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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Gaming on a Budget: Return to Ogre Kingdoms Mountain

Hey everybody, thanks for bearing with me over the past week while I'm not posting (Regularly scheduled HoP Idol resumes this weekend) and thanks to those of you who sent their condolences to me in e-mails and your comments- I appreciate it.

Way back in the infancy of this series- like when it had lots of active readers and commenters ;), I threw up a post on buying in bulk that included tips on buying bulk minis.  With the release of the excellent new Ogre Kingdoms book, I'd like to revisit the concept of bulk miniatures.  My interest in WFB has been waning severely since the release of the new rules set as I've struggled to find an army that excites me.  I still like the Empire, but really don't need another game system where I basically play an immobile gunline.  I've also always been drawn to Skaven, but don't feel the energy to paint a horde army.  I'd been interested in Ogres for quite some time as the represent a playstyle that's relatively new to me and the larger models just look plain old fun.  Sadly, their old book was among the least competitive (or even playable) in the WFB canon. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Weekly Top X - Wavy Gravy

Brent: Well, here we are again, Lauby my man, you and me, together again for Top X here at the House of Paincakes.
Lauby: Indeed, mt good chum.  Though it was nice to let some other people take the reigns while Brent and I got our asses kicked at our respective jobs.
Brent: Yup, so right. Synn and Loq did a bang up job. Sooooooo...
Lauby:  ... they did too good a job.
Brent: the hell are we supposed to follow that? They had a party, and women, and talent - what have we got?
Lauby:  The great equalizers, Brent.  Experience and a poor sense of self preservation.
Brent: If you say so.

We're just like hobos, really.
1) Roll With It - Coming of Age
Brent: When did I grow up? I’ll let you know when it happens.
Lauby: No, no, no Brent.  It's plain for all the world to see that you and I are still, basically, man-children.  When did you 'grow-up' as a hobbyist?
Brent: As a player, I can’t say I know. As a Blogger, life definitely began for me at the first BolsCon. I created Strictly Average primarily to outline my efforts for that event... which is ironic, considering nobody read it until much later.
Lauby:  I'm not sure that's actual irony.  But what evs.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

User Content Wesnesday - Tales from the Jungle: Unit Fillers: Practical or the Cheap Way Out?”

We've been holding off on the User Content Wednesdays a bit to give HoP Idol some breathing room.  Sadly, a death in the family and some delays with the Quick Fire challenge have cropped up, so we're probably going to be behind by a week (but NOT cancelled).  In the meantime, I found this near little post over on Jungles of Lustria and had intended that it be in a Top X.  Which didnt happen, so here we are.  I think the title of this post is a contender for "most actually necessary colons in a blog title".

One of the things that I tend to notice about WHFB is the many growing trends that have taken place over the last several years. You may know that I’ve been playing for 11 years now and have seen some cool things along the way. Some of the latest trends that I’ve seen are the use of a display board for showing off your army at tournaments, Homemade Wound and Tick Markers, Spell Cards, and Homemade Turn Markers. Many of these things go above and beyond the normal requirement of just having a fully painted army. Some of the best converted models I’ve ever seen have nothing to do with the army at all but are instead just a placeholder to serve as a centerpiece… If you’ve read my blog lately, you’ll know that I recently created a Unit Filler for my Saurus Warriors. This is now the 3rd Unit Filler that I have in my army and it is by far the biggest one. It is on a chariot sized base and therefore “counts as” 8 models. Unit Fillers have become a huge trend in Warhammer and one that I don’t believe is going to go away. The most current edition of Warhammer focuses more on large blocks of infantry and many of us felt that when we switched from 7th edition to the 8th. It caused us to upgrade our units to include more troops than we were normally accustomed to. With that, came the inclusion of Unit Fillers. I myself had to upgrade units of 20 Saurus Warriors to 30 and 36, which is not cheap in this hobby. So I’ve heard people talk about unit fillers and their role in the Warhammer world… Some say they are nice addition to the unit, if done correctly, and really make the entire unit stand out. Others say that it’s a cheap way to get out of buying new models and a way to save yourself some money so that you don’t have to go buy that $35 box of 10 (plastic) models… To me, it’s a little bit of both.

Gettin' Grimy With SinSynn

Hey, folks, SinSynn here.

So I thought I'd shake things up a bit this week and flip the script.
Usually I make an effort in my posts positive, I guess.
When I discuss something in a negative fashion, I try to balance it with something positive.

And when that fails, I use lotsa italics and bold text.
(sometimes both...and CAPS, too. Nyah)

And pics! Lots and lots of pics....

*So here's Megan in a bikini, and Megan in ANOTHER bikini, and oh my god I just...well, y'know*

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Quest for Perfection.....

There's a lot of choice available to a new 40K player,

He can go with an army of space robots, super soldiers, nuns with guns, space bugs or any number of other army flavours and when he's decided on the codex he wants to use he can then take that choice in any direction he wants...from pure assault, to gun-lines and anything else in between.....

That's the theory at least.

The reality is somewhat different...

Monday, September 5, 2011

HoP Idol Delay

Due to a death in my family, I'm not going to be able to write up the results today or reveal who has immunity.

Things should be back to schedule Tuesdayish.

Thanks for understanding.

New Member Monday - No Laboring on Labor Day

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] When Plans Fall Apart

Planning for the future 

When you run and own a business, plans are inevitably part of the deal. Plans for renovations, new product lines, growth, expansion, employees, and much more. Thinking ahead to the future is part and parcel of running a business, and to be even remotely effective, embracing ideas for things yet to come is essential.

If you're any good at all, you don't just plan for the good stuff. You plan for the bad stuff, too.You have to plan for fire, tornadoes. medical emergencies, and much more. You hope that you never have to use your plans, and constantly adjust as challenges change.

We've been lucky, and we haven't had to enact very many of the plans we've made at all. We've been surprised by a situation once or twice, and reacted well. But we were recently faced by something that we had plans for, and those plans fell completely apart.

We've been in business for almost five years, and we've never had to deal with shoplifiting until very recently. TheDude and I have talked about it, and even done things to help minimize our exposure and risks to that problem. Unfortunately, we had to face theft in the past week or so.

TheDude and I knew what we wanted out response to this situation to be. We felt pretty strongly that a particular approach and action was the appropriate way to deal with theft. Our plan had been set for quite a while, and we both felt comfortable with what to do.

And then the worst happened. Some teenagers tried to walk out with some Magic cards in their pockets (that had not yet been paid for).

And our plans totally went to shit.

We were just so surprised and upset by the attempt that we completely forgot the plan.

Since the episode, TheDude and I have talked about our original plan, and decided it probably needs revision.  We don't know what our new plan is going to be, but we know that what we did sure won't work.

We sure don't want to do anything in haste, but we need to address this concern in a mature and business responsible manner. Coming up with a resolution and policy for the future is definitely on the agenda, but it will probably involve asking other FLGS owners about their experiences. We're pretty good at listening to the expertise of others, as well as adapting to whatever we happen to face.

While TheDude and I confer on this situation and try to come up with a new plan, I'd love to hear from other folks. If you happen to know your local FLGS' policies regarding theft, would you be so kind as to share?

Thanks for checking in, and see you next week.