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Yeah, buddy. Just because you Canadians cannot be sensible and cannot keep your snow in the mountains where it belongs as much as we can doesn't give you the right to that attitude. The US has invested a lot of time and effort into Global Warming, so you Canadians should be thankful. Watch where you sling those snide comments. *snerk* Err... it IS a matter of perspective. Mr. Wheaton is from Southern California, where they've just gotten around to discovering ice. Were he from Ottawa, he'd have not mentioned the lack of temperature. How you Canadians survive in Kadath, the Cold Wastes, I am not sure, but I suspect you are not exactly from this dimension, let alone this planet.
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It kind of depends on what browser you use, but unless its been manually disabled, most any website can be set as a homepage. To do it in Firefox, go to the Tools bar, select options and it is in the first big box. You'll can either use the link as follows, or you can choose to navigate manually to it and click the Use Current Page button. http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/
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Heh... I was wondering why the site was titled 'WWdN: In Exile' still, since WWdN hasn't seen an update in quite a while. Something about change is never easy, I suppose?
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I can't comment on Google Wave or Google Apps for Domains, but if it is anything like GMail but better, it might be worthwhile switching to a Google Apps for Domains type thing. Also, Dropbox is kinda nifty, but the web interface is not as fluid as its machine-based alternative. The application is extremely small in terms of hard-drive space and takes only a few kB of RAM to keep running, and it stores files in the folder online. Useful if you are working on an important file that you're leaving stored in the folder, and it updates as nearly in real-time as possible, as in, when the file is saved.
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Wil, maybe you need to start to roll even deeper? I'd ask Chris if you may roll 1d100 to escape acid pits? Also, it might be just me, but I think a mug with a picture of the the nonsense Picard got on the episode Contagion from season two where the computer goofs up with Wesley's line "Didn't you order tea, sir?" below it, would be AWESOME. I'm not sure whether or not I'd want it to say "TEA, EARL GREY. HOT." on the other side yet.
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Mr. Wheaton, you never cease to amuse me. That is not a bad thing. The problem, however, is now I'm torn between chatting it up with you, and listening to all of Ms. Lewis' body of work... THAT is a bad thing.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2009 on Molly Lewis is a national treasure at WWdN: In Exile
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Also notable is how cool Anne reacted to Wil playing 3 hours of Magic, and continuing to play a bit more after she left him be. I'm sure that she knew that she knew what she was getting into when she married Wil, but not always does that mean she had to be understanding of it.
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Wil, back when I played, I used to be big into the arms race of it all. I started in '95 or '96 in the third grade. The first "deck" I had was actually a 4th edition starter pack, or the like, with something like 60-75 cards. Of course, back then, I didn't have much money but what money I did spend, I spent on M:tG. I never had gone to a pre-release, but my joy was always looking at a set of cards and building amazingly powerful deck design ideas, partially because I was able to pretty well memorize the contents of the encyclopedia that were released with photos of each card. Flash forward a few years to Tempest, where Slivers were THE cool mechanic. I blew a lot of money when Coat of Arms came out so that I could nearly have a complete Sliver deck, no matter how horribly it would play in testing. So, imagine my glee when they made a return in Legions, all with new and cool abilities. So I hungered for them, but having been attracted to a bunch of hobbies, I didn't spend all of my savings on them until about 2004. And I had finally grabbed 4 Sliver Queens, 4 Coat of Arms and enough Dual Lands to make the deck a bit more playable. Sadly, they all were thrown away by me in a fit of anger. I blew a lot of money on amassing the deck. I really felt regret about throwing them away when the Time Spiral block brought them back, again with new and interesting abilities. Its been 3 years since Time Spiral came around and I STILL haven't gathered 4 Coat of Arms, 4 Sliver Queens, 4 Sliver Overlords and 4 Sliver Legions, but one day, I will. I know that the deck will not be playable as a deck of sliver playsets, but I do want to be able to create decks for all of the 5 colors of slivers to show my friends how radically involved Magic can get... One day, maybe I'll find myself a way to make my own sliver card, but seeing as how I don't play pro or at all really anymore, it's a longshot. (Plus, yes, I do want my kids to be able to learn strategy from Magic)
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Not exactly likely, since Wesley was about 14 years old in season 1 of TNG, and in that season, there are references to Kirk's Enterprise and events of it taking place 62 years prior. Its more likely that Wesley is the grandchild of a Romulan. Also, I find it apt that the most identifiably Wheaton delivered line was non-hostile and particularly precautionary. "But sir, if you ignite the red matter..." almost certainly falls in line with Wheaton's Law, methinks.
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No love for the Jawas, sir? I'm hurt... But very awesome, sir. Now, please excuse me while my NERDRAGE burns off. How did you manage to be the one geek every geek wishes he could be, and the geek every geek girl wants to be with?
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I thought it warranted mentioning that the memoriesofthefuturecast.com site is up and functional, in case I'm the only one that is diligent enough to check. (probably not)
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After listening to the futurecasts and watching the episodes, I am not exactly sure whether you are mad with the character Wes, or your portrayal of him. If its the former, well, like everyone says, the writing for the part is poor. Sure, he's a pompous teenage genius, but breaking protocol and breaking the chain of command when you can make such a difference around the ship and everyone sees you as an afterthought is probably very appropriate. But I see the writing of the first season so far (through episode 11) as a big "I heart Wesley Crusher" fan club aboard the Enterprise. If it is really your portrayal of him, well, I can't tell when you do because the writing is so clunky for him. It's not likely that anyone else in the role would have done any better to appeal to the fans. Hell, even the sweaters that you seem to be bugged about aren't that bad, considering the show was filmed beginning in the 80s and into the 90s. They aren't popular now, but back then, they were stylish. However, I guess a point could be made that in the 24th century, one would expect to have more futuristic threads for sweaters and the like. But even then, I don't see you minding the blue button-up sweater Gates McFadden wears in nearly every episode, so that's a stretch too.
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When might the next session be played? A fan or a few could try to remind you if you'd like. *hint*
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Let me say that while, from the player's side, having minis and tiles and 3D terrains does cut down on the imagination factor, for the DM, there is still a world of imagination going on. And since they put the world together, they have the responsibility to take it further than the minis and tiles and terrain. The visuals can only take you so far. The characterizations, the personality of the BBEG, the quirks of the players, everything like that require you to imagine. And yeah, the flavor text of powers goes a bit into that. Don't like the flavor, make your own, and make it YOUR own. You'll find you enjoy it more, and that's the whole point, no?
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on senses working overtime at WWdN: In Exile
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Additionally, while the players here are right, you wouldn't have actually been dead that moment, having less than 1 HP, you would not have been able to take any actions. Meaning, unless Omin could have gotten a heal into Aeofel before you had another turn, you'd have been dead, officially, and furthermore, even if he had, you rolled a 19 to try to get out of the pit. So, still, Omin would have had to drag your unconscious body out of the pit. Though it is of great regret that Aeofel died, you did an amazing job playing him in the way of the Avenger he was. Excellent job. Maybe Chris will reward your great role play with a resurrection from Melora herself.
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Wil, is there any chance you could post photos of what the table looks like when the next series of podcasts start? I ask because as you know from having listened to the first series, being able to see the action changes a lot, and I think we'd all love you even more for it. I would love to see how much Chris puts into his visuals, because as you said, those who listen don't get a full picture. I still would love to see pics of it all if you are behind the screen next time too.
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Oh, I'll check it out, but my personal preference is to have the longer more cinematic-type battles. Case in point is that I built a deck for Magic that, unless I shuffled poorly, I could quite literally have a larger army than all of the orcs combined from all three of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films... Sadly, my friends have lost interest in the intricacies of deck building. Then again, I'm the type of gamer that will, at least once a year, drop $500 in a single outing on the game I am most engrossed in.
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While I do find Munchkin quite silly, I've never had a game last more than 10 minutes. I find Magic: The Gathering's addtion of Planechase and Planeswalkers adds a lot of zaniness to a game of strategy (rather than luck). Fortunately for myself, everyone I know that plays Munchkin also knows how to play Magic, and games for us have lasted at least 5 hours. They feel epic, unless you lose early on.
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I wholeheartedly agree that 4th edition is much much simpler for people just learning RPGs and the game in general. I used to play a loose rendtion of 2nd edition with my older brother in our huge hunk of American made van whenever we went on long trips. Amusingly, I find the 3rd edition system a good bit more painful to play because, from a player's perspective, it takes a significantly longer time to crest the learning curve than 4th. Wow, nostalgia is setting in for me too. Though I'm not one of the 80's vets a lot of you are, I have very fond memories of fighting dragons and other horrifying monsters. My older brother, it seems, was a much more pleasant person back then; never once in the probably four or five years we played did I die. Wil, I must admit that your blog is the reason I started watching TNG. Having been born in '86, I was hardly cognizant when the show was first aired. Additionally, when I was younger, I was reading much more often than any of my classmates rather than playing sports, watching television or playing video games. I've been remiss in picking up your five books, but hey, my family gets perpetually annoyed that I never want anything for Christmas, and I find it encouraging that being an adult does not preclude one from being a geek.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on making plans for nigel at WWdN: In Exile
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