News: October 1st to November 22nd, 2001 (10 entries)
1:38pm, 22 Nov. 2001:
Oh rapture, oh joy; Pauli Hakala has granted
me permission to display the Alternate
Hit Location Table. It's really cool. Go look at it. We're going
to have Thanksgiving dinner (more like lunch) here in a half hour or
so. It smells really good. Incidentally, we wrapped up the Space Madness
campaign (well, for Justin) on Monday... long story short, he committed
suicide (well, his character, rather). Anyway, thats all for now.
12:16am, 22 Nov. 2001:
Okay, I updated the house rules some more and put some more stuff
in the GURP Random Ideas section. Nigel Mccarty-Eigenman sent me some
really great information on British currency, past and present. I might
post that stuff on the site here tomorrow... also, I found some keen
hit location tables by Pauli Hakala which I've requested
permission to display here. Anywho, more to come.
11:05am, 21 Nov. 2001:
OMG, I havn't updated the site in so-o-o long! Okay, here's a quick
summary: I got a new 4.1 megapixel camera (Sony), bought about 4 new
GURPS books, started a couple new GURPS campaigns, and got addicted
to playing Literati on Yahoo! (as well as Gin and Chess). I've updated
the Campaign Log, the New Ads/Disads/Skills, the GURPS Items, and the
house rules. If you're one of my players, make sure you check these
out. Hopefully, I'll start doing regular updates again. Oh yeah, I got
Civilization III and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. They're awesome.
12:59am, 17 Oct. 2001:
Been busy. I carved a pumpkin yesterday and one today. Other stuff too--British
Lit and Geology. Anyway, we've been having GURPS games (Steampunk/Gaslamp/Old
West Upsidaisium campaign) on a regular basis for a while now. Every
Saturday around 4:00 pm till about 10 or 11. It's pretty kewl. We'll
be having the 5th session (technically the 6th if you count Matt and
Justin's 'beta' Steampunk game from June) this Saturday (Oct. 20th).
Check out the Campaign Log in the GURPS section for the 3rd session
record. I ordered, received and installed another 256 MB of 266 MHz
DDR PC2100 RAM in my 1.4 GHz machine. Mu haha. Also, for the last few
days I've been playing a remarkable single-player Alpha Centauri game.
I set the map size at 1000 by 1000 tiles -- that's a million squares,
ppl! The game was actually pretty slow on the 900 MHz (only 128 mb ram)
so I moved it to the 1400. The game, btw, is meant to be run with maps
no more than 256 by 256 tiles. I'm doing it at 15 times what it's maximum
is s'posed to be. Woo. I'm playing Morgan and it's about the year 2540.
I ended up fighting the Spartans in the 2300's but finally beat Santiago
badly enough that she surrendered/pacted with me. The Peacekeepers finally
made a Pact with me in the early 2400's and Yang very recently in the
early 2500's. I just built the Space Elevator (Orbital Elevator? I forget
the name.), so I'm considering waging war on the Believers (they are
the most powerful faction after mine) since Miriam vendetta'd me a long
time ago (about 2370, IRC). Shard Hovertank's with drop capability and
Neutronium armor rock.
3:51pm, 8 Oct. 2001:
Ah, we had the GURPS game on Saturday. Matt and Justin attended; Stacy
was out of town. Everything went quite well if I say so myself. BTW,
I'll be posting the equipment lists for Matt and Justin's characters
shortly (they looted an entire train... long story). Hopefully, I'll
post the 3rd session record tonight. Maybe the 4th tomorrow. I sent
a suggestion to the GURPS Vehicle Designer general address at makosoft.com...
you can read it here if you like (it's
in TXT form). Basically, I need better custom component options for
my Steampunk vehicles. Speaking of Steampunk vehicles, I have rules
for the Upsidaisium campaign's vehicles right here.
Anyway, lots to do. Have a big Geology assignment due Wednesday.
3:06pm, 6 Oct. 2001:
Matt just told me DeCon will be on November 3rd (Saturday). We're conducting
the 4th session of the Upsidaisium campaign right now.
6:17pm, 4 Oct. 2001:
Aah! Did j00 know the 60GB IBM DeskStar
75GXP (ATA100, 7200rpm) hard drive is really unreliable? Apparently,
a lot of ppl have been having theirs fail on them every few months.
There was even a story about it on Slashdot!
Wow. That was the drive I was going to get until I met Western
Digital's 80 GB HDD. It's cheaper, and apparently more stable. I've
been playing this GameBoy Advance ROM called "Advance Wars." It is really
kewl. It's kind of like the military side of Civilization if it were
smaller and anime-ish. Yesterday, I finally beat Super Mario Advance
(the SMB 2 NES conversion) and last week I made it to the end of Castlevania:
Circle of the Moon (Dracula's final form is just way too hard for me
to beat). I love these 32-bit games! It's a lot better than that 3-D
stuff they shove down your throat on the PS1, PS2, N64, and DreamCast.
Since my GURPS group can't seem to align their schedules, I left a message
on Phillip's machine. Maybe I can find some decent Counter-Strike opponents.
Bwa ha ha ha, Matt & Stacy (Frags: 40 to 14, my favor). Anyway,
the Star Trek: TNG marathon on TNN continues; Adult Swim is on tonight
on Cartoon Network. Also, Will & Grace and Just Shoot Me.
5:40pm, 3 Oct. 2001:
No British Lit 264 today! Woo hoo. I found this awesome FTP from a guy
on DalNet that I've been leeching all afternoon. It even had some GBA
ROMs I hadn't seen before ("Dexter's Lab: Deesaster Strikes"... wtf?).
Anyway, not much happening. Chicken for dinner tonight. Oh, I downloaded/installed
ZoneAlarm. Very useful program, also free (they want you to buy the
Pro version, but there arn't any nags). Amadeus by Falco is on the MP3
jukebox now. Speaking of MP3s, Winamp just came out with 2.77 a few
days ago but I havn't d/led it yet (I just got 2.76 like two weeks ago!).
Had the Wednesday special at McDonalds (Big Mac) for lunch. New South
Park on tonight... also a new (gasp) Law & Order! Ooh, my d/l finished;
1:53pm, 2 Oct. 2001:
Just got out of Geology 101 Lab and finished lunch (left-overs from
Casa Mia; tortellini and fettucini). TNN (The National Network, formerly
The Nashville Network) has started their Five Day Mission Marathon--5
days of Star Trek: Next Generation! Wow, if I had nothing else to do,
I think I'd just watch that straight through Friday. I just finished
watching the one where the Enterprise discovers the immortal Droud on
Ranna IV that wiped out an entire civilization because one of their
warships destroyed his colony. Now they're showing the one where they
have to help out the crew of a research station studying primitive vulcanoids
of the bronze age... I think Troi gets captured and Picard is worshipped...
and someone gets an arrow in his shoulder (Picard? It's hard to remember).
Anyway, I think I'll have to call Phillip and tell him about this. We
need to work out a schedule for GURPS games sometime this week, IMHO.
Our last game was on September 8th! Elsewhere, I've been downloading
MP3s off Morpheus (upgraded to 1.3.3) and BearShare (upgraded to 2.30
on the 18th of September). There are some new pages, one on dice probabilities
and another on BRAWL variants. See the GURPS and Esoteric sections.
Ah, commercials are off, gotta go!
2:36pm, 1 Oct. 2001:
Oooh, it's October. Know what that means? Civilization III comes out
this month!! Oh yeah, I talked to Hanwool; he's up at University of
Washington now. He got AOL Instant Messenger so we talk on that. His
screen name is "L9ee." He's all pissed off that they expanded the head-shot
box in Counter-Strike 1.3. I downloaded 1.3 and the Half-Life update
(22.214.171.124?) last night; about 110 megs total. Hanwool says he might be
going to the San Juan islands for research next year. Hmm. In other
news, last night was the premiere of both The Practice and UC: Under-Cover.
Both were good, but Practice seems to be getting a little too goody-two-shoes/liberal/democratic.
UC was kewl. Gunfights, deception, etc. Good shows.