Do I Blog Too Much?

I’ve been noticing (and I’m sure you have as well) that I seem to be posting quite a bit lately. Part of me is wondering if I’m just finally getting into the habit of writing something, no matter how meaningless on a daily basis. Another part of me wonders if there are better things I could be doing instead.

As of this post, I’ve posted 24 entries this month alone and at the rate I’m going I suspect I’ll probably break 40 by the time November rolls around. The next biggest month that I have seems to be June 2005 with a whopping 25 entries. So I’m beginning to think that I just might need a slightly less verbose hobby. Meh! What do I know.

On that note, I’ve managed to track down a Polling Widget for WordPress and I’m going to let you lot decide for me. I am a lemming after all and ALWAYS bow to peer pressure *snort*.

Now the last time I ran a regular poll on this site, I was brutally reminded just how few people actually visited here (and subsequently voted). Here’s hoping I’ve managed to garner a few more friends in the interim, or at least goobs that vote more.

First, I’m hoping that the poll will appear at the bottom of this post but if not you should be able to see it on the far sidebar.

Speaking of the sidebars, in case you hadn’t noticed I added a few more pages for my RPG world project. They’re really just placeholders and once I regain access to my copy of Dreamweaver and my templates I plan on fancying them up and bringing them thematically in line with that subdomain website. I allowed comments to be posted on both pages but for some reason they don’t show.

Anyways. On with the show…

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A Miniature Post (Maybe)

I’ve been very lax in my painting of miniatures recently. Earlier in the year I was all fired up about assembling and painting my Norse team for Bloodbowl. I even had the Ulfwerener designed and ready. I had a consistent palette in my head and I was ready to go. For some reason though, I never got started. Life interfered as it is wont to do around here and the project, like all my other painting projects, fell by the wayside. I know I’ll get to it sooner or later, right now thought my attention is focused on world building so I doubt it’ll be sooner.

Even though I’m not painting that much anymore, I still find the time to occasionally peruse various sites looking for cool paint jobs and techniques and most of all for cool miniatures to paint. Today I found a link to some in the most unlikely of places: George R.R. Martin’s website.

Apparently ol’ Georgie has entered into a licensing deal with Dark Sword Miniatures to produce a line of 28mm figs based on the Song of Ice and Fire Series of books. This to me is way cool. I was reading George’s blog and he was saying that the first of the series are complete and include: Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Melisandre of Asshai, Ser Loras Tyrell, and Sandor Clegane along with four unnamed brothers of the Night Watch.

Feel free to follow the link and take a peek. They’re fairly impressive. While you’re there, feel free to check out the other miniature lines that Dark Sword have going that are just as impressive like the ones based on the artwork of Elmore, Parkinson, Caldwell and Easley.

Alright. I feel like enough of a shill already for posting this so I’m going to leave you with a link to a couple of pics of a very decently painted version of Mellisandre. Enjoy

Starshine

I love the stars. I love their breathtaking, pristine beauty. Whenever I’m feeling low I can always find a great picture of the stars or some universal phenomena that just puts everything in perspective and let’s my soul bask in the awesome wonder of the universe.

Today’s wondrous joy belongs to The Pleiades. Enjoy.

Pleiades

Scribbles In The Dark

I’m going to preface this post with a simple disclaimer:

Warning! Role Playing Geekery Ahead.

This is going to be a gaming post. Full of geeky references about polyhedral dice and the effect of certain types of magic on mythical creatures and lands. Stuff that the mundanes among you probably won’t care about or even want to read. If this constitutes you (and I’m sure there are one or two you lurking amongst my regular readers), then you might as well just ignore this post. If however, you’re interested in that sort of thing, feel free to read further. I can’t promise you’ll like it, but then this blog never has been about pleasing anyone else but myself now has it.

As I mentioned about a week ago, I started writing about my gaming world again. I’m actually going to lay the full blame of this on Jon this time around. He’s the one who has spurred me on and started the creative juices flowing again whether he intended to or not. He did it the simplest way possible. He started his own world and is documenting his world-building via his blog and his enthusiasm has encouraged me to work on mine. It also helps that he’s asked my permission to use a couple of my more memorable characters in his campaign and while I was giving him the outlines and a rough idea of their histories and personalities the gears inside my head started to crank up into overdrive and off I went. I think I’m just going to call it a beneficial, creatively fertile environment and leave it at that.

While our worlds are wholly different and we’re using different rules systems, it’s the idea that counts for me. I’m finding it a fun process. I honestly don’t know how much he’s getting out of the arrangement but until he tells me to piss off I’m going to ride the wave until it beaches which at the moment doesn’t seem to be anytime soon *knock on wood*.

This is the fourth day in a row that I’m up very, very late scribbling in a book like a madman and coalescing random ideas for the back story and fictional world history as I go. It’s brilliant. I go to bed dreaming ideas and wake up with even more. I have almost the whole of my world’s history sketched out in rough point form from the creation of the universe to “modern day” and each point is pregnant with untold stories and details that I’m slowly expanding on as I copy it from page to computer.

I now know that the asteroid that caused the great mutagenic plague was not eradicated as first thought, but instead is sent on a great elliptical orbit and will return one day to herald new dark times.I know that auroras are not things of wonder and beauty as in our world, but are looked on with fear and dread for they are thought to be the fingers of the dark god reaching out to touch the world.

I know where Anselan is from (Yes THAT Ancelyn!) and how he fits into the world stage. He hasn’t changed much, and no you still don’t want to meet him in a dark alley (or a brightly lit street either for that matter).

I know who the ultimate Big Bad is and who it’s minions are and what nefarious dark goals are plotted as dead gods lay dreaming.

I have the pantheon pretty firmly entrenched with a pretty little family tree drawn up (they’re almost as interbred as the Greek gods were) and some unwritten and untested ideas about ancestor worship, cults, alternate pantheons and the like.

I know the sun is more blue-white than ours and slightly larger and there are two moons. Heck I have the whole solar system mapped out and it can be linked to the pantheon family tree.

Hell, I even have the origins of the sentient species (all of them) down, although they all need a little bit of polishing at the edges.

What’s left you might ask? Still a fair bit as far as I’m concerned.

I still need to write up a complete bestiary. Catalog the flora and fauna that populate the landscape, give them some semblance of an ecology, reason for existing and most importantly some gaming stats. The latter shouldn’t be too hard as most of the critters I’ll be using have stats already so I can just transplant them but even copying and pasting will take a little time.

I have the pantheon and the gods defined to some degree and I’ve got some sketches about religious observances but I need to flesh those both¬† out more.

Related to that, I also need to look at the spell lists and see if there are any that won’t exist. Off the top of my head I know that Resurrection won’t, but I need to see if there are any others that just don’t fit with the world view (The Cheese College and Nuclear College will probably go as well but for different reasons).

I need to define the cultures and countries of the world (roughly about twelve) and try and give them each a unique flavour and independent history outside of the broad scope. This is actually harder than it looks. I know what the cultures all are because they all have earth-born parallels and I could easy describe them as such but I don’t want to just keep saying “The culture is Egyptian.” or “They look like vikings” or “They dress like native american indians”. I want to be able to define the race and culture without resorting to those examples if I can help it. For some reason I find it somewhat daunting. Moreso for the countries than the races, but still it’s tough.

I also need to finally use Campaign Cartographer, the mapping program I have, and completely flesh out the world map. I have a hand drawn map that has served me well for ten or so years now but I really want something that I can modify in a heartbeat and zoom in from a continental scale map to a roadmap of an individual hamlet (yes CC is that powerful.)

Of course I’ve now spent two hours typing this post and distracting myself by fiddling with my website instead of actually working on all this that I’m talking about. So on that note I’m going to stick my nose back on the grindstone and churn out some fun and useless facts about a world that most of you will never see. Then when the sun comes up I can dream up more ideas.

G’night!

Changing Themes

As you may have noticed, I went ahead and changed the theme for the blog. It’s a little darker than I’d prefer and the background isn’t the one I really want but until I can get my computer working and access all my images and files, I can live with it.

In the meantime, I’ve made a couple of minor (and probably unnoticeable)¬† modifications to this theme to personalize it a little more. There are a few other tricks that I want to incorporate from other themes and I’ve been trying to track down the php code by switching themes back and forth over the past few days so if you happen to see thematic oddities you’ll know why.

Hrrm. I suppose I should ask here in case anyone actually knows and can save me the effort. The main thing I’ve been looking at is changing my Archive from the increasingly loooong list that it has become into a drop down menu. I know it can be done as there are many examples in various themes but I haven’t been able to narrow down the code that’ll accomplish it. If you know please share, I’ll buy you a pony.

I originally thought I wouldn’t ever have a use for a three column style theme but with me blogging so much recently I think it actually might be the best thing for me. Plus with the lack of any other pages on the website it’ll have to act as the navigation panel

About the only thing I can’t get to work was the Snap Shots pop-up plugin. For some reason it just doesn’t seem to work with this theme. Not that I’m complaining because I’m somewhat torn about it to begin with. Part of me liked it but it was sometimes a pain to click on a specific link, or at least it was in the old theme. This one seems to have the links spaced out a little better so it could be useful if I could ever get it working.

Anyway, I just thought I’d blather a bit about the site for no apparent reason other than I can. I’d like to hear your thoughts though. What’s your opinion on this theme? And what about snapshots? Should I bother trying to fix it or just go without.

Speak! I will listen.

A Miscellany of Interestingness

It’s Thursday… okay it’s now really early on Friday morning but bear with me, I started this damn post when it was still Thursday and that’s what counts right? <crickets> Well it does here sonny jim so shut the hell up!

Here are a couple of links that I stumbled across in my wanderings tonight. Hooray for random link hopping. It gets you to the most interesting places.

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*Gasp* A Hockey Post

Wow, the Oilers actually won tonight. Colour me surprised. The last four games they’ve played have been absolutely horrible. Tonight they showed up and actually managed to look somewhat competent. Torres was playing like he was supposed to (and should have been all last season) and scored twice. Rock on.

Here’s hoping they win against Calgary on Saturday and then against Colorado on Tuesday. Hrrm. I wonder if I’ll be able to snag the tickets for Tuesday’s game. It’ll be nice to see the crowd react to Smitty’s return, he’ll get a standing O, of that I have no doubt. It’ll be a fun game to watch.

Hrrm. I must go and prepare my bribes if I am to score those tickets.