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Lucky Day

This will be a somewhat scatterbrained… err, random post.

First off if you are having problems with a certain contest, then plugging the secret letters into the Internet Anagram Server could be very helpful.

I like RPGs and play in a couple now & then.  I have also run the occasional session or two, but lately I got this itch.  The itch to play in a campaign world of my own devising which means I’ll need to run more than a single session or two. In trying to prepare myself for that, I’ve been following some new blogs and today read the logical article I’ve ever seen on the subject of war & international relationals.

This week while staying home sick1, I finally got around to upgrading my work laptop from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10. I had been holding off mostly because it is my work machine and I had the idea I should keep it on Ubuntu’s LTS releases. Then I realized while I was keeping the system on a theoretically more stable version, I kept adding 3rd party packages/repositories to update specific programs I wanted (which contradicts the point of sticking with a LTS release). So I did the upgrade and was pleasantly surprised at how smooth the upgrade went. However I did run into one minor and one major problem after the upgrade.

  • Minor problem: My dual monitor configuration got screwed up. Most likely because I did the upgrade at home (where I don’t have a 2nd monitor for the laptop).
  • Major problem: All my SSH keys stopped working. I ended up recreating them and getting them pushed back out to all the servers I need to access using keys. Still that was disconcerting, especially since nothing about the keys (client/server) had changed. Even our network admin at work was confused by that one.

On the positive side, Adobe Flash Player 10.x is available for Ubuntu 8.10, so now I can watch Comedy Central’s clips of the Daily Show again (under Flash 9.x, they always crashed Firefox). Additionally there are prebuilt packages for Gnome-Do 0.8.x for Ubuntu 8.10, which like Mr. Pibb + Red Vines is crazy delicious! Specifically, Gnome-Do with the Docky theme. I believe the idea behind the Docky theme was to mimic some functionality of OS X’s dock, but could be mistaken (don’t own a Mac). The performance is bit slow on my older desktop2, but it works great on the work laptop.

1 Nausea + dizziness + complete lack of energy. Fortunately I’m mostly over it now, though still working to get my energy levels back up.
2 Based on an AMD 1800+ CPU.

How We Roll

“Why are you people so weird about your dice?” Anne said.

“That’s just how we roll,” I said.

Taken from WWdN: In Exile: that’s just how i roll by Wil Wheaton.

Forgotten Games

In my gaming group1, we finished up the current storyline in a previous session. This week we were discussing what we might want to do next as our current GM needs a break. One thing that always comes up during this sort of discussion is a game run back in everybody else’s college days based on GURPS Castle Falkenstein. As usual when this was mentioned, the GM who ran this (and still a player in our group) begged off as being too busy2. However this time the discussion refreshed a vague memory of a gaming system/supplement that I’d bought once upon a time.

Given that I tend to horde collect books, I went searching through my gaming library trying to find that old system/supplement. I had one major problem with my search… I could not recall what the game was called. So I just searched through all the gaming materials I had (and knew where they were). Unfortunately, my search was unsuccessful. Once I gave up the initial search, I decided to go online and see if I could figure out any more information on it.

Again I ran into difficulty in searching as I only vaguely recalled when I bought it (the 90’s), what it was about (faeries in England when gaslight was common, say Victorian England) and that I was pretty sure it was published by TSR. I was thinking the title was something like Faerie by Gaslight (or maybe by Foglight) but I couldn’t be sure. Lastly, I recalled that it wasn’t a D&D setting but based on another system TSR put out.

After about half an hour of searching I uncovered the name of that other system, Amazing Engine. A few seconds later and I knew the game setting was called For Faerie, Queen and Country. The worst part of revisiting these old memories? As soon as I found a picture of the book for the game setting I realized I’d bought it, read it (cover to cover more than once) and never, ever once played the damn thing. And now I cannot even find my old copy, even though it’s highly likely in the house somewhere. *sigh* So faithful reader, are there any old RPGs that once captured your imagination but which you never got a chance to play?

1 Yes, I am geek. If you’re only just now realizing this; then this is either the first time you’ve read my blog or you’re seriously delusional.
2 This is not a complaint. You are too busy.

More Quiz Silliness

Malevolent Abhorrent Nun-Zapping Anthropologist-Beheading Abomination of Rage

Wizard
40% Combativeness, 26% Sneakiness, 73% Intellect, 50% Spirituality
Brilliant! You are a Wizard!

Wizards are spells-casters who study powerful arcane magic. While Wizards tend to be pretty fragile, some of those spells can pack quite a punch. Unlike Clerics, Wizards aren�t as good at fixing people as they are at breaking them, so watch where you toss that fireball�

Your most distinctive trait is your intelligence. You’re probably well learned and logical, if perhaps a bit fragile.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 15% on Combativeness
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You scored higher than 26% on Sneakiness
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You scored higher than 55% on Intellect
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You scored higher than 60% on Spirituality

Link: The RPG Class Test written by MFlowers on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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