Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Mine began with this,
It was as far as I'm aware the first of it's kind. A book that worked like a role-playing game. Create a character, choose your equipment, head off to kill the 'Evil Wizard' who for some reason will end up fighting you in hand to hand combat rather than blowing your head off with a bolt of lightning, get the treasure but not the girl because as far as I remember there wasn't one and become the hero you always secretly wanted to be ;-)
That long Winding Path Through Geekdom.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Now if you really appreciate this fine content brought to you week after week, you should consider calling in and donating 5, 10 or even 25 dollars. Now, if you want to get your hands on a tote-bag...
Woah, sorry about that. It was a pledge day on NPR. Forgot where I was.
Well... here's even more good news: MORE MEMBERS! YAY!!
New Member Monday - Important Reminder: Always Give New Member Monday Posts a Subtitle
2011-06-27T09:36:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Sunday, June 26, 2011
[Musings of a Game Store Owner] A Lot to Juggle
2011-06-26T10:02:00-05:00LoquaciousMusings of a Game Store Owner|
Saturday, June 25, 2011
1) Rathstar's Ramblings - Battlefield in a Box Review
Brent: Soooo... two weeks in a row we have a review post hit Top X? AND they’re quality? I detect bias, sir, bias.
Lauby: I.. I... sir, you offend me. Explain yourself or taste my blade!
Brent: Bias against crappy reviews out there. Of which there are many.
Lauby: Phew. I thought I was gonna have to stab you for a second there. But your all to right - I would rather collect my own urine, freeze it into popsicles and then eat those popsicles than read another shitty nerd-rage dump with a 'review' sticker on it. +1 internets for Rathstar for bringing this to our attention.
Brent: So we’re talking about the product now? I THINK WE SHOULD USE A PIC OF THE PRODUCT. I’m happy that companies like this and Pegasus Hobby are making affordable, ready-to-use wargames terrain. Good stuff.
Lauby: Agreed. And with all the awful 6th edition rumor reviews that are starting to crop up, stuff like this is most welcome.
The Weekly Top X - Better Late Than Never
2011-06-25T12:02:00-05:00Laubyweekly top X|
Friday, June 24, 2011
*Not so much technological problems, but things that are, technically, problems.
With the dawn of the New Year comes the gloomy news that Games Workshop have issued a profits warning. Sales were down over the past 12 months and the expected Christmas rush didn’t happen leaving share prices dropping rapidly. The reasons for this can be found debated across the internet; poor economy, overseas distribution, miniature prices, neglected armies, rulesets and periodical updates etc. However, I do think a big factor is the first step prospective gamers need to take.
User Content Friday - Dungeons & Bolters: The Door To 40k
Thursday, June 23, 2011
We're coming close to the end of the tutorials related to my gaming table. It's been done for weeks now- on target with my hopes, so be expecting the big reveal to come any time now. For sort of a last hurrah, I've saved my favorite part of the table for last- my hedgerows.
As soon as I picked up FoW I was instantly drawn to the Bocage rules and as such knew that I was going to need to build a shitload of terrain to support them. Seriously though, having hedgerows not only makes a fun and different gaming experience, but also makes for some seriously bad ass looking tables. Working from the sorely lacking semi-instructions from Das Book, I plowed into the project with gusto. When I say sorely lacking, I am dead serious. Not only were there about 20 missing steps in what is provided, but the directions would have made some of the flimsiest shitty terrain ever. Needless to say, I made a lot of improvements of my own on the plan and will be sharing some things that I would do differently if I were starting from scratch again.
It also goes without saying that I made these hedgerows (almost 9' worth) for pennies. The materials used were all readily available and, with a few exceptions, dirt cheap. Tools notwithstanding, making enough hedgerows to cover a table shouldn't cost much more than $20 all said and done. Not bad bang for your buck, really.
Gaming on a Budget: The Silent Hedges Part 1
2011-06-23T06:15:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Recently I've started "pimping" my board games a lot more than in the past. I think it started with painting the playing pieces and then kind of grew from there. But there are many ways to enhance your board gaming experience, and many more that I'm probably not even aware of yet!
So, to get down to business. Here are the things I usually do to pimp my games:
User Content Wednesday - How to pimp your board games!
2011-06-22T09:23:00-05:00LaubyOther Games|User Content|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
But how far do we go along with this viewpoint before we become a cheating fuckwit or 'WAAC' gamer as they're sometimes known?
First let's first look at a few circumstances which would put a person in the
My greatest fucking hate ever. There are subtle versions and blatant ones but however it's done it's still cheating. Each move has a set distance associated with it for a bloody good reason. Even an inch here or there can make a massive difference during a game when that inch could enable a charge that would never have otherwise happened or puts a melta-weapon into short range for that extra die roll of penetration.
When does 'Competitive' become 'WAAC'?
Monday, June 20, 2011
Maybe one of these guys can help:
New Member Monday
Eldar Acceptance Society
Keywords: Eldar, Accpetance, Societies, Being incredibly chill about the whole "we lost your app" thing.
Team Snake Eyes
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Tournament stuff, Battle reports, the Heartbreak of psoriasis
The Big House
Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy, Fantasy Island, Ricardo Montalban, Fake plastic abs, KAAAAAHN!
Daan of War
Keywords: Chaos Space Marines, Dark Heresy, Skaven, Warmachine, Black Library, Tournaments, Painting & Hobby, MacDonalds and Guitars
3 for Int
Keywords: Gaming in general, 40k, Whale Tales, Team blog, other stuff
Sadly not a one of these guys wrote an essay. Well... that may not be true. I lost the Eldar Acceptance Society app and there may well have been a work of genius there. In place of that, here's a MadLib style essay you can all play with:
I am god's gift to the internet because: Funny Essay
It's so easy!
New Member Monday - [Retroactive Title Addition]
2011-06-20T09:43:00-05:00LaubyNew Member Monday|
Sunday, June 19, 2011
|A great example of one of our older pieces. Simple, not super pretty, but effective.|
[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Improving Terrain
2011-06-19T10:47:00-05:00LoquaciousMusings of a Game Store Owner|
Friday, June 17, 2011
1) Mik's Minis - The Games of CabinCon V
Brent: One of the locals is a huge Board Game Geek, which is, of course, one of the sub sects of Geek in the same way Wargamer is... interestingly enough, I wonder if Historical Wargamer is a peer of Wargamer or an offshoot. It came first, right? But it seems like a niche these days...
Lauby: Maybe a niche within a niche. And don't you dare make an Inception joke. Have you ever considered exactly how few people there are that push little mans around the table as a whole?
Lauby: Well think of it this way, Brent. We're already involved in a niche hobby. A much smaller percentage of the population plays these kinds of games than I think is commonly understood. Which kinda makes all those imaginary divisions kinda self destructive.
Lauby: Right, so this is the part of the story where you tell me what you've learned. Get to the point, man!
Brent: So I have to get to the point? I enjoyed this article because it gave me a look into the madness that is board games. I can now actually say, “It sounds like fun!” with a straight face.
Lauby: I've played a few of the selections myself and there was a ton more that grabbed me in this post. If someone invited me to CabinCon, I'm positive that I'd Joseph Gordon-Love it.
|"That joke was awful, Lauby"|
The Weekly Top X - Original Recipe
2011-06-17T13:02:00-05:00Laubyweekly top X|
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Hills are an essential part of any gaming setup for just about any system. Thankfully, they're also dirt cheap to make. With a few cents worth of materials, some leftovers, and some TLC you can make some hills that will really come alive with the sound of.... shit not going there. Just believe me when I say that hills are a snap to make.
Gaming on a Budget: Run to the Hills!
2011-06-16T06:35:00-05:00DethtronGaming on a Budget|Terrain Building|
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
|an actual book|
An Introduction to Flames of War
2011-06-15T10:09:00-05:00Loquaciousflames of war|
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: