rone: (ngc4449)

This year has been one of big changes in things that i liked doing, mainly because i found that i didn't like doing them anymore (like when i retired from soccer, except without the injuries):

  • Back in February, i skipped going to DunDraCon for the first time.  I just didn't feel like going.  Not sure if i'll go back.
  • I decided not to do fantasy football this year and am not missing it.  Funny how ESPN's fantasy football coverage is now suddenly irritating.
  • I dropped all my comic book subscriptions after getting a notice from the shop that it had been eight months since my last visit.  Pretty clear i had stopped caring, there.
I've now entered my fourth month of unemployment.  I'm currently waiting to hear back from a couple of interviews, and have another one lined up on Wednesday.

One grandson just turned 1.  In a month, my other grandson and my granddaughter turn 3 and 7 8, respectively.  Soon, they'll all be old enough for me to tell them to get off my lawn.

rone: (cheese)

Is your pet unicorn's poo leaving behind stubborn stains?  Treat `em with Prismatic Spray `n' Wash.

rone: (cheese)

<[livejournal.com profile] nyar> when did 4ed come out?
<[livejournal.com profile] palecur> around the same time OBAMA was (s)elected. COINCIDENCE??
<palecur> distributing character power EQUALLY to ALL CLASSES in some sort of CLASS WARFARE
<palecur> you see where I'm going with this


rone: (waagh)

After last year's DunDraCon scheduling debacle, when i got shut out of Saturday morning's games, i got a bad feeling that my luck wasn't going to change.  But i ended up driving to San Ramón with [livejournal.com profile] 2wanda who turned out to be my good luck charm (not that anyone's surprised), and i got into a fun game that afternoon that was run by a couple who (it turned out) live close to us.  They complimented my role playing, which was a nice surprise, and they did a good job with the story.  Sunday morning also turned out to be a shutout but i got into a game in the afternoon that was OK if short.  I felt more inspired than usual after the con and am really pumped to throw something together for next year (and have already started working on it, which is a change from other years).

rone: (waagh)

A simple map builder.  Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] eric_explosive for the link.

rone: (waagh)

[livejournal.com profile] bryant notes that StackExchange's role-playing games Q&A board is in open beta.  So take a gander and see what you can find and what you can offer.

rone: (Default)

[livejournal.com profile] bryant notes that StackExchange's role-playing games Q&A board is in open beta.  So take a gander and see what you can find and what you can offer.

rone: (simian)

The bad news: i got stood up for all the D&D games which i requested at DunDraCon this weekend.  I did get into Red Feather Games' inaugural Gigax game on Monday morning, but i didn't have as much fun as i'd hoped due to getting stuck with a douchey player at the table and me not being much of a horror setting player; however, [livejournal.com profile] elmuchacho did a very good job running his half of the game (before both halves were combined for the apocalyptic climax).

The good news: spending the Valentine's Day weekend with [livejournal.com profile] 2wanda.

rone: (Default)

The bad news: i got stood up for all the D&D games which i requested at DunDraCon this weekend.  I did get into Red Feather Games' inaugural Gigax game on Monday morning, but i didn't have as much fun as i'd hoped due to getting stuck with a douchey player at the table and me not being much of a horror setting player; however, [livejournal.com profile] elmuchacho did a very good job running his half of the game (before both halves were combined for the apocalyptic climax).

The good news: spending the Valentine's Day weekend with [livejournal.com profile] 2wanda.

rone: (waagh)

(02:22:12 PM) [livejournal.com profile] palecur: MONK PLAYTEST DROPS MAY 11 WOOOO
(02:24:30 PM) [livejournal.com profile] ronebofh: heh. why did they take monks out? morons.
(02:24:54 PM) palecur: they're not out. they're back in!
(02:25:36 PM) palecur: It's part of the whole 'power source' thing. PHB1 was Martial, Arcane, Divine. PHB2 adds Primal, PHB3 is going to be Ki and probably Psychic
(02:25:50 PM) palecur: Monks are thematically Ki power source so they don't drop till PHB3
(02:26:36 PM) roneYSI: i have a ki power source in my pants.
(02:26:44 PM) palecur: it's over 9000!
(02:26:51 PM) roneYSI: hahahaha
(02:28:22 PM) roneYSI: i hate you for making me laugh with a dbz reference.
(02:28:41 PM) palecur: it is my super power.








rone: (Default)

(02:22:12 PM) [livejournal.com profile] palecur: MONK PLAYTEST DROPS MAY 11 WOOOO
(02:24:30 PM) [livejournal.com profile] ronebofh: heh. why did they take monks out? morons.
(02:24:54 PM) palecur: they're not out. they're back in!
(02:25:36 PM) palecur: It's part of the whole 'power source' thing. PHB1 was Martial, Arcane, Divine. PHB2 adds Primal, PHB3 is going to be Ki and probably Psychic
(02:25:50 PM) palecur: Monks are thematically Ki power source so they don't drop till PHB3
(02:26:36 PM) roneYSI: i have a ki power source in my pants.
(02:26:44 PM) palecur: it's over 9000!
(02:26:51 PM) roneYSI: hahahaha
(02:28:22 PM) roneYSI: i hate you for making me laugh with a dbz reference.
(02:28:41 PM) palecur: it is my super power.








rone: (thanks)

Two weekends ago, Kim and i ran away to Calistoga for restoration via mud bath and massage at Golden Haven Hot Springs.  On our way there, we stopped at our favorite wineries, Summers and Ehlers Estate; on the way back, we stopped at Heitz, whose Grignolino wine and port i've admired for some time.

Last weekend, i nerded it up, as ever, at DunDraCon, but i did not neglect my sweet Kimmy on Valentine's Day, and brought her flowers and a card, and then took her out to sushi. DDC was fun as always; although i missed seeing some of the usual suspects, i did get to see [livejournal.com profile] vanmojo and [livejournal.com profile] dr_strych9, albeit in passing through the LARP in which they were participating (not judging you, guys... well, not too much).

Tonight, Kim and i drove to San Francisco to spend a little time with old Macromedia coworkers.  It's obvious that we're a bunch of nostalgic romantics, and that's fine with me.  I wish we'd've been able to get there earlier and stay later, but an hour-long drive home is always rough.

rone: (Default)

Two weekends ago, Kim and i ran away to Calistoga for restoration via mud bath and massage at Golden Haven Hot Springs.  On our way there, we stopped at our favorite wineries, Summers and Ehlers Estate; on the way back, we stopped at Heitz, whose Grignolino wine and port i've admired for some time.

Last weekend, i nerded it up, as ever, at DunDraCon, but i did not neglect my sweet Kimmy on Valentine's Day, and brought her flowers and a card, and then took her out to sushi. DDC was fun as always; although i missed seeing some of the usual suspects, i did get to see [livejournal.com profile] vanmojo and [livejournal.com profile] dr_strych9, albeit in passing through the LARP in which they were participating (not judging you, guys... well, not too much).

Tonight, Kim and i drove to San Francisco to spend a little time with old Macromedia coworkers.  It's obvious that we're a bunch of nostalgic romantics, and that's fine with me.  I wish we'd've been able to get there earlier and stay later, but an hour-long drive home is always rough.

rone: (dust)

the d20 rolls,
save versus death ray is failed —
no cleric around

rone: (Default)

the d20 rolls,
save versus death ray is failed —
no cleric around

rone: (cotopaxi)

I believe that i've reached a point in my life where i have to have Internet access wherever i am.  I fear that i'll have to purchase a hiptop or palmtop computer doohickey soon because whipping out the laptop and the broadband wireless card will prove to be too cumbersome.

Kim and i will attend her longtime friend Judy's wedding tomorrow.  The interesting breaks in today's drive have included sharing a decent spicy chicken sandwich from Jack in the Box, enjoying a very nice meal at Lily's Restaurant in scenic and snowy City of Mount Shasta, and a rest area where there were so many chattering birds that their noise, reflected off the walls of the picnic area, sounded like a boom box playing terrible pop music at a volume beyond what its cheap speakers could support.  It was a bizarre illusion that i dispelled when i walked over, looking for the offending device, and many of the birds flew away, taking their chatter with them.

Last weekend was DunDraCon, festival nonpareil of nerdliness.  In addition to seeing the usual suspects ([livejournal.com profile] palecur [who ran his first LARP, but i love him anyway], [livejournal.com profile] amywithani, [livejournal.com profile] racerxmachina, [livejournal.com profile] roseembolism, [livejournal.com profile] tinellaq, [livejournal.com profile] teawiththecheat, [livejournal.com profile] dancingshaman, [livejournal.com profile] deirdremoon, [livejournal.com profile] lurkingowl, [livejournal.com profile] changinganswers, [livejournal.com profile] crisper, and [livejournal.com profile] anotherdave), i picked up [livejournal.com profile] elmuchacho and Brendan from the Dublin BART station, and also saw two old Best Internet comrades, Aaron and Carl.  Once again, i got into Bruce Mattos's game (so did Aaron, except he sent Carl in his stead) and had a good time, and the other game i crashed was quite entertaining, despite the fact that one guy (who happened to have an unbalanced munchkin character) essentially screwed the entire party and then left the room.  Sadly, despite our best intentions, neither David nor i submitted games.  But next year for sure!  Pinky swear!

rone: (Default)

I believe that i've reached a point in my life where i have to have Internet access wherever i am.  I fear that i'll have to purchase a hiptop or palmtop computer doohickey soon because whipping out the laptop and the broadband wireless card will prove to be too cumbersome.

Kim and i will attend her longtime friend Judy's wedding tomorrow.  The interesting breaks in today's drive have included sharing a decent spicy chicken sandwich from Jack in the Box, enjoying a very nice meal at Lily's Restaurant in scenic and snowy City of Mount Shasta, and a rest area where there were so many chattering birds that their noise, reflected off the walls of the picnic area, sounded like a boom box playing terrible pop music at a volume beyond what its cheap speakers could support.  It was a bizarre illusion that i dispelled when i walked over, looking for the offending device, and many of the birds flew away, taking their chatter with them.

Last weekend was DunDraCon, festival nonpareil of nerdliness.  In addition to seeing the usual suspects ([livejournal.com profile] palecur [who ran his first LARP, but i love him anyway], [livejournal.com profile] amywithani, [livejournal.com profile] racerxmachina, [livejournal.com profile] roseembolism, [livejournal.com profile] tinellaq, [livejournal.com profile] teawiththecheat, [livejournal.com profile] dancingshaman, [livejournal.com profile] deirdremoon, [livejournal.com profile] lurkingowl, [livejournal.com profile] changinganswers, [livejournal.com profile] crisper, and [livejournal.com profile] anotherdave), i picked up [livejournal.com profile] elmuchacho and Brendan from the Dublin BART station, and also saw two old Best Internet comrades, Aaron and Carl.  Once again, i got into Bruce Mattos's game (so did Aaron, except he sent Carl in his stead) and had a good time, and the other game i crashed was quite entertaining, despite the fact that one guy (who happened to have an unbalanced munchkin character) essentially screwed the entire party and then left the room.  Sadly, despite our best intentions, neither David nor i submitted games.  But next year for sure!  Pinky swear!

rone: (nose)

(yes, yes, 'nerd prom' is ™ warren ellis and san diego comic-con)

This year's DunDraCon was a lot of fun.  On Friday, i registered and hung out in [livejournal.com profile] anotherdave's zombie game (which was played under [livejournal.com profile] vajrabot's Fates Worse Than Death system), which counted not one, but two couples among its players.  At the break, we chatted a bit, and after that i took off to confirm whether i'd gotten into my morning games; i didn't, so i dropped by the room where [livejournal.com profile] palecur and [livejournal.com profile] amywithani were playing.  It turned out a bunch of their friends were there, so i got to say hi to [livejournal.com profile] deirdremoon and [livejournal.com profile] devonapple, as well as meet [livejournal.com profile] racerxmachina.  Best of all, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic treated me by playing Michael Hedges's "Ragamuffin" on the guitar, with every little flourish.  Marvelous work, sir.

On Saturday, i saw [livejournal.com profile] vampyrecat, [livejournal.com profile] vajrabot, and [livejournal.com profile] victortenzin, and [livejournal.com profile] vampyrecat generously gave me her priority slip, which i used to get into Bruce Mattos's game, which is the one game every year that i don't want to miss.  This year's game wasn't quite as good as previous games, with the ending being rather anticlimactic, mostly due to poor play on behalf of certain party members.

On Sunday, i ended up in Peter Christian's game that was geared towards "beginning players, ages 10+".  I played with three boys and three girls that were around 12, and the father of two of the boys.  The game was a lot of fun; the setting was a California about 200 years ago, but with orcs, kobolds, and dragons.  There was one conversation that left me shaking my head:

[DM mentions something about orcs pillaging a rancho]
RANGER GIRL: "Remember, it's loot first, then pillage!"
SPECTATOR GIRL: "Oh, yeah!  I saw that on a T-shirt!"
RANGER GIRL: "And before those two, first you rape!"
CLERIC BOY: "There's something wrong about that."
ME: "Something very, very wrong."




Overall, there were a lot more women and kids than i normally see, and that's a great sign.  [livejournal.com profile] elmuchacho also attended, but we didn't get to hang out much; however, he made some friends quickly and seemed to have a great time, too.  His friend Brendan managed to register a game, but also managed to flake completely on it, much to my and David's consternation.  For next year, David and i fully intend to submit official games.

rone: (Default)

(yes, yes, 'nerd prom' is ™ warren ellis and san diego comic-con)

This year's DunDraCon was a lot of fun.  On Friday, i registered and hung out in [livejournal.com profile] anotherdave's zombie game (which was played under [livejournal.com profile] vajrabot's Fates Worse Than Death system), which counted not one, but two couples among its players.  At the break, we chatted a bit, and after that i took off to confirm whether i'd gotten into my morning games; i didn't, so i dropped by the room where [livejournal.com profile] palecur and [livejournal.com profile] amywithani were playing.  It turned out a bunch of their friends were there, so i got to say hi to [livejournal.com profile] deirdremoon and [livejournal.com profile] devonapple, as well as meet [livejournal.com profile] racerxmachina.  Best of all, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic treated me by playing Michael Hedges's "Ragamuffin" on the guitar, with every little flourish.  Marvelous work, sir.

On Saturday, i saw [livejournal.com profile] vampyrecat, [livejournal.com profile] vajrabot, and [livejournal.com profile] victortenzin, and [livejournal.com profile] vampyrecat generously gave me her priority slip, which i used to get into Bruce Mattos's game, which is the one game every year that i don't want to miss.  This year's game wasn't quite as good as previous games, with the ending being rather anticlimactic, mostly due to poor play on behalf of certain party members.

On Sunday, i ended up in Peter Christian's game that was geared towards "beginning players, ages 10+".  I played with three boys and three girls that were around 12, and the father of two of the boys.  The game was a lot of fun; the setting was a California about 200 years ago, but with orcs, kobolds, and dragons.  There was one conversation that left me shaking my head:

[DM mentions something about orcs pillaging a rancho]
RANGER GIRL: "Remember, it's loot first, then pillage!"
SPECTATOR GIRL: "Oh, yeah!  I saw that on a T-shirt!"
RANGER GIRL: "And before those two, first you rape!"
CLERIC BOY: "There's something wrong about that."
ME: "Something very, very wrong."




Overall, there were a lot more women and kids than i normally see, and that's a great sign.  [livejournal.com profile] elmuchacho also attended, but we didn't get to hang out much; however, he made some friends quickly and seemed to have a great time, too.  His friend Brendan managed to register a game, but also managed to flake completely on it, much to my and David's consternation.  For next year, David and i fully intend to submit official games.

rone: (quiet)

My DunDraCon's all done, and i had a blast despite misplacing my dice (where were they, you ask?  in my backpack all along, in a pocket where i didn't think to look until i got home).

In the meantime, please delight yourself with two reports from [livejournal.com profile] alasdair and [livejournal.com profile] stu_n on visiting a gourmet chocolatier in London.

Also, baseball fans (and especially Red Sox fans) will enjoy [livejournal.com profile] thomascolthurst's parody of "Who's On First?"

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