Mar 052015

Grab your Mountain Dew, dice, and Cheetos! It’s time to celebrate.
Cheetos are one of those junk foods that are comfort food. Well, to me any way. I don’t really eat them all that often any more (maybe this weekend in celebration) but I have fond memories of those familiar orange finger print smears on old D&D character sheets. They’re like ramen. I don’t and shouldn’t eat it but I do. Some may say I’m too old to still enjoy things like Cheetos, Mountain Dew, Twizzlers and the list goes on. And before anybody goes there. I enjoy in moderation and no I am not obese. Shit the drinking and smoking will probably kill me sooner.

But I have matured. I want to do something a little more grown up with those bits puffed cheese-like goodness. I just my try a twist on this crazy recipe the crew at The Nerdist came up with. Hey, Sriracha for the win! Now, go out there and enjoy some junk food. You deserve it.

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 Posted by at 10:22 am
Jan 172014

In a couple of hours, I’ll be heading out to Chupacabracon for a weekend gaming and fun.
Yes, I’ll probably spend most of my time volunteering and attending panels rather than gaming but I’ve got my slate clean for a Savage Saturday night and am ready for possibly an Old School pick up game. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a con and this one really has me excited. Austin needs a good gaming con.
Hope to meet a lot of cool folks, learn some stuff and have a great time. So maybe I’ll finally get to meet some of you Internet people there. Let’s have some fun folks.

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 Posted by at 8:45 am
Jul 082013

One of the things that’s really been bounding around my head is managing what little time I feel like I have. Crap. Between day job, writing, gaming, game design, squeezing out a little fun time and making time for all those mundane have-to-do tasks, it seems like there isn’t really time to do any of it. Heaven forbid that something should go wrong and the shit hits the fan. It’s frustrating and I know damned well that things are going to be getting even more hectic and frantic. Throw in the fact that I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m even throwing more things to do in the mix. I’ve read lots of little helpful how-to’s and that sort of thing but none of that has ever worked for little old me. I know I’ve got to get things going so here’s my nifty little schedule.
The two things to schedule first are Must-Do’s and fun. Let’s face it. There’s stuff that you just have to do. Most of us have day jobs. Then you have to eat, sleep, pay bills, laundry, yard work, house cleaning, and appointments. Don’t fight it. Just schedule it and get it over with. And yes, I schedule may fun time too. Because if I didn’t I wouldn’t take a break until I fell face first on the floor or worse just staring at a computer screen wondering what the hell should I write. Better to have fun and unwind than sit there and beat yourself up for not “getting it done”. That also means making realistic goals. Emphasis on the REALISTIC!
Between all that comes the creative work. Writing, brainstorming, proofreading and so on. Of course, the key to schedule this one is when I’m at most creative. Oddly enough that’s usually Wednesday evenings. I’m not a morning or Monday person. So that day goes to Mundane To-Do/housekeeping stuff. But then’s there’s always those “Oh, shit” moments. Unplanned and unscheduled stuff that just well happens. Biggest failure is just not dealing with it and then beating myself for getting “behind”. Time spent beating yourself up is wasted. Learn. Correct. And move on.
Don’t forget those precious moments. That time when you just exhale and tons of stuff tumbles into your brain. WRITE it down.
Now on to the juicy bits of why even bothered to do this post. Dammit, I gotta to get more stuff done. Get that writing and game design projects out the door. Get that Swords & Wizardry game off the ground and have some laid back fun. And have some time to do some of the simple things in life like a normal person.
Heck, maybe I’ll even take the time proofread my blogs posts. Yeah, I know this was one of my crazy stream of conscience type posts. Hey, I do that now and then. Gimme a break. So don’t tell me to get a life. This is my life.

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 Posted by at 10:45 am
Apr 292013

Yeah, I know. I usually post earlier in the day but yesterday was more work on the fence and by the time I was done, I could hardly type. So I’m a little late getting things going this week.
Like I said, I’ve really been thinking about running a game on Google+. First, don’t get too excited. I got a couple projects to get done first before some free time opens up. I’m really thinking about some sort Swords & Wizardry or Tunnels & Trolls. I just haven’t decided yet. I’d love to mess around with T&T and I think the basic mechanics would be good for Google+ play but right now I’m waiting on the Deluxe Edition to hit the presses. Which should be in a couple more months.
But Swords & Wizardry has mechanics that much more familiar to many players. So it’s a debate. Maybe do some T&T one shots or something.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, thinking about it and juggling a few projects. So my thoughts are muddled and the brain is a little fuzzy. So just stay tuned and let me wake up before say too much.

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 Posted by at 6:02 pm

Kingmaker: Meet Hanarg Venom Tusk

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Jan 212011

We’re starting Paizo’s Kingmaker adventure path tonight. The GM is going to use Aspects from FATE in the game and I haven’t finished those yet. But then again neither have any of the other players. We should have a pretty interesting group for this game. And keep the blogosphere fairly up to date as things progress.

Hanarg Venom Tusk Half Orc Oracale (Nature) 1/Sorcerer (Serpentine) 0 Alignment: N

Str 14 (+2)
Dex 12 (+1)
Con 15 (+2)
Int 10
Wis 10
Cha 18 (+4)
HP: 11
AC 18 (+3 Std Leather, +1 Natural Armor, +4 Cha)
Saves: Fot +2, Reflex +1, Will +2
Lng: Common, Orc
Racial Abilities: Orc Ferocity, Darkvision 60 FT
Feats: Iron Hide (+1 Nat Armor)
Skills: Intimidate +6, Knowledge (Nature) +4, Spellcraft +4, Survival +4
Class Abilities: Curse: Haunted, Revalation: Echoes of Nature (use Cha for AC)
Traits: Brigand (Campaign), Brute
Spells: 0 Level: Mage Hand, Ghost Sound, Read Magic, Detect Magic, Resistance, Guidance. 1st Level (4/day) Cure Light Wounds, Divine Favor, Shield of Faith

Gear: Studded Leather Armor, Cold Iron Great Axe, Dagger, Light Crossbow, 20 Bolts, Backpack, Bedroll, 4 days Travel Rations, 50 ft Silk Rope, Tanglefoot Bag, Alchemist’s Fire

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