About Those Lofty Goals…

Posted March 27th, 2008 (2:20 pm) || Comments Off

Well, my predictions for this year were… well, completely off.

Among my previously listed goals, I’ve achieved getting a level 50 character on City of Heroes, and DeAnna has Vegas. The others have just crapped out. The one that bothers me the most is the computer. Turns out I made too much money this year to qualify for the EIC I’d normally get for being a poor single parent. On top of that, DeAnna didn’t get gainfully employed as quickly as I had thought, so the computer is gonna have to wait for awhile.

As for the content of my website, I’ve been overrun by other projects (once again) which have taken up my time. With the new year starting, I’ve gotten the urge once again to run a game instead of just playing. I’ve gone through several ideas and it seems what’s been decided upon is a D&D campaign using the 3.5 edition rules. I’ll be using my own campaign setting I’ve been developing for the past four years or so, which I call Riadus. Lately this has kind of taken over my free time and I haven’t gotten any work done on my other projects.

Another “interruption” (but in a good way) has been that I am now contributing to the APAzine, Haymaker!. Haymaker! is a quarterly publication for the Hero System featuring supplimental rules, characters, settings, scenarios and adventure ideas for the Champions genre. I’m really hyped about being a part of this. Unfortunately I missed the first deadline, but I’m already working on my submission for the next issue.

Wish me luck!

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Happy New Year!

Posted January 1st, 2008 (2:28 pm) || Comments Off

It’s 2008 and I now have a whole new year to promise myself I’ll do a bunch of stuff I can later blame other people for preventing me from actually getting done. Among these are completing the Champions section of TLOT3, completing my Ebonwind setting for Star Hero and publish content for the Rifts Hero section of TLOT3. I’m pretty sure I’ll actually get at least one of those things done.

Among other various frivolous goals of mine for the year include getting a hero to level 50 in City of Heroes. I don’t play the game obsessively, so this might take awhile. So far I’ve been playing for almost a year already and I’ve just gotten a character to level 30.

The easy goals I have will be accomplished rather quickly this year. One of which is to buy a second computer. Well, technically it will be a 3rd computer, but I’m not counting the POS we’ve got parked in the living room. That’s good for general web browsing (when it manages to connect) and for low end games that aren’t sound or graphics intensive. I’ll also be picking up Sony Vegas for DeAnna so she’ll be able to continue her excellent work on various machinima projects she has planned. While these purchases are kinda large, this is our year to receive a large tax refund, DeAnna will be gainfully employed soon and I’ve just worked two holidays at double time and a half pay.

So, here’s wishing everyone else a happy new year and I hope you all have better luck with your own resolutions than I’m likely to have with mine.

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NaNo Failure

Posted November 28th, 2007 (6:50 am) || Comments Off

Well, it seems that life happens. Why the hell did the creator of this thing pick November? Other than Thanksgiving, there’s school and tests, the start of the Christmas holiday, all kinds of activities are going on (this is when the fundraisers start for my son’s Choir)… this isn’t easy. If that was all, it might still be possible if not easy, but in my case there is more. Due to a lot of financial hardship this month I’ve really been spending a lot of time dealing with that. So, no NaNo for me this year. I got up to around 10,000 words by the middle of the month and by then everything else just seemed to have priority.

On the upside, during this time I discovered something about TLOT3. My hosting provider is now offering Google Webmaster Tools with my account and I figured I’d give it a shot. As a result, I discovered people are finding tlot3.net by searching for “hero system rifts” and I’m coming up rank four for that search. On a whim, I also searched “rifts hero” and found I’m rank two. So it looks like my site is working. Unfortunately, I haven’t published any of my Rifts material yet. So it looks like I’ve got some writing to do anyway…

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Posted October 24th, 2007 (3:38 pm) || Comments Off

National Novel Writing Month is about to begin. I have chosen to take part this year. I first learned of NaNoWriMo about a year ago and thought the idea was cool but I never really did anything about it. At the time I was juggling a family, a new full time job and a full time school schedule and as always trying to edge in a little personal life where I could. Looking back I probably could have given it a shot anyway. What’s the worst that could have happened? Had I tried I certainly would have written more words than a big fat nothing. So this year I’m doin’ it!

My novel will be called Ebonwind and will be set in the Ebonwind campaign setting I created for use with the Star Hero/Hero System role-playing game. For more information about the setting and the story as it unfolds you can visit ebonwind.net.

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As The World Falls Down

Posted March 8th, 2007 (12:13 pm) || Comments Off

Well, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy. Two computers, a trip to the Renaissance Festival, a three day cold, Norton Anti-Computer, a two new websites and a revamped TLOT3 later, I think I have some spare time to post a blog entry. Things have been happening fast, so here’s hoping I don’t screw up the order of events too much. Everything’s been a blur for the past month.

As my avid readers may remember, our old computer up and died spontaneously in December, and we completely failed to get it back up and running. But we also bought a new computer. A nice computer. A computer with Norton: the computer hating, money sucking, hypocritical virus eating virus, “anti-computer” on it. Guess what Norton does. Every day it reminds me I’m using a trial version and wants me to renew/upgrade and all that. Well, I figure why not? I do so and guess what the recommended option is? Renew online. It’s fast, easy and secure. Says so. NOT. No, it takes hours just for each step to load, it requires complicated jumping from the program to the website and then you have to do a bunch of steps it only tells you about after you’ve skipped one, and the secure part if a joke. Only I’m not laughing. After the install was “complete” I found my operating system so corrupt the computer was forced to restart every time Norton loaded. Since Norton is a virus itself, the only way to fix the problem was a complete restore of the OS, which meant a nearly complete loss of all our info. Again. Best Buy was nice and fixed everything, for a cost. Now I’m out $300 on top of the cost of renewing Norton. I’m still waiting for my refund, and I dread calling them back. I wish they’d hire people who spoke English better.

In the middle of everything was the Arizona Renaissance Festival. We had planned on taking a hoard of cash for shopping out there, but alas, we had to fix the computer. We did manage to afford a new hat for DeAnna, which she loves. There’s a “magical mime” called Arsene out there that is great! I hate mimes, but this guy is really more of a silent magician, and he’s hilarious. He involves members of the audience, usually to their dismay. The first 5 minutes or so of his act involves him getting annoyed at the constant interruptions, typically all the people who show up late (even though he’s starting early just to be annoyed by them). I love it!

Also on the plus side, I made a huge leap forward on tlot3.net. After a crash course in Dreamweaver and CSS2, and a sudden inspiration of what to do graphically with the site, I have a working template. Some fine tuning still needs to be done. I’m thinking my navigation under the main header is too large. I worry about shrinking those images smaller though. I might just replace them with text, but I really like having images there. I’ll just have to keep tinkering. Check out the look at http://tlot3.net/.

I’ve also got a few new sites. Inspired by one of the Hero System Champions books, I’ve registered and am now hosting foxbattalion.com. Mwahahaha!!! Foxbat is one of the classic villains of the Champions game, remaining pretty much unchanged from his insane perfection in 1st edition.

I also quit smoking.

Well, that’s it for now, time to get back to work.

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