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Saturday, February 11, 2012


Friday, February 10, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Long-distance Roleplaying

No I said Selleck, not Stelek...geez

 As one gets older, one is faced with a seemingly endless stream of bullshit.  Do I really need new brakes for my car?  How do groceries disappear so quickly?  Where have all of my friends moved?

And that latter dilemma is the one we'll be concerned with today.  What happens when you've got a regular game night going and all of your friends begin to move away?  You'll probably miss playing pretty soon.  It's time to try and hook up a long-distance game.

If you were playing a tabletop wargame, odds are the fine folks at Vassal has probably got some kind of emulator for you, legal or otherwise.  What if it's a roleplaying game?  Well, then it's time to improvise. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

User Content - 40k in a Flash + Campaign

Hello ladies, gentleman and people who reject rigid definitions of gender.  While we're waiting for Dethtron's weekly Gaming on a Budget, I thought I'd share a neat chunk of content from one of our many, amazing blog roll members.

Col. Dracus over at his very own Journal has posted some rules for an interesting 40k campaign that has rally caught my imagination.  It's quick, it's easy and I think it'd be a great thing to build a fully painted army challenge around. Hell, I've been planning army lists for the last couple of days and I'm not even playing 40k at the moment!

I put all of them on a FLASH drive!

Anyway, It's an interesting mix of small scale games, fast play and a persistent territory system.  Most of the rules are grabbed from ye olden days of White Dwarf with some updates as needed.

40k in a Flash!:  the introductory post with the basic rules

LAtCS Forum Thread:  the complete rules, a selection of edits/updates and some army ideas from the players

40k in a Flash! Bat Rep:  An excellent introduction to how these speedy, small scale games play out.

I heartily encourage you all to check it out.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SinSynn and the Helpful Hamster

Hey, folks, SinSynn here.

 The problem with having a Hamster living in your head is that sometimes, he gets out.

Well, that's one of the problems. I don't wanna get into the whole 'waste management' issue.
Trust me, you don't wanna know.

So lemme tell you what happened the other day.

I'm sleeping, and....

'Sinsynn....wake up.'


'Oh, fer the love of....WAKE UP!'

'What? Huh? I was nowhere near Miss Fox's house last night, officer. That sample you're holding did not come from me...'

'Sigh...wake up, you moron. We've got stuffs to do.'

'Mmmmf. Wait....Hamster? What are you doing out? And...what time is it?'

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Always Have a Battleplan...

There is an old saying that goes something like "No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy". Of course this is a fair point but even the most poorly organised of military forces have at least a vague idea of what they're going to do.....
Many 40K players however seem to have no idea about what their units are going to do once their on the table and that's if they've even bothered to work out where on the table they need to go....


Monday, February 6, 2012

Community Announcement: Old Stuff Day is Approaching

Just a quick announcement for this fine Monday evening.  Thor from Creative Twilight has taken up the mantle of last year's Old Stuff day.  I'll let him explain:

Last year Rob at Warhammer 39,999 began Old Stuff Day. In short, it’s a day where every blogger showcases articles they’ve done over past year (or longer), that might have fallen off the radar, maybe it’s just something you’d like to bring attention to again, stuff you may have done before you gained popularity or just anything you’re exceptionally proud of.

Lately Rob hasn’t been doing a lot of blogging and so you probably haven’t seen anything regarding it for this year, which is why I’m mentioning it. I’ve talked with Rob and it’s time to put it out there again. March 2nd is Old Stuff Day. So, take some time and go through your archive to find those articles you want to showcase and draw attention to. Rob said it best last year when he explained what Old Stuff Day is.

New Member Monday - EEEEEEEE!

Hello, everyone and welcome to our 77th week of operation!  It's not too important a milestone, I just wanted to thank everyone for making it possible and making it great.

Additional and special thanks to Lo and SinSynn for their version of a birfday present last Friday   It was thoughtful and hilarious.  Much like The Life Aquatic or C.H.U.D. Though I do feel like I have to make one tiny correction.  The news of my hangover was greatly exaggerated.  Not once did I pee in front of either of those jerks!  But the post was nice anyways.

Anyways, it's that time again!

New Member Monday

Keywords: 40k, painting and modeling, project logs, bat reps

Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy & 40K centric, with an emphasis on hobby

And we have a winning essay this week.  Well... it's not so much an essay as it is a single sentence.

So, in response to the the tried and true "why are you God's gift to the internet", Arydadan of Elfen Stuff Up had this to say:

I got nothing... I check my articles for spelling errors?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Intelligent Design : Tone

I'm back from my break. I'm talking about the TONE of games and how that effects design, or how design effects tone, dependent on the situation.

I think it might help to define tone, so we can break it down and talk about it among ourselves. I found two definitions that really work for my purposes today: