House Of Cards

Hello once again my dear friends (pretending that there is more than one of you still reading this makes it easier on my fragile ego). I seem to have become quite the delinquent blogger over the past little while. I guess having a family and a job that takes up all your time does sort of prevent certain time wasting elements of life.

So, let me ‘splain… no there is too much. I’ll sum up. Prince Humperdinck marry… errr nevermind. You all know the joke. I’ve used it enough times already that you can all just finish it in your heads at your convenience. Think of it as my gift to you.

So let’s see how things are in Gregtown.

Baby is somewhere in the 5th Month and making mommy rather grumptastic with it’s kickfests. Apparently the Five Nations Cup is being played in Tamara’s Uterus. We still don’t know the sex but that’s intentional. We decided not to find out… or rather, I did. Tamara would’ve prefered knowing that way if it is a boy then she can get rid of all of Kayden’s old clothes but I opted for the “Surprise! it’s a 2-headed alien” option and Tam grudgingly aquiesced.

We have decided on names for both sexes though. I know I said in a previous post that I wasn’t going to say what they were but I figure what the hell. Barring any last minute changes of heart after we’re introduced to the squidlet, the name(s) will be as such: If it’s a girl, Zoe Elizabeth and if it’s a boy, Liam James. If it’s a two headed alien… obviously the name will be Zaphod Trillian. Duuuuh!

And just because we figured that the squidlet should have more than a box over it’s head, Tam and I have been looking at houses for the past little while. Apparently some drunken dolt forgot to carry the one and I’m eligible for a mortgage. Who knew!??!? The bad news is it’s not the greatest amount known to man, but the good news is we’ve found a house and have an offer on it pending approval of our conditions (financing and home inspection). For those of you interested in where… if everything goes as planned, we’ll be moving back to the Fort come September. Yeah, you heard me. I’m moving back to Fort Saskatchewan. Trust me… it wasn’t something that I had intended to do but my money went farther there and so I shall once again be residing in the town that I spent 20 years trying to move out of. I know I keep hearing that old sawhorse “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Somehow I keep thinking that they’re trying to tell me something.

I’d show you the MLS listing but there are limits to the amout of info I will share. If you need to know though, I’m sure you can figure out how to contact me if you need to.

On the plus side I guess I’ll be closer to Dale’s place for D&D night… yeah you heard that right as well. I got suckered into playing 4th Edition D&D and despite my earlier misgivings, I actually kind of like it. Now if only we played more than once a month for 4 hrs. Oh to be young and burden free once again.

I haven’t done much of my own game world design in ages. The demands on my time are just too much these days for me to do much of anything beyond idle tweaking of things in my head. Never fear though. I am sure to get back to it once I get the house set up. I have been given a whole room in the basement for geekery and gamedom. I shall rule supreme! I wonder if I can sneak in one of those really high end custom made gaming tables without Tam noticing. Yeah, me either.

Alright. There’s a new theme up and running. I am going to see how I like it over the next couple of days. I might switch back to the yellowy parchment-ish theme but this one might stay… it’ll all depend on my mood (and time).

On that note. I’m off to have a quick game of Bloodbowl and then bed. If anyone wants to play me. Give me a shout and I’ll try and hook up with you online and we can play a game.

The Spore-t of Kings

Man… my post titles are getting lamer and lamer. I really had to dig for that one. I’m going to blame having to be up at 4am to take my girlfriend’s mom to the airport. Guh. It’s far too early and I have had far too few Monsters to be walking and talking, let alone blogging but hey, we all can’t be morning people now can we.

I will say that getting up at 4 did make me somewhat nostalgic for the late nights that I haven’t had in quite some time. Perhaps it was also the time of year. There was that crisp sharpness to the air that autumn always brings and that I love so much and the peace and quiet was exquisitely enjoyable. To make the morning perfect, there was a full (or nearly full) moon with a haze around it that made the whole sky glow and that alone was reason enough to be up that early.  Joy!

Now I’m home alone, the girlfiend girlfriend has gone to work and the kidlet is at the day home, the house is clean and all my chores are done save making lunch. I have a couple of hours to waste and I shall be spending them here online. No, I’m not going to be playing WoW for once. This morning we’re going to be delving into the tide pools of a planet I have named Raxacoricofallapatorius (Are you a Doctor Who nerd too? Good. I won’t have to kill you then.) and a little amoeba I have named Slitheen. Hooray for the glory that is Spore… okay perhaps a game where 80% of the creatures made to date are ambulatory phalloi made by twelve year olds isn’t all that glorious but the fact that you can make anything you want is quite brilliant.

I’ve not played past the Tide Pool phase yet. I’m still having fun fiddling with the creature widgets and deciding if my amoeba is going to be carnivorous or herbivorous (or possibly omnivorous if I can find the upgrade) and I am really looking forward to all the other stages too. If I have anything decent, I’ll post some screenshots, and perhaps I’ll even get around to posting those photos of our place.

However, this is more than enough babble to keep you all enthralled with the wonder that is my life and the more I type here, the less time I have to play. I say good day sir. Good Day.

I Can Haz Laptop!

And my toy arrived bright and early this morning. Thankfully my dog likes to bark at the doorbell or I wouldn’t have heard the courier, but I did and I now have a fancy new toy. Yay. I’m currently upgrading the software and tweaking it to remove as many traces of Internet Exploder that I possibly can. Firefox all the way baby!

The speed of this thing is glorious. Copying my whole 10GB of songs on my ipod amounted to a whole 5 minutes as opposed to the hour or so it took before. This rocks. Now I am sitting here, getting comfortable with the keyboard layout and downloading all the mail that I’ve received since I last had a functioning computer back in September. Anyone care to take a guess as to how many messages that I have (not including deleted messages and spam)?

No, higher than that. I now have a total of 2887 Messages in my inbox since Sept. Go me!

Anyway. I need to start patching WoW. That will sadly take all afternoon using Blizzard’s useless updater. Oh well. I’m back online. The little things like that don’t bother me at all any more.

*happy dance*

Minor Gaming Update

For those of you who’ve been wondering what all I’ve been doing with regards to my little game world I have two very minor updates for you. The rest of you can probably just go ahead and skip this post… or better yet, just get bent. 😛

First up, I’ve updated the temporary world map in the section to the right. It’s still just a photo of the map rather than a proper scan but through the miracle of photoshop, I was able to overlay and roughly label some of the landmarks, countries and notable features which will hopefully flesh it out somewhat until such time as I can get a proper scan done.

As I’ve commented on before, I’ve had a living bitch of a time getting the individual sheets scanned and ported properly due to the previously mentioned scanner limitations, so much so that I’ve essentially given up on the project and will get them professionally scanned only when I finish the map itself.

The second item is somewhat impressive. I’ve been writing up the history of the world, from the mythical birth of the universe through to modern day, briefly touching on all the notable points in between. Now when I say writing, I do mean the handwritten, ink on paper deal. I’ve written about 30 pages to date and I’m still not quite done. I have a short laundry list containing the last thousand years or so to flesh out and then I’ll be “done”. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to type it all up yet so those of you who’re interested in it will have to wait just a little while longer. I’m only about a quarter of the way through that part yet and my “editor” still needs to sign off on it (he really only claims this title because it gives him first dibs at reading stuff) but it should be up within the week but because I love putting the cart before the horse, you will shortly find the page framework already laid out in the right hand menu.

Enjoy

Hello Intarwebz

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, or at least awhile since I’ve posted something substantial or “serious”. The reason for that is simply that I don’t have anything to post.

My current job continues to actively suck monkey balls and while I’m looking for another one in between craptastic half-shifts with the half-wit crew, the only interviews that I’ve managed to land are for places just as craptastic as where I’m working now and I’m simply bone tired of going sideways rather than going forward. So to sum up, there’s still not much progress on that front. Trust me, if and when I get something better, or at least more financially secure, you people will be the… *counts sotto voce* sixth… no seventh to hear about it.

In other news, I’ve been working like a madman on the map for my game world for no other reason than the pure and primal joy that colouring with pencil crayons and inks brings. I’m such a dork. Still, it has been productive as well as fun. I’ve defined quite a few things about the world as I’ve been fiddling with things. I FINALLY decided on a scale to which I’m sure Jon is eternally grateful. No more will he be subjected to my long and rambling one-sided emails where I defeat my own arguments regarding the size of the world and then go back on my decision an hour later in another email. Of course this means I’ll just have to come up with something else to blather on to him about but as we all know, that won’t be too hard to do.

My only real problem that I have currently is that I’ve drawn this map out on four pieces of 11″×14″ paper in ‘landscape’ format and it’s a veritable pain in the arse to get scanned. Even as a single sheet it’s a pain. Eventually I think I’m going to have to find a business with an oversized scanner that can scan 22″×28″ and pay them to scan it for me. Either that or I’ll end up spending ungodly amounts of time pasting a patchwork of scans on my home scanner that only scans 8½”×11″. Based on my frustrations with the latter experience, I think it’ll be worth the money, regardless of how pricey it becomes.

In the meantime I’ll probably post another photo of the world once I stitch the 4 sheets together again. Give me a day or six.

Oh, yeah and in case anyone cares: 1 cm = 175 miles. The world itself is roughly 36,000 miles in circumference which makes it approximately one and a half times as large as Earth. See, I told you I was weird and obsessive over this sort of minutia.

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Minor Gaming Update

Just a very minor update to the World Map page.

I decided to expand on the current map and ink in some detail regarding the rest of the world, or at least a larger portion of it. I didn’t have access to a scanner so I took a picture instead (I’ll scan it once it’s a little farther along) hence the wonky scale and page shadows and creases. I’m not 100% satisfied with the results but then again I never am so I’ll just have to live with what I’ve got… at least until the next revision.

RPG Motivations

I’m phoning this one in.

I’m feeling rather bemused today and so all you get this time around is this link to some rather amusing RPG themed motivational posters. You may or may not have seen them already, but like I said, I’m phoning this one in and being a lazy arse.

Enjoy.

And if this doesn’t amuse you, then perhaps you should try the LoLCat or LoLDog sites for a laugh before Christmas.