May 302010

I finally started writing the space game adventure. I really really suck at actually writing stuff out. I usually just wing it when I do things. This may end up pretty complex and it is a good thing I am writing it out. I have decided to run this as a very open ended adventure. I am basically writing two part. The setting which will include the system and what is in it, and the time line which is what has happened and what is happening in the system. I am avoiding planned encounters for the most part and going with events as they unfold. I am hoping the feel of the games comes off alright. I think most people are expecting more hack and slash than I have planned, but I am putting in a good amount, more than most of my games. I tend to prefer very little combat and much more talking and non-combat actions. I don’t have a problem with combat I just find it to be quite tedious and of very little interest. I love it when I get the opportunity to just sit back and watch the players interact among themselves or even with an NPC. I have been much more interested in that aspect with the characters I play as well. I have made characters who are technically combat characters that I still don’t like to do combat with, unless it has a really good RP element. I just tend to find combat the easy way out and not very fun in RPGs.

 Posted by at 12:58 am
May 222010

I finally started it today. The one shot for the space game is going. It appears it will take two sessions, but I am alright with that. It is nice to get a good look at things in action. I get to take a look at things that need much more polish and what is missing. I have got a list of things that I will be filling in. It’s a little clunky starting off. I need to get a nice cheat sheet for the cortex system. I am using my Serenity GM screen as one, but a few things are different and need reworking. The one nice thing is that people are handling the military style very well. That may change if there is a great deal of conflict in the future, but for now I am happy with it.

I’ll have some more up after we play the next session. I will probably ask a few questions on the forums too about it if you follow stuff on there.

 Posted by at 11:45 pm
May 102010

I have started doing a bit of work on the Cortex system sci-fi space game I have been setting up. I realized that this is kinda a big experiment for me. I haven’t really had to develop a world from scratch that is this large. I realize I am only taking a small part of it and focusing heavily on that aspect. I have also used another big experiment by giving the player a lot of say in what happens and what is in the world. I have said very little about where things are and what actually exists. This is very intentional and the few places my players have made are great. If this world catches on it could give our group a good sandbox to play some great games in. I already have a few ideas for future ones, but I should really stick to writing the one coming up. It seems we have hit a good point in time to start it also. We just got a new player, schedules are clearing out, and we just finished a game recently.

I have been doing some thinking about what technology exists in this world. It is interesting to see what other people come up with and how it relates to your views of the world. I think I am swinging a bit low tech and may need to bring things up a notch. It seems some people like the tech level I have in my head though. We will be talking about a few things before the game. I hope giving my players a great deal of power in creating the universe actually gives them some attachment to it. If people like the setting and are engaged with it the games will almost always be better.

I sure I will have some more thoughts about all this in the near future.

 Posted by at 2:06 am
Apr 182010

So, I pretty much have the best GF ever. She already bought me my b-day present. Tickets to see Rush! I am beyond stoked for this. She is a sweetheart.

Finally wrote the last little bit for the Space game one shot. I just need to make characters now and I will be good to go. I suck at writing games lately. Things just aren’t coming together as well as I would like. I think it mostly has to do with my brain not working. Oh well.

I started playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 recently with my roommate. It’s a pretty dang fun game. I think I like it better than COD:MW2 for multiplayer at least. I am having a tougher time with it I think. I’m sure I just need time to figure it out.

Well out airsoft project is officially under way. We built our first building today. Well it is actually 4 walls screwed together, but it is a start. It went pretty quick once we figured things out. We plan on possibly building another one this week after touching up the one we just made. It needs a few more screws and some bracing just for good measure. It is surprisingly sturdy as we have it built right now, but a little more won’t hurt. I would rather play it safe and not have a wall fall on me. I am pretty excited about that in any case. We hope to get two more buildings up soon and it looks like we can do that.

 Posted by at 1:53 am
Apr 042010

I have a rampaging headache right now… I managed to get my TOTD post up, but it took me some time to just make it though it. I feel pretty crappy right now and I really shouldn’t I got tons of sleep and even took a nap. Maybe the nap did it, but I refuse to admit it because then my GF would be right 🙂

I am supposed to play a few songs at the Easter service this morning and I don’t know what insanity drove me to do that. I need about another week to be where I want to with the songs. I suppose I will just have to fake it through them like always. I’m sure being tired and feeling crappy won’t be a disadvantage at all…

I just realized how behind I am on writing the space game. I have the one shot mostly done, but I have yet to touch the main game at all. I have no solid story or plot at all. Things seem to have got away from me and my brain forgot about everything. Unfortunately these last few days have been rough on me for some reason. I don’t know why I am going so crazy. I just can’t wait to go to sleep today. My mind is in no shape to be writing anything for a game right now. I think I have way too many things I want to do with that game and I need to narrow it down a bit. There can always be more games, if it doesn’t suck. Well I could run another even if it does suck, but that may not be a good idea.

 Posted by at 1:19 am
Feb 142010

Not real work obviously. I never do that. I have lots of little projects kinda going along right now and a bunch of things to do at home.

The forums for Throw out the Dice have been set up over at so if you read this and have any interest in gaming at all go sign up and say hi. It will make me feel better about myself.

I have made considerable progress on the space game. I have finalized using the Cortex system for the game and have been working up gear specifics for most of the night so far. The one shot should be ready by March if I keep it up. I tend to go light on rules and numbers when designing things so the Cortex system is a perfect fit for that. I’m also hoping to recruit one or two more people for the game before starting it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. In any case, after this post I will probably be working on Writing up the worlds for both games.

We took a couple weeks off from my Shadowrun game, but will be playing it again on Monday. Looking forward to it. I haven’t ran a game for two weeks or so and it is kinda strange. I hope I still know what I am doing.

I managed to get another computer put together at my house and plan on getting amother OS running on that, but I haven’t decided what yet. I really have not *need* for it right now, but I want something on it just because. I also had an issue with my DHCP server that knocked out our internet for awhile. I rebooted it for some updates and when it came back up the DHCP service did not restart. It is running Ubuntu 9.10 server. I tried “service dhcpd restart” and “/etc/init.d/dhcpd restart” and neither of those worked. The first found no service named dhcpd and the other said the path was invalid. I usually use Webmin to start/stop my servers, but obviously I couldn’t because nothing had a valid IP. Is there a command I am missing or did I do something wrong? It would be nice to know the command to get the service running again.

 Posted by at 1:29 am
Feb 022010

Tonight I have been fixing up all the stuff attached to the fridgewire domain. I have done some cleanup and updates on the blog and forums. I am trying to make it so people using the blog and log in with their blogger accounts to leave comments, but the plugin I picked up is not working it seems. I’ll have to keep working on that.

The forum seems to be working and ready to go. I would like to find a purpose for it in the near future, but I don’t know what as of yet. I have offered to let Throw out the Dice use it for discussion, but haven’t really pursued that. I also figure I could just use it for the gaming group, but we are all so close it doesn’t make much sense. I would really like for a forum for Throw Out the Dice. We have a few people not form the area and I would really like to get some discussions started up with them. I learned from writing on that blog that even though I am giving advice in a sense, I really have a lot to learn and sharing with others is really helpful to me. I may bring that up to Tim again since he is now far away and it would connect him to us a little better.

I am continuing with the writing for the space game. I am focusing on the one shot adventure right now. I want to run that and see if the system works with the alterations and to see if the world meshes and feels alright. It is not anything ground breaking so I think it should all work out fine. I am also hoping my artist is going to stick with me. They have gotten busy with real life and I haven’t been in very good contact. I have faith they will deliver. If things turn out well I may toss a few pieces of art up here (if they are ok with that). We shall see in the long run.

I should bounce the idea of a wiki for the space game off my group again. I would like to give them a place they can find information without consulting me too much. That was one issue when doing things in Saratta. Tim was the only person who knew what was going on in that world so I had to consult with him on many things. I took more liberties than most people also. I am sure others needed more info from him. I would like to avoid some of that in the future with world information already out there. I’ll have to run it by a few people and see if they would use it. I am really the only person who uses internet solutions for anything. I may be able to force them to use it in some ways. I guess time will tell.

 Posted by at 12:26 am