Sliding towards insanity

The life (or lack thereof) of a UMD Computer Engineering major graduate
Monday, June 06, 2005

So, it's been... a while since I updated. By a while I mean eight months. So, a lot of stuff has happened in the meantime. I'm a semester away from graduating, I've moved away from College Park and into an apartment in Washington, DC with my fiancée, and I've got a job in Germantown doing something other than tech support.

Funny how eight months will do that to you.

We've got the two cats, Tigger and Smokey, here with us. They're pretty good but have an annoying tendency to run around like maniacs at 1AM, so between the cats and waking up at 6AM to go to work I'm not getting terribly much sleep. Of course, the remnants of a case of mono aren't helping either. Hopefully that'll start clearing up soon and the kitties will calm down a bit. I've never really been one for optimism, though...

Star Wars Episode III has come and, LucasArts marketing machine to the contrary, seems like its on the way out. My fiancée and I saw it the day after it came out (Fandango is the shit) and although the effects were amazing it just didn't click the way I'd hoped it would. Every plot point that was wrapped up seemed way too direct, and some of the dialog made me want to wince. If it wasn't Star Wars, I'm sure it would have gotten pretty poor reviews. As it stands everyone is too afraid to bad mouth it lest millions of fans bomb their car. I'm hesitant to say its bad, but I'm more hesitant to say that it was good. In the end, it is what it is, and it is the last new Star Wars movie we'll see in a long long time.

Regardless of the quality of the movie, Star Wars fever is back. The new Star Wars Miniatures set is pretty good, although I think Clone Strike had more variety (although the RotS Jedi Knight looks great). I've been buying boatloads, partially to player the minis game and partially for use with the Star Wars RPG. I've really been trying to play more Living Force after playing the Polarization trilogy at Winter Fantasy 2005. The campaign is wrapping up at the next Winter Fantasy (which should be in Arlington again) and I'm going to do my best to be there. There's a lot of back modules to get through before they expire though.

I guess I haven't updated at all since I started doing RPGA stuff. It's a different group, definitely not for everyone. You tend to loose a lot of creative freedom when you play or run RPGA games, but it also helps you meet a lot of different gamers and their different styles. It's great for people like me who don't have time to do a regular game; I can find games when I have time and not fall behind or hold other people up. Or I can run RPGA mods when I have time and get my group together. Living Spycraft is a lot of fun and very open, Living Greyhawk has a very old-school D&D feel to it and a huge player base, and Living Force (my personal favorite) is just all around awesome and totally captures the Star Wars feel.

Mark of Heroes seems kinda cool, and the first couple mods were a lot of fun, but it just doesn't have the fan support the other RPGA campaigns do. It's run entirely by Wizards of the Coast and if I didn't know better I'd saw they were trying to run it into the ground. The materials never show up on time, and the mods are few and far between. It's a shame, too, because I really like Eberron as a D&D Campaign Setting. Granted, it's no Spelljammer (best campaign setting ever), but I like it.

It's starting to rain, and with the random flickers of the lights it looks like the power could go down. Not too much of a problem for the computers here, Laura and I both have laptops. If the router and cable modem goes down I loose pretty much everything I've been typing up though. In any event I'm hitting bed before too long, waking up at 6AM sucks.

Hopefully I'll be a little more frequent with the updates for a while. I think I said that about eight months ago, though...


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