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Chris B
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Free D&D (albeit 4E) adventure? "Cool!" Must subscribe to DDI to get it? "Lame."
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@Wil - ("at Wil" - that just struck me as mildly amusing - ha) I won't speak for everyone else, but I wouldn't worry too much about Item #1 - Twitterspamming folks' mobile devices. I found that I only get about one-fifth of your Tweets on my Crackberry. I'm not sure what's more annoying: getting Tweeted constantly, or knowing that I'm missing so many updates. I finally got so aggravated that I turned off mobile updates for your Tweets. Yes: I turned of mobile updates because I'm not getting enough of your Tweets. How much sense does that make?
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I tried to make it infinitely recursive, but it seems that my Photoshop installation has been possessed... http://www.game-werks.com/images/Recursion-1.jpg
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Damn... I think I just maxed the d10 roll on my SAN loss...
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2009 on your daily dose of surreality at WWdN: In Exile
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Boating software? Well, that explains a helluva a lot! I always thought that getting nauseous at the mere thought of having to interact with Windows Vista was some sort of psychosomatic thing. Turns out it was just good ol' sea-sickness! Thanks, Wil!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2009 on boating our software at WWdN: In Exile
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Most of those shows came out around '83/'84. Guess it must have taken a bit longer to get them over the pond...
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Funny... I don't think I've had any panic attacks since Wil switched out that pic on here of him in that gawd-awful clown sweater. :P Other than that, I've found it helps to always bring my towel along. (That could sound pretty bad, taken out of the proper context...)
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2009 on don't panic! at WWdN: In Exile
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I can totally sympathize: I'm reminded every time I take on my kids at Wii Sports that I'm no spring chicken any more. (Six games of bowling last night, and my arm felt like it had come out of my shoulder socket!) And that's not even real physical activity. /sigh (BTW: Am I missing something? Is there some Gibsonian link to your LA Daily column that I'm not getting? Or am I mis-referencing your title?)
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2009 on LA Daily: Winter Mute at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm surprised Google Reader failed to mention RPG Bloggers (rpgbloggers.com) - a fantastic directory of fantastic blogs for game masters, dungeon masters, and rpg fans. You're slipping, Google Reader. You'd better watch yourself, or your job will get outsourced...
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Yeah, okay... I did not need to know that. Now I have this totally f-ed up mental image - with full Dolby audio - of you squealing like a little girl while wearing that frigging clown sweater-thing. I need to go bleach my brain now...
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I'll have to listen to the podcast when I get home from work. Personally, I never got into the Batman comics. (Well, not until Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which is when I realized I'd actually been missing something all those years.) I blame the 60's TV show. When I came of the age to start buying comics (late 70's) I recalled that show - and just how stupid I thought it was. The last thing I wanted to do was waste my precious time reading more of that crap... Yeah - I blame Adam West for the fact that I'm a Marvel guy. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on bringin' back the silver age at WWdN: In Exile
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Obviously it's time for a little "Re-Neducation!"
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on unintended consequences at WWdN: In Exile
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At first I was about to fly into a berserk, frothing rage at the mere thought that this artist could create something so fluidly (pun intended, if you wish) on a blank piece of paper. Fortunately, on a second, closer look, I see that there are indeed sketch lines on the paper prior to the inks going down. Thank god - I only lost a little of my ever-dwindling artistic confidence instead of all of it at one go. Of course, I'm sure that if/when I finally lose it all together, it will be to some sort of cephalopod-related nightmare. (Or possibly to that picture of Wil in that horrific clown sweater!)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2009 on i love everything about this at WWdN: In Exile
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Take that, all you naysayers who say RPG's are evil and/or destructive! I can't tell you how many times I've been asked how I knew some fact or other that would seem obscure to most people - and the looks I got when I replied that it was because I play RPG's. chuckle Best of luck on introducing him to the game!
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To clarify, my "minis required" comment doesn't mean that you have to use actual game miniatures. Rather, that some medium is required to denote specifically where your character is. While older editions, (esp. prior to 3.x) were rather vague, allowing gamers to use/not use minis (as described) at their discretion, this edition absolutely requires such detail - it is built into the rules. I've always played D&D as a game of pure imagination - I didn't use minis, because I always found it made my players think too tactically and in terms of the rules, instead of using their imaginations and coming up with all kinds of creative ways to do things. That's just my personal experience, and why I have so much trouble wrapping my brain (and arms) around 4E. (Of course, I love Warhammer Quest, and 4E will probably replace that at our game table.)
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Derek's right about C&C - it's what I run for my game group when we want to play old-school D&D with contemporary, cohesive rules. (Unlike the fiancee and kids, my fellow gamers are of the Old School; they don't care for 3.x, and sneer at me if I so much as mention 4E. I think they'd probably try to have me committed if I attempted to make them play it...) I'd recommend C&C to anybody who wants to play the older, simpler D&D but who also wants a more modern "feel." (IMHO, FWIW, etc.)
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Actually, I did. I was, I'll admit, surprised at how much you loved the game. I didn't necessarily expect you to hate it, but your obvious adoration for it was wholly unexpected. To be honest, that piece was the reason I picked up the MM and KotS a few days later. I figured: "Wil's no mindless fanboy. If he's so crazy about the game, maybe I should give it a shot anyway." So you at least sold me on trying it. Not sure how that will work for me, but I know the SO and the boys will dig it. And for me, that's the goal anyway. The game is just a tool to bring fun to my family and friends.
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Hmmm... sorry, but I just don't get 4E. It's not D&D to me - too many player skills/feats/powers/whatever. And it requires minis to play it. I guess I'm just an old fart, after all. Of course, I'll have to run it for my fiancee (she's all about character development) and my kids (they'll love it, I'm sure, because they're, well, teenage boys.) To that end, I've got the books and Keep on the Shadowfell. Maybe my outlook will change after we play it. It could happen.
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Looks amusing - too bad my DSL hates me today... Maybe I could actually watch more than three seconds of it at a time... :{
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2009 on wil does the commodore hustle at WWdN: In Exile
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"I didn't know him, and never met him, but his impact upon my life can't be overstated." Thank you, Wil (you don't know me from Adam, but I hope you don't mind if I use your first name here) for posting the *exact* words I thought when I heard the sad news. I've tried feebly to explain this to my fiance, but I'm certain she can't grasp it. When I start pulling at the threads of my life, I'm utterly amazed at how many lead back (directly or indirectly) to Gary Gygax. As I've said elsewhere, I doubt if anyone will ever be able to measure the full impact of the man's life - not just on the gaming community, but on our modern society in general. Cheers!
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"I didn't know him, and never met him, but his impact upon my life can't be overstated." Thank you, Wil (you don't know me from Adam, but I hope you don't mind if I use your first name here) for posting the *exact* words I thought when I heard the sad news. I've tried feebly to explain this to my fiance, but I'm certain she can't grasp it. When I start pulling at the threads of my life, I'm utterly amazed at how many lead back (directly or indirectly) to Gary Gygax. As I've said elsewhere, I doubt if anyone will ever be able to measure the full impact of the man's life - not just on the gaming community, but on our modern society in general. Cheers!
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