3/18/15

Did a bit of cleanup and addition to the article on how AD&D initiative works as well as a few other files here and there (as I tend to do from time to time).  Haven't been very motivated to accomplish anything D&D related for a while so nothing really substantial to upload.

1/14/15

Another blog addition.  It's actually been sitting around unfinished for ages so I decided to just polish it up a bit and get it out there.  Also went back and added dates to all the blog entries since I'm considering reorganizing things a bit.  A few of them I had to intuit, especially the first four at the start because the blog didn't really have a formal start AS a blog but just as me writing a few updates about my 1E project.  For all intents and purposes they're accurate and certainly will be going forward.

1/11/15

Quick blog addition.  Most of it was just cut/pasted from my own file which I'd had finalized for some time now, which explains why it comes so quickly on the heels of having only just restored communication with the site.

1/10/15

Well for unknown reasons FrontPage decided not to ftp for me anymore.  I finally got Filezilla to do the digital lifting so the previous update is actually... outdated.  :)  So, my archaic 10mb of Earthlink webspace soldiers on.  I just have to go back to using multiple pieces of software to maintain it.  It's almost like the old days.  When I started this website I was writing the pages in Notepad and using ftp software to upload them.  Now THAT'S Old School.

12/24/14

Probably last update of the year.  There was no update last month so this month you get two blog posts for the price of... two.  Just delayed.  Anyway, the additions are here and here.

10/6/14

Not much of a substantive addition to the project.  Really it's more of an exercise in helping to organize some thoughts I've had the last day or two, but there it is.

9/12/14

Added some additional details to the previous entry.

8/31/2014

A look at changes to Cure Disease for the Project blog.

7/21/14

Another long gap between updates but I have something to make public anyway.  I became aware that I had not actually put up my revised AD&D monk.  Yes, I know there's a zillion different takes on the class.  I've never been particularly impressed by most of them.  Maybe mine will be the one that YOU find useful.  Take a look.

5/27/14

I think I forgot to add a LINK to that last entry even though I added the entry itself.  That all should be up-to-date now.  Had a few people ask me for map files - which is great!  Problem is I just don't have room to host them here directly anymore.  While I get them all loaded to dropbox I have removed all the old, broken links.  One of the files I don't seem to have kept a copy of here locally so I'll have to rebuild it, but it was just the time-tracking sheet so it'll be easy.

5/17/14

Been a while since I added anything substantive.  Started too many other little projects.  But then sometimes you just gotta take a break too.   Anyway, added another 1E Project blog entry and deleted an old file which had to do with creating or converting PC's for 3E.  It was just hopelessly out of date and unneeded.  Should probably pull a few other files too.

3/6/14

Made some changes to my AD&D initiative procedures and analysis here.

2/20/14

Two more project entries.

1/25/14

Some more changes after I noticed a bunch of files I hadn't looked at in a long time had screwed-up formatting.  Removed a bunch of bad html code and hopefully now things look correct.

1/21/14

Made some changes... okay, corrections to what I had written about 1st Edition AD&D spellcasting and spell acquisition.

1/15/14

Added a file that I've been staring at for maybe a year or better.  I decided I either should erase it or put it in play.  So enters #57 into the Project blog.

12/28/13

Entry #56 shows the final changes I've made regarding XP.

12/25/13

A project entry containing some thoughts about XP.  More to follow on that subject because the process got me to pick up where I'd left off on some older XP work and finish it.

11/24/13

Hmn...  Seems I SAID I was putting up entry #54 but didn't actually have it finished.  Now it should be there.  Did add a new article last month with some additional explanation of how AD&D combat works.  Mostly I just put it here so that if I come across someone who understandably says, "I don't get it," I can just point them to this rather than A.D.D.I.C.T. which is admirably comprehensive but not very readable.

10/5/13

#53 and counting on the 1E Project.

9/2/13

Added the 50th entry to the 1E Project.  Gosh, that's like a milestone or something.  ...and now I've added #51.

8/24/13

Some minor updates and rewriting here and there.  Been spending a lot of my time recently playing Open X-Com.  It's an open-source revision of the original game of X-Com from 1994, basically instituting all the fixes and improvements that Microprose should have been putting into it from the start.  In fact, I'm planning on doing a series of "Let's Play" videos and uploading to YouTube.  For those few who may be unfamiliar with the idea, a "Let's Play" is when you record off of your own computer as you play a game usually while also providing your own live commentary.  A bit like watching over someone's shoulder as they play a game.

6/10/13

More 1E Project work

4/26/13

Added another new page.  This one covers how magic-users acquire their first spells in AD&D and how spellcasting works in general.  Yeah, a lot of people might laugh but I had found that there is a need for such a resource.

4/23/13

New Project entry on identifying magic items.

4/21/13

Rearranging the deck chairs...

I think I need a new title graphic and an icon or something to go in the upper left corner there.

4/5/13

Another Project entry about encumbrance and movement.

4/2/13

Yep, it's been a little while.  I do have something I've been working on though.  Believe it or not I've actually made reportable progress on that revision of AD&D Psionics that I just can't let go of.  See it here.

2/11/13

As you may notice if you've been here before I've started some redesign of the site.  Don't know how much redesign I'll actually do nor how long it'll take.  I have no experience with handling frames so things are almost certain to get wierd at some point as you navigate about.  Until I get some navigation buttons everywhere and learn a bit more than I've had to up to this point about making this sort of thing function I suggest you rely on your browser forward and back buttons if it goes sideways.  I've always preferred that myself anyway.

2/10/13

Cut some of the wordiness from the D&D Manifesto, reducing it from 5 pages to 4.  That should make it a bit more readable if it gets unceremoniously dumped on a new player.

2/9/13

Been adding a bunch of 1E Project entries and I've about reached the end of my list of topics again.  I supposed that means I should really be starting to finalize things, put up some of the actually completed bits.

2/1/13

A total of three blog entries on the 1E Project including a rather long one on thieves.  Previous prediction and expectation on my part that I might be reaching the end of stuff to talk about on the project seems... a bit premature.

Starting to realize that my whole site could use a facelift.  It's sorta stuck in the '90's.  Not sure how much effort I care to put into that though.  I barely manage one-a-month updates as it is, and I suspect I'll have to expand my web authoring skills which I allowed to stagnate not long after I started all this.  We'll see.

12/11/12

Just a minor update to a Project entry. Hardly even worth explaining in detail.

12/8/12

Here's the entry on Illusions I promised.

12/3/12

The 1E Project soldiers on with a look at fixes/changes to petrification and polymorph.  An entry on illusions should follow shortly.

10/8/12

Another 1E Project entry discussing the influence of a variation of 3rd Edition/d20 rules known as E6.

7/29/12

Yet another 1E Project blog entry.  3 items left on my master list now.  Once they're done, as I said a couple weeks ago, I'll be revisiting some topics.

7/27/12

One more 1E Project blog entry dealing with more changes and additions to some class abilities.

7/14/12

And three more new blog entries.  Maybe four or five left on the list now.  That'll probably be followed up with some revisited topics with firmer decisions on several questions I've raised starting the project blog... about 9 months ago now (!).  Then it's down to some real concerted efforts at RPG rewrites.

7/5/12

THREE new 1E Project blog entries, and probably several more in the next few days.  Getting close to the end of my list of project topics.

5/12/12

Made some changes and additions to entry #13 in my 1E Project blog.  Nothing too radical but substantial enough to warrant mention yet not big enough to warrant a separate blog entry.  I'm now a LOT closer to the end of my list of re-design notes than I am to the beginning.  It won't be long now and I'll have to start actually MAKING changes and rewriting the handbooks rather than just TALKING about the changes to be made.  It's easy to decide, "I'm going to do this in this way," and then actually having to write the rules that are required for that change to be enabled.  I can talk endlessly about how this or that spell should be changed but then to actually re-write those spells - along with sifting through the hundreds of other spells and rewriting them... well, it's actually a different phase of the project isn't it?

5/6/12

New 1E Project blog entries.  The first deals with Save-or-Die design issues, the second covers some examples of specific spells that need to be changed and why.

3/25/12

Bought a couple of cheap DVD's at Frys a few days ago now and discovered today that I hadn't updated my list of DVD's for quite a while.  It's up to about 280 now.

3/17/12

More 1E Project blog entries.  I had been thinking of just suspending work on the project after the 5E announcement.  However, I am fairly unsure at this point as to whether 5E is going to work for me or not.  I'll almost certainly buy it (I bought  and read 4E) but whether or not I'll ever RUN it (I never have run or even played 4E), that's another question.  Recent leaks regarding playtest details haven't changed my opinion that reading the final books will be rather different than trying to glean what it's like from leaked tidbits.  I'm not passing judgement on it yet, I'm just expressing enough reservations to where I think I may as well continue with the project at least in the meantime.

2/25/12

Added another 1E Project blog entry (entry #22) dealing with "optional" classes and rules.  The Project page now has enough entries that it seemed more appropriate to list the newest entries at the top.  Also made some updates/changes to post #1 giving more complete explanation of the Project as initially envisioned it.

2/17/12

Uh, yeah.  First update since SEPTEMBER of last year?  Heck, it's been 10 days since I STARTED writing thing to now when I get around to posting it.  A number of reasons for that.  Lotsa time spent working - on WORK.  Especially the last 3 weeks or so.  Insane levels of work.  Not a lot of time or inclination in the last several months to put towards D&D efforts.  The game I'd started with the youngsters hereabouts sort of fizzled out (time and scheduling has killed more D&D games than anything else could hope to) but I have faith that I can start a decent game based on 1E rather than 3E which should be easier and faster to pick up and play at a moments notice.  I'd have loved to have used them as guinea pigs for my 1E Project but there's news on that front as well.

You see, if you follow D&D related news at all then you know that once again a new edition is in development.  Some of what I hear about it I hold an opinion of guarded optimism.  But, this will be the third time at bat for WotC with D&D and while they got a solid hit with 3rd Edition they did not handle it well from a corporate level.  4th Edition, well, I bought it, skimmed it, never played it (but still wouldn't mind at least trying) but will never, EVER run it.  And it hasn't lasted long at all.  I think it will actually have the shortest life span of ANY edition and certainly they had absolutely NO faith that it would last.  That would be because planning for 5E (5th Edition, or what is apparently frequently being abbreviated as D&Dn, or D&D Next edition) began only 2 years after the release of 4th following a disappointing Christmas sales season - which would be about 2 years prior to TODAY.  Or so I have read.  The version they thought/hoped was SO well-designed that it would last the longest of any edition - and with fewer, if any, updates or revision - turned out to be almost a non-starter, barely having its legs under it before they're preparing to abandon it.  Now, by the time this new version is released it will have been in the works for as much as 4 years which is a LONG time to be designing a game.

In a nutshell their plan is to take the parts of all the previous versions that work the best and allow them to be used together in some kind of modular fashion so they can actually all be used at once, but not have to be used by every player at the same time in the same game.  So one player would be playing his PC using 3rd Edition style rules while another might be using rules taken from 1E and without the two conflicting because of the mis-match.  I have SORT of an idea how that might work but clearly the proof will be on the pages when I see them.  There is NO hard information leaking out about these rules and they are only beginning to be publicly playtested (with requisite Non-Disclosure Agreements being signed in order to participate).  Hard to get excited about a game still in development and which they won't let ANYONE blab how it works.

This naturally, however, affects my little 1E project at least in some degree.  How much effort am I going to want to put into it if it might turn out I actually like 5E better than the "Improved 1E" that I'm developing.  If you've read the Project blogs then you know that I too was intending to use bits from any version of D&D that I thought WORKED better.  However, to go along with the news about a NEW edition they announced that they will be selling reprints of the OLD edition - 1E.  It has yet to be clarified how much editing (if any) they will have done or if they'll just be reprinted "as-was" but it gives me the itch to just buy a set of the reprints for myself and buy copies of the old 1E PH for the players, then just hand them a pamphlet of key houserules derived from my project (surprise, initiative especially) and just run with it.

9/27/11

A few more entries in the infrequently updated 1E Project blog. I will likely have a few more coming shortly.  I need to do a proper section to show the wands I've been making.

7/31/11

An addition to the 1E Project dealing with combat actions.  Also a new entry under the Miscellaneous heading seen below Wand Making: I bought myself a lathe and have been enjoying learning wood turning.  I've been making wands as learning projects and I'm told they are quite nice enough to sell.  If you have an interest then my email address is below.

7/14/11

Some changes/additions to my little essay on "What is D&D" linked at the top of the D&D page.

It's been, what, 3 months since my last update?  It isn't that I haven't been doing anything, just that what I've been doing has not been advanced to a point where I care to put it up here.  For example, while my 1E Project may seem to have stalled it really hasn't.  It's just at a point where I need to do some additional cogitation on some things and where I AM actually working on parts of it they are inextricably linked to other parts.  So, revising some of the larger elements of the game require other large elements to be simultaneously revised before they can be presented.  Where there are parts whose final form I have not yet decided upon the whole SEEMS as if it's reached a standstill.  There is, however, plenty of work going on - it just doesn't have a publicly displayable aspect yet.

One part of that is that I picked up the Pathfinder core rulebook.  It's a massive tome with a lot of good ideas that I'll be stealing from even if I won't be using it in toto because it's based on the d20 rules and thus suffers from most of the same ills as 3rd Edition.  It is, however, an improvement on 3rd Edition and if it weren't so expensive/problematic to equip a whole set of players with new rules I'd switch to it in a heartbeat from the 3.5 rules I've been using to run a game for newbies.

And now I hear you cry, "WHY are you using 3.5 instead of the admittedly superior 1E or even 2E rules?"  The answer is that starting a 3.5 game cost me nothing in money or effort - I simply have more 3rd Edition books and adventures still in my possession than 1st Edition so despite the otherwise greater difficulty of teaching 3E over 1E it became the preferred option.  I may, however, change my mind about that at any time.  If I could get hold of three or four 1E PH's with little money and effort I'd DEFINITELY do it.  Oh yes indeed I would.  That is the downside to a game that's 22 years out of print.

4/5/11

I've been doing some more maps - or REdoing is actually more correct.  I finally stopped using CC2 altogether and started actually working with CC3.  Why?  I dunno.  I think it's only taken me this long to switch over because I didn't want to have to start learning all new tricks and procedures while I was actively drawing with what was still familiar.  Then, after a signficant hiatus I had to want to draw something but not have a specific project in mind to actually get done.  I'm sure I'll need to do some more tutorials to reach anything like a comfortable level of basic proficiency with the effects.  As it is I am gravitating away from them simply because I'm not yet familiar with how they work, what changes in the settings actually DO, etc. and the default documentation doesn't cover a lot of that.

3/18/11

Another entry in the 1E Project dealing with surprise, initiative and general combat procedures.

2/27/11

Two more entries for the 1E Project.  I'm a little over one third through my "master list" of topics by the way.  That is, out of a list of 64 current subjects I've now covered 23 of them, however, those 23 topics made up 8 out of 15 total pages of notes.  What that means is that I'm really not even halfway through unless I start dropping ideas and topics off the list altogether (some of which I have already done).  This, of course, still doesn't include MAKING the actual changes.  So far this is mostly still talking about where and how things could or should be improved.

I also seem to have had an update to the Stat Generation file that I hadn't posted.

2/23/11

I've done it.  I've finished scanning my AD&D Players Handbook, the last of the three core rulebooks included in my 1E project.  Phase I is at last complete.  Now comes the first wave of editing and re-formatting.

2/11/11

    Busy busy busy.  Busy being sick (flu/virus going around the house).  Busy working on... work when I'm not too sick.  Busy scanning the 1E Players Handbook.  When I ordered myself a second PH the photo they had online was of the second cover, the blue one that was used for the last few printings, but what they shipped was a 6th printing - pretty much the same in every way as the first except in small details, and the noticeable fact that the charts all have gray-bands for easier reading.  So I cannibalized the much older PH (it used to be Casey's, but he let me have all his old D&D stuff at least 10 years ago.  Now it will live on in digital infamy.)  Anyway, I finally got underway getting it OCR'd.  I'm already 40 pages in, meaning I'm past most of the obnoxious charts.  It's the charts that need most of the attention.  Due to the OCR software they all have to be reformatted and cleaned up and some even have to be broken up into multiple charts in order to get them to fit on a standard page.  Heck, every page has to be re-edited just to get it to format correctly and fix all the errors introduced in the OCR process.  Lots of a's become o's.  O's become a's.  1's become L's, and more.  So, it's a slow process but I should finally be done in a week or so.  Then comes the second editing pass to double-check that everything is correct to the original material.  THEN the fun reorganizational editing begins.

12/24/10

    Well it was a couple of days ago, but I finally finished the OCR scan of the 1st Edition Dungeon Master's Guide.  A highly tedious process, but something of a milestone in my 1E project.  Just getting it scanned in is only half the battle.  It still has to be edited for errors in formatting and typography that the OCR process introduces, not to mention the typos and errors of the original material.  Following that I still have to scan the Players Handbook and perform the same editing on that.  THEN begins the actual movement into the next phase of the project which is re-arrangement of the existing content into a more easily read, understood and generally better-organized set of rules without actually making substantial alterations to the content.  The phase after that is producing a version that DOES attempt to make substantial changes but without.. I suppose you could say, "overly harming the aesthetic."  The last stage involves practical experimentation in bookbinding.  We shall see how this all goes...

    Also added two more entries on the 1E Project page, one of which is quite long.

12/15/10

    Slight change to the Combat Calculator, just making the weapon-vs-AC numbers easier to read.  Also added a Saving Throw Calculator to go along with it.

12/07/10

    So, for the Day of Infamy I give you a new version of the 1st Edition AD&D Combat Calculator.  First appearing in Dragon Magazine issue #74 it has been prized by Old School players everywhere but its been hard to find a clean, readable version of the original without buying that issue just for the insert.  So, it's at the top of the Maps & Drawings page done up with Campaign Cartographer in a pair of nice, printable .png's and the original CC file.  Please let me know if you find any errors as they should be easy to correct.  I'll probably be making cosmetic changes of my own to it now and again but I wanted to get it posted as it IS presently functional.

12/01/10

    Welcome back.  If you've tried to get here in the last three weeks you've seen that I exceeded the pathetic bandwidth that Earthlink allows for the site last month.  I'd go so far as to buy a domain and set up a server but it's not worth the cost given the very limited traffic I normally have.  I'm pretty sure that the only reason I exceeded bandwidth is because I parked a big screencap here and linked to it from a message board post, so it didn't take long with people clicking on the link to hit the DL cap.  Either that or the site suddenly became quasi-popular for some reason.  I should have some additional stuff to upload in a few days - a couple more entries for the 1E project and a widget or two for the Old Schoolers.

11/07/10

    A few modifications of 1E project entries.  Mostly typos and editing for clarity, but entry #10 in particular has some additions that should have been included initially.

11/4/10

    Gah!  Been working on bits of this and that with several projects, as usual, waiting patiently on the side in various states of completion.  Last night I lost 4 hours worth of work on a profile of the type F shuttlecraft from original-series Star Trek.  This is just one more setback to take in stride since I discovered that I'd lost MONTHS of work that I'd done on Star Trek stuff because I'd apparently not copied or archived those particular files.  Working on my 1E project has sort of taken a back seat to actually running a 3rd Edition game for some young 'uns, but it simmers in the background and I'll eventually get back to it and even complete it.  Since I discovered my lost Star Trek stuff I of course became compelled to replace it - and that's a fairly lengthy proposition, even having done it once already.  Also been playing City of Heroes and Civilization V, and between all the above and some really obnoxious jobs for work my hours are full.

9/5/10

    Just added Entry #11 to my 1E Project, this one talking about psionics.  I should have even more entries on the way quickly.  Took the advice of an actual reader (!) and added a link from each entry to the next entry.

8/29/10

    Now up to entry #10 in my 1E Project. Been working on subsequent entries too and various parts of the project. For example the last few days I've been beating my head against 1E Psionics again, both trying to decide if it's worth including or dropping altogether, and if not the latter how to make the system actually WORK. Believe it or not I think I'm making headway on it and might make entry #11 a discussion of my thoughts and progress thus far.

    You know how I started playing COH again? Well my interest has flagged again. I blame NCsoft for it. They suspended my account!  Said somebody tried to hack it - so rather than just tell me and ask that I change passwords they suspended it.  Took me 2 weeks before I could get them to turn the damn thing back on.  Meanwhile the new expansion is live, server population is way up, but there are FEWER characters in the streets to team with.  I just don't get it.  So I went back to playing Diablo II again for a bit.

7/25/10

    So I go to post entry #8 in my 1E Project folder and I notice that I never actually uploaded #7. So you get two-for-one on that score today.

    In other news I couldn't stand it anymore and reactivated my City of Heroes account - again. Yes, this is not the first time I've shut off that account and started it up again months later. The good news about CoH is that the "farm" missions are not the problem they once were. The bad news is that server population is down. Despite that I've had some fun pickup groups. Still, just logging on in the evenings there's no guarantee that there will be enough people on to be able to join a group. I'd consider taking on the job of forming my own but I've watched as people struggle to put them together and keep them intact and I don't care to make it something I have to WORK at to enjoy. There is also a major expansion coming in August (?) which should bring in a bunch of new players, bring back a bunch of old players, and generally give things a boost - at least for a while.

5/2/10

    I must be losing it.  I've been banging my head for days on trying to write up an entry on multiclassing and one attempt after another kept turning out to be so boring I couldn't stand it.  Then I realized that I'd actually already posted one and done a decent job of discussing it too.  In any case, Entry #6 in the AD&D Project is up dealing mostly with poison but a couple other topics as well.

4/20/10

    Haven't had time or energy to really work on anything.  This project for work started out at MAXIMUM suckage and I'm only just starting to recover.  So, the project entries that have been stalled should start flowing again.  I am about 1/3 done in OCR'ing my old 1E DMG, though.  That's a parallel part of my 1E Project: to get the 3 core books into a personally editable form.  The MM I did last year already, and I still have the PH to go.  Once it, too, is completed I'll be doing a couple of things with it all.  One is to reorganize it so that the information is easier to find but otherwise leave the data and text as intact as possible.  This is not the high priority part though.  The other priority part is to edit it freely in accordance with the stated goals of my project (see below).

    I'm considering starting up writing movie reviews again since a few friends and relatives have mentioned it.  We'll see...

3/13/10

    Entry #5 in my 1E AD&D project.  Just scroll down to see the link.

1/29/10

    Added another map - the underside of the Rock of Bral, and an updated version of the topside.

1/13/10

    First update of 2010.  Found a new method worthy of entry in the Stat Generation list.  Like you care, but I've not only stopped playing Aion but cancelled the account and deleted the game.  I'm going to do the same with City of Heroes.  Neither has any further appeal given the state the games are in and I simply cannot justify spending $15 a month on each in the forlorn hope that they (or I) will ever return to the state where they held any appeal for me.  I am now without ANY massive multiplayer game to play for the first time in 10 years.  I miss that.

On the bright side, not having a computer game to suck up my free time has opened up space for me to delve into other projects.  My current obsession is OCR-scanning the 1st Edition AD&D Players Handbook and Dungeon Masters Guide.  Naturally these will not be for sale or download anywhere since that would be illegal.  This is for my own personal uses and amusement.  Once I have these cleaned up I will be undertaking two separate editing/rewriting efforts.

One will be to edit them strictly for reorganization purposes - to put into the PH all that should have been in the PH and to place DMG information in particular into a more useful order where obscure rules are made apparent and clear.  This will naturally include a bit of errata but perhaps also just a bit of rewriting for clarity.

The second will be a complete rebuilding of 1E from the ground up; a personal, new vision of what AD&D could and should be.  Very soon I will be uploading what I guess can only be called blog entries detailing the work I've already done along these lines and covering my progress.  Hopefully, this will actually end in the printing and hand-binding of new hardcover books that I can allow players in my game to use as a set of house rules.  It's actually a rather big project, but other than printing new hardcovers, I see nothing to prevent or even seriously interrupt progress and completion.

11/20/09

    Another update to the D&D Manifesto, and I deleted a work-related message I'd put here.  Been playing a lot of Aion lately and even wrote a leveling guide for 1-10 for Aionarmory.com.

04/06/09

    Amazingly, I am now playing City of Heroes again so I may wind up putting back something about my characters there.  Minor update to the D&D Manifesto and some continued updates to old files.

02/15/09

    Updates to various files underway.  Deleted the City of Heroes stuff as it was using up all my space and I haven't even played COH for months.

05/31/08

    Deleted a few pages that were already stale but now effectively rendered moot by the impending release of the 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons.  Fixed a couple things on the calendars page.

05/14/08

    I got another flea in my ear and went back to the Enterprise and was lucky enough to finally find CAD drawings of the original filming miniature (or at least as it is displayed currently in the Smithsonian after a third restoration effort).  I am now VERY satisfied with what I have. 

02/15/08

    Alright, that hero group portrait was bugging me so I decided to go a completely different route.  I wanted to do something a little more anyway.  Since not a lot of people read the background info for characters in City of Heroes I decided to just make them public here.  So click below to meet the team.

02/09/08

    Just decided I needed to update my City of Heroes group portrait.  Not the best job I've done of assembling them but so be it.  Flicker Nik is the only one that is not yet higher than 20th but that should change in just a day or two.  The highest level is Fight Knight at 31 but I think I may try to take Mr. Notorion to 50th first.  Even though he's not currently the highest and has been deleted and rebuilt a couple of times for a couple different reasons, he's the first character concept I had for the game.

11/23/07

    Just decided to publicly note my current projects.  I've got a map of Tarantis well underway but it's been sidelined for a while.  Instead I've been tinkering more and more with Star Trek general plans including the secondary hull of the Enterprise.  I may actually finish it some day soon, but I've been spending a lot of time on it so I may move on to other things for a while again.  Actually, I'd like to take up a different mapping project for a while but can't find one to suit me.  I have a couple of false starts on trying to map the Wilderlands in CC3 but I lack appropriate symbols for some of the terrain so it keeps getting put to the back burner.

11/21/07

    Updated those Trek blueprints since I've been working on them off and on for a week.  Include a new top-down view.

11/14/07

    Added some Star Trek blueprints.  I think I may have had them up before but probably took them down for space.

10/3/07

    Making some changes to reflect next years arrival of 4th Edition D&D.  Removing a few files and maybe changing others.

10/1/07

    Got that first blog actually up.  It only took... 2 weeks to write it?  That's what happens when you're busy I guess.

9/4/07

    Just messing around a bit again today.  Updated the "group photo" <below> of my City of Heroes characters since I made a few costume changes and added a few new ones.  Just click the thumbnail for the larger version.  I'm also going to be taking another shot at starting a blog.  I have no illusions that I'll add to it on anything like a regular basis but I'd like to at least try to write more frequently.  Besides, it sounds like there's a possibility again of starting a new D&D game which would give me something to drone on about.

8/12/07

    Uploaded a newer version of my CSIO map including a larger .png so the details of the actual CC2 map can be seen better.

8/5/07

    Making a few deletions to make some room; started bumping up against the 10mb limit.  Also started going over the D&D stuff to make sure it reflects my own current thinking (and of course fixing typos and polishing at the same time).

6/24/07

    You can always tell when you've been busy by noting that you haven't done ANYTHING on your website for 6 or 7 months.  I busied myself briefly this afternoon with assembling a group portrait of characters that I'm playing in City of Heroes - which is the ONLY game I've been playing.  I've got others, but these are all the highest level characters, and those I like most for various reasons.

11/30/06

    Updated the front page for no particular reason.  File tinkering.

11/18/06

    Updated the Star Trek deck plans with the most recent versions.  I've been spending a LOT of spare time on this so I may have burned myself out on it for a while.

11/11/06

    Added some "Star Trek" deck plans I've been working on in Maps & Graphics.  Also updated a list of inn and tavern names following another contributing thread at Wizards (now totaling 732!) in the D&D files.  Well, it seems I'm also bumping up against the 10MB limit for webspace on earthlink so I've had to delete a bunch of stuff.  That means graphics which means a lot of older, uninteresting CC2 stuff.

10/21/06

    Added a CC2 rendition of the Spelljammer logo and Castle Ravenloft.

10/11/06

    Made some progress on the Bral map.  Added a file that was so useful I kept it strictly to myself for the last 10 years or so - a listing of names for use in RPG's from an excellent random generator from long ago.

10/05/06

    Started work on a LONG-delayed swipe at the Rock of Bral.  It's a work in progress so there's no .fcw file, but the PNG is quite large so you can see all the warts and inefficiencies.  See it here.

09/06/06

    Long time, no update.  I've been fiddling with CC2 a fair amount in an inexplicable effort to avoid having to learn CC3 and wound up working on Spelljammer deckplans: cleaning them up, adding a lot of color, and fitting them all to a more unified template, etc.  I added a couple as well and may add more in the next day or two as/if I have time and I maintain the inclination.  Follow the Maps & Graphics link below and you'll find them not too far down the page.

06/23/06

    By request, here's a quick/dirty magic item slot location chart for D&D.  Click the thumbnail for the MUCH larger .png.

05/31/06

    Added a file on improving MMORPG's.  It was originally conceived and written in response to failings I saw in Asheron's Call but has now been updated and generalized to take in my experiences with other online games like City of Heroes, World of Warcraft, D&D Online, Everquest, etc.

03/02/06

    Added an example of a game event/time-tracking form for campaign timeline records.  On 02/27/06 I modified and added to the JG hex mapping templates for CC2.

12/16/05

    Added information on making dice bags at home.  See it here.

11/20/05

    Added a bunch of new methods to the file on character generation (file here) that arose out of a discussion on ENWorld a few weeks back.  Yeah, it took me a while to get around to it, but I wanted to let the discussion run its course and do it all at once rather than make repeated additions.  But then I got VERY busy with work and moving so I don't feel a bit guilty.  If you have a method that you think is distinctly different and NOT somehow listed or suggested as a variation in that file, by all means let me know.  I collect them.  That's the point of the file after all...

10/08/05

    Added map from Portals of Torsh which I did in a day as something of a test in working with the template.  Really what I'm working on is full-blown maps of the Wilderlands now that I have the box set (woot!).  Made a couple of attempts at it but haven't quite settled on a procedure or map style that I like so it'll probably be a few weeks at best before I have anything to show on that.

9/4/05

Added a file on creating calendars for fantasy RPG's.  Also the usual small edits and updates.

7/28/05

    Haven't been doing much with the site.  This "update" is mostly just a test to verify connectivity and so forth with FrontPage 2003 now that I have now upgraded to it.  Finally got the FTP to work so I can now edit and publish with the same software.  Woot!

5/1/05

    Been adding a bunch of Judges Guild maps.  I haven't been doing much else BUT finishing these (when you're not spending hours playing Pirates! or World of Warcraft it's amazing what you can accomplish) so here's one more - Tegel Village.   Tegel Manor is already up.  This is the area surrounding it.

4/25/05

    Something a little different this time around. I finally started putting my Campaign Cartographer: Dioramas add-on to use.  For those who don't have a clue what that means - You can print out, cut out, and glue together a stadium/arena/colosseum I designed.  It's a 3 1/2' diameter stadium.  If fully assembled it will be patterned something like this:
    Of course, the finished product won't be perfectly round, it'll be made up of 24 angular sections about 6"-7" high. Why?  Because it's easier to design it that way.  I don't have the time to actually fully assemble the thing myself so if anyone does I'd love to hear from you - and see pictures.  Go here for the CC2 fcw file.

2/26/05

    Updated the CSIO map again.

1/24/05

    Wow, I can't believe I've had this site going here since 1998.   Finally completed additional work on the map of Thunderhold to join Tegel Manor and CSIO.  Follow the Maps/Graphics link below.  I started work on the Sunstone Caverns map.  I have Tegel Village and Modron that I could do too.  Only time will tell which I actually finish first, if any.
    Also, I have a copy of a 1996 survey that was conducted at a GenCon seminar and then passed around the net for several years.  I've provided it here mostly as a curiosity to show what elements of the game were being talked about at the time.  Follow the D&D link and scroll down to the Meta-Game section.

12/05/04

    Okay, I WAS going to do something showing how to make your own dice bags but I've had too many other projects going on and been too busy to even work on any of THEM.  So for now you can just admire my handiwork below.  I've made 3, each a different style.  Email me if you have an interest in instructions on how I did it.   I did manage to do some work on my map of Tegel Manor for CC2 and now it's pretty much as finished as I care to get it.  Follow the Maps/Graphics link below

09/10/04

    And now for something completely different - how to make your own dice bags.  I've made 3, each a different style.  If I can do it and still be secure in my masculinity so can any other gaming geek. :)  Not finished with the step-by-step yet but will be eventually.  Email and let me know if you have an interest in the subject and how detailed you think the instructions should be.  Until then here's a photo of the ones I made:

07/04/04

    Added to the review of character generation methods - now totalling 34 distinct methods, official and unofficial, not including variations that may be applied to most of them.

06/28/04

    Another piece added to the Campaign bLog.  I've restarted the Wilderlands map project and as the first step I've done up a pair of templates to use.   And as mentioned a few days ago the Eberron calendar was added on the CC2 page as well.

06/26/04

    Added to a bit to the Campaign Log (though the game has still not yet begun).  I've restarted my Wilderlands map project in the wake of Judges Guild's inability to get on the ball, but the amount of progress I make on it will depend on the likelihood of the campaign finally getting underway.  Added a rendition of the Eberron calendar to go with the other calendars on the CC2 page.

05/25/04

    The usual tweaking of some existing files.  I think I've about added as many names as I care to onto the list of inn/tavern names.   I have made some changes to the house rules which had gotten stale and I'd changed my mind about a couple of them.  Made some changes to the Character Generation Methods file too.  You'll notice that the campaign log link is now listed below.  The weekends keep slipping by without our first campaign session taking place.  That's good in that additional delays will bring additional material that may potentially be added to the campaign (like elements from the Eberron setting), but a week without a game is still a week in a LONG draught without a game.  I may restart my Wilderlands mapping project given the continued delays waiting for the full Revised Wilderlands setting (or even just CSIO for basing a city campaign in).  True to the core ethic of the old Judges Guild I will have to make it all up myself since JG seems utterly incapable of selling me their wares in any kind of timely manner.  Matter of fact, I think I'll troll rgfd for responses about their delays.  Any wager on whether I'll complete my CC2 Wilderlands map before JG?

02/15/04

    New and improved content!  Okay, so it's not as astounding as all that.  Since we are now in the process of FINALLY rolling up characters I thought I'd re-start a campaign log covering both the "creation" process and game events as they occur.  Oh, I've also added somewhat to the list of inn/tavern names after a thread on the WotC discussion boards.

01/02/04

    If you've been here before you might notice that the process of site redesign has begun again.  The movie reviews and game logs are gone as are a few other files.  Also the frames and some graphics.

01/02/04

    Well, at least I've found an adequate game store not too far away.  The Wizards of the Coast store is going the way of the dodo although there's not much there to be missed.  I even question whether there'll be anything worth buying as they sell off inventory before closing at the end of February.  I know they have a big stack of Harbinger starter sets that I'd be more than happy to pick up for dirt.  It would have to be dirt too since we've now moved on to the Dragoneye set and the starter sets for Harbinger were NOT much of a bargain beyond the first one or perhaps two for a casual investment.  For the same money as a single starter you could get two boosters and come out with twice the number of rare figures.
    Still nothing happening on the game front.  Judges Guild keeps pushing release dates back anyway so it's not as if they're in a rush to accommodate the campaign that still isn't in danger of starting any time soon.  Although... we do have the table reassembled now which is a step in the right direction.
    You've probably noticed that I haven't done a movie review in a long time.  It got to be too much like work, but as a consequence I also pay less attention to the site, it never gets any new content, and the visitation rate is way down.   It seems I'm thus due for a semi-annual site revision.  The movie reviews will get archived at home along with the outdated campaign logs.  That'll leave just the main D&D files and CC2 work until further notice - such as when I actually start a campaign.
    And if you've been here before you might notice that the process has already begun.  The movies and logos are gone as well as the frames and graphics.

11/01/03

     Nothing to see here.  Move along.  Nothing really to add certainly.  I've been very busy at work and it doesn't look like D&D will be a serious possibility for some time yet.  It's beginning to look like this may be an extended hiatus.  I did restart my Asheron's Call account.  Same old, same old there.  Screwing up the monthly patches and no attention to any but the highest level characters.  In response I've worked up an AC wish-list of sorts.
    I really need to find a decent game store around here.  Wizards has dried up at the mall and looks about to blow away.  They don't even sell the Wizards line of miniatures much less stock popular d20 publications.

9/10/03

     Added a quick copy of a post I made concerning nerfs to Raise Dead and Resurrection in D&D.  Also a bit of revision to house rules and the solutions to all the 3.5 errata.

7/20/03
     I now have reviews up of 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Carribean, and Terminator 3.  A bit of a "review" of 3.5 (still sight unseen).  Actually, it's just my response to Monte Cook's unfortunate comments and review.

7/11/03
    A bit of a "review" of 3.5.   Actually, just my response to Monte Cook's comments and review.  Going to the movies tonight.  Reviews should follow in a few days - take that with a grain of salt.

6/15/03
    Between revisions right now - working on the page.  It should be complete by this afternoon (PST).   

6/06/03
    Full movie reviews return!  Identity, X-men, and Matrix Reloaded.  I should have one of Fiding Nemo up shortly.  New D&D content with updates to House Rules and a new discussion about Encounter Design and EL.  Also an updated version of my CSIO map.  It'll be a bit yet before I get to working on the CSIO campaign itself, such as when I have my computer desk (and other desks) fully set up and I have unfettered access to all my D&D stuff again.  I still haven't gotten around to several other things I'd been planning to do on the site here so forgive me if you're expecting to see them and they're not here.  With my new job I'm still learning to fit things into the time available instead of shoehorning into the daily routine since I don't have a schedule from one day to the next.

2/7/03
    Starting a new campaign and game logs to go along with it.  [File and Link Removed].

1/29/03
    Added a House Rules document that will be used in my next D&D campaign.  The CSIO map on the CC2 page has been updated because I've done some more work on it.  The only thing I plan to do to it yet is add some terrain contours.

1/19/03
    Some updating to the CC2 page.  Replaced the .jpg's with .png graphics which are much clearer.  Dropped a couple files and added a few new ones.  I have decided to start up movie reviews again, but to start I'm just going to list titles and star ratings leaving the dissertation for later.

1/01/03
    Several new D&D files and one or more on the way!  One on using auctions for treasure distribution, a discussion about life from the perspective of commoner NPC's, and a "manifesto" - a sort of philosophy of D&D covering how I look at the game and thus how everyone else should approach the game too.  As I said there's more in the works, so keep checking back over the next few days.

12/01/02
    Lots of projects but everything is half-finished.  One thing that's close enough to being done to bother putting up is a map I've done of the City State of the Invincible Overlord seen here.  As my little X-Com RPG project based on the Traveller rules gets closer I'll have to put together a "Players Booklet," most or all of which I'll make available here.  Additionally, I will be designing set pieces for it using CC-Dioramas.  Whatever I put together with that will be posted too.

6/4/02
D&D/rpg Material - I made some changes to the Mass Combat page updating it to take 3rd Edition rules into consideration.  It mostly wasn't needed as the comments I was making were generally not tied to the edition being used but it reads more sensibly now in light of 3E.  I had made some changes to the page on Step By Step Character Creation but screwed it up somehow and lost it so doing that over will be on the to-do list.

Movies - The movie reviews resume with Spiderman, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and The Sum of All Fears.

5/20/02
Moving to something of a clean slate.  Since I can no longer even remember what movies I've failed to review in the last... 4 months?  6?  I'm moving everything I have to the review "archive" and just starting over with what will be a review of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  Also, I will be removing the individual campaign logs (recent data shows they weren't the of primary interest to anyone anyway) and replacing them with a single file that gives the highlights of the game thus far.  I have speeded up the graphics too - something that was BADLY needed.

Added (here) one rant/discussion about pacing of modules, characters, and campaigns.  My first really new content in ages.

3/9/02
Finally managed to achieve the site revision I'd been procrastinating on.  I was so long between updates (4 months +) that I decided to just start over rather than try to catch up.  How do you like the new look?  For those who play D&D you can see it's patterned after the graphical look in the rulebooks and I've taken another stab at a site logo.

I'm not sure if I'll be getting around to filling in some of the movie reviews and campaign logs I've missed.  I kind of doubt it.  As for the logs I can't actually even remember how many individual sessions there have been much less specifics of what happened in them.  I think I'll probably cook up a synopsis of events thus far and then pick up on individual session logs again as they happen.  The movie reviews are only slightly more likely to be back-filled but I think I'll just start afresh on them as well.

The three biggest components for a good website are content, content, and content.   Aside from the occasional movie review and game log though there really hasn't been any new content added here for ages.  I think I'll have to work on that.  For starters there's a placeholder to the left for "Commentary".  That's something I said I was going to add a long time ago but haven't.  I've also begun planning my next D&D campaign even while the current one is in progress.   Discussion and updates of those preparations will be found under "Campaign Logs".  Since it's going to be a heavily scratch-built campaign and is being designed with an intentionally retro feel there should be some new D&D files to be found as work on it progresses.

11/30/01
Working desperately to catch up on stuff for the website in addition to D&D material for players of my campaign that I have long-promised and have now vowed to deliver.  Enclosed you will find newly posted reviews for The Last Castle, K-Pax, Monsters Inc., Harry Potter, and Spy Game.  D&D game logs will follow soon but I'm not sure yet when I'll get to them.  I will be posting the other D&D materials I just mentioned though.  They will clarify where things now stand and what's been happening behind the scenes in the campaign for quite some time now.

10/21/01
New graphics as you no doubt recognize if you've been here before.  Two movie reviews: Training Day and Bandits.  I'm a session or three behind in my campaign logs but I'll get to them eventually.  I also have a commentary that I'm polishing up that I will use to open up a new "Opinion" section.  I have no idea when, or even if, I'll be adding to that so I suppose I'll have to wait and see what happens.

9/9/01
Another campaign log has been added (only 12 hours after the session!) now that the campaign has resumed.  One player may be out of town for an extended period so we've agreed to continue anyway with the character played by another player if necessary.   Also have two movie reviews of Rat Race and The Others.

8/18/01
Wow was I ever behind on my updates.  FOUR session logs and FOUR movie reviews.   Heck, one of them you're probably not even going to find in theaters anymore (Final Fantasy).  Not sure when the next game session will be.  We're on something of a hiatus as one thing and another necessitates too many of the players unable to make the session.  I'm thinking of a little bit of cosmetic rearrangement of the site again but mostly just to the index page here replacing the pointless frames with a more traditional arrangement.  But that won't happen until I decide what I want to do and then actually get around to it.

7/1/01
Lots of writing today.  I finished logs for two sesssions of my D&D campaign complete with my always insightful DM commentary and analysis.  I also managed a same-day review for A.I. so I know you'll faithfully read my dead-on review and consider it's wisdom when deciding what movie to see when next you go to the cinema.  The usual tucking in of corners and files.  Read some of my old movie reviews and noticed a fair number of typos and bad grammar.  I'll get to that when I get to it.

6/14/01
Update to the game log.  An orientation map of Arabel related to the current campaign session added to the CC2 page.  Added a review of Evolution (hardly worth the effort except to warn people off) and rebuilt a link to a old review of Hollow Man (also quite a bad movie oddly enough) that I discovered had gotten missed in the last revamping of the site arrangement.

6/8/01
Events required that I be at home by the phone today so I managed to update the file detailing "house rules" for the current campaign with a discussion of the effects of Raise Dead & similar spells.

6/5/01
Review of Knights Tale is up although I wound up seeing it after I saw Pearl Harbor, which review is also up.  These are actually a few days late getting posted.   I had them finished but wanted to verify a couple things online and then forgot to actually perform the update to the site. No D&D game now for a number of weeks and I'm not actually holding out a lot of hope for this weekend either.  We shall see.

5/26/01
As you can see no review of Knights Tale yet.  Should be seeing that this weekend at some point though along with Pearl Harbor.  Fixed some links (broken thanks to FrontPage's insistence that all pages end in HTML not just HTM) and some that were mixed-up on the movie reviews page pointed out by a visitor.

5/20/01
No D&D game this weekend so don't expect to see another update there for better than a week.  However, I have a review of Shrek to add which I saw only yesterday and I may have one of A Knights Tale up tonight or tomorrow as I think I may see that this afternoon.

5/13/01
Update to the game logs  Added the most recent log and divided it into pages for each session.  The whole thing was getting too large and unwieldly.  Two movie reviews too - The Mummy Returns and Bridget Jones Diary.

4/3/01
Game log update!  Very interesting things afoot there.  As there is now at least one player reading the logs I will have to censor myself just a tad so as not to reveal more than I want to.  Some progress on the XCom d20 setting.  It would REALLY help to have a copy of the Official Strategy Guide to see the formulae being used in several areas of the computer game.  I'll struggle through without though.  It might actually be better for not having it.  I'll post some details and discussion of my progress as soon as there's anything interesting to actually relate.  So far, I 've just been working on getting a grasp on the overall - rolling things around in the back of my brain to get a feel for what's going to be involved here.

3/21/01
UPDATES!  Finally got the game log file updated - I was FOUR sessions behind and things were happening!  Now I'm caught up, and good thing too as we have another session this weekend.  It may be a short one though as we'll also be moving the location of the game from the comfy office of one of the players to my damp, unfinished basement.  I'm working on a file on death-related issues in 3rd Edition D&D.  Also, I've posted a review of Traffic that was woefully past due considering I saw it about a month ago.  Another project (as if I actually needed one to fill my time) is that I'm doing a conversion of the computer game X-Com: UFO Defense into a d20 setting.

2/24/01
Added the updated, improved (and of course heavily modified) map of Cormyr which forms the basis for my campaign.  I desperately need to update the campaign logs but that'll have to wait for now.  Lots of interesting developments though.

2/3/01
Added an addendum to the D&D movie review and polished it a bit.  Went to update the Meta tags with the new name of the site and realized I lost all the tags I'd had in place when I switched the site to frames, lo these many moons ago so I redid them.

1/25/01
I will post no review before it's time.  Fittingly enough it's probably been 13 days since I saw Thirteen Days.  That and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are the two reviews just posted.  Reworking my alignment file again in light of discussions I've had on rec.games.frp.dnd lately.  Not exactly front burner but I'll post this latest revision eventually.  Updated the campaign log too.  Still trying to get around to working on my CC2 campaign maps but it feels too much like a chore.  Still, I'll get to them eventually too.

1/9/01
Adjustments to the new look, primarily being rearrangement of the movie listings but also other bits here and there as well as the usual additions to and polishing of miscellaneous files.

1/5/01
As you can see I've started to apply a new look to the place.  There's an update to the campaign log as well.  Three new reviews: Cast Away, Vertical Limit, and Proof of Life.  Since I saw Proof on New Year's that wraps up reviews for 2000 so I've prepared a Top 5 list, which naturally covers only those movies I've seen and reviewed here.

12/15/00
It's been a long dry spell where there were just no movies I felt like seeing but I finally have two new movie reviews - The Sixth Day, and Dungeons & Dragons.   Some information on the D&D campaign I just started on Saturday (gotta remember not to reveal too much as the players might actually drop in here occasionally).   Files being removed and moved around as I begin the makeover mentioned on 11/23/00.

11/28/00
Wow.  2000 hits.  The only place this url ever gets seen is Usenet.  I submitted it to a bunch of the more obvious search engines not long after the initial upload, I've had a couple of personal requests to link to it, but otherwise it's only seen by my signature in Usenet posts.  Thanks to all who visit and occasionally return.   As always, feedback is welcome though seldom expected.  Very minor changes to the Step-by-step file.

11/23/00
Thought I'd say something since it's been nearly two months since I gave the site any update.  Nothing new to add really.  That is, no new files, but I'm considering a complete rebuild of the place including giving it a new name.  Really just in the concept stage, not even actively planning and the content itself won't change.  I just thought the place needed more of a personality.  No worries about me adding gobs of java, shockwave, and generally fat-Kb graphics though.  I am a firm believer that such things are site-killers.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Day whether you celebrate it or not.

10/8/00
Removed some D&D files that are outdated by Third Edition.  Added one file - a step list for D&D character creation and conversion.

9/2/00
Did a little polish and revision on the Alignments file.  I have a CC2 project in the works - a remapping of the Realms.  It involves a lot of moving mountain ranges and such so that the map looks more like a real-world map than a haphazardly assembled place (which it is, really.)  I'm starting with the "Toril overview" and am probably about half finished with that.  When it's done I'll post it and explain the changes in detail.

8/24/00
Finished adding the Gamma World map I'd started (and then abandoned) in CC2.  It's actually been on the site for a while, I just didn't have anything pointing to it.

8/22/00
Wrapped up my overdue reviews for Hollow Man and Space Cowboys.  Should be adding a few CC2 files shortly, but I am readapting to work after three weeks of vacation so don't hold your breath.

8/16/00
Removed several files outdated by the actual publication of D&D (3rd Edition) and updated the "What is That?" file to reflect more accurate historical information given by Dave Arneson at GenCon.  An account of What I did at GenCon which includes notes taken at several of the seminars.  Also added a quickly assembled 3E Height and Weight chart keyed according to ability scores rather than random rolls.  Gives a more graphical look at the spread of the numbers too.

8/7/00
Uploaded a file titled "The 36 Basic Plots" to the D&D area.  Should prove very interesting reading.

8/6/00
I knew the boredom would kick in eventually so I could start accomplishing things.  I updated the journal I began and really haven't touched since September 99 since the participation of the character writing the journal has seemingly come to an end anyway.   I may start one for the "surviving" character I have in that campaign if it ever resumes [paying attention Bill?  :-)  ] or see if one of the other players is interested in posting the journal he'd been writing for his character.

8/2/00
Review of The Kid uploaded.  Started vacation but have done too much frittering of time and haven't accomplished anything substantial on other potential uploads.  Give it a week and I'll have gotten tired of not getting anything done.

7/21/00
Okay, I've been procrastinating for WAY too long.  I just uploaded 5 new movie reviews: Titan (A.E.), The Patriot, Chicken Run, The Perfect Storm, and X Men.  Oh, I've been doing stuff - just nothing that can be uploaded, or nothing complete that can be uploaded.

 

1/5/01
As you can see I've started to apply a new look to the place.  There's an update to the campaign log as well.  Three new reviews: Cast Away, Vertical Limit, and Proof of Life.  Since I saw Proof on New Year's that wraps up reviews for 2000 so I've prepared a Top 5 list, which naturally covers only those movies I've seen and reviewed here.

12/15/00
It's been a long dry spell where there were just no movies I felt like seeing but I finally have two new movie reviews - The Sixth Day, and Dungeons & Dragons.   Some information on the D&D campaign I just started on Saturday (gotta remember not to reveal too much as the players might actually drop in here occasionally).   Files being removed and moved around as I begin the makeover mentioned on 11/23/00.

11/28/00
Wow.  2000 hits.  The only place this url ever gets seen is Usenet.  I submitted it to a bunch of the more obvious search engines not long after the initial upload, I've had a couple of personal requests to link to it, but otherwise it's only seen by my signature in Usenet posts.  Thanks to all who visit and occasionally return.   As always, feedback is welcome though seldom expected.  Very minor changes to the Step-by-step file.

11/23/00
Thought I'd say something since it's been nearly two months since I gave the site any update.  Nothing new to add really.  That is, no new files, but I'm considering a complete rebuild of the place including giving it a new name.  Really just in the concept stage, not even actively planning and the content itself won't change.  I just thought the place needed more of a personality.  No worries about me adding gobs of java, shockwave, and generally fat-Kb graphics though.  I am a firm believer that such things are site-killers.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Day whether you celebrate it or not.

10/8/00
Removed some D&D files that are outdated by Third Edition.  Added one file - a step list for D&D character creation and conversion.

9/2/00
Did a little polish and revision on the Alignments file.  I have a CC2 project in the works - a remapping of the Realms.  It involves a lot of moving mountain ranges and such so that the map looks more like a real-world map than a haphazardly assembled place (which it is, really.)  I'm starting with the "Toril overview" and am probably about half finished with that.  When it's done I'll post it and explain the changes in detail.

8/24/00
Finished adding the Gamma World map I'd started (and then abandoned) in CC2.  It's actually been on the site for a while, I just didn't have anything pointing to it.

8/22/00
Wrapped up my overdue reviews for Hollow Man and Space Cowboys.  Should be adding a few CC2 files shortly, but I am readapting to work after three weeks of vacation so don't hold your breath.

8/16/00
Removed several files outdated by the actual publication of D&D (3rd Edition) and updated the "What is That?" file to reflect more accurate historical information given by Dave Arneson at GenCon.  An account of What I did at GenCon which includes notes taken at several of the seminars.  Also added a quickly assembled 3E Height and Weight chart keyed according to ability scores rather than random rolls.  Gives a more graphical look at the spread of the numbers too.

8/7/00
Uploaded a file titled "The 36 Basic Plots" to the D&D area.  Should prove very interesting reading.

8/6/00
I knew the boredom would kick in eventually so I could start accomplishing things.  I updated the journal I began and really haven't touched since September 99 since the participation of the character writing the journal has seemingly come to an end anyway.   I may start one for the "surviving" character I have in that campaign if it ever resumes [paying attention Bill?  :-)  ] or see if one of the other players is interested in posting the journal he'd been writing for his character.

8/2/00
Review of The Kid uploaded.  Started vacation but have done too much frittering of time and haven't accomplished anything substantial on other potential uploads.  Give it a week and I'll have gotten tired of not getting anything done.

7/21/00
Okay, I've been procrastinating for WAY too long.  I just uploaded 5 new movie reviews: Titan (A.E.), The Patriot, Chicken Run, The Perfect Storm, and X Men.  Oh, I've been doing stuff - just nothing that can be uploaded, or nothing complete that can be uploaded.

6/11/00
Adding to and rearranging the CC2 page.

6/9/00
Expanded to include a Campaign Cartographer area.

5/31/00
FOUR reviews added.  Gladiator (which I have had done for a long time but only just now realized I hadn't uploaded), Battlefield Earth, Mission Impossible II, and Shanghai Noon.  Not a lot happening on the D&D front although I've been working a lot with Campaign Cartographer 2 and have just ordered up v6.0.  I spent time over the holiday surfing all the CC2 website links and the whole CC2 webring and I know I can do better than 90% of what I saw.   As soon as I get something into shape I'll post it and may even join the webring.

4/26/00
Review of U-571 posted.

4/25/00
TO BE POSTED ON THE DOOR TO THE CENTRAL KEEP: There has been revision and updating of files including 3E ruminations, the campaign creation log, and other minor file changes here and there.  This is an updating process that may continue for a while.  If substantial changes are made I'll note it here, but as for the minor alterations I'm really doing that nearly every time I make an update simply because I've spotted grammar errors, discontinuities in the writing, etc.  Let it be hereby known that such lesser activity will not be specifically noted hereafter.

4/22/00
Two new reviews - High Fidelity and Rules of Engagement.  I was working on a few updates of various files too but didn't finish them and promptly forgot which ones they were, so if one or two of the files have unusual breaks that would be the reason.

3/28/00
Review of Reindeer Games completed.

3/9/00
I was prompted to make some changes to the Civ2 files page by adding a bit of advice about troubleshooting when you have problems including links to important files you'll probably want.  Tinkered a bit with a few other files.

3/7/00
I've been recovering from a viral infection so that's my excuse for not having updated sooner.  At least now I can sit up while I finish recovering so I can sit at the computer for a while and do SOMEthing besides watch TV and be miserable, and that's a perfect circumstance for undertaking update chores.  Reviews of three movies added (Galaxy Quest, Pitch Black and Drowning Mona).  They're all a little on the short side but the brain is not yet working at full speed.

2/3/00
You may notice that there's been some change at the castle.  Things seem to be working but if you encounter a problem let me know.  Meanwhile, I've updated my Healing System proposal for AD&D and the Mass Combat file too.  I'm way overdue with a review of Galaxy Quest so that's on the burner and there's more work coming on the site itself too.

12/13/99
Well I was wrong.  I should have said "except for reviews" since this is a big season for movies.  I'm fairly sure it will be next year before any other substantial work gets posted - I need time to get some writing done.  Meanwhile I've uploaded a review of The Green Mile.

12/2/99
Added review of Toy Story 2.  May not get back to the site until the next millenium but we'll see.

11/23/99
Review of The World is not Enough added.

11/18/99
Wrote replacements for the missing reviews of Blue Streak, Sixth Sense, and Three Kings.   Added one of The Messenger, and Lost in Space (that one just for the sake of completeness).  The usual small fixes in addition to the big ones.  I should have the Campaign Log files finished/updated by midweek or in the week after Thanksgiving at the very outside.

11/2/99
Reviews of Blue Streak, Sixth Sense, and Three Kings added.  I realized while watching it on cable a few days ago that I failed entirely to put up a review of Lost In Space when I saw it in the theater so I may write one up and stuff it in the pile.   I'm in the process of updating some additional files to reflect D&D 3rd Edition changes.  Campaign log files are also on the front burner - at least information on the game I'VE started running.  The 2nd game I had been slated to play in that I mentioned on 9/6 has died in vitro and the 1st has gone on indefinite hiatus and it's fate probably will rely on the success of MY campaign which has taken it's place on the weekends.

9/6/99
Review of The 13th Warrior added.  Revisions to the Alignments (with more to come) and 3rd Edition discussion files reflecting recent Usenet discussions and revelations.   Hey, maybe I should start a file of my Usenet responses to various discussions.   Have to give that some thought.  Also added the official 3rd Edition FAQ - with hyperlinks for easier navigation!  I think I may start up a character diary or two.  I now have 2 characters in one campaign and a 3rd in another new campaign that's about to start.  The exploits of the 2 and their compatriots are probably going to be done but I'm not entirely sure if that second campaign is gonna get off the ground yet.  We'll see.

8/23/99
Uploaded at least 6 movie reviews - long overdue.  I'll be keeping things more up to date from now on.  The Healing system I was working on has been heavily revised and updated.  Call it a final beta, needing only a bit of playtesting to be sure it works as desired.  Revised my D&D 3rd Edition "wishlist" to a 3rd Edition Commentary of sorts since it's now a soon-to-be-reality.  The Alignments file has been heavily updated and it's one of the best things I have available on this site IIDSSM.  General tinkering throughout the site.  Some of the future modifications/additions I have planned include a gallery of my best/favorite miniatures, addition of or conversion to a frame version (probably entailing some graphical changes as well), and a few other things.

5/29/99
Minor updates to a few files.  Review of The Mummy added.

5/5/99
Converted all the movie reviews to a 1-5 scale and took the opportunity to revise a few of them.

5/3/99
Glorioski!  Has it been that long since I updated?  Well, big things a-brewin' in the castle.  Phantom Menace review announcement placed.  Review of Entrapment.  Some changes/additions to Alignment and Mass Combat files are anticipated and may not be noted seperately.

3/16/99
Review of The Deep End of the Ocean posted.

3/13/99
Review of October Sky added.  Explanation of D&D file added for the benefit of the odd non-gaming visitor.  Still planning to add a gallery of my PC figures but it'll take time to set up.

3/5/99
A bit of formatting correction to another Spelljammer file.  Removed the animated .gifs from the AD&D page for faster loading and more of an uncluttered appearance.   These changes not noted on index page.

2/28/99
Alignment article finally returns this site to it's original purpose - AD&D topics.   Start of a good trend methinks.  Added <meta> tags to the index page (long overdue step, that one).  Submitting page to a few search engines.

2/25/99
Discovered that two small files in the Spelljammer section contained much duplicate information that was already in the largest Spelljammer file.  The extra information was added to the big one and the small, redundant files removed.  The big one was also fitted with section bookmarks (pretty sizeable file after all) and formatted for slightly easier reading.

1/30/99
Review of Virus.  I can see I'm gonna have to redo the movies page here fairly soon as the list is getting long and clumsy to navigate.  Maybe bust it up into chunks of 10?  <lie>Work on the D&D aspect of the site is imminent!</lie>

1/16/99
Finish update begun on 14th.  Added a new listing of video recommendations on movie reviews page.

1/14/99
Slight revision of index page including correcting date errors.  Reviews of Star Trek: Insurrection, A Bugs Life, The Faculty, and Waking Ned Devine are imminent (when I get time to fill in the outlines).  Fixed bookmark links in Firearms file and a few others.  More general cleanup and file management.

11/24/98
The Siege and Enemy of the State reviews posted.  Some general cleanup of the site including orphan files and behind-the-scenes file shifting.

11/14/98
Three more movie reviews.  Soldier, which I saw several weeks ago (had a review nearly finished which my laptop ate in a surprise shutdown and haven't made time to rewrite it), Vampires, which I saw about a week and a half ago and Wizard of Oz.  I HAVE been working on D&D related stuff which IS still the main focus of this site, just not enough work to warrant updating anything.  I still don't have as much time as I'd like to have to work on it so other entertainments tend to take precedence.   Still, one update a month is not frequent enough.

10/18/98
Replaced the missing/screwed up review of Ronin and added one for Practical Magic as well.   Subdivided the games page yesterday for better organization and to add some old Axis & Allies stuff (inspired to do so as I'm currently playing the new computer version and winning so much it's almost boring.  I may actually have to try playing over the net for the first time ever.

10/17/98
Two new movie reviews: Ronin (which is 2 weeks late in getting posted here, sue me) and Rush Hour.

09/27/98
Reworked and added to the Links page.  Spellchecking done throughout the site to catch a few errors I seem to have missed.  By tonight I may have a movie review of Ronin added as well.

09/24/98
I've been working too many hours to get much work done on anything, but I wanted to paste up my new and improved AD&D healing system since I didn't want to try to explain it in detail on Usenet.  Note that it's a work in progress.  Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

09/1/98
I've actually been making updates now and then for several weeks but nothing all at once so I haven't noted it here.  However, as you will have read on the main page my Civ2 mod files are now up.  Problems that had crept into the Movies list have been fixed (thanks for pointing that out mom!) and new reviews posted naturally.  My Xcom fiction is progressing and I hope to have an initial chapter up "soon."   Take that for what it's worth.  50 hits and climbing!  Wee hah.

08/11/98
Even more movie reviews.  (I've been on vacation for a couple weeks so I've been seeing a LOT of movies while I have the opportunity.)

08/07/98
More movie reviews.  Minor revisions here and there.  Downloading of the Character Sheet should work now.

08/05/98
Added review of Saving Private Ryan.  Cut the background from the links page until I can find something more suitable.  I'm on vacation now with nothing planned for a while so there's potential for a lot more to be added in the next couple weeks.

07/19/99
Added hit counter so I can get really depressed about how nobody sees my site.

07/11/98 to 07/14/98
Minor revisions for the sake of appearances, especially on systems set with large fonts or not set to 800x600 resolution.  Spelling and grammar corrections.  Repaired internal links and put some on the Links page.  Light polishing of movie reviews and added review of Small Soldiers.

06/20/98
Grand opening.  Initial upload to server.  This is the initial onslaught of files taken from my dusty archives.  More will most certainly follow.