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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.

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.