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Friday, May 19th, 2006
12:22 pm
You scored as Tactician. You're probably a military buff who wants to have the chance to think through complex problems. You want the rules, and your GM's interpretation of them, to match up what happens in the real world or at least be consistant. You want challenging yet logical obstacles to overcome.




Power Gamer








Method Actor


Casual Gamer


Law's Game Style
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Interesting. If you've never read Robin's Laws to Good Game Mastering, I strongly recommend it. It's a short book (<30 pages) which give you all kinds of hints about nearly everything related to DMing. In it, he sums up different player types, and give suggestions on how to keep each type of person happy. I'm not surprised to see that I'm a "tactician" - I love wargames.
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
12:15 pm
I noticed something today that speaks volumes about the town I live in. As I was driving to the gas station, I went past the local biker bar. As usual, there was a sign out front advertising the day's specials. Tonight: "Wine and Microbrews" - at the biker bar

Current Mood: working
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
8:46 am
Blood Bowl
Played a game of Blood Bowl against Scott last night. We made up new teams, I have the Shades, a Dark Elf team, and he's got the Champions of Light, a High Elf team. Things went bad for me right from the start, as Scott managed to turn around my opening drive and score against me. Due to some bad die rolls by me, he was able to repeat that feat on my second drive as well. At halftime, the score was 2-0, High Elves.
The Shades rallied in the second half, sending several high elves off the pitch with injuries and scoring a touchdown on turn five. With three turns left of play, the Dark Elves attempted to blitz through the High Elf lines and tie up the game on the last drive, but were stopped, thanks to some heroic blocking by the High Elves (and some especially poor rolls by the Dark Elves.) The game ended, a 2-1 victory for the Champions of Light.
In the Post-game, Scott's Fan Factor increased by 2 (one from the roll, and one from a Special Play card), while mine stayed the same. No players got enough XP to level up, and we both earned significant amounts of cash from the match. I purchased an Apothocary, and Scott was thinking about hiring a another player. I didn't suffer any injuries, so I'm pretty well set for the next game, while Scott has two players who will be injured for the next match.

Current Mood: groggy
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
8:56 am
Help Create a PC!
I'm making up some premade PCs for a one-off that I'm running on Sunday. I'm going to run the Eberron Adventure from the back of the Eberron campaign setting. I've run it once before, with different people, and I found it was a lot of fun, plus, it'll be zero prep time. So, if anyone would like to give me a hand making up some little background histories for these PCs, by all means post it up!

The PCs:
LN Goblin Scout from Darguun

NG Half-elf sorcerer with the Mark of Storm from Aundair

CN Fiend-touched Human Warlock with amnesia (originally from the Demon Wastes)

TN Changeling Rogue from Sharn

NG Areni Elf Priest of the Undying Court

CG Half-Orc Gatekeeper Druid from the Shadow Marches

LG Kalashtar Soulknife from Adar

LG Human Paladin of the Silver Flame from Thrane

Current Mood: calm
Monday, January 16th, 2006
11:27 am
A day in the life of a zombie
A day in the life of a zombie, brought to you by urbandead.com.

0: Wake up, uh oh, you're dead again! Guess that's what happens when you sleep in the street. Pay 10 AP to stand up, or 15 if you were killed by a zombie hunter. There goes 20% of your action points right there!

1: Stumble down the street. Remember, it costs you double, because you're a zombie. 50% of your AP gone, and you haven't even found a target yet.

2: Flail uselessly at barricades, trying to get at the sweet, juicy brains inside. If you're lucky, you can break them down and still have a few AP left for an attack. 75-100% of AP gone.

3: You've gotten inside! Burn your last few AP swinging at 1 of the 30 survivors in this building. Score a few XP if you're lucky. Then, it's time to rest again. 100% AP gone. The survivors will return you to "dead" by your next login.

Current Mood: pissed off
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
4:32 pm
I've been killed...
Well, an interesting online roleplaying experience just played out: My urbandead character, Alexi Nash, tried to start a group of community police in his neighborhood, to eliminate the zombies and generally make life better. Some of the resident high level folks didn't really take to the idea and we went back and forth with a little debate over the past two weeks. About 4 days ago, they posted to my group's page on the urbandead wiki stating their intentions to execute any member of the group they came across. Subsequently, Alexi fled to a nearby safehouse. His bullet-riddled body was discovered there this morning. Alexi Nash is now a member of the undead.

So, the only question is: queue up for revification and go back to being an underground leader of a unliked group of zombie hunters or destroy all that I once held dear as a vicous zombie! Either way, fun times ahead! Meanwhile, if anyone is in the East Boundwood area, I'd appreciate it if you'd spray tag buildings with "Who killed Alexi Nash?" Bonus points if you can spray the Challenger Crescent PD

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
8:59 am
So, I've been playing Urbandead, a free MMORPG set in a city overrun by zombies. (www.urbandead.com) It's amazing how quickly people spook and run. I've been holed up with about 70 other survivors in a Police Station on the north side of town. 10 or so zombies have tried to enter the building in the last few days, all were easily repelled, but people are freaking out.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
10:30 am
For those of you that have Civ4
Some of my thoughts on the new Civ game. If you have Civilizations4, or like it, you'll probably be interested:
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
12:45 pm
So, we played Scott's new, oriental-theme D&D campaign on Sunday. It was pretty damn cool. We're using a ton of variant rules, and Scott's taken some cues from Andy Collins' "Umber" campaign (www.andycollins.net). Here are some of the variants: you can't have more than half your character levels (rounded down) in a single spellcasting class, we're using Sanity/Taint rules, and very low magic/money. This does two things. First off, we're seriously limited on magic, especially curative magic. We're using the reserve point varient from Unearthed Arcana, so we can slowly heal back some damage, however, it poses a really big problems in fights. Also, since we're first level, we have almost no money or equipment (in fact, my monk started with just the clothing on his back and opted to save his 2gp of starting cash for rooms at an inn or food. It isn't all tough, though. Scott's considerably beefed up all the races (They all have the equivalent of a +1 LA now, but for free). Better yet, we get a bonus feat every level! Every three levels we are required to take racial or clan feats, which make the clans a lot more distinct than just an alliance that your character joins.
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Current Mood: bored
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
6:18 pm
King Nebuchadnezzar
You scored 90% Pride, 47% Envy, 60% Ambition, and 40% Deceitfulness!
You are King Nebuchadnezzar, the emperor of Babylon. You are part of a long tradition of Middle Eastern dictators. Like any good dictator, you possess the attributes of pride and ambition in good measure. Your ambitious nature drove you to conquer much of the Middle East, including the kingdom of Israel. You subsequently put the people of Israel into bondage. You also tend to be very direct with your friends and enemies alike. You prefer to tell people exactly what you�re going to do and how you�re going to do it. Your position in society and your imperial army give you the ability to do this with impunity. Unlike many Middle Eastern despots, you are a very good ruler and you happen to treat your own people quite well. You might be a biblical villain, but I�m sure you�d make a good dictator in the 21st century, if given the chance.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 97% on Pride

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You scored higher than 55% on Envy

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You scored higher than 52% on Ambition

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You scored higher than 26% on Deceitfulness
Link: The Which Biblical Villain Are You Test written by MetalliScats on OkCupid Free Online Dating
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
10:27 am

The Expatriate

Achtung! You are 30% brainwashworthy, 18% antitolerant, and 14% blindly patriotic
Congratulations! You are not susceptible to brainwashing, your values and cares extend beyond the borders of your own country, and your Blind Patriotism ("patriotism" for short) does not reach unhealthy levels. In Germany in the 30s, you would've left the country.

One bad scenario -- as I hypothetically project you back in time -- is that you just wouldn't have cared one way or the other about Nazism. Maybe politics don't interest you enough. But the fact that you took this test means they probably do. I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt.

Did you know that many of the smartest Germans departed prior to the beginning of World War II, because they knew some evil shit was brewing? Brain Drain. Many of them were scientists. It is very possible you could be one of them, depending on your age.

Conclusion: Born and raised in Germany in the early 1930's, you would not have been a Nazi.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender

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You scored higher than 31%
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You scored higher than 15%
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You scored higher than 10%
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Link: The Would You Have Been a Nazi Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

Current Mood: amused
Monday, July 18th, 2005
9:51 am
You are 100% Rational, 14% Extroverted, 71% Brutal, and 100% Arrogant.
You are the Sociopath! As a result of your cold, calculating rationality, your introversion (and ability to keep quiet), your brutality, and your arrogance, you would make a very cunning serial killer. You care very little for the feelings of others, possibly because you are not a very emotional person. You are also very calculating and intelligent, making you a perfect criminal mastermind. Also, you are a very arrogant person, tending to see yourself as better than others, providing you a strong ability to perceive others as weak little animals, thus making it easier to kill them. In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant. Please don't kill me for writing mean things about you!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Your exact opposite is the Hippie.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Spiteful Loner, the Smartass, and the Capitalist Pig.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 91% on Rationality

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You scored higher than 11% on Extroversion

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You scored higher than 87% on Brutality

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You scored higher than 97% on Arrogance
Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on OkCupid Free Online Dating

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Current Mood: complacent
Thursday, July 7th, 2005
11:55 pm
So, I was searching this evening for a person's email address whom I haven't spoken to in a while. The only thing I know about them now is their AIM screen name, and their real name. Suffice it to say that it is very, very difficult to find someone based on those two pieces of information. I even resorted to several stalker-ish tactics to try to come up with answers, without any luck. The funny thing is, I then tried the same tactic on my own name and AIM screen name. I got tons of hits. I guess the person I was searching for just doesn't have an internet "presence" or something. It's scary to think that a person in this day and age can float through life without leaving a trail on the internet, but apparently they can.

Current Mood: weird
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
7:19 pm
yay for My crappy campaign website!

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, June 4th, 2005
7:57 am
So here is the deal:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Questions reverendfixxxer asked me:

1: Do you like your life, or do you wish for something more (discluding the basic everyday fantasies we all have)?
I really like my life. I have it pretty good. My wife and I just bought a house about 6 months ago, we're finally doing OK financially. My kids are getting to the age where they are slightly self-sufficient (Griffen is 6, so he can get up, get himself a snack, and watch TV in the morning without having to wake us up - he can also fix Gillian a snack.) I'm two years into my PhD project, and my career is basically my only worry. With the kids and everything, I'm only going to be able to take night jobs or mother's hours for the next several years - science isn't exactly known for being flexible in those areas.

2: Should homosexuals be allowed to marry?
Marry, civil unions... something. It's horribly unfair that a portion of our society is unablet to benefit from the protection of some of our most important laws. Personally, I don't really care whether they call it Marriage or Civil Unions, as long as they get all the same rights as a hetero couple. I live in Connecticut, so this could become a reality for us fairly soon - our legislature is seriously considering civil unions, which would make us the first state to pass such legislation without a court order.

3: What is your all-time favorite meal and why?
There are a lot of favorite meals that I have, and it often depends on my mood, but I suppose on the top of my list is My grandmother's homemade potato gnocchi, with homemade tomato sauce. It's perfect italian food.

4: What is your most pleasant memory?
I have a lot of very pleasent childhood memories from my grandparent's house. It's so peaceful there. Even now when I visit I have an instant calm when I go inside.

5: Will we every truly make it to other worlds, or will we end up destroying ourselves first? Explain.
I guess that all depends on how you define "other worlds" - is Mars another world? If so, then I'm pretty sure we'll make it there. In fact, I'm pretty sure that we'll get just about anywhere we want. Technology is increasing to the point where stuff like Teleportation and Near-Light travel doesn't seem too crazy anymore. I don't think we'll hit any worlds we can easily inhabit in our lifetimes, but I think eventually, our race will be able to colonize other worlds - eventually, it will come down to one of two things 1) earth is unable to support it's population and some need to be moved off-planet, or 2) there's some resource found on another world that makes it very cost effective to set up a base there to exploit said resource. In the end, it always comes down to economics.
Monday, May 30th, 2005
9:13 pm
OK, well, I just posted this on the WotC boards, which might result in me being banned from said boards, but it was worth a laugh - anyway, I'm re-posting it here, because I think it's damn funny.

The original post was, and I quote: "do any of you losers actually get laid?" and it was pretty blatent trolling. People on the board were joking around with it though, so here's my response.

Hm, let me tell it to you like it is. A guy like me never needs to go on solo quests, and let me tell you why: when I pull out my Rod of Lordly Might, the ladies are stunned. Yes, there's no need for an Enlargement spell here, this puppy is already Collasal. But it isn't just the size catagory of my Staff of Power that keeps them coming - no, I've got the skills and feats to back it up. Yep, I've got max ranks in all the relevant skills, from Smooth Talking (diplomacy) to Knowledge (Lovemaking). Heck, I can get those uptight girls to open up for me with my super-high Bluff check. And just to show that I'm an guy who knows his way around a bedroom, I even maxed out my Use Rope skill.

And when it comes down to business, I've optimized all my feat choices - a lot of guys will tell you that they have Weapon Focus, Weapon Finesse, even Weapon Specialization - but that's just the beginning of my vast array of abilities. You see, I didn't shirk on the feats that others are just lacking - Point Blank Shot, Ability Focus, Pierce Magical Protection, even Sudden Maximize. I've invested heavily in the right equipment, so we can go on any kind of adventure you want. And at my house, we use the optional Called Shot rules - so I can hit you anywhere. To top that off, my Fortitude save is amazing - let me tell you, I can keep going all night. By the time I let loose my Final Strike, you'll feel like you got hit with a Power Word... and you'll be screaming like a Wail of the Banshee.

Current Mood: nerdy
Thursday, May 5th, 2005
8:13 am
Last Night's dinner

Chicken and Mushrooms with a thyme veloute, served over short grain rice.

Current Mood: thirsty
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
6:56 pm
Tonight's Dinner

It's kinda blurry - I guess I need to steady my hand a bit more when I shoot.
Anyway, Egg Noodles with a Bernaise Sauce, topped with Sautee'd shrimp & garlic, with just a hint of cilantro sprinkled over the top.

Current Mood: full
Monday, May 2nd, 2005
6:46 pm
Tonight's Dinner

Yes, that's Boeuf , Riz de Sushi, et Haricot Vert avec Thym et Ail.
(or, Beef, Sushi Rice and Green Beans with Thyme and Garlic)

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, April 28th, 2005
10:40 am
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