Sunday, October 9, 2011

6 Sunday Best #15: Research and Development

The phrase research and development, also know as R&D, is defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as "creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications" (Wikipedia). When it comes to the blogging community of table top gaming it is often promulgated by the various author that document its' life cycle.  Through their hard work and innovation they push the creative boundaries both terms of modelling, painting and advertising of the hobby itself.  Through their hard and innovative work they have achieved the goals of R&D and have been awarded this weeks' "Sunday Best".

Robot #1 - 122nd Cadian: Fact or Fiction: Mephiston
FortheLion immersed himself in deep into the tombs of not only the Black Library but into the holy work of various religions to the folk lore of foreign cultures.  His research systematically explored the persona known as Mephiston both in terms of Games Workshop fluff and the real life version.  With both sides to the coin in hand he applied his finding through an application he devised as Fact or Fiction.  An intelligent editorial that seeks to find out if Games Workshop was able to create a character that lives up the legend itself.

Robot #2 - Dark Future Games: It Came From the Forums: Ogre Conversions
Old School Terminator reversed engineered his application through vigorous research.  In the end his creative application, "It Came from the Forums" helped unearth one hell of a talented hobbyist.  He discovered Lew-B81 inside the Warseer Forums and has left me speechless.  He himself is and R&D departments dream as he has the whole package when it comes to hobby.  He can convert, paint and has the creative insight to incorporate one hell of theme into his work.

Robot #3 - Nerdplosion: GW Marketing
Flynn over at Nerdplosion directed his efforts in terms of research at Games Workshops marketing scheme...or lack there of.  He digs deep into his mind to offer up how one of the greatest fake advertising man would help Games Workshop in terms of marketing.  This man is the one and only Don Drapper from Mad Men.  Mimicking his famous one liners that captivated TV viewing audiences Flynn creates a a strong application that attempts to improve and solve Games Workshops marketing woes.

Through each of these mad scientific Robots we are seeing strides in terms of knowledge and the application of it.  They each have harnessed the power of the donut and have changed the way we view our hobby.  Whether it was through the foundations of their research or the bold new developments that they have made in terms of blogging they each proudly wear their "Sunday Best".


  1. Great choice with Fact or Fiction. I'm really enjoying those and that one was no exception.

  2. It's outstanding how he gathers his facts from various sources and compares them to the GW incarnation. I wish I had of thought it myself. Perhaps I can travel back in time and steal the idea from FortheLion. Outstanding series.

    From the Forums is another series that I am really enjoying as it shine the spot light on to some outstanding work that is not active on the blog-o-sphere.

  3. PS - Don't forget to vote for me, that is HOTPanda, over at the House of Paincakes if you have not voted for ME, HotPANDA yet. PLEASE, I will give you a donut if you do.

  4. Why, thank you sir, glad you are enjoying this series of articles. I am also glad that Alex is posting some quality stuff while I am too busy playing Space Marine multiplayer 8 hours everyday!

  5. Awesome game...I personally like siege ground. Thanks for checking out the post and for sharing your blog with the rest of us.

  6. donut for voting? are you gna ship it over? :D