Funny Things

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Von Show #12 - A Very Special Day

Sorry about that. Back now. Still feel a bit rubbish in the voice department, but at least I actually remembered to record something this week, right?

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Old Stuff Day

Did you remember?  Did ya?  It's OK if you didn't, it's not like it only happens once a year or anything. Oh...  that's EXACTLY what it's like.  Well, WE didn't forget about Old Stuff Day!  So you can take heart in that at least.

Which is where this Top X comes in.  I thought that I could kill two birds with one stone and do a Top X of the most read posts on the House of Paincakes.  As it so happened, number one on the list was a post about Big Jim's army was stolen.  Lame.  So I revised the criteria a little and decided to do a Top X entry for each one of our authors.  So today, a self referential Old Stuff Top X - the most read post from each of out authors.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Intelligent Design Supplemental

I just wanted to throw out a quick heads up for all the Intelligent Design fans out there.  Lo is running a kind of leftovers special over at her own blog (World of Wonder) and was too timid and polite to abuse her powers here at the House of Paincakes.

The first interview is up in it's totality so you can see all the cool stuff that hit the cutting room floor for the actual posts that appear here.  First up is Brian of a Gentleman's Ones fame.

Here's the linky to series:  Intelligent Design Interviews

Here's a  picture of some cool as balls marines from A Gentleman's Ones to pad out this post's length:

Gaming on a Budget: Spare Parts Month

Spring is in the air.  With that comes a desire in me to get some much needed cleaning done around the old game room.  And with that much needed cleaning came the realization that I have an ass load of spare parts laying around.

One of the dethtron secrets to being a cheapskate and hoarding absolutely everything is hoarding absolutely everything.  Seriously, I don't throw much of anything out.  In the past I've even showed you folks how to use bits of sprue.... in at least two separate articles (article numero uno y dos).  Now, you can bet your ass if a kit comes with any extra parts I'm not getting rid of them.  Instead, I save them in clearly labeled boxes, right next to my jars of urine.

and these are only some of my spares...

Well, as you can see from the picture above, I've amassed myself a little collection of parts there.  But there's a reason for all of this- it saves me money!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SinSynn on Why Complaining is Important

Hey, folks, SinSynn here.

My good time buddy, and simultaneously most hated enemy, the Ultimate Rival, is currently infuriated with me.
Why, You ask?
Well, it seems he's not happy with many of my opinions regarding Flames of War version 3.
I gave the new rulebook a grade of C a few weeks back, and that really ground his gears.
How dare I insinuate that Flames of War is not perfect? How dare I point out what I perceive as 'wackiness,' and use terms like 'bloated' in reference to this divine guide to gaming with WWII miniature models?

He labeled me 'complainer.'

*Yeah, that's me*

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Importance of Balance.

Several of my friends went to a tournament at Warhammer World in Nottingham this weekend...

This might not be an advert for the actual tournament they went to but it's close enough...
As usual the venue was first class, the tables had a nice mix of scenery and there was a bar...but like many of Games Workshops events the 'fun at all costs' posse had decided to stick their fluffy bits into the works.

Monday, February 27, 2012

SinSynn Supplemental: More Flames of War 3rd (with slightly better batrep pics)

Hey, folks, SinSynn here.

Talkin' Flames of War.

What can I say? I'm happy.
Flames of War 3rd is da awesome, especially when combined with some of the new lists in the Grey Wolf book.
Well, for me it is, cuz I play Axis.

My Grenadiers have gotten considerably better, thanks to some of the new rules, like Combat Attachments increasing the stand count for platoons- ever so important for 'more than half' morale checks.
HMG teams are RoF 3 when pinned or moving, and are cheaper in the Grey Wolf lists, etc.

*My Grenadiers- now moar shooty! Xenos HQ guards the objective, a burning Sherman. Arty Observer has the blue base*

New Member Monday - Yeah, Baby!

Ladies, gentleman, man-children of all ages:  welcome to another funderful week at the House of Paincakes!

man baby!
This first post of the work week is designed to be a kind and gentle island of tranquility since Lo's Intelligent Design series has started wrap up.  Not to worry, Lo will still write for us, but what new treasures she will unearth are not known to the likes of me.   But man, I'm gonna miss the design series.  

In hindsight, my choice of picture does not really help the tranquility thing.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Intelligent Design: Putting it all Together

The Intelligent Design Series has been a lot of fun, and a huge challenge. For this series, I really wanted to talk about the elements a designer looks at when creating a new game for us to play. I wanted to address more than just a single piece of the puzzle, I hoped to touch on everything that is involved in new material.

Designers think differently and put differing priorities on the various elements we've discussed thus far. Some elements are harder to effect than others. Certain pieces of the puzzle elude game creators and others just don't matter to them. It's a rare designer (or group of designers) that actively looks to (or succeeds in) include all the parts and makes it an effortless and sucessful design for us to enjoy.

What makes a game great?