Sunday, 16 February 2014

Campaign noticeboard

My all around workload is significantly reduced this year and it is my very great desire to actually get an RPG campaign off the ground.

This post is just going in here for me to send links to potential players so ignore it as you will. On the other hand, feel free to comment or even put your hand up for a spot.

Here's my thinking so far:

  1. Planning to start probably early April. I'm still looking for a rental at the moment so I'm giving myself plenty of time to get into a new house and then get organised too. Thinking of fortnightly sessions probably on Fridays nights. I don't think I will have any problem getting a full table (I have three sons and a brother who are very likely player candidates) but I am keen to try my hand at some G+ Hangout sessions. This may just be a way to get extra players to the game or I might think about running secondary sessions through Hangouts only.
  2. System is yet to be set. I'm keen to use something that everyone can get access to the rules to easily and freely. Most potential players have some D&D experience so I'm thinking Swords & Wizardry (OD&D), Labyrinth Lord (Classic aka "Basic" D&D) or OSRIC (1E AD&D), all well house-ruled. Alternatively we could go for something rules-light like Risus or I also wouldn't mind getting to try Fate Core (or FAE). Let me know your own preferences in the comments or contact me directly.
  3. I'm open to other suggestions but I'm thinking that I will set the campaign in a pseudo-historical Earth setting that has been taking form in my mind (on and off) over the last many years. Thinking of centring everything around a megadungeon of some sort. Might even use the early releases of Dwimmermount.
  4. I've got some big ideas about communication during the campaign and I would like to make a nice central place for discussion outside of game time. I'm thinking of a G+ community but if we all just added each other to a "Game" circle that would probably work just as well. In case you haven't noticed a pattern yet, it might be worthwhile setting up a Google+ account if you haven't yet, between hangouts and communications I'm planning to make good use of it.


That's as far as I've got... So please add to the comments, let me know what you think or what you want. Game on.

Friday, 17 January 2014

When is enough enough?

As I've freely admitted in the past I've got a bit of a problem with being an unrepentant grammar nazi. I've managed to resist the urge to cross out all the greengrocer's apostrophe's in all the signs while I've been here in Bali (it's very big of me isn't it? Allowing non-native English speakers to make mistakes?).

On the other hand, I just found this picture that I had taken when I was working in Carnarvon two years ago:


The reason I took the photo? Because my first reaction was to think "That's 'AN ugly c**t', stupid!"

I think I have a problem.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

More Creative-Commons image goodness

When I create blog posts I always like to have an image on the page just to break up the text flow and make the place look that little bit more interesting.

Unfortunately, I'm not much of an artist (or an artist at all if the truth be told) so I'm dependent on other people's work. I could just do what an unfortunate number of other online folk do and just copy-and-paste from wherever I find it. Instead, I make use of the Creative Commons Search engine. It searches for all sorts of media that have been clearly licenced with any of the Creative Commons licences. You can choose which site to focus on (I find flickr the most useful) and you might be surprised just how much "stuff" is out there to use.

I usually manage to find images that I like but which don't always fit the purpose for which I am searching. I bookmark them or something with the aim of coming back to them but you know where those sorts of aims end up. So instead, like I have done once before I'll just share some of my favourites here, some with intelligent comments and some without.

Most of these images are licenced under a Share-Alike Attribution licence and I have hyperlinked back to the image's flickr page as my method of attribution. Thanks to all the talented artists and photographers who do such interesting work and like to share.

This image reminds me of going for walks with my children. They can't manage to go anywhere in the bush without picking up a stick. At least this woman has managed not to turn it into a pretend light-sabre.



Wow! Real life mermaid.




I've never made it to any sort of SF or fantasy or gaming con. And definitely never dressed up for the occasion. But I want to.




Bob the Skull online!




No idea why I saved this one. Probably looking for gargoyles of some sort.




A black-winged angel. What else is there to say?





Is this a jester? A demon? What? Another one I could tag with a big bag of don't know... Ok, it's a jester, the flickr page says so!


Thursday, 16 June 2011

"Finally good for something"

I got a new tattoo this week. Not something terribly noteworthy, but tattooist said something interesting that I thought was worth sharing.




As he was finishing up the shading, he said that my skin was taking up the ink really well. In fact, he described it as like "butter into hot toast". Now aside from being a slightly off-putting and creepy sort of image, I decided that at least my freckly, Anglo-Celtic, sunburn prone, skin cancer timebomb skin was finally good for something.

What it effectively meant was that he didn't have to spend extra time scrubbing the ink in properly, I got out of the chair quicker and I can see already that it's healing up nicely and quickly.

And in case you are wondering, the word is "feliĉeco" which is Esperanto for "happiness". It is there as a reminder for me of... well, lots of things really (perhaps that could be a subject for another post). That is why I got it on the arm where I did, so I can actually read it.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Poetical Playlist



I sat down this morning to put some of my recent happenings into writing. For some strange reason, I thought that it was a good idea to write a poem.

Unfortunately, I'm not much of a poet. I don't consider myself a particularly good prose write either, but I reckon I can write better paragraphs than stanzas (you can see some previous efforts here and here).

I started off with just a list of single words. It made an interesting list, but I couldn't get very far with making lines out of each of the words. I was sitting in front of my computer at the time and I realised that I had many songs that matched up with each of the words on my list. So I did some searching and came up with a list of appropriate songs to match the story of my life this year. Now, some of the songs aren't necessarily a great match but their titles are. Don't read too much into any of them but I was hoping that it might read out (ie spoken) reasonably well.

I've linked to a last.fm page for each of the songs if you are interested in who they are by or what they might sound like, so feel free to click onwards if you feel the need.

So without any further introductory nonsense, here's my first ever poetical playlist:

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Welcome back everyone!



It's been a long time between drinks for those of us here at the powerlot.net. Very little blogging, web-paging, linking, foruming or any other sort of internetings have been done for well over a year.

Much has happened, people have moved, changed (inside and out), left jobs and schools, started new jobs and schools (sometimes more than once) and all sorts of other interesting things.

In the interests of a clean slate and a the chance to get things going again without any excuses for procrastination (well, any more than normal), I have decided to archive my old blog: Can You Spell Cacophony and replace it with this site. Actually, this site will be for my standard and boring ramblings about life, work, family and any other chips on my shoulder. I have already created another blog: Out The Bladesage Gate, which will be for my gaming, writing and wordbuilding exercises (and related nerdery), but it has taken a little while to get going. Watch this space.

In case you are wondering, "What do you want?" is a tilt towards my late father with whom I would always have a race each time we spoke on the phone to ask (as rudely as possible): "What do you want?". To which of course the correct response would have to be: "nothing from you"! Still miss you Dad, and all your stupid emails that started with FW:.

You might be looking at this terribly boring theme and wondering what I am doing, but there is method to my madness. It's plain (as per the name), it's simple and it has very few options. I have regularly said that one of my hobbies is "fiddling with my wordpress blog and very rarely writing anything for it" and that is what I am trying to deal with here. If I can leave off all the fancy options and pretty pictures and widgets and plugins, then I might actually get around to writing instead of fiddling... I'm not much of a writer really, but I'm a hell of a lot better at writing than I am at web developing. Let's leave it there shall we.

So thanks to anyone who made it to the end of this post. Read it here: My goal is to write at least one post a week (even if it's not much more than a couple of links) on either this site or on The Bladesage Gate every week. Eventually, I want that to be at one on each, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Spitting the dummy, 2010 edition

I think this is a great illustration to add on to my last post about unfollowing on Twitter.

The past week has seen a firestorm in a part of the net that I regularly lurk around. I didn't even notice it happening and only know those involved by name and reputation. So I am not pretending to know any details or to pass any sort of judgment on any of the players.

The fallout is interesting though. One of the players is relatively well known in the scene. It seems that someone upset him. A great deal, if this last twitter post is anything to go by:



And to judge by the link from the twitter profile, he was serious



I know children who would have trouble topping a dummy spit like that.

Gotta say, I understand the urge to pick up my marbles and go home. But surely a more sensible (not to say mature) response would have been to:

  • turn off comments on my blog (leaving the useful information there for those not involved in annoying me in the first place)

  • protect my tweets (perhaps blocking certain followers at the same time)

  • unsubscribing from offending RSS feeds

  • never going back to certain forums

  • Say nothing. Nothing at all.


All of which would at least leave the door open for a gracious return to the fold (if desired) once the fires have all died down. Rather that using the fire to burn all of his bridges.