This rant ‘counts as…’ a blog entry.

JunkThingI imagine this discussion has been hammered into the ground, but not by me and not on these pages.

I recently wandered into a chatbox i used to frequent and almost immediately was asked what I thought of someone’s Tau list. It was titled “Tau with Ad Mech” There are fundamentally 3 things wrong with asking me questions like this;

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MechWarrior Online Primer: Ranges

In the second primer for my own personal favorite smashy Mcobotfest we’re going to talk about ranges, or as I like to call it “How far away is that guy and can I hurt him?”

Ranges are, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the most important part of understanding why you are getting killed so bad oh my gosh you died so hard why did that happen?  Right, it happened because you, the new player, do not understand the subtleties of weapon ranges.  Ranges are vital to knowing your weapon systems and the weapon systems of the enemy, so let’s begin! (more…)

The Art of Falling Behind

Anyone ever seen those t-shirts that say “4.0 Killed Gary”? They’re tasteless and insensitive, and kind of silly when you think about it. I mean, what is it with pen-and-paper roleplayers? Let me be clear here: I most certainly fall into this category. I have thousands of dollars of roleplaying books on one of the shelves in my apartment. There’s almost always a book within arm’s reach. I have books from countless systems, editions, companies, settings, games. I have two editions of Exalted, one of Engel, a small collection of Sword and Sorcery, some assorted book’s with Monte Cook on the cover (for the sole reason of his name), a massive collection of 3.5 books, the 4.0 core set, the Forgotten Realms and Neverwinter books for 3.5 and 4.0, a smattering of AD&D books (it was before my time, sadly, and I do not understand THAC0), a first edition Dungeons and Dragons boxed set, a monster manual that was copywritten in 1973, Vampire: The Requiem, Vampire: The Masquerade, the old World of Darkness books, the new World of Darkness books, Iron Kingdoms, Inquisitor, Ravenloft, Gurps, and several notebooks with systems of my own devising.

In short, I have no problems with many multiple pen-and-paper systems.
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40k… Psychology Style

One of my favorite things to do is people watch and dissect the psychology behind why people do the things they do. (I always considered majoring in psychology, but aside from opening my own practice there isn’t a whole lot I can do with a psychology degree.)

Anyways, I’ve been mulling around the psychological reasoning for why people choose the 40k armies they choose. After sifting through some psychology theories, I think I’ve figured it out. It all comes down to conflict resolution. As much as I hate talking too much about my… personal thoughts… I’ll use myself as an example. It’s only fair, I suppose.

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Accessories for the modern geek.

100_2354 - Copy I don’t know about anyone else, but I really love to accessorize in my geekery. Especially when I go to a tournament. Not sure why exactly, but I’ll dress to match my army. Teal and White when I play my Eldar, usually something flowy; Purple and silver when I play Sisters, and with some combat boots of course; Purples and blues for my Tyranids were pretty easy, since that’s what I wear most days; and my Chaos Marines are the most fun, since I get to dress like a rock star! Last time, I believe it was my pink schoolgirl skirt, fishnets and my chaos collar, which I made for next to nothing! (more…)