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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Flavor of the Month

I think every gamer nerd, regardless of gender, is familiar with the cycles of games. What was killer cheeseball one edition gets hit with the nerfbat in the next, all in the name of "balance" (and really, in the name of profit, because nothing ever actually balances except the gamemakers' checkbooks when you spend more money to buy whatever'll keep you winning.) We've talked a little on this blog before about making themey lists instead of cheesy lists, making characters instead of powergaming, that sort of thing... the idea that some armies/classes/specs/colors/whatever are more powerful than others is pretty standard, right?

I got into 40k about...oh... early 2004? Something like that. And I didn't really build my own army until the Witch Hunters codex came out in that summer, and I became a decent player during that fall after the 4th edition rulebook came out. I was a newbie to the geek world at the time, and although I understood that some armies were cheesier than others (or people still say beardy? We used to say beardy.) I didn't understand that this could change at the drop of a hat. A combination of MtG, WoW, 40k, and D&D taught me this. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fun With Tyranids: Devilpods

I was thinking to myself what could I do to make War Dolls weird or quirky, or in general fun or something.  Well I thought about me and my Tyranids, as well as the various different units and tactic combos that I have used in the past.  Most of them I have tried on the idea of a friend of mine, but regardless they are fun ideas and quirky things you can do with Tyranids.  So here begins our first episode of Fun with Tyranids.


Yeah, I know, it is a bit melodramatic, but hey, I am just having fun here so let us dive on in.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The official "Welcome" post!

I want to send a big welcome and thank you to Jill and Beth who have signed on recently and who've both been helping with the revival of the War Dolls. They've both had some great ideas so expect to see more of us soon!

I have to give a shout out to Rachel who's never given up on us. Thanks Doll!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Queen of the Nerds

So, I don't know how many people followed that reality show on TBS, King of the Nerds - hilarious, btw, if you can watch it you should - but if you're unfamiliar with it, here's the premise: 11 nerds locked together in a house called "Nerdvana" compete to prove which of them is the biggest nerd and has earned the right to sit atop the Throne of Games.

Pretty standard reality series, right?

But here's the oddity. As the game progressed, one by one, the male nerds were eliminated, but the females were untouched. In fact, of the final five, four were female. And the final three? All women. So, yeah, the first King of the Nerds, at least according to reality TV, was a queen.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I'll Get You Yet, Nurgle!

I may be a newcomer to the gaming community, but I have been overwhelmed by how accepting and welcoming everyone is. I have learned a lot of different games from Magic to Warhammer to Pathfinder, and have loved every minute of it. (By the way, don’t let my inexperience fool you – I learn quickly.)

My latest endeavor has been a campaign for Warhammer 40k. I’m currently running Battle Sisters, but I am in the process of switching to Tau. Close combat scares the crap out of me, so my basic strategy is kill everything in sight before it can get across the board and in close-combat range of my army, which I hear is the way of the Tau. (Plus, I think the Tau will look great in the hot pink and black color scheme I have in mind for their armor.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Getting back to her roots...

I was recently approached by one of the folks from my LGS and invited to a (3.5) D&D campaign that would be starting in a few months. The group is currently playing another system (World of Darkness) and I was invited to sit in on the end of that but I detest vampires, sparkly or no. Nevertheless they are role and not 'roll' players so I'll be giving them a shot.

Enter the dilemma! What should I play? I have been running D&D games for so long, that I wasn't even sure any more. I've played a lot of characters in ancient history, and made plenty more as NPCs, but haven't had one of my very own to hug and squeeze and .. yeah you get the idea.