Nordic Nationalism
By Dwip December 24, 2004 at 2:02 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I shall also direct your attention to the post below this one, just so nobody misses it. You may remember the Nordic Nationalist character concept from long ago. Hrolf has actually been played some, not that I ever talked about it. In fact, he even made it all the way to level 7, when last we checked in on June 30 of last year. So it’s been a while. But I kept a journal, which I will now relate to you, because it amuses me. Hrolf the Ganger, Nordic Nationalist Woke up on the boat, made fun of the chargen sequence a lot (hey, I’ve done it 20 times before, I’m allowed), then tried to fall off into the ocean […]

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Mad Killer Flying Argonians
By Dwip December 24, 2004 at 1:38 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Just because we’re all spamming the hell out of my tagboard with Morrowind stuff, we’ll just pause to recognize a few of Ten Paws’ better moments in pictures. Cliff Racers? What Cliff Racers? (This is why you will never see commercial jet services over the Red Mountain region.) Oh, THESE Cliff Racers. (Yes, they hovered in the air, dead, like that. It was neat.) Netch. It’s What’s For MKFA’s Dinner. (If you’ve done the quest, you understand. If you haven’t, just accept that it was odd.) It’s Vivec! Hi Vivec! (Yes, then I reloaded and unbroke the game.) The Almalexia Weight Loss Program. (And some other assorted stuff, too. What Lord’s Mail?) That Sure Is A Big Statue. (It really […]

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By Dwip December 21, 2004 at 10:29 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Just because Whir did it too: I Am A: Neutral Good Half-Elf Ranger Bard Alignment:Neutral Good characters believe in the power of good above all else. They will work to make the world a better place, and will do whatever is necessary to bring that about, whether it goes for or against whatever is considered ‘normal’. Race:Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves. Primary Class:Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the […]

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The Good Life
By Dwip December 19, 2004 at 3:32 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Considering the subject matter of most of the day, the title is perhaps a bit odd, but whatever. It’s been a pretty good day. For one, Regina was kind enough to hook me up with Pratchett/Gaiman’s Good Omens, which I hear is a pretty awesome book, and we’re all about awesome books in these here parts. For another, today’s mail included an envelope with a thin cardboard sleeve inside, and inside of that was the Discotheque single. And while there’s a slightly remixed version of that song on there, we’re more concerned with the b-side, Holy Joe. This song is cool. Cooler than, say, 90% of the latest album. It rocks a great deal. Pop kind of rules like that. […]

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Insert Catchy Title Here
By Dwip December 17, 2004 at 7:06 pm Comments Off on Insert Catchy Title Here RSS Feed for this post

So, in a strange twist of fate, I find myself reading a number of books on World War II, playing a WWII FPS, and playing a Civ 3 succession game of the WWII in the Pacific scenario all at the same time. Go figure. In any case, I just talked about MoH:PA, and you can read the Civ game for yourselves, so I’ll talk about books. I don’t remember offhand the history of the Pacific war I read. It was, well, the standard US vs Japan history. And, while this is all interesting, and I needed a refresher on the course of the war, what interests me is not American-centric history from the American POV, but in what the Japanese […]

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Even Better Than the Real War
By Dwip December 14, 2004 at 12:38 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

First, I would like to take this opportunity to salute Google. Thank you, Google, for proving that you can take a featureless thing that works well, add a bunch of needless bells and whistles to it, and make it suck. Thank you for proving to me that you are not, in fact, God. Because really, Google Groups Beta sucks the good suck. Really, really sucks the goodest suck there is available to suck. On the other hand, there is Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, which I recieved for my birthday, amongst a whole host of completely awesome gifts including more GGK books, a hardcover BMR, and a Tom Friedman book which promises to be interesting. But anyway. This game is […]

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Grand Theft Donkey
By Dwip December 12, 2004 at 2:32 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Apparently somewhere in here I gained a year. Maybe I threw a party of sorts, too. And maybe we played some D&D. Maybe it was even the debut of Tharavel. So, apparently people about half understood what I was trying for in the world, which considering the monumental task, works out ok I guess. So we end up with Cole’s dwarf ranger, Brian’s dwarf barbarian, and Jason’s elf druid and elf wizard, who turns out to be important since he’s the son of a local noble in the elf duchy of Vatan, and that’s where the game is. The whole thing is, the wizard just got called home from studying abroad because he’s needed at home due to the giant […]

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Until the End of the Night
By Dwip December 7, 2004 at 6:35 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Just because every so often we need to have flashbacks to the days of yore O these many months ago when I complained about lack of sleep… Let’s all be aware that the whole 10pm-1am 7am-10am sleep pattern thing just doesn’t work out well for the participants. Nor does the 11pm-2am one. Probably looking at another 7-10, too, which is going to quite frankly suck the good suck in sucktastic ways of suckfulness. And for some reason I keep listening to Until the End of the World and the Byrds’ version of Mr. Tambourine Man over and over and over. And the combo of the two is a bit strange, you might say. And most of you know that I […]

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By Dwip December 3, 2004 at 3:38 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Just because I finally got done printing it out and cutting it and putting it together, I shall now offer up an image of the new and revised Tharavel map, poster-sized, 1″ = 60 mile scale. It is, most people will agree, a distinct improvement upon the old one. Yes, those two things and the penguin are the only things hanging on my walls. One of these days I also want to put up a poster-sized version of Justinian and Co. Strange taste in decoration? Maybe. Maybe. But we history types tend towards eccintricity. Just ask Marechal.

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Moo. Moo moo moo, moo.
By Dwip December 3, 2004 at 4:21 am Comments Off on Moo. Moo moo moo, moo. RSS Feed for this post

I’m sitting here listening to some tapes I taped off the oldies radio like, oh, back in 1992 or so. I decided to finally discover what the names to all these songs are, because most of them having been bugging me for like 10 years now. As it turns out, I had awful taste when I was 12. I mean, the Limbo Rock. Come on, self. Along with a couple of songs I hated, even back then, which is why they’re on both tapes. Then there’s a couple times when I forgot I was recording, went off and did something else, and caught entire commercial breaks from 1992. We were not brilliant when we were young. OTOH, there’s enough Steppenwolf, […]

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