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Summer Reading List 2017

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:27:30 +0000

Welcome to Nuketown's 10th annual summer reading list! As with previous years, this year's list is heavy on space opera and military science fiction, but includes a smattering of fantasy. It includes 17 novels, 1 novella, and 8 graphic novels. That's one more novel than my Summer 2016 reading list. It's a stretch, but I'm looking forward to trying.

The Nuketown Migration, Part III

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:46:05 +0000

After far too long, the final phase of Nuketown's migration is coming up.

I'm going to be doing some behind the scenes administrative work that may cause the site to become inaccessible for a day or three as I move stuff around. After that comes the migration itself, as the entire Drupal site is transitioned to WordPress. After that you can expect to see Nuketown return to a semi-regular publication schedule.

The Nuketown Migration, Part II

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:59:56 +0000

The Nuketown Migration continues. All of the posts have been imported and I've completed my first pass through the content, visiting each and every post from the last 16 years to do some light editing, add or update images, and purge radically outdated content (like two-sentence posts promoting a site that doesn't exist any more).

It was a slow go, made slower by a span of time in 2003-2004 where a large chunk of posts didn't get imported, and another span from 2001-2003 where I had to repair stories damaged in an earlier migration.

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Meet Hank

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:40:03 +0000

Meet Hank.

He's a Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix that my family and I are raising as part of the Seeing Eye's Puppy Raising program. The Seeing Eye is a non-profit organization that breeds, raises, and trains puppies to serve as guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.

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Game Day: Battletech

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:17:47 +0000

Classic Battletech is an old favorite of my gaming group. A few years ago we flirted with the idea of a Battletech campaign using a variety of possible rules (Battletech A Time of War, Risus, Savage Worlds) but it never quite took off Instead most of our games have been one-shots at Nuke(m)Con or on game nights when we failed to reach critical mass for one of our RPG campaigns.


The Nuketown Migration

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:45:22 +0000

It's been four years since the last Nuketown redesign, and I don't know how many years since I first started powering the site with Drupal. It's time for some changes.

First up, I'm moving the site from Drupal to WordPress. I've been on Drupal since the 4.x days, faithfully upgrading with each major release until arriving at Drupal 7.x. It made sense at the time; Drupal is one of the open source content management systems we use at work, and it was helpful to be able to dabble with it in my free time.

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Geek Tree 2016

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:17:17 +0000

The Geek Tree has grown. In previous years, that meant additional oranments. This year it truly grew higher, going from 7 feet to 9 feet as I upgraded to a new, taller tree.

The goal of the new tree was to add some more surface area for oranments and put off the day when I'll need to start theming my trees. The plan worked, but not quite as well I'd hoped; the new tree is narrower than the old one, so while we gained surface area from height, we lost some with the slimmer circumfrance.

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Game Day: Dragonborn of the Wilderlands

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 03:04:01 +0000

In prepping for my Saturday group's D&D 5e playtest I created a dragonborn paladin of Bahamut named Bharosh Goldenscales.

The group has been adventuring in the Wilderlands of High Fantasy and although this is mostly a mechanical playtest, I couldn't resist building out a backstory. That meant figuring out how the dragonborn might fit into one of D&D's oldest campaign settings.

Game Day: Of Death and Polearms

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:37:59 +0000

After a few months of talking about the game, my monthly Saturday gaming group decided to give D&D 5th Edition a try. Rather than run a playtest campaign like the Blackrazors, our dungeon master is running us through a series of combat encounters at different levels. This lets everyone get a feel for the combat-centric rules and helps the DM get experience with encounter design.

Fitness Update, Fall 2016

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:42:40 +0000

I'm now paying to get my ass kicked.

After nine months of working out on my own, I reached the plateau that I knew I'd reach. I was walking a few miles a day, running 3-5 miles a couple days a week, and doing the occasional stretching exercises in the morning. I've been slowly improving my run times -- my best mile is 8'42" on the indoor track, my best 3 miles is 30 minutes with an average 9'57 pace.

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