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10 April 2009 @ 12:35 pm

I thought I would provide you all with some entertainment from my hero tabletop past.  This was written by me, from my PCs point of view, as he was asked to lead a team of heros and offer them advice.  Enjoy.

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06 March 2009 @ 10:23 am
20 January 2009 @ 09:52 am
Ok, I got a free copy of this with my pre-order of Fable 2. So, I started playing it. You can unlock stuff to be used in the Fable 2 game if you play enough. Its also very relaxing, and a good time killer. There are three different games you can play. One requires some skill. One is a bit of understanding of probability. The third is all about luck.

So, last night, in the company of Kat, Jeff, and Lisa, I attempted to spend some of the ridiculous amount of money I earned in Fable 2 - game lets you use your characters money - to see how quickly I could lose it in the completely random third game called Spinnerbox.

I played most the Spinnerbox variations and lost my money, betting the max per spin I could, within 5 minutes. On average, you get 10 spins if you bet the Max amount, and never win on any spin. Random things like free spins and payoff multipliers can come in, depending on the variation you choose for the game.

One game defied logic. I started playing it, betting the max. 45 minutes later, I had passed the controller around to all who wished to spin. We started with 200 gold, and could rarely get back down below 1000. We agreed we would quit when one of two things happened. 1) We ran out of money. 2) We hit the big jackpot. Well, Jeff got us down from 1200 to 400 or so, then hit the jackpot. So, we quit, after realizing a completely random chance game kicked our asses. It was amusing cause we were cursing and swearing when we won anything.

Kat has told me we can never go to Vegas due to my reverse style of gambling. :)
31 October 2008 @ 03:08 pm
Why do we let some people's opinions get to us?

I keep getting told what others think of me. Others who are so wrapped up in their hobby that they gun for me or other STs/Coords/CMs OOC, slander our reputation, and generally interpret everything we do as evil and out to ruin their fun or compromise their RP.

You know what, screw them. Its a hobby. If they can't figure that out, its not our (ST/Coords/CMs) problem. They will always whine and be unhappy in their hobby until they realize its just that, a hobby.

So your PC has things go wrong for them, deal with it. Your PC is NOT you. I had an ST and other PCs screw mine over. My PC is still suffering the effects of it, and probably will for the rest of his existance in LARP. So did I sit and whine and say that the involved ST and the other players were the most evil bastards on Earth? No. Did I say they cost me X amount of months of RP? No. Why? Because its a hobby, and getting that worked up over a hobby is just silly.

And, I kept playing my PC. He dealt with his bad reputation. Even after all the shit piled on him, he still came out on top in the eyes of those who know him. Why is that? Because I kept role playing him, rolled with the situation, and turned it around. Things didnt go the way he wanted, but he kept going. I knew full well the choices he made could get him screwed, and I accepted them when things went bad. I wish others could figure this out to see it as a hobby, not life.

Not eveyone is going to agree with how you view things in your hobby. There will be disputes. When the disputes get to the point they affect you outside your hobby, its time to take a break.

I've talked with many people, and they all ask me why I put up with so much of the flak I get over what seem like stupid little things. I honestly tell them its because I like my hobby, and most the people I share it with. I may not agree with others, but I will always hear them out, so as to see if maybe I am missing an angle or piece of information. Education and learning don't stop once you move out of your parent's house - they keep going until you die.

There is also one more thing I do, that seems to set me aside from many others. I don't always take what some people say at face value. My closest friends may bite their tongues to protect me when I'm feeling down - it happens. So, I seek others opinions at times. Even those who I dont normally talk to. I dont trust just one source of information, cause that leads to problems. Seek more sources. The more you rely on one source, or just your friends for hobby advice, especially in a drama filled situation, the more likely you are to get jaded or one-sided advice. This is most crucial when you are in a position of authority. When the enjoyment of others rests in your hands, you have an obligation to look into all angles before making calls.
14 August 2008 @ 11:18 am
Today is my birthday.

Too bad work is just burying me today. Lots to do by 2pm so I can inform our testers what some of my code does. I'm finding all sorts of things I could do differently with it. Lots of questions to ask.

Tonight should be fun. I get to spend it with Kat and some friends. :)
13 August 2008 @ 12:51 pm
Birthday Meme: Look up your birthday in Wikipedia. Pick 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday.

August 14 is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 139 days remaining until the end of the year.

4 Events:
1908 - First beauty contest held in Folkestone, England.
1935 - United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired.
1945 - Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan standard time).
2003 - Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.

3 Birthdays:
1851 - Doc Holliday, American gambler and dentist (d. 1887)
1945 - Steve Martin, American comedian
1966 - Halle Berry, American actress

2 Deaths:
582 - Tiberius II Constantine, Byzantine Emperor
1951 - William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper magnate (b. 1863)

1 Holiday:
United States - National Creamsicles Day.
16 July 2008 @ 08:34 am
I keep toying around with the idea of getting a laptop. I would like one that can do what my current desktop (about two - three years old) can do. That way, I can play all the games I currently have on the laptop. I'm not looking for a gaming machine, just one that can do what my current desktop machine can.

My major hangup is Windows Vista. It sucks. Many tell horror tales of this POS OS. I dont have any experience with Vista, only what others have told me. I've heard mixed reviews, and even MS is offering to counsel businesses back to XP from Vista if they can't get their problems worked out.

So, what do people suggest? I've looked at Dell and Alienware (I know, same company now) and feel those may be a bit more than I want. I'm looking for any input people can offer me on what to do.
18 June 2008 @ 10:16 am
Lego Star Wars was cool. Lego Indiana Jones is awesome! And, this September, we get Lego Batman! Its an explosion of Lego goodness!
Current Mood: happyhappy
12 June 2008 @ 08:42 pm