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|Tuesday, March 16th, 2010|
|Death of a Friend
My friend, Jim King passed away in November. Not many people will
know him, but he was the webmaster and online presence for everything
The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Streets related. Those of us in the
Wire community did not know until recently because the Wire is over
and out list doesn't get must traffic.
He was the man responsible for the petition that got the Wire seasons
4 and 5. He was also the man who introduced me to David Simon and
gave me alot of feedback when I was working on my thesis. In essence
he was someone who really understood the message of The Wire and its
He will be missed. Current Mood: calm
|Monday, March 15th, 2010|
New FX Show with Timothy Olymphant and Walton Goggins.
Yeah, awesome. You can dowload "On The Run" the theme song here:
Those of you who know me will know why I love this song.
Now, just waiting for Treme next month! Current Mood: creative
|Monday, February 1st, 2010|
|Here goes nothing
Sent out my first query letter to an agent today! Current Mood: accomplished
|Tuesday, December 29th, 2009|
"The boy is my ward. If he is not the word of god, then god never spoke."
Simply put, I loved this film. That being said, if you didn't read the book, I
think alot of it will be lost and that is why its gotten lukewarm reviews. That
and the bleak and depressing storyline of course.
I saw it with my dad and there were points in the film where we looked at
each other with tears in our eyes and to me that is why The Road is one
of my favorite books. I remember finishing it and immediately calling my
father and thanking him for making me the man I am today.
It's no an easy film to enjoy, but to those out there who love McCarthy
the way I do, I think you will not be dissapointed. Current Mood: content
|Sunday, December 6th, 2009|
|Thursday, November 19th, 2009|
|Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009|
|V and a Blog
So, I liked V. The acting was meh, but I liked how they modernized. I was talking with Lotus and I agree that they went too fast, but given its troubled production and how fast shows get cancelled, I can't blame them.
Also, I've created a blog since I'm all writer like now.http://likwitmc.blogspot.com/
Should be fun! Current Mood: creative
|Friday, October 2nd, 2009|
|I'm a writer
I finished the rough draft of my novel this week.
Now begins the editing, then letting some people read it, then incorporating
their suggestions, then professional editing, then lots of praying that an
agent will pick me up.
Regardless, I'm proud of myself, I set out to write a book and I've accomplished the
Hope everyone is doing well! Current Mood: content
|Friday, August 21st, 2009|
Go see it. Current Mood: content
|Monday, July 20th, 2009|
|Saturday, June 13th, 2009|
Please text me your name and number! Current Mood: chipper
|Friday, May 15th, 2009|
|Tuesday, April 28th, 2009|
Awesome show. I hope NBC gives it a chance like Life. Current Mood: sick
|Friday, March 20th, 2009|
I'm going, hope to see alot of you all there! Current Mood: happy
|Friday, March 6th, 2009|
|Wednesday, March 4th, 2009|
I sent this to my RST after he asked for opinions on reset, thought I would share!
Saw your post and wanted to give you some of my thoughts.
I agree completely with everything you said. Some additional things
I would like to see:
More snow, less snowflakes. I think bloodlines should be NST or higher. There
is not enough "vanilla" clans and people align with their bloodlines, not their clans
as a whole. Couple this with the covenants and there is too many diverse groups. This leads
to a boring game because there is nothing to polarize people.
Make diablerie more appealing. Yes, I know it was bad in the old game, but was it that bad? Made for more conflict and some great/memorable villains! Now its just a waste of time.
More to fight over. There's really nothing for people to fight over at a level higher than local. Like cam vs. sabbat. Like bloodhunts being upheld throughout regions. Brood and VII are so cliche' and boring and always NPC, so it turns into plot bus monster of the week. Maybe make a seperate venue and allow some cross over, of course,you know I'm a sabbat/villain junkie!
Princes symposiums in vampire.
A general status system for all vampires. Make it mean something. Give something else
to fight over. I do love that age has nothing to do with it, thats a start but people need more accountability IC.
Overarching law system. Justicars and archons or something similar to that. I would be against them being portrayed by one ST as an NPC. Let them be PC's so they can be killed/taken out without having to jump through hoops. ST's in those positions tend to get attached to the NPC. Just please, no conclaves where NPC's steal the show. Let the player's do it, but give them tools to enforce it like making status mean something. The gist of your post is that WW didn't define the new world for a global chronicle. Let's make it our own.
Less good death xp for when people appeal and/or are hostile. Less appealing of character death in general. People who don't appeal and are class acts should be singled out and praised/rewarded. Most combat scenes I was in the victim/person was practically
writing their appeal before the first round was over. The attitude of people is atrocious. There needs to be more fostering of better and responsible roleplay and more people being taken to task for their unacceptable behavior.
Some kind of bone for character death. Like, you start with a certain amount for how long you
were in play so you don't have to play catch up when you die. Make benchmarks, so when people hit levels, they know even if something goes wrong, they are ok for their next PC. However, if they make a revenge PC and die quickly or get desanctioned, they start at the new benchmark. I think the main issue is people are too attached to their characters.
Losing a PC is a great way to grow into maturity as a roleplayer and if its not a huge loss to make another one, I think people will be more civil when it comes to conflict. I say this because our official approach is a mmrpg. In a mmorpg, when you die, you
don't have to start completely over. It should be difficult, maybe painful, but I feel like with this chronicle, because there is so much to spend xp on and its been going for so long people are scared to lose what they have worked on and scared people are not rational nor civil.
Less xp in general.
Less math. My dream would be rock paper scissors, but I know that is gone. I think we need to find something that is less math intensive, its hard for new players (myself included).
More accountability/record keeping. I remember in oWoD you had to have signatures, approvals, etc. Because special things are so common cheating is much more rampant in this chronicle and no way to really keep the books. It's also easy to cheat by mistake because you're not a math genius(see above).
I agree completely on customs. In fact, I would outlaw custom bloodlines and allow only custom devotions, that way they can be taught and its not one group in control all the time. But I would not allow any custom stuff for at least a year into chronicle. Maybe more.
Staking is way to easy and instant death in vampire. It needs to be alot harder, otherwise it comes down to initiative everytime. its hard to avoid the one trick mook pony, but I'm sure with some thought, it could be done. Dying without taking a single action is not fun for anyone. Combats last forever even in the new system, I don't see how letting the underdog get a chance would hurt that.
One thing that a friend of mine said that I really take to heart: We're essentially playing ancient vampires who are acting out the last years of their existence. People should be encouraged to settle scores and take chances more. It should be stated that your PC will die before the end of the story, so play your heart out or something similar, your story will end, etc.
Anyways, these are just a few of my thoughts, I hope they make sense as I was just writing what came to mind. Current Mood: creative
|Sunday, February 22nd, 2009|
Congrats. You are missed. Current Mood: content
|Saturday, February 14th, 2009|
So, I've been reading alot lately, as I've decided to sit down and try to write my own novel. I've had the privilege to read some truly great books over the past month and wanted to recommend them to you all.
Blood Meridian- Cormac McCarthy- As most of you know, this guy is my favorite author. this books is an amazing western story, with tones of supernatural and the apocalypse. It's a treatise on violence and the nature of man. Not for those who dislike brutal unforgiving violence, but a masterpiece none the less. I highly recommend this.
The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Diaz- This is a pullitzer winner. I've decided to go along and read them all in reverse order. This is a story about Dominicans and their culture as seen through the lense of a gaming nerd. Yes, gaming nerd. It is a fabulous love story that will make your cry, I loved it.
2666- Roberto Balano- It's hard for me to describe this. Think twin peaks in a 900 page novel about a secret history of the world. Its dense and difficult at times, but it is was named Time's best book of 08, so I gave it a go and it's very interesting to read. I'd be interested to hear you alls thoughts on it.
I've read a few others, but these ones really got my attention, hope you enjoy them! Current Mood: creative
|Friday, February 6th, 2009|
|Tuesday, January 20th, 2009|
Haven't updated in a while, so here goes:
Leslie and I are doing well, thank you for all the continued support. It's rough going at times, but then I'm reminded why its worth fighting for.
I got a facebook thingy, still figuring out how it works.
Work: Is good, my supervisor retired, but my unit is handling our own until they hire a replacement next year due to the budget. I'm also the AIDS/HIV Coordinator for the City now, which brings alot of work, but well worth it. I was stranded in Milwaukee, -10 degrees!
TV: BSG is always great, but aside from this, I'm watching little. Damages, Nip Tuck, The Beast (new patrick swayze fbi show, kind of fun), and Gossip Girl, yes I can admit it. We'll see if Chuck, Heroes, Life, and Reaper are still on my strong list. I've also been rewatching Homicide.
Movies: Too long to post, I'll have Oscar thoughts later on after nominations this thursday!
Friends: Chafee is through the surgery, so he's back to work with the Police. The Tribe continue to be a source of warmth and happiness. I miss my friends and travelling through the Cam, but not enough to play that horrid horrid game. I am completely dissapointed in what the club (I typed and retyped My Club, but its not mine, not anymore) has become. I could go on, but those on here that know me, know how I feel. Its got no soul for me.
Books: Cormac McCarthy continues to amaze me. I recently finished The Road and am now reading Blood Meridian. Awesome. His prose is simply insane. Limen! Read the Road so we can talk about it! I also actually read Homicide, David Simon's book that The Wire and Homicide were based on. Just knowing that most of these things actually happened amazes me.
Comics/Cthulhu: Fall of Cthulhu continues to keep me entertained.
Puppy: The Bunk is doing well, I'll try to update with some pics.
Board: BSG is a ton of fun, although as humans we've only won once.
Online: Messing around with CoH to spend some time with Smitty and Shea. Fun, but light.
I play Left 4 dead and CoD on Xbox when I get the time.
1. Midnight: My wife is the best GM ever. I'm playing a gnome channeler, a la stringer bell/lando calrissian, resistance leader. The party thinks I'm a gnomish obama trying to unite the people against the Shadow, its some awesome RP being the only Good alignment in the party!
2. Call of Cthulhu Supers: My Beyond campaign continues to run, its going well, some serious RP. Although, the once a month saddens me because its long between games and we play virtually all day, so they will be done soon!
3. Future Projects: I am beginning to create my own homebrew fantasy world. This is a challenge for me because I dislike fantasy so much(I know, revoke the geek card) I'm planning on 4th ed, but once I get some ideas, I'm going to post here for feedback!
I think that its for the moment! Current Mood: satisfied