NaNoWriMo Update #1

Just a quick update on my progress for the novel. I didn’t do this on purpose, but I was just about to hit 10,000 words when I posted the first entry (I did make it that night before I went to bed), and on the night of the second entry I’ve hit 20,000. Actually 20,223 to be exact. Here are all the stats:

Words written: 20,223

Words remaining: 29,777

Completion date at this rate: 12/3/14

As you can see, I have fallen a little bit off pace, but nothing too horrible. I’m less than a day’s worth of words behind. My plan is to kick butt over this weekend and the next. I didn’t realize until a few days ago that Thanksgiving is the last weekend of the month. I was thinking I had another weekend after that to catch up, but nope. I don’t mind doing some writing over that time, but I definitely don’t want to leave myself a huge bunch of writing for that weekend.

Writing a book has been a fascinating experience. I had the basic plot line in my head, but when you sit down to do the actual writing all sorts of little things crop up that you hadn’t thought about. “Wait, why wouldn’t this character have done that earlier?” “How am I going to get the group from point A to point B?” “If X is true, then wouldn’t Y be true also, and won’t that mean this other part isn’t right?” It’s been a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’d like to talk more about it sometime, maybe with the next update. Thanks for reading!

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NaNoWriMo

This isn’t game related, but I just wanted to put it out there that I am attempting NaNoWriMo this month! I have had an idea for a book rattling around in my head for a few years now, and I’m finally actually writing it. If you’re not familiar with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), the idea is to write a complete novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November. At that pace there’s no time for careful crafting of sentences, perfect editing, or anything else except furious, warp-speed typing of whatever comes to your mind. And it’s fantastic.

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Game spotlight: Justice League Axis of Villains

My friend gave me this game for my birthday last year. It’s a cooperative game for 2 – 4 players (although you can totally play a solo game too), meaning either everyone wins or everyone loses. There are four characters to play: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern (the real GL, Hal Jordan), and Flash (Barry Allen, the best speedster). Each character has 5 enemies (called Arch Villains) that range from weak to powerful. The villains are trying to reach the Justice League satellite and destroy it, your goal is to take all the bad guys off the board before that happens. It seems pretty straightforward, but there’s a surprising amount of strategy.

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Pick 6: Weird Al songs

For my second Pick 6 I decided to share my six favorite Weird Al songs. I’ve been a fan of Weird Al since the In 3-D days, and narrowing this down to my favorite six songs was tough. Picking #1 was easy; it’s been my favorite ever since it came out and probably always will be. But after that there’s a group of 15 or 20 songs that I could have picked. In fact I picked the final six a couple weeks ago but when I sat down to write this I changed one song out for another. Most of these don’t have official videos, but I embedded some unofficial ones for you to enjoy. And now let the parody begin (btw, it’s a bit of a misconception that all of Weird Al’s songs are direct parodies of other songs; about half of them are totally original)!

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Game Spotlight: Catchphrase

Catchphrase is one of my newest gaming obsessions. I got hooked on it by Jimmy Fallon of all people. He regularly plays various games on Late Night, and Catchphrase is one he’s played a few times. Watching a short video or two from the show will let you see exactly how the game is played:

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Pick 6: Epic Rap Battles of History

I thought it would be fun to do some Top 10-ish lists here, even if they aren’t game related. I’m calling it my Pick 6. Why 6? Well Top 10 and Top 5 lists are way overplayed, and 6 seems like a nice number that doesn’t get enough love.

My first Pick 6 is going to be my 6 favorite Epic Rap Battles of History. If you’ve never seen them before, ERB pits two or more “historical” (very loosely defined) characters in a rap battle for our amusement. I resisted watching them for a long time even though Youtube kept suggesting them. I finally broke down and watched one…and I thought it was dumb. And yet for some reason I kept watching…and now I think they’re hilarious. Well most of them anyway; some aren’t so great. But here we’re talking about the Top 6, and here we go!*

* – These are not totally clean, although there’s nothing too too bad

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Game spotlight: Dungeon Roll

Dungeon Roll is a neat little dice-based game that started out as a Kickstarter campaign. My friend picked up and asked me to look at and review it. He mentioned it didn’t really click for him and something about it seemed off and he wanted me to take a look at it. When I first started playing it I knew exactly what he meant; when you first pick it up it doesn’t seem to “flow” very well. But once you’ve got the hang of the rules and the gameplay it evens out and becomes a pretty fun little game.

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Why I’m not into sports nowadays Part 2

OK, so it’s been a while since Part 1…sue me. Actually, please don’t. Just read and comment please!

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Why I’m not into sports nowadays Part 1

When I was a kid my ideal Saturday went like this: wake up, watch the first half of a basketball game, shoot hoops in the driveway at halftime, watch the second half of the game, eat, then repeat the whole thing in the afternoon. I used to love watching college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, and hockey if I got the chance. I thought that when I had my own place the coolest thing ever would be to get the cable package that allows you to watch all the NBA games and watch as many games as I could. Now of course I could do that even without cable via Direct Pass, which allows you to watch all the games on your mobile device, PC, etc. But now that I could I don’t want to; I only watch 2 or 3 sporting events a year now, although I do still follow the sporting news oddly enough. I’m probably more well-versed than most fans that actually watch the games :p I don’t watch anymore for a variety of reasons, and I thought I’d talk about a few of them.

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Phase 10 alternatives

Ever played Phase 10? The original is card-based but there is also a dice-based one that’s pretty fun. The card-based is by far the more established game, so it’s the one most people have played. If you’ve never played it, the deck consists of essentially two decks of playing cards. Each round you get 10 cards and every turn you draw a card and then discard one. You try to make certain combos of cards, like 2 sets of 3, a run of 8, 2 sets of 4, etc. There are 10 phases in all that have to be done in order and the first one to finish all 10 phases wins. It’s pretty fun but I always thought it would be interesting to mix it up a bit and recently I got a chance to experiment with the game.

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