Squinky And The Old Rascal Go To Mars

…look out, martians!

GAME AUCTION UPDATE

Behind the cut, I’ve posted the lates bids (in bold text). I’ve also discovered that the two Masterbook entries (for Bloodshadows and The World of Indiana Jones) are incomplete, since one lacks the Masterbook rules and the other lacks the cards. That being the case, I’m gonna combine the two. Buy one and ya get ’em both!

There Be Gamin’ Goodness Here…

Gentleman, Scoundrel, Artist, Fool

…now who might that be?

The Big Game Auction Is On Now

Here are the rules…

1: Email me your bids
2: Every couple of days I’ll post any changes to the going price of games folks are bidding on.
3: On September 15th, the auction ends.
4: You’ll pay the shipping, unless you live in the Sacramento area, in which case, I’ll deliver your stuff if it comes to $20.00 or more.
5: If you buy a bunch of stuff, say, $50.00 or more, I’ll buy you a drink at GenCon 2007:)
6: If you have any questions, ask me.

The Good Stuff is here…

Gentleman, Scoundrel, Artist, Fool

…now who might that be?

The Big Game Auction Is On Now

Here are the rules…

1: Email me your bids
2: Every couple of days I’ll post any changes to the going price of games folks are bidding on.
3: On September 15th, the auction ends.
4: You’ll pay the shipping, unless you live in the Sacramento area, in which case, I’ll deliver your stuff if it comes to $20.00 or more.
5: If you buy a bunch of stuff, say, $50.00 or more, I’ll buy you a drink at GenCon 2007:)
6: If you have any questions, ask me.

The Good Stuff is here…

Nanite Weasels Ripped My Syntheflesh

…thanks to Mr. Zappa

I’m home from work today. Had to get new front brake pads on the car. Gonna head off to run some errands soon, then do household chores.

THE GREAT DOC GAME AUCTION

Uncle Doc is needing money for many things, including GenCon SoCal, so I’ve decided to auction off a big bunch of my game collection. About a third of it, in fact. I’ll put the list up on here tonight or tomorrow, so if yer looking to buy some games, watch this space. If you have friends that want to buy games, have THEM watch this space.

The Ten Blue Budgies Go On A Three Day Drunk

…there were tequila bottles everywhere

Did a bit of work in the garden, weeding and watering and such. The zuchinni plants are gone, as are one of the tomato plants and most of the cantalope vines. It’s too damned hot to do much more today, but since I’ll be home all day tomorrow, maybe I can get in some digging on the hillside.

I had some delicious lumpias (Filipino style spring rolls) for lunch. Yum Yum! Grace bought them from a co-worker of hers almost a year ago and they’ve been in the freezer ever since. I cooked a dozen, but only ate 7, so I’ll chow down on the rest tomorrow.

Got a bit of writing done this morning and will be doing more in just a bit. I actually prefer having several smallish project to work on than one big project. One thing I’m prone to while writing is thinking up new projects whenever I take a break. Just today I’ve thought up a couple of adventures to run at cons and an art project that I might use in the garden.

And speaking of writing, I’m outta here to do just that. More blogzilla later.

I Was With Her When She Walked Into The Light

…and she never came back out

Well sir, I was gonna write a semi-long diatribe on why I don’t buy games very much anymore, but I’ve kinda run outta steam. Guess I’ll save it for a later post and/or A&E.

Speaking of writing, I have a bunch of it to do this weekend. (which will help pass the time, since the need for new brakes on the car and our current Adventures In Poverty will keep Grace and I home for the next couple of weeks)

I owe the ever patient unclelumpy a fist full of webcomic scripts.

I owe my good buddy Avis Crane some stuff for a writing throwdown that I’ve been trying to seduce her into. (this is writing for fun and exercise, not money)

I owe my Kingdom Building Sim players a proper introductory handout.

And last but not least, I owe myself an outline for my (possible) Next Pro Writing Gig.

Or I could work in the garden:)

Decisions, decisions…

The Barefoot Bear Flag Outlaw

…and still shaking the pillars of heaven

Sweet Mother of Pearl, yesterday was an asskicker at work. I’m pretty sure I delivered a pizza to every other person in the Sacramento metroplex. I was dead tired by the end of the day. Thankfully, everyone I delivered to was generous with tips, so I averaged about $25.00 an hour for the day, including wages.

When I got home, issue #361 of Alarums & Excursions was waiting in my mailbox. I missed getting a zine in for it, but I’ve got a good idea for what will be in my next zine, so it should be cranked out in plenty of time for the next ish.

My summer veggie garden is winding down. I’ll probably pull the tomato and zuchinni plants this weekend, with the chiles and cantalopes following in a week or so.

ORIGASMI: The Art Of Folding Paper Into Sex Toys

…artistic and a whole lotta fun.

Yes, for those very few of you who might be wondering, I am recycling subject lines from my old Blogger blogs.

Not a huge amount to comment on just now. After work I’ll be finding out exactly how much weight I’ve lost in the past month. Still doing well on the dieting and I’m averaging 2 miles of fast walking per day. I don’t feel much thinner, but people keep asking if I’ve lost weight, so I must be doing something right.

I’ve read many many GenCon reports in the past week and altho it seems that the Con was a good one and everybody had tons of fun, most of the new products don’t look like anything I’d buy or even look at for more than a minute. I’m mostly talking RPGs here, altho few of the boardgames I’ve heard about really flip my switch. CCGs/TCGs and clicky games don’t even get a yawn out of me anymore. Still, I’ll give some of the new RPGs a look at my FLGS and at GenCon SoCal. It would be kinda nice to have my instincts proven wrong for a change.

Time for work. More blogging later.

Beware Of The Wicked Kitty Cats And Their Pals

…they’ll mess with your head if you let them

Sunday Stuff

Had a session, very probably our last face to face session, with the Gaming Group today. I gave them the intro to the Kingdom Building Sim (which will actually start in mid September) then we all played a rousing game of Dino Hunt, from Steve Jackson Games. Much fun was had and tasty food was eaten.

After that, I walked off the lunch by doing a fast 1.6 miles in the midday heat. Returning home a sweaty exausted mess, I rested and then did some noodling online and some tv watching. Soon, I’ll whip up a few characters and be finished with the Pro Writing Job. YAY! Well, yay until I get the editorial revisions back.

Well, time to go create characters, email the KBS info to my remaining 3 players and then figure out how many days it would really take to drive thru the Lower 48.

Frog Pie

…it’s croakalicious!

I’m just about to leave on my evening walk and I thought I’d repost something I just posted on RPGnet. It concerns yet another thread about expanding the roleplaying hobby beyond the usual suspects and into the world of non-gamers. Here ya go:

Skipping over all of the other “How do we bring in new players/expand the hobby” posts, the answer is dead simple:

Write a game using the popular computer/console games as your model of play. VERY VERY simple rules, instant immersion, lots of asskicking, a few puzzles, power ups, side quests, phat loot AND…a definite ending that totally rocks.

Once you have them hooked on that game, it’s all about the sequels and spinoffs.

Will this new game appeal to old time rolegamers? No, but then, they didn’t buy multimillions of copies of D&D 3E the way the target audience did for GTA or Halflife or Doom, did they?

Mexican Jenny Goes For The Gold

…and got more of it than she reckoned

Doc’s Day

I walked just over 2 miles in about half an hour this morning (and spent another 15 minutes shopping for groceries on the walk) and then did some writing. I’m trying not to do TOO much rewriting until after the editor goes over this draft, but I keep finding things to tweak. As for actual non-tweakage writing, I have less than half of a setting to finish (maybe 1,000 words) and a half dozen or so characters to create and I’m done. With luck, that will happen tonight.

Our friend Sharon just called to tell me that she had just finished a big pot of chicken mole and would be bringing some to our game session tomorrow. Yum yum! How fortunate for me that I’m the only one in this house who likes Mexican food:)

No work in the garden today, altho I should start taking out the tomato plants now that they have reached the end of their productive lives. Gotta make room for the spinach & other greens.

I was reading a piece about all of the new products that Wizards of the Coast has coming out over the next year and it dawned on me that not a single fuckin’ thing on the list held the slightest interest for me. Man, that is some sure and certain sign that D&D and it’s spinoffs have changed far beyond my tastes in RPGs. On the other hand, my friends at Green Ronin continue to create products that taunt me with their wonderfullness even as my pocketbook dies a slow death from malnutrition.

And now, I must wash some dishes and prepare for the dinner cooking festivities. More bloggage later, after the writing.

He Was Bitchslapped By Love

…and he loved it

The Random Musings of a Gamer

Thanks to various gaming news sites, the posts by many of my LJ friends and my regular evening IM conversations with my pals Peter Hildreth and Avis Crane, I’m hearing alot about GenCon ’05. I still kinda miss not being there (not terribly miss it, just kinda miss it), but I’m hearing plenty of gossip and news.

Still, thinking of the con and gaming has caused me to daydream about some probably undoable gaming related ideas. In no particular order, here they are…

50 Games, 50 States, 50 days

This idea involves a car (and a couple of plane trips), 50 card/board/war/rpg games, anywhere from 3 to 6 gamers and a shitload of driving. To tell the truth, I’m pretty sure the whole trip could be done in about 3 weeks, but without corporate sponsorship (which might, actually, not be so hard to get) and people who could afford to take 50 days off work, it will probably remain a dream. On the other hand, ya never know what will happen.

Thr Great GenCon Caravan

For this one, I’d get a bunch of West Coast gamers together in San Francisco about 5 days before GenCon and we’d jump in our cars and drive to the con. Along the way, we’d sightsee, game and generally have fun. Hmmm…maybe I’ll actually try to organize this for the GenCon ’07 trip.

TOONstock

I’ve actually done something close to this before, at GenCon ’93. Folks, I’m talkin’ about the Worlds Largest TOON game! I’m talking 100+ players immeresed in delicious cartoony mayhem! I’m also talking about only one turn per player. Conversely, I could have fewer players (or not, if they played in shifts) and try for the Worlds LONGEST TOON Game. Maybe 12 hours long or even longer if I had assistant Animators to help me. Hmmmmm…maybe this would be a good idea for My Triumphant Return To GenCon in 2007.

The Gamer X Games

This one would get various groups of gamers out into the great wide open. I’m thinking a dozen or so groups playing various games in wild and remote locations across the U.S. and Canada. Think of it…a GURPS game in Death Valley…Apples to Apples played in the Alaskan wilderness…Warhammer on the edge of the Grand Canyon…a Vampire session in the Everglades…yeah, it could be fun AND an real life adventure.

Anyway, those are a few of my ideas. I may post a few more sometime. Right now, I’ll finish my brekky, go for a 2 mile walk, then write & write & write.

More blatant bloggishness later.

Whispering Into The Ear Of Danger

…and danger always hears me.

At random intervals, sometimes seperated by years, I get the feeling that changes in my life are waiting to ambush me. They always succeed, often (but not always) changing things for the better. Of course, sometimes big changes completely blindside me…such as when I met and fell in love with Grace. Usually tho, I get some vague warning that change is afoot.

And let me tell you, brothers and sisters, my spider sense has been tingling like a mofo these past few days. I have no idea what changes will come, but I know they are coming. I could hazard a few guesses, but I think I’ll wait and see what pops up over the next few months. Naturally, I’ll keep y’all posted.

Dancing Naked In The Fog

…cold, but cool.

GenCon Blues

Well, folks, tomorrow is “GenCon Wednesday”, as I always refer to it and I won’t be at the con. Now, I’ve missed 2 other GenCons in the last 15 years, but this is the first year that I actively chose not to go. Well, ok, we’re broke and can’t afford to go, but I made my decision a year ago (at GenCon, in fact) when we did have money.

I still stand by my decision to not go this year OR next year (so as to let my gaming batteries build up a charge), but it still feels very odd not to be on the road to Indy. Some small part of me is whining “But we’re missing the Coooooooooooooon!!!”. Most of me is missing seeing my many gaming friends.

Oh well…I’ll read your con reports and be glad you are enjoying yourselves. And what the hell, GenCon SoCal is only about 3 months away.

Scotch, Shotguns & Sin

…it’s a damned hard world out there.

Doc Update #67.8

Watching: Design On A Dime
Reading: Various posts on LJ and the web about the RPG industry
Listening: Various discs from the “Speeding Ticket Music” collection I made
Eating: Smoked Pork Curry with Grace’s Famous Rice
Drinking: Milk
Walking: 2.5 miles a day
Putting the final polish on: The Pro Writing Job
Playing: Nothing, too busy
Contemplating: Various things to cook for dinner this week
Saving: For GenCon Socal in November
Wanting: A beer

Bucky & Squint Hijack A Zeppelin

…and hilarity ensues.

Doc and “The Aristocrats”

In his LJ entry today, the ever informative robin_d_laws makes mention of a new documentary called “The Aristocrats”. Now, for those of you who are not in the know (which will be 99.9% of you), The Aristocrats is the title (and punchline) of what is widely known among comedians as the “worlds filthiest joke”. In point of fact, the joke in and of itself is not all that funny or, if told in it’s very basic form, very filthy.

Long story behind this cut

It’s All About The Happy Frogs

…just laughin’ and eatin’ them flies.

In about 15 minutes, Grace and I will be out the door to go see “Sky High”. After that, we’ll do a bit of shopping and then come home. The rest of my day will be devoted to finishing the Pro Writing Job.

Y’all have a fun Saturday!

The Long Hot Ride To A New Future

…based on a true story

Doc Update #33

Had to take off from work today because I was having chest pains right over my heart. The doctor’s verdict after poking, prodding and an EKG? My heart is as fine and strong as it ever was. The cause of the pain? They don’t know.

So, tomorrow morning, I’ll go give them some blood to look at. Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll go see my regular doctor. Sometime in the next week or so, I’ll do a cardiac stress test which I’d just about bet money on my passing with flying colors.

I was surprised that today, my blood pressure was only 144 over 90, quite a decrease from yesterday. Still, the doc gave me a prescription for some itsy bitsy blood pressure pills to take for the next month or so.

And now, back to the good diet/lots of excersise grind.

The PBEM Kingdom Building Sim Game Is Full!

I have my full player roster, so the game is closed. I will, however, be giving regular reports here once the game gets rolling.

Crab Pudding

…now with extra crabbiness!

Doc Update #5,000,000

Good News: I’ve lost 6 pounds in under 2 weeks.

Bad News: Tho it’s down just a skosh, my blood pressure was still 161 over 106. Fuck!

So, as of tonight, I shall be even more rigorous in my dieting and excersise and I’ll be removing my morning tea from the equation until my BP is back to normal.

Apparently not as well read as I should be

Altho in my own defense I’ll add that I’ve read all of Shakespeare’s plays and great huge gobs of Mark Twain.

Works of Literature
College Board’s 101 Greatest Works of Literature:
bold the ones you’ve read.

Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
Agee, James – A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul – The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert – The Stranger
Cather, Willa – Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey – The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton – The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore – The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage
Dante – Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel – Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore – An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre – The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George – The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo – Selected Essays
Faulkner, William – As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William – The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry – Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox – The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von – Faust
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas – Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
Homer – The Iliad
Homer – The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
James, Henry – The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry – The American
Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz – The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong – The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair – Babbitt
London, Jack – The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas – The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman – Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman – Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur – The Crucible
Morrison, Toni – Beloved
O’Connor, Flannery – A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Neill, Eugene – Long Day’s Journey into Night
Orwell, George – Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris – Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan – Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel – Swann’s Way
Pynchon, Thomas – The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria – All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond – Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry – Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William – Hamlet
Shakespeare, William – Macbeth
Shakespeare, William – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare, William – Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard – Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon – Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles – Antigone
Sophocles – Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Swift, Jonathan – Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William – Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan – Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire – Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. – Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora – Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee – The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard – Native Son

Most of the above books I read when I was in high school…33+ years ago.

The Doughnut Of Doom And Other Stories

…all for only a dime!

Doc Update #69

Well, I didn’t finish it, but I can see the light at the end of my Pro Writing Job tunnel. I shall try to tackle it a bit each night this week, despite the fact that I’m often too tired to write after a day in the salt mines.

Tomorrow, when I go to see my podiatrist about my flat feet, I’ll be weighing myself to see how much weight I’ve lost in the past 2 weeks. I’m sticking to the diet and exercise thing and will even be upping the exercise ante to include walking 2 miles every evening (instead of the 1-1.5 I’ve been doing) and working out a bit with some weights. I have no illusions of becoming some buff Charles Atlas clone, but I’m hoping I can tighten things up as the fat goes away.

Due to the fuckin’ heat, I did little gardening beyond watering my parched plots. The cantalopes have almost all ripened, but the tomatoes and chiles are coming along slowly due to the aforementioned heat.

Speaking of chiles and tomatoes, I did in fact make the salsa fresca that I had talked about in a previous post. About half a gallon of it. It is very tasty stuff, if I do say so.

Time for work. More bloggo later.