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Monday, November 19, 2012

Cornucopia of Blogs: Los Potros Grande

Hey folks and welcome to a holiday week here at the House of Paincakes!

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving (or Turkey Day, if you will) on Thursday here in the states.  It had something to do with the bandy legged puritans who got this whole American ball rolling and whose fiercely weird religiosity still fuels most of our bad governmental policy decisions to this day.

 Traditionally, Thanksgiving entails lots of traveling to be with family, togetherness, good times and the cooking of birds that aren't all that tasty (and are more than a little dry).  In any case, this week may be a bit off in the scheduling department.  I'm not saying that it WILL be odd.  Just that it could.  On account of all the Tryptophan.  It's pretty rad.


New Member Monday

The Aspiring Ressurectionist
Keywords: Malifaux, Ressurectionist, Australia

Atomic Warlords
Keywords: Warhammer 40K, brevity

Kevin's Painting Fix
Keywords: 40k, additional brevity

Tempest's 40k Bunker
Keywords:  40k, even more brevity (seriously people, KEYWORDS!)


Sunday, November 18, 2012

So I'm Playing 40k Again -_-

"So this is it, friend?
You're here to win, then..."
  - Sleigh Bells, from Rill Rill

So there I am deploying my stuffs, when he starts with his nonsense...
'Are you sure that's where you wanna put that?'
'Wadda you mean?' I reply casually, but my eyes are frantically darting around the tabletop attempting to find fault with my placement.
'This looks good to me, actually,' I state cautiously, 'Why, wadda you think? It's not good? I've got cover, good lanes of fire....Wadda you sayin'?'
He shrugs, lookin' all smug and whatnot.
'Look, man, I'm not sayin' nuthin.' All I'm doin' is asking you if yer sure that's where yer gonna put that unit. That's all.'
'Yeah, but the way you said made it sound like I was making a I making a mistake?'

Sigh- despite the fact that this lil' ritual of ours inevitably plays out like 'Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football' (with me being Charlie Brown, naturally), here I am falling for it a dumbass...

Now comes the laugh...his evil,  stupid laugh ...'Hurr-hurr-hurr'

'Why would I tell you that? What possible purpose would that serve? How would that benefit me? In what way?'
'It would help with your karma, you friggin' jerk, to maybe help a brother out once in a while. It would help us to have a better game, if we maybe played in a friendlier manner.'
'What better game? What are you babbling about? I wanna crush you. Same as you wanna crush me, pal.'
I stare at him for a moment ...
'...Yeah, yer right about that...'

Have I mentioned that I hate my buddy, the Ultimate Rival?

*Yeah, that's him*


Saturday, November 17, 2012

[Games Anatomy] The Politically Correct RPG, Part I - Blue Rose

This Games Anatomy is a little different. For one, it's actually comparing two games - both attempts to create an RPG that addresses some of the problematic assumptions at the heart of the hobby. For two, it's got -

MEEEEEEEE.  What?  i heard someone mention "problematic assumptions at the heart of the hobby", and i just had to get in on that.  Also, i haven't had an internet fight in weeks.  They boot you out of the Mad Feminist Birds Society for slacking, y'know.

- two authors - Hark's joining me on the magical mystery tour this week, mostly 'cause I'm bored of talking to myself and I thought she'd have something interesting to say about all this -

You poor deluded fool.  You only think i'm interesting 'cos you can look at my tits whilst i talk.

- For three, it's bloody long, longer than usual, even after we split it in two. I'd put the kettle on before I clicked that 'read more' button, if I were you.

Get us some biscuits while you're there.

First up: Blue Rose (Fast Play version)


Friday, November 16, 2012

Olde Weirde- The Novels

 Hi all,

for this weeks delve into the murky past of our hobby, I'm going off on a slight tangent (yes, I know it's only the second post!) and I'm going to talk about the war game-inspired fiction of yesteryear. My inspiration- the fact that I'm currently reading "Angel Exterminatus", the latest in the Horus Heresy series from Black Library.

Now, this is a pretty good series of books. I especially like Graham McNeill's work (mainly because his books remind me of David Gemmell's Drenai novels). But there are books from years ago which evoke very fond memories for me. Krokidil Tears for example, based on the Dark Future games by Jack Yeovil (she also wrote Genevieve, which is again fantastic) Not great writing, but a fantastic daemon host-assassin story. If you get the chance, pick a copy up second hand.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lantz's Antzwers: Skimming A Familiar Challenge

Me again. Here to answer your rules questions. Today we have a flyer question and, appropriately, two Chaos Space Marine questions. Since the new codex for the CSM was recently released, I'm not shocked by the amount of CSM questions I'm getting. Again, if you have a 40k rules question or just want an argument settled in your gaming group, drop me a line (email address is at the bottom of this post.) Whether it be in an email response or posted here, I will answer any and all questions. I'm going to streamline things a little more so I can get more questions in without boring you all to death. So let's get to it, shall we?


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

[Musings of a Game Store Owner] I'm Good At My Job!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends, family, assorted others and anyone listening- I have talked about what I do at the store for a long time. I've shared various tips and comments, insights and concerns with you for well over a year now.

So far, everything I have discussed and all my claims are just that- claims. I haven't really had very much to back me up in my commentary; but that all changed this week.

Here's some evidence.

The publication in question is operated by the local university's journalism department, and the voting is open to the public. Our community voted in droves- the folks in 2nd and 3rd place have been open for literally DECADES and are pretty much institutions in our area.

While I'm flattered and humbled that we won, the real credit goes to TheDude. I've probably talked your ear off about the things he does for the store, but he really does work himself until he's exhausted to make the store better. I'm really proud of all the effort he's put in, and it makes me glad to see that he's finally being recognized for what he does.

We said it before and we'll say it again: this didn't happen by our hands alone. We have the best customers anyone could ever ask for, and we're grateful to be able to serve them day in and day out. We're truly honored to have a shot at earning not just their business but their friendship; and we're really glad they like us.


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.