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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Von Show #9 - The Games I Play

Yes yes yes I know the numbering's slipped.  This is what happens when you change your mind halfway through a three-week dump of pre-recorded footage that you hastily edit while you should be working.  Normal service, i.e. the single-week dump of fresh-recorded footage that I hastily edit while I should be working, has now been resumed.  I blame any factual errors, lapses into slackjawed silence, or outbursts of TVTropes-speak on the lack of a script.  It's been a busy week, okay?


Friday, January 27, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Arkhan Land is a Dumb Name

For one brief moment I was going to do this week's Top X on the 6th edition leak.  But I pulled back at the last second.  I just can't shake the fact that most of you out there just don't care about a rule set that is  maybe half real or probably mostly fake.


The last attempts with this new 'search and return' format have been focused on the written word.  But what about a more visual medium?  With that question burning in my mind, I decided to do a Top X on painting and modeling.  Today's subject: the Land Raider in all it's glory.

Blog Name: Scratchbuilt 40k
 - Mk1 Land Raider Tutorial:  A pretty amazing step by step (in four parts) for your very own Mk1 Land Raider.

Blog Name:  The Waaagh Heresy
 - unbagging forgeworld: Heresy era Land Raider part - A nice little overview of what you can get from Forgeworld if you're not into all that DIY stuff.

Blog Name: Outsyder Gaming
 - Remote Controlled Land Raider: Pretty self explanatory but super neat.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gaming on a Budget - Things You Shouldn't Buy

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of gaming on a budget!  Dethtron's tied up with a little something he likes to call "ensuring I can pay my mortage" - whatever THAT means - so I'm filling in.

As usual, my contribution will be a little off beat, but I won't be asking you to spend a bunch of money or trying to stretch a paragraph's worth of information on plastic bags out to a full post.

Today, I will be listing off a number of things that you shouldn't buy.  Thusly, I will head off the spending mistake banditos at the pass and allow the train that is your finances to make it to El Paso intact and un-robbed.

Space banditos, if you prefer.
So, here is a short list of items you may be tempted to buy as a gamer - but shouldn't bother with.  This is all first hand experience.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SinSynn: When Good Models Go Bad


Hey, folks, SinSynn here.

Man, do I love me some Tau Crisis Suits.
I mean, seriously, I'm an anime, sci-fi kinda guy, and...I love me some Crisis Suits.

Well, everything except the little 'ball in socket' ankles, which sit in their big, mechanical feet.
...cuz they always break.

If a Crisis Suit takes a tumble, and does that hideous 'skittering across the floor' thing that models do when knocked from gaming tables (as we stand there, horribly aghast and frozen in fear), I can virtually assure you he'll break an ankle.
Or two.

Oh, and usually, the lil' ball from the ankle breaks off in the foot, and yer kinda screwed.
Sigh.

Author's Note:
Listen...I saw Underworld: Awakening in Imax 3D tonight, and it was da awesome.
Now I realize that at this point, most bloggers would place a Crisis Suit pic right about here...
I am not most bloggers, however.

*So this is what you'll get instead. You're welcome*

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A reasonably unbiased opinion on 6th Edition (Maybe).

I don't like change.

The saying "If it ain't broke don't fix it" seems entirely fine as a philosophy to me.  Of course with Games Workshop involved we need to also add the slightly paraphrased saying "If it ain't broke don't break it..."

As pretty much all 40K players who have been paying attention are aware a certain 'document' has hit the internet which is supposed to be the 6th edition rule-set (or an early play-test copy of it at least). The fact that it's full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes doesn't necessarily mean that it's not genuine as lets be honest there are a great many finished codices out there that are fucking full of them. Based on various information sources I am led to believe that 'early test copy' is the most likely explanation and I'm going to discuss it based on that basic premise.

The interwebs reaction to it has been the usual split into two camps...

Monday, January 23, 2012

SinSynn Supplemental: FoW, dealing with reserves in your list

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

In Flames of War, list design begins with picking your flavor- Infantry, Mech, or Tanks.
After that, a 'combined arms' list seems a safe approach, doesn't it?
A few mandatory core units, supported by some anti-tank assets and artillery certainly sounds like a good idea.

Combined arms is how war is done in real life, after all.

Flames of War is a game, though.

Despite it's 'historical' branding, like all mini games it has some mechanics that influence list design, and it comes as no surprise that these mechanics outweigh 'historical' or 'real life' considerations when building said list.

For example, a typical 'combined arms' Infantry list might look something like this, in it's most basic form:

HQ
Full Infantry Platoon
Full Infantry Platoon
Full Infantry Platoon
Armor Platoon
AT Guns
Artillery Platoon

Seems like a good list. Got a little of everything.
Six platoons is a good number, since in reserve missions you'll have 3 platoons on the table (an odd number of platoons means that 'more than half' will stay in reserves in FoW), which should be enough...in theory, right?

New Member Monday - Young Turk

Hello and Welcome back to the House of Paincakes!  It's, perhaps, been a while (maybe).  Have you lost weight?  You look great!  Very sexually harassable. So, so harassable.

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Incidentally, have you ever tried to have a serious conversation about the House of Paincakes?  I know I have, and boy howdy does our name make it difficult.

Anyway, we're fired up for a busy week of blogging that will probably include a post by GMort this time around.  And two from SinSynn!  It's our little way of celebrating National Braille Literacy Month.  We may not be blind, but I can guarantee that every one of our authors is prepared to touch things with their fingers.

New Member Monday

Mr. Lee's Painting Emporium
Keywords:  Warhammer Fantasy, Dark Elves, Historical Wargaming, Painting, Modeling, Living in Turkey


Sunday, January 22, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Intelligent Design: Mechanics (Part 2)

This week, I'm taking the basic "pillars" of mechanics and looking beyond the basics. I'm examining what works, what doesn't, and ways to make the basics work for a more fun game.

I'm talking to a lot of folks, and I've gotten some great feedback.

Let's get to it.