tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Default)
I created this journal several years ago (almost 5!), with the express purpose of chronicling my spiritual journey. As I learned more about my path, I figured, I'd update the journal and post my revelations.

That lasted all of a year or so.

In 2012, I had my first crisis of faith, and found myself sliding towards becoming what I would call "an unwilling atheist" -- that is, one who doesn't believe there are gods, but desperately wants to. Just as I want to fly unaided, I also know that it's a physical impossibility, no matter how much I wish it. Over time, I'd swing back and forth between the two extremes of believer (in gods) and atheist. This journal ultimately was effectively abandoned, as wrestling with these questions left me unwilling to put anything down.

So, fast forward to 2016. A friend expressed an interest in getting her online journal going again, and mentioned coming to DreamWidth to "start over". This seemed like good motivation to do the same, myself, because I have been wanting to get back into journaling. I used to post several times a day back on my old LJ, up until I discovered World of Warcraft. Then, as I played through Vanilla and Burning Crusade, my posting frequency plummeted.

What will I post about, now that I have made the conscious decision to start blogging here? I will start to post about spiritual matters again (starting with a "who I am and where I stand" post), but I imagine that I will also post about my D&D/Pathfinder/13th Age/Star Wars RPGs, both current and in development. I will also post about my day from time to time, and even touch on some events from my past, which have come to shape who I am.

My goal right now is one post every other day (on average; so if I do 3 days in a row, I'm off the hook for the next 3).

I will not count this one, but I won't be starting to post until Sunday. Tomorrow is my brother's birthday, and I'm spending it with him. I work Saturday morning, and tentatively have a game that night. I get off at 5pm on Sunday, so I will post then. Right now, I'll plan for that post to be the "state of Anthony as he is in 2016".

Welcome, friends.. let's make this fun.
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tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - Archer Snob)
This is an interesting one, especially since I've taken something similar in years past, and it's changed. Personally, I see it as more likely that I'd be NG, not N, but it weighted answers, and I was just barely more into neutral. At least I can say I'm not really evil. :)

Oddly, I feel like this wouldn't be a bad choice for the game I'm getting ready to participate in with [livejournal.com profile] strieson, [livejournal.com profile] capedory1181, Jon, and Rick. I'm gonna pass, though, because Avengers reminded me how badass an archer can be. :)

I Am A: True Neutral Human Druid/Sorcerer (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:

True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Druids gain power not by ruling nature but by being at one with it. They hate the unnatural, including aberrations or undead, and destroy them where possible. Druids receive divine spells from nature, not the gods, and can gain an array of powers as they gain experience, including the ability to take the shapes of animals. The weapons and armor of a druid are restricted by their traditional oaths, not simply training. A druid's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

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tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Music - Beyond the Crimson Horizon)
Last week, I was a ball of energy where work was concerned. I feel like I actually began to accomplish things, and make folks realize I'm serious about the job. That said, between work and spending time with my friends, I let this journal go. *shrug* Better for me to be living life than writing about it, right?

The primary thing that I accomplished last week was that I managed to get my schedule pretty much done on Wednesday. That has always been the bane of my existence. :) Yet, when I went in for work on Thursday, I had -- at most -- a couple of tweaks to make to it. I halfway suspect that getting the schedule done set the tone for the rest of my week. Confidence returned, and it showed in my efficiency and interactions. I may generally be more confident now than I was even six months ago, but this was a shot in the arm to that.

Friday, I had a dream that left me pondering things I had been thinking about, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd Done Something™. Oh, I know it sounds silly, but I woke up with a feeling that it was no ordinary dream. Given the subject matter of my dream, though, I will refrain from posting it here. (Speculate all that you like, but I will not confirm, deny, or acknowledge any accusations.)

I didn't sleep well at all on Friday night. I don't know if it was because I was off on Saturday, or something more, but I had a hell of a time sleeping. I'd sleep for about an hour, then wake up and be up for 2-3 hours. Lather, rinse repeat.

I finally got up around 1030am, because I had been sweating enough that my pillowcase was wet. That was an unpleasant feeling. Well, [livejournal.com profile] strieson came over, and we discussed the possibility of doing another Pathfinder game. We tossed around ideas until about 545pm, when I had to leave to go to Bahama Breeze for a "department head outing". That is, where all the people in charge of my store went and had dinner. I wasn't interested, but you know how it is with corporate picnics, etc. You have to show up for at least a little bit. I wound up having some decent fun, but my head was seriously hurting by the time I left at 9pm.

I managed to get to bed by 11pm, but woke at 1am with a splitting headache. I took some Advil, and prayed I would get back to sleep soon, because I had to be at work at 5am to do payroll. The day went pretty smoothly, though I forgot to do the head count for this week's schedule, because I had to write some people up. I'll get that done tomorrow.

I'd go into more detail about today, but my head is beginning to hurt, and I suspect that I need sleep to get rid of this pain, so I will cut it short. I will say, though, that Game of Thrones gets better with every episode. Jon likes it so much, he calls it the "hour of epic" at my house. :)

I have so much more I still need to do, but I'm going to have to let it go for now. Sleep must take priority, even though I think I owe the golden-haired owner of Brisingamen a chat. Maybe she'll pull me aside while I sleep?
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - Archer Snob)
First, I want to say that I have one dose of my antibiotic left, and I finally feel damned near back to normal. I might keep the sudafed going for a couple more days, just to be sure, but I've been coughing up some crap, where before nothing was coming up. Huzzah. :) Spring -- and it's associated pollen spikes -- can go fuck itself. Sorry, Nature. In this, we are foes. :)

I've been thinking about gaming lately. Namely, what type of D&D-style character would I play, assuming a standard fantasy setting? I find myself unable to easily answer this question. After all, I have played some archetypes that I will forever associate certain characters with. For example, if I think of archers, I'm going to think of Ashe Haydon. Paladins? Aric Seles. Larcenous, yet loyal, rogue with a bit of magic? Joren Brimstone. Repentant holy monk? Tedros Shuian. Gruff dwarf cleric? Brotto Ungart.

So, I'm left wondering what sort of character that I would choose to play, if I got the chance again. (Examples are all from Pathfinder, my personal choice for RPG.)

I thought about tying in some Norse elements into a character (wolf shaman -- Druid; Boreal bloodline -- Sorcerer). I thought about appealing to my love of space (Starsoul bloodline -- Sorcerer). I thought about attempting to be a sneaky character (Infiltrator -- Ranger; Scout -- Rogue). I considered picking a weapon and trying to be the best with it (Archer, Polearm Master, Two-handed Fighter, Two-Weapon Warrior, Weapon Master -- Fighter). I've even thought about a harrier-style character (Mobile Fighter -- Fighter; Skirmisher -- Ranger; Sniper -- Rogue). Finally, I figured I could always make a wizard (Fire element specialization).

Some of these appeal to me more than others. They are all interesting. I could theoretically make a multiclass character that utilizes one or more themes (Wolf Shaman/Skirmisher; Fire Wizard/Sniper; Cleric (Weather Domain)/Stormborn Bloodline Sorcerer).

Yet, at the end of the day, it's the personality I must fill the race/class with that matters.

Ashe was quiet and driven, and let his bow do his talking. Aric was diplomatic, but capable of letting his morality get him into trouble (and make him flap his gums when he shouldn't). Joren was a smartass, but a true friend. Brotto was fast friends with his adventuring group, even choosing to emulate the monk in the group. :)

The urge to redo Ashe is overwhelming. Indeed, with the Archer subtype for the Fighter class, coupled with a level of Ranger, Ashe would again be a force to be reckoned with, but with some nifty new tricks. I've always thought it would be fun to make a character whose signature weapon is some kind of polearm (or spear). I think the Skirmisher subtype for Ranger sounds neat, in that you give up spells for the ability to perform various nonmagical tricks.

I guess I have some more thought to put into this exercise, before I can say I know what I would do. I work in the morning, so I am going to call it a night and leave these notes around so that -- should the urge strike someone -- suggestions or brainstorms can be made.
tek2way: D&D - Dungeon Master (D&D - Dungeon Master)
I get back into updating my LJ on something of a regular basis, and what do I learn? That I'm currently in a "not interested in WoW" mood. Sheesh. I hope that vicious circle is over. I like putting thoughts on "paper." In fact, I might even say that it's infectious. The more I write, even about mundane topics like work and grocery shopping, the more I want to continue writing. On that note, I'm going to tread into familiar territory: gaming.

I am 36. I have been into games (RPG, CCG, Video, Board, MMO) for pretty much 2/3 of my life. Even when I back off of it, I still find myself wishing... hoping... that I could find a game that I can play, or people with whom I could run a game. Of course, what always seems to happen is that the level of enthusiasm is uneven. I might be excited to play a game, but those I would ask are disinterested or, at best, lukewarm to the idea. Sometimes, I am the one who is cool to the idea.

I realize now that it's no longer enough to say, "we're doing a game," and running with it. My time is more precious, if only to me, and I am not willing to spend such a valuable resource on a game that doesn't hold my interest. That isn't to say that the concept of the game isn't interesting, but I know what I like, and I have to accept that what I like may not always translate well to a tabletop game. In some cases, it's the expectations based on the exposure to the genre.

For instance, in Shadowrun, I love the idea of a decker: a console cowboy, a hacker. Taming the lawless wilds of cyberspace, or blending in and making a name for yourself. However, My experience with the decker is from William Gibson books like Neuromancer and movies like Johnny Mnemonic and Hackers. The big thing there is that the hero knows exactly what to do with their deck to accomplish their goals. I, however, am a more direct person in real life, so the subtlety is lost on me. Thus, while I like cyberpunk and deckers, I cannot play one the way I think I should, because I have different expectations from what is possible in the system.

What, exactly then, am I looking for in a game? What types of games can I be happy with? First, I like a game where law enforcement is more of a hint of a threat than an overt presence. I know this sounds like I'm a loose cannon, but the reality is that I would rather have my character brought to an end by dying in a fight than "the cops arrest you." This tends to be more in the realm of fantasy than sci-fi, in my opinion (though the threat of law enforcement works for something like Firefly, which is predominantly wild west-ish). I'm a hero, dang it. Let me carve justice with the edge of my sword. :)

Another thing that I look for is immersive role-playing. That is, we can forget about the fact that we're playing a game, and just cut loose. The rules are still there for adjudicating conflicts, of course, but aren't so prevalent that they hang like a cloud over all gameplay. A great example of this was the first session of Stephen's first Caeln game. We had the back and forth and interaction so endlessly that night that 7 hours passed by in the blink of an eye.

The final thing is admittedly because I want my cake, and to eat it, too. I like how 3e/PFRPG (3e) has a very modular way of approaching builidng classes, but what happens all too often is that I, at least, get so worked up wanting to see myself with that "level 20 perfect build," that I assembled at level 2, that I get impatient going through the levels to get to it. On the flip side, while rules light systems emphasize my second point (immersive gameplay), I'm left with no mechanical reason to see the character advance. Castles & Crusades (C&C) is a very simple and elegant system. It has the basic d20 resolution mechanic, the six stats, but that's where similarities end.

The question is, how do I utilize the rules light style of Castles & Crusades with the modularity of 3e/PFRPG? At first glance, plugging on Skills or Feats would seem to do it. However, not all of those work for such a simple system or, if they do, they would require some work to get them to be a good fit. Maybe I can streamline 3e, instead? Then again, C&C doesn't really allow multiclassing, so part of THAT issue is removed. With that being the case, perhaps I could instead move over some of the class features instead?

What did I want out of a game when I was younger? Back in the 2e days, we never really got a game to last very long, but I think we were in it more for the treasure. In 3e, treasure was nice and still desired, but skills, feats, class features, and multiclassing all moved up in importance, because those were a more immediate reward. After all, 3e introduced the concept of "character wealth by level," a chart that would have shot pretty much every single 2e game I ever played in. So, we found value in adding skill ranks, taking new feats, and getting access to new class abilities.

Maybe the next time I assemble a game, I can get the other players to admit exactly what they want out of their game. I want to be a larger-than-life hero, have some choices in character customization, and have it streamlined enough that we don't have to spend an entire gaming session leveling up.

I am ready to grab at least a couple of friends and see about putting together a semi-regular game, because the world needs heroes.

...and my creativity spikes when I'm actually using it. Go figure. :)
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Default)
I worked 2-11 today (yestrerday as of this writing), and the day actually went rather well. I was honestly surprised I was in such a good mood for work, given that I spent a great deal of time in the register. Shanita was the evening supervisor and, despite what one would think, she facilitated my work that night, even as I was constantly helping on the front. Score one for me. :)

I borrowed "The Social Network" from Seleena tonight, and it was a great movie. I do not know if I'd want to watch it again, but I'm glad that I got a chance to watch it at least this once. ;) Heck, that's why i'm still up now. It ended only about 30 minutes ago.

I've been giving some thought to the game I've been running since moving into my apartment. It's gone slowly, but it's gone moderately well. I'm about to pass the GMing reins over to [livejournal.com profile] nyminal for a while, and enjoy some Shadworun gaming, while I work on the next leg of my campaign. The Carrion Crown adventure path from Paizo has some serious potential to be a memorable horror campaign in the gothic style, and I want to use the time I have to make that a reality.

Having this laptop helps a great deal. I can plan ahead for combat, and use Excel for tracking inititative and hit points of the enemies that they're fighting. I can use Acrobat to display the maps/adventure notes/player handouts. Also, I can more easily control the music playing in my gaming playlist. I admit that I'm toying with finding a digital die roller for Windows, so that I only need my books for the game.

Well, it's late, and my day actually begins early tomorrow. I am going to be picking up [livejournal.com profile] strieson, running a couple of errands, and coming back to the apartment to play some Magic and work on his Shadowrun character. Sometime during the day, I am going to give [livejournal.com profile] titus_the_mage's wife a ride to work. Also, there's a chance that [livejournal.com profile] una_con_laluna and [livejournal.com profile] marius_98 might be stopping by. I also want to vacuum my apartment and get my clothes folded and put away. Should be fun.

Until next we meet..
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Default)
I'm not really sure if I put this in my last blog entry, but Charles and his wife have asked me to move. Oh, not immediately, but I definitely gather that "the sooner, the better" is definitely the way I'm supposed to look at it. He told me he wanted to make sure that I didn't hustle out in such a hurry that I take on a sub-optimal solution, and I appreciate that, but I don't plan on hanging around any longer than absolutely necessary.

With that in mind, I went into the attic today, and pulled down everything that I own up there (aside from my 8" reflector telescope). I went through it, threw away a lot of stuff, and set aside a crapton of stuff to give away/sell (I'm not going to ask money, but as this will help me move, whatever's thrown my way would be appreciated).

Nothing was spared. I'm keeping my runs of Kenshin, Love Hina, and Negima. The rest, including Maison Ikkoku, is being given away. My massive set of 4 bookcases now has one set of shelves that is completely empty, I removed so many paperbacks (and a few hardbacks). I've removed a few movies from my DVD collection. My RPG collection is probably 3' (yes, feet) shorter. I intend on going through my CDs soon, too. I'd filter out my cassettes too, but, well, they're cassettes, and I get old man *and* metal cred for having them. :) (Honestly, I *could* get rid of a lot of 'em, but I intend on keeping all my Helloween, my Body Count album with "Cop Killer", and Green JellO's "Cereal Killer" soundtrack (first album -- only album?).

At any rate... )

All in all, despite feeling.. pushed .. into moving ASAP, I am fairly optimistic about this. Earlier this year, I filed Chapter 7, and my debt has been cleared. I'm not proud of it, but I was given a second chance, and I'm going to make the most of it. To that end,"> I'm pointedly *NOT* looking for a roommate. It will be tighter than I've been used to, but my living room will be decorated the way I want, it'll be organized the way I want, and when I walk in, I'll know it's mine. My personal debate: bottom floor to avoid my heavy feet and simplify moving in/out, or second floor for security?

Also, the question of WHERE in the metro area would be good. In this, I'd prefer to stay out of Memphis, since I have an ancient car, and I doubt it'll pass emissions. Still, I've seen something down near my old store that looks not too bad, and is reasonably affordable (I would LIKE a 2 BR apartment, so I can have my computer in my "office", and my bedroom stays, well, my bedroom. :))

Well, I have work WAAAY too early tomorrow, so to bed I go. I just wanted to make sure that I updated before I fell asleep.
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - DL - Tanis)
I just never use my LJ anymore. I'm far more likely to update my Facebook profile for a quick bit of info. The sad thing is that I like updating my journal, at least theoretically. Going back and reading old entries provides a real snapshot into what my life has been like since I joined the LJ community back in 2002.

Still, I've not really been posting. Of course, aside from some minor gripes with work, playing WoW, and just living day-to-day, things aren't really changing for me. I told myself I needed to eat better and begin exercising, because I am not getting any younger. That fell flat. I start that up at least 1-2 times a week, and invariably fail on the days that I work late or (less often) when I'm off. It's a matter of convenience for me. Do I get the veggies out of the fridge, prep them and make something to eat, or do I grab the bread, the cheese, and the hot dogs to make something that will fill me quickly? I suppose before I try to seriously make this happen, I should plan out what I'm going to eat, and make a point to go shopping for what's on my menu. Then, as much as it pains me, I'll need to get up and walk away from my computer. I've noticed a correlation between sitting at my computer and snacking all day long.

In other news, I'm finally tiring of WoW. The guild that I was in was not even trying to progress in endgame content. While we're not a raiding guild, hearing the guild leader say, "it's in the works (or that effect)," and yet never really do anything really sucks. We couldn't even get folks to go read the strats for the two things we DID attempt (Vault of Archavon and Obsidian Sanctum). Couple this with a decided lack of faith by my guild's leader regarding a real life friend and, well, that's that. I rejoined my old guild, Relief Beef, but I can't say that I'm going to pay to renew my subscription on Friday when it lapses.

I got back into LotRO again. What I like about it is that it's like WoW, but isn't so addictive that you can't stop and walk away. I'm on Meneldor with a group of people that the leader knows in real life. Unfortunately, I had lost the account info I used last April when I played, so I got to start all over. :-p I'm having fun with my Rune-Keeper, though.

Finally, I did my first 4e game in nearly 9 months last night. I *do* enjoy that system, for all that it's "not as good" as 3e or 2e. The guys I was playing with asked if we could continue the game on a semi-regular basis, for which I'm interested as well. The only catch? This time, we're gonna rotate the DM activities with the same group of characters, and I, at least, am going to do no overarching plot. Let's just get together, socialize, and kill stuff. :)

Anyway, I work late tonight and tomorrow night, but I'm off on Saturday. Short off day, true, but it's Saturday, and the roommates should be around, so hopefully we can get some stuff done around the homestead. (Though I gotta get a mask before I work outside again.. either the pollen count is worse this year, or my allergies are getting worse as I age.. Last weekend, I couldn't breathe at all.)

Follow me on Facebook, btw. Find my real name, and tell me who you are when you add me.

I know [livejournal.com profile] dragonpurr uses Twitter. Anyone else?
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - DL - Raistlin)
Today was a change of pace, for sure.

I woke up, and began to immediately clean my room. Not just pick up things, but I dusted and wiped down and changed linens and did laundry. I guess part of me wanted to begin my vacation in a fresh, clean room. (That's not to say that my room is a wreck. Rather, I did a "pseudo-spring cleaning" on it.)

After I got things mostly done, [livejournal.com profile] capedory1181 and I went to the store, and stocked the house with food and stuff. I came back, grabbed a quick bite, and headed over to [livejournal.com profile] disker's mom's house, which is a little under half a mile from where I live. Since it wasn't really cold (yet), I grabbed my gloves, layered a couple of shirts and a pullover, and bicycled there. Yep, I got some exercise today. :)

There, we just talked a while, catching up about things. A decision was made to go back to [livejournal.com profile] disker's place, so I quickly rode home to drop off my bike. I am definitely happy I rode my bike today, though dang it was cold.

Once at [livejournal.com profile] disker's, we talked a bit, I got some new music, and we watched Rush Hour 3 (pretty fun, though not as good as 1 or 2). Talk afterward eventually got around to RPGs, and how D&D isn't as fun as it once was. We talked about what might have changed, and reminisced about old games and what was fun about them. Before I left, I'd come to the conclusion that I'd like to give a D&D game one last chance before I write it off to something I "used to do in my 20s". Geek mid-life crisis? I hope not. :)

So, I'm going to give some thought to a game. One thing that might be done differently is that we'd do 1-2 adventures, and either take a break or change games/DMs, instead of aiming for these epic-length campaigns that can't be finished in 2-3 years, let alone one. We'll see who is interested, and take it from there, I guess.

Four hours are all that stand between me and a week off from work. Huzzah!
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Art (Whelan) - Gunslinger)
I know. I know. It looks like I really DID vanish when I got into the Wrath of the Lich King Beta. Unfortunately, such was not the case. The day I got the invitation, I was scheduled to work late (as in 6pm-3am), so I should have gotten back in bed. However, I wasn't sleepy (not just because of the beta -- I'm used to getting up early), so I sat up a while, hoping to get sleepy. I finally fell asleep, for about two hours. When I got up and got ready for work again, I felt kinda icky. My sinuses were beginning to feel that "not so good" feeling that usually signals the onset of a sinus infection.

When I got home, I would have felt better if I had gone to bed. Instead, though, I ignored the crappy feeling in my sinuses, and tooled around a bit on the beta. I didn't play long, since the server went down, but I was up long enough (it was my "day off" -- like being off from 3am one day till 10am the next really amounts to much) that I tried to minimize my sleep, for fear I wouldn't sleep well that night. I should have slept, since I got involved with something with the roommates, like usual, and went to bed around midnight (I figured midnight to 8am, with two hours to dress and get to work, should be good).

I felt worse when I got up, but I wasn't convinced until I was already dressed, so I went in anyway. Thankfully, my boss took pity on me, whether it was intentional or not, and kept me in Guest Care the whole day (someone else working all day had called in, so I kinda wonder if she wasn't just relieved I'd come in, despite being sick). I got to feeling better-ish on Sunday, but who was in town but my good buddy Rick.

Apparently, the house in Fayette County he was supposed to be getting fell through, and he moved back to New York. This time, though, the man did something smart, and took an hourly job working carpet for an apartment complex. Steady income, a discount on rent, and he's in a nice area? I'm THRILLED for him. :)

Even if he's far away again, and can't play D&D with us. :(
I left work early, and I hung out with him all day, though my mood started going south and I started feeling really bad. I wanted to try to do a spontaneous D&D game for Rick, since he never gets to play, and we ALWAYS do one when he's in town. I even got started, but I was so worn out and bad feeling (I literally was dozing off at the table, with everyone waiting on what I was to say next), that we scrapped it before we even got to a combat encounter.

The next day (Monday), I took him around to a couple of places -- to get pictures of family and his suitcase (he'd stayed with us that night) -- and when we came back, I laid down, feeling like I'd been hit with a truck. I almost backed out of giving him a ride to the airport, but [livejournal.com profile] strieson went with me. When I returned, I slept HARD, for about two hours. When I woke, I felt better, and, like an idiot, starting doing normal things again.

The rest of the week wasn't much better. I worked unusual shifts, and my sleep pattern wasn’t much of a pattern. As a result, I got a lot sicker, and I felt it completely. What was worst was that I actually thought about going to the doctor, but I couldn’t determine a good day to go, since I wasn’t off until Saturday. So, I took medicine, and tried to rest when I could. I barely touched WoW, and mainly watched Supernatural seasons 1 and 2 with my roommates. (Got ‘em hooked, hehehe..)

I have spent more time in bed since Saturday, and feel a lot better for it, though I know I’m not out of the woods yet. I am getting sleep, drinking plenty of juice and water, and taking it easy. I am trying to peek in on the beta a little, since they announced the release date today.

I like Death Knight, and will be rolling one when they go live. I also dislike the paladin changes, and will probably be retiring mine. I imagine that I will level my druid, my warrior, and a death knight.

For now, I gotta hit the hay. G’night, folks.
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tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Default)
So, I got some sleep, and still felt a little off-kilter when I woke up on Monday. However, I think I just needed to get some (more) sleep, because I felt a lot better on Tuesday. I am weighing the pros and cons of each system for that Eberron game, and I'm asking my potential players for input as well.

In work-related news, I had to be at work at 3am, so that I could be done with all the morning bookwork by 6am, when workers were to begin ripping out one wall of accounting so that we could get our new safe. I got to skip my lunch (How could I go anywhere? We had a hole in Accounting. I was a guard! :)), and I left at 11am. I still ate lunch at McAllister's, though, and enjoyed a bacon spud. Still, it's been kinda nice, because of today's day off, I've had almost two days in a row. :)

I'm definitely more settled now at work than I was, and I am thrilled stupid about that. Again, as I am going to say every time until I get off my ass and do it, I still want to find another job. I figure if I keep bothering MYSELF about it every time I talk about liking the job, I might actually get around to following through. Still, I am not looking forward to tomorrow's 6am-3pm shift at work. I just don't want to get up that early right now.

Actually, I want to take a vacation. I am desperate for some time out of this city, away from the people I normally see. Since I've used all my vacation time for the year already (surgery in April), I would be willing to take the time off unpaid, if I could, just to go somewhere. My biggest problem? I don't know where I want to go. :-p "Away" is about the only thing I know for sure. I've been invited to go on a trip to New Orleans in September, but I worry that I could get the money together in time. :(

After taking a nap (I woke up too early, but stayed awake against my better judgment), I deep cleaned my bathroom, dusted and vacuumed my room, and got my laundry done. I feel rather accomplished, and look forward to sleeping in my clean bed. :)

I also spent part of today finalizing my "Metal Overload" iTunes playlist: 1100 metal songs, ranging from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Amon Amarth and the latest from Symphony X, with W.A.S.P., Morgenstern, Type O Negative, and KISS thrown in for good measure. It's not a "greatest hits". It's just "my favorite songs from what I call metal on my own iTunes, with some extras tossed in from hard rock". I'd love to post it, but 1) I don't think folks would want to see 1100 songs, 2) I don't know how to export it from iTunes except in tab-delimited text and XML, and 3) I don't think folks would want to see 1100 songs. :) Suffice to say, I'm going to spend a lot of time listening to this playlist.

Now, I need to get some sleep, or I'll be even crankier in the morning than I am now. But hey, at least my bed's clean!
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tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - Eb - House Lyrandar Crest)
So, work has settled back down after all that Fourth of July selling. I'm even settling better into my job (though I've not changed my mind about looking for better). I'm even getting to slip out of work early on Sundays right now (it usually costs me -- at most -- 3 and a half hours off my week, and trust me, the mental health benefit is more than worth that much).

Today, I came home, made some lunch, and was thinking about the 4e D&D game I was gonna go play in at [livejournal.com profile] lordreaibn's place this afternoon. Well, around 3pm, I found myself laying down "to read" (yeah, right). Two hours later, I woke up, groggy and fuzzy-headed, to find [livejournal.com profile] mfsfreak and [livejournal.com profile] strieson in the living room, watching American Dad. [livejournal.com profile] mfsfreak told me that [livejournal.com profile] lordreaibn canceled the game at 430pm. I was kind of pleased, since I wasn't feeling up to going anyway, but something felt... wrong.

It has occurred to me that perhaps I'm not as into D&D anymore as I once was. I still love the concept, and the new system (4th Edition) plays very well, but I no longer enjoy making characters all day and picking out gear and setting aside time on a weekly basis to play. I'm no more mature or anything. My interests are just evolving, I guess. I mean, I think of D&D campaign ideas, and I *LOVE* them, and can almost plan them out in my head, but when it comes to actual planning and preparation, I lose interest. I need to consider the possibility that I'd rather write a story instead of DMing a campaign.

My latest idea involves the Eberron campaign setting. When I first saw it, I realized that Eberron was uniquely suited to running a "noir" campaign. I even compared it to a fantasy-based Shadowrun once, and said, "it's great for Shadowrun, but it's not really a D&D campaign setting." So, I have been thinking about just that for the last couple of days. Do a 1940s-style, film-noir-esque, D&D campaign that is focused almost entirely in the city of Sharn, with character races and classes that reflect the harsh city life. The only high society folks will be those that come in for help, rather than being the characters.

My one problem is what system to use. I like how 4e doesn't require magic items for players to be a force to be reckoned with at higher levels, but all Eberron material I have is tied to 3e. I could theoretically convert to Pathfinder, since I still want to give that system a proper road test, but 3e's reliance on magic items will, in the long run, stifle the noir-ish flavor I'm aiming for (Mr. Rick in "Casablanca" didn't have a +5 Revolver of Nazi Slaying that fired Adamantite Bullets). However, I worry that 4e's trimmed down rule set (no social interaction mechanics like there used to be) will involuntarily limit role playing by those in my game. (While I am of the mind that not having a rule opens up opportunities, those I've played with have traditionally used their sheet to determine what they can do.) Pathfinder is more or less an extension of 3e and, as such, runs the risk of bringing along all of 3e's baggage.

Still, should I be doing a campaign at all, if I'm worried that I'm losing interest in D&D in general? Or am I, deep down, so eager to run a game, that it's ruining my playing?

I guess I will just have to think on it, and get some sleep for now. That nap didn't help me as much as I thought it did. I welcome thoughts and suggestions regarding both my plight and my campaign idea, no matter what they are. I work 10a-7p, so I better get to sleep.
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So, I totally wasted yesterday, trying to decide what kind of character I am going to play in [livejournal.com profile] lordreaibn's new 4e campaign. I mean, seriously. I was reading info on his setting, arranging stats, and looking at races and classes most of the day. The worst part is that I didn't even get something picked. I don't know why it's eluding me so. Of course, I'm tired now, so I can't pick one now (little pessimistic/fatalistic when I'm tired).

Last night, though, I ran Charles and [livejournal.com profile] strieson in some 4e combat. Aside from my own inexperience with the rules, it was a blast. It may look more modular (and it is), but it's not less D&D. It was a LOT more fun, IMO, than a typical first level encounter from 3e.

I work 6a-3p today, then 4p-1a on Thursday, and then I'm off on Friday. Talk about a messed up schedule. Oh well, gotta run. Hopefully, I do something meaningful this afternoon.
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tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - DL - Raistlin)
It has been over a month since I last posted on this journal, and I've not really posted much here this year, either.

Before I go into that, though, let me start by whining.

Why is it that when I'm off, I cannot sleep well the night before? I toss. I turn. I constantly wake up. I get indigestion, which wakes me up. I have headaches. Whatever it takes to keep me from sleeping soundly till morning. Sometimes, it's my fault, as I stay up late, and the morning sun around this time of year gets past my best efforts to block it from my window (at around 8am). But a lot of the time, this isn't the case. It's just an inability to rest when I don't have something pending. As you might expect, this was the case last night.

Anyway, I just haven't felt the urge to post like I used to. I still read it daily (sometimes, multiple times daily), and I comment from time to time. Yet, when it comes to my own journal, I usually decide "Ahh.. I'll do it later." Later invariably is when I'm going to bed, and then I decide "I can't now, I have to sleep".

I've also learned that it's not WoW's fault since, from May 1 through the 21, I wasn't playing WoW at all (I'd even cancelled my subscription). At the same time, though, I WANT to post, because it's nice to be able to go back and read it later. Looking back, it also seems to tie into when I had my surgery (I was definitely posting more before it, than afterward.)

So, what *have* I been up to? Well, working, sleeping, and trying not to think about work. The third option doesn't really have much interesting in it (a little WoW, some LotRO, book reading, movie watching, quiet time stuff). I recognize that I need to get around to that Top Ten movie list I promised back in March, as well as pics of my room (it's changed a teensy bit since I posted that I finished decorating, but not much). I guess I can break each thing up into a paragraph (or less), so you need not read what you don't wanna.

Work )

World of Warcraft )

Lord of the Rings Online )

Health and Fitness )

More has been happening, but it's mainly been the release of D&D 4e (and the campaigns that go with it) and an influx of new heavy metal (I'm particularly partial to the "new" Symphony X CD: Paradise Lost). More later. I hope this isn't too much at once. I want folks to read this. :)
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..I'm doing the "What D&D Character Are You?" quiz. Ironic, isn't it [livejournal.com profile] ravensun, that my primary class is Bard? :) The song choice was from the album that I existed in while reading and learning D&D back in the day: Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1, by Helloween.

In case some of you don't know, E. Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons back in 1974, died yesterday in his home. As everyone's saying all over the net, I actually am going to miss him, even though I never got to meet him. The man had a profound influence on my life (probably for the best, too..), and I never got to thank him for it.

Here's to you, Dungeon Master Prime. *rolls a d20*

I Am A:

Neutral Good Human Bard/Sorcerer (2nd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:

Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

The Detailed Results, and the weight of each )
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tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (Comics - Death's Eye of Horus)
It's October! And you know what that means! Anthony is on vacation until he has to go back on 9 October!

Also, it means that the Dragonlance bi-weekly game is starting TODAY. I have my iPod playlists selected, my handouts printed, character sheets prepped, books packed, pencils ready to click*, and -- most importantly of all -- dice ready to roll. I'm leaving now, so that I can be there as close to 200pm as possible, since that's when we're supposed to start. I suppose we'll iron out the details about when we'll start after today. Today, though, is character creation, followed by a short adventure to get them in the roles, as well as serve as a lead-in to the large adventure I'm going to be running them through, The Key of Destiny.

Wish me luck, people!

* - I never use wooden pencils anymore, unless it's under duress. Give me a mechanical pencil any day of the week. Though, as my brother, [livejournal.com profile] makeshift_guru, would say, "You can't properly chew on a mechanical pencil."
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