Funny Things

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tea and Biscuits - Intermission

Some sustained interference from Real Life has prevented Frontline Gamer and I from getting our part 4 ready for posting.

So enjoy this song about Orks while you wait for Lo's next installment on Sunday.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Devastatin' Daves

All right everyone, before we get into the Top X today, there's a little bit of old business we need to cover.  You see, Dethtron committed a cardinal sin yesterday when he showed you the album cover for Devastatin' Dave but did not link to the 'song' itself.  Luckily, I'm here to save his, and everyone else's immortal souls.  From the evils of drugs.  With a song that was almost assuredly co-written by Bill Cosby.

A timely message for our troubling, modern world.

The Weekly Top X

1) Creative TwilightApril Assault 40K Tournament – Kamui’s Review
I know there's a lot of hate out there for heavily comped tournaments and I'd be lying if the very idea didn't bug me as well.  But you need to do more than complain!  There is a great deal of value in taking a good hard long look at 'em.  Like Kamui did here since he also participated in one.  And had a great deal of fun while he was at it. So double good on him.  Triple if we're counting his excellent review.  Which we are now doing.

2) Sons of Sanguinius -Reader Question Time - Count As and You
This is a little somethin' somethin' directly responding to what GMort was on about this week.  It's a grand discussion about the nature of count's as.  And I do mean discussion - the comments on this bad boy are great!  As for my own opinion of counts as... well, let's just say that it's explicitly supported by the mothership and that's pretty awesome.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gaming on a Budget: DIY Movement Trays

Since today is the first day off I've had to myself in a while (though it's looking increasingly likely that I will have to go in to work to fire somebody later today...), I decided to shirk my responsibilities and bring you an excellent community post.   

A couple of years ago Hoagy- my good friend, fellow band mate (if you click the link and then like us, I'll be happy- if you download our ep from iTunes or Amazon, I may even take off my pants for you), and purveyor of the excellent blog "When Canons Fade" (you should also click this link and like this page, but I'm not as likely to remove clothes for you as with the band thing)- wrote up an excellent piece that fits into the budget paradigm on building your own movement trays.  Apologies in advance for the non-existence of all paints mentioned in the tutorial.  I'm sure you all can figure it out, though.  Hope you enjoy and see you next week.  

Article after the random picture from my collection and the obligatory jump.  JUMP I SAY!

Hoagy, artist's interpretation

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Crazy Lady Hasn't Killed Me Yet

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

 When I reflect upon the actual time I've spent in my life doing hobby-related stuffs, I can't help but think it's the best time I've ever wasted.
 I'm under no illusions that painting my lil' tankie-tanks is important to anyone but me, really. The endless array of army lists I create serve no lofty purpose other than to amuse myself, after all, but amuse me they do. Sure, the Crazy Lady I Live With is convinced the recently culled milk crates in the closet are filled with 'toys,' but what does she know?
 Ok, maybe, technically they could be classified as 'toys,' but you and I know they're so much more than that.


*Dreadnaughts think disguises are for chumps*

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?