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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Combining Hobby Life and Family Life...An Impossible Dream?

As this week is themed around 'not Games Workshop or Privateer Press' I find myself at somewhat of a disadvantage when it comes to writing an article...

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.


Monday, June 13, 2011

New Member Monday - It's a Theme Week!

Hello and welcome to a fine and fresh idea brought to you by the House of Paincakes!  We're excited to unveil our most ambitious and original idea yet - a theme week!  "What's that all about?" you may be asking.  Well, a theme week is when all the posts have the same basic theme running through them.  To my knowledge this has NEVER been done before.  Another HoP first!

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
Ender’s Ga…no?
Screw it, just add me to the damn blogroll.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Baby, I've Been Burned Before

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…


Friday, June 10, 2011

The Weekly Top X- Random Goodness

Hey guys & gals of the internet! It's Friday, and that means it's Top X Time. Usually Brent and Lauby ham it up, bring on some hilarity and showcase some awesome blog linkage for you.

Lauby is out of town and Brent is uh--- where IS Brent?


Dang. I like letting Brent look good when I do all the wo-- I mean, when we collaborate for Top X. Doesn't matter, the Net waits for no one, and I have a list of great stuff for ya to check out.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Road to Nowhere

Well perhaps these posts are all going to get song titles for names now.... who knows?  Shit, possibly one day I'll even break out of the 80s so you kids have some idea what the hell I'm talking about.

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.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

User Content Wednesday: No Pants Friday: Net Lizsts

Hey everybody!  It's dethtron here, filling in for Lauby while he's off dealing with a family emergency (everybody wish him well).  In honor of Lauby not being here to find somebody else' work to share with you, I've decided to do something that's never been done before and re-post an older article of his from Laubersheimer Industries.  "No Pants Friday: Net Lizsts" comes from a series that has sadly gone away, but such is life.  Anyway, this is a fun little article, not only because it is a nice, sensible article in which I am obliquely involved, but because if you look hard enough, you'll find another reference to breakfast food. 

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.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Freedom of Choice or the Lack Thereof...

As a player who enjoys the competitive side of the hobby, I've been somewhat disappointed with the changes to the Throne of Skulls format that we recently experienced in the UK (everybody else also got the same 'new' format as well I believe). Don't worry, this isn't an article from a year ago that I forgot to post...I have a currently relevant point ;-)

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...


Monday, June 6, 2011

New Member Monday -

Hello and howdy!  Honestly, I'm having a hard time keeping the intro topical WITHOUT being depressing.  Seems everything newsworthy is kinda shitty of late.  Well, everything except the Good News of the House of Paincakes.  Rejoice friends, its another:

New Member Monday

Scratchbuilt 40K
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.

Lorin Alpha
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!


Sunday, June 5, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] What Makes a FLGS terrible?

Last week, I asked questions about what you want out of a game store, and why those things were important. I got some very good answers and a lot of material to consider. As a store owner, listening to other people's opinion is a very important part of the job. It's knowing how to cull the wheat from the chaff that's a tougher aspect, and one I work at every day.
So now that I have some insight on what you feel is important for the success of a store, why noHide allt ask about the things that make a store fail?

So many of the things that "go wrong" seem obvious at the outset- but without talking about or asking for opinions on them, it is pretty tough to figure out what NOT to do.

So, let it rip- what things make a store suck?

I want to hear it all- from the truly essential pieces, to the tiny stuff that just drives you nuts. No matter what thing it is that a store does to make it fail, please feel free to share.

Overpricing? Snooty staff? Dirty floors? Kids who run amok? Bad (or non-existent) refund/return policy? No play space? Badly enforced rules (ie- not at all, irregularly, or with favoritism)?

These are just some of the offenses I want to hear about- and I'd love to hear WHY they upset you so much. I'll be glad to take a good look at the replies and see if there are any common themes, and what might be done about them.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


Friday, June 3, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Snark Sandwhich

Brent: My Bell of Lost Souls article on Tuesday highlighted the work of an average game club; then, being the Internet Personality I am, I asked others to dropped examples of their work in the comment’s section.

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?


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: In the Flat Fields

Sorry kids, I can never resist the urge to drop a Bauhaus reference on you...

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.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

User Content Wednesday - How To Make Razorwire

A while back a blogger whose name I now forget applied to join the House of Paincakes.  A fairly normal occurrence to be sure.  However, he had this neat little tutorial on wrapping wires to make a substitute for guitar string.  Its turns out that his trick gave you a section of 'tubing' that was signifigantly easier to work with than the guitar string.  I'm sad to say that I did some light scoffing.  Luckily, I was properly rebuffed.  But I always felt a little bad about it.  I was looking for that very post for today's User Content Wednesday.  Totally couldn't find it.  So if anyone out there knows what the hell I'm talking about, hit me up!  

In any case, I found another great tutorial on a different kind of wire shenanigans that fits in nicely with what's been going on with Gaming on a Budget Basically, it's a dirt cheap way to recreate the GW razor wire without spending $10 on a bag of bullshit you can make yourself.  I'll let

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.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Arrogance and Laziness...

I'm pretty damn good at 40K,

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...


Monday, May 30, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Making a Gaming Surface Part 2

Sorry about disappearing like that folks: I had wanted to finish the gaming surface series in one go, but as I was writing the last one, I realized that I was almost late for pseudo-work, so had to leave.  Then I had a show the next day and got unexpectedly sick, the next, so haven't really had the time to wrap this up until today. 

As you will recall from the last few episodes, I'm currently hard at work building a series of 2'x2' tiles out of foam to make a modular gaming surface that can be placed on a table or the floor.  The table will be made to represent western French areas like Villers-Bocage in 15mm, but will be designed to accomodate other systems such as 40k and WFB as well.  I'll be putting the whole thing together, terrain and all!, for right around $200 all said and done and should be completely finished by this coming Saturday.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum

The great and powerful Tordeck and a group of people I can only assume are his minions, started up a new Dark Eldar forum.  Having dabbled in forum creation before, I can tell you that getting that crucial critical mass of commenting members can be rough.  So maybe you should all head over there and check it out in an unprecedented show of HOP solidarity.  And if anything FNIF worthy crops up, be sure to tell Dethtron.


New Member Monday - I Decided Against a Tasteless Memorial Day Joke

Speaking of Memorial day, it sure would be nice if, in addition to remembering our fallen service men, I could remember to respond to our new blog requests faster.  Sorry guys, we've been dropping the ball.  Derping it, even.  We'll be better next time around.  Promise.

In addition, enjoy this hilarious video as part 2 of the apology:


Sunday, May 29, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] What Makes a FLGS?

What is a FLGS? What should it have or offer to be the place you want to shop? What elements makes a store truly excellent?

I’d like to explore that with you for a week or two, and let you express your expectations and the successes of the stores you frequent.

What are the key elements to making your local store great, or groan-worthy? I’m very interested in hearing specifics. How important is knowledge of the product (and which specific products), stock levels, special order policy, play space, cleanliness, and more.

If a discount is important to you- please tell me what level of discount you expect and on what products. Across the board, just specific lines, with a “membership club” or “punch card” – how would a discount work?


Friday, May 27, 2011

The Weekly Top X - A Storm of Links

It's like a regular storm, only instead of rain and hail, you get html links.  And instead of death and/or destruction, you get quality reading material.  Personally, I think its a pretty good deal.

No idea where Brent is, but for the purposes of the story, I'll say that he's probably off chasing information tornadoes with Helen Hunt.  He's crazy like that.

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.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Making a Gaming Surface Part 1

Greetings everyone.  I've been hard at work on the new gaming table all week and am happy to announce that things are going to schedule!  This is a small miracle in itself, so I'm very excited about the progress of the project.

painting the pink board blue
Part status update and part tutorial, today I'll be talking about making a modular, storeable gaming surface using blue board foam insulation.

**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.**


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

User Content Wednesday - Assault on Rebeccah Black reach

Thankfully, I don't have to do this all that often, but...  I fucked up again.  It turns out that during a period of tumult and upheaval in the distant past of last month, I forgot to update a blog url in the roles.  So, by way of an apology of sorts, I decided to do some light pimpin' of The Dark End of the Street.  Which turned out to be fantastic since the resident ginger bent on world domination is hilarious.  What follows is the post that appeared on the exact date I forgot to update his URL.  It also happens to be funny as hell.

Games sweatshop have just announced their latest release in the popular Warbastard 40 000 series.
The 6th edition of the game will feature 5001 highly detailed plastic miniatures and - in a potentially confusing and unpopular move - absolutely no rules updates, or amendments whatsoever.

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."


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Question of Balance...

For those of you who are unaware I have certain preferences......

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.


Monday, May 23, 2011

New Member Monday - Macho Nacho Man

So the whole rapture thing was a bust.  For me at least.  Which was kind of a bummer.  I was really looking forward to not having to wade through another week of anti-GW rants from a collection of people who seem to genuinely believe that the combined knowledge from their intro to economics textbook and a handful of sprues qualifies them to run an international corporation.

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

First Blood
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

NaughtyBadFun 40K
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.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GW and "the Bubble"

I own a game store. It’s doing pretty well, but I can always improve in some way.

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.


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.