May 042016

What kind of geek would I be if I didn’t mention Star Wars today? Well, I’d probably not be considered that cool of one.
I remember standing in the rain way back in the day to see the premier of New Hope. I remember standing in lines to see it again. I remember the thrill when the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi came out. I remember the thrill of the announcement of the prequels, quickly followed by the disappointment. Now, it’s a new age for the Star Wars universe. The Mouse has taken the reigns. Good movies are being made. Force Awakens was pretty good (but not without some faults) and Rogue One looks awesome. But I can’t help but feel a little down.
Part of the post movie joy back in the old days was hunting down whatever merchandise, T-shirts, toys, comics, books, or magazines that came out. It was a hero’s quest and just as much about the journey as it was about finally finding that Holy Grail. Now, you can’t swing a stick without seeing some bit merch.
Now, I’m not saying the good old Uncle George wasn’t out to make a buck and pushed movie merchandising to a whole new level. But just the amount of stuff that’s filling every freaking store is staggering. It kind of takes the joy out of being a fan. But then again, in a Jedi philosophy sort of way being a fan isn’t about how merch you’ve got but how much you enjoy the universe. So maybe that’s one of the signs of true fandom. It’s not about how much money you spend, it’s about your particular bit of geekery makes you feel.
So be happy. Have fun.

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 Posted by at 9:57 am
Mar 142016

I haven’t posted over here in a while. That’s mainly because I still don’t know exactly what to do on this blog. Plus real life have been pretty darned busy.
Let’s see. I’ve dipped my into the RPG Publishing arena. And well that keeps me busy pounding on the keyboard and brainstorming. The hunt for a new day job has succeeded. So I’ve got the preparation for that and a list of house chores that I’ve been neglecting that need to get done before I start punching the clock again.
Of course, there’s also posting on my RPG blog, They Might Be Gazebos. I mention this because I’d like to add a little shout right here. If you have a Kickstarter, take a moment to read something about the blog before send off that email, “Please rant about my cool new thing.” If you won’t take the time to do that then why should I take the time to pitch your stuff.
So with that. I return to chores, projects, and a new day job. Now, I just also have to think what to do with this blog….

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Feb 022016

Or at least it should be. I’ll put this out bluntly. Dungeons and Dragons is best when played face-to-face. Yes, I know there’s many a good virtual table top out there and I’ve used a couple. But they are no substitution for meat space.
Good old D&D is a social game. It don’t matter what edition you happen to like. At its core, it’s about people getting together. They can tell epic stories, kill monsters, or whatever. It’s people sitting around a table and talking. And I’ve playing these crazy games long enough to know that not all of the talk is about the game. You can tell jokes. Bitch about your day job. And most importantly meet new people.
These new people can become friends or even business contacts, either way it grows your network of people you know. See just like that crazy game where people chase a little ball across manicured lawns. (OK, I think golf is silly.) In case you’ve never looked at it, here’s a little list of famous folks who have rolled the dice. I’m not saying that you’ll meet up with Vin Diesel at your FLGS but you could get know some great people.
I know I’ve said, “Roll dice, kill monsters, and taker their stuff.” way too many times (and I’ll say it more in the future) but there’s more to it than that. It’s about people and networking too. So go ahead. Check out where there local gaming store is located and Roll dice, kill monsters, and taker their stuff. See I told you I’d say it again.

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 Posted by at 10:58 am
Jan 012016

Well, it’s the New Year. Again. I keep saying cheer up. Next year will be better.
Guess what? It hasn’t been. Real life hasn’t the greatest. So here I am again saying, “This year will be better!” Really. It has to be.
Yeah, I know. It’s a short rant. But what can I say? It’s a holiday and there’s so much around the corner. Hope it’s good stuff. We shall see. That’s we shall see.

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 Posted by at 10:25 am
Dec 282015

I was thinking about how creativity is a good thing. Even if you aren’t the “best” at whatever you happen to be creating.
IF you love it and are passionate about it then create it. If some one else gets a bit joy, happiness, or entertainment out it then that’s even better. That makes it a good thing.
So there’s my positive holiday message. (Yes, a little late but hey, there’s New Years around the corner.) Do what you love. Enjoy it. Share it. And heck if you can make enough scratch for a pizza all the better.

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 Posted by at 10:30 am
Dec 072015

It’s December and I’m really behind on doing those normal things I do every year. Like this post. It’s time for reflection. Cleaning out the archives. And little deep thought. So much has gone on in my life this year and next years probably isn’t going to be any different. There’s been good stuff and bad stuff. But this about the old blogs.
First and foremost. I won’t be posting any more RPG stuff on this blog. All of it will posted over at They Might Be Gazebos. That leaves me with a big question. What to do with this blog? I could just let it linger and fade away. Or I could focus more on life stuff and rants about the huge bucket of suck that seems to happen every day. I don’t like doing angry rants. I may feel better for a while but then it boils down into some sort of flame war/blame game/Internet lynch mob. There’s plenty of other things to rant about but let’s face it with social media, why post a rant at all? So I don’t know. Got a few weeks to think. So who knows? Maybe I will come up with something. That is between all the holiday crap and basically hitting control-alt-delete on my life in general. That probably means that 2016 is going to be interesting.
Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll post another rant here about something soon.

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