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I love Munchkin. And, I love TableTop, even if most of the games so far are ones I know. I've been having a conversation with someone on Amazon of all places who, because of TableTop is discovering these games and more, I've been giving recommendations. I just love the idea of spreading the love and getting more people to buy and play these games so the people that made them can make more. :)
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Must be awesome! Congrats, buddy. Now I think you need to round out your repertoire and create a board game. :)
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Every time you mention dice I wonder if you got the ones I dropped off at your booth at PAX last year. The lines are (for obvious reasons) always crazy long and I just wanted to get them to you. So, hopefully you got the metal companion cube-like dice and are happily shattering glass tables with them. :)
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Nicely done, Wil. Now about Star Trek: The Wrath of Evil Wesley...
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Hey, look at the bright side, at least you know that today's youth hasn't abandoned books and reading despite a public school system hellbent on passing standardized tests instead of making sure kids have the skills they need to survive in the world! :)
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We have a "couple" of cats and I can attest to all of the above. :) Of course, your best bet to stop the paper destruction is to introduce her to a nice big cardboard box filled with paper packing material. She'll disappear for hours...while the room is filled with the shuffling of claws on smashed wood (ooo, I feel a haiku in that last part...).
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Your story reminded me of this with Paul Simon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXBlY5CImUU Speaks volumes when a musician is cool with this sort of thing. After all, if a musician plays alone in the woods, is he really making music?
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Out of curiosity, if you do whip up your own site for the audiobooks, does it involve anything beyond collecting a payment and giving them a link to download an audio file? Just wondering how it works...especially how you protect your work from just being posted somewhere.
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Is it me or is it weird that Brand Link has a Media Director and a Director of Media? Seems like they just play around with those refrigerator magnets to come up with titles... http://brandlinkcommunications.com/who-we-are/
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Not sure what happened to my post (maybe it was because it had a link in it) but just wanted to say it was fitting you went to a Polynesian island to refill your Mana bar. A lot of Pacific Islander traditions talk about Mana. Should look it up. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2011 on I don't want to go on the cart at WWdN: In Exile
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This was my fourth PAX (haven't gone to PAX East yet but it's on my list of things to do!). I can't say it was the best PAX I've been to (I think 2008 was the best so far since it was my first) but it was still good. Let's just say the company I kept helped keep it from being what I wanted it to be. Duly noted for next time. I had tried to get to you (Wil) to get you a pair of dice (I handed it to the Enforcer next to you in the second to last hour of the last day of PAX after the line enforcer told me he closed your line...) but the line was either blocked, too long (because I had somewhere I needed to be--NEVER FORGET!!), or you just weren't there (for obvious reasons...). I actually passed you at one point but you had your Cape of Dicks on and I didn't want to bother you. Anyhoo, hope you enjoy them. They look like Companion Cubes and weigh a ton but roll oooh so smooth. Beyond that though, a uniquemoment at PAX: watching the OTHER side of Khoo surface. I was wandering the smaller expo hall when I took a turn and ended up behind Robert's retinue (behind the PATV camera guy). We split at one point but then I ended up behind him again (funny how that works out). Then he stopped and picked up this RC car that had been modified with a container (like a plastic Halloween jack-o-lantern kids use to carry candy). There were cards or something inside. He turned to the guy with the remote who had a speaker badge and went to grab the RC car. Robert looked at him and said "You can't do this." Not sure if the guy knew who Robert was but Robert whipped out his badge and said "This is my show." The guy was just standing there, eyes wide. I thought he was going to piss his pants. Robert turned and disappeared into the crowd and it was over. I'd had a chance to talk with Robert during PAX Dev and he's of course the nicest guy. Just seeing the two sides was pretty interesting. The thing I missed out on this time around was the board game freeplay area. People I was with were sort of ruining my high. Last year I discovered it and it was great. Just sat down with some guys and learned to play Munchkin. And, the lines were becoming a problem but then that's not a highlight is it? :) Highlights: 1) Getting to go to En Masse Entertainment's offices along with 26 other people to play Tera and meet the people behind it. 2) Getting hugs from the people going around giving free hugs. 3) Helping out with one of the Lando Society events (Sunday). 3a) Being escorted by storm troopers and Han Solo as part of that event. 4) Winning a raffle at one of the equipment manufacturer's bootm for the first time! 5) Seeing a guy walk up to someone dressed as a Power Ranger, shake the PR's hand and say "You made me relive my childhood. Thanks, man!" 6) Buying another bag full of dice I really didn't need... :) Worst part: being there for the forth time in Expo hall when they announce the end of PAX. If only I had a time machine...
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2011 on How was your PAX? at WWdN: In Exile
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Don't know if you're blocking me or if I'm just one of the mass of tweets you get but just letting you know you have two IronDie dice coming...assuming I can connect with you at your booth. I got two others I might be willing to share if you like them, too. :)
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Great to see you're heading back to PAXland. I understand your concern with disease and all that. I'd also recommend not getting TOO close to people when talking to them as well. Honestly, I like how the Asians do it. When I'd visited my father's family in Japan a long time ago, I'd asked why some people were running around with masks on. Alternately, you could just invest in a bottle or two of hand sanitizer and just remember NOT to touch your face/eyes. I'm allergic to just about everything and I live in a house with cats (and now, it seems a couple dogs...long story). I'm so used to keeping track of whether my hands are "contaminated" and ensuring I don't touch my face...otherwise, I'll be sick for a couple days. Oh, and I lucked out with PAX '09. No PAX Pox...just remembered not to touch anything vital until I washed my hands. lol. Dice: I honestly should do the same thing (carrying dice around). I keep Zombie Dice in my main work satchel. That counts right? If you're around and the line isn't too long, I'd be more than happy to offer up some dice...especially since I'll be adding to my vast collection yet again with a visit to Chessex. It's a tradition for me now...no need for all the dice I have but I...can't...resist...
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Forgive me if this touches on something you don't want to discuss or if it's in this elusive FAQ you keep mentioning but I haven't found yet (I guess I'm a WilNewb)...but from some of the other blog entries, I gather Ryan is your step-son, right? Assuming I didn't misunderstand, it's great to see the relationship you have with him. The "forgive me" part is coming up: Did you and Anne ever consider having kids together? Just for the record, I'm asking for personal reasons...not because I find it ridiculous or anything stupid like that. Just asking.
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I wonder if they were the same gang of d-bags I saw a couple years back. I volunteered for LAYN (LA Youth Network) Rocks. It was a charity rock concert that took place in Hollywood. I was put on security duty (I'm huge so I get tossed into security roles a lot). Outside of the usual paparazzi crap (I escorted Ozzy out with some others...people are insane, really), towards the end of the night, I had guard duty (damn it was cold) outside and so had to deal with the peeps camping out waiting for people (guests and performers) to sign photos and books. I also had a lot of time to watch those nutters. While there were a couple of people that seemed genuinely interested in getting a sig from one of their idols (oh, yeah, Billy Idol was there...he's still friggin awesome on stage), the majority of them had STACKS of photos. I don't have any serious proof but I honestly think the majority of the holdouts were just there to get someone famous to sign a photo or something else so they could eBay it for money. I totally agree with your philosophy. Not that I'm famous or anything but I've lived in LA most of my life so seeing movie stars and celebs is almost a requirement for citizenship. I'm not the kind of guy who gets starstruck and honestly a photo with you would be more interesting to me than you signing a photo or a piece of paper for all the reasons you stated. It's all about getting to shake your hand and just getting a chance to say "hey" and maybe "Great job". Generally, though, I usually don't step up because like some people said above, I really don't want to bother you. I figure if you got accosted by every fan who recognized you and wanted a photo or to just say hey, you wouldn't get 2 feet to your destination. :) Anyway, keep up the good work...and if you end up at PAX Prime this year, I'll be the big guy leaving you alone as you walk on by.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on if you cut me, i will bleed at WWdN: In Exile
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As someone who had a science background (okay, HAS, but it's been a while since I've used that particular brain cell), it was always entertaining to hear some of the technobabble from various sources, including STTNG and the other ST series, when it touched upon some of my favorite subject areas. Hear, hear, though, I also appreciate what it takes to deal with not only trying to act in several scenes (with all those takes) but also making sure you've put the right inducer before the proper matrix. This especially since, as you said Wil, you're sort of the lynch pin of the episode--one misplaced transducer and it might be ADR time. While I'm sure the tech "rules" lawyers might go nuts with it, I think you can safely assume the majority of people (even those scientifically inclined) won't mind the minor flub. In the end, we're there to see you save (or ruin as the case may be) the day and don't really care if you're talking about a 1,2-DiMethylMonoGlutamic Isohydrase or a 2,1-MonoMenthylDiGlutamic Mesoisomerase. We're just going to be glad you were able to say it 'cause we sure can't.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2011 on on the delivery of technobabble at WWdN: In Exile
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Great blog, Wil. Savor that feeling. I know what it's like (though not from acting). I've worked in a number of tech startups and what your feeling is the reason I still do startups. Once you find your calling, something you love that incorporates and fits into all those other things you love, it's your untethered home. I remember the first time I felt something like that (the untethered home thing). I feel fortunate enough to have realized it (I was in college) and made myself stop and take it all in. I had no idea if I'd feel it again (sorry, I'm not a pessimist but I am a realist) and I'm glad I did. Not to say I didn't find something similar later but each of those types of moments/periods in our lives are different because of how different we are as we experience more and more. Anyway, enjoy it as long as you can. Looking forward to catching up on Eureka (my DVR died midway through season 4 so I'm anxiously waiting on the DVD release!
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Reminds me of my boy Max--actually, he was a cat (we lost him in April). Same routine every night. Within minutes of me lying down, I'd feel his paws (he was 15lbs so you felt them) as he climbed up to sleep on my chest. I'd wake up with him somewhere on or next to me. Once, I was sleeping on my stomach when I woke up to find a paw in my face. He was sleeping on my shoulders.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2010 on good morning at WWdN: In Exile
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It's not unusual (the dog/cat thing, not the name). We had a Rottweiler (Sasha) who was best friends with one of the cats we rescued (Alex). Sasha actually protected Alex from a couple of other cats we had that would harass her (that whole cat pecking order thing). They had a very strong bond. When we put Sasha down (cancer), Alex succumbed to some unknown problem (the vets had no clue what was wrong with her) within two months.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2010 on good morning at WWdN: In Exile
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