Posts Tagged ‘self’

The Joys Of Online RP Politics

April 22, 2011

I was talking with an old friend from back in the NB days last night, who has stayed on in the world of chat-based RP that I mostly turned my back on ages ago for PbP and the like. He was one of my assistants when I was the Werewolf head in New Bremen.

I’d asked him a question about something that kickstarted a whole “old days” conversation, and he brought up a guy that used to be a bit of a problem both in-character and out back in NB, and with whom I used to butt heads a fair amount. Once I became Werewolf head rather than just a ST, this person had gone out of his way to transparently kiss my backside and try to curry my favor. Heck, if I remember correctly at one time he applied to be one of my assistants (but I might well not remember correctly). (more…)


What Is It With Me and Black Spiral Dancers?

April 21, 2011

This is a long and rambling post. You have been warned.

I’ve been roleplaying for a long time: since 1987-8. My gaming career started out with Tunnels & Trolls (thank you, Ken St.Andre!) and my own home brewed games, pretty much at the same time. Within a year I was playing and/or DMing AD&D 1st edition (I pretty much skipped right past basic D&D), Gamma World and Traveler in addition to T&T. From there I jumped to the Palladium (I played almost everything that they made back between 1989-1995) and WFRP rulesets, played quite a bit of Paranoia, Ad&D 2e and more. From the time that I first adopted WFRP through about 2001, that was my primary game system, though it usually had a co-favorite.

Around 1993, I encountered Vampire: the Masquerade (and especially Vampire: The Dark Ages), which soon displaced Rifts as my second game of choice. It wasn’t long before I took a look at Werewolf: The Apocalypse but I was initially quite unimpressed because at the time I found the Garou to be wholly unsympathetic, psychotic ecoterrorists without the depth or ambiguity of the Kindred, yet whom the authors seemed to want the players to consider heroic.

My friend Peter was pretty keen on Werewolf though,  so I bought him The Book of the Wyrm as a present. One day he and I were sitting and discussing that book, and I found the Black Spiral Dancers to be a completely fascinating group. (more…)

A Troubled Thought

March 30, 2011

Troubled Headline 2

At Pat’s suggestion, I redid that logo ever so slightly.

I think I may at some point soon put together something that Ryan suggested to me recently, and which had crossed my mind occasionally in the past as well though I’d never approached it with anything like seriousness in the past. I think that I just may make a webcomic (or more likely a multimedia narrative project incorporating both webcomic style graphic storytelling and text based updates as well as whatever else I get the urge to create for it). I think that I will call this project “Troubled,” (you know, like that logo-ish bit of text up there) for some reasons that are fairly obvious, and others that are a little bit more obscure. (more…)

A Daily Deviation? For Me? Awesome!

November 28, 2010

Wow, that’s what I get for vanishing from DA again for a while… I totally missed some major stuff. First, one of my sculptures was awarded a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt! The piece is below:
Headless 3
Headless 3 by ~uhlrik on deviantART

Secondly, I got requests for me to approve this piece being added to two different galleries on DA. Needless to say, they’ve been approved now. I wish that this sort of thing generated an e-mail notice or something on DA, since I got them during a period of DA-inactivity. But anyhow, a huge thank you to LabyrinthCreations for first featuring my work and to both of the gallerists that asked to display it afterwards! And which were they? Well, see below:

:icon4rtnow:4rtnow, a group focused on showcasing professionals here on dA. They were founded by anda0105, and they display some exceedingly cool work. Give ’em some love.

:icondd-catalogue:dd-catalogue, the home of Daily Deviations. You don’t need me to tell you that they show some of the best of the best that DA has to offer. I’m honored and humbled to have a piece invited for display there.

I first posted that piece in 2006 (and sculpted it prior to that), and it is incredibly gratifying to have it noticed and appreciated at all, but especially some years after the fact, and despite the fact that I’ve been pretty quiet on DA for a while now. It’s incredibly encouraging, and hopefully it will inspire me to further and better efforts!

Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m a dork. But yes, I have every reason to be happy about this.

Note: the flash-based embed code from DA didn’t seem to be working properly with wordpress, so I’ve used the image embed for the same image from flickr instead – That one’s here.

On Utterly Awesome Wrongness

July 27, 2009

At [info]kyu_kage‘s request in a discussion thread, I am sharing this (which is crossposted from a certain other place) Fear not, I’m getting to a point here.

Playing a mutant ankylosaurus time traveler with a winchester rifle was actually enough to overcome the suck of the system in which I was playing him to make for a wonderfully entertaining and absurd gaming session about which I only cringe slightly when I say that I enjoyed it immensely. So Kyu asked for a bit of explanation.

I don’t know that it really bears explaining, but he was a mutant ankylosaurus allright, which had been brought as a wee nipper from the past, mutated up for reasons that were murky at best and set loose on the timestream to wreak awesomeness wherever he went with a duster and rifle straight out of the Old West. That game played like something out of octaNe – heck, if I were to revisit that game I’d probably use octaNe or something similar to run it.

Oh, not to mention that he had his martial arts training (hey, it was palladium trime travel goodness! of course he had absurd martial arts training!) out of Ninjas & Superspies. The first adventure I played the time-travelling dino in, he and his pals had to storm a ninja fortress in an island off the coast of Japan… the sneaky gits had a tough time with the big guy tail-ripping his way through the rice paper screens their assassins were hiding behind and gunning them down with a lever-action rifle. Or in the big battle at the end when he and his pals had to take on the quirky boss squad and his opponent was an uber-samurai type. A single spinning, leaping tail-club strike later, there was one less samurai to worry about.

(edit: I wanted to share what [info]mysticjuicer had to say in his response to this part of my crosspost, “I keep imagining this dinosaur dispatching another ninja with a well placed rifle shot and then screaming unintelligibly, while cowboy movie dialogue appears in the subtitles.” Why do I share that? because it is so awesome that I wish I had thought of it. Now I’ll probably have to draw an homage to the scene.)

Man, game sessions run while one is in junior high can be completely fantastic in their utter, absurd wrongness. Good times.

Which leads to where I’m going here. While I’m big on high drama, immersion and deep roleplaying-as-art ideas too, I must confess that I have a soft spot for knock-down, drag out awesome for the sake of awesome, where the Rule of Cool forces common sense, suspension of disbelief, physics, and basic reality to bow before the altar of pure psychotronic escapism.

So, dear readers, I’ve shared an instance of this from my adolescent gaming days. If by some chance you’d like to share an instance where simulation and common sense gave up in the face of some bizarre circumstance, creature or event and, even though what went down was patently implausible and ridiculous, the session was awesome and everybody had a great time… well, the comments section on this blog are one place where you’re welcome to share it.

Astonishing Findings

April 25, 2009

Okay,  so this is one of those rare posts where I talk about my self and my actual life in my blog.

Today, while my wife and I were working on cleaning up her late grandfather’s room in our house, we discovered something sitting collecting dust that we would never have expected to find: an old poster of the general authorities of the church at some point between 1963 and 1970.  I could narrow it down further than that by identifying when all the brethren on it were called to what, but that’s good enough for now. The poster itself would be a neat little curiosity only if not for one little thing: it is signed, by hand, by almost everybody depicted on the poster.

Included are the signatures of the last eight men that served at one point or another as President of the Church, from David O. McKay to (as the junior member of the Quorum of the Twelve) the current prophet Thomas S. Monson.

Other than the period’s Twelve Apostles it also features several later Apostles such as then-young Boyd K. Packer,  Bruce R. McKonkie and others.

What a fascinating artifact, if one is interested in LDS history.  My wife’s grandfather was friends with David O. McKay, which is almost certainly how this piece of memorabilia came into his possession. Now that we know about it, it can be cherished and kept properly. The thing will probably end up in a frame before too much longer.

Strange days.

That’s All, Folks

January 11, 2009

Well, I’ve decided I might as well just do this thing. I’ve created a wordpress blog for myself and after I finish this post I’m going to update the archive I made of my LJ (community posts that I want to grab will eventually follow) I won’t be posting new material to my LJ anymore. I’ll still check my flist periodically and may or may not add something to a comm here and there, but apart from that this is pretty much it for my LJ. I’m not planning on deleting my account, however. It’ll be around until LJ goes away, pretty much.

I first posted to this journal on 1/19/2005 with the rhetorical interrogatory, "Ooh, ain’t I angsty?" The four-year anniversary of that post is coming up in just over a week. I’ve enjoyed posting to my blog here and I’m glad of the friends and associations I’ve made here. I hope that at least some of them can continue after my departure.

Most of you either have my e-mail or chat handles, and some of you have my facebook. If you’re interested, you know where to find me. If you don’t have them, ask and ye shall receive. I  hope to see you on the other side.

Now playing: Linkin Park – In The End
via FoxyTunes   

Hello world!

January 9, 2009

I’ll leave that title alone, I think. It reminds me of programming class. Anyhow, so this is my new blog. I am using it to replace my venerable Livejournal. I shall add more to this blog later, but for now I’m in process of dealing with the archives of my old one. So that will be all for now.

Be safe, and I’ll see you soon.

Onoz! Teh Sky, It Is Falling!

January 7, 2009

Well, I may have somewhat overstated that. You can forgive me later, I am sure.

As almost everybody on LJ is likely aware now, there are guys running around with "the end is nigh!" sandwich boards due to the signs of the times (to wit: the firing of over 2/3 of LJ’s employees, likely an indication that LJ is going on life support before too much longer and getting the plug pulled entirely at some point).

While I’m not in a giant rush, I have decided that it might be wise to begin checking out some other blogging alternatives. I’ve got a social networking thing in facebook, but I want something that’s specifically for blogging so I can keep my social network and my blog at least somewhat separate. I’ll talk mostly about geeky stuff and odd news items etc as ever in the blog of course. Now to ponder on where to hop to. WordPress is a possibility, as is blogspot. I hear that it’s possible to import an LJ journal into wordpress as well, which is nice. I guess I’d best do some actual research on this pretty soon.

LJArchive‘s looking like a good thing, too.

Any suggestions? Are any folks on my flist heading off in any specific direction?

Now playing: The Specials – Rat Race
via FoxyTunes   

Even Memetards Put The Year In Review

December 30, 2008

Yes, it’s that meme that’s sweeping my flist. I stoled it from you, and you know who you are. I’m adding links to the original posts though, because I march to the beat of a different drummer. Also, I have noticed that "sick at home" is apparently in Pittsburg. Interesting.

Copy the first line from the first post of each month, and post them in a journal entry. (excluding memes)

In honor of the impending return of GK:1943, I’ve decided to post some silliness.

I’ve been fiddling around with this silly thing again.

The chinese restaurant owners that came across this groovy little spider-frog were kind enough not to toss him in the pot. (amusingly, TekTek got pushed back to post 2!)

Washing your car to make it rain doesn’t work.

Police: Texas man trying to cash $360 billion check arrested.

The SUV is Dead: Yahoo Editorial.

That is not a fortune.

Today, I stumbled across the following: apparently this critter, dubbed the "Montauk Monster" washed up on a beach in Montauk, NY.

Ninja Parade Slips Through Town Unnoticed Once Again.

I finally watched this film tonight, after meaning to for ages.

Accused Drunk Driver Ends Up Running Over Himself.

Recently when I was visiting a household full of folks from my church that also happens to be a household full of gamers, we got talking for a short while about game-related geektude.

So there you have it. Apparently, this year in LJ has been wacky news, random observations and TekTek.
Now playing: Enya – One By One
via FoxyTunes