Funny Things

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Von Show #11 - "I cast Detect Asshat!"

Slightly shorter than usual this week 'cause my throat's packing in. Sorry if the voice isn't quite as sultry as usual, too.

Friday, February 17, 2012

New Citadel Paint Inbound?

OK, so the HoP is probably not the first place you'd probably come to get rumors, but there's a reason for this- we don't like to participate in the dissemination of complete and utter horse shit.  Without some kind of hard evidence, most rules don't really hold up.  Here, I'll start one- Take this Internet....

Squats are coming in the Q4 black box next year.  Their background has been altered slightly to explain that they were not wiped out, but went on a journey in the good ship deceiver to probe other galaxies and time continua and have just returned to take their revenge on Pedro Cantor for calling one of them short during a formal dress dinner party.  This has been said to appeal to both fans of Heinlein and "Downton Abbey."

Oh, I forgot I had a point and a real rumor to substantiate.  More after the jump.

The Weekly Top X - Just BeCosby

Oh holy hell... I just took a trip through the way back machine and was forced to confront the fact that Brent and SinSynn made you all look at gross tentacle stuff waaaay back in September.  Here's the link in case you forgot what it was like.  I've come to think of it as something the House of Paincakes should make amends for.   Not because I feel bad about personally or anything, but just because it's expected.  It's a lot like Tiger Woods apology for all the sex he had with those women.

So today's Top X will be much more family friendly.  So long as that family is the Huxtables... and you ignore the first paragraph.

It's time for the Top X.  With me, as always, is my co-host:  Animated GIFs of Bill Cosby.

except this one

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

SinSynn: Honor In Gaming

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

When Grand Theft Auto IV released, my stepson immediately took a shine to the multiplayer mode known as Cops and Crooks.
The premise of this game type is that one team plays Crooks, and attempts to reach a 'getaway vehicle,' while the other team of Cops tries to stop them.
Well, that's the way it's SUPPOSED to be played- my stepson didn't see it that way.

And so, the first thing him and his lil' squad of buddies would do when they spawned in is immediately team kill anyone who wasn't 'down with them,' and proceed to destroy the getaway vehicle so no one is going anywhere, hunt down the opposing team, and kill the crap outta them using a combination of glitches (spamming the crouch button and firing a shotgun produces an 'automatic shotgun' effect, for example- no more pumping between rounds), and vicious pack tactics.
He sent his favorite controller out to be 'modded,' even.

He was quite proud of his Top 100 ranking on the worldwide leaderboards, too.
Right up until he received his first 'Code of Conduct' ban of 24 hours.
This was followed by the 72 hour ban, the week and month long bans, and eventually his account was killed by Microsoft altogether.
His Gamer Score, records, position on the Leaderboards, and everything else, gone.

*Feel the power*

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Music to Game By

Yes, this was once a series that I attempted to write for Blood of Kittens and no, I was never able to fully realize it.  The idea was to put a soundtrack to each of the races and factions of 40K.  Overly ambitious- yes!  Crazy of me to think I could write for 3 or more blogs at once- certainly!  At any rate, I got through about a third of the races before real life took over and I had to unceremoniously let the project fall by the wayside.

Music, however, has always been and remains a very important part of my life and my games.  As such, I'm always interested in trying to figure out the perfect record to play during my games.  Would a selection of German cabaret music add that extra something special to my FoW games?  Should my pal Frank be forced to pump Sabbat every time he takes the field with his Chaos Marines?  Somehow, the answer to all of these questions and more seems to be yes.

Monday, February 13, 2012

SinSynn Supplemental: FoW 3rd Edition First Impression

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

Time to crack open the new Flames of War 3rd Edition rulebook, and see what's goin' on!

No preamble necessary, amirite? Let's just get right to it.

*Still has that 'new rulebook' smell*

New Member Monday - Right in the Childhood

Hello everyone!  I'll keep this brief since many of you will no doubt need as much time as you can get to jeer at the re-release of The Phantom Menace.  In 3D no less.  And by all means, heap as much derision on that cinematic stillbirth as you can.  Give in to your hate.  Not only is it a bad movie, but it also puts the relative quality of episodes IV, V, VI in stark relief.  The Phantom Menace ruined Star Wars for me FOREVER is what I'm saying.

GAH!  Ah the nostalgia is being ripped from my body!

But there is some good news as always on this fine Monday.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

[Musings of a Blog Haver] the Sponsors

I know you we're all expecting to see another wonderful Musings article courtesy of the incomparable Loquacious, but she's having a birfday and has the day off.  So it's up to me to entertain you this fine Sunday Evening.  Now I just need to make sure I do as good a job of her as she did for me. Only I don't have that handsome rapscallion, SinSynn, to help me out.  But come to think of it he can't hinder me either...

I think what makes Lo's Musings series truly interesting is that she's pulling back the curtain on an area of our hobby lives that the vast majority of us only have a passing understanding of.  She's an actual game store owner.  As we've found out, what goes on behind the counter (so to speak) is fascinating.  Which is not to downplay her excellent writing ability and wit, it's just that those are the vehicles rather than the cargo.

Imagine this crashing into your brain.
My grand intention for today is to attempt something similar with blogging.  Which puts me on shaky ground to start with since blogging is a whole hell of a lot more common than game store owning.  So it behooves me to try and articulate the unique parts of my experience with the House of Paincakes.  There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes as it turns out - more than I had anticipated when Dethtron and I first planted our flag out there.