Saturday, July 14, 2012

Games Anatomy- Heroes Galore

This is Lo, filling in for Von, who is off playing games this weekend.

Playgrounds are very interesting places. They offer swings and slides and merry go rounds and see saws and all the like. When I was young, I loved the sand box. It had four walls keeping the sand inside it, but inside the confines you could make anything you could imagine.

And so it is with Hero.

In many ways, Hero is the ultimate sandbox system. While it started as a superhero game known as Champions, it quickly evolved into a flexible system that could be used for any setting. The system was easily and naturally adapted to make just about any universe possible, all with minimal changes to the rules.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Weekly Top X- Lo and SinSynn Make An Appearance

'I can't believe this,' exclaims the Hamster that lives in my head, 'this is simply unbelievable.'
'What can't you believe,' I ask him, 'that she's late again?'
The Hamster lifts a single fuzzy eyebrow.
'No,' he replies, 'that I can totally believe. She's probably beating some poor sod to death with words and a very cute purse. What I can't believe is that we somehow ended up here.'
I look around, and I gotta say...I'm wondering the very same thing myself, for the Hamster and I seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a pickle.
'I mean, really,' says the somewhat dumbfounded Hamster, 'who ever knew that this place really existed?'

A voice booms out:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

HoP Idol II Round 1 Voting is still LIVE!

Look, I don't want to be pushy but you guys should really get off your asses and vote in the first round of HoP Idol II: The Secret of the Ooze.  Like RIGHT NOW!

There's a secret under there.  Just touch it.  C'mon.  Do it!
It's seriously easy.  Just look over there to your right. No.  I'm not trying to trick you into doing an Old Spice  thing.  Just look over there already!

Ok, that schmancy box is the official HoP Idol 2 voting location.  All you need to do now is vote for your 5 favorite entries in the contest.  Here are some links for those of you with Goldfish memories.

All right, now.  Get clicking!  You've only got 3 days left.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A/B Machines

Got my A machines on the table, got my B machines in the drawer
-Sleigh Bells

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

So there I was, tentacle poised above my left mouse button, prepared to click. My multi-lensed ocular appendages focused intently on the lil' box upon which my on-screen cursor hovered.
'Download Warhammer 40k 6th Edition Rulebook.pdf,' the words inside the box stated. It wasn't even phrased as a question. It was like the internet wanted me to have it.
Nevertheless, I sat there, and stared at the box for a while.
Stupid box, Y U mock me? You know I sorta swore off that stuff a while back....

My cellphone, which had been sitting quietly on my desk, interrupts my one-sided argument with the box (which never responded to my accusations). It begins to do a merry 'vibrate my way off whatever flat surface I'm planted on' dance, and I thankfully manage to catch it before it hits the floor.
I just got it turned back on a couple of weeks ago (Don't you judge me! If I could get my hands on Infinity accessories, which always seem to be out of stock everywhere, it still wouldn't be on), I don't want to have to replace it already.
Since my Star Wars badguy ringtone accompanies the vibrating, it can only mean one thing.

The Ultimate Rival is calling.
No wonder the phone tried to jump off the desk.

*Yeah, that's him. This is how he moves his models*

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Member... uh.. Tuesday

Sorry for the delay in announcing our newest blogroll members, but I wanted to give the HoP Idol II voting announcement some time to breath.  Anywho, I'm back a day late to shower attention on our four newest members.

But first:  Have you cast your votes for the first round of HoP Idol II: Lost in New York?  

You should really get on that.  Just look to your right.  Yep, just below the search box.  DO IT, ALREADY!

New Member Monday

Keywords: 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, three amigos, newness

Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy, 40k, Warmachine, Hordes, Hobby

Keywords:  Collaborative blog, Poetry Slams, Mocha Chai Lattes, Converting?

Keywords:  Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Force on Force, Modern Combat, Wargaming scenery, Making terrain, Tournaments, Converting

Sunday, July 8, 2012

HoP Idol II Round 1 Voting is now LIVE!

It's finally the time you've all been waiting for (don't correct me if I'm wrong), the voting for the first round of this year's HoP Idol II: The Quickening is now live,  You can see it over there on the left, expectantly waiting for you to make your selections.  Begging for it, even!

In case you weren't around last time or don't remember stuff so good, you get each 5 votes.  Once the voting closes, the writer with the least number of votes is out of the running.  If we had the budget, there'd be a tearful farewell show in which we highlight all of the drama that individual went through - perhaps drunken sex in the hot tub, a bunch of unrelated scenes edited together to make it look like a feud or even a fist fight. We'll never know.  

To further refresh your memories, here's a list of all the Contestants with links to their round 1 entry.

They're all very excellent to extremely excellent in quality, so I don't envy the decisions you'll have to make.

Remember - You get to vote for 5 of these fine gentleman and the contestant with the  fewest votes will still be considered awesome, but is out of the running.

HoP Idol II: 6th Edition, what’s that?

And now ladies and germs.... the finally entry into the first challenge for HoP Idol II.  Don't forget to check back later in the day for open voting, but first you've got to check out this article from Dok and then go peep his daily self-deprecation over at "3 for Int."

6th Edition, what’s that?

Hey all, Dok here from I got to take an early look at the 6th edition rulebook and
while I would like to cover the whole book, it’s not really possible to fit it in one article. I mean, I could
probably write an even longer book just talking about all the rules! So instead of boring you with all the
details, I want to talk about the 5 biggest changes that are going to be sweeping the tables in 6 th edition

1. Flyers – Obviously the biggest hoopla over the last year or so has been the release of flyers to
the various armies(and the various armies that don’t have them…). Dakkajets, Stormravens,
Vendettas, Valkyries, Stormtalon, the Voidraven, and the scythes from the necron codexes. In
6th edition, these will add a third dimension to the game as they cruise around above the heads
of infantrymen.
The problem with these flyers is that at the moment, it’s not really clear how every army will
deal with them. What I’m talking about is that if you don’t have a special rule called ‘skyfire’,
then you hit flyers on a 6. This means that to take an all comers list, you will need to have a unit
that can skyfire available to you. Unfortunately skyfire units need a 6 to hit units not in the air!
This means that you will have to take units that will be restricted on what they can fire on.

I'm pretty sure this is the skyfire icon

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Looking at Magic

I've heard or inferred a lot of grumbling over Magic:the Gathering during my time as the owner of a FLGS. I've caught snippets of conversations, seen faces made, and listened to more than a few unhappy people complaining about this game and the people that play it.

I have to admit that I rarely play MtG anymore. I'm not very good at it, and I've discovered that for someone that doesn't think quickly, this game is torture. I do however know a lot about it, and enjoy talking to the various kinds of folks that play.