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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Vitamin A(wesome)

Proper nutrition is super important for many reasons.  But it can be hard to get.  So today I'm fortifying today's Top X with a massive dose of the oft overlooked but no less important supplements - Vitamin Awesome.  Just make sure you make it past the 1:25 mark so you can properly absorb it all.

All right, now it's time for the REALLY important stuff.

The Weekly Top X

1) The Shell Case- Why Do We Bother With Rumors?
It's a good question and a fair question.  And a well written post that deservedly need to float to the top of the 6th edition hullabaloo. Here's another question for ya:  does this post answer that question?  You'll have to read it to find out.

2) Whelpslayer - DiY: Recessed Bases
Recessed bases are a petty rad thing for when you really want to go crazygonuts on a basing project.  You can buy them, of course.  But you can also make them for much cheaper.  Probably with things you already have laying around.  If only we had a tutorial on that...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yo Dawg....

yo, I heard you like games, so we put a game in your game so you can game while you're gaming.

Ummm, yeah sorry about that.  Apparently it's still 2008 in my brain and Xzibit memes are ever the bee's knees.

But actually, while completely blanking on what to write about today, and not having time for a "Gaming on a Budget" project this week, I have been staring despondently at my non-functional Xbox.  Piece of shit broke just in time for me not to be able to play "Dead Island" or "Space Marine."  Not cool Xbox, not cool.  Then I remembered some sweet rumors I've heard lately about an upcoming adaptation of Shadowrun coming to gaming systems near you soon.  Unlike previous attempts at creating a game based on my favorite gaming universe ever, "Shadworun Returns" looks like it may actually attempt to finally create a true Shadworun experience in video game form.  Don't get me wrong, I kind of like the old Sega Genesis game from the 90's, but that FPS Xbox game from a few years back (approximately as far back ago as when Xzibit memes were hip) was a real POS.  According to the soon to be creators of the new project though, we should all hope for what may be the first ever cohesive attempt to create a video game based on a roleplaying game.

look out, the lawnmower man may be in there somewhere

Tracing this rambling line of thought a bit deeper, I honestly can't recall an acceptable translation of a Roleplaying or Miniature based game to a video game-ever.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Internet Got Out, and It's Ruining the Hobby Again

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

As far as I'm concerned, the Internet is an integral part of my whole hobby

I get a kick outta the seemingly incessant 40k Sixth Edition rumors. I do. I won't deny it.
Shush...don't you judge me...

The release of Dust Warfare had me watching 'unboxing' videos on YouTube, and I was all up in Fantasy Flight's website like a Xeno STD.

Blood, Guts and Glory, the new Flames of War book, bought with it a new American Tank Destroyer list. Over on the FoW forums, admins are locking down a 25-plus page thread, since that list clearly heralds the end of life as we know it, and it's ruining the game.

Corvus Belli, makers of Infinity, seems to have slipped a new rule in with their monthly releases, causing some consternation amongst their fanbase, as well.'s all so deliciously amusing to me.

And vitally important, too. I build all my army lists on the Internet now. All of them.
Then there's my stalking obligations, of course...

*Megan pic for the Blogrolls today! :D*

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday Discussion - Your Little Plastic Darlings

Hey everybody, we've got a slight hole in out schedule for the day as GMort is dealing with some crunch time at his new job.  I want to say it's because there's a sudden demand for Soylent Green, but, sadly, that's one dystopian prediction that just hasn't come true. Yet.

Anyway, I was thinking the other day about all these 6th edition rumors that have been flooding the blogosphere of late.  Between all the stuff that's out there so far, there seems to be a lot of worry about what 6th edition 40k will look like.  Which is understandable given every one's past experiences.  But that's not the point.  I'm not going to weigh in on the rumors or even discuss them today except tangentially .  

Rather I want to discuss a particular reoccurring theme that I've noticed here and there in comments threads and various blog posts.  It all has to do with people's armies.  Armies in the sense of a model collection and the idea that building and painting for 40k is a labor of love in many cases.  My suspicion is that a lot of the worry and angst people people are expressing over the rumored changes is a direct response to the the perceived threat that a disappointing 6th edition represents to one's labor of love/masterpiece.

So here are my discussion questions for you on this fine Tuesday afternoon:

1) Do you feel like my assessment in the preceding paragraphs is accurate?  And to what degree am I wrong or right.

2) do you think that the GW version of the hobby engenders a deeper attachment to one's army than other games?

3) How do you feel about the rumored changes with regard to your own collection/armies?

I know that anything involving the rumor train can be a bumpy ride, so let's be sure to keep it civil and on topic.  I'm also not particularly interested in the relative merits of the rumors (veracity of source, likely hood, any speculation you may have, etc) but if a particular part of the rumors are important to your point, don't be shy to include it.  I just ask that the discussion not get caught up in it and that people refrain from the whole 'worrying about this is stupid' shtick.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Member Monday - Pegasi UNITE!

Look, I've been staring at a blank page for a while now.  I have no idea for what kind of pithy and life changing words to write here.  So I'm going to do what I do when I'm out of ideas:  the old fallback.

Here's a video to lighten up your Monday:

To this day, I remain convinced that the "Marzipan Girl at the Silver Lake Lounge" line is totally about a real person.

[UPDATE]  Von and the rest of the HoP staff would dearly love it if you took the time to vote in the poll you can't help but see there at the top of the page.  DO IT!

New Member Monday

A Downward Spyrle
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, Fantasy, Raven Guard, Imperial Guard, Space Wolves, Eldar, Wood Elves.

And a winning essay from the proud author:

Thank you for ignoring this essay. My blog is the result of my consolidation of two other blogs, "For the Wolftime" - that focused on many armies, and "The Medusan Triple Nickel" - that only dealt with my Imperial Guard. I have combined them to hopefully provide more frequent and higher quality articles. Once upon a time I wrote a tutorial on how to scratch build a treeman, it is pretty good. I also did one on making long barrelled heavy bolters, it didn't suck. Anyways, thanks for getting this far and considering to add me to you illustrious list of blogs.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Value

In talking about the internet for the past few weeks, I have found that a lot of you are surprised by how much influence it appears to have on my business.

As one of the last bastions of brick and mortar, the internet is always something I have to consider when considering how to conduct my business. 

Many times, my answer is "I'm not doing that"; but I still think about the competition and how to react to it as well as how to learn from it.