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I've tried watching The Big Bang Theory several times and I just can't get passed the ugly stereotypes of nerds & geeks being socially inept. I know awesome people like Wil have said you're laughing with us, not making fun of us, but I haven't seen that on screen yet. What can someone like me, a geek that actually has a wife, children, and friends (just like "normal" people), find in your show that isn't a throw back to "Revenge of the Nerds" era marginalization? In other words, what am I missing? How am I not getting it?
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I can't wait for tonight. I realize we in the Twin Cities are luckier than geeks in most other cities because of the number and variety of geeky things to do here, but I'm still really excited about w00tstock coming to town. I can't wait to share the wonderfulness that is Twin Cities Geekdom with people from other cities. Once again, The Guthrie will be overrun by geeks. (And it's just AWESOME that we're invading The Guthrie of all places! If only for one night.)
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I figured it was, what with it being the first book and starting with Farpoint and everything. I'm amused that they appear to be flying over a pyramid though. Will the next volume have a step pyramid, or the Great Wall, or maybe a big round "gate" with chevron's along the edge? Wait, wrong show. Maybe just "a kid" throwing a snowball.
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Gord said it first, but yeah, it's the Farpoint aliens all over again. http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/File:Farpoint_aliens.jpg
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This was mine too! And the corresponding blue book Expert Set to go with it. My brother later picked up the 1983 printing Red Book, which I have since confiscated. And got the Blue, Teal(green), & Black boxed sets. I never did get the Gold Immortal set, but I never got characters up to that level.
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My first sets (Basic & Expert at the same time) was actually the printing before this one. I got it as a b-day present from my cousin when I was 10 in July 1983. I'm guessing that the Red Box set was introduced at GenCon in August of '83, just a month or so later. Several years ago I found both the Basic & Expert sets in perfect condition at a used book store. They still had the original modules (B2: The Keep on the Borderlands and X1: The Isle of Dread) and advertising fliers in them; all they were missing were the original dice. I immediately bought them. My original copies of those sets I cut up and put into a binder many years ago (they were pre-punched for that!), and that stills sits on my shelf too. I never played 1st Edition AD&D simply because I found the "Classic" (I did eventually move to the Red/Blue/Teal/Black/Gold editions) D&D so much freer for my imagination. Also, the rules were actually readable and not the mismash unorganized mess that was 1st Ed. AD&D. Running those games and playing those characters was so much fun in the 80's. In 5th Grade my teacher wrote a note on my report card: "I'd like to see less of the D&D books." I'd bring modules to school and read them during recess or run adventures during lunch, but didn't pull them out during actual class time. Still, for a private Catholic school in a small town it could have been pretty controversial. My mother wrote back "We've looked at the books and, while there are some fantasy elements that we don't always agree with, there is a lot of math & mythology that we think is important. As long as it's not disrupting his school work we're okay with them." That's the only report card I still have.
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It seems like I may be the outlier here. I've tried using Twitter a couple of times over the last few years. I just Don't Get It. I can understand how it would be useful for liveblogging an event (several of my friends did so at Obama rallies last year), but other than that the noise-to-content ratio is insanely high to me. Very little actual useful information and just a lot of chatter, and I was only following a few people (including you, @wilw). I just don't have time for that. I ran out of noise-to-content patience back in 1994, when AOL let all their lusers onto my nice, peaceful Internet. That is a day I will never forget. Also, the complete lack of user help drove me crazy. Where's the documentation? How does a @you really work, so I can see who replied to my Tweets? (There's no threaded comments that I can tell.) There's private messaging? I wasn't aware of that. And 3rd party tools like Twitpics & Loudtwitter and stuff that apparently you have to find out about when your friends use them. Really, it's unhelpful to the newbie. But that's just my opinion. It's obviously very popular and a more people seem to be using it every day. Maybe I'm just getting crotchety in my old age. (Which I find funny, because Wil's about a year older than I am.) -DDJ
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"I am happy to report that the well-known Mark Twain quote applies." I used to have a coffee mug with that quote on it. A coffee mug I got while I was in High School. I think my mother gave it to me.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2008 on this is for uncle warren at WWdN: In Exile
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"(Sweet Jeebus. Twenty-Five years. Allow me to fall down while that sinks in.)" I'm right there with you! I just passed my 25 year roleplaying anniversary last July. I've spent over 70% of my life with RPGs.
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I think I'll stick with the cards, lest I get a visit from Nick Fury when I'm done. Personally, I think you should go off the cards more often. A visit from Nick Fury would be awesome!
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I don't know why that url didn't show up. Let's try it again. JoCo w/Paul & Storm signing "First of May" on May 1, 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mjg7YsQvRY I love technology. Just 10 years ago only a few people would have gotten to see something like this. Now it's out there for the world to share.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2008 on Radio Free Burrito Episode 12 at WWdN: In Exile
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As promised, the First of May performed on May 1, 2008. It's a bit shaky but that's what happens when I'm only using my arms and not a tripod. And laughing a lot. Enjoy!
Toggle Commented May 2, 2008 on Radio Free Burrito Episode 12 at WWdN: In Exile
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I had an awesome time at JoCo's show in Minneapolis tonight. Just wait until you see the First of May video. It's uploading to YouTube right now. (Yes, I'm still awake when I should be in bed because I have to work in the morning. Why do you ask?)
Toggle Commented May 2, 2008 on Radio Free Burrito Episode 12 at WWdN: In Exile
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While the image is amusing, people like that annoy me. I'd walk down the stairs and "accidentally" bump into them. If the phone falls out of their hand all the better. Stupid people bug me.
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In fact, when I'm at a con, I never rise to the level of "most recognized, and most well-respected people in the room" because if I'm lucky, I'm standing in line to meet that person. You're just not going to the right cons then. At least not as a guest. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2008 on scalzi on fame at WWdN: In Exile
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Wouldn't it have been better if the model number had been 1701? There was a playground we used in college by the nearby elementary school. It was a great wooden & tire layout that allowed us to run from one section to another without touching the ground, Although it was generally a circular layout, it did have multiple paths to some key areas. It also had a couple of climbing/hiding areas, large posts that could be jumped from one to another, inverted tires that could be crawled into (or run across), etc. Pretty common setup for the early 90s, but a large one that was well planned. So us college kids would head down that after dark, midnight was a common start time, and play "Playground Tag". Running at full speed across this stuff, dodging whoever was "It", scraping our shins or twisting our ankles from jumps we couldn't quite make but thought we could. If you fell off and hit the rocks you became "It". We had a great time. And it sure seemed like more fun than getting trashed on cheap beer at the bar.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2007 on best playground equipment, ever at WWdN: In Exile
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Dammit Wil! Why do you have to be such an entertaining storyteller? Because of you my wort boiled over. I thought I could take a few minutes to sit and read some of the interwebs before it got boiling again and it was time to add the hops, but this story was so engaging I forgot all about my beer! I'm sure it will survive though. Thanks for the few minutes of calm relaxation (followed by a few seconds of panic).
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2007 on untitled autumn narrative at WWdN: In Exile
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Frank mentioned BtVS board game and I feel the need to second that. It's actually best as a two player game, that way none of the players end up sitting out when their Scooby dies. It's out of print, but can be found on eBay & such. For a tie-in game it's got an amazing amount of strategy & replayability. There's 4 built in scenarios, one for each of the first 4 seasons, and there's a 5th season "Glory" scenario. I've been (slowly) trying to write a 6th season scenario, but the lack of a real "Big Bad" makes it challenging. I suggest playing this little-known gem if you can find it.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2007 on Descent or Twilight Imperium? at WWdN: In Exile
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I'll answer the bonus questions directly I guess. Bonus: Descent, based off my experience playing Descent vs. looking at/reading rules/watching others play TI. Double Bonus: Descent. Actually, 2 & 3 people Descent is the exact same game. In 2 player Descent the "Hero" player runs two heroes. In 3 player there are 2 "Hero" players and one "Evil Overlord". And the "Evil Overlord" is NOT the DM. He's trying to defeat the heroes as quickly as possible, not lead them through the dungeon.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2007 on Descent or Twilight Imperium? at WWdN: In Exile
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Wow Wil, you finally got me to create an account so I could comment! After many, many years of reading and loving your blog (except for the poker). :) First, go buy Descent RIGHT NOW. You'll love it. The kids will love it. Your friends will love. Go buy it! I got my copy about a year ago and it's great, especially for 3 people. I've also got both expansion and are having fun with them too. They add nice monsters, traps & tweaks to the game. I just want the campaign rules to come out. I also have TI and I have to say I've never actually played it. (Sure, I've set it up and "played" a few turns by myself, but what true gamer hasn't done that with any game?) It looks wonderful, but I haven't found the people & time to get a game together. I love the concept of a massive "4x" game on a board. I want to play it sometime, I just don't know when that will be. I think Descent would be the better game for 3 people. It's shorter for one, and probably works better with 3 than TI. TI really seems to want 6 people (and 16 hours). Descent can be played in an evening, although it'd be a long evening for some of those maps.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2007 on Descent or Twilight Imperium? at WWdN: In Exile
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