Saturday, June 30, 2012

The biggest change in 6E

If you're still making noises about Allies: stop.  I'm tired of hearing people complain about/try to break the rules.

Much more significantly, it's not the biggest rule change in the new book.
"Bigger Games", page 110:
This being the case, if you're playing a game of 2,000 points or more, you can take an additional primary detachment. This gives you access to up to six choices each from elites, fast attack and heavy support, up to four HQ choices, a massive potential of up to twelve troops choices, and additional allied detachment and an additional fortification.
This is huge.  It means 2,000 point games are explicitly not in the range of default game sizes.  It means crazy shit like 8 HQ choices in a 2,000 Space Wolf army.  It means I could drop over 50% of my points on HQs in my Daemon army.

New Edition - Acquired!

40K 6E's here!

As planned, Casey, Ashley, blogless Bart and I drove out to the Bowie Bunker for the midnight release.

Unfortunately, a severe thunderstorm hit both us and the Bunker on the way up.  The drive up was crazy: we saw thee wind blow one of those giant "<--" signs across a lane of traffic and into the side of a truck.  We had to dodge a orange traffic barrel as it blew across our lane.  It was crazy.

It also knocked out power at the Bunker, which was kind of a drag.

Instead of being able to check out the Bunker's new digs, take pictures with the space marine, and maybe/maybe not buy random Warhammer 40,000 swag ... we couldn't actually go into the bunker to look around, much less buy anything.  Totally, utterly understandable, but it was kind of a long, dangerous drive in the middle of the night to just collect a box and go.

I suppose I should be thankful that they handed out preorders; there would have been Problems if they hadn't, but still, I appreciate it.

Haven't gotten anywhere with the book yet: Friday was a long day for me, but on an initial casual flip-through it's the most beautiful book Games Workshop's published yet... and given how gorgeous Warhammer Fantasy 8E was, that says a lot.

Great job, GW!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On Battlefoam's Customer Service - Results

So, you might remember my kinda nuts order into Battlefoam earlier this month.

Well, it showed up this afternoon, I'm ecstatic about it, and figured I'd share the results.

Just about a week after my order, they got back to me with a layout.

I suggested collapsing a few of the filler shapes into each other.  The result:

Well, as I said the trays just showed up in the mail.

The filler for the Demigryph shapes were included: I'll shave them down after I've glued the riders on (when they'll be needed).

So, as you can see, Battlefoam did an amazing job of taking my heap of requirements and cobbling them together into into some trays that do exactly what I need them to do.  As I said, they've got exemplary customer service.

Also, since I was taking pictures and I don't think I've posted it here: this foam topper was a last-minute upsell when I placed my Black Friday order back in November.  It's based on the display sign I knocked together for the NoVA Open and run through some filters in Gimp. I'm really happy with how it came out, and as I'm working on more display signs, I'm keeping foam toppers in mind.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mantic Kickstarter

There's less than 8 hours left on the Mantic Kickstarter!  Now's a really great opportunity to get a heap of minis at a really great deal!

Don't miss out!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Warhammer 40,006!

Finally!  Sixth Edition's up for preorder!

I ordered mine last night; I'm really looking forward to playing 40K again (I basically stopped after Grey Knights came out).

Casey, Ashley, blogless Bart, and I will be hitting the GW Bowie Bunker's midnight release event to pick up our copies.  If you're planning to be there, too, give me a shout so I know to say hi!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Empire Helper Cards

How is it that I haven't posted these here yet? Anyway:

I keep forgetting I have various innate bound spells (Battle Prayers, wizard wagon weapons) until I've blown all of my power dice (if I'm lucky; I normally remember them several phases after that).

So, knocked together a couple of cards to print out and put with my various spell cards to keep track of them. There's one for Battle Prayers, the Luminark, and the Hurricanum.  They should print out to be the same size as the spell cards (3" x 4 5/16").

If you've got a copy of the Empire book, grab 'em here.  (If you don't have the Empire book, you probably shouldn't.)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Positivity vs. Negativity

Go to Faeit 212 and read this article about how unhelpful negativity is in our hobby.

This is great stuff.

Our hobby is a big tent, and sometimes, it feels like there an entire sub-hobby dedicated to bitching about Games Workshop.  The negativity accomplishes so little, and gets exhausting quickly.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On Battlefoam's Customer Service

Battlefoam has excellent customer service.

My first order with them went something along the lines of, "I'm boarding a plane to California in X weeks, and I'd like to take my Skaven with me.  Can you have Y at my door by at least the day before?" and, of course, they were able to manage it.

Although my most recent order with them was a little rocky, every other order's gone smoothly and has seen great customer service.

Because the custom trays are Not Cheap... and because I keep running into a need for custom trays, I tend to overthink their composition.  For example, the Handgunner tray from my last order:

Those shapes have worked out fabulously for Handgunners, FYI.  The layout, on the other hand was close but not exactly viable (despite what I thought were careful measurements), so they had to make some changes. The final product has totally worked out, but deviates a smidge from the above.

This time, I had a bunch of stuff that needed to go into 2.5" trays.  Rather than overthink the layout (because it didn't really pay off last time, and because all that careful fiddling just delays my ordering), I said, "Screw it," traced my shapes, typed up some notes, and e-mailed them away.

Those notes got longer, and longer, though, until I decided that I just had to share them here.

Where I'm going with all of this is 1) I'm aware that I can be a pain in the ass and 2) Battlefoam has excellent customer service.  If they didn't, I wouldn't have placed this order;  I have a pretty reasonable expectation that they'll pull this thing together.  That's significant, and merits noting.

Anyway, here's the order:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Blog Lists

In goofing around and moving my RPG Tumblr to Blogger, I finally got around to changing the old/obsolete Who I'm Following gadget (or whatever the heck that thing was called) with a Blog List gadget.

The upshot of this is that it's no longer tied to the on-the-way-out Follower structure (which is being replaced by G+, grrrr) and, more significantly, it'll do WordPress blogs as well.

The downside is that I've got over 80 blogs in that feed, which would eat up more vertical real estate than I'd like. So, I've set it at the 25 most recently updated.

Thoughts?  Comments?  It's important to me that I link out to other blogs I follow: I know I've gotten a lot of traffic from folks linking to me, so I need to make sure I'm doing a decent job of returning the favor.

(Now I just need to figure out how to fit links to the Kickstarter/IndieGoGo campaigns I'm supporting in the sidebar without it looking like ass.)

Friday, June 1, 2012

GW Goes Digital

Just spotted that Games Workshop is rolling out digital book releases on iTunes.

This should be a Big Deal.

I know that, as soon as I picked up an iPad, I loaded it up with FAQ PDFs and, as tablets have caught on, other folks at the club have started doing the same.  Doug McN rolls to tournaments with bins of codices for reference, which is a lot of hassle. GW providing electronic reference copies is huge; they turn a 20 lb box that he's got to wrestle around into a tablet..  And I want those reference copies, legit.

Who am I kidding?  It is a Big Deal.

I'm unhappy with the reality of it, though:

For starters, this is all tightly bound to the Apple ecosystem.  I've decided I'm happy living in it, but not everyone is.  If you're in the Android sphere, at the moment, this does you no good.

Also, it's tough to find what GW's actually offering.  I followed the link in the article, which of course runs into iTunes, and I get one Scroll of Binding by Mat Ward and a couple of books that maybe he contributed to?  Clicking through on the Scroll of Binding shows "More by Mat Ward" which turns up the above results.  So, I'm not even sure how I'm supposed to find what GW's offering digital.  That makes things difficult.  This is probably Apple's fault, though, since it's not like iTunes provides all that great a digital shopping experience.

I'm not happy with GW shilling Scrolls of Binding for $1, since I'm pretty sure that's the sort of content I have a White Dwarf subscription for.  $1 is totally doable (it's less than a trip to the vending machine at work), but if they're going to start putting new rules supplements up here, it's tough to justify the magazine.  (White Dwarf's value, or lack thereof, as well as its general lack of timeliness has been discussed to death elsewhere.  At least my copy of June's issue showed up before the product it's shilling for.)

Most significantly, this:

I get that pricing products digitally vs. physically is not a straightforward, simple equation.  I get that the bulk of the costs in generating a book have little to do with the physicality of the book.  But damn, I'm just not comfortable with paying the same amount for a digital book I don't exactly-completely own as I would for a physical print book I unambiguously own that I can resell.  (Plus, this is priced at the post-price increase cost, so it currently costs ~$10 more than the print book, which is a particular button for me... but I get that it won't last, so I can't let it set me off.  Again: the annual price-increase thing's been talked to death elsewhere; I have nothing to add.)

eBook pricing is a complicated, nuanced thing.  I get that.  But an eBook priced at 100% of the print book cost, particularly at a >$40 price tag is not something I'm willing to invest in.  This is making me feel pretty bitter.

(Two negative posts effectively in a row?  Crap.  I need to start posting painted mini pics so I can turn things around!)

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