Posts Tagged ‘gaming’

High Thirteen!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

As I fumble around trying to teach myself photography, I’m noticing more and more how large a part Photoshop plays in professional work. Sometimes it’s small, subtle fixes or other minor changes. Sometimes it’s a day or two’s worth of intense modification. As I begin to summon forth the bravery to learn some of these techniques myself, what I’m most interested in is avoiding making the types of flagrant errors that can be found on Photoshop Disasters.

via Photoshop Disasters.

Now while not a photo, this illustrates the type of mistake I’d like to avoid making. I choose this particular post because I’ve played Left 4 Dead, and it’s hectic/scary enough on its own. Throw a dozen plus fingers on one hand belonging to the only female protagonist and I don’t know whether to run in fear or get excited.

Frontalot Saves Vs. Poison

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Bad habits are hard to break. Shoot, habits PERIOD are hard to break. Some are harder than others, and I hear smoking’s just about the top of the list. Wouldn’t know personally, as I’ve never smoked. Any bad habit I HAVE quit, I’ve generally done cold turkey. Easier for me to not do it than to ween. I’m not a weener.

This said, perhaps if I had some awesomely nerdy and fun gaming mechanic for weeing myself off an addiction. What’s that? MC Frontalot has devised JUST such a mechanic? Sweet crap nugget! That’s so convenient.

Detailed in THIS BLOG POST, MC Frontalot notes his system for quitting smoking designed with a hardcore pen and paper gamer’s sensibilities in mind. So whether you’re trying to quit smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, slapping random children, or anything at all just have a d20 with you and remember to roll high. Nat 20’s all up in this business.

Invading The Dark Tower

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I’ve been known to be a downer sometimes. This makes it more difficult to appreciate the good things. I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a lot to appreciate. One of those things is THE BEST BOARDGAME EVER! As it turns out, this game was a child of the 80s, and is quite revolutionary for its time on an electronics and mechanical level. The game, or course, is Dark Tower.


I’d never heard of the game before Amu and I met. In face, if I’d never met Amu I may still be ignorant of it’s mighty awesomeness. Her parents had the game and played it religiously between marathon games of D&D (Truly this qualifies them for some awesome parent award.) Amu and I have since been entrusted as keepers of the game. We don’t play often, but when we do it’s an event. We have a complete set of pieces, though a couple are broken. We can buy replacements (and likely will soon) with little difficulty. The complete working game can be found on Ebay for roughly $200[screenshot], depending on availability and such.

Here are a few photos of our recent game:


Exploring the map, invading ruins and tombs, and encountering Brigands, Wizards, Plagues and Dragons to find the three keys that grant entry into the Dark Tower is the order of the day. Man the 80s made the BEST fantasy genre stuff. I’d like to get back to that. Stop with the fantasy camp and get to awesome fantasy, folks. Somebody get to it.

Re: Romancing The Game

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Today’s comic is semi-autobiographical. I’ve been on a Mass Effect to Dragon Age to Mass Effect 2, then back to Mass Effect and now Dragon Age again before hitting up Mass Effect 2 once more. I’d be a gigantic liar if I said the romance subplots weren’t a part of why I’ve been starting so many new games. But just a part.

The Mass Effect franchise I’m playing multiple games on a “just to see” basis to discover how ME3 will take the choices made in ME1 and ME2, and importing them in such a way that it matters to both the narrative and possibly even the gameplay. I’d be very disappointed if the decisions didn’t have more of an impact in the third game than they did in the second. I’m expecting a drastically different experience depending on choices I made in the first two games. So make with it Bioware.

Also, I’d anticipated getting back to Hidalgo by this point, but he’ll have to wait another week as amu needs some time to remake the new character involved in that part of the story. To make up for it, here’s a surfing alpaca:

Photo Phriday 69 – Old One

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I love gifts. I especially love the gifts you were told about, forgot about, and then are totally surprised and unprepared when you get them. They are neat.


This little great old one was a gift from a friend purchased at Gencon. I wish I’d have gotten some info on the crafter who made him so I could credit, but unfortunately I have none to give. Cthulhu is good stuff, and is one of the best roleplaying game systems I’ve played. I hope to one day play it again.