Monday, June 30, 2008

Of things and not things, real and imagined.

Its been a little while since I last posted, not much of real consequence had happened in the intervening 2 weeks. Though not to say uneventful. I was once again BURNED by fucking Amazon, and then by a store in their marketplace... So I ordered my 4e book gift set. Its a nice idea, and an amazing price for the books... so of course I got fucked sideways. I pre-ordered from Amazon proper, and was satisfied with the outcome. Then launch day came, and my shipping date estimate jumped a full month.
OK, so I look in their marketplace to find someone who could ship immediately and had it in stock. Having found Comics-Now, I cancel my original order, and buy from these fuckers with expedited shipping. So then I wait, then I wait, and wait. Nothing. Not an email saying it has shipped, not an update to my order info, I contact them with a polite request for a tracking number. Nothing, no response of any sort. My delivery date comes and goes. Nothing. I email 4 more times, to no response. WOW really? yarly. I contact Amazon for my refund, citing I have had 0 contact from these fuckers and my date has passed. Then I get this email from Comics-Now,
I just tracked your package in the warehouse, and the USPS has not scanned
it since it left the main USPS sorting facility in Greensboro, NC.
This may mean that the package has been lost in their system. Do you
want us to issue a refund to you, or expedite another shipment out to you?
Please let me know. Thank you!

Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

Thank you for your business!
fuck them. So now I don't have any books. Worst of all, I knew in my heart this would happen. Ive only had 1 order out of 8 from Amazon come off without a hitch. Its pretty irritating to say the least.
Oh and the official DND miniatures suck donkeydick. lol
3 Cheers for Reaper miniatures.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

D&D : Fourth Edition

Now I know I haven't addressed it but I really like pen and paper role playing games. Honestly other than the Penny Arcade game I don't really like computer/console role playing games. I don't like the time commitment, and really it feels like a choose your own adventure where every choice points you back to the correct choice. And its insular. You sit alone and play alone and really have no contact with anyone, and my wife hates it. MMO's are another animal all together, with a whole separate raft of issues. But it all goes back to DnD. Really for me the first rpg I played was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was really great. We were just kids goofing off and wanting to play super soldier porcupines. Who knew we would continue to play for so long? We went to Superheros Unlimited, Rifts, some home-brews, Dnd 3-3.5 and my friend and I got interested in the Star Wars Saga Edition but we really haven't played. But now that Dungeons and Dragons : 4th Edition is here I'm fired up again. I ordered the books but I didn't feel like waiting for them so I went and downloaded them in PDF format :). I'm actually more comfortable reading on a computer at this point in my life. More than likely even after the books get here I'm going to continue to read them digitally.
About the changes. I gotta say I understood how spell casting worked on the first read through. I played 3rd and 3.5th editions for about a year each and I never quite understood how it worked... Everything has been streamlined and 99% of the changes Ive read so far have been improvements, and 1% fluff. Not just changes for changes sake but honest to goodness improvements. Every class and race has been improved in my eyes. The Halfling is not tiny like a child. The Wizard and Warlock are playing in seperate sandboxes. Even the Paladin and Cleric have clearly defined roles. There are new races on the scene now that I would like to touch on, the Eladrin, Dragonborn, and Tiefling. I was a little confused why there are Eladrin and Elves after a cursory reading of the preview I really didn't see a mechanical difference, just a story flavor difference. But after looking over the PHB they are both really clearly defined and makes each unique and cool. I took the lack of Warforged and the addition of Dragonborn as kind of a tank shell game, but again I was pleasantly surprised that wasn't the case. The Warforged are in the Monster Manual but the character creation rules in there are a little thin, WotC released them as a PDF on their website, but it really should have just been in the damn book in the first place. And the Addition of the Tiefling is just cool. I really like them.
So far I'm pleased. I cant wait to start playing.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Most amazing video from last week.

I have GH3 for my wii, and I'm ok... not great, but slightly better than good. This guy is amazing. On Expert, I fail this song literally before the first snare hit.


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them." -Asimov

At this point in my life I pride myself on watching less tv now than ever, but I seem to get MORE content into my head. Praise my mechanical overlords. Over the course of a typical day, I read 15-30 news articles or editorials, watch at least 15 30sec to 5min videos of entertainment/news, and watch about 2 hours of actual TV broadcast. Videogames fall in at about 1-2 hours depending on whats going on, in game and IRL. As I get older I'm less and less informed by local news. When I was younger we had a mandate in social studies class to watch our local KUSI news and write a editorial by every wed morning about some topic from the Tuesday broadcast, Gold Stars literally hung on A line. I was well informed about what was happening in my city because of it. Looking back my teacher was a genius. But as Ive gotten older I realize that local news just isn't enough. For the past few years I'm a strict national news junkie. I flip between MSNBC/CNN in the morning, local for traffic. And I watch BBC World News : America at night. I catch the previous days Daily Show, and Colber(t) Repor(t) at lunch in between Fark sessions while I work. I find my way into pretty much 90% of the worlds news the day it happens. For me thats pretty good. I don't always agree with the coverage and editorial but I like knowing what people think and hearing the drumbeat.

Anyways I just thought I should share what I just watched during lunch. I had heard the name George Will before. I knew who he was in so much as he was a conservative pundit. I myself lean left on most issues. But moving on, I just really enjoyed this little talk. Honestly I don't know where Stephen Colbert falls between right in left but I just love watching Stephen Colber(t) get handled.