Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Americans Quotes

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Dnd - boring etc.

I'll CC the blog on an email I wrote just now...

My honest opinion is that DND should *all* be about the plot and as little as possible combat.

Combat takes (much) longer than it would do real time, and the uber slow speed is just unbelievable.

If I were a DM these days, I'll give 1000's of XP for "plot completing" and give a 10x bonus for "negotiating" bad guys rather than fighting them.

The last game I played was where everyone was high level and we basically had 2 fights with high level monsters per session. The plot dragged on at a snail's pace. Characters died the whole time, and recreating new ones is almost as tedious as the combat were that killed them.

I'll give a lot to be back in my brother's game world. We started out as two character's offering to transport a package from Ten-Trees-at-River's-End to Tremien (? - can't remember the town's name... and my character came from that town)... and ended up by us being wanted by the biggest church of the game world, as well as half of the underdark's elven kings.

We started off as level 1 characters and worked our way up slowly but surely up to level 6... Which in terms of today's games arent that high.

We had a half-crazy half-ogre accompanying us, who'd do all kinds of crazy things like throw his sword (bastard sword) at the enemy to distract it, and then run in with his fists and "bite". Also he was very fashionable... or so he thought. Warrior wannabe-bard with extravagant clothing (something quite a lot of the loot he got was
spent on).

I think (but I am not sure) his name was Janu Whitherbee or something like that... A self proclaimed name he chose because it sounds sophisticated. I'd say he had about 11 intelligence, but liked to think he had 16 or 18. :-)

It's amazing how I can still remember these characters that was part of my life probably more than 8 years ago. It was because my eldest brother is a pro story writer, and maybe my own imagination was/is so strong.

A great DM makes for the best game there is, that I'd love to play again.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

My googlepages has been updated

Hi all,

I've really been stuggling to update my google pages, when I realized that it was googlepages that didn't support Firefox. So, much to my dissappointments I opened up IE (bundled with my XP) and logged on and did some changes.

So, anyone interested in some of my family photos etc. just click on the title of this post.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Women and men

Well, I had an interesting experience last night.

I was at UWC (University of the Western Cape). I often visit US (University of Stellenbosch) and have to visit the bathroom (obviously) every now and then.

In Stellenbosch's bathrooms, there are all kinds of graffiti, but mostly about guys wanting to arrange a "meeting", and just writing rude stuff in general. (There are also those who want to convert the others by writing things like "You'll have to attone for you actions" etc.

Anyway, so I was in the UWC library (a fairly impressive library, beautiful architechture, filled with staircases passageways) and I got to the very top level about 6 stories high. There in the very corner is a male bathroom, which I entered.

Needless to say it was filled with rude graffiti, but interestingly some of the graffiti was made with a lighter against the roof. (Don't these people know that paint are flamable?) Then one story down, was a female bathroom. This was at the edge of the library, so I felt it safe, and I wanted to know... I entered the female bathroom and found .... not one scratch. The place was fine, not even a "My boyfriend is bigger than your's" comment.

Now I ask myself, what are men's issues? Why do they need to write stuff on the walls? What makes us do these stuff?

Even I have graffitied on a bathroom door. (I made a circle and wrote: "Graffiti Here:")

I don't know, and I doubt I'll ever know. Women are hard to understand, and men generally make sense... but this is just beyond me.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Time Spiral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Time Spiral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Keyword abilities from past sets, such as Morph and Flanking, are rumored to return."

Morph!!! Flanking :-/

"This surprise is rumored to be a reprint of Akroma, Angel of Wrath."

I hope they reprint exalted angel. :-)