Month: April 2016

On Rolling Out, and Getting Dangerous

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I fear that these Steam sales will be the death of me.

A couple weeks ago, a bunch of Activision games went on sale, giving up to 75% off some of their popular titles. Now that I have a computer capable of running post-2012 games at decent quality and frame rates without worrying about my computer slagging itself on my desk, I’m having a much harder time resisting Gaben’s siren song.

But while I was slightly tempted to pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops III for the PC—because some of us are weak and buy the same games on multiple platforms—it was the Transformers games that forcibly abducted cash from my wallet.

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On Hacking RPGs

Anyone who has followed this blog long enough knows that I’m a fan of roleplaying games, both tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons and video games like Final Fantasy. I haven’t actually played as many tabletop games as I’d like to—it’s hard to carve out a specific three-to-four hour period every week—but I still enjoy fiddling with them when I can. Because of this, I have an ever-growing library of books and files that I often use to run a play-by-post game with like-minded individuals. (more…)

On Avoiding Destiny, and Meeting It On the Other Road

At the end of this month, Six and I will have been married for eleven years. I’m more surprised than anyone that she’s stuck with me that long, even with the surprise baby she’s currently carrying. She’s due at the end of next month, and we decided to celebrate our anniversary a little early, staying at a local bed and breakfast on Friday night, while her mom watched our other four kids.

You know, have our weekend away early, to avoid having a baby during said weekend. Nice and romantic, right?

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On Gains, and Losses

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Sunset over Sastasha Seagrot

This has been a week of ups and downs. Why don’t we start with some of the ups?

One of the nice things about getting a little older is that you get cooler and cooler Lego sets. But while a Lego Death Star would have been less expensive than what I actually received, it wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long. (My second son is an absolute Star Wars nut, and my third son is a three-year-old wrecking ball. 🙂 ) (more…)