News: November 23rd to December 16th, 2001 (10 entries)
4:20pm, 16 Dec. 2001:
Just read Role-Playing Tips
weekly #108. Good stuff on making your campaign world seem more alive.
Also, there's an interesting thread on the GURPSnet mailing list right
now... Mark Gellis started a contest to see who could come up with the
most bizzare/weird idea for a GURPS supplement. Here's
my entry. Anyway, some that ppl have come up with already: GURPS Smurfs,
GURPS Musicals, GURPS Disney, GURPS Serial Killers (this one sounded
really kewl), and GURPS GURPS (you play ppl playing GURPS...). Oh yeah,
last night we had our 5th (or 4th?) GURPS Spirits (now: Phasma Mundus)
campaign session. Looks like Matt and Justin are going to Imperial Rome.
10:30pm, 12 Dec. 2001:
Hm, just got some messages from Jason Stejskal. I havn't spoken to him
since April or so (8 months ago, I believe). Anyway, here's the
log I made of the exchange with some bits censored for privacy purposes
(everyone on the internet doesn't need to know where I live, etc.).
Also, I found an FTP on #MangaProject that has a lot of Chobits on it
(which I've been unable to find for a while). Speaking of manga/comics,
I got my Penny Arcade book today. Really good... worth every, um, penny.
8:39pm, 12 Dec. 2001:
Wow, a lot has happened in the last 5 days. I went to Phillip's LAN
party where I thoroughly whipped everyone at Quake III. OMG, they all
suXXored so much. I won nearly every session. Anyway, the network
was really screwy cuz Jason (not Stejskal -- Crazy Jew) and Phil insisted
on using these crappy Windows NT server domains, plus Phillip uses an
iMac which generally messes everything up (apparently, Macs can't do
anything with IPX protocols... WTF is that? Like every multiplayer game
I have supports IPX!). But it was all still fun. We also played StarCraft:
BW. We lost (I had no backup), but I was one of the last two standing.
Then, on Sunday when I got my 1.4 GHz back up and running I found it
to be incredibly unstable and unable to do anything with networking.
I tried removing and reinstalling all the network components, reinstalling
Windows, importing my registry backups... nothing worked. My CPU is
at a slightly higher temperature because it's up in the heated part
of the house (it's up from 104 F to 119 F), but that's still within
normal operating params. So, Sunday (Dec. 9) Justin, Matt, and I had
our 4th Spirits session. The guys got set up in Newport (Jack/Matt became
a jeweler's apprentice, Gabriel/Justin became an interpreter for some
mystics). Then we watched Futurama, Simpsons, Malcom in the Middle,
and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It was the premiere for Futurama...
Fry traveled back in time to 1947 and killed his grandfather. It was
really funny. BTW, when has a show ever premiered in December?
Wow. Well, then on Tuesday we had the 5th Spirits session. It went well
and we played 2 games of Munchkin starting at 11:00pm. I won both games.
(I have incredibly good luck at board games -- I've won every board
game I've played in the last month and a half, including at least 3
games of Othello and Abalone against Justin.) Oh yeah, I talked to Hanwool
last night (for 2 freaking hours). He's building a new computer over
Christmas break (well, combining some anyway... it's a dual-CPU system).
There were the obligatory references to Bickenheuser, Knutsen, Sir Mix-a-Lot,
Gay Eskimos, Zakharov, Nwabudike Morgan, that Japanese girl, Chobits,
and his adventure in water-cooling. Then today, I played some more Civ
III and watched South Park. I need to write up some stuff on the Spirits
campaign (esp. the translation ability). I gotta do some X-mas shopping
tomorrow. Anyway, more to come.
2:49pm, 7 Dec. 2001:
Did you know today is the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack as
well as that of the first U.S. execution by lethal injection (1982)?
Anyway, at about 4:00pm I'm going to start packing up the computers
to go over to Phillip Rabideau's house for the LAN party. It'll be fun.
I got SWAT 3 and Aliens vs. Predator (I know, it's old) from Justin
last night and he and I played some more of the 1506 Spirits campaign
(from 9/5 to 9/10). He managed to escape, with the help of an earth
elemental, from the evil priest who captured him after he was struck
down by the ifrit he released. Anyway, it was a good game. I just downloaded
and installed Trillian
0.70. It's an awesome program! It combines the abilities of ICQ,
Messenger, and the Yahoo! Messenger
into a single app. BTW, if you want to contact me, I'm ubergeek00 on
on MSN, and ubergeek18 on AIM. The program is only about 2 and a half
megs, so go download it right away. I captured this picture of Trillian
below. (Oh yeah, it's totally skinnable.)
11:20pm, 5 Dec. 2001:
Well, I just bought the Penny
Arcade: Year One hardcover. Total: $38.78 with shipping/tax (I live
in WA). It looks really kewl. I'd like to have gotten the limited edition
with Gabe and Tycho's signatures, but the things cost more than a hundred
freaking dollars. Anyway, got some Christmas shopping done today. Oh
yeah, I downloaded the DivX 4.11 codec
and Virtual Dub 1.4d (build 12667). Amazing stuff, but I have yet to
figure out how to get those really good compression rates... I must
be doing something wrong (a 1 min. 38 sec. 640 x 400 AVI compressed
w/ DivX 4.11 at 5 kbits/s came out to 13.8 megabytes; isn't that awfully
large, considering?). There's some interesting conversation going on
on the GURPSnet mailing list right now--especially interesting are the
Metric/Measuring Systems and Spirit Combat threads, IMHO. This
e-mail from the afternoon outlines my best suggestion for spirit
combat thus far (TXT format; 2.81 kB).
1:10am, 4 Dec. 2001:
Updated the GURPSnet Statistics thingy (first time since July... oops).
I have a Geology final tomorrow, so I'd better go to bed soon. Oh, and
I registered for my classes for next quarter: Investments, PC Hardware,
and Criminal Justice. Saw the Good Morning America piece on the "IT"
machine. The Segway Human Transport. Looks really kewl. Fun, too. $3,000
for one is kind of pricey though. I started doing a serious write-up
for the alternate history 1506 England GURPS Spirits campaign. Also,
I posted a question on GURPSnet asking for ideas for spirit combat (all
the suggestions I've found to date are way too simple for my tastes).
Eventually, I'm going to have to do something about the ritual system
in the setting; I'm thinking of scrapping it all the way down to a single
skill group that amounts to nothing more than asking spirits to do stuff
for you. In order to keep game balance, I think I'd have to make seperate
skills for each of the five different parts of a ritual, and then make
each skill group unique to its own spirit type (ghosts, wraiths, etc.).
4:38pm, 28 Nov. 2001:
I just picked up GURPS High-Tech from Infinite Frontiers. 3rd edition.
I'm disappointed that it's not in the same format as Low-Tech (I've
never had HT before). Anyway, GURPS Steam-Tech is supposed to be out
this month (or next; it shipped this month), so that'll be interesting
when Dan (proprieter @ IF:CE) gets it. Hanwool e-mailed me... turns
out he was in town last Saturday, but I never got his call. Anyway,
he was complaining about how expensive the Athlon XPs are. I have to
agree. Really, the best one is only like 200 MHz faster than mine, yet
it costs more than double the price (the 1.4's having been reduced to
~$100). Oh yeah, I got the whole Planet of the Apes movie series on
DVD at Costco a while back and I just finished watching the last one
about a week ago. Really good movies (except number two). Well, the
new one is out now on DVD (the sort-of-remake) so I need to get that
next month (though I still have a lot of Christmas shopping to do).
My favorite song this week is Heywood Banks' "Wiper Blades."
5:42pm, 26 Nov. 2001:
I just finished moving the old files for my TL10 Space campaign over
to the new (well, old now) format for the website. There's about
750 kilobytes of stuff there, and it's fairly organized now. Of course,
a lot is missing... anyway, you can see it in the GURPS section or directly
here. It's called 'The Shinpi Nokori
Collection.' Catchy title, huh?
4:05pm, 26 Nov. 2001:
Okay, just made some rather important additions to the GURPS
House Rules section. I numbered them starting from 100 for easy
reference. Players: remember, we have a GURPS Spirits session coming
up this Saturday at 4:00pm. The point caps were 150 pts., -40 pts. disads,
but I'm giving you all 2 more points (free!) because I didn't mention
the 'Shadespeak' M/VH language that is native to all spirits (they get
it free at IQ and can improve it as a M/A skill). There are some special
rules for communication in general (in this setting), so be sure you're
up on them before you come to the game. Also, Phillip just informed
me (well, yesterday) that there's going to be a LAN party at his house
on Dec. 7th and 8th, so expect pictures here that Sunday. That's all
for now, so sayonara.
2:49am, 23 Nov. 2001:
Aaaaagh. I'm here at the computer updating this blog because I can't
sleep. About five minutes ago I was lying in bed, almost asleep when
I felt something on my arm. I brushed it away, thinking it was a thread
or soemthing. Then, just when I was on the edge of sleep, sort of barely
conscious, I felt it again. But this time it was moving. And for about
seven-tenths of a second, I felt the little tickling sensation of eight
legs dragging across my forearm. I jumped up, turned all the lights
in my room on and started shaking the comforter, trying to find the
spider. I tore the bed apart but I couldn't find the stupid thing. So
I came down here to the computer to wait for it to go away or something.
I hate being near spiders, especially the gigantic brown ones we have
around here (I swear, I've seen some in the house that are two and a
half inches across). Eeugh.