Other Stuff I Forgot To Say While I Was Lying In Bed Sick and Thinking

More Shadowrun this weekend. Everyone but Kurt is coming out for the Scottsdale campaign this Sunday. I still have to get the Shadowrun section in shape.

Ridgeline A/C sucks! It has been around 100 degrees this week and the Ridgeline A/C has failed I am taking it to them tomorrow to get it fixed. Maybe that is why I lost 3 pounds this week!

Got a new HDTV with a minty new wide display? Get a PlayStation 2 to play your games again. It is the coolest! Seriously I have a buncha friends who are re buying the PS2 now that it is down to $129 so they can get a rerun on their games in 1080. I thought it was a super geeky thing only I wanted to do, but I am not alone. You know your old one is shot, buy anew one with a net card and get online. What? Are you waiting for that fad to pass? Right! That's going to happen.

Expanding the Documentum core of knowledge has been fun. I am practicing the high level stuff that I was preaching at Purdue and never got to use. Now I am diagnosing unexpected behavior and really getting to see the gears turn. I have more training next month (after Jamaica).

Speaking of after Jamaica, I may be full time at Countrywide in my post island posts. If all works as planned.

I completely blew it for Mom's Day. I was passed out for most of it. Still I completely skipped it. (Bad Seed Points +25) My sisters showed up to make Mommy Brunch. Brown nosers!

Bad Seed Points: 829,546 (Family Record: 2,385,367,678)

Gun for PS2

After performing more recovery work on melchman.net I needed a break. I bought a game called Gun for my PS2. I bought it months ago, but just now got around to playing. I must reiterate I suck at video games. I love them, but I suck. My favorites have always been the King's Quest, Seven Cities of Gold, Age of Empires, Sim City and other slow paced simulation or world exploring games.

The only First Person Shooter Type games I liked were the LucasArts Star Wars games Like Dark Forces and Bounty Hunter. I liked gun for the same reasons. The world to explore is nicely detailed. There is plenty of opportunity to just go looking. They have side missions to give it some game value, but I just rode around and looked!

The setting is the 1880's Western United States. They are not specific, but the rock colors, mesas, and dusty trails indicate Southwest high desert. Like I said, I just rode around and looked for a while.

I took the easy setting on the Difficulty Level. One, because I suck at video games and because I hoped to learn on the first few chapters. No trouble there! The first few chapters are just lessons on how to ride, how to shoot, what is hostile and what is friendly. I liked this about the Bounty Hunter game also. Not to knock Nintendo Famicon games, but they tended to be more complex than Pac-man, but they never took the time to show you how to play.

I am not expecting every answer to be given to me, I do enjoy discovery. I just get the distinct impression from some games that I need to buy a companion book or I should just know how to do things because I should have already played 50 other titles with the same engine. I like the lesson chapters, because they explain things about the controls or things the character would know because they live there and then.

Well, the ultimate endorsement: I started playing at 7 and didn't stop until 1:30 a. m.

I like the game!


I Got Fooled

Half my players called and cancelled today. No Shadowrun for me.



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Shadowrun is ON for April 1. It is looking like 4 players so far and should be an all day kind of thing. Still room for more players! We are just starting out, so the other characters will not be so far out in front that you will feel like the schoolyard weakling.



I am making tons of progress on my next adventure. I did some geography research and found my little town in Salish. By my estimate it is probably in Makah Territory which fits with my anti-anglo theme just fine.

I had to change the timelines a bit. The hike is a lot longer and harder than I hoped. The rides are much shorter than I need them to be. I am planning to slow that down with and Electro motor up Rocky Mountains. Mostly the plot line remains in tact, just some details to correct.

I also had an opportunity to bring the Sixth World pages in line with the site style. If you did not read these yet, it is time. They look much more consistent with the rest of the site.