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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!!

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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.