Template fun and games

I’ve been looking at other people’s MT templates, trying to adapt this one to take some of the features that I’ve seen and liked. And I am still trying to puzzle out Trackbacking properly.
I see why now Blogger is popular–its EASIER. But then, MT is far more flexible and customizable. All I have to do is learn its idiosyncracies. I think I can handle that.

Role Call Ten: Dream On Part II

Roll the Bones
What licensed property would you really like to see make the jump to roleplaying games?
Well, excepting Dune as already taken, I will have to go for another choice, and I will stick into the space genre.
Peter F. Hamilton’s Confederation universe.
Like Dune’s universe, its a big canvas. Several star-spanning powers, high technology, interesting aliens…you could even eliminate the “dysfunction” storyline, and still have an intriguing milieu to explore. Hamilton has written several stories in the universe that take place before the dysfunction, and they are every bit as good as the novels.
The range of characters to play could range from a trader like Joshua Calvert, to a Marine in the service of New Kong to alien characters.
The closest thing there is thus far is a paperback guidebook to the series but a real RPG, even if it was D20, would be most welcome.

WISH 38: Favoritism

WISH 38: Favoritism
Do you (or your GM) �play favourites?� Do you feel you have to justify your answer? Do you have a horror story to share?
Impartiality in anything is a myth. Bias is a fact of our lives, because we are only human. It is a matter of minimizing it, or keeping things fair, that is important.
But are their players whose turns I like a lot more? Well, yes. To an extent I work harder for players who give me more, that help to develop my universes. I will go an extra mile for a Jim, an Arref and a Bridgette because they are the heavyweights of my world. It’s not a matter of age and longevity, its a matter of the quality that I get.
To use a negative example, and I will change names to protect the innocent, there is a character named “Urania” played by “Jane”. I regret taking the player and character on but I don’t have any real “reason” to terminate either.
This is a recent post from the character.
I head down to one of the ways out trying to see if I
can help a few get to safty. I then head back to Odin
and ask him if he can walk with my help telling him we
need to leave here and get to safty. and to find
Father. or someone to see what happened.
I admit that I spend less work on this player and her character than someone who writes better, longer and more competently. I try hard to be fair as far as plots and such, but I am human and such…discordant work sets my teeth on edge. I am not a “grammar and spelling nazi” in any sense of the word, but there is just something about this player’s continued and incessant poor grammar that rubs me the wrong way. The shallowness of thought in the player’s spelling is, unfortunately, often (but not always) reflected in the turns as a whole as well.
So…I do play favorites. But if Urania and another PC were to come into conflict, I would not penalize Jane for that. And I certainly do not skip or avoid doing her turn, I take her when it comes to her time in the “queue”.

CAESAR Set on; and leave

CAESAR Set on; and leave no ceremony out.
SOOTHSAYER Caesar!
CAESAR Ha! who calls?
CASCA Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!
CAESAR Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR What man is that?
BRUTUS A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
CAESAR Set him before me; let me see his face.
CASSIUS Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
CAESAR What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR He is a dreamer; let us leave him:
JULIUS CEASAR, ACT I, SCENE II

Welcome to the new BJS

With Blogger crapping out for the nth time, I finally decided to open up the Blog here at All-Roads-Lead to buisness. Although Bridgette and I still have stalled on getting an opening screen, I’ve copied over my Amber stuff to here. The mundane stuff at Weimer world is going to stay put. ARL will, with the exception of non-Amber entries on this Blog, be devoted to roleplaying and the like.

Beware the Ides of March

CAESAR Set on; and leave no ceremony out.
SOOTHSAYER Caesar!
CAESAR Ha! who calls?
CASCA Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!
CAESAR Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR What man is that?
BRUTUS A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
CAESAR Set him before me; let me see his face.
CASSIUS Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
CAESAR What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR He is a dreamer; let us leave him
JULIUS CEASAR, ACT I, SCENE II

“Building my own guillotine” I

“Building my own guillotine”
I haven’t blogged much from work the last couple of days because I have been building my own guillotine so to speak.
Oddly, uncharacteristically of my Type A personality Boss, she has delegated something rather important to me
–the training of my possible replacement. Naturally, as a result, I have not had the opportunity to do any extracurricular activity at work, and thus the blogging has flagged.
Just so you know I am still alive and well.