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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

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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*