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Monday, July 11, 2011

New Member Monday - HoP Idol and SinSynn

Hello and welcome to another week on the internet.  Wargames Con finished up on Sunday so we should be getting some good content spawning from that in the near future.  I expect to start seeing some posts as soon as the hangovers wear off and as soon as people catch up on their sleep.  In the meantime, there are some moderate to big things happening at the House of Paincakes.

HoP Idol
We kicked off a contest last week for a coveted spot in the HoP author pool.  We've gotten a few entries so far, but we'd really like to see more.  Be sure to check out the details here:  HoP Idol

Just a bit of clarification - if you end up as the lucky winner of this fantabulous test of skill (which may or may not involve traveling back in time to have a dream date with the star of your choice at the time of your choice), you'll be producing an original series for us - not reposting something you already do.  Just wanted to make that clear.

Oh, and I've watched enough youtube clips to be fully up to speed on the whole Randy "dawg" thing now.  So... dawg.. I guess.

Speaking of new authors...


Apply to HoP Idol Today!

The first applications for Season 1 of HoP Idol have started trickling in and man is there some good stuff to be read.  There is going to be some stiff competition in this contest, I can tell you that.  Don't forget to submit your application today so you don't miss out on the action.

Remember, the deadline for getting in on this life-changing contest and to chance to land a record deal become a HoP weekly author is 7/21/11

If you were too busy checking out all the Wargamescon coverage this weekend or working on your lawn or hanging out at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and have no idea what Hop Idol is, you may wish to refer to this previous post for all the juicy details.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Lament of a Xenos Player

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

I'm a lil' emotional right now. A lil' choked up.
The reason?

I'm gonna say it straight up, since this is HoP, and that's what we do here, right?

I was chatting with someone the other day, and this person said "Xenos suck in 40k right now, GW really gave them the shaft this edition."
Despite my arguments to the contrary (bear in mind I'm a strictly Xenos player), I....couldn't win this debate.

Not even close.
Hell, I barely dented his defenses, and in the end I sorta the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail conceded.



The Weekly Top X - The One From Last Week

This was the Top X that was supposed to run last week.  No idea why it didn't get posted, but it might have something to do with me being somewhere in the Pennsylvania wilderness and not being around to schedule it.  Then again, the original title was "Brent and Lo Get Nasty" so maybe Dethtron felt like he'd give the two of them a chance to reconsider.  So sit back and enjoy the hot pics from two weeks ago while Brent gets ready to go to Wargames con.

Hello and welcome to the House of Paincakes!

Right this way; we'll sit you in a booth and serve you up some nice, fresh Top X... which I sort of imagine is like reconstituted roadkill or something.

Anyway, this week the Lauby is away so the mice - me and Loq - will play!  I picked three, she picked three, and we're commenting on why the other chose how they did.

Easy right?  Let's get started with my picks.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: We Interrupt Flames of War to Bring You Some Papercraft

Dethron forgot to take pictures of his finished Bocage before he moved on to demolishing his basement under the admittedly thin pretense of building a better gaming room Or he smashed off his own penis in a freak sledgehammer incident.  I can't remember which it was.  In either case, we'll all have to wait a little while longer for the final unveiling of his FoW board.  In the meantime, I bring you some Gaming on a Budget goodness of my own as Dethtron finishes up his basement and/or waits for his penis to regrow like one of those little lizards you find all over the place in Florida

One day on the internet, just like any other (at the time, I think I was doing a risk/reward analysis concerning looking at Blake Lively's leaked nude photos at work), as I was poking around looking for some new information on naked Blake Lively Infinity, I found something truly wondrous - papercraft terrain.

So cool.  This picture courtesy of Fire Broadside.
It's a great way to get some terrain up and running for almost no money and in almost no time.  Perfect for supplementing your collection of book hills and Mountain Dew Storage silos.  Hell, some of the stuff I've found looks good next to 'actual' terrain.


Become the first HoP Idol

As the HoP continues to grow- we've got over 300 Google followers, almost as many blogs on the network and a pretty damn active comments section- we've decided that the time is right to get some more authors on board.  We've got one or two people in the pipeline ready to make their debut any day now, but we've got a special opportunity for the community at large to get some names out there and find another author or two chosen by you, dear readers.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

User Content Wednesday - Are You In an Abusive Relationship?

The House of Paincakes is coming dangerously close to having 300 blogs on the rolls.  As you can well imagine, finding posts to promote and figuring out how to give everyone a chance at some fame is an increasingly hard task.  Thankfully, our long standing policy of "the squeaky anus wheel gets the grease" has served us well once again.  Frontline Gamer recently joined us and recently squeaked a bit.  I think the article we're posting is one of my new favorites.  It's a poke at GW, but the exact kind of poke that we like at the HoP - intelligent and funny. 

Over the last 5 or so years I've slowly watched all of my fellow gaming buddies become steadily disenfranchised or disillusioned with the hobby... no sorry lets clarify, the Games Workshop. I watched Chris 'the cursed' Tapper go away time and time again to Warhammer Fantasy Tournaments and come back saying he had a good time, only then for him to tell me what happened and him realize he was only enjoying the beers on the nights out after the gaming. I've watched others grow tired of the price gouging and the annual price hike. I've watched as people realize that the tactics in 40k pretty much stop at army building, I've seen gamers grimace while reading the Dark Elves or Space Wolves army books. I've watched as the Games Workshop have systematically trashed their two core systems and pissed gamers off...

Willow Road, off of Lenton Lane Nottingham


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

MWC Conversion Contest

It looks like those zany funsters over at Miniature Wargame Conversions are at it again.  The Pay it Forward may have ridden off to different lands, but Red is back with the first of many conversion contests.

I strongly advise heading over there RIGHT NOW to check out the details.  And here's a link to the rules since I know you all love things that are easy and convenient.

Look. Clearly you're still reading this post - you just took the time to read these words and process them.  Why haven't you clicked on the links we gave you?  Seriously.  Go over to MWC.  STOP READING THIS POST!


Forums - The Spawning Place of all Evil.....

I used to spend a lot of time on forums, dispensing advice as I felt the need, helping people with rules queries, giving opinions on army lists and any number of other things that I thought might be considered helpful*.

* I may also have occasionally mentioned that I had a know...just in passing ;-)

Unfortunately I have grown weary of them over time for a wide variety of reasons.....

Imagine for a moment that your in a pub (or a bar as I believe you Americans call them) and your listening to a fairly lively conversation about some subject you have an interest in. Would you feel the need to interrupt the conversation, call half the people involved a bunch of twats, automatically agree with the person who had been doing the most talking up to that point and then act like a badass when you got told to fuck off?


Monday, July 4, 2011

New Member Monday - America Day

Hello Everyone! The 4th of July is kind of a big deal around the parts of the world where most of the HoP staff is from.  Luckily for you this isn't a real business or we'd have to give everyone the day off and then you would get to know about our new members.

New Member Monday

Sons of Twilight
Keywords: Specialist Games, Blood Bowl, Epic, Warhammer 40K, General Gaming

Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy and Infinity blog, gaming, painting and terrain

Frontline Gamer
Keywords: Infinity, Firestorm Armada, Dystopian Wars, Warmachine, Anima Tactics, Hell Dorado, Malifaux, reviews, rants and random crap concerning toy soldiers

Defenders of the Cadian Gate
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Flames of War, Starship Troopers, rants, long winded speaches, battle reports

Pro Imperator
Keywords: Painting, 40K, Warhammer Fantasy

And now, this weeks winning essay from our field of five (which I'm reasonably sure is complete - email me if I forgot you) come by way of Frontline Gamer:

Firstly lets get this out of the way now, there is no God. There might be dice faeries granted, but there is certainly no God, I know this because I am awesome yet my life sucks and if there was a God my life would be super cool and my Ben & Jerry’s Phish food wouldn’t have dripped out the bottom of its container all over the keyboard… hang on, got to clean this crap up. Right I’m back again, why am I non-existent Gods gift to the internet? I’m not, however I have only received 3 death threats thus far for my blog due to a wonky Gandalf, I feel with extra exposure I could get at least 5, please expose me, because other networks are too chicken shit to add me too their sycophantic lists. Plus I don’t think my blog is too bad. Not quite the full 500 words but hey I’m lazy.


HoP Hits 300 Followers

WOOHOO!!!  The HoP has just hit the 300 follower mark.  I'd like to say a big thank you to all of you that have made this possible.  Without you dear readers, this blog and blog network would not be possible, so this victory is yours, not ours.

Oh also, it's the 4th of July here in the states, so happy independence day to all.  Remember that without fingers, this hobby is a lot more difficult, so pay attention to your fireworks safety.  Until next time, I leave you with this:


Sunday, July 3, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Costs

Over the past few weeks, I have had several inquiries about what it costs to start a game store. I’d like to try to address that with you today. I’ll also be addressing some of the considerations outside of monetary cost one should take on prior to entering this business, and offering some been-there, done-that commentary.

When someone asks about the cost of running a game store, they invariably are asking about a dollar amount. Those kinds of costs come down to three factors: location, stock and staff. These factors are equally important, and each one has other “sub-factors” that need to be examined just as much as anything else. All of these factors need to work together to create the best possible mix for your situation.


We’ve all heard the real estate mantra of “location, location, location”. I can tell you that it’s pretty true. Finding the right mix of all the required elements in a location is a headache inducing endeavor. Something that a lot of people overlook when considering location is the dynamics of the town or city they’re in. If your locale already has a game store, the physical place YOUR store will go is a critical and business altering decision. Too close to the “competition” and you can and will lose business to the other guy. Too far away, and the same thing will happen for different reasons.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Very SinSynn Batrep

Resplendent in his jet black power armor, with his chapters' heraldry proudly displayed on his gleaming bone white pauldrons, the Black Templar Castellan stood at the edge of the battlefield. A fiercely scarred veteran of a thousand military engagements- much like the one rapidly approaching him now, the Castellon appeared unfazed by the impending carnage.

"SERGEANT!" he bellowed.
His sonorous voice carried the full weight of his authority, and the soldier addressed immediately stepped forward and snapped to attention.

"Sir! Yes, Sir!" the soldier returned.

"Now that our....transport... has landed, and we've...disembarked our forces....remind me what the frak it is we're doing here?"

"Uh....sir? If by 'transport' you mean 'armybag,' and by 'deploying our forces' you mean 'unpacked,' well, then.....I feel obligated to remind you that we're toys, sir. Plastic models, to be precise....and this is a game, NOT any kind of 'actual war.' We've, uh, discussed this, remember?"

"Sergeant...remove your helm, if you would please..." the Castellon growled.

"Uh, sir...I can't remove my helm. It's glued to my torso. Remember? We discussed this, too..." the sergeant's voice trailed off, and he lapsed into an awkward silence as the Castellon turned towards him.

Faster than an Imperial Thunderbolt, the Castellon lashed out, and struck the Sergeant once in the head.

No quote necessary


Gaming on a Budget: The Silent Hedges Part 3

Welcome back everybody.  Here begins the final chapter in my creation of dirt cheap hedgerows for my new gaming table setup.  When last we spoke the hedges looked something like this, having just had sand added to their bases:


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: The Silent Hedges Part 2

Greetings fellow mortals.  It's dethtron here, back to move the gaming table project forward.  As you'll recall from my last installment, I was hard at work on a nice set of hedgerows, rounding out the last of the major terrain features on my budget gaming table- where I set out to make an entire modular table and full complement of terrain for under $250 in under 2 weeks.  Today I'll be taking more major steps towards finishing those hedgerows.  To refresh your memory, after last week we were left with these hedge components which Hoagy was kind enough to describe as looking like 'those dried dog turds:"


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

User Content Wednesday - 40k for Dummies: Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People

Hey guys, sorry for the delay in today's User Content Wednesday.  It's been a busy week at work and all the time I set aside for 'professional development' has been eaten up by a massive project.  With the excuses out of the way, we'll move on to the good stuff.  Today's post comes from a series that's been running over at Gone to GroundDave has been creating some pretty nice little primers for the new guys.  Be sure to check out the whole series after you enjoy this one:

I know it's been awhile since I've written a 40k for dummies post, but I read a post over on GDNMW's blog that got me to thinking.   I think one of the biggest new player mistakes might come in the false understanding that a solid or powerful army list will win games.  This is purely a falacy.  While creating a solid army with no apparent weaknesses helps out a whole lot, an inexperienced player or an inept player will still lose.  Like the title insinuates, your list doesn't win the game for you, you do.

Because real life responsibilities and demands cut into my gaming time, I do a lot of my 40k playing on Vassal.  I have found that Vassal is a hot bed for new players wanting to learn the rules and try out wacky lists without the consequences of throwing down large quantities of cash only to not have their investments pay off.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

That long Winding Path Through Geekdom.

The path to geekdom begins in different ways for different people.

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 ;-)


Monday, June 27, 2011

New Member Monday - Important Reminder: Always Give New Member Monday Posts a Subtitle

Hello everyone!  Aside from a late Top X and even a mis-titled New Member Monday, last week went pretty smoothly.   Musings of a Game Store Owner has hit a fantastic stride and GMort is still the page view leader despite his constant worry over his comment count.  Heck, both of the User Content Days were so good they had me clapping my hands and running in a circle until I passed out.  All of this rounded out nicely by Dethtron's continuing awesomeness with his 15mm terrain.  Now if I could just get SinSynn to respond to my emails...

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!!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] A Lot to Juggle

I asked for your comments, and you all responded. Thank you! I have definitely learned a lot about the desires and motivations of the tabletop crowd. I appreciate the generosity and time you’ve shared with me.

A lot of your comments are very intuitive- they’re things that TheDude and I have agreed are essential components to our success. It’s nice to know that we’re not completely on the wrong track in our assessment of key issues. We’ve certainly felt some relief in hearing from our own customer base that we’ve done –some- things right. But we can’t rest on our laurels, we have to keep working to improve- it’s a vicious cycle.
Just as soon as we have something locked down, we have to add a new thing to the mix, and it gets to be a heady trip juggling all the factors that make any retail establishment go from good to great.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Better Late Than Never

All right everybody!  All the issues with what was supposed to be yesterdays Top X have been ironed out.  So now you get all the cool blog posts you can eat and on a Saturday even!  I've decided to call it a 'good deal'.  No time for jibber jabber today, Mr. T is watching and Brent just moseyed on over.

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.


Friday, June 24, 2011

User Content Friday - Dungeons & Bolters: The Door To 40k

Due to technical* problems it looks like this weeks Top X has sadly been pushed back a day or two - maybe more. Because missing one of our scheduled posts is frowned upon 'round these parts, the User Content Friday is making a brief comback.  This time we have a neat little post from Roll With It about gateway drugs and the how kids are the future.  Special thanks to Porky's Expanse for pointing me to this post and for being a link aggregating machine!

*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.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: The Silent Hedges Part 1

Well, if you thought that I was about to stop titling these posts after dated music allusions, then you were damn wrong! 

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.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

User Content Wednesday - How to pimp your board games!

I was actually going to post this last week during our infotaining run at a unified theme.  Then I went and asked Lo to write a post, which she did,and thought that maybe I would be lazy.  Which I was.  So, running behind and lazy, there was no User Content Wednesday.  It wasn't until just now that I realized that finding an appropriate post would have been as easy as heading over to Fire Broadside!  and grabbing practically anything out of his back catalog.  And not just because of the subject matter, but also because Martin is a Swede who knows his way around the English language.

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:


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

When does 'Competitive' become 'WAAC'?

So pretty much by definition the point of a war-game is to win the war...

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 cheating fuckwit WAAC category as far as I'm concerned.

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.


Monday, June 20, 2011

New Member Monday - [Retroactive Title Addition]

Hello and welcome to a theme-less week at the House of Paincakes.  Back to bid'ness as usual for us - so it's back to the age old question:  what the hell is the difference between 28mm Heroic scale and 30mm scale?  It's a conundrum to be sure.

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!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Improving Terrain

Our little store was built on a very small but loyal group of people. In that group, a large amount of them are miniatures players. It became obvious that paying attention to the wants and needs of our miniatures group was going to be a vital part of our growth. We've always made it a point to keep the wants and needs of miniatures wargamers firmly in mind when making changes and improvements.

Table space to play and fun, compelling terrain are things that have always been on "the list" for that particular crowd. When the store first opened, there wasn't very much terrain- so the miniature wargamers got together and made some. Old pizza boxes, foam core, various and sundry model train scenery kits- they used it all to get something on the board.

A great example of one of our older pieces. Simple, not super pretty, but effective.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Original Recipe

One of the reasons I wanted to get a this weeks theme up and running is because with rare exception, all it seems people are willing to talk about in our little orb of the blogosphere are Warhammer and Warmahordes.  It's not that I have anything against those games or even the publishers, it's just that there such a wide variety of games out there and, more importantly, ways to enjoy gaming as a hobby.  Day ina nd day out, it's kinda frustrating when the two biggest companies with the two biggest advertizing budgets get all the free publicity that nerd rage can generate.

Huh... this may have been a good thing to mention at the BEGINNING of the week.

So in an our week-long effort to explore the nooks and crannies of an incredibly diverse hobby, think of this week's Top X as a kind of capstone to the whole endeavor. Different games and different ways of looking at things.

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.
Brent: Maybe.
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"


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Run to the Hills!

Damn it, I simply couldn't resist yet another outdated music allusion for a post title.  Seems to be becoming a theme for me... oh and speaking of themes, this is still not GW and Not PP week here on the HoP, so I'm going to continue blathering on about the terrain I'm putting on my gaming table for FoW.

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.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

An Introduction to Flames of War

There's a lot of positive things to say about this game- everyone that I know who plays it says it's engaging, fun, challenging and has hours of play. There are a lot of ways to play it (from Early War to Late, from Infantry to Tanks) and a lot of scenarios available. There are a lot of models available to chose from, and some wonderful color options.

The real downside is that it's a WWII game- and getting new people into that particular genre is pretty difficult. It's easier to sell corn to a guy from Illinois than it is to get someone into the WWII scene. It's often referred to as "as much fun as watching paint dry". Let's put that aside and pretend all of you want to play very suddenly. With pretty few exceptions, finding a store that carries the game is not an easy chore. You're going to have a hard time getting an army at your FLGS.

FOW is a niche game in a niche market. It's usually played by veteran gamers, well-established and well entrenched in their social circles. It's pretty rare for them to expand their ranks, and even when they do, it's one or two guys at a time- not a whole league or more. Plus, they're pretty exclusive. In my experience, it's even harder to get one of these guys to take on a "second army" than it is to get a fanboi to say something negative about their favorite game in space.

an actual book
Once a guy (and this is one of the MOST predominantly male games I've ever run across) has his army, he's not really interested in buying more pieces. The market is pretty shallow, and it's fairly saturated, making it a tough sell for the FLGS owner to consider picking up. Additionally, the kit that Battlefront pitches to any store as the "starter" is NOT cheap, and it's full of the most basic pieces- nothing that will appeal to anything other than a --- BRAND NEW --- FOW player. Trying to grow a community with bad selection in a deeply saturated market isn't the wisest move a FLGS owner can make, and many pass entirely rather than take the hit on merchandise they can't move.

Even with the downsides, this is a great game. If you're not sure it's for you, try your hand at it at a local convention or hassle your friends to shake the trees for the local players. Despite being a pretty well established group of guys, most of them like to show off their toys and will gladly demonstrate a game or two. You can try it out and see what you think- I promise it is waaaaaaaaaaay more fun than watching paint dry!


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
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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.