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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The 'Poop Rules, Great Model' Dilemma

For all the issues that Games Workshop has, there's one thing that I think we can all agree upon...

Their models are fucking awesome*

*With some minor exceptions *Cough* Stormbrick..I mean Stormraven *Cough*

Unfortunately Games Workshops ability to write balanced rules is somewhat hit and miss. This creates an issue whereby a certain army and unit combination comes into favour amongst the competitive (and semi-competitive) community which with some codices best unit choices can occasionally look quite dull on the table-top. Even those individuals with exceptional painting skill will be hard pressed to make twelve Razorbacks look interesting...


Monday, April 23, 2012

Cool Stuff: Roll20 -- Virtual tabletop gaming that tells a story

A while back, Dethtron regaled you with the epic tale of how we managed to create a stable RPG group despite the fact that only two of the four of us lived in the same state.

For those of you unable or unwilling to click on my handy embedded link, the basic idea was that we used a collection of free online tools as a replacement for actually being in the same room.  It worked pretty well and it was free, but it was not without it's issues.  Mostly due to the fact that it was essentially a bunch of stuff duct taped together.

That was then.

In the present, I discovered something pretty neat on Kickstarter.

Essentially, it's a completely web-based bundle (no downloading) of all the tools my buddies and I were using in the past years. Plus, like a million other features. It's also integrated so you're only using ONE program rather than 4+.

The kickstarter has already met it's funding goal, and I am by no means urging you to spend money.  I just wanted to bring this to your attention since it seems like it'll be pretty neat once it's done.  Also, I was wistfully thinking of Von the other day and this just jumped out at me.


New Member Monday - Refer Madness

As ominously promised, part two of the weeding was completed last week.  So I thought I'd make a reference to everyone's favorite drug scare movie.  And then make a pun in the post title on account of all the reference I'm making.  Look...I know it's lame.  But weeding is depressing.  Obtuse jokes are all I have right now!

Well, obtuse jokes and cheap hooch.
Anyway, same deal as last week, first the good news, then the butcher bill.

Remember, if you want your blog moved to a different roll, now's the time to let us know.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] On Blogs

While the internet is full of oddities, there is a lot of cool stuff out there. What I have found interesting is the way the web has changed.

I've been on the internet for a good 16 years or so- way back in the days of dial up, Tripod, Geocities, AltaVista and Yahoo. I've seen a lot of interesting cycles- from when "blinkies", flashing bits, popups and/or GIFs were all the "best" the web had to offer, and when IRC and ICQ were all the rage, to rings and endless linkbacks and cluttered interfaces, to today with blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

remember this? 


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tea and Biscuits with Lauby and Frontline Gamer: Starting the Hobby, part 3

Here we are with part three of the conversation Frontline Gamer and I are having while we sub in for the delightfully bearded Von.  Last week we ended things up on a discussion of the the perfect gateway product - the trashy novel!  But you can read all of that here.

FG: I think we’ve pretty much covered the whole gateway product haven’t we? I think we agree that it’s certainly not just the product itself, but more that the industry needs to do more in general to engage with potential new customers. Is that about where we are at? The idea that perhaps simply preaching to the converted isn’t going to rope that many new people in. It seems to this observer that many games companies are willing to leave it to Serendipity when it comes to recruitment. That’s no way to run a business in my mind, but they’ve relied for so long on the goodwill of us gamers to do the hard work for them, well I say we need help because the player base for a lot of these games remains fragile and underdeveloped in many regions around the globe. I mean you’ve said to me that you’re basically living in a gaming wilderness, what’s that like?

Pictured: a typical gaming wilderness


Friday, April 20, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Smiles and Hugs FOREVER!

FOREVER!  I really got nothing for an intro today, so enjoy this Parry Gripp tune, get pumped and get reading.

1) Blood of Kittens - Meat for Meta: A friendly 6th edition reminder…
This post really resonated with me. Equal parts impassioned and measured and on a topic that is quite important for me This may seriously be the only post about 6th edition you’ll need to read until well after it comes out.

2) Eldar Addict - Custom Talos WIP and Space Hulk Mission List
I dunno much about the Talos except that this dude’s painted examples are one of the best sales pitches you could find for the kit. The rest of his Dark Eldar ain’t too shabby either. And by that I mean they are amazeballs.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Getting Buggered by the Empire, a Review of Sorts

Fair warning in advance, since that's apparently what we're doing this week- this post will be a return to form for your old pal dethtron.  If you're not sure what exactly that means..... you're about to fucking find out.

It's on!

I'll get the budget part out of the way first, since that's what I'm allegedly here to do.  Simply put, if you happen to be sitting on a few Empire miniatures, it's time to make an army on the cheap.  Given the recent points increases in the new book, your army list just got a shitload smaller.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Lowest Common Denominator

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

I should probably warn you straight away that this post contains cursing, and a lil' venomous ranting.

I haven't even written it yet, and I know it will contain these things. As I type these words, it's just a concept in my mind. I know what I want to convey to you, but it's a subject that fills me with such animosity that I'm fairly sure that at some point I might just lose it, and start...going off.
Today I will be discussing that segment of the Terran population I've dubbed 'the lowest common denominator.'
Very few things on this planet make me quite this angry.

*I nailed all the exits shut before setting the fire*


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Is My Army Any Good?

So you've decided to invest in a new army.

Maybe your bored of your old one, need a new a challenge, have discovered some hideously broken combination in a new codex or are attracted by some new pretty models or interesting background material...whatever the reason, I'm presuming your going to use the army at some point and perhaps would like to win a game or two with it.

Of course if you don't care about whether your army is going to win a game then feel free to ignore this article completely or just skip to the end and I'll include a picture of Kate Beckinsale for no apparent reason.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Community Announcement: Headshots from the Heart Charity Drive

Here's a little something to warm the cockles of your collective hearts this fine Monday evening.

Seriously though, they do look pretty cold.
The illustrious and talented Dave G of Wargaming Tradecraft is gearing up for what promises to be a fascinating combination of a video game marathon and painted model auction.  For charity!

Specifically, Child's Play.

Here's the skinny:

Dave and his wife (and a whole host of other fine folks) are planning on playing Borderlands for a day straight (24 human hours to you SinSynn) and raising money from pledges - either a lump sum or based on how many headshots the charitable team can produce.

Beyond that, Dave will be painting up some themed miniatures as part of a two-pronged assault.

Did I mention that the whole thing will be webcast?  A crack team of support people are involved so you can follow along in the action.

Full details can be found at Wargaming Tradecraft or the Headshots from the Heart page.  I urge you to head on over there and donate whatever you can - money or just plain ol' gettin' the word out.

Since this event doesn't take place until late may, I recommend that you stay tuned to the Headshots mainpage to check in on the painting progress that'll be there.


New Member Monday - Trade Deficit

All right ladies and gentleman, we've got a lot to cover today.  First, the happyfun news:  New members! Three of them this week.  Well... two and a move.

I see Lead People
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Bloodbowl, Imperial Guard, Night Lords, WIP, Conversions

Armoured Sentinel
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Tyranids, Imperial Guard, Doubles Tournaments

Watching Paint Dry
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Skaven, Space Wolves, WIP, Ogre Kingdoms, Orcs & Goblins, Blood Angels

On a less exciting note, we completed the first round of weeding.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] A Funny Thing Happened...

Last week I set out to talk about the internet in an in depth way, with the idea that I would try to avoid painting things with broad strokes. I mentioned that I have a lot to say about the weird and wonderful web. Now it's time to get to it.

First up, I figured I would talk about the subject I know the least about, so let me know if it's lame.

Yeah, that way I have plenty of time to be told I'm wrong and learn my lesson...

Forums have a definite place in the structure and ranks of the internet, offering a place and opportunity for communicating ideas and information.  The ability to be heard on a topic, and discuss with others interested in the same ideas gives a lot of us geeks some kind of hope.

And that ability also gives us a bad reputation.

I haven't ever been a member of a forum, but I've read them many times. I spent quite a lot of time perusing places like DakkaDakka and Bolter & Chainsword, and I continually came away from those experiences profoundly disappointed in ... well...just about everything...

Somehow, the very nature of forums allows the worst of us to come out, and act like  jerks to each other. I found instance after instance of downright creepy and mean attitudes, snark and general jackassery.

Forums have very little direct impact on me or my business. However, when a topic is hot or very popular on one of the sites, we get some conversation in the store. That's usually a pretty good thing, and I am generally grateful. It pains me to see people getting butt hurt over them, but when customers want stuff or talk about whatever they heard about on the 'net, I can't complain too much.

I know there's a lot I haven't addressed- but I don't know a lot about forums.  I'd love to hear what you have to say, and talk about it with you further in the comments.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tea and Biscuits with Lauby and Frontline Gamer: Starting the Hobby, part 2

Frontline Gamer and I are still subbing in for Von while he's on walkabout.  Last Saturday we kicked off a conversation about starting the hobby in this day and age.  Our intention was to wrap things up in one post and move onto other important questions like "do red ones really go faster?" or "what's the deal with airline food?".    Once we were past the first paragraph, it was quickly apparent this was gonna be a multi-parter.  So begins part 2 right were we left off last week.

Lauby: Ah good, we’re moving on to a game company that’s worthy of my scorn! Actually, I can’t afford to be quite that flippant. Starting over: I think there are a lot of flaws with Privateer Press on the whole. Obviously, none of them seem to be crippling the game but they’re there. Now, as much fun as it would be rake HoMachine over the coals, it could quickly take over the conversation.

Get it! hahaha.


Friday, April 13, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Fearful Symmetry

9 New Members this past Monday and 9 Top X picks?!  It'd be fate if it weren't for the simple fact that I fudged the Top X part.  Like anyone would believe that it was just serendipity that I happened to only picked 9 posts anyways.

Anywho, it's symmetrical.  Like book ends. Kind of.  Except for Saturday and Sunday.  Hey!  Look over there!!

1) Incarias Speaks - Warhammer Fantasy: My Reactions to the New Empire
Every time a new army comes up the ol’ tubes immediately get clogged up with people trying to be the first one to comment on it. Actually, it occurs to me that I am being a dick. The point is that this post by Incarias is so much more than a simple look at new kits. There’s a real commentary on how 8th edition is shaping up and it’s worth your time.

2)Warhammer In Progress - Ideal-Ideas #1 - Spawn
This is what I call a Top X value added feature. A post about more posts. I could stop now and this would technically be a 8 count Top X. To bring us back to the point of this entry: Warhammer in Progress has collected a bunch of cool homegrown spawn and were not moving on until you look at all of them. Speaking of Tenuous links to William Blake, this is also a fantastic link back to our latest Gaming on a Budget post since it was also pretty spawn-tastic.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Spare Parts Month HoP Member Project Extravaganza

As promised, week 8 or so of spare parts month will close out the series with a collection of projects submitted by HoP members.

We had some great submissions and I even found a new blog to drool over in the process of this.  Thanks to everyone who submitted.

How it feels to be pimped by the HoP; artist's interpretation

Without further hoopla and ado, here are the creme de la creme entries. (Hint- blog names are links to the site that submitted the project)


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Epic Spring Cleaning Battle is Epic

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

Have you ever noticed that Terran females have a way of saying your name in such a way that you just know you're in trouble?
A certain tone, a certain pitch, and lethally cold chills will run up your spine. Bladders and bowels may be voided, as well. At the very least, a Terran female calling your name in 'that manner' will immediately make you do a quick mental rundown of your actions since the last time you got in trouble....
'What did I do? Think, man!'

*You can bet she's not yelling 'Come fulfill yer fantasies with me NOW!*

Since the Crazy Lady I Live With is blessed by Satan with the ability to yell my name in such a way that I immediately fall to the ground in convulsions, I knew I was doomed the other day when she announced....
Spring Cleaning.
'It's time for you to do something with all those models in the closet you never use.'
If I wasn't having spasms on the floor, I would have attempted immediate resistance. As it was, all I managed was a strangled sounding whine.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Noble Art of Arguing...

There have been several posts on both this network and on various forums about the relative merits of arguing, valuing the opinions of others and other related subjects...The general consensus being that a good debate as long as it's done with mutual respect for the opinions of others can be a constructive force for change for all concerned.....

Which is all-right in principle as long as the other persons opinion is worthy of respect...but more often than not it blatantly isn't and presuming it's going to be of equal merit as your own is like starting a game of Warhammer with the intention of playing for a draw.

I don't play to draw, I play to win ;-)

Therefore with that in mind I'd like to present my guide to winning arguments on the internet.....

1) The Imaginary Friend.
Well my mate *insert made up name here* always wins with Daemons.....


Monday, April 9, 2012

New Member Monday - Lorem Ipsum

We've got another absolutely humongous crop of new blogs this week.  Huzzah, and so forth.  I'm just gonna jump straight in. Also, I'm about 5 hours behind on writing this.  So there's that as well.

Verily, and such.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] "Versus" the Internet

"Don't even get me STARTED on the internet"- Me, to Dethtron; sometime last year

I have a lot to say about the internet -as a game store owner, there are certain level of assumptions that are made about how the internet interacts with retail businesses and their ability to continue to operate. It's not just a whistle in the dark, either. Conversations like this one happen on a long and frequent scale. I have definite information (and even evidence) about that topic, but I really haven't talked about that because it tends to cause arguments (or people ignore my POV because it doesn't match their assumptions).

Rather than argue with a stump, I just leave the arguable things alone.

I think I'm done with that for a while, and I'm discussing the internet. I'll be talking about the topic in what I hope will be an in-depth way, and I'm open to commentary and suggestion. If you want to ignore me, that's cool too.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tea and Biscuits with Lauby and Frontline Gamer: Starting the Hobby, part 1

With Von is taking a short HoP sabbatical, there was an obvious hole in the posting schedule that needed to be filled.  Unfortunately, we can't just keep making SinSynn write about Flames of War indefinitely.  And believe me, we tried.  Luckily, Von has many IRL friends who were willing to help out in his stead.  Frontline Gamer, in particular, jumped at the chance and even had some rather complete thoughts on what we could write about.  

Still not entirely convinced that Frontline Gamer isn't a hyper intelligent cat.
What follows is the first part of a conversation we're having about the nature of our hobby.  The idea being that will we discuss a topic in a semi guided fashion until we reach some kind of conclusion... or Von returns.  Whichever happens first.

Lauby: Waaaaaay back in the dimly remembered days of last october, Frontline Gamer conducted an interview with me as part of the wildly successful HoP Idol contest. A lot of great topics came up and new pals were made. Sadly, far, far too much of what either one of us had to say about anything ended up not written down or on the cutting room floor due to time and space constraints. After having gone back and read through the post to mine it for ideas, I found this question:

Thinking about why you started and when you started, I had a bit of a worrying piece of introspection two weeks ago or so when talking to a friend about starting the hobby right now. If you were looking at the hobby today would you get into it? Because I’m not so sure I would, mainly to do with the upfront cost and time investment required now. Should we be worried about this?

Truly an interesting subject, but we didn’t even get close to exhausting this as a topic of discussion. Let's call that the short answer version. So this is where we start the series at:  the pursuit of the long answer.


Friday, April 6, 2012

The Weekly Top X - All Natural Peni... Post Enlargement

Last week's Top X was a little short for my liking.   Probably for a lot of you out there as well.  I had some grand intentions of falling on my sword and begging for forgiveness, but then I looked at the page views.  So, it looks like I'm a genius?

I am the Val Kilmer in Real Genius to the your "the opposite of that"

This week is different.  This week X equals 10.

1) Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher - Interview with Morf, creator of Pulp City by
Though not actually conducted by Hendybadger himself, I think the service he provided by moving it off a forum so we could all see it on the blog rolls it is well worth recognition. Plus, if you’ve been paying attention, a ton of pulp city stuff has been flowing from this blog and it’s high time I made sure you were all aware of one mans love for super hero fights and the fact that a game like this exists.

2) Fresh Coast 40K - DFG Adepticon Primer Tournament Wrap Up
Adepticon is nearly upon us and if the historical precedents remain constant, we should be in for some very cool reports from the floor, a touch of drama and some amazing results from the Crystal Bursh contest. More immediately though, one of the boys in Michagan attended a primer tounry and did this awesome write up. There was a cool report, some drama (the good kind) and some amazing models. Adepticon in a miniature form.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Spare Parts Month- Ogre BSB part 3, "Conclusion" hyphen semi-colon dot dot dot or is it question mark

As we enter the second month of spare parts month don't forget that next week I will be highlighting your -dear readers- creations made from spare parts.  Send an e-mail with "spare parts month" in the subject line to me at  Be sure to include some pictures of your work and a link to your own site (if you have one) and anything else you might find to be pertinent information.  The pimping you will receive should provide good times and I'm told that my gracious backhand doesn't even leave behind ring marks- how kind am I?

For those of you who have not been following along the last two weeks and were all like 'Ogres, fuck that, I don't give a shit about Ogres' you can get caught up on the previous posts:

Part 1

Part 2

I'd highly encourage you to do so, since I'm going over some pretty basic and universal techniques for finding spare parts to make extra dudes for your army for next to nothing.  The model I'm finishing up today will weigh in at 138 points of my 2,500 point army and cost me basically nothing to make.  He's the leftover gunner from an Ironblaster kit- which you'd know if you were paying attention and would know that I mistakenly called a Thunderfire canon last week if you'd really been paying attention :p


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

You Can't Win An Argument With A Stump...or Can You?

\Hey folks, SinSynn here.

I'm pretty sure most of you are aware that I would argue with a stump, right?
Whatever the subject is, I probably have some sorta opinion on the matter. An opinion I feel strongly enough about to argue over.
If I don't, I'll make one up in a jiffy, and wade right in. That's just the kinda knucklehead I am.

*Y U so stumpy? ANSWER ME!*

When it comes to 'real life' arguments, I'm fairly mature about the whole thing (shhhh! Don't you judge me...this is my post and I'll tell it as I see fit).
Eventually it'll dawn on me that the stump simply isn't gonna comply, and I'll throw my hands up and say 'whatevs, stump.'
Like most adults, I'm acutely aware that it's nearly impossible to change someone's mind (much less a stump's), and it's usually less frustrating and more productive to in the middle somewhere.
That's 'real life,' though. We all know there's no middle ground on the Internet.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

As Balanced as a Rock...

'Broken' armies are somewhat of a myth...

Certain units are inherently powerful and certain combinations of units have a power level beyond that of the sum of their parts but quite often that perceived level of power is an illusion based primarily on the 'myth' of their invulnerability rather than the 'fact' of their invulnerability...


Monday, April 2, 2012

New Member Monday - Seven Samurai

Akira Kurosawa is responsible for some pretty amazing films.  He also did Rashomon which I just plain don't like.  But whatever, everyone has a misstep here and there.  Akira Kurosawa's triumphs far outweigh any halfhearted defense I could give of my, admittedly, off kilter taste.

When I googled for the phrase off kilter, i thought to myself : "surely there has to be a tacky
Celtic  band out there who thought the phrase would make a good name.  I was right!  Sadly.

Yojimbo was so good it's been remade at least two times.  Speaking of amazing things and piss-poor segues, we have a fantastic and large group of new blogs to welcome to the rolls.  So I should probably get on that.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Stumped Results

A couple weeks ago, I put out a call for you guys to "stump" me with your gaming likes, with the idea that I would try to match you up with games you would enjoy. The responses I got were pretty fun (and challenging!), but it's time for me to reveal my results and see if I am any good, or even CLOSE to what you might enjoy. Please let me know how I did!

LAZtheinfamous started off with his criteria.

1. I like to paint models. Love a good looking model. 
2. I have tons of 40K and WHFB stuff, but I've turned away from GW's stuff because of increasing prices. 
3. I love skirmish level games with a hint of campaign-ness. My all time favorite game is Mordheim, but I don't really dig Maulifaux because of the locked nature of the characters. There's no growth, and you can't make your 'own' leader, just the ones they have. 
4. Easy rules are a must, because my most common opponents are my pre-teen sons. They don't have the patience for a real rules heavy game. 


Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Von Show #16 - All Good Things...

Lovely up-the-nose shot there. And still no pop guard for my microphone. I bet the cat's nicked off with it.

Sometimes, you'll get lucky, and your hand will be forced by forceful forces beyond your control. Sometimes, you'll be clever, and pin it all on Mysterious Circumstances. Sometimes, fate and fortune will conspire against you, and you'll have to face the most onerous trial a gamesmaster ever has to face...

Ending The Game.


Friday, March 30, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Homophones and Forgeworld

Hello and welcome back to another Lauby flavored Top X at the House of Paincakes!  I'd also like to give a big special thanks to Laundry Girl (who ever she really is) and SinSynn from the bottom of the robotic pumping machine that passes for my heart.  Last week's post was pretty amazing and you should all read it again.

Now, on to my craziness.

Deep Diction
My original idea for today was to do a Top X based upon my new favorite homophones:  ado and adieu.  But it turns out that singling out people who write 'without further adieu' when the really mean  'without further ado' is not the way to go about making friends.  Some of them could have seriously be rocking one of the cleverest puns I've ever seen.  Plus, I already have enough enemies.  So I still want to mention this little factoid, I just don't want to be any shittier about it than I have to.

Moving on.


Contest Alert - Frontline Gamer and Winged Hell Beasts

Hey Folks, Just a little reminder on behalf of Frontline Gaming for ya today.

He's been on a BaneLegions kick lately and has an absolute double whammy of a post that you should all check out.  It's an interview with a certain amiable fellow by the name of Rob Lane who is one of the Maelstrom Games honchos.  The whole thing is as in depth as it is interesting, but what's more, contained therein is the key you need to enter a fantastical contest to win one of these bad mamajamas:

I shit you not, a 165mm tall resin model is up for grabs and all you have to do is some leisure reading.

So get to it!  The post you need to immerse yourself in for the clues is right here. We've even saved you a step.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: Spare Parts Month- Ogre BSB part 2

As with last week, before I kick this into high gear don't forget that in 2 weeks I will be highlighting your -dear readers- creations made from spare parts.  Send an e-mail with "spare parts month" in the subject line to me at  Be sure to include some pictures of your work and a link to your own site (if you have one) and anything else you might find to be pertinent information.

When we left off last week, I was elbow deep in converting an Ogre Battle Standard Bearer from spare parts.  This has consisted mainly of using the extra ogre gunner left over from making the Scraplauncher instead of the Thunderfire Canon. 

Before getting to far into the standard itself, I was careful to prep the arm to hold it.

The arm I used is positioned perfectly for the task of holding a standard.  It was originally holding straps to aim the (still very dumb) Thunderfire Canon.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FoW Supplemental: Battlefront keeps the party going

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

Flames of War players continue to bask in the glow of new releases from Battlefront, and the next few months are going to see some interesting things hit the shelves.

Blood, Guts, and Glory is on the way, and with it comes a veritable plethora of new kits.
American players are getting pretty psyched up for new Jumbo Shermans and Easy Eight's. The basic Sherman kit is also seeing a makeover, and the Ultimate Rival is already planning his THIRD tank company as a result.
For my part, I look forward to blowing all these things up, and I'll be getting new lists to do do it with.
Battlefront has yet to announce a new kit for the Jagdtiger....but here's hoping.

*For every one Allied tank it destroys, it scares another dozen to death*


Monday, March 26, 2012

New Member Monday - So Close and Yet so Far

Dethtron and I...  actually, lets be inclusive on this one.  The ENTIRE HoP staff has been eagerly awaiting the day when we hit 400 blogs on our rolls.  And we're very, very close to that.

According to blogger we have 398 blogs on our rolls.  My google  custom search says we have 400 sites indexed!  So we're either a hairs breadth away or full on there.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] The Bubble Part 2

A while ago, I talked about 'the bubble' as I see it. to me, the bubble is a sphere of influence, ownership or shared responsibility for an undertaking. It might be a sports team, a girl scout troupe, or a small business. Those INSIDE the bubble know what's going on, when, why and how- and those outside the bubble know what is told to them by those inside it.

I've been on both sides of the bubble. Recently, GW told my store that they were making a big change to its paint line. They wouldn't tell us what KIND of changes, but I figured "hey, that's ok; they will tell me what I need to know". I also assumed that I was closer to the "inside" of the bubble than the "average consumer" since I sell theit product for them.

I got my official email after several large blogs had broken the story. I read about the new paint line and colors online at major hobby blogs before I read it from the company I'm supposed to be partnering with. I discovered that despite a heavy cash investment, I am NOT inside the bubble. I find things out when everyone else does (and sometimes later).