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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HoP Idol II: House Rules

Last up in the 4th round of the competition is this joint from Spike Lee erm DoK.  After you've looked at his plethora of Hugh Laurie pics, make sure you check out his other writings at "3 for Int."

House. Rules.

Hey all! Dok here from to talk a bit about house rules. What are house rules you might ask? Sounds like something you would find in a drinking game…

Well, let my friends at Urban Dictionary tell you!

House Rules

These are usually the rules followed in one’s house that a particular game is being played in. These rules will always change from house to house and are sure to always cause a 10 minute argument/debate over them. These rules are known to be made up during the actual game.

Rule 1, House Rules. Just ask him.

Now, what does this have to do with wargaming and why should you care? Well, if you are a
tournament going warhammer 40k player, you have been playing with them for some time and you are going to be seeing them more and more!


Monday, September 10, 2012

HoP Idol II: Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who

Holy crap, the Voice is on... gotta make this quick (don't judge me, I'm my own harshest critic).  Apologies to those of you who have been following this and may have noticed the lack of activity in the contest.  It's all my fault.  Let's just say that I have had my hands way too busy lately due to a workstastrophe or a worksplosion.  Regardless, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting to you today Doc Brian's latest installment in the contest.  After you read this make sure to go check out his work at "The Family that Slays Together..." I don't want to spoil anything, either, but this one comes complete with a perceptual map.


They form the basis of our society and (perhaps more importantly) define how our games are played. So why is it we are always trying to break or change them? I recently read a study that found the majority of the Millennial generation, those who came of age in the last decade, believe that rules are necessary, but that they are a special case and should be an exception to the rules.


As a scientist, I wonder if this correlates to acceptance of house rules. Does the 15-to-29-year-old crowd find house rules to be more acceptable than their creaky-boned elders? Perhaps a new study is in order.

Unfortunately, I'm not a social scientist, so my passing interest in the topic won't motivate me to delve deeper, but if any sociologists or psychologists out there want to tackle the question, I'd be interested to hear about it. Until then, you're stuck with hearing my opinion.

The subject of whether or not house rules are appropriate can actually be a complicated and sticky
subject. Fortunately, I have a simple answer:

It depends.

I suppose I should explain my position. This would be a perfect time to break into a song and dance
routine, but given the limits of the written word, I'll have to settle for some case studies. Maybe they'll show a pattern by the time we're done.

But fahther, I don't waaant any of that… I want to sing!


Community Announcement - Charity Auction for the Really Good Cause!

Hey folks, got an announcement for you today as well as a New Member Monday.

Brian over at Weird WWII is about ready to get some charity auctions going today and wanted us to help drum up support.

The short story is, that he's selling some custom miniatures to help raise money for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

The long story is a bit of a bummer and posted up on his blog.  It's a personal and touching so I wont steal his juice.  But I urge you yo check it out here.

It is my understanding that a new auction will be going up on ebay sometime today, so be sure to check out his blog for updates.


New Member Monday - 10,000 Quatloos

Right, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Hop Illinois Central Servicing office is back to limping along again.  SinSynn manged to damage yet more company property last week and blatantly disregarded company policy in the process.  He acted bravely in the face of our horrible guard robots and managed to get me out of the office in one piece, so he only received a slap on the wrist.... uh... the one tentacle we're sure isn't a space dong.  So we had to put him in a shock collar, but extenuating circumstances allowed me to put a limiter on it that will prevent it from being lethal.

Lo, in the meantime, has been an exemplary employee and has been granted a requisition for a new throne.  Unfortunately, our preferred vendor didn't have thrones, per say, in the catalog but purchasing did the best they could:

On a serious note, the current round of HoP Idol will resume shortly once Dethtron re-assumes physical form once the 7 seals have been repaired (unfortunately, I can only drain about a gallon of blood a month from our sacred monkeys) .  We've also got a new staffer lurking about and once his employee ID tracking device scar heals, he'll be along to introduce himself.

New Member Monday

The Thunder Guard
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Imperial guard, Praetorians, Cavalry, Rough Riders.

Almost Perftec
Keywords: Brand Spanking new-ness, 40k, painting, ZAB!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Your Army Is Invalid. Please Build A New One And Try Again

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

When it comes to mini-gaming, list construction is obviously an important consideration. In fact, it pretty much ranks second in 'levels of importance,' preceded only by 'picking your army.'
There are many ways to approach it, of course. There are websites that'll help you, applications that make it easy to build and analyze, and of course you can just work it out via trial and error if you'd like.

*Yes, this is my preferred method. Don't you judge me*


Saturday, September 8, 2012

[Games Anatomy] Going Underground

Volume III of the Original Dungeons and Dragons set, 'Underworld and Wilderness Adventures' by name, is what would eventually metamorphose into the Dungeon Master's Guide in later iterations of Gygax and Arneson's masterwork. People like to talk up (or down) these 'how to run a good RPG' books, claiming that they either contain everything you need to know or are a waste of trees as you can't learn it. Nevertheless, when Messrs. G. and A. first sat down to promulgate the practice of pretending to be elves in your mate Dave's dining room, they had to do the tricky job of introducing the core principles of this strange fusion between tabletop wargame, improv theatre and literary homage. The result is a volume that's pitched midway between 'rules for populating dungeons' and 'advice on how to be a good Referee', which is probably for the best, because some people need help with both of those...

Comic by Shamus Young, used utterly without permission.
You may like to compensate him for this by reading any of his works.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekly Top X- Kickin' It!

Ok, I'm sneaking in a quick post while Lauby's off at work. The bonus of flex hours, and all....

This week's Top X is all about YOU- the things you are doing, and the awesome ways you're doing it. I'm focusing on Kickstarter projects, so of course, I gotta pimp the boss, plus a few others that have hit me up...

In case you didn't know (or forgot), my somewhat delinquent internet boss (one of 2) also happens to be a HAWT drummer, so I totally don't mind getting bossed around by him.

1.) If you haven't heard, take out your earplugs! METAL MADNESS!  Check out Dethtron's band, Crusader, raising funds for a new album. Here's the link.

I have missed most of the shows they have put on due to timing or funds- but I won't miss out on the album - and you shouldn't either!


2.) Brian, of A Gentleman's Ones, has joined Hyacinth Games; and they're throwing a party to raise some funds for some beautiful miniatures. After the massive success that Reaper had, I know there are a lot of projects out there. This one is stellar and worth your time. Please give it a look here .

3.) For you RPG fans out there, one of my local friends is working on the "wave of the future" with RPG Publishing via e-Publishing. Check out his project here.

4.) I'm a HUGE fan of the RPG, but these minis are so cool, I could use them for just about any possible system or idea! You need to check them out!

5.) A little something for my pal, SinSynn. These are just begging for someone to buy them! Have a look.

6.) This one is old school, it just makes me smile. I can think of so many other ways to use these guys than the game they are being made for... besides; who doesn't want wood? Go have a look!

ok, I gotta scoot before Lauby-slash-bossy-pants comes back to check on things. It's gotten MUCH harder to sneak in since he installed the motion detectors and robots... jeez... burn down ONE building and see what happens....

until next time... go check out some links!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] How Do You Organize All This Stuff?

When we first started out, we really didn't have anything in the way of display space. It was about 20 feet total dedicated to showing off the products we had- and there were not very many. We special ordered damn near everything. Many times, we had to wait a week or more to make sure we had enough orders to meet the minimum for free shipping. most of our customers learned to ask when we were ordering next and tack stuff on right before we placed our calls to our rep. 

This is how small we were....

We could fit 3 of the old building inside the new one. 

Things are very different now. We've grown a LOT, and orders happen 2-3 times a week now. We have a "Tardis" of a store - the inside keeps changing and expanding to allow more customers, games and fun. 

It's crazy how many people we can pack in! 

We have a huge "wall o games", and that wall is covered with slatwall, allowing us to showcase our games in very cool fashion. 

We now carry a LOT of games. While we have a lot of space to show it off now, sometimes it gets a little tough to determine the best and easiest way to display stuff for our customers. 

We thought about grouping things in themes or genres... while it's certainly a fun idea, it isn't always practical. Some things don't fit neatly into genres, and then deciding genres becomes something of a clusterscrew based on whose opinion we use to determine themes. I mean, I might put Hive in "horror" since so many people are terrified of bugs... but I would probably be wrong there. 



Monday, September 3, 2012

New Member Monday - Laboring on Labor day

Hey folks, I'm whispering because I gotta keep my voice down or the Employment Policy Enforcement Robots I just installed at the HoP Illinois Central servicing office will find me. I spent the extra cash I saved by scrimping on office furniture on the Professional+ software package for the EPE Robots.  Turns out I don't know how all the settings work and so the Robots are on something called 'extreme prejudice mode'.  If they catch me working on Labor Day they will literally kill me.

Gotta make this a quick one and then it's off to a new hiding place since the doors are locked to keep the employees out - and my keys don't work on the inside.  If I don't get out of this, I'll never forgive SinSynn.

New Member Monday

The Basement Gamers
Keywords: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer, Flames of War, Malifaux, Blood Bowl, Food, Drink, Dice


Sunday, September 2, 2012

In Praise of the Mighty Orc...Or Ork, Whatevs.

Hey folks. SinSynn here.

So I'm starting my very first Sunday post in grand style, discussing something near and dear to my heart.
The much-beloved Orc.
Or, umm....Ork, depending on where you're reading of them, or who it's written by.

But first, let me properly bless the Sunday air. Start this off right.
*Overly Toothy Xenos Grin*

Megan in...not a lot of Armani*

There ya go. Yer first taste of Sunday Sin.
Mmmmm...ever so delicious.
And now...on to the Orcs. And Orks.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

[Games Anatomy] The Most Monstrous Thing Of All's The Artwork

By popular demand (two whole people asked for it! two distinct, individual people!), this week's Games Anatomy will continue carving the meat from the bones of the Original Dungeons and Dragons. In a way I'm quite grateful as I frankly don't have the time to tackle a large book during the week any more; there may be some changes coming to this Saturday slot soon, depending on how the workload of my New Job (TM) develops and whether Mists of Pandaria is any good.

Until then: Monsters and Treasure!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

HoP Idol II Challenge: House Rules

Anybody out there ready for TKE of "Mind War FTW?"  That's what I though.  Here it is.

House Rules: Insert Hugh Laurie/Dance Music Gag Here

Well, this is embarrassing. It’s stupid AM, and here I am staying up to write a HoP article, because I simply forgot about it.  I mean, there were mitigating circumstances, to some extent, between the wedding of one of my oldest friends, the start of the new English Premier League season, and getting Pretty Damn Drunk celebrating the last Saturday I had off work before my ignominious return next Saturday, coinciding neatly with the return of Dr Who, and thus ruining the date for me to an almost unprecedented level.

The article I’m here to write has been directed towards the ‘elephant in the room’ topic of House Rules, and my feelings on such.  In our brief, the release of the 6th Edition of Warhammer 40,000 was cited as a possible basis for the article - but my views on this abysmal product are well-enough known that I don’t wish to rake over those coals.  If you wish, see my blog for more detailed commentary, although I warn you that I have more desire to blog about sexism in gaming than 6th at present...and when I didn’t jump on that bandwagon to generate hits when it did the rounds lately, doing it now would be wholly illogical.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

HoP Idol II Challenge: It's Just a Ride

Here comes Gartenzing of "Gaming All Areas" with the first entry in the quarter-final round (is that what this is- yeah, no idea, I don't get sports).

It’s Just a Ride.

Hi all, Gartenzing here from Gaming All Areas. Still ploughing through the HoP Idol 2 Competition-
and this week we’re tasked to, and I quote, “...Take a stand, put on your big boy/girl pants...” So


Gartenzing asked for a pic with an obvious Hugh Laurie reference- so I went with a much less obvious one


Of Death in Gaming: The Overlap, and a Matter of Repect

This post is dedicated to Loquacious. My friend, confidant, and occasional co-conspirator ;)

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

The following article is personally important to me, since I'll be sharing information in a similar fashion to my official introduction. In all honesty, in the time since I've delved into this hobby, and blogging as well, my life has changed dramatically. I've changed as a person, as well. I still go through all the little ups and downs that we all do, but I do it sober, now. I also have much more respect for life. Respect for my own life, the people in it, and life in general.
Since some of what I have to say isn't pretty, I'll begin after the break.

In the meantime- a couple of announcements!

Since my own computer exploded, I've been sharing the Crazy Lady's. This has caused a little tension between us, and it got to a point where I almost had to quit. Fortunately, I was able to cut a deal involving hard labor and doggie walks, and I persuaded Loquacious to switch days with me, since I've bartered for weekend computer time.
So that means- SinSynn on SUNDAYS! My first Sunday post will be this week, and be sure to tune in Lo's Musings, recommencing next Wednesday.

Also, be sure to go read a lil' thing that Von wrote, cuz it's awesome. Be sure to hit the comment section, cuz here at da House, we wanna know yer darkest secrets. Mwahahahaha!

Now, I'll start with a couple of quotes, and a story.....


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HoP Idol Challenge Round IV: A New HoP

Hey there kiddos, I'm back from my indefinite hiatus of life kicking my ass to bring you the next HoP Idol Challenge. 

Tomorrow, we'll begin posting the next set of entries- which I can assure you are totally kick ass, as usual. 

But first I'd like to thank Wyrd, of "Miscellaneous Minis" for writing this week's challenge.  We're trying some new things this go around and wanted some past contestants to get some extra pimping and gain the ability to make a little parting shot, as it were, at the remaining entrants. 

Here's what Wyrd's fiendish mind has come up with for this week's challenge:

"HoP II Round 4 Challenge - House Rules"

I think I can hear the grumbles through my computer. Yup, I can. 

I'm talking about the game changers. The house rules that change the way you actively play the game. Not things like rock/scissors/paper over rules disputes. 6th edition 40k is here and now that most folks have had a chance to absorb it what better time to talk about an elephant in the room that many people try very hard to avoid. Everyone has an opinion one way or another. If you say you don't grow a pair, drop the politically correct neutral indifferent bullshit, and say what you really think. I'm not trying to sound like angry internet "troll" but lets face it people can get very emotional over this topic. If you really want to know want to know what someone thinks and how they can write what better way than to use an emotional topic. If you are all for them GREAT! Say it damn it and tell us why. If not that's fine too. Tell us why and not just some angry rambling that doesn't say anything like your average political debate. Take a stand, put on your big boy/girl pants, and tell us.

Enjoy kiddos.

also, I'd really appreciate it if you guys took the time to go check out my band Crusader (part of the reason I've been absent from the blog so much lately) and then proceed to our just opened kick starter to see if you could find it in your hearts to help out some starving metalheads.  


Confessions of an English Undead Fancier

Regular HoP readers will doubtless know that one or two of our authors have one or two... proclivities, in particular directions. I'm naming no names and pointing no fingers, I'm just going to make a few remarks about aliens, tentacles and Megan Fox, and let them speak for themselves.

It's easy to laugh at people's enthusiasms, especially when they're expressed as, ahm, hyperbolically as those of my learned colleague who shall continue to remain anonymous, but people who live in glass houses can't really throw stones. Since I happen to live in a particularly macabre glass house myself, I tend to keep my stones where nature intended, and spend my time cautiously avoiding letting on how far gone I am in my own little obsessions.

They tell me it's good to talk and that expressing oneself is healing though, so here it goes. I'm a pervy undead fancier.


Monday, August 27, 2012

New Member Monday - The Art of Furniture Selection

Hey guys, the Illinois Central Servicing Office is gearing up for the busy season and I just thought I'd share some pics of the office furniture that's been coming in.

First up, we've got a special piece of office furniture guaranteed to improve his productivity by 10 fold.  It was a big of a challenge was finding something that would conform to his alien anatomy, but in the end I think we manged to get the right solution at the right cost.

It looks a little tight, but I can assure that not only will SinSynn ft in his chair, but he will have ample freedom to admire his office poster.

Which he selected by default when he insisted on selecting choices not on the rather expansive list of pre-approved options.

Looks like that's all I have room for right now.  Maybe next week we'll get to see Lo's new stuff.

New Member Monday

The Ruins of Medusa V
Keywords: Warhammer 40K Blog-Based Campaign, Medusa V

Furious Painting Studio
Keywords:  Warhammer 40k, Orks, painting, brand new


Sunday, August 26, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] Vacation!

As some of you may already know, last week TheDude went on vacation.

He didn't go to the beach or Florida- he went to GenCon!

I was on "vacation" too, but I used my vacation from my day job to mind the store.

TheDude's been gone before, but usually just for a couple days and he's been readily available via phone or text. If something came up, I was able to ask him what to do or how to handle things. This time, he was gone for 5 days and due to reception issues, was almost incommunicado the entire time. I was "on my own".

I did have our awesome staff (who work at the store a whole lot more than I do) to back me up, and I had a pretty good set of directions for more complicated or involved stuff. But this was a big responsibility and I had to take good care of our business so I didn't  "burn it down to the ground" while TheDude was gone.

I learned a lot during this vacation that TheDude took. I spent tons of time at the store, finding out more about our customers, products, processes and problems while I covered our business so that TheDude could get his relaxing done.

TheDude came home and immediately announced that he wants to take the entire family next year. Preparations and planning for our next vacation are already in motion.

In normal jobs, you rack up vacation time and take it when you want it, and still get paid. When you own your own business, it's a little different. We have to plan not just for expenses of the trip (hotel, food, games, fun) but also for the expenses of keeping the business open while you're gone. We have to figure out how to pay for employees, as well as make enough to "make money", or have a whole lot saved to make up for the possibility of lost income.

Is all this planning and thinking ahead worthwhile? Seeing TheDude's face and attitude after he returned from vacation, I say absolutely "yes". I'm looking forward to sharing the trip with him next year, and am busy making sure we have all our ducks in a row to do so.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

[Games Anatomy] Of Attack Matrices and Spells By Level

So far, Von's been finding the original Dungeons and Dragons rules to be fairly sensible and easy to parse. That said, he's only gotten to the end of character generation so far. How well will things hold up in combat? Will the archaic customs of mid-1970s historical wargaming defeat him? Will he ever stop talking in the third person?

Not to spoil my own post, but the answers are "moderately", "a bit", and "yep." Also, I'm having hilarious Internet-connectivity problems at the moment, which apparently preclude Googling pictures of Bohemian ear-spoons with which to amuse you. Sorry about that.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Community Announcement - The End of the Blood Angels

Hey folks, we've got a fun little announcement here for you on this fine Friday.

Some folks calling themselves "Ballistic Skill Four" contacted us a while ago about a pretty neat-soundin crowd-funding campaign they're running.

I'll let them do some explaining:

We are Ballistic Skill Four, and want to announce the release of the ``Last Days of the Angels´´ indiegogo campaign. The fictitious end of the glorious chapter known as Blood Angels. Our goal is to make between eight to fifteen dioramas. Each one tells how a tyranid invasion goes taking strenght and how the blood angels organize the last stand until the final breath. I´ve attached a pic of the first completed diorama. A handful of blood angels resisting in a corridor against a huge wave of tyranid genestealers. Our idea is realize the largest diorama of all warhammer 40000. For this quest we will need mountains of miniatures, materials, paintings, and a lot of hours and days of work.

To this end, they've gotten themselves an Indiegogo campaign up and running and they've even got the first completed example of the dioramas ready for your viewing pleasure.

As is customary with crowd funding, they have a series of funding goals AND, more importantly, a selection of perks for certain contribution levels.  At $160, a custom painted Land Raider could be yours and if the examples they've got up are any indication, that's a pretty good deal on it's own.

Anyway, you can head over to Indiegogo and check it out.

Last Days of the Angels Campaign.

The House of Paincakes doesn't endorse this project beyond thinking it's pretty rad.  We're just posting this as news for our readers.  There's always a lot to think about when it comes down to actually moving some money around, and we urge you to use your own best judgement.

As this is a crowd funded deal here, there's no guarantee that the project will be completed.  Further, as this is an Indiegogo based campaign, if you contribute and the project isn't funded, you don't get your money back.  I suggest checking out the Indiegogo terms of service page if you have any questions.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On Violence in Gaming

Hey, folks, SinSynn here.

The one common denominator shared in the vast majority of games we play is violence. Whether you're playing 40k or Dungeons & Dragons, the primary focus of the experience will be shaped by violence.

Whether or not this violence is perpetrated for competitive reasons or for the sake of creating a story is irrelevant from a certain perspective, I suppose. Violence is simply a tool, a game mechanic that enables a means to an end.
That tool can be used in many ways, from enhancing, building and driving a narrative, to simply eliminating the enemy to determine the outcome of a scenario. The means to an end is always the same, however. It never changes, in any game, whether or not violence plays a part.

It's fun.
The games we play are intended to be fun.

*Sadly, some things will likely remain unfun forever*


Monday, August 20, 2012

New Member Monday - Anxious Robots

Greetings friends and family of the House of Paincakes!  We're slowly but surely getting settled into the new Illinois Central Servicing Office.  Once the drab, corporate furniture shows up we'll all be even closer to getting back to full speed. This time distraction free and thrice as efficient as before.

Don't tell anyone, but if we hit our numbers this month, I plan on letting the staff each hang a single, pre-approved poster as a reward.

One of many captivating choices.  Wimsey!
And one lucky dickens will even get a coffee cup with a racy slogan (which they can keep using so long as no-one complains).  Keen!!

The Weekly Top X

Twitchy Droid Painting
Keywords: Warhammer 40k painting website, showcasing my commission and personal work, focusing on conversion and lesser known 40k armies (such as Imperisl Guard Beastmen, Harakoni Warhawks air cavalry, etc)


Sunday, August 19, 2012

[Musings of a Frugal Gamer] Paying Where You're Playing

People like me exist in an awkward relationship with people like Lo.

On the one hand you have a group of people whose raison d'etre, or at least whose everyday living, comes from being enthusiastic about a wide range of games and game-related produce, and communicating enough of that enthusiasm to their victims customers to induce purchasing. On the other, you have a group of people who are defined by their bone-deep resistance to hype, their inimical opposition to impulse buying, their allegiances to the secondary market and the third party manufacturer, and a general reluctance to purchase anything that they haven't angsted over the potential input/output reward of for six months prior to levering their wallets open.

This can result in a little tension.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

[Games Anatomy] The Original Dungeons And Dragons

For those who demanded more precision in identifying 'the original' Dungeons and Dragons, that's Gygax, E. G. and Arneson, D. (1974) Dungeons and Dragons: Rules for Fantastic Medieval Wargames Campaigns Playable with Paper and Pencil and Miniature Figures, Lake Geneva, WI: Tactical Studies Rules. Three monochrome pamphlets and a pack of reference sheets. These ones, in fact:


Friday, August 17, 2012

Weekly Top X- Crime and Punishment

Loquacious is trying to get settled into the new Illinois Central Servicing Office of HOP. The building is undisquisedly ugly, cinder block and steel, with overly shiny floors from a massive coat of Simonizing wax.

There are no rock n roll posters, no tea cushions with frippery and no tentacle hentai. There is also a decided lack of painting tables or cat trees, and Lo is fussing about the office, shouting loudly:


It's true, Lauby cheaped out on the furniture, with everything ordered direct from
CubicleMart. Lo seems  extra put out at her missing chair. She flumps down on a folding chair at her makeshift desk and simply pouts for a moment while she scrounges inside her everyday purse.

A UPX Driver enters the building and produces a SUPER PRIORITY Envelope.

"Ms. Uh.....Lock....Loqui---Locker...- what the hell is your name?"

"Loquacious. It means I talk a lot. People call me Lo. What do you have? More fan mail for the alien?"

"Um. No. It's a Signature Required item. For you."


Thursday, August 16, 2012

HoP Idol II Results Show

No sense explaining how the wheels fell of this week and caused this post to come so damn late- c'est la vie!

It was a tense weekend of voting overall and it was anybody's ballgame for a bit there.  In the end, only two votes separated the playing field- the closest HoP Idol vote to date. 

Unfortunately, this time we must bid farewell to Neil.  He's had some great contributions to this here competition, so he will be dearly missed. 

Fortunately for all of us, though, he's still running a great blog of his own.  Don't forget to go check him out at "The Dice Gods are Hungry."  We'd all appreciate it if you stopped by to say hello.

The remaining contestants will be receiving a special challenge- devised by "Miscellaneous Miniatures'" Wyrd, who was knocked out of the competition in round one.  So, stay tuned to watch a phoenix arise from the ashes.

Pic may not actually be Wyrd


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Why I Play the Bad Guys

Hey folks, SinSynn here.

My buddy the Ultimate Rival always plays the good guys. Always.
If you ask him about it, he'll tell you it's because he has to. It's like some kinda moral issue with him. He can't play the bad guys, ya see, cuz they're, well...bad.
He can't support that kind of behavior. It ain't right.

As for me, I always play the bad guys. Always.

*Ludicrous speed!*


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Member Monday - Central Illinois Can't Handle Me

Welp... it's been a rough week for me - for us all.  I just moved 1000 miles, Dethtron got a new puppy and Lo & SinSynn burned down the HoP offices.

Luckily it turns out that there was a women's shelter that was willing to take in my two arsonists.  As luck would have it, I was able to convince the reinsurance people that 'the event; wasn't an act of god since SinSynn is, technically speaking, not of this earth and therefore not beholden to the same natural laws as us.  It was complicated.  Lawyers were involved and SinSynn suffered a light case of 'being paraded around for all the world to see."  Overall, out spirits remain high.

Other than that slight hiccup,  the consolidation of the HoP authors into the new Illinois Central Servicing Office goes apace. Though now I can afford to Simonize the entire office!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] It's All About Relationships

When you own a business, it is important to know what things you are going to do. If you are good at numbers, handling the books might be your job. If you are more physical, moving heavy things might be your job.

At my store, TheDude is in charge of operations. That is a short word that means : everything that happens within running the store. Ordering, stocking, supplies,  helping customers, answering phones, reading trade magazines, talking to reps, pricing items, and lots more I am certainly forgetting here are all included on his list of "stuff to do at the office". He knows a lot more about the ins and outs of the business and all that happens inside it than I do, but that's his job.

Yeah, he IS a geek. And he loves his job. 

My job is to deal with people and relationships. While TheDude is damn near superhuman in his ability to remember customer names (and often their spouses names as well), my specialty is very different, but still important.