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 162010

I am really lucky because I have the time to game twice a week. We started out gaming on Saturdays with an old roommate of mine and then I started running a Shadowrun game on Mondays. When he moved away we just kept doing Saturday gaming with me or someone else running a game. I also play airsoft on Saturdays and this can lead to some rather crappy gaming sessions because I am so freaking tired. The group of us that plays airsoft decided to not really use this as a normal gaming day and use it for quick games, one shots, and experiments.

Me and my brother talked about some ideas and there we some really cool ideas. He seems to like creating an immersive atmosphere and has some really good ideas for that. I have a few things I would like to try that I don’t want to commit to a full game. I think quite a few of our experiments deal with running horror games. That will be interesting becauseĀ  neither of us have ever ran anything like horror, except that Ravenloft module, but that doesn’t count. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future. For now I need to get characters written for the Space game one shot and hope everything works out.

 Posted by at 2:35 am
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
May 052010

Finally got my new airsoft gun! It’s a Classic Army M249. Got to test shoot it a little bit and it seems pretty slick. I’m looking forward to getting it out on the field on Saturday. I’ll post some more thoughts on it as soon as I get to try it out properly.

Here are a couple pics for now. We all know PJ pants are tactical gear.

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
Apr 262010

We got to take our airsoft course for a test run on Saturday. It was pretty dang fun. We need to make some adjustments to the layout, but overall it is pretty solid. We all had a ton of fun with that area and are really looking forward to expanding it. It was much more fast paced than we usually play and cover was much more important. Sidearms actually came into play a few times, and the sniper owned the course until we banned it. Expanding the course out more will really help with some of the issues we were having. Also we are planning some small pieces of cover that should even things up a bit. It’s gonna be pretty rockin’.

We are also trying to find a few more people to play. Hopefully we can get some of the other players we know to come out our way. We have played a few other places, but so far our is optimal for a few reasons. The biggest one being private property. Terrain is good. We have free reign to build. Plus we get free meals sometimes! I’ll see if I can get the pics from my bro and post them up here. They didn’t turn out great but they aren’t that bad.

 Posted by at 12:59 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 112010

I have been messing with the new beta for Ubuntu 10.4 or “Lucid Lynx” and it is so affectionately termed. So far it is looking pretty shiny. I guess the most noticeable change is the open/close/minimize buttons have been moved to the left side of the window in Mac fashion. I re-skinned it so my poor little Windows addled brain can handle it. They changed a few default programs which is not surprising I guess. Things seem pretty solid so far, but many packages are missing/incomplete because of the beta status. I had a bitch of a time installing virtualbox. I think one of my packages messed up and I just need to reinstall it for some reason. I can’t expect full function right now I guess, although it should be dropping pretty soon so I hope everything in in by then for my upgrades. This is supposed to be the new LTR so I will probably keep with it. My main server, which is only running DHCP right now, is running Karmic server edition which is nice and stable right now. I need to debate whether to dist upgrade that or not when this stuff drops. If any linux users could advise me that would be great. I would like to start using linux more for my everyday stuff if I can.

I feel like I have amped up my computer work lately and feel like I have learned millions of new things in a short time. I keep trying things and I learn tons even if I fail. I think I may try and tackle an internal DNS server again. My last few attempts have met with defeat. If I can get and internal DNS up and running I may move ahead and get that static IP and try hosting something myself. I will take it slow for now. I don’t want to burn out too quick. IT is taking me a bit longer using Ubuntu server to set up everything, but at least I don’t have to shell out the cash for Windows Server.

I have hit a dead end with game writing lately. For some reason my brain is just not giving me anything. I can’t get motivated, and even when I am I can’t get any ideas to some out. I feel really crappy about the whole thing and hate letting my players down with crappy games. Maybe with our moving to one day a week I can sit out a few weeks to rest my head. Even though I have been running things pretty slim it still feels like somewhat of an overload. I may get too ambitious sometimes which may cause problems.

 Posted by at 2:26 am
Apr 042010

I feel a bazillion times better tonight. Saturdays are just way too long, even with naps. Maybe I will be productive tonight…. lol.

I managed to snag an old computer from work. It has no HDD or RAM, but I have that laying about. Unfortunately my problem is that I have no idea what to do with it. Before I had too many ideas and not enough computers. Now it is the opposite. I have two computers just sitting there empty, and one more that should be decommissioned, but comes in handy every now and then. Right now I am running a “domain server” for lack of a better term and a file/torrent server. My main computer is a Win 7 machine, and I have an old XP machine running next to me for general web surfingness and other such things. I had a machine for testing Linux stuff on but it was rarely used and the HDD was failing so I pulled it apart. I have contemplated a media server of some kind, but I don’t think that would get a lot of use. I only watch Netflix and Hulu on the internet and those don’t stream over a media server. We download videos so infrequently that it really isn’t worth it. We could just sync up our PCs to the Xbox and do it that way also. I am at a loss and it makes me sad. I suppose I could just make a Linux machine and put it on my KVM. Time will tell I guess.

I have fallen in love with <a href=””></a>. Basically it sells old games, optimized for new computers, and DRM free. It picked up Might and Magic 1-6 and am having a blast. I have been playing through 4/5 and it brings back some good memories. I may have to fire up 3 and see how far I can get through that from memory lol. I also notice they had both Blake Stone games which I really loved back in the day. I may have to get one of those next.

 Posted by at 11:42 pm
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 šŸ™‚

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
Mar 282010

Airsoft is in full swing finally and it is a good time! I usually lose, but oh well it is still a good time. We have been making some plans to build a course in one of our fields. We took a good look at it and started brain storming building designs right now. I guess I will be skeptical that it will happen until we get the first building started. I still have hope and it would be really awesome. Saturdays are a long day for me with airsoft and gaming and then working so I skipped posting last night to take it easy. I was pretty crazy by the end of my shift…

Gaming has been a little sketchy as of late. I haven’t been motivated, John will be starting a new shift at work, and people have been busy quite often. I’m not worried the group will fall apart or anything. We have these times before and it will pass. It is just kinda stressful when it happens. We have some big plans for gaming and I hope we can keep the whole group around for them. Tuck is planning an Earthdawn game and I have the space game. I am encouraging John to set up a story based game. His sandbox game is going pretty good and I am impressed with him so far. I wish I had his ability to use NPCs.

I’m rocking my new HP Touchsmart notebook right now and I love the crap out of it. It is a snappy computer running Win 7 64 bit with 6 Gb ram and a 1.3GHz Dual Core processor. The touch ability of it is nice and accurate. Construction is solid. I also really like the fingerprint reader. I use the crap out of it. The only issue would be the screen is a bit too glossy and can be tough to see in bright light or from the sides. I can work with that though. Overall I give it a thumbs up for awesome.

I still don’t know what I am going to write for TOTD tonight. I’m sure I will figure out something.

 Posted by at 9:48 pm