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Monday, November 12, 2012

New Member Monday - Late Breaking New Member News

Hello all and sorry for the delay on today's Monday post.  I just really wanted to see how long it would take SinSynn to crack under the pressure and shame of admitting to reading Space Marine books.  Turns out that the guy who managed to write a blog post a scant 5 days after a goddamn hurricane hit his city is made of pretty stern stuff.

I'll get you next time, SinSynn!

Though if you read between the lines, you know that he secretly has a fully painted Ultramarines army. Probably with three Storm Talons.

New Member Monday

L'Astropate: News e Rumors di Warhammer 40.000
Keywords: Warhammer 40.000 news,  Warhammer 40.000 rumors, ersonal articles about the hobby, lingua italiana


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Talkin' Space Marine Novels- yeah I read 'em. Shaddup

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

So here comes another winter.

Pretty soon, it's gonna be too cold to push around miniatures in the Ultimate Rival's gaming garage. Although I'm sure we'll take a few trips upstate to maybe catch a game or three, or perhaps him and I will hit some tournament or whatevs. Nevertheless, our active 'gaming season' is coming to an end.

Pretty soon,  I'll be spending my hobby time painting stuffs (lotta catching up to do on that front, actually), repairing a bunch of my existing stuffs (unbending bent gun barrels and re-gluing broken off fenders and whatnot), and reading.

I've already gotten a jump on the 'off season' by hitting a bookstore and grabbing the second and third Night Lord novels by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

Author's Note: Look, I love the guy. I follow him on Facebook, even. But I refuse to type his name out more than once. From here on out, I'll just refer to him as ADB, 'k?

Anywho, I luvs me some ADB Night Lord action. Talos is my man. And Xarl. And Cyrion. And Mercutian. And yeah, I luvs Uzas too.

*Sadly, their helmets cannot fly*


Friday, November 9, 2012

A Wargames Carole

Hi all, 

and yes, welcome to the first Christmas reference of 2012 on HoP- yes, only 44 days left to ask for all the shiny toys you want the Fat Man to deliver. Also, time for the first in a set of weekly articles on wargames past, and the history of this here hobby (thank to Auberoun for the inspiration). To kick off, here's a roughly accepted timeline:

5th Century BC. The Greeks start playing Petteia, before passing it on to the Romans. It is rumoured that they learned the game from the Egyptians (based on a game called "Senet"), however there is little historical evidence for this. For anyone wanting to try an approximation, check this out.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday News to Amuse

Hey folks, it's the day before the big election ere in the US.  Should be a fun one... naw, who am I kidding.  Half the country is gonna find out their gonna be mad for the next four years.  It's gonna be a shit time.  el oh el.

Anywho, over hear in the states, the local news sources have been drowning in political spew of various colorsa and that delighful scamp, Hurricane Sandy. Some of it's probably made it's way over to the rest of the world.  If you're anything like me, you love drinking beer and you've had about as much depressing news as you can take.  So let's have some feel good blogging news!

1) New Author!  HoP Idol 2 concluded semi-secretly and with more than a little disappointment concerning the time table, but so far, we've managed to get a new author out of the deal.  Last Friday we officially welcomed Gar Tenzing to the illustrious HoP writting staff and performance dance team!  If you haven't seen last Friday's article, then I implore you to check it out.  Gar needs some imput on just what kind of thing you guys as his audience would like to see.

2) New Barter Town!  Which is not to say it's a replacement.  More of an international expansion.  A starry eyed man named Ralph contacted us a while ago with a request for help getting the word out about BartertownUK:

I am the owner of BartertownUK, which was launched a few months ago in the attempt to provide a european trading forum for used miniatures, books, and everything else assosciated with the hobby. You may or may not have heard about, the original and big name in online miniature trading. The problem with this site is that it is extremely US-centric, and a lot of people are against shipping outside of the US. Because of this, I obtained permission from the owner of this website to operate a UK counterpart, the only problem is, its trundling along with few users and not many hits, let alone trades!  
 We aim to provide a service to the community as a whole, no matter what period, scale, or genre tickles your fancy, we even allow the trading of paintball goods! Other than that, literally anything can be traded, from Warhammer 40K to historicals to Pokemon cards.
3) Contest!  Frontline Gamer frequently runs contests that cover the depth and breadth of our little hobby microcosm.  Normally, they tend to promote themselves, but the most recent chance at fabulous prizes could use some more user input.  Which is especially stange since it's one of the best collections of swag ever put up on the site.  Free models: check.  Free rules:  check.  A chance at internet fame:  whaaaaaat?  Yep.

The winner of the contest gets published on the Dark Age website.

All you gotta do is get your geek on and so a little bit of creating writing.  Contest details here.

 Have a good one folks!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

...And then Sandy Shows Up...

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

So I'm sittin' here, Blogger tab open and typing this. I've got YouTube open in another tab, and my speakers are cranked to eleven while MIA's 'Bad Girls' plays loud enough to like, make my hair move in the breeze.
Makes me happy, cuz I so love MIA. She's badass.
Nevertheless, I feel a bit guilty. I seem to be one of the few New Yorkers that Hurricane Sandy didn't affect in some terrible fashion. One of my co-workers has been rendered homeless, others are without power nearly a week later. Basements are flooded. Apparently there's no gas, so no one can go anywhere. The subways still aren't running below Times Square, and the whole thing is a big mess.
The death toll is rising.

*This is Sandy. She looks pretty from space*

I always figured my life would end in some dramatic 'Blaze O' Glory' fashion- hounded by law enforcement authorities, I go to ground in some bushes outside Megan Fox's Malibu Dreamhouse. Naked from the waist down, holding only a pair of panties and my trusty disintegrator...
A SWAT team spotlight glares angrily at me, and someone shouts 'freeze!'
I pop up from my hiding spot, blazing away with my disintegrator, and spit something James Cagney-ish.
'You'll never take me alive, coppers!'
They can pry those panties from my cold, dead tentacles.

Yet here I sit, happy that I wasn't killed by a falling tree branch this week.
Blah, what an ignominious way to go. No way anybody ever sees that one coming


Friday, November 2, 2012

New Fridays- an Introduction

Hi all,

well, having got through the HoP Idol2 process, it looks like I'll now be writing each Friday for your perusal. On that basis, I figured that it would be a good time to let you know a few things about me. You know, so that you can personal in the comments section ;)

So here's my gaming background- I started when I was 6, and quickly got sucked in to the Games Workshop hobby (this was around the time of Adeptus Titanicus, for those who want a date.) I've played pretty much all ogf the GW games over the years, and in the last 5 years I've spread my wings into Warmahordes, Historical games, Flames, Infinity, Mantic etc. Outside of Wargames, I'm a board gamer and card gamer, and dabble with rules writing and strategy/tactics (from a historical perspective.) So I'm a bit of an all-rounder. Oh, and best not forget to mention that I am a Fluffy-WAAC player- ie I'm happy to play friendly scenarios or tourney-style games, it really depends on the environment and other people playing the game.

Anyway, the point of this is: What do you guys want to read about on a Friday? No-one benefits from me spewing forth reams of text if it's not want HoP regulars want to read- so is it rules discussions? Strategy? Models? Editorials? Or something weirder? (Not SynSinn weird, obviously!) Of course, I'll probably deviate from the plan every now and again, but the question for now is- what do you, the reader, want to see on here on Fridays? Let me know in the comments, and the first of the regular posts will go up next week.




Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GGP: Go Your Own Way

Making your designs appear in someone's FLGS is more work than a lot of people know. We previously talked about third party publishing and all the concerns that go with that avenue.

What happens when you don't trust a third party to convey your idea properly? Or there aren't vendors interested in your idea? Or you just got locked out from those avenues?


Monday, October 29, 2012

New Member Monday - Tube Sock Advisory

Hey folks, welcome to an increasingly less unreliable week at the House of Paincakes!

We've got an interesting week ahead of us - new members, new news and even a new...  well, you'll just have to wait for that one.  I'm going to go ahead and advise that you don't wear socks on Friday if you plan on reading the blog.  Any socks or other such cloth foot coverings are likely to be knocked clean off in an energetic fashion.  At the very least, don't wear shoes lest they get damaged during any sudden violent removal of socks that should happen.  Though still wear the socks, the experience is unique.

Those of you with weak stomachs and less than perfect control over your bowels/bladders should probably have a bucket on hand.

Friday will be pretty exciting is what I'm saying.

New Member Monday

Voidsign Collectables
Keywords: Commerce, filthy lucre, shameless capitalism

Five Fingers and a Brush
Keywords: painting, Warhammer Fantasy, 40k, tombs kings, Lords of Ashes (my chapter of chaos space marines)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Politically Incorrect Gamer: Chuckle and Shrug

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

So like most of my plans, my previously scheduled 'argument with Loqacious' post is getting put on the back burner. Neither of us seem to be coherent at the same time, which makes debating with me either annoying and frustrating or completely impossible, depending on who's coherent and who isn't.
Not that coherence is something I strive for, mind you.

*I always choose Chaos. Iz moar fun*

Anyway, I wanted to share some jokes with you.
Have you heard this one?

Q: What's the difference between a Frenchman and a trampoline?
A: You take your shoes off before jumping on a trampoline.

Hardy-har, amiright?

Yeah, I'm sorta technically French. Or of French descent, or whatever you wanna call it.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

[Games Anatomy] I'm Not Playing A Game With Arse In The Title

Ars Magica, or 'the Art of Magic', is an early effort by White Wolf Games, (former-as-of-this-year developers of the World of Darkness and Exalted). It's set in Mythic Europe, an idealised and romanticised version of the thirteenth century where magic works, fairies exist whether you believe in them or not, and there be dragons here. And there. And in quite a few other places. It's an embryonic version of the Storyteller System, with many similarities to Mage in particular (unsurprising, given that they're games about wizards by the same developer), but with some elegant and interesting structural differences in how the game is actually played. And, true to form, I can't entirely work out how to feel about it.

Rather than going for the from-the-ground-up dissection of system and setting like I usually do, I want to spend some time discussing what makes Ars Magica different from its antecedents, and why the game both attracts and repels me in equal measure. Hopefully that'll cover more or less the same ground.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GGP: More Networking

Networking- we talked about it last week. I promised a little more this time around.

Honestly, it's an art. Most ambitious people mess it up, and the people that need it most are dearly lacking in ability or willingness.

Art is subjective to most people, and creating it is a lot of work. It's something that can (and honestly, should) be practiced. Working at networking- practicing-  is difficult.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Lantz's Antzwers: The Floating And Walking Dead

Did I mention I'd be inconsistently posting? I did? Okay, good. So here we are, the second post of my segment and I came up with a clever name for it to boot! What a crazy few weeks it's been. Booze. Chaos Space Marines codex. Women. My Necron army is finished. Booze. Presidential debates. Booze. The list goes on and on! Hope everyone has had a great time since my last posting, but let's get to these questions. If you don't remember how this works, simply email me a rules question at sinaura40k(at)gmail(dot)com related to 40k and I'll systematically dissect that bastard until we come to a logical answer.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Time Versus Fun

Hey, folks. SinSynn here.

I promise that next week I'll return you to our irregularly scheduled program, which will be a 'Politically Incorrect Gamer' post featuring my good-time buddy Loquacious. In the meantime, however....

Eventually every blogger writes a post about time, or the lack of it.
This is mine.



Saturday, October 20, 2012

An Explanation, of Sorts

Do you want to hear a secret? Course you do. I can tell. Come over here, be seated, and Uncle Von'll let you in on a little mystery.

I'm feeling a bit burned out on roleplaying at the moment.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] GGP: Networking

Last week a reader asked about networking, and it's a big enough component to the publication industry that I'm doing what I can to address it.

Let's start with a definition. 

Networking in a nutshell is developing and cultivating relationships in a way that grows your business.

Maybe that seems like "using" people (it sort of does to me). I don't make it about my business; I like to think of it as making friends.

For those of you that are shy or introverted, perhaps message boards, forums and blog communities are better for you since they don't involve face to face conversations. These avenues are also great for those that enjoy writing and meeting lots of people without using a lot of face to face conversations.

If you're more like me, and love talking to people- that's all it is. It's talking to people. I personally use a mix of in person, phone, email. Facebook, Twitter and blogs to talk to people; but it's talking to people.

It's important to know that networking is a careful balancing act- you can't just meet a person at a convention or event and then a week later drop your pitch. It should be a natural outflow of your relationship with the person, so they WANT to help you because you're friends or work in the same circles or whatever.


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.