Tuesday, June 14, 2011
My suggestion of writing an article about the Dark Heresy RPG as it's technically released by Fantasy Flight Games rather than Games Workshop was reacted to with much the same response I would imagine is aimed at people who try to claim that Daemon Princes aren't actually Daemons.....
So instead I've been forced to go for something generic.
Combining Hobby Life and Family Life...An Impossible Dream?
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sit back, relax and enjou "Not Games Workshop or Privateer Press Week"!
... and I guess we have some new blogs too.
New Member Monday
The Way of the Wargamer
Keywords: Playing it all with miniatures, Silent Death, Flames of War, Flying Lead, Hot Lisbon Action
Fabricator In Exile
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Gaming, RPing, Writing, Personal Whismy, Book Reviews
Bionicknees Miniature Painting
Keywords: Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Miniature Painting, Modelling and conversions, Miniature Commissions, Product Reviews
And, as it usually happens, the essay that made me laugh the most, won our pretend literature award for the week. Congrats to Abakus from Fabricator in Exile:
Dearest Managers and Readers of the International HOP,
It has come to my attention that there exists a medium by which the
most flagrant falsehoods may be touted as fact, and the most ignorant
among us may carry themselves as the equals of those with staggering
powers of intellect (my self and yours indubitably included in the
latter). I refer, of course, to the Internet. More importantly, to
that layer of electrons and silicon known as “The Blogosphere,” where
any man spew forth his knowledge with impunity! (I understand other
layers are used for spewing other things.) As such, the world,
mankind, nay, civilization itself shall not go a day longer without my
wisdom pouring forth into its collective ears! This shall be an outlet
for all things Hobby, Literature, and Gaming related (whether those
games be video or role-playing), where Man may mingle with his fellow
in absolute harmony under my beneficent rule.
Wait, you CAN take over the world with the internet, right? Like in
Screw it, just add me to the damn blogroll.
New Member Monday - It's a Theme Week!
2011-06-13T11:04:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Saturday, June 11, 2011
For the last couple weeks, I have opened up the floor to you as readers and asked you to talk about the good and the bad at the varied FLGS’ around the blogsphere. I wanted to get a real grasp on what you value and what irks you off, so that I don’t miss the mark when talking about what’s important for a FLGS.
I noticed something pretty striking in the comments for both articles. I noticed that the negative comments, complaints and criticisms outnumbered the positive comments and praise by a margin of 2 to 1. Apparently, you guys have been burned.
That says something really important to me as a business owner. That tells me that while I may do a large number of things right, my customers don’t notice or remember those nearly as much as they remember the things I do wrong.
You guys know what you want, and you have very long memories. Each one of that shared about a horror story or problem area knew exactly what, where, when, how and who made that experience bad. You know why it was bad for you- and maybe even know why it happened the way it did. Most of you relayed that you have quit going to your local store over the incidents in question. In short, you guys are a walking firing squad, just one bad visit to the local dice slinger’s spot away from dropping me (the general me, a FLGS) as your source for goodies over the internet.
Knowing that my customer base actively remembers and relates bad experiences in a disproportionately higher rate than positive ones puts an onus on me to get it right the first time- and let me tell you, that’s a lot of pressure. Scary pressure.
I’m not complaining; I love what I do. However, the knowledge that I’m essentially constantly interviewing for my job as your hobby provider can get downright terrifying. In addition, each of you is different, and knowing how to give each of you at least a touch of what you like is a balancing act that can be hard to manage.
From families to old timers, to college kids to the young professional; the hardcore hobbyist to the dyed in the wool roleplayer, the Magic players and the board gamers- finding a place for everyone is a challenge. It’s one I willingly take on, and even enjoy. Finding a place for everyone is going to involve some balance, and some choices that the customer might not like.
I might decide that there just isn’t a place for X game or crowd. It might be temporary, or it might be permanent. I might hire someone that knows a little about a lot, instead of a lot about a little. I might get new snacks that you don’t like, or I might change the bathroom towels to save on costs. You never know what it is that a customer might find upsetting, and you have to keep trying to improve.
I’ll be talking about improvements nxt week- specifically; terrain, and what has worked and what hasn’t. Hope to see you then…
[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Baby, I've Been Burned Before
2011-06-11T22:32:00-05:00LoquaciousMusings of a Game Store Owner|
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Weekly Top X- Random Goodness
2011-06-10T06:56:00-05:00Loquaciousweekly top X|
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Now listen up folks, today I'm going to be bringing you the newest installment covering the gaming table I'm building and this one's an original. I may ramble a little bit about missteps I made along the way or speak to how I would improve the process in the future, but pay attention and you're going to learn how to make some fantastic, relatively cheap, and really fucking durable dirt roads.
Gaming on a Budget: Road to Nowhere
2011-06-09T12:06:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Ahhhhh, the sweet smell of the same Franz Liszt joke Dethtron and I keep using that nobody seems to care about....
For those of you fleeing the latest Friday Night Internet Fight, here's some good news - the refugee camp that is No Pants Friday has plenty of room for you. So lets begin the orientation and begin your re-adjustment to real life so you can reclaim your place as a productive(ish) member of society. I may have to let the Surgeon General know about this FNIF stuff and what it's doing to the populace, she* may need to get some warning label's ready.
The start of the process begins.... NOW!
|I'm more than willing to help rehabilitate you, but nothing is free.|
User Content Wednesday: No Pants Friday: Net Lizsts
2011-06-08T09:17:00-05:00Dethtronadvice dog approves|editorial|User Content|
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The general attitude in certain areas of Games Workshop seems to be that we should all enjoy the rich written background of the hobby combined with a load of pretty models as the primary focus of our 'fun' with the whole 'kick your opponents teeth down his throat' aspect being a distant last. This would be fine if this 'background' was consistent and the 'power level' of the respective codices was also of a similar level of consistency.
Unfortunately this is not the case...
Freedom of Choice or the Lack Thereof...
Monday, June 6, 2011
New Member Monday
Keywords: 40k, scratch build, modeling... that actually pretty much covers it. Huh.
Casual Bryssling of a Ruthless Mind
Keywords: 40k, Britishness, Scottishness, Casual Battle, Being Bad at Tennis, Blancmanges, Planet Skyron in the Galazy of Andromeda
The Dice Abide (the other one)
Keywords: Warmachine, D20 System, Vampire, Beer, Rants, Menswear, etc.): Games
Workshop, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine
Prometheus at War
Keywords: 40K, tactics, modelling, Grey Knights, SM, and Tau, general battle-concepts.
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Fire Angels, Space Marines, Painting, Complaining, Campaigning.
And now, a winning essay. Today's insight comes courtesy of Chris Seadon from Lorin Alpha:
"I am not writing 500 words.. not unless you pay me."
Good show, old bean!
New Member Monday -
2011-06-06T09:41:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Sunday, June 5, 2011
[Musings of a Game Store Owner] What Makes a FLGS terrible?
2011-06-05T13:43:00-05:00LoquaciousMusings of a Game Store Owner|
Friday, June 3, 2011
Feel free to do the same here. As a blogger, you should feel free to whore your work whenever possible!
The reason I bring it up is there were a number of comments pointing out how to increase traffic to your blog. Why, look, I just happen to have a quote!
Rebel Grot: “According to the stats of mine almost all the traffic comes from the blogrolls of BoLS, FTW and HoP. The service they provide to keep us bloggers 'in the loop' is excellent so go for it.”
This is simply the truth. Blog Rolls like the House of Paincakes are the primary jumping point for readers. If you’re not signed up already, it’s very easy. In fact, drop a line in the comments and Lauby will make sure to help walk you through it. (let me save you some time, read the Join Us page)
Lauby and I, as True Artists, flew as the muse directed... and this week the muse (me) directed us to a Caption Contest Style post! Read on, McMuff.
1) Prometheus at War - The Case for Anval Thawn
Lauby: After reading this, I think 75 points is a small price to pay for the amount of fun Thawn brings to the table. If you’re still not convinced, it may help to think if it as an investment in not being the worst kind of person.
Brent: “One man, unkillable, that can score...” Elvis hasn’t left the building just yet, now has he?
|I'm not the only one, right?|
The Weekly Top X - Snark Sandwhich
2011-06-03T11:44:00-05:00Laubyweekly top X|
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Today, moving along with the budget gaming table project, we'll be looking modelling fields. This is entirely appropriate since I'm building a table based on the Villers-Bocage area of Northern France. The area, along with most of the Northeastern bits around Normandy, are heavy agricultural communities, producing mostly cattle, fruits, and a few grains. The pastures between hedgerows are perfect for creating grazing areas for cattle and planting various types of crops.
The final table will have some open pastures between the hedgerows, but to create a nice, visually appealing table with lots of cover, it will also be heavily planted. With fields being among the cheapest and easiest types of terrain to create, we're going to be making a lot of board coverage for next to nothing, giving us more money within our $200 budget to work with for other things.
Gaming on a Budget: In the Flat Fields
2011-06-02T11:33:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Ok, now it's time to put some razorwire on those sprue barricades we made in a previous post.
First off, cut yourself a length of very fine wire. For these I used 22 gauge wire that I got for cheap at Lowe's. There are plenty of ways to get free wire, but I wanted to be spared the hassle. Keep in mind that every foot of wire is going to equal slightly more than 1" of razorwire, so 6' of wire would be a bit more than 6" of wire. Since our sections are 6" long, 6' is a perfect length.
User Content Wednesday - How To Make Razorwire
2011-06-01T10:40:00-05:00Laubyhobby lauby|User Content|
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I normally win something like 95% of my games, my list building skills are sound and I understand the rules of the game and how to use them to my benefit in ways that may occasionally border on (but not cross into, I hasten to add) the realms of WAAC.
However recently a change has occurred...
Arrogance and Laziness...
Monday, May 30, 2011
Gaming on a Budget: Making a Gaming Surface Part 2
2011-05-30T17:53:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum
In addition, enjoy this hilarious video as part 2 of the apology:
New Member Monday - I Decided Against a Tasteless Memorial Day Joke
2011-05-30T12:38:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Sunday, May 29, 2011
[Musings of a Game Store Owner] What Makes a FLGS?
2011-05-29T11:29:00-05:00Loquaciousfeedback|Musings of a Game Store Owner|
Friday, May 27, 2011
1) Funderhammer - Warming an old gamer's heart | Play a osom game naneed warmosheen
A heart warming tale of family togetherness in the war-torn Iron Kingdoms. No, really!
2) Rebel's Grotto - Angelic Storm Shield: A Quick Tutorial
Ever looked at your Blood Angels and thought: "Man, they could really use some more angel stuff". I kid, I kid, this tutorial is actually pretty badass.
3) A Year of Frugal Gaming - Termite Art, Branded Materials, and DIY in the hobby
Dr. Who, Children's television shows from a far away land and the strangeness that is each gaming companies attempt to ignore all other gaming companies. Who else but Von?
4) Mid-Life Gaming Crisis - The YTTH Litmus Test... and Tyranids
In which the importance of testing gauntlets is discussed, mental energy is expended on space bugs and many links are shared.
5) Here be Geeks - Khador Gun Tank WIP: How to Convert Your Khador Gun Carriage
You know what, man? FUCK horses. Uh... that came out wrong.
6) Ave Dominus Nox - When Grey Knights weren't cheesy...
Ye Grey Knights from ye olden tymes. Moving up a few centuries- enjoy the daguerreotypes of the lost tribes of terminators.
7) D6 Gaming - A price increase! What’s it in retrospect!
Stop Whining and pay attention to how much other stuff costs! Sorry Australia, your issues are dealt with in another castle. D6 gaming has bigger fish to fry. Namely North American entitlement.
8) Wolves for the Wolf God - Building the Killzone "Booster Pack" Tables: Part I
Terrain is fun. In situations like these, its a perfectly reasonable excuse to make the GI Joe playset you always wanted without fighting over who gets Duke this time.
The Weekly Top X - A Storm of Links
2011-05-27T13:50:00-05:00Laubyweekly top X|
Thursday, May 26, 2011
|painting the pink board blue|
**I will be 100% honest and let you all know that I did not actually cut or put sand on the tiles you're about to see. My friend and band mate Hoagy did the cutting and put the first layer of paint and sand down several months ago in a project that never came to fruition. That notwithstanding, I can still discuss these early stages of building, but not be able to show any pictures. The materials used will still appear in my final budget and the process is fast enough that it wouldn't have thrown off my timeline if I had had to cut the tiles myself.**
Gaming on a Budget: Making a Gaming Surface Part 1
2011-05-26T10:36:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Games sweatshop have just announced their latest release in the popular Warbastard 40 000 series.
The Dark end of the street was able to catch up with one of Games sweatshop's founders for a few quick words on the hush-hush project:
"Well basically, we were inspired by the general loathing that has been expressed by music fans and random cunts off the internet and that." said the highly respected games designer and father of 2. "We just thought; hold on a minute, here's a chance to do something right AND make fucking tons of money from emotionally retarded men aged 16 - 48 that still play with toy soldiers!"
The premise of Warbastard's latest introductory boxed set features the game's usual army of villains bent on destruction and death. However the designer's of the game's 6th edition have opted to take the system down a hitherto unexplored avenue of wargaming.
"Basically, we've opted to take the system down a hitherto unexplored avenue of wargaming." said one of the game's designers. "While the boxed set features 5000 plastic space urks, (which is almost enough for a squad once you move past the boxed set) we've opted to take the system down a hitherto unexplored avenue of wargaming with regard to their opposing number."
User Content Wednesday - Assault on Rebeccah Black reach
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
No not those sort of preferences...gaming ones.....
I am the poster boy for shooting things to death from a good safe distance. The more shots the better as far as I'm concerned and if they're high strength ones then all the better.
I adopt the principle that if I roll enough dice at you, then the soul destroying number of saves that I force you to make will mean that you'll roll enough of the 3's, 2's or 1's that I need to make your unit die.
A Question of Balance...
Monday, May 23, 2011
On a serious note, there are a ton of Harald Camping's followers out there who I genuinely feel sorry for now that they've learned an important (and expensive) lesson about human nature. Kinda puts this whole pricing thing into perspective, huh?
At least Macho Man Randy Savage will be sparred the ignominy of it all seeing as how it looks like he may indeed have been called to a better place. The further I get into his Wikipedia entry, the more I'm convinced that we should strive to become like unto him.
New Member Monday
WarFrog's Hobby Blog
Keywords: 40k, Tyranids, Eldar, Bloodbowl, Necromunda, BFG.
The Army Collector
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, miniature painting, Dungeons & Dragons, Victorian Science Fiction
Keywords: Pyschic Mermaids, Warhammer 40k, Badminton, Conversions, Firm Handshakes, Orks, Things Crafted from Endangered Species, Red Scorpions, Snorkels & Flippers, World Eaters, Vigorous Fornication, Death Guard, Punching On, Gorkamorka, Watersports (The sexy kind), Necrons, Sunglasses on Animals.
Warflake's 40k Blog
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Imperial Fistsing, Newness, Suckin' on toes (ooh, sexy time)
Cupboard of Nurgle
Keywords: Warhammer 40,000, Tau, Blog Wars, Old Mother Hubbard
Keywords: Warhammer 40,000, Dark Eldar, A Man Who Uses Jump Breaks, A new Pinkness (A Challenger Appears!)
The winning essay today is a bit unorthodox. First Blood picks up the win - not for the actual essay, but for the keywords. All those jokes are theirs! We're on the same wave length guys - we should totally meet up somewhere and have hijinks the likes of which are rarely found outside of blockbuster summer comedies. Also thanks for not making me have to make up a bunch of my own joke keywords to fill space.
New Member Monday - Macho Nacho Man
2011-05-23T10:10:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Something I work hard to do is to give my customers a sense of community. My husband and I make serious efforts to build strong relationships. We give our customers as many opportunities to be invested in the store as we can- because we know that if they don’t like what they are getting with us, they can go somewhere else. We want our customers to feel welcome, like they belong to something bigger than just my paycheck. I like to think it’s working, but I know I can’t just “coast”- I have to work hard to keep the store at its best.
[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GW and "the Bubble"
2011-05-22T13:16:00-05:00LoquaciousMusings of a Game Store Owner|
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I will be making a brand new gaming table and accompanying scenery as cost effectively as possible, and with a shitload of tutorials for us all to enjoy.
Having recently begun collecting a Late War German Panzerdivision for FoW, I have found myself in a spot where I need a new set of terrain in the proper scale. Neither of the two tables, a desert and a city/ash waste, were really going to fit the bill for what I wanted to do, so I decided to start from the ground up. Then, I figured this would make a great exercise for this series to boot.
Gaming on a Budget: The Gaming Table Announced!
2011-05-21T06:48:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
Friday, May 20, 2011
1) Yes the Truth Hurts - Rhino Tactica
Brent: I haven’t stopped by YTTH lately, primarily because my blog time is limited - but I’ll be honest, these rapid site changes are disconcerting. Strangely enough, the blue everyone hated so much in the beginning became the site’s signature color. It’s part of the reason I coined the term, The Big Blue Shark Tank.
Lauby: This just in: Brent claims to have invented another catchphrase. Voters remain unconvinced. Details at 11.
Brent: I suspect you’re messing with me. For those who don’t know, when I started writing for Bell of Lost Souls I wanted to refer to Yes the Truth Hurts without referring to it, so I used some indicators. Another was the ZombYe Master, though that’s certainly a more direct reference.
Lauby: I can only imagine the back catalog you have for your long suffering wife. You do love your pet names for things.
Brent: Yes, and because branding means something. (rawhide!) I want to see Goat’s signature art, I want to see a main page of topics - I don’t know, right now, while I’m sure it’s all there, I’m seeing another bland Wordpress blog.
Lauby: But isn't it the actual content that makes the branding worth something? Like the fine advice featured in the post we've managed to avoid talking about...
Brent: (I suppose someone had to talk about the article.)
The Weekly Top X - The Brent Identity
2011-05-20T15:22:00-05:00Laubyweekly top X|
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Gaming on a Budget: Saving Time, Mondy, and Convenience
2011-05-19T07:00:00-05:00Dethtronadvice dog approves|Gaming on a Budget|
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The recent Highlander Games tournament has given me a lot to think about, especially in terms of the metagame and the variety of players we have in our hobby. Here in Glasgow we have a competitive WM set, living happily alongside gamers that a mate ably described as "game tourists because they suck at games". Dundee seemed to be entirely normal , rounded gamers. There do exist the others though. The slitmen, the slutmen, and the beardflake.
Here we have a gamer like myself (and you, probably): normal, well adjusted (...like fuck I am), and interested in gaming as a whole, whilst actually playing only 2 or 3 games. We tend to invest more heavily in one game than others, although we may dabble occasionally in the murky waters of different scales, or periods. Or one off games like Incursion(which is awesome). We are the average, everyday, silent majority.
We would shop in GW, but not consider it a social venue. We are open minded, and open to new things.
User Content Wednesday - Slutman, Slitman and Beardflakes
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
If you've ever fancied getting your hands on some sweet Forgeworld Resin crack, this is your opportunity. Click here for details on how to enter to win a free Chaos Renegades conversion pack. Being the owner of a handful myself, I can say definitively that this is a sweet ass prize, so HoP to it and register to win it now.
Contest Time! Wolves for the Wolf God
New codices sometimes require tweaks here and there to your existing build, certain tactics become more widespread or conversely more widely countered, New model releases make certain army builds more common due to the fact that you suddenly don't need a degree in conversion to make the required units any-more, edition changes make vehicles awesome or infantry awesome or skimmers awesome or..., FAQ's destroy builds or create new possibilities, etc, etc, etc.
As these new ideas filter through the internet forums and blogs vague ideas and personal opinions suddenly become facts whether they actually are or not....Meanwhile the competitive players adapt their armies to cope with the new ways of thinking as nobody uses builds X, Y or Z any-more.
Except when they still do.....
Not every-body changes with the times.....
Monday, May 16, 2011
New Member Monday - The Awful Week When Blogger Stopped Working for 20 Hours and Everyone Lost Their Mind
So, in the interests of me getting back to a nice cup of tea and quietly worrying about where I'm going to store all my stuff once the world is destroyed, lets get on with it. Oh, and a special 'sorry' to Maximum Heresy for leaving you out last week.
New Member Monday
Keywords: Reviews, Community Spot Light, Jazz Hands, Spirit Fingers, All kinds of hobby stuff
Keywords: Painting, 40k, Fantasy, Tutorial, The Dark Depths of the Human Soul
Grey Knights of Titan
Keywords: 40k, Grey Knights, Ordo Malleus, Painting, tactics, list building, battle reports
Keywords: Warhammer, 40k, Malifaux, Blood Bowl, Boardgames review and Gamer talks
The Painting Frog
Keywords: Warhaming in genreal, infinity, 40K, fantasy, Hordes, Warmachine, Confrontation, RPGs
Sadly, 20 fewer hours of blogger was just too much for people it seems. No winning essay from our new members. In place of that, enjoy this nonsensical video:
New Member Monday - The Awful Week When Blogger Stopped Working for 20 Hours and Everyone Lost Their Mind
2011-05-16T09:31:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Sunday, May 15, 2011
As a GW consumer, James has serious and thought provoking concerns about why things happen the way they do, and has written a passionate and honest post. His ideas are expressed eloquently and coherently, rather than the typical fanboi or troll “I R better than u” quotes you see abundant on forums and so forth.