MIA for the weekend

I blame Dave2. But then again, I blame him for almost everything. 😉


I didn’t shoot the Sheriff

…But I did killl the Captain.

Howard Pyle illustration of a dead pirate left on shore, from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates.

I’ve recently started RPGing again. This is really cool because I was really missing it.

Were using the Savage World system, and we’re playing a bunch of pirates.

The Savage World system is a funny system, that uses all the dice and playing cards and story cards and paper clips and bennies. The paper clip thing might just be our group, so don’t let that freak you out too much.

Plus did I mention the other guys are pretty laid back? Awesome.

Anyways, they let me play their captain and I manage to kill the guy – while in a duel – on my first session playing him. Sigh.

Live and learn. Well, die and learn really.

Guess I’m making a new character. Any suggestions?

Traveling tips: packing

If you were a reader of my old blog, you know that last January I had a very public discussion with Poppy about the quantity of underwear I should bring to Africa for a 16 day stay. Thanks to Poppy, I ended taking 16 pairs. However, I always strive to learn from my past experiences, and I figured I could probably learn a little from the one giant mistake I made from my travel to Africa.

So for this Christmas trip to Sherbrooke, I decided to test a theory, and see what happens. Here’s what I brought:


Notice how the 3 pairs of jeans, 3 t-shirts 3 pairs of socks and 3 pairs of underwear are exactly the same (Well ,except for the underwear but bear with me here, m’kay?)? This allows me to PACK LIKE A RPG GAMER. Look:


It’s amazing that no one thought of that before. By taking identical items, I’m allowed to stack them one on top of the others and save 75% of the packing volume needed! I couldn’t do that last year because I brought different items that couldn’t be stacked. It’s frakin’ brilliant if I say so myself.

Now if I could only find that place where they sell portals back to my house, all my traveling challenges would be taken care of.

I say we rename it Meh-day.

Who’s with me? Anyone?

I actually want to blog about my Sunday, but I think it’s somewhat off limits at this point. Let’s just say that I went to a baby shower, and it was interesting. 😉 My RPG session was good, if a little rushed. The dice did not roll in my favor this time. Still it was fun. I like playing but i miss running. Damn.

I like the new group. They’re all a bunch of weirdos, so we mesh well together. 😉

So on to Monday.

The day started fairly well, I got up and dressed in time to leave early enough to drop Kids at school, Lovely Wife at work and then get to work early. I don’t have much to say about work per say, but it could’ve been better. Tomorrow is another day. But, I did receive my Twilight saga [box set]. Squeeee! Goodbye free nights!

I then went to my monthly spine un-twisting. turns out I’m fairly well adjusted. Yes, I’m just talking about my spine here.

And that when things started to get to me. Normally I’m fairly cool with my kids, but it seems that lately they are very hard to follow, and it gets even harder to anticipate their reactions.

My son is alterning between the nicest little kid in the world to an evil horned monster breathing fire. He’ll do the coolest things and two seconds later he’ll say “My ass!”. Apparently all the 7 year-old at school do it. I almost used the classic line “if they jump off a bridge”, but thought better of it. He gives me his report card – he’s doing great – and while I’m looking at hos report card he’s trying to rip is binder apart. “Why would you do that?”. Of course, he doesn’t know.

My daughter is also a rollercoaster of coolness and nastiness. She keeps forgetting things. Tonight she forgot – again – the books she needed to do her homework. All her books. So I send her to bed. I was so mad I could’ve grounded her for a whole frakin’ year.

Le sigh.

Tomorrow will be a better day.

P.S. I’d like to thank the evil Rémi for sending me a link to World of Goo. I was looking for a time-waster, but I didn’t think a game so simple could be so addictive.

It’s a boy!

Hello Internets,

Remember my friend Peter? The one about to get a baby? Well, it’s a boy! Congratulations Peter & Natasha. The cool thing is since Peter couldn’t come with a decent name – Natasha already veto’d both Wolfgang and Odin – they asked me to name the little guy, and Peter will get a tattoo of his son’s name.

With Wolfgang and Odin off the table, I’m left with slim pickings. This is where I need your help. I compiled a list of possible names for the kid, based on the two veto’d names and the most excellent Google Sets.

  1. Hansi
  2. Markus
  3. Heiko
  4. Thor
  5. Loki
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  7. Christian
  8. Balder
  9. Frigg
  10. Tyr

I admit I’ve sorta like number six, but someone might just come up and tell me it means “number of guys I had sex with last night : 172”. That would be awkward. I mean, it’s just a kid.

Maybe I should look into something that would evoke “Peter”.

Peter loves Motorhead.

  • Lemme (lead signer)
  • Parole (their first label)
  • Chiswick (their first album)
  • Graaaaaaawwwwk! (most of their lyrics)

Peter loves trains.

  • Beaumont (1603, came up with the concept of tracks)
  • Trevithick (built one of the first steam trains in 1804)
  • Minogue (sang about the locomotion)

Peter loves D&D

  • Gygax
  • Tarrasque
  • Sidney (was the voice of the Dungeon Master in the TV series)
  • Icosahedron (the famous D20)

I asked my kids.

  • Zoey suggested Sebastian.
  • Zako suggested Tom.

What about Natasha, I hear you say. Well, she loves Peter. So she knew what she was getting into when she married him.

Please leave a comment with your vote (you don’t have to limit yourself to the list I made) and the name with the most votes win. It’s that simple. Voting closes at midnight.

Oh, and if you don’t vote the kid might just be named “no comment”.

The reason I stopped reading rec.games.frp.dnd

rec.games.frp.dnd is a newsgroup for Dungeon and Dragons, the pen and paper role-playing game. This is ne of today’s posts to the group:

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I challenge you to find anything in that message that even remotly connects to either a dungeon or a dragon.