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Awesome. Wil, please tell us that you'll find somewhere for a Rock Band session.
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I'm glad you're okay, Wil. Wild thing is, I was in nearly the same situation today. I was on my bike on the way to work in SF this morning. I wasn't dawdling -- I generally do about 75 -- but a car I never even saw behind me passed me, on the right, naturally, doing at least 95. Maybe as much as 105. I had time to think, "Good job, asshole, you're saving three minutes and all you're risking is 50 lives," and the guy swerves across three lanes to try for an exit right in front of a minivan, realizes he isn't going to make it, tries to swerve back onto the freeway, and loses control, moving everywhere. Just before I passed him, he was somehow actually moving *backward*, perpendicular to and back into oncoming freeway traffic. I didn't hear an earth-shattering "KA-BOOM," so I assume there was no actual contact with another vehicle, but I bet that asshole was scared into speed-limit driving for at least a day or two.
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Classic Arcade Games: (1) Donkey Kong (2) Defender (3) TRON (4) Tailgunner (does anybody remember this one?) Pinball: Star Wars. (Jurassic Park is a very close second.) Jeff
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2009 on nostalgia overload at WWdN: In Exile
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Hey, Wil. Please don't assume that the gamers who've rejected 4E have done so before trying it, or because they don't "understand" the wonders of the game. In a recent (unscientific, obviously) poll on EN World, 55 percent of respondents weren't playing 4E, but nearly half of those -- 27 percent -- rejected it after playing the game. Most had also purchased the books. For some of us, 4E has serious shortcomings that it's rude to dismiss as failure to "understand" the game. We are hardcore gamers, many of us who had been looking forward to 4E, and we were disappointed in what we got. It's great that you like 4E, and I'm not going to tell you that you like the game because you don't "understand" its problems. Fair enough? Jeff
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That's a great video, Wil. It really captures the appeal of Rock Band. I am *not* a video game guy. (I'm an old school gamer ... d20s or bust.) Rock band is the exception that proves the rule. I'd say half the people we talk into playing with us at home are resistant, yet when they finally play they invariably love the game (and express surprise that they love the game). My only issue with Rock Band is that I'm putting so much effort -- 15 hours or so a week -- into learning to play the *fake* guitar. I keep telling myself I should put the effort into learning how to play for real. Right?
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I've never understood the Wesley Crusher hate, much less the "Wil Wheaton Because He Played Wesley Crusher" Hate. I'm not a Star Trek fan beyond a few of the movies and three seasons of DS9, but I'm a huge geek, so I've had to listen to The Hate for 20 years. Even from my closest friends, though my roommate has learned that "Wesley Crusher sucks" comments get him mocked for hours, so he's stopped. At least in earshot. I dunno, it seems like there's so much conformity and group-think in the anti-Wesley meme that any validity it *might* have had, *many* years ago, would be buried under the idiocy of geeks-hewing-to-geeks as if their lock-step nerd-rage proved their independence from mainstream thought. "Dude, I'm way too counter-culture to have an opinion on Gil Grissom leaving CSI, but *man* does Wesley Crusher suck ass." On the other hand, I do a kick-ass impression of Frakes knocking down walls with his forehead, so who am I to bitch?
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on unintended consequences at WWdN: In Exile
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Heya, Wil. I really don't mean to be a downer, but ... wouldn't it be more true to the spirit of geekery to give that screen to someone who is currently gaming? Just sayin'. (And no, I don't mean me. I play every weekend, but I'm not personally a fan of DM screens.)
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2008 on and there was much rejoicing at WWdN: In Exile
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Heya, Wil. I really don't mean to be a downer, but ... wouldn't it be more true to the spirit of geekery to give that screen to someone who is currently gaming? Just sayin'. (And no, I don't mean me. I play every weekend, but I'm not personally a fan of DM screens.)
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2008 on and there was much rejoicing at WWdN: In Exile
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Heya, Wil. How come I never saw you at any of the AADA World Championship events, back in the day? I was World Racing Champion (since you were speaking of Dueltrack!) in 2038. (Actually co-champion, but since I gave my co-champion the advice he needed to tie me in the final few phases, well ... ) I was one ill-timed "1" on a crash roll away from repeating in 2039 ... rolled and burned, baby, rolled and burned. Anyway, hie thee to GenCon and say the word on the blog, and I will find us space for a few hours of Car Wars, i promise you. I haven't played for years, but I also still have my Deluxe Car Wars. (I had literally everything, but sold it off back in the mid-90s. Er, 2040s.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2008 on Trip report: from the land beyond at WWdN: In Exile
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Heya, Wil. How come I never saw you at any of the AADA World Championship events, back in the day? I was World Racing Champion (since you were speaking of Dueltrack!) in 2038. (Actually co-champion, but since I gave my co-champion the advice he needed to tie me in the final few phases, well ... ) I was one ill-timed "1" on a crash roll away from repeating in 2039 ... rolled and burned, baby, rolled and burned. Anyway, hie thee to GenCon and say the word on the blog, and I will find us space for a few hours of Car Wars, i promise you. I haven't played for years, but I also still have my Deluxe Car Wars. (I had literally everything, but sold it off back in the mid-90s. Er, 2040s.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2008 on Trip report: from the land beyond at WWdN: In Exile
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For God's sake, Wil, go *game*. You being you, I know you must get 20 invitations a week to area RPG groups. Find one that plays as often as your commitment allows, and go roll some dice. (Sorry if I sound exasperated. It's just that I've never understood why anybody talks about !RPGing when they can go RPGing whenever they want.)
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2008 on it helps you to imagine at WWdN: In Exile
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For God's sake, Wil, go *game*. You being you, I know you must get 20 invitations a week to area RPG groups. Find one that plays as often as your commitment allows, and go roll some dice. (Sorry if I sound exasperated. It's just that I've never understood why anybody talks about !RPGing when they can go RPGing whenever they want.)
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2008 on it helps you to imagine at WWdN: In Exile
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I dunno, Wil. I'm with you pretty much all the way, except I gotta say: complaining about pot smoke at a rock concert makes about as much sense as complaining about the noise. I don't get baked much anymore myself, and even when I do I'm not overly fond of the smoke, but it's the concert culture. And I love concerts.
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I dunno, Wil. I'm with you pretty much all the way, except I gotta say: complaining about pot smoke at a rock concert makes about as much sense as complaining about the noise. I don't get baked much anymore myself, and even when I do I'm not overly fond of the smoke, but it's the concert culture. And I love concerts.
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Sabrina asked: "Jeff, don't you mean "Upside, the *incredibly hot* Wil Wheaton...", etc., etc.?" I reply: "While I think Wil's undoubtedly a great guy, and I'm a fan, he just doesn't rev my motor *that way*. That said, I'll happily take your word for it."
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Sabrina asked: "Jeff, don't you mean "Upside, the *incredibly hot* Wil Wheaton...", etc., etc.?" I reply: "While I think Wil's undoubtedly a great guy, and I'm a fan, he just doesn't rev my motor *that way*. That said, I'll happily take your word for it."
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Heya, Wil. Catching up on "In Digital" tonight, from the beginning ... enjoying it very much. As I wrote to some friends, sharing the link to previous episodes, "Upside, Wil Wheaton joined in episode 5. Downside, the *incredibly hot* Diane Mizota disappeared without comment." Next time you're in SF, try to make some time to play some hold'em at one of the Bay Area cardrooms. If you post to your blog, I bet you could get the room to spread an all-Wheaton-fan game.
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Heya, Wil. Catching up on "In Digital" tonight, from the beginning ... enjoying it very much. As I wrote to some friends, sharing the link to previous episodes, "Upside, Wil Wheaton joined in episode 5. Downside, the *incredibly hot* Diane Mizota disappeared without comment." Next time you're in SF, try to make some time to play some hold'em at one of the Bay Area cardrooms. If you post to your blog, I bet you could get the room to spread an all-Wheaton-fan game.
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