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Saturday, July 21, 2012


So, how about them games? I hear we like to talk about them 'round these parts.

I promised I'd give RIFTS (R) one more crack of the whip in an effort to find the game in amongst all the crazy details and rambling insights. I've tried the introductory bumpf, I've tried the character generation rules, and I've yet to find any consistent core principle or mechanic, anything I can hold up and say "this is how RIFTS (R) works, dudes". This week I'm going to delve into the nether recesses of the mighty Ultimate Edition and check out the combat system; maybe there's some magic here?

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Weekly Top X - Punch and Pie to Follow

Hello Ladies and Germs, and Welcome to the the Weekly Top X.  Recently declared (by Forbes magazine, no less) to have the ' cleanest restrooms' for all national chain gas stations.  It's an honor and I'm not ashamed to be proud about it.

Good ol' bathroom humor.
But I'm not here today to talk about the long list of prestigious, made-up awards the HoP continues to amass.  No sir or madam.  Today is about getting the word out about our member's blogs.

1) Strictly Average - Finally! Finished Grey Knight Commission 
A long-ass time ago, Brent took on a commission to paint an entire Grey Knights army. Mistakes were made, challenges were overcome and lessons were learned. Now it’s finally done and I think it was worth the wait and certainly worth the effort.

2) Turn 7 Wargmaing - Battle Report: Tyranids vs. Necrons (7/14/12 RTT Round 2)
We got one of our newer members here as well as a newer blog. If this is the kind of quality the man can produce, he’s well on his way to a bookmarking service near you. As an added bonus to all this awesome shiz, this report all takes place within a fairly comprehensive use of the 6th edition rules.

International Cat Video Day of Healing

Just to prove that not everything here at the HoP is Serious Bizness these days, we're going to take this opportunity to take a break from the heated debates over sexuality, the female form, etc in gaming and bring you something completely different- the first ever International Cat Video Day of Healing!

Yeah, you read that right.   We decided to unwind a bit and take a break and post about cat videos.  We figured 'hey if Google creates an artificial intelligence and it learns to watch cat videos on its own then fuck it, cat videos are probably alright- plus, I can't conceive of how this could possibly lead to a flame war.'  "Your cat video is inferior and stupid." No, your cat video is the worst and you are a Nazi."  yeah, that sounds pretty silly.

So, here's a happy cat video for you all.  Share your own favorites via links or embedding in the comments and we'll get this ball of yarn a' rollin'.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HoP Idol II Round 1 Results

It is with a heavy heart that we must bid adieu to our beloved contestant Wyrd of "Miscellaneous Miniatures."

Sadly, he will be the first off of the Island this time around, but don't fear, you can still catch him by following the link to his blog up above or just checking our very own HoP blogrolls every now and again.

I also don't want to give away too many spoilers or blow a good twist, but I think we'll most likely have another opportunity to hear from him before this contest is through. 

Tune in Starting Monday when the next wave of HoP Idol II articles hits the intertubes.  Until then, dethtron out.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Blogging, Responsibility, and Hamsters

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

So, is the internet like, the most amusing thing ever, or what?
No matter who you are, and what you're into, you can log on and quickly connect to like-minded individuals. This is a tremendous boon to folks with 'niche' interests, to say the least.

*But keep a porno tab open anyway*

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Double Dose of SinSYnn - Battlefront's Big Decision Regarding 3rd Party Models

Hey folks, no Tuesday discussion today - the personal lives of the management are chock full of IRL issues ranging from working three jobs to planning to move 1000 miles across country in three weeks.  It's a shitty excuse, but that's all we got.

In any caase, our very own walking controversy, SinSynn, has done a pretty cool guest post over on 3++ is the New Black and instead of re-inventing the wheel for a Tuesday Discussion, I thought I'd save some time and just direct you all to a nice glass of SinSynn's freshly squozen mind-grapes.

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Member Monday - A Turn Between 6 and 8

Howdy and hello, everyone!  New Member Monday is back at it's regular time (on Monday, duh) and we've got a humdinger of new blog to share.

Aaaaand that's really all I have to share with you guys today....

They're will probably be a HoP Idol announcement later in the week, so there's that.

New Member Monday

Turn 7 Wargaming
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, Battle Reports, Lists, Tactics, Not to be confused with Level 7, the exciting new board game from Privateer Press.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] The Fanboi

One of my favorite things about our client base is how diverse it is.

We have old school grognards and neckbeards. We have 2nd (and 3rd) generation gamers, RPGers and board gamers, Magic dudes and miniatures guys. We have hipsters and closet geeks, grandmas and grandkids, and married people that come in regularly.

We have families-a LOT of families-  and we have single people looking for likeminded friends. We have ladies (a very large number of ladies) and we have dudes. We have brilliant, unparalleled professionals and engaging and thought provoking intellectuals. We have redneck hicks (who are stunningly smart) and we have run of the mill regular people. We have young people, just starting out, and we have retired folks. We have military (active duty and reserve), and we have full on pacifists. We have anti-establishment rabble rousers, and those that keep order intact.

Our customers include the typical demographic of "20-35 year old white dude", but we also have a good group of people that defy those demographics. Customers from India, South Africa, the Philippines, customers of central African descent, Asian customers, and mixed-race customers all help us be well rounded and make us work hard to welcome everyone.

What we haven't had until very recently was a fanboi.