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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.

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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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Top of the Pile: Battleworld!

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:20:40 +0000

The Marvel comic book multiverse collapsed in upon itself in Summer 2015. As the various worlds ended, a new one was forged by its all-powerful god, Doctor Doom. This new world -- Battleworld -- drove a summer's worth of of spin-off stories as Marvel cancelled every one of their regular books and replaced them with a series of quasi-sequel limited series.




Game Day: Updates from the Frontier

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:27:53 +0000

It's a funny thing to sit down to write your next adventure in a campaign and realize that somewhere along the line it went from "campaign" to "long-running campaign".

That's what happened with Obsidian Frontier, a sandbox-style campaign set in the World of Greyhawk. We launched it as a playtest campaign for D&D 5th Edition in October 2014. Two years and thirty-four sessions later, the playtest is still running, and the campaign's still going.




RPG Video Shows, Streams & Resources

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:32:16 +0000

Live video streams and vidcasts are the big thing in role-playing games right now. Combined with the throwback Netflix series Stranger Things and the 80s-infused gamer novel Ready Player One the shows have helped produce a resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs.