Chad Perrin: SOB

29 March 2010

another writing gig

Filed under: Geek,RPG,Writing — apotheon @ 10:45

In addition to being the primary name on TechRepublic's IT Security column, I have another (semi-)regular writing gig now. I'm not on an actual schedule at Troll in the Corner, but the idea is for me to write as close to once a week there as I can reasonably manage amidst the rest of the doings in my already overburdened schedule.

As of today, my first article at Troll in the Corner has been published: Finding Inspiration for NPC Concepts. Hopefully you'll like it as much as the enthusiastic first commenter did.

I have vague plans in mind about topics for other articles soon, including a stat block and description for a new critter, some stats and background for NPCs in support of a module, and maybe an overview of what niche Pathfinder RPG fills.

I've been kicking around the idea of starting up an RPG-focused Weblog of my own, but I don't think I'd get around to it any time soon, and might not maintain any kind of writing schedule at all, so a gig writing for someone else will probably prompt me to write more often and has already prompted me to start writing much sooner than I probably otherwise would have started writing. So . . . there.

1 February 2010

I don't know what came over me.

Filed under: Geek,inanity,RPG — apotheon @ 07:59

I've been running a PRPG campaign via IM chats once a week, using Paizo's Legacy of Fire Adventure Path. We haven't gotten far yet — too much actual roleplaying has gotten in the way of actual progress through the AP (much to the delight of n8, a player who was amongst the recurring members of my gaming group back in the early '90s and has been a friend of mine since the '80s). Um. Right. Onward, to the point.

So, anyway, as I was going through logs from last week's session in preparation for this week's, I found some amusing little exchanges over which I had a chuckle, and one in particular that boggled my mind.

Setting the scene: It took us (no shit) 31 minutes and 49 seconds of fucking around with Pidgin to get a chat session working. Once we finally got one working so everybody could participate in the game, it was apparently too late — I had already lost my tenuous hold on sanity. This is what I said (names changed to protect the guilty):

(21:34:50) n8 entered the room.

(21:34:50) SigO entered the room.

(21:34:50) @ entered the room.

(21:34:56) @: fucking fuckfuck the fuck

(21:35:24) @: Someone on the Pidgin team needs to die by soaking in strong vinegar.

(21:35:31) n8: agreed!!

(21:36:21) @: SigO informs me there's a Pidgin chat bug that might pertain to this problem that has been around for three years without getting any attention from those sea cucumber fuckers.

(21:36:34) @: "The Sea Cucumber: Nature's Pocket Pussy"

(21:37:03) @: I imagine they probably said "That's how it's supposed to work. You're just too stupid to appreciate its beauty and utility."

I got over it in time to run the session, though.

"Nature's Pocket Pussy"? What the hell was I thinking?

How does someone die by soaking in strong vinegar, anyway?

I'm biting my nails in anticipation of the day a decent multiprotocol IM client with a development team that wasn't born with too many chromosomes in its collective rectum actually supports OTR encryption across the board so I can stop using Pidgin. I'm half-expecting the Pidgin team to somehow permanently break compatibility with the OTR plugin first, though. Well . . . I guess that'll be one way to get me to switch to a different IM client.

21 January 2010

Wanna help Haiti?

Filed under: Geek,RPG — apotheon @ 05:25

The SigO and I decided to take advantage of a deal offered by DriveThruRPG to both donate money to aid Haiti in its time of need and get something for ourselves at the same time. DriveThruRPG has this deal linked right there on the first page of its site, but I'll provide a direct link to the Gamers Helping Haiti order page for the lazy. I even went so far as to order a copy for a friend who was too lazy to get his wallet.

What you get is, in addition to the knowledge you contributed some money to a good cause, $1481.31 worth of roleplaying game PDFs from DriveThruRPG. Of course, that's as measured by their usual prices — your personal estimation of what these things are worth might differ.

Anyway, if you have any interest in RPGs and want to donate $20 to relief efforts in Haiti, this is a pretty good deal, I think.

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