Hello, my name is Paul,

Hello, my name is Paul, and I am a junkie for good role playing games. 😀
As readers of this space have noted, I am excited by the prospect of the second edition of Nobilis. I should have provided this link
much earlier, but R. Sean Borgstrom, the creatrix of the game, has a series of columns
on RPG net taking the lid off of the re-launch and design process.
In other news, I decided to start putting up some of my books on half.com for sale. If you want to take a look at what I have
available so far, take a look. PrinceJvstin’s books on half.com

Experimented with Blogskins, but I

Experimented with Blogskins, but I didn’t like the results.
I suppose that I will work with hand-coding instead. It will be good practice for when I do decide to use something like Moveable Type–which would be predicated on me getting a *real* website…but that might just happen after all.
In other news, Ambercon comes nearer and nearer, and I need to work on characters and such. I do wish all of the GMs would get in touch with the players, so that hammering out issues can be done before the game. This year, with AAPA, I essentially am giving 25 extra points to players who give me players before game day. Not to penalize those who come in cold, mind, but it makes it so much easier to resolve sticky issues, and have an idea of what the PCs are like beforehand. “Okay, so she’s a warrior daughter of Benedict…I think I will involve her like *this*.”

As an addendum to the

As an addendum to the Which Classic Book Are You?,if you want to read a different book
on Machiavelli than translations of the Prince, and learn what connection he had with, of all people, Leonardo Da Vinci,
pick up Fortune is a River.
I highly recommend it.
Of course, given the results of this test, I guess you wouldn’t believe me if I told you that I wasn’t “trying” to get The Prince
as an answer at all! I think it might have surprised me as much as it did Arref.

Which Classic Book Are

Which Classic Book Are You?
Book: Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince.
Synopsis: The Prince’s essential contribution to modern political thought lies in Machiavelli’s assertion of the then revolutionary idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena. ‘It must be understood,’ Machiavelli avers, ‘that a prince … cannot observe all of those virtues for which men are reputed good, because it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion, in order to preserve the state.’ With just a little imagination, readers can discern parallels between a 16th-century principality and a 20th-century presidency.
Excerpt: Those who wish to win favor with a prince customarily offer him those things which they hold most precious or which they see him most delight in. Very often, therefore, we see princes presented with horses, weapons, cloth of gold, precious gems, or similar ornaments worthy of their greatness. Wishing, then, to present myself to Your Highness with some mark of my duty to you, I have been unable to find anything I possess that I hold so dear or esteem so highly as my knowledge of the actions of great men, learned from long experience in modern affairs and from constant reading of ancient ones. Having long examined and refected upon tese matters with great diligence and having now set them down in a small volume, I send it to Your Highness.
Amazon: The Prince
Which Classic Book Are You?

Ted Koppel, we love you

Ted Koppel, we love you

Ted Koppel is showing far more class than his bosses do at Disney, or deserve to be shown. In their admission that they are chasing the services of David Letterman like a whore, or, a lawyer chasing an ambulance, they have admitted that they are looking to replace Nightline, and Politically Incorrect. While Bill Maher’s show is getting relatively low ratings, and his outspoken, controversial statements have angered many, Ted Koppel is a different fish altogether.
For example, did you know Nightline gets more viewers, each night, than Letterman?
The thing is, though, that Letterman brings in much more advertising dollars…more than twice that of Nightline. It’s the worship of Mammon that motivates the Mouse to court Letterman, not ratings. The machivellian machinations on the part of Disney, though, are foolish and ill-serving. Ted Koppel could have opened up a vial of vitriol on them, justifiably so, but his editorial is remarkably restrained.
His point, though is clear. Even in an era of 24 hour cable news–there is ALWAYS a place for thoughful, provocative discussion and digestion of the issues–and Nightline provides that.
And, not everyone has cable or satellite TV, anyway.

Lots of interesting things over

Lots of interesting things over at my fellow Bloggers, and yes, once again, I feel like I am in network mode here, telling you about them all.
Ginger throws a campaign seed out on Rebma. She also posted it to the AML. Arref also throws in his own thoughts on Rebma too, again, sort of crossposted to the AML. Meera has a brand spanking new graphic for her Amber bits Blog, and its absolutely gorgeous.
Today is March 1st, and, although I haven’t received mine yet, the list of games for Ambercon is due out today (although it might be a function of a name near the end of the alphabet more than anything ). We are creeping up, also, on the Ides of March, the official Anniversary Day for Strange Bedfellows. On March 15, 1996, after a lot of debate and thought on the matter, I decided that running a PBEM could be a good thing. So, I began to approach a few online friends if they might be interested in getting in on the ground floor. I still have most of those charter players.
The funny part is, it took six years of real time to get to a major milestone that I have been thinking about since the game started. In the Strange Bedfellows universe, the Calendar of Amber is far more regular than ours. It is comprised of twelve months of 30 days each, and to bring the total to an even 365, there are five intercalary days. Game time started on March 15…and the first Intercalary Day is the Spring Equinox. After 6 years, the events of the Festival (between the 19th and the 20th of March) have begun.
I have envisioned it as a day of a variety of events. I provide a graphical version of it here. The link opens up in a new window, so feel free to click and look at it now.
As you can see from looking at it, (Sure, I’m not Alisia, or Arref, but I can be proud of my own stuff), my vision was that members of the Royal Family of Amber would naturally gravitate toward creating or hosting or being patrons for various events. I imagine that other strata of Amber society also have their own events…and wouldn’t that make an interesting con game? Just revolving around the entire day of the Festival. Hmmmm.
The highlight, the climax of the day is the Ball, hosted by none other than Florimel herself. It’s THE event of the season.
The other four intercalary days are, by the way, Midsummer (again, lots of parties and a ball…but the symbolism of this Ball is that, often, the last person you dance with at THAT Ball, will be your significant other for the rest of the Summer), The Harvest, or Autumnal, Equinox,Midwinter, and New Year’s Day. Unlike the Equinoxes and Solstices, New Year’s Day is a very somber and quiet day…for Midwinter, only 9 days before, is usually a party whose hangover can last for quite a while.
Another minor, astronomical note to the Festival of the Unicorn, the Vernal Equinox, is that it is the first day of the year that the constellation of the Unicorn, with the brightest star in Amber’s sky, is visible, and that’s why Cas and Pol get more attendees than you might expect to their stargazing.
A full moon has not fallen on the Festival of the Unicorn in quite some time, and it does not this year, either (it fell on the day before). A Festival of the Unicorn with a full moon might make an interesting Tir visit, indeed.