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Firefly Online

07/18/2013 1 comment

Can’t stop the signal…

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And the prayers of a grateful generation of Browncoats have been answered. Well, short of getting a new show anyway. Firefly online was announced at San Diego ComicCon (really need to go to that one year) with this launch trailer. It’s a little rough around the edges but with a year until release there’s plenty of time to make it shiny. Sorry, couldn’t help myself…

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Expected to be initially just on smartphones and tablets, it may not be the true open experience we have with other MMORPGs but it’s a good start.

Check out the site and register here.

Firefly Online Announcement Trailer

 

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Digital vs Analogue

06/27/2013 1 comment

Sixeleven’s right on the money here. Plus, there’s something just special about a physical library of books. We should cherish them.

SILO41

I love technology. I love the pace at which technology is developing. I love all the weird and bizarre gizmos and apps that are becoming available by the week. I’m certain I can find some kind of techno-wizardry that would help in every aspect of my life if I looked hard enough. Yet, for one of my favourite hobbies, I find myself shunning the digital way and yearning for the good old fashioned bookin my hands with which I can flick through faster than you can say ‘I’m sure I saw that rule around here somewhere’.

It would be easy to say that this is because of all of the most obvious failings of a digital product; making sure your tablet/phone is charged up, harder to flick through, the expense of a tablet, the lack of a physical product to hold and feel etc. but I don’t think…

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Space Marine Apocalypse Leaks

06/24/2013 Leave a comment

Interesting, not quite sold on them but I’m expecting to see some funky conversions in the near future.

SILO41

Well we all knew it was going to happen. An imminent release means leaked photos. Interestingly rather than some of the big stuff trickling out the door it’s the revamped company masters.

If I’m honest, I’m not sold. They’re too blatant. There’s no subtlety to these models what so ever and no thought given to the fact that they are company commanders first and foremost, and if they’re in battle they wouldn’t carrying around lots of bits of paper or a big voxcaster. But you never know, there may be (even more) special rules to back it up. That said the Lord Executioner is pretty cool.

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More GW vs Chapter House News

06/18/2013 Leave a comment

Interesting times. Let’s hope the chaps in the corner offices in Nottingham actually take heed.

SILO41

The firm that represented Chapter House in their legal fight against Games Workshop has released the below statement. Aside from the implications regarding IP and Trademarks for the industry as a whole it does throw Games Workshop into a fairly damning light. Not that I imagine they care. It’ll be interesting to see if this makes them more aggressive or opens their eyes to a community eager to return to the old days of summer campaigns and community support.

Thanks to Lexicanum for sharing the below:

Chapterhouse Attorneys:
“Winston & Strawn Defeats Hundreds of Trademark and Copyright Infringement Claims on Behalf of Pro Bono Client”

“In a classic David-versus-Goliath battle, Winston & Strawn LLP represented Chapterhouse Studios LLC on a pro bono basis in a cutting-edge federal trademark and copyright dispute in the Northern District of Illinois (Games Workshop Limited v. Chapterhouse Studios LLC 1:10-cv-8103). The verdict of this jury…

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swearing in public

06/17/2013 1 comment

Now this is a bloody good idea. Not sure how I’ll be able to get a further 1,000 of anything done between now and the 29th but I’ll try my best!

Of Orks, and Ogres

Ok so I was at my local GW store over the week-end looking for a game or three.  I noticed they where having a painting challenge.  The idea is to have 1000 points of unfinished models painted and based by the end of the month.  You declared your intent by writing your oath on a purity seal which the staff then stuck on the door. No prizes just a bit of motivational fun.  

So I put my name down and declared I will have 1000 points of Dark Angles (Guardians of the covenant) painted and based by June 29. 

 

SO I BETTER GET CRACKING!

More in this later.  

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Pimp My Jaffa Cake!

06/11/2013 Leave a comment

This is a blog of a friend of mine who’s partner is Tim who’s contributed a couple of times to my Trenchmates series.

Why repost this you ask? Well, aside from showing you good folk a truly excellent blog, I’m also firmly of the opinion that wargaming really benefits from great snacks and this blog has some of the best.

Plus, who doesn’t love huge Jaffa Cakes?

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Look what I made at the weekend! A bloody enormous jaffa cake with other jaffa cakes in it! With booze in it! I feel like Dr Frankenstein – except with vast quantities of sugar! (Can anyone spot the sugar-high?)

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Pimp My Posh Jaffa Cake

Ingredients

  • 125 g softened unsalted butter
  • One half cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbs orange liqueur
  • 6 jaffa cakes
  • One whole orange
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 100g unsalted butter

Method

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time, and mix well.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Stir in vanilla and orange flavouring/liqueur/orange zest into yogurt.
  4. Gently add flour and yogurt mix alternately to butter mixture.
  5. Soak the jaffa cakes in the orange liqueur, sponge side down.
  6. Pour…

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Totally worth it: 40k 2nd edition Codex Chaos

06/11/2013 1 comment

I love this post. It reminds me of the reasons I was drawn to Chaos Marines.

eternalhunt

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As you may have realised by now, Totally Worth It as a series is as much about forgotten or unjustly maligned gems of tabletop wargaming as it is about the formative moments in my personal hobby life. So today I would like to address what may have been the defining purchase of my younger hobby years. Today on Totally Worth It: The 40k second edition Codex Chaos.

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Phew, where to start?

I already told you about my first contact with Warhammer 40k, and how it was completely unlike every other Sci-Fi setting I had ever heard about. Much of that would possibly still hold true for somebody getting into the hobby today, but there may be a number of differences, chief among them the way to get hold of the 40k background:

Back in the mid to late 90s, the Internet didn’t exist — or rather,  it…

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Leaked Khorne Bloodknight

06/02/2013 1 comment

Merciful Zeus!

I must have three.

SILO41

Holy. Shit.

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More Eldar Images Leaked

05/21/2013 Leave a comment

SILO41

Two more little gems for you from the up coming White Dwarf of new Eldar stuff. Wraithblades and the new Eldar flyer, the name of which escapes me. I’m not convinced by the distinctly human design of the flyer. Looks a little bit like the Eurofighter in Space…

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A Call to Arms: Star Fleet Review

05/03/2013 Leave a comment

The Wargaming Bear

It has been a while since I have done a review so to get back into the swing of things here is, A Call to Arms: Star Fleet (miniature star trekking battles).

Produced by Mongoose Publishing, it is as you can probably gather based on big space ships shooting each other.

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Its star trek universe a pretty rich format to use. Go watch the TV series/film or read the books etc. For those born under a rock the good people at MP also include in the rulebook a brief history of the factions they have miniatures for (which is handy for those that have only dealt with the screen versions of the universe).

Miniatures

So not only do we get some rules for pretending to be Kirk (he was the best remember) we also get to try our hand at several other ship types.

And they all look…

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