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Hurry to Meet Death Before Your Place is Taken

Posted on 2007.03.03 at 04:00
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: Twilight Zone 40th Anniversary 4-disc set
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I miss playing 12-hour overnight games of Starcraft in the NOC 4-days a week with unixwolf and leonardii. Those were good times. I miss playing Diablo II with drax0r in Mass and the many weekends of SMACKDOWN LAN parties afterwards in Texas. I miss playing Dungeon Siege with danzigfried every night for 14-months after hours in Wichita. I miss playing Star Trek: Elite Force with celtmanx and drax0r until the middle of the night on the weekends, even though drax0r would kick our asses. Odd, since I don't consider myself a gamer. But give me a good RPG and a couple of guys, and I'm up all night. I don't enjoy single-player games, and I don't like playing online, even against people I know. I like a LAN game, usually cooporative, where you and your friends can get caught up in the excitement and share in the exhilaration of victory and the sorrows of defeat. I enjoy being a Warrior, taking (or sharing) lead with another tank while my trusty Rangers begin bombarding my prey before I even lay a hit. I like sharing my gold and outfitting myself and my counterparts with magical items that assist in more powerful blows and more substantial armor. I share my health potions freely and love it when someone wants to play the mage - simultaneously protecting the entire group with spells and casting healing on players which need it most. You really don't know a person until you've gone into combat with them. A simpler time.






Rec'd my two soundtracks today. Oscar by Elmer Bernstein, and Gorky Park by James Horner. I've never heard a better rendition of Largo Al Factotum (from The Barber Of Seville) than this one, and now I know why - it was conducted by Mr. Bernstein himself!




As CLI is much faster than GUI over VNC, I learned how to mount .dmg images on teh max0r, which makes installing new applications quick and pain free:

hdiutil attach [filename].dmg

From there its a straight recursive copy into your /Applications folder.I was looking for an OSX lj client which could import Semagic's .slj file if I started a post at work on my XP box and wanted to finish it up at home.




Wife had a conversation with the contractor for the roof the other day. That marks the third time he's been over. He starts work next week. The insurance check more than covers the work, even it it runs over. The successful completion of this project will make the wife happy. We saved some money by doing all our own inside painting. I had him provide a second quote to paint the whole exterior of the house. And for an additional $600, put siding on just the front of the house to increase its curb appeal for future sell value.




It's midnight and I'm still at work. We're halfway through the Blackberry server upgrade which will allow us to automatically send the DST patch to all the devices. Running on the old application, it would have required my staff touch each and every device...by next Sunday. And because this is the corporate headquarters, the client is always traveling. We did the upgrade tonight because the power is going down Saturday morning. I'm shutting down all my servers at 0530 for the weekend work. I'm also a week behind now because of the virus on my DST patching plan. I'm trying to play catch-up before I get thrown to the wolves, and I'm running out of time. I also have paperwork to do from rebooting and patching my production servers this past week during the virus battle, but our online repository database is also down this weekend. I plan to sleep sometime between 0600 and 2100 today.



Slept seven hours from 0600-1300; then went to Barnes & Borders and picked up the Original Cast recording of The Man of La Mancha. The I finished my Balvenie 12-year Double Wood Scotch. Its much nicer than Sheep Dip, and I update my scotch review to reflect. I'm unsure, based on this week's activities that I'll be able to go to bed at a decent hour. That being said, I'm going to dust off my Dungeon Siege Strategy Guide and game tonight.

Comments:


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-03-03 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
It's funny, I've never gotten into multiplayer games myself. All the best gaming moments I've ever had have been single player, either by necessity (my beloved Planescape: Torment is single player only) or because I'm an unsociable wench. :)

Actually, I think part of the reason I've never played much cooperative multiplayer is because I've never really had any friends who wanted to play with me; most of my friends haven't really been the sort who'd be into LAN parties or playing online (although I would like to say that strip Neverwinter Nights PvP is very entertaining, hehe, even if I always end up being the person with all my clothes still on). It's only since I've gotten into Guild Wars that I've been enjoying playing cooperatively with someone else. I bought it for my best friend last week for his birthday so that I could have another person to go questing with and to enjoy the thrill of merciless slaughter of hostile creatures with.

I like to play mages. My current favourite GW character is an elementalist/mesmer, my Nameless One is almost always a mage, and I can't remember the last time I played NWN/BGII/whatever with anything other than a sorcerer or wizard. There's something about the thrill of Fireballing something that makes my girlparts tingle. I almost never play rogues or healer-types. But in PnP D&D, as I think I mentioned before, I much prefer to play fighters/rangers/paladins (yay for two-handed swords!).

And I totally want a Hammer of Not Bickering. It would be very useful for our Wednesday game, which sometimes feel like an issue of Order of the Stick. :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-04 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
For me, it is more difficult to arrange the logistics of such events. All the activities described above took place during long separations from my wife, which is why I don't play much. But for me, playing single-player is too much like being alone.

And thanks for the link - that brought back humorous memories of many quests.
drax0r
drax0r at 2007-03-04 08:56 (UTC) (Link)
The elf in your avatar looks a hell of a lot like Katee Sackhoff's Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica.


Planescape: Torment

I absolutely adored that game. I played it through 3 or 4 times. I haven't played in years. I don't know if I even still have the disc. Sad sad.


Generally, I like my Black Isle-style games single player, but I did do the WoW thing in a semi-hardcore manner for a year and a half. That was good times, but I got really burned out and have barely looked at it in many a moon.

There's really only one game that I can play over and over and not get sick of: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

I just finished it for something like the 12th time. I even got my 5 year old begging me to let him do the last boss fight over and over.


I almost always played magic-users table-top and fighters on the computer. My Nameless One is nearly always a thief.
John - (Anonymous) Expand
drax0r
drax0r at 2007-03-04 09:01 (UTC) (Link)
This DST thing is really a pain in my ass. I'm going to be really pissed off if congress changes this again. I wonder if they've compared the energy savings gained by implementing these changes to the cost of highly-paid IT workers having to patch everything that has a clock.


I miss the late nights gaming. Next time you're back in TX, I WILL DESTROY YOU!

ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-04 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
That reminds me, I have to install the 9_Recommended patchset I downloaded the other night. I have to be in single-user mode, so I need to be at the console. Fun. Have you seen the patchset sizes lately? This one was 209MB!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-04 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
And instead of destroying me, perhaps we can play Dungeon Siege II? I'll even be a Ranger if its just the two of us ;)
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-03-04 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
I do love LAN parties, my husband and I used to host them fairly regularly, playing UT, Warcraft3, UT, Diablo2, more UT... (gosh, I LOVE UT). Unfortunately we haven't had one since 2004, the last of which only a half dozen people showed up to.

I just sat here for a bit to try to figure out why.

Our friends started having kids and have less free time to come out alone (we have heavy drinking LAN parties, not child appropriate, and honestly I'm not really a kid-person..). Several gaming friends have simply moved away and our new friends aren't the gaming type. In all, I guess we just got older. How depressing.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-04 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
Children, yes. You've hit the nail on the head. That is the root of all evil. I have two, I know what I'm talking about.

However...

Very soon, I will be able to game with my son. How cool will that be? And I'm already getting my daughter used to the KDE environment - she's four. Perhaps she'll one day be a budding member of ubuntu-women?
galinda822 at 2007-03-04 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
I don't game so I really have nothing to comment on there - sorry!

I do however, love the soundtracks you've been sharing with me so I'm looking forward to hearing your new ones!

Sorry I missed the opportunity to go to Borders with you. :(
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-04 17:21 (UTC) (Link)
It was hot and crowded and the children were doing a fair share of bitching. I did drive by Chipotle to see the progress they've made. The interior is complete and the lights were on. A huge banner announcing, "SOON!" was visible through the glass. I can't wait.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-05 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
I do remember kicking draxor 's ass more than a few times in Star Fleet Elite Force II more than a few times not to mention yours. Where do you think "Whose your Daddy" came from. I really liked kicking draxor 's in Texas Hold'em. He really sucks at that.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-05 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
He mostly pwned us, with the occasional loss.
drax0r
drax0r at 2007-03-05 08:22 (UTC) (Link)

I do remember kicking draxor 's ass more than a few times in Star Fleet Elite Force II more than a few times

Unless you're using a strict definition of 'few' I'd have to disagree. Perhaps 'several' would be more appropriate.

Still, that's a bold statement for someone who lost somewhere in the neighborhood of 90% of matches when I was your opponent.


I really liked kicking draxor 's in Texas Hold'em. He really sucks at that.

As I recall you beat me back when you needed a cheat sheet to keep track of what hands beat what.

As I'm sure you know now, its much harder to play against someone who's a newbie because they don't think 'right' - they'll beat good players sometimes from sheer unpredictability but being a n00b isn't a good long-term winning strategy.

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-05 02:53 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry for the typos but I'm holding the baby.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-03-05 03:39 (UTC) (Link)
No worries.
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