What I’ve been up to…

I’ve been relatively quiet lately…  here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Working!  I tallied up the total number of vacation days I’ve used this year.  The total was 4.  That’s right, I’ve only had 4 days off of work this whole year.  How sick is that?  Well, I plan on remedying that over the next couple of months (more news to come).  Other than that, work itself, has been going relatively well.  Still lots of changes, but I feel relatively safe right now.  By safe I mean, that I have been busy as hell working a lot of different projects.
  • Commuting!  Up until last week I had been commuting to Chicago by train and bicycle.  It’s been great.  I feel less burnt out when I’m done with work.  I feel a little more motivated to actually go to work each week.  And that’s why winter has me worried.  The colder it gets, the less likely it is that I’ll be able to commute by bike.  Which means that I’ll need to start driving again.  Let’s just hope that gas prices stay low this winter (yeah right!).
  • Volunteering!  I have been volunteering time to two community organizations.  The Bike Project is a bike collective in Champaign-Urbana.  It gives people a chance to learn how to fix their own bikes and to build their own bikes from donated used bikes.  They also do things like give away bike lights, build bikes for underprivileged kids and other organizations.  I also volunteer a little time at WEFT, 90.1, a local community radio station.  Champaign-Urbana is blessed with several community radio stations.  My “job” at WEFT is to open the new Rock, Indie Rock and Pop music that comes into the station and get it ready for the on-air folks.  It’s a simple job, but it does afford me the opportunity to listen to a lot of new music (some of it actually decent).
  • Gaming!  I still play D&D every week.  I play in a game in Chicago and one in Champaign-Urbana.  I also play some board games here and there with Liz and her school friends.  I would love to play more board games, but oh well…  you can’t have everything.
  • Politics!  I’ve been really sucked into the elections and the campaigns.  I read a lot online and as I mentioned in a previous post I’ve done a little phone calling.  Go Obama Go!
  • Fostering!  Up until last week, Liz and I were fostering a rescued Bernese Mountain Dog.  Carly was adopted last week by a family in New Jersey.  I had to drive her up to Chicago so she could fly to New Jersey to meet her new family.  Carly was a real sweetheart, and I think both Liz and I will miss having her around.  If you’re wondering about Kiko.  He’s just fine.  🙂

And that should get you up to date on what’s been going on lately.  Watch for another post about what’s coming up!

–sam

Questions for D&D Minis Championship Interviews

Originally published at Kickin’ the new Kuh-nowledge. You can comment here or there.

Due to some prodding and begging by yours truly (and a little help from my friends), I was able to convince Ian to include me in the reporting crew for D&D Minis at GenCon. In order to be fully prepared for the event, I’m trying to come up with a list of questions I can ask some of the players and designers while I’m roving the Sagamore Ballroom covering the big event. Here’s a preliminary list. If you have anything to add, please share your thoughts in the comments.

  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Which set did you start with?
  • Do you also play D&D?
  • Is this your first Championship?
  • What has been your most memorable Championship experience?
  • What’s your favorite piece and why?
  • Who do you think is the most underrated player in the game?
  • Is the Championship field what you were expecting?
  • Is there anything you particularly like or dislike about the direction of the game?
  • Which piece gives you the most trouble?
  • What kind of mini will you design if you win?
  • Which is your favorite map?
  • If you could change one thing about the game, what would it be?
  • Who is your nemesis… and do you have any smack you’d like to talk?

How you can tell if someone has too much time on their hands…

http://www.agyris.net/portal/game_table.asp

honestly, though, I wouldn’t mind having that thing, but yeah… you have to have some insane amount of free time for such a project. At the same time, my brain is already working on ways to create it with even more tricked out equipment…

–sam

Skyrealms of Jorune…

Entering “Geek Mode”… Now…

I bought Skyrealms of Jorune via ebay… and it arrived at my office today. For those that don’t know Skyrealms was one of the many competitors to Dungeons and Dragons.

From the back cover… “150 years from now… Humans impose their will and technology on a distant planet… 3500 years from now… Man’s rule is ancient history, Earth only a shadowy myth. Humans and other intelligent races survive using technologies and tools of other times and other cultures. Their own inspiring past eagerly awaits discovery beneath millenia of war and regrowth. 3500 years from now is your time on Jorune.”

Anyway… I remember seeing it on the shelves of various gaming stores when I was young. It always featured the best artwork I had ever seen for a gaming product. Amazing stuff. I got to thinking about it after reading about a new gaming product by Monte Cook… Arcana Unearthed. There are a few similarities between the two gaming products, and since I never actually owned Jorune I thought it might be time to buy it and see how similar they might actually be. Besides… it might be a fun exercise to convert Jorune to the d20 system… just for kicks. 🙂

–sam

DnD thought…

What if every race evolved from Orcs? What would the ramifications of that be?

Some of that would definitely have to be explained via magic or divine intervention. How would each of the PC races have developed if orcs were the progenitors?

Elves… this might be easily explained as some sort of fey-touched orc… that might be interesting in and of itself.

Humans… would have to be the next evolutionary step… Hmmmm… and what if Half-Orcs, instead of being a human/orc hybrid were the missing evolutionary link. 🙂

I’m not sure yet how to explain the other races… Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?