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( May. 17th, 2009 11:54 am)
Testing the dreamwidth account.
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( May. 12th, 2009 03:16 pm)
Work has a twitter account.

for those of you interested in such.
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( May. 12th, 2009 07:24 am)
Is it wrong I want to play this at work? Seriously. Heh.

So I have become something of a fan of 4th edition D&D. I have my reservations with it as being D&D, but as a game it has some really brilliant things. Quite a few of the changes they made were improvements and I have fun playing it and running it. I have found myself enjoying some of the new takes on old ideas. The New Bard for instance is amazingly cool.

Today I read the playtest to the monk and the developers notes. I have to say I am disappointed. The new mechanic of Disciplines is not terribly compelling. The decision to make them a striker just seems to miss what made them interesting in the first place. The complaint I had with Oriental adventures in 3rd edition is now reversed. Before the native assumption is all asian adventures are Japanese and now the assumption is all monks are Chinese. The powers sound like they are all out of hong kong action films. I like Chinese Martial arts, but this could have been a chance to show different flavors of asian martial arts heroes.

Also they have replaced Ki with Psionics. The explanation of why did not make much sense to me. The notion of not wanting all asian themed characters having the same power source is not any worse than all the primal power sources which are clearly from tribal cultures. The notion that you cant come up with a common theme for Ki also seems inadequate.

To replace it with psionics just makes it more annoying. Many many people have been cutting psionics out of campaigns for decades now for thematic reasons as much as rules reasons. Now to run in those worlds they have to allow psionics in again? Personally I also don't like the the theme for monks, I have no issue with psionics in general. Psionics is something you have possible wild talent at. It is not the result all the time of an aesthetic life. To a certain extent psionics always felt like mutant powers in my fantasy world which is fine, but I want the guy who trained his mind, body and soul to achieve this power, not draw on the same power as the mutant in the party.

In the end if this the direction they go I will likely make my own monk with an actual Ki power source for my campaigns. Maybe make him a ki based controller. I like the notion of a melee range controller. I may change my mind if someone in my game makes the new monk and I see something in the play to make them compelling. If that happens I will still change the power source.

okay i am done now. Off to bed with me.
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( May. 9th, 2009 11:41 pm)
For my mom.

Happy Mothers Day.

I hope it is a good one for you.
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( May. 8th, 2009 09:02 am)
Work is paying for us to go see Star Trek today. We are all getting off midday to see the movie and then we have the rest of the day off. There days I love where I work.
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( May. 4th, 2009 12:10 pm)


Original artwork by Kristen Bays for Pendant Productions

Episode 33 - "The Pertinence Predicament"

Tommy's life hangs in the balance as the Battalion and SCAR prepare for the coming showdown!

"Umket Industries Presents: The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater" is a serialized, full-cast audio adventure with one new episode every month. Available for free download in .mp3 format, or as a Podcast!

Also featuring an audio commentary track with the director and writer!

iTunes link:

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Season One of "Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion" on audio CD!
Produced from the original master mixes with over five hours of
content, including exclusive bonus features!

Featuring the voice talents of:

Rene Christine Jones as Dixie Stenberg
Mark Zaricor as Frank McGuff
Steve Anderson as Reginald Billingsley
Jeremiah McCoy as Archibald Withersby
Pete Milan as Freudenberg
Scott Vinnacombe as Cornelius Robert Sims Pearson
Anthony Piselli as Joey Scalzetti
Chris Brittain as Thomas Galen
Perry Whittle as Benedikt Adarchenko
Alicia Laine Matheson as Lily LaRue
Kathryn Pryde as Geist
Justin Daube as Volker
Kristen Bays as the Umket Triplets
Jerry Crawford as The Dean
Elaine Barrett as the Robot
Amanda Fitzwater as Nebulon 2000
Alicia Marie Barton as Esmerelda
Chip Joel as Generally Intelligent Joe
Jeffrey Bridges as the Commercial Announcer
and Seth Adam Sher as your host

Written by Jeffrey Bridges
Directed by Seth Adam Sher
Assistant Director Jim Hamilton
Edited by Marleigh Norton
Cover art by Kristen Bays
Produced by Pendant Productions

Thanks for listening!

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( May. 3rd, 2009 08:07 am)
I have a large number of Larpers on my friends list.   Quite a few of you are currently or have in the past run games so this question is mainly directed to you lot.  Have you run any openly gay NPC's  or homosexual romantic plot lines at a larp?  I don't know that it has ever been done.  This is not to say that it hasn't merely I did not pick up on it whne it was there. 

If you have not run one, why?  Is it because it never occured to you?  Was it an idea that came up and you put it aside as something that might make some players uncomfortable?  Was it a situation of not having the human resources needed to pull off the plotline? 

This question occured to me last night.  We see all sort of romantic story lines in the larps running.  Secret romances, marriages of politics, Fair Folk who charm characters to take them away, and at least one particularly creepy story at SI of a roman style family who bordered on incest.  Romances are a staple of the fantasy genre.  I myself have only played one character which I would say was probably openly Bi.  Those who met him could guess which one.   Any way, the question occured to me as to what in particular prevented there from gay romance storylines?  I thought this might be a good venue to get some discussion. I am not suggesting everyone should run out and run such a story, just interested to see why it had not been done.

oh I leave open thepossability that it might have been run only in secret.  I would be interested to hear the story if it had.  
Superman issue 52 and Supergirl issue 24!



Original art by Carl Glassmeyer for Pendant Productions

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton, Issue 52 - "Breaking Point"

Zod's plans advance and Superman questions his calling while Captain Sawyer makes an explosive mistake!

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton is a serialized, full-cast audio adventure with one new episode every month! Available for free download in .mp3 format or as a Podcast.

Also available -- a commentary track with the director and writer!

iTunes link:

Podcast feed:

Download link:



Original artwork by Kristy Plotkin for Pendant Productions

Supergirl: Lost Daughter of Krypton, Issue 24 - "The Grip of Gravity"

Kara's nemesis plans his revenge while the heroes discover the truth about Ajax!

Supergirl: Lost Daughter of Krypton is a serialized, full-cast audio adventure with one new episode every month! Available for free download in .mp3 format or as a Podcast.

Also available -- a commentary track with the director and writer!

iTunes link:

Podcast feed:

Download link:


"Superman: The Last Son of Krypton" features the voice talents of:

Ryan H. Nelson as Superman
Susan Bridges as Lois Lane
Kristen Bays as Maggie Sawyer
Jeremiah McCoy as Dan Turpin
Philip Weber as General Zod
Bill Young as The Atomic Skull
Philip Weber as Desaad
Kristen Bays as Silver Banshee
Philip Weber as Braniac
Jared Page as Snapper Carr
Michael King as Warden Reese
Tiffany Braford as Guard 1
and Taaron Gorbahn as Guard 2

Written by Jeffrey Bridges
Directed by Bill Fisher
Assistant director Jared Page
Cover art by Carl Glassmeyer
Edited by M Sieiro Garcia
Continuity Editor Kristen Bays
Produced by Pendant Productions
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bridges

"Supergirl: Lost Daughter of Krypton" features the voice talents of:

Dragonblink as Supergirl
Melissa Hearne as Cameron Gage
Jessie Moore as Natasha Irons
Kristen Bays as Dr. Calvin
Michael King as Dr. Lee
and Chip Joel as Amateur

Written by Dragonblink
Directed by Bruce Busby
Cover art by Kristy Plotkin
Edited by M Sieiro Garcia
Continuity Editor Kristen Bays
Produced by Pendant Productions
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bridges

Thanks for listening!

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( Apr. 28th, 2009 11:34 am)
This made me happy. So i am a fan of Chuck. The cast was recently at a convention. They convinced a bunch of the fans to all walk over to subway to buy subs in support of the show. This was a fan of the shows idea actually as subway is one of the major sponsors of the show. The video below shows Zachary Levi the star of the show leading the group over and getting behind the counter to help serve the subs. It is really cool. I think I am going to go eat a sub now.

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( Apr. 28th, 2009 08:10 am)
My computer died at home. Grumble.
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( Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm)
Yoinked from [ profile] wickedthought

I have to say, first off James Randi is a man I respect a great deal. He has been famous for taking on charlatans and faith healers to expose them as fakes. This little bit is out of his usual realm, but take that to show that this is pretty egregious. I had read an article on this a little bit ago but this video describes the problem pretty well. A man gets convicted and is facing 85 years in prison for doing something LEGAL in his state.

For the record I don't smoke marijuana. I never have and probably never will. This not due to any belief it is wrong to do so, it just is not my bag. That should not matter though. This guy is getting royally screwed. Check it out.
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( Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:45 am)
Another fine bit of coverage of our game. I liked this one so I thought I would share.

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( Apr. 21st, 2009 07:26 pm)
Okay I admit I am looking forward to Wolverine. I accept it may be bad, but I am going to see it damn it. Don't rain on my parade.

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( Apr. 20th, 2009 08:48 am)
I am in an odd musical mode this morning. I probably should watch O Brother Where Art Thou to get it out of my system.

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( Apr. 20th, 2009 07:42 am)
Not a commentary on anything. I just had the song stuck in my head this morning.

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( Apr. 19th, 2009 09:57 pm)
5 hours of recording. I don't think I have that many lines in any production I have been in so far. The lines are done though and are in the process of being uploaded to yousendit as I type this.

Ticonderoga is a good production and I am pleased I was asked to play.

Ever talk so much that your voice box feels raw? Not screaming, just the use of your voice for extended periods. Thats where I am at. But I am still pretty satisfied so I don't mind.
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( Apr. 18th, 2009 08:06 am)
I found this to be an alarming story.

"In the short run, the Google Book Search settlement will unquestionably bring about greater access to books collected by major research libraries over the years. But it is very worrisome that this agreement, which was negotiated in secret by Google and a few lawyers working for the Authors Guild and AAP (who will, by the way, get up to $45.5 million in fees for their work on the settlement—more than all of the authors combined!), will create two complementary monopolies with exclusive rights over a research corpus of this magnitude. Monopolies are prone to engage in many abuses.

The Book Search agreement is not really a settlement of a dispute over whether scanning books to index them is fair use. It is a major restructuring of the book industry’s future without meaningful government oversight. The market for digitized orphan books could be competitive, but will not be if this settlement is approved as is."


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