Sunday, June 14, 2009

more musings

Just as an update to my last post, it was revealed to me during my Online DND campaign with the Fancy Bastards ( that there are over 30 race choices and more than 15 classes in 4.0 dnd.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

On Roleplaying Stereotypes

I've been playing RPGs on the computer and console for many years, but only playing paper and pencil dungeons and dragons for oh maybe 6. Its been only recently, the past few campaigns or so, including those played at college where I've taken a more active interest in Roleplaying my character.

In the first campaign I ever dilligently roleplayed for the Dungeon Master asked me if I had rp'd before because I was pretty good at it (the dm was a big RP game runner, World of darkness and other such white wolf games). I honestly had not, but I replied, "I have a very good fantasy/sci-fi background which I use to build a characters personality"

now why would I start off this post about RP stereotypes whith such a story? Well it relates to an almost constant argument I have with a friend of mine down here that i play DND with almost every week. Since 4th edition DnD has come out, we've bickerd back and forth about the removal, reversal, and other such changes to the classic archetypes many of us learned the game with.

I personally dont take issue with the game mechanics changes. Hasbro/Wizards is trying to take a brand with bad connotations and a small player base and bring it to the mainstream. And to to that they've done things such as, remove negatives stat bonuses from character races, introduced more varied races and classes, and made precedent for almost any wacky/inane combination you can think of all in the name of increasing the player base by "upping the fun" As I said, this doesn't bother me. What does bother me is that such mechanics allow for people to go against what I will call the RP Stereotypes.

What is an RP stereotype by my definition? Its an idea, an archetype, widely held, usually inspired by fantasy writing or older versions of rpgs. Example: All drow can assumed to be evil. All undead can be assumed to be evil. Orcs are dumb, Elves are frail. And nowaday's new players dont have that sort of indoctrination into such archetypes, primarily because they aren't included in the game mechanics. All player races have no negative stat bonuses, so you have no idea what a races weakness is. There is an epic destiny (read, prestige class) where you become a lich (specifically an archlich) so as you may fight evil for eternity. I use that example specifically because I have a major problem with it. The process of becoming a lich is a process by which a wizard of the day would shed their humanity, literally and figuratively.

To rant about another problem I have in this vein, there are so many new wild and crazy character races, they just aren't feasible. The idea by my understanding is that the character races are supposed to be common enough that those cultures can raise "heros." Humans, elves dwarves, all make sense, but shifters, genasi, devas, and goliaths? They just dont fit into my (now admittedly antiquated) world view.

Dont get me wrong now friends, I'm not angry enough to stop playing. Its just that it kinda rubs me the wrong way. In the effort to essentially make more money, the publishers are contradicting the source material, going against the established narrative.

These are just my jumbled thoughts.

Friday, March 27, 2009


I am currently sitting at the gate for my flight from atl back home after my interview. I believe it went well, this is all I will say bout it till monday, when I will find out for sure how well it went.

its been raining really hard here the past few days and every flight has been pushed back a significant amount. My orignal departure time was scheduled to be 8pm. Not that bad, gave me some time to get a decent meal at the airport.

as I live and breathe I stand (well, sit) before the great blue wall o time tables and my flight now leaves at 2:04 AM

you didn't misread that. 2 in the frakkin morning.

As I understood it, airports close down around midnight...but I guess this flight to new bern is an exception considering the EWN airport is where they store the jets for this (2x a day) flight. So pretty mcuh no matter what Im getting out of ATL tonight/tomorrow. I can only hope its not daylight again when it happens.

What follows is a summary of my day at LM Aero in Mareitta GA

7:45 am, I arrive at LM's vistor center, nigh soaked from head to toe in my good suit, as it had started to pour felines and canines just after I got away from the hotel.

Imagine my suprise to see a number of other college or just post college aged people similarly attired. I was unaware this was going to be a group interview. Thankfully they were all here for different jobs, I only met one other gentlemen interviewing for the same position as me.

I spent the morning in a conference room waiting and meeting with LM peoples to sort out paperwork, get reimbusment papers, and the like and to actually have my interview.

After this period a lunch was had at their supremely well appointed cafeteria.

And then we come to the heart of the matter, the redeeming feature of this trip should I not be extended a job offer, the tour of the C-130J, P3, and F-22 Assembly factory. To me, a meche graduate with a supreme boner for military aircraft and LM (the company) in particular this was an orgasmic experience. I got as close to an F-22 as any civilian not working for LM can get.

Seeing the C-130 (super hercules) up close was eye opening too, that plane is frakkin enourmous even in its barebones state. The propeller blades is about as tall as I am and made completely of fiberglass composite.

There may be more if I think about it in the 8 hours I have left in this gods forsaken airport so stay...tuned? Do you tune in to the internutz?

Love, Peace, and Taco Grease


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On dreams, and their defference

I am currently busying myself in preperation for what could possibly be the most important interview of my life, for a job with the company I have quite literally always wanted to work for since I entered Engineering School, Lockheed Martin. I will be flying down to the corporate HQ recruiting center in the ATL tomorrow at quarter to 7 in the gorram morning but I am hoping it will be worth it.

I am trying not to build up my hopes on this one, but its really hard not to.

At the very least I'll get a tour of wherever Im going and that will fill my cool tank for a while.

Additionally the process of potentially getting me transfered away from here and to another internal group has begun, possibly a bit too late unfortunately, but Its a backup plan.

for those of you not in the know (programming note, probably all of you) the contract I am working under will expire this june, and as of yet there has been no renewal or new contract. Do the maths and you'll see I need to find another job.

insert shameless twitter plug here, its the best way to find out whats going on in my boring life (

Friday, March 6, 2009

Mac and Cheese, frakstyle

Submitted for your approval, a recipe very delicious

Ingredients list
2cups elbow noodles
12oz cheese, I use NY Chedder (1 and 1/4 standard packaging)
1cup Panko or japanese breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tbs. mustard powder
1 tsp salt
a total of 7tbs butter (all but 1 section of a stick)
3 tbs AP flour
5 strips thick cut bacon cut into small pieces (optional)
3 cups milk
1 egg beaten
1 bay leaf

Render/cook bacon separately drain and set aside.

for the noodles:
boil water and cook the noodles for 6 mins drain and splash with cold water to keep them relatively firm

For the sauce:
melt 3 tbs of the butter in a pan over medium heat, let it cook till it stops bubbling then whisk in the flour thoroughly and cook over lowish heat till it darkens slightly
add the seasonings (paprika, mustard powder, salt) and mix till a pasty consistency
slowly add the milk whisking as you go, toss in the bay leaf and bacon now
slowly bring the mixture to a boil (medium low heat) whisking as often as possible
once the mixture thickens considerably temper the egg with a spoonful of the hot mixture at a time (this is the most complicated part) and then whisk into the sauce
dont forget to remove the bay leaf at this point
over very low heat, add 3/4s of the cheese, one handful at a time allowing it to fully mix in before adding the next
incorporate with the noodles and put the whole mess into a casserole dish covering it with the remaining cheese and then the panko topping which is the 4 tbs of butter melted and mixed with the breadcrumbs

bake for 1/2 hour in 350 oven, then broiled with the door slightly ajar for a min or two to brown the topping

id suggest giving it some time to rest but who can resist.

most of this recipe is attributed to Alton Brown, but I made some changes.

Friday, January 23, 2009

New years project

On Monday I turned 24, just an fyi

on to content, this year my project is to finish all those damn RPG's in my gaming cabinet...there are soo many unfinished games that a shorter list is those that I've actually completed >.>

Will update on the progress as I go but currently Im back into FFXII