Monday, August 25, 2008

The Revenge of Rachael Storm?

If you look at the first posts of this blog, you will realize that the original purpose of this blog had to do with my then obsession with City of Heroes. To be sure, this *is* a great game I loved. However, 3 years straight of playing it meant that I grew tired of pounding around the city thwarting Tsoo (my favorite villain group).

Yet another MMO has hit my radar, Champions Online. Will the Big Bad Boulder Bitch return to pummel evil-doers into paste with fists of stone?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Political Post

I try to stay a-political, But

From McCain's Campaign Blog.

I can't really say I'm thrilled by that comment. I don't like being marginalized. It is EXACTLY this type of comment that makes me hide my real name when I post about games. I've been treated like garbage in a couple of jobs when it was revealed I was a gamer.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quick Checkin!

Moving to busy time at work again, so posts will be few and far between until Sept.

So, enjoy a few bits from my favorite Japanese Girl Band until then....

If you like them, buy their albums at!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pathfinder Organized Play

I wasn't a super-fan of RPGA when I was a member (Living City/Living Force), but I did like the fact that you could download modules and play RPGs at conventions. It gave me a chance to meet new people.

Well, it appears that the folks at Paizo have taken their Pathfinder RPG (based on the D&D 3.5/d20 ruleset) and are creating a campaign based on this. Check out the Pathfinder Society Organized Play Campaign. You may not be interested in convention play, but its worth it for supporting a game company that is trying to appeal to tastes of gamers who might not like 4e.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Order of the Stick

Vaarsuvius has the BEST line of all time in today's strip...

"And once again, Probability proves itself willing to sneak into a back alley and service Drama as would a copper-piece harlot."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Star Trek Online

I ran across this Slashdot post yesterday about Star Trek Online.

Those who've been aboard the Pequod from the beginning, know that this started out as a City of Heroes blog. Cryptic Studios, who made City of Heroes, is the company creating Star Trek Online. Between Star Trek Online and the Knights of the Old Republic MMO, I hope that I'll be able to find a few fun computers games in my future.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm not fat, I'm big boned!

OK, maybe not.

Like many gamers (certainly not all gamers), I'm not necessarily the sveltest of people. I used to be a LOT heavier (about 440 max), but today, I could still stand to drop about 20-30 lbs. Every morning I walk about 45 minutes with wrist weights, ankle weights, and a weight vest. However, I've annoyingly been maintaining my current weight for the past few months. Admittedly, at least some of that fat has turned to muscle because of the weights. Yet my gut and the butt are still a bit larger than I'd prefer.

A friend of mine introduced me to The Daily Plate. After looking at this, I'm going to give it a try to see if I can get those last few pounds of padding on me gone. As he points out, for those of us that like gaming, one can approach this as a game that you are trying to win - and in this case, winning is good health.

I also recommend The Hacker's Diet for a few other pointers on dropping tonnage.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

RPG Balance

I ran across this article in my morning RSS feeds. I like it and I thought I'd share it as it sums up nicely my thoughts on balance w/r to RPGs (not wargames/not MMOs).


I bring this up because when I was ramping up for my Eberron campaign, one of the players complained that he felt Warforged were "over power/unbalanced". This of course sandwiches nicely with the fact that the party I'm playing with has a lot of +1 ECL races in the mix.

There is the caveat to this that he doesn't address that you need to not break the verisimilitude and you need to not always go after the "Red button" on the character. Still...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A couple of Eberron bits

For those in my Sharn Campaign, you might find these two articles specifically interesting.

The cleric that was rescued was a member of the Church of the Silver Flame:
You don't need to read it, but if you'd like more information, you might enjoy learning more about it.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog

Joss Whedon writes it.

And you will no doubt recognize: Codex, Doogie Howser, and Malcolm Reynolds starring in it.

buy it on iTunes.

(Yes, I know it totally screws up my blogs format, but it's worth it)