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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.