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21st-Jan-2010 04:31 pm(no subject)
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About a week ago my new play group gathered for our first session of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition.  I took notes and had some thoughts on the game that I thought may be useful to others, or at least interesting.  I should warn you that I've not written many actual play reports, so I might not have the skills down yet, but here's what I've got.  

I should also note that this goes into a lot of detail on specific aspects of the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay as a ruleset, and I may even wax on a little bit about my history with the game series.  Dip your toes in at your own peril.  

Behind the cut... The Hammer of SIGMAR! (And a review)Collapse )
13th-Jan-2010 11:17 am - Back in the Saddle
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 Tonight I'll be running my first session of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition.  Incidentally, this will also be the first time I've run a session of any kind of RPG in nearly a year.  I'll be going through the books again later today to brush up on the rules, then I'll clean up our tiny living room and get the place set up for the play group.  

Jo, Connie and I have been talking about this for a little while now, and I know that we're all pretty excited.  With the addition of Connie's boyfriend Brandon we've got a full regiment of gamers, as well as an interesting range of gamers.  Jo has been playing for years and years, while Connie's got a couple of years in but not a ton of experience, and Brandon has never played an RPG in his life.  I'm pretty excited about the group and I'm really looking forward to seeing these guys take the new system out for a spin.
22nd-Dec-2009 11:50 pm - I'm an Open Box
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I recently got a copy of the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition boxed set (thank you, Christmas).  It was something that I've been considering deeply since it was announced at Gencon.  I loved Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay in previous incarnations and still have a bunch of the Green Ronin/Black Library stuff on my shelf, but I was unsure about the new edition.  

I was struck by the cover price, I'll be honest.  But the more that I read about the game, and the more I saw of what would be the final product, I was just too damned curious to resist.  I asked Santa for the box set a couple of weeks back, and last week he happened to deliver.  

As I sat on my couch, the box set sealed in front of me, I was struck with an idea.  After I laughed for a minute or so, I broke out my cellphone and made with the Unboxing.  

Now, after I've read the books contained within and punched out all of the little pieces, I figured other gamers might like to have a look at the contents of the box set.  Posted below are my pictures of the items contained within the core boxed set, out of the box.  Please note: some of the images are a little blurry.  My cellphone's camera isn't the best in the world.  

Now, on to the geeking!Collapse )
21st-Dec-2009 12:52 am - Trajectory
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 Man, has it been a while since I posted on this thing.  Nearly a year, and not a single post.  Once was a time I would check LJ once a day and post nearly as often.  I've lost the discipline of that, the need to share my thoughts I guess.   Just came a time for a while when I thought that my thoughts weren't that interesting.  Met a whole lot of failure, too.  Personal failures, creative failures.  It's hard to keep moving forward when you keep hitting your head against the wall.  

And just like that, I wound up taking myself out of the loop for a bit.  But I'm feeling like coming back in if you guys'll have me. 
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I haven't even unpacked yet.  The bags are sitting out on the couch, clothes rumpled up inside of them, and I am just too spent to unpack them. 

Well, I had to unpack the new books.  That was unavoidable.  

I just got back from Dreamation 2009, another incredible gaming convention experience spearheaded by the enthusiastic Vinny Salzillo.  I look forward to Dreamation every year for so many reasons; all of the great games to play, the sight of people wearing immaculate home-made costumes for LARP events, all of the new books and games to buy.  But all of that runs a deep second to the friends.  

People in the gaming community from all over the nation, and some places well outside of it, travel every year to be at Dreamation, and it is no damned wonder.  As a gamer or game designer, you go to Gencon for the business.  It's work.  You go to Dreamation and it's the best damned party you've ever been to.  

Every year I go to Dreamation because my friends are there.  And I get new friends every damn year.  I have never been to as large a community event as Dreamation (which this year reported over 900 attendees) and felt as close as I did to so many people.  I would walk around the con floor and every ten or fifteen minutes I would hear someone yell my name, give me a wave or a big hug, or just pull me aside a bit to sit down with a drink and chat about... well, whatever came to mind.  Granted, we're gamers, so a fair amount of chats had at least some gamer jokes in them.  

I've got more to say.  A lot more.  I've got games that I played, including my own, that I want to talk about.  I've got six books and two board games that I bought while I was there.  And then there's some thoughts that I have about the industry, the convention, and... for lack of a better term, the gamer scene.  But those will come in time (and I'll edit those mentions into links when they do arrive).  I just wanted to say up front that it was great getting to see all of you guys again this year, and to meet all of the great new people I got to meet.  And I miss all of you guys already. 

Yeah, even you macklinr .  I've got a Double Presidential Terrorist Fist Bump Explosion waiting for you the next time I see you.  </lj>
1st-Feb-2009 11:20 pm - Take What I Can Get
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 All winter long I've been thinking about moving.  Someplace warmer, someplace different.  I've moved a lot through my life and every couple of years I always feel a little worm of desire twisting inside of me for some new place to see.  

Obviously, or maybe not so obviously, I can't move.  I've got family here, a girlfriend that I love and don't want to be apart from.  I've got ties.  But that doesn't mean that I don't strain against them sometimes, feeling the bite of the cord, and wriggle just a little bit toward a new place.  

Then days like today come along.  Clear sunlight shining down on warm earth, snow melting off and sluicing away.  No gloves, no jacket needed.  I could feel the wind on my face and I didn't shiver or hustle over to some cover to duck behind.  

I've been depressed a bit lately.  Not terribly so, but depressed.  And today... today put a damn smile on my face.  Even at work, tucked away from the outside world, just knowing that it was warm and sunny and breezy outside made the day bearable.  And that's what I needed.  It should be enough to get me through a couple more weeks until my favourite season starts to show up.  
3rd-Dec-2008 05:05 pm - The Rumours of My Death...
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 ... were somewhat exagerated.  Instead, there's just been a whole ton of bad news in my life right now.  Chiefly amongst those things is the fact that I was evicted from my aprtment about a month ago.  Long story made short, a number of things teamed up on me, I ran out of money and couldn't afford to pay rent for a while, and my landlord didn't like that.  Luckily, and happily, my roommate Camden was not asked to leave, so I didn't drag my friend down the drain with me.  

On the "good news" front, my totally awesome and really quite hot girlfriend Maude was kind enough to take me in.  So now I'm in my first ever live-in relationship.  That's working out surprisingly well.  She hasn't grown tired of me yet and she likes my cooking.  As for my end, I like coming home to her.  I just wish that we could have done this under better circumstances.  

Beyond that, I'm trying.  Trying to get my former landlord paid up, trying to get through another holiday season in retail, trying to get my shit back together so I can go back to school without having any loose threads for me to trip over.  I was hoping to be back in for the January semester, but a couple of outstanding bills mean I might have to wait until September.  I'm all enrolled up and everything though, so that shouldn't be too big a deal.  

So for those few out there that were wondering where I'd gone, I hope that this answers your question.  I should have some more reliable internet sometime over the next couple of weeks.  Until then though, expect sporadic updates at best.  

As for Criminal Element, don't you readers out there worry your pretty little heads.  While my projected completion date for Criminal Element in October came and went, I'm still working very hard on the book.  You'll still see me at Dreamation running some sessions and hanging out with my people.  And now that I'm especially broke I've started thinking of new ways to get the final book out in front of people that seem more interesting to me than just a small self-publishing thing.  Should things go as hoped, and stuff turn out well at Dreamation, you should be able to get your hands on a copy of the book come April.  

Well, I'm out for now.  But don't worry.  You'll see me soon enough.  

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Between whinging on about production of Criminal Element and the life that I'm slowly losing to work, I do the occasional cool thing.  Sometimes I get together with my friends and hang out.  Sometimes I go see a cool-looking movie.  And sometimes I learn something new... like how to make sushi.  




I apologize for the blurriness of the photo.  My new camera/futurephone is something that I still need to adjust to.  The above is a fairly standard vegetarian maki on the left with avocado, cucumber and peppers, while on the right you have a salmon sashimi with avocado.  My girlfriend likes avocado, what can I say.  

In any case, I can make sushi.  It's not the best sushi ever made.  I'm still learning some things, like how much rice I should put on the nori before I roll it.  But I have not only made sushi, but I've eaten my own sushi and can report that it is tasty.  Others have also eaten it and have reacted to said sushi in a very positive way.  

I'm thinking that my next Tuesday Night Gaming session will be celebrated with copious amounts of home-made sushi.  And if any of you guys would like some as well, I really don't need much of an excuse.  The stuff is too much fun to make.  
28th-Aug-2008 12:10 pm - Edit Me... For the Good of the World!
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There's a job I'm trying to get.  It's a desk job, it involves writing, it's many things that I'm looking for. 

It's also the first time I've ever had to submit a writing sample. 

So I wrote a little something, a review of the movie Brick.  And I want this thing to be good.  I know that there are many, many writers amongst my friends here, so I'm reaching out to you guys.  If you could find it in your heart, please just take a quick look at this.  Give it a once over.  See if there are any glaring mistakes, punctuational flubs, grammatical errors.  And if there are, just point them out in a reply. 

Thank you for your help.
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Darwyn Cooke, of Catwoman and The New Frontier fame, adapts Donald Westlake's Parker novels into graphic novels for IDW

I spent twenty dollars on a beat-up mass-market trade of "the Hunter" because it was called "the Hunter" and not the re-titled "Point Blank".  I'm on this like white on rice.  And when I'm done re-reading The Big Nowhere, it's time to sit back with some Richard Stark goodness again. 

Damn, some more reference material to put in the pages of Criminal Element.  2008 is shaping up to be the Year of the Crime. 
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