Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gamer Wear: Another day, another Dalek

Today, in honor of the awesome christmas present I got myself... Daleks!

First, a freakin awesome crossover shirt from tshirtbordello...


No one told Mario that was a bad place to stand?
No amount of radishes are gonna stop a Dalek, Mario. You better hope you got some star power in them overalls!

Next up, in honor of the holiday that just passed... (I'm behind the times, so what!) Is a clever shirt from redbubble

When you see the weeping angel, you'll shit bricks!
This one is pretty simple in design, but it's the details that matter. The guys that produce this shirt also have a couple other Dr. Who themed shirts

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

L33t BAO strats!

1. Don't eat them straight from the truck as the insides are often hot as fuck
2. Make sure it contains pork and not "pork"
3. Enjoy your Bao! It is delicious!
So fluffy, like a necron/blood angel high five!
Nah, just kidding. (Not about bao being delicious. I fuckin love me some bao) I'm really gonna talk about the leet strats I am concocting for this coming years Bay Area Open!  The guys that run the BAO have been up to a lot since the last one. Made a new website, opened a new online store, and started a podcast! Those guys are goin off!

There are a couple changes to the format for the upcoming event. Firstly, the tourney is set at 1750. 1750 is a weird spot for a lot of armies.  As far as I understand, a full game of 40k is designed to be played at 2k and "balanced" (I'm giving 40k developers the benefit of the doubt here) around those point values.  This means that the developers expect armies to have a certain amount of threats and a certain amount of answers to threats. This is the fabled "All-comers" list. When you duck under the designed for point value, armies start to become lopsided. So, at 1750 (and anything below the optimal point value) you must make trade offs in the force you take to either make it resemble a balanced list, or sacrifice a balance to emphasize the armies strong points.

Secondly...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bay Area Open 2012

First off, Happy Holidays readers!!

I hope Santa brought you all that you asked for and made your dreams come true!

One of my gifts was the green light to return to one of the premier war gaming events on the West Coast, The Bay Area Open !!!

Fellow writer Dok and I will be headed up to take part in all the events and shenanigans the first weekend of March.


What events? So glad you asked!!!


On Friday we will be in the Teams 40k event. We have been brewing up some ideas on how to make our opponents squirm and flee in terror!!! We have a moderate amount of practice in teams events from Staff group games and drunken 4 ways in my garage (Yes, it's as bad as it sounds!) I am looking forward to this event a lot, as it is scored on performance as well as fluff and awesomeness, something that Dok and I both excel at.

Saturday and Sunday will be days of the main event. I will be looking to redeem myself for last years crappy showing. 2-3-2 for the day is unacceptable!!! VENGEANCE WILL BE MINE!

What is very interesting this year is the new Bay Area Open Scenerio,

Bay Area Open Scenario: The Bay Area Open scenario is all three book missions, played simultaneously. There are 2 Capture and Control Objectives on 40mm bases, 3 Seize Ground objectives on 25mm bases, and kill points as victory conditions. Whichever player achieves more victory conditions, wins. In the case of an equal number of victory conditions between players, the game is a tie. Follow all rules for placing objectives as outlined in the book. Seize ground objectives are placed first, before rolling for first turn and deployment as normal. Capture and control objectives must be the standard distance from one another and at least 12″ from a Seize Ground objective. After each game, Victory Conditions will be tallied, and the total amount earned in all games will be used for tie breakers.
I am confident that my Orks can do well with this particular mission. Knowing that there will always be 5 objectives is a key to my list building for this particular event and also limiting the number of KPs I give up will help tremendously.

Last years event was awesome. It's a well organized event with a great crew, great tables and a great attitude. I recommend this event to everyone!! Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The top 10 articles of 2011

This has been an interesting year for me. Started a blog, stopped a blog... Restarted a blog. (Sometimes you gotta quit things to go play flash games for a couple months. You know how it is.) 

Played in a band for a while, got a motorcycle, dated a girl for almost a whole year!   (This is apparently describing my 30 year old mid-life crisis)

Anyway, enough about me, on to the top 10 from our inaugural year at 3forint!

10. http://www.3forint.com/2011/07/weekly-beast-biker-marines.html - Magister took a look at the codex: Space Marines biker variant. It's a good starter point to familiarize yourself with the army, that's fo sho

9. http://www.3forint.com/2011/07/drunken-master-realm-rtt-game-1-gk-vs.html - A quick recap of one of my first games with GK vs a blood angels army. My opponent was hung over, and I served him a heaping morning portion of ass whooping!

8. http://www.3forint.com/2011/09/killer-whales-in-texas.html - I believe this post has something to do with whale hunting, but my girlfriend won't let me look at it, so I'm not sure...

7. http://www.3forint.com/2011/08/ork-boyz-all-troops-you-will-ever-need.html - Soldado did a whole series of these and reviewed the units as he saw fit. This series caused a bit of fuss on dakka as people didn't quite agree with his opinions... I know, people disagreeing on the internet? That shit is crazy!

6. http://www.3forint.com/2011/09/innistrad-limited-review-white.html - Magister gave a pre-release review of the... last? Magic set to come out. (I'm really not sure if it was the last or not to be honest). Unfortunately he only did white, as he became really busy at his new job at the weiner factory.

Catch the top 5 after the jump!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Cthulumas!!!

Dear santa, all I want for christmas is insanity and darkness forever




From all of us here at 3 for int, we wish you never have to sit on Cthulus lap and babble unknowable secrets and lies for the rest of eternity!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

450 points is apparently not my sweet spot

Or, how to take a silly list and lose to not reading the mission!

Last night at my flgs they had another micro tournament. This time at, you guessed it, 450 points! The format was a bit different as min FoC was not enforced. The allowances were 0-1 hq, 1+ troops, and 0-1 for fast, elite, and heavy.

I considered bringing Eldar again as that went pretty well last time. But I just bought a stormraven and have it mostly assembled so I wanted to try it out. My silly list looked like this:

Death company x 5 with power weapon
Death company dread with blood talons, and heavy flamer
Stormraven with multi-melta, and assault cannon

What the fuck is a scoring unit?


0 scoring units, 1 unit I can actually control, and only one way to get them there. Sure fire route to winning big or losing hardcore!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Skyrim patch 1.3.10!

Apparently, there is a new Skyrim patch available today.  Bethesda is not fast and furious with these patches.  I have been having an increasing amount of freezing and crashing of my PS3 of late so I have given Skyrim a bit of a break. (and because my girlfriend was around all weekend. Damn you, girlfrend!!!)

Here's the breakdown of what they are fixing:


Update 1.3.10 Notes (PC)
  • Support for 4-Gigabyte Tuning (Large Address Aware)
  • Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line
Update 1.3 Notes (all platforms unless specified)
  • General stability improvements
  • Optimize performance for Core 2 Duo CPUs (PC)
  • Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles
  • Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly
  • Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes
  • Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading
  • Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate

The upgrade to the PC versions is pretty helpful. Most people I know were already running a mod to let them use 4GB and they said the game ran great like that. The other improvements are a bit underwhelming.  I guess the magic resistance thing was a big deal for some people, but I never ran into the problem.  I did run into the bookshelf problem, but I kept on living my life without putting books on a shelf in a pretend world.

Working in QA as I do, I'm sure tracking down the crashing bugs is a huge pain in the ass. But I'm also sure they have a ton of under-paid, over-caffeinated dudes at their shop who are spending most if not all of their time tracking this shit down.

Or they are working on localization.

Because it's not only important to ship your buggy ass game "on time", it's also important to ship it overseas so that people in foreign countries can complain about their shit not working as well. Good times!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Avengers trailer! Dark Knight rises trailer!

A group of movie trailers has to be referred to as a park, right? Does that mean these trailers are filled with white trash and meth labs? I'll let you be the judge...



Wah wah... (pronounced waaaaaa waaaaaa)

There's a lot of talk out there about Grey Knights being overpowered. I'm not really sure why it took several months for this opinion to explode out on the internet, but it's definitely the trending topic of the last couple weeks.  #greyknightsareop!!!

Still relevant


From people patiently pointing out the weaknesses and strengths:


Hulksmash
3++


To people rambling that everything in the codex will kill everything you could ever field so you should prolly just commit warhammer seppuku:


Crazy dakka guy
Hitler


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Colorado Part 1: A brewery on every corner...

For the week of Thanksgiving, my girlfriend and I, as well as my buddy and his wife went to Colorado to hang out with some family and drink a lot of beers. And when I say a lot...

Beer! It's what's for every meal!


A quick aside before I get into the beer and potatoes of this article, if you ever think that you should drive to CO because it's only 17 hours... just fly! I've done the drive twice both ways and it's not all that fun. Especially when you forget any sort of music and you have to listen to the same weezer cd for 8 hours straight before chucking it out the window in favor of road noise and static. Let me tell you, it was not a perfect situation.  We had to make believe that we were all on drugs of the drive was gonna freak me out. (Pardon me, but music puns are my favorite)

On to the beers! 


Monday, December 12, 2011

Dramatic failures in the guise of warhammer

This weekend I busted back onto the scene of warhammer! With the same old tired GK list :(

I figured since I knew that list like the back of both my hands, that I would be a shoo-in! Unfortunately my rustiness combined with a shift in the metagame and a couple tables with sparse terrain sealed my doom!  Doom!!! DOOOOOOMM!!! tl:dr I didn't win spectacularly.

Slightly less epic than this


I did get to shake off some rust and play against some challenging lists, so that's a good experience. Especially since I plan on heading up to Antioch for the second Bay Area Open in a couple months. Without further ado, I'll run a recap of my games after the jump and my major mistakes in each of them.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Things that make me unreasonably happy today

You're my boy, who!





Cash rules everything around me in my time and relative dimension in space

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

400 is the new black

Last night at my local game store, they decided to replace the normal Tuesday night 40k scrimmage with a 400 point full scale tournament! It required the normal force org stuff and had a restriction of no vehicles with a facing of av 13 or more. All the games were on a modified 4' x 3' table so we could fit two games to a table. I heard about it over on Dakka and decided that it was an interesting enough idea to break me out of my 40k slump. So I brainstormed and brainstormed and consulted my homies and this is what I came up with:


The tiniest banner for the tiniest army

Eldar 400 point list

HQ - Farseer w/singing spear, doom, Runes of warding

Troops 1 - Guardian jetbikes x 3 w/shuriken cannon
Troops 2 - Dire Avengers w/Exarch, dual catapults, bladestorm
Dedicated transport  - Wave serpent w/twin linked scatter lasers, shuriken cannon

I ran 9 points short on 400 but I couldn't figure out any way to switch it around that I liked, so I ran with it.  My plan was to have a large number of shots that I could take outside of mos things charge range.  The runes of warding was for the large number of people at my store that play GK (None of which I got to play, haha).  Game recaps after the jump!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Life, it's bigger...

It's bigger than you and you are not me!

But that was just a dream, just a dream... For reals! Or was it???

Obligatory 90's song reference, go! A lot of us took some time off of the blog to do various RL things. What are RL things you say, person who's still  paying attention to a super inactive blog? Well personally, A trip to colorado to sample the crazy amount of breweries there (More on that later). Hanging with my lady, occupying skyrim...

And basically doing anything I can to avoid things that seemed to be work like.  Also, falling into the trap of flash "strategy games" (ala Travian) that I told myself I wouldn't do again. Those games are such a drain on my sanity and take so much time out of my life it's ridiculous.

I am going to (hopefully not) single handedly attempt to drag this blog kicking and screaming out of the uterus of anonymity and into the bright, judgmental sunlight of internet famousity!!!

Upcoming posts include...
Beer!!! My opinions on which ones are awesome and which are not awesome. As well as the inception of my own brand of brews!

Games! If I can drag any of my friends out into the relative daylight of a gaming store, we will be posting some battle reports and some opinions on what's going on in games today. I heard there were some skeleton robots that needed some more talkin about

Beers! Seriously, beers are awesome.

More games! Funny stuff that happened in skyrim... to be honest, nothing's really going on besides skyrim. I did see a horse riding a horse last night though...

Well, what else did you expect? Beers and games are pretty much what I'm all about. Maybe I'lll throw in some posts about my attempt to get back in shape, if they are anything resembling successful :)

That's all for today, hopefully someone out there is still looking at this thing so they can tell all their friends. You have friends, right??? Tell them!!!
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