (or be regarded as an ice queen). Can't be too strong, successful, career minded or goal oriented (or be seen as a ball-buster). Can't stay home with the kids (or be seen as 'wasting a life').

I don't know how to make that balance very well. I make a lot of mistakes. I don't want to be defined SOLELY as a woman, but I'm not afraid of including that label in my 'overall descriptor'.

I don't want much. I just want to be viewed and described fairly- as a person (who happens to be a female), a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a gamer, a friend and much more. But I like words and accuracy, so I use the feminine variants of those words because I AM female.

Just not too girlie.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

User Content Friday - Meat for Meta: The Imperial Guard Player

We've got an oldie but a goody from Señor TastyTaste today for your enjoyment.  This was published on Blood of Kittens before it was a network (BoK is soooo mainstream now) waaay back in the halcyon days of spring, 2009.  You know, when the Imperial Guard kinda sucked?  So sit back and enjoy some classic Tasty satire with a touch of dead on prophesying.  Old school IG players - this buds for you.  


You know him, the guy that recorded the History Channel when it was all just WWII documentaries. The guy that, for whatever reason, just could not get into the military. He is the type of guy that knows every line to Hogan’s Heroes. I know you have met this guy. He will forever be a Imperial Guard player.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Blister Packs Part 3

Welcome to the final chapter in this epic trilogy on using all of the parts of your blister packs, thereby getting the most bang out of your gaming purchases.  This week we'll be going over the myriad of uses for the cardboard backing that comes with your blister packs.  Sorry in advance to all of you Warmahordes players out there, but this won't really apply to you since PP uses an all plastic blister.  Fear not though, pretty much anything in this article can be adapted for all of your worthless common CCG cards, those baseball cards that were supposed to pay for your college tuition, but have turned out to be devoid of value, or any other thin card stock like the packaging from boxes of cereal and cous cous.  Now that that whole intro business is out of the way let's dive in, cheap out, and get all eco friendly and use us some cardboard.

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Where in the World Is Lantz: Jack Palantz and the Legend of Lantz's Gold

Hey there boys and girls, wanna check in on what Lantz, everyone's favorite magnet pro, is up to this week on his western ranch vacation retreat for yuppies?  I know I do.  

        
Quoth the Lantz: "To protect my head against that nasty hair thing that's going around."

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Brent Hates Pants

Welcome to the Weekly Top X - the intertubes have been abuzz with the recent resurgence of the Black Templars and the Dark Angels.  We've done our best to hold our own feelings in check, but even then... I still had to advise Brent to keep a stock of silver bullets on hand.  Due to communications mix-up, I spent more time hiding from brent and less time drunk than I would have liked. 

Brent: Hey Lauby, have I thanked you for the nifty photo of me in my leathers?
Lauby: I don’t believe you have. You’re very welcome, though. (note to self: punish Brent harder next time).
Brent: Yea, the dudes in the local store were like, “Brent! Some dude Photoshop’d your head onto a weird Sci-Fi dude - does he hate you or what?”
Lauby: Your game store buddies wound me. Even if Hayden Christensen was cast to play you in the soft core porn that will inevitably be written about the HoP, there’s no way I could hate you.
Brent: I know you don’t, my man. My response was, “Photoshop? Where did he use that?” Jeez. It’s like a guy can’t dress in red leather underwear anymore.
Lauby: I know right. I can totally relate. But hey - blog posts!
Brent: (Moving on already?)

Some day, Brent. Some day.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tournament Preperations

Many of my friends are going to the 'Throne of Skulls' tournament at Warhammer World in Nottingham next weekend so I thought an informal guide to tournament preparation might be in order.

If you already have a fully painted army that you always take to tournaments then you can ignore most of this first bit ;-)

Time.



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Monday, January 17, 2011

New Member Monday - Orks, why did it have to be Orks?

Ah... Martin Luther King Jr. day.  A sweet, sweet, national holiday.  We celebrate one of the most important (and interesting) figures of recent American history and a bunch of us don't have to go to work.  Its win/win.  But lets add some more win to that.  The secret fun of this day is that all those horrible bigots out there pretty much have to celebrate the day since something like a third of all employers are closed today. Ha! But wait, there's even more awesomeness in this day.  Did you know that the NFL is actually responsible for forcing Arizona to finally recognize the day?  It's true - the NFL is a force for positive change in addition to violence.



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Sunday, January 16, 2011

[Weekly Whimsy] Breakthrough

[Welcome to World of Wonder's Weekly Whimsy! This week's topic is deeply personal to me, so I hope you'll forgive it for being a little different than previous weeks.] 

Catch a fallin' star an' put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away- Catch A Falling Star (as sung by Perry Como)
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It's cold and dark outside, and I'm tired. I have a long way to go, and I don't want to do the work. I just want to curl up and sleep, but you won't let me. You're insistent, pushing me forward to an unseen frontier. 

The world outside is changing, folding in on itself as nature slashes away at the sleepy landscape with razors of ice. I'm tucked away from it all, in a cocoon of warmth and quiet. There is no reality outside of my own.  

Records are broken and everything changes, in the span of 56 hours.

My haze breaks into clarity after days of effort, after my goal has been achieved, after the breakthough. It's only in the dim morning glow that I notice the ice and snow outside- but the record breaking cold can't touch the warmth in my heart.



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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Digital Waaagh! Contest

We've got a new blog on the rolls today that just went live- and in a big way.  Auberon, a familiar face around here, and his team are proud to bring you 40k and Ork fans out there the Digital Waaagh!, a blog dedicated to all things Orky.  Not a compelling enough argument so far?  Well, guess what.  They're also running 3 contests this weekend, one of which can be won simply by following them, to support their launch weekend.  How great is that?  Contest details can be found here

Still need a kick in the keister to head on over?  Check out this snazzy video they've put together:


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Friday, January 14, 2011

User Content Friday - Interchangeable Rhino to Razorback including Las/Plas!

Normally we like to pick articles that have had a chance to breath when it comes to Friday.  But every so often something so cool comes along that it has to be shared NOW.  Nick from IDICBeer contacted us about his super cool Rhino chasis tutorial and wanted to know if we could get the word out.  After we finished crapping Brent's pants, we decided that we could find a way to show this off.  Though we tried to get Nick to change the title to "Fucking Magnets:  Here's How They Work".  In any case... behold! The power of self promotion:

Nick speaking,

OK, so time to build my first Space Wolves Razorback/Rhino! And with inspiration from 40k Battle Report, I am going to make one tank that I can have as a Razorback or Rhino, with as many interchangeable part as I can, after all, who knows how GW will be changing things in the future! Just in case you didn't know, never buy a Rhino! Always get yourself the Razorback, as you get all the Rhino bitz in the Razorback box, plus the Razorback turrets.

First up, and just to get this out the way, I am not painting anything Space Wolves at the moment! All my painting time has been allocated to my Eldar and Tyranids, so expect to see plastic and metal models with any of my Space Wolves posts, except for my already painted Fenrisian Wolves.

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New 40K FAQs- BIG CHANGES

I haven't gotten the chance to dive in yet, but I just found out that some big changes have been made in 40K with a wave of new FAQs.  Rumor has it the drastic changes go so far as to make Dark Angels and Black Templars competitive again.  Here's to hoping that this will usher in a new era of GW showing improved speed to execution with their updates.  Welcome to the digital age gentlemen.


So make sure you download these bad boys and get to discussing.

The updates can be downloaded here.

source Heresy-Online

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Check This Out - World of Wonder Contest

I know that Thursday at the HoP are famous for erotic pictures and lame contests.  But not this Thursday.  Today it's erotic pictures and REAL contests.

Loquacious of World of Wonder (and the HoP) is running a contest for those of you who can design logos or are wordsmiths capable of coming up with a swell slogan. The contest, in honor of her birthday, will involve fabulous prize support. How rad is that? She’s giving YOU stuff on her birthday.

The details can be found here.  Go enter and make someone's Birfday wishes come true.

And now a semi-related picture:

This isn't related to this post at all.

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Where in the World is Lantz? - Eldar Bright Lantz

Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz!!   Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz.   Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz; Lantz Lantz Lantz.  Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz Lantz, Lantz Lantz, Lantz Lantz.   Lantz Lantz Lantz.
Lantz  Lantz Lantz Lantz - Lantz Lantz (Lantz Lantz).

Lantz  Lantz, Lantz Lantz.
 
Lantz :

Lantz sez: "It's some sort of itching burn, I think I got it from this lady in Power Armour."

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Blister Packs Part 2

Well folks I'm back to bring you another cheap treat guaranteed to fit any gamer's budget.  Thanks a lot for the overwhelmingly positive response to the inaugural post in this series last week.  Today we'll be dealing with the foam that comes in your blisters.  Without a doubt this is the most useful part of your blister pack (other than the mini that comes in it, of course).  It is, however, unfortunate that GW seems to be skimping on this useful tool and not putting them in every single blister any longer.  As far as I know, PP and most other companies are still putting foam in their blisters, though.

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The Weekly Top X - Whither Brent?

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Top X.  X equals seven today which is two more than the old stand by of five.  However, Brent was been called back to his unit and was unable to add his wit and charm to this weeks post until right this very minute.  He couldn't tell me exactly what he was up to - he just kept muttering something about the penis being evil...  welp, lets dive in!

Brent in uniform - artist's interpretation
Brent: Well, folks... one of these days Lauby is just gonna kill me - not pretend kill, or saying it for effect... I mean he’ll come to Texas and settle my hash once and for all.

For making Top X late! You have my apologies, Ye Ol’ Blogosphere: I’ve been losing days again. (I wonder how that happens?)

Lauby: No worries, Brent.  Shit happens.  Well.. actually... some worries are in order. There is that whole hash settling things.  I'm just glad you showed up after all and saved everyone from a lame, Brentless Top X.

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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...

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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!

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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



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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.

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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?"

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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. 

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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!)


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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