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Monday, October 15, 2012

New Member Monday - International Relations

He folks, thanks for stopping by the HoP on this fine October Monday!  Here at the Illinois Central Servicing Office, the weather is nice and crisp, the trees are at the peak of displaying interesting colors and the pumpkin beer is flowing freely.

This stuff is like drinking an alcoholic pumpkin pie
In short, it's good damn time.  Especially after the horrendous summer that we suffered here.  Well, I didn't suffer it much.  I moved here at the end of it all.   I'm really just into fall for the beer.

Anyway, we've got a couple of genuinely amazing foreign blogs for you today.  One from Spain and one from Italy.  They are both fantastic.

New Member Monday

18º de Port Belisario 
Keywords: WH40K, Infinity, ATZ, BattleFleet Gothic, Imperial Guard, background, painting, scenery, campaign, Muy Caliente, Spainish

Keywords: wargame, molto caldo, italian, amazazing stuff


Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Politically Incorrect Gamer, Part 4- Special Guest Post

So SinSynn asked for people from the non-straight-white-guy category to speak up I figured I’d answer the call as I fit in a few of those.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

[Musings of A Game Store Owner] GGP: 3PP

I had this great series all planned out in my head, with some incredible interviews lined up. Funny thing- life is what happens when you're busy making plans. I hoped to have the parts of the series follow a specific order, but that doesn't look like it will happen. I'm still waiting on replies from a few people I really think you'll enjoy. What I do have is great, and I'll get to it in just a moment.

I hope you'll forgive me for last week, I was slowly dying of the plague that's going around. it was a sneaky plague in that it acted like it was going away only to come back with a vengeance this weekend.

Not very menacing, but they got me none the less. 


Monday, October 8, 2012

New Member Monday - Rules Lawyers and Dakka

Hey everyone!  I hope you're having as amazing a Monday as I am!  Actually, I hope your Monday is better than mine.  There's a touch of a hang over about me and I sure could have used a few extra hours of sleep.

But that's what happen when Sunday Funday stretches out a little longer than anyone had anticipated and you end up at a bar called "Bob's Butternut Hut".

The actual bar
In better (and less Lauby-centric) news we have a new member on the blog rolls and I found something cool for you all to look at.

First, the cool thing: FINISHED DAKKAJET! IN 720° VISION!

PX of PX40K has an excellent Ork Fighta he painted up and then, using some kind of techno-wizardry, photographed into one of those 360 degree views.  Only his is twice as good!

New Member Monday

The Rules Lawyers
Keywords: 40k, Rules Interpretation, Listbuilding, Conversions, Codex Reviews, Competitive gaming
60% of the time, we're right every time.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

[Games Anatomy] Leave Your Message At The Scream Of Primal Terror

This week:


Monday, October 1, 2012

New Member Monday - Tickets Please

Hey folks!  Welcome back to Monday at the House of Paincakes!  We've got a new member today as well as a brief reminder that you still have 4 hours (as of this posting) to vote in the most current round of HoP Idol II voting.  Just over there on the right.  Just.. yeah, there ya go.  Click it!

The results show and some SUPER AMAZING SURPRISES should be up this the week as well.  Hopefully sooner rather than later, but Dethtron's got a lot on his plate since we had to re-assign  some of Von's HoP Animal Testing Center Duties.  Cuddling all those puppies is hard work.  Hopefully we can get Lantz through his orientation period in record time.  I think we're held up on sexual harassment training (as in how-to) and figuring out which arm he wants his HoP employee bar code on.

New Member Monday

Keywords: New Wargames, Kickstarters, Warhammer 40K, my personal musings (and, rarely, some admin).


Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Politically Incorrect Gamer, Part 3- It's Tradition

Hey folks. SinSynn here.

 So has anybody else ever noticed that every 40k character ever invented lacks two things?
A spouse and children.

Now I understand that a cat like Gregor Eisenhorn doesn't really have time to set down roots, and there's probably not a Dark Eldar dude or dudette in Commorragh that can muster up the courage required to ask Lelith out for coffee. Or tea. Or whatever the heck it is that Dark Eldar drink.
But, whatevs, man. I mean, we all know that 40k characters are born via osmosis, or sumpthin,' right? Cuz in the grimdark future, there just ain't time for relationships, what with all the killin' and all.

*Burning heretics as a couple is part of the intimacy phase in the 40k universe*


Saturday, September 29, 2012

[Games Anatomy] Monkeys Optional

A couple of weeks ago, Aurenian asked a rather searching question of me: "how rules-lite is too rules-lite?", and it came with the suggestion that I turn my scathing gaze on Risus, 'the Anything RPG', by S. John Ross.

Risus posits itself as a complete game in six pages, ideal for those occasions 'when the brain is too tired for exacting detail' and, cheeringly, presents us with a 20 second character creation process.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GGP: Which Way to Go?

You have a great project. You've playtested it. You think other gamers will love it.

So how do you get it to them? Where do you go to get your design published?

Do you stand before the gates of the great castles and hope for entry?
Direct Publication

Do you Rapunzel your way in?

Third Party

Do you say "forget that castle, I'll build my own"?


 Do you rent your ideas out in hopes of funding your own castle?


No matter your chosen option of getting where the people are (inside the castle, duh), it's figuring out HOW to get there that bogs many people down.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rules Questions?

Hello there. It's been a while. Lantz here as the newest-old writer for the HoP. You may remember me from the first HOP Idol, from the Where In The World Is Lantz series or from one of the other blogs I've written for. There are a few. Anyway, I'm back here at HoP on a post-here-and-there kind of agreement with the HoP gang and to start I'd like to offer up my rules knowledge to all of you. Let's face it, 6th Edition of 40k hasn't been out long and no one is an expert. No, not even that friend you have that's absolutely positive that a Death Ray can hit flyers. So how does this work and why do I feel I can be the conclusion to whatever slap-fight you and your gaming group have gotten themselves into? More after the jump.


UK Games Day- The Cynic's Perspective

 Hi all,

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the annual UK convention for Games Workshop- Games Day. Now, for all the US readers out there- you guys know how to do conventions. You tend to be quite good at it- enthusing people for the coming year, knowing that the biggest fans of whatever product is being shilled are all in one place. In the UK, it's now the same; conventions tend to be roughly equivalent to a big club night. 
As result I went to UKGD2012 with... expectations. I expected to queue in the rain for 2 hours before being let in. I expected for no new information to be forthcoming. I expected to waste a full half of the event to wait in line to buy the Blood Angel Captain (Fantastic! I now have a limited edition model of the most redundant entry in the Codex....) Yes indeed, my cup runneth over.

So what actually happened?


Monday, September 24, 2012

HoP Idol II:The Year We Make Contact Voting is Now LIVE

Hey Folks, I bet you thought we had forgotten you on this lovely fall Monday.  Not so!  The HoP staff loves each and every one of you more than the others.  It's true.  We have enormous hearts.

All the better to pump the thick, viscous fluid we all have instead of blood.  Black as coal it is.  Well, with the exception of SinSynn.  We're not sure WHAT his blood is all about.  We've had some scientists working on the problem and the best guess so far is that it's some kind of peanut water.

So those of you with nut allergies, should probably just avoid physical contact with the SinSynn for the time being as a precaution.  We are, however, assured by the science staff that his posts are still safe to read in regards to any food allergy concerns.

Wow, that was a tangent, huh?

As of now, the latest HoP Idol voting is now live and since it has been faaaaaaaaar too long since we posted the last round of entries, here they are so you can refresh your collective memories:

Dok - House Rules

Doc Brian - Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who

The King Elessar - House Rules (different from the above)

Gar Tenzing - It's Just a Ride

Special thanks to Wyrd of Miscellaneous Minis for writing the challenge.

As you know, there are four contestants remaining and you all get three votes.

All right, let's get voting! 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Politically Incorrect Gamer Part Two- Video Game Connection

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

Ermahgerd- Borderlands 2. Entirely too much fun.
Da purple loot am mine! Gimme! Y U take it? DUAL NOW!....Awww. Y U kill me?
Must. Stop. Playing. Slots. At. Moxxy's...Soon. One more pull. Gimme Iridium! Three Bandits NOOOO!!
Hold that Golden Key! I'll wait till Level 50...but wait, won't one of the DLC's bump the cap to 60?

Sigh...My tentacles are cramped up and locked into the shape of an XBox controller right now, so I'm experiencing technical difficulties with typing.
Far more interesting to say than 'Blood for the Blood God,' since GW went and made the new Chaos Codex FIFTY BUCKS! Lolz! Or you can haz da 'limited edition' book for eighty three.
It's a whopping 104 pages.
No, I won't be buying that, G-Dubs. I WILL, however, bootleg it offa da internet and slap it on my smartphone, you idiots.
Oh, and single figs costing twenty to thirty bucks? Aspiring Champion 20, Warpsmith 30?
No. Just no. Especially since I know you'll beef those guys up in yer overpriced Codex and make them 'must-haves.'

Clearly, the folks over at Games Workshop have lost their tiny lil' minds.
Which brings us, in a sorta roundabout way, to the subject(s) for today's post- video games, and the folks in 'the industry.'

*And then you charge ridiculous amounts of money for it, amirite?*


Saturday, September 22, 2012

[Games Anatomy] Underground, Overground

One more time!

One more day!

One more OD&D post!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GGP- The Initial Stages

It all starts with an idea - a new, unusual, brilliant, innovative or just plain unlikely idea. That idea takes shape; whether it's slowly, like a strike of lightning, in your dreams or in the doodles of your work meetings. You tinker, play and fuss with it until it becomes something a little more solid than the cottony ether from your imagination, and then you take the next step- you show it to your friends.

Maybe they love it. Maybe they think it has potential but they want to test it out. Maybe they need convincing. For those of us interested  in taking the game beyond our nightstand, something more than a casual once through becomes something we think about.

Thus, plans are made.


Monday, September 17, 2012

New Member Monday - BTW FYI

Hello and/or howdy, folks!  It's a new week here at the House of Paincakes and another opportunity to get crazy with blogs!  It's Monday, you see - and that means its time for a New Member Monday!

But before we get into that, I just wanted to formally announce a Schedule change - well after the fact that it's happened.  D'oh!  Dropped the ball there a bit, but such is the fast paced life of a blogger.

So, for your information:

Lo and SinSynn have swapped places in the weekly rotation so that Musings of a Games Store owner now airs on Wednesday and whatever the heck insanity that SinSynn is writing about appears on Sundays.  We're two weeks into the change and, so far, things are progressing smoothly.

HoP Authors:  Please note that the mandatory Blogging Animal Testing Facility job duty rotation has been updated as well to reflect the posting changes.  The updated duty roster is as follows:

Lo:  Monkeys at typewriters literature review - every other Friday

Von:  Baby animal inventory - First Tuesday of every month
          Adorable Kitten cuddling - every Tuesday
          Adorable Puppy cuddling - every Thursday

SinSynn:   Monkeys at typewriters testing chamber clean up  - twice daily, Sunday-Saturday

The blogging Animal Testing Facility is a an extremely important part of the HoP strategic plan and Dethtron and I expect you all to take these duties seriously.

New Member Monday

Full Plate and Packing Steel
Keywords: Warhammer fantasy, Dust warfare, Dystopian wars and Epic


Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Politicaly Incorrect Gamer Part One- Intro

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

So this is a series I've been plotting for a few weeks, and ugh...what a week to begin.

As I'm sure all of you know, Tuesday was 9/11. As a New Yorker who suffered through that horrific day, I tend to get very melancholy every year 'round this time. Not just on the day itself, because that was just the beginning. The misery that occurred extended for many months afterwards, and virtually every flat vertical surface in my great city was covered with tragic lil' posters that no municipal authority would dare remove.

*Images like this still hurt me. Very much*

Don't get it twisted, New Yorkers are a tough bunch. We bounced back fairly quickly, but our hearts will forever bear a great Twin Towers shaped scar.
It is what it is; our mighty skyline was forever altered, and our city and selves as well.
I'd probably be OK now, except that...well, on the 11th anniversary of that day, a series of attacks began that extended throughout the week. I'm sure you all know about it, and that's not what I'm here to discuss, so whatevs.
It just seems like an odd time to begin a series about 'political correctness in gaming,' is all I'm sayin.'