Funny Things

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: The Gaming Table Announced!

Now that it looks like some of us may be needing to tighten our belts just a little bit more, I think it's time to drop the top secret project I've been hinting at for the past two weeks. 

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. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Weekly Top X - The Brent Identity

It's a tough call for today's opener.  Was I going to make a joke about my arms being tired from the flying I was doing last week? Or was going to latch onto a few lines from a CCR song and post a video?

Then I found this video:

Welcome to 1970, everyone! Man, the close ups are so intense you can almost taste John Fogerty.

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.)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Saving Time, Mondy, and Convenience

Hey everybody, this is Dethtron here, stepping away from this series for a few days to get prepped for a secret project of enormous magnitude.  Dave G of N++ Wargaming Tradecraft has been kind enough to step in and fill the void for you guys this week with an awesome and comprehensive guest post.  Stay tuned, because this coming Saturday (5/21 or 21/5 if you live in not-America) where I will begin to unveil bits and pieces of project top secret.  Until then, Dave, play me out....

For some of us, the time investment into a hobby like tabletop wargaming can be just as costly as actual out of pocket expenses. Rather than talk about saving you money in this article, I'm going to talk about saving time and other things. Younger gamers may not fully grasp this, but people with significant others, children, jobs and other responsibilities will probably agree - and younger gamers, maybe this will help free up time to do homework, get a job (and afford more minis / supplies) enjoy other things like video games, movies, friends and RL.

In the end, your sanity may thank you the most.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

User Content Wednesday - Slutman, Slitman and Beardflakes

A good rant is the kind of thing that's well written and though provoking or just plain funny as hell.  Not too complicated - just pick a path and vomit forth the great ball of vitriol that's been pooling in your spleen. However, a GREAT rant is well written, though provoking AND funny as hell.  This is the part where

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.

Normal Gamers(us):
Here we have a gamer like myself (and you, probably): normal, well adjusted ( 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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Contest Time! Wolves for the Wolf God

Skarvald the Troll-faced of Wolves for the Wolf God has just written in to HoP headquarters, located in the HoP dome smack dab in the middle of Hoplandia...  Crap, I should probably try and stay on topic. 

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.

Not every-body changes with the times.....

There's no doubt in most peoples minds that the game of 40K evolves over time.

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.....

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Member Monday - The Awful Week When Blogger Stopped Working for 20 Hours and Everyone Lost Their Mind

Myself included.  Thankfully the long nightmare that humanity had to endure was closed up rather nicely. Now we can all get back to the REAL worry that is the rapture happening on the 21st.

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

Maximum Heresy
Keywords: Reviews, Community Spot Light, Jazz Hands, Spirit Fingers, All kinds of hobby stuff

Jack's Painting
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

Tabletop Hell
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:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Cloak & Dagger

Earlier this week, James at Warp Signal wrote a very interesting and compelling article about Games Workshop’s business practices. This particular post, “Corporate Opacity”, was so good and so in line with the kinds of conversations I have had with Dethtron that I wanted to address it.

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.