Interesting Old Game

Hello!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about an old board game I played sometimes in my youthful innocence, back around *year censored:)*. It is called HeroQuest.

As anyone who ever played it will know, it was massive. A game system, rather than a game. It’s very much Dungeon & Dragons like, all goblins and orcs, barbarian and wizard. I just really remember liking it better than I liked Dungeon & Dragons, which I actually didn’t play until later on.

What I think I liked about it was that there was at least some limitation with it. There is a board, which immediately limits things a bit, and a smaller amount of enemies and spells possible. It also was quick to play, in comparison. At least in my experience, anyway.

I think what I liked best about it is that in the back of the game manual there was a blank quest map, where you could design your own quests. Using that, you could create a quest, and this game came with a MASSIVE amount of miniature figures, furniture, and assorted spell and artifact cards for you to use. I always enjoyed creating quests with an intricate story line and puzzles for the heroes to solve. Sometimes I would end up making it too intricate, or would not consider that someone may take a shortcut to the bad guy and not gather the necessary item to beat him along the way, but I enjoyed it a lot.

With this all in mind, I have looked around lately for a copy of this old game. I was floored by what people are getting out of this thing now. I mean wow! Go ahead, take a look on ebay, you’ll see. It’s crazy! I used to own this game and basically gave it away. How insane was I?

Oh well.

But I guess those quests I created back then were sort of indicative of how much I love creating stories and writing. That actually was probably the best part, to me. So yeah, the nostalgia hit. I’m not spending that kind of money to get another copy of the game, though.

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I’m about two thirds of the way through my current work. It’s going well, but slower than it was before. I always slow down in the summer because I’m off doing things outside and enjoying extra time with my wife. I’m still making progress, though, so that’s good. And once I finish the first draft of this one, I’ll edit the previous one and possibly publish that one, which will be the third and last book of the Non-Vampire series.

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Justice Kennedy retired. Egads! This is terrible. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the guy, but at least he could be trusted more than most of the other conservative justices. Now we know that our current president will appoint someone who dislikes anyone different (lgbt, immigrants, etc.), and who supports businesses over us little peons. And the second he appoints them, the Senate with have completely farcical confirmation hearings, pretending like they are actually doing anything other than rubber-stamping the appointment.

So yeah, that happened.

Please Justice Ginsburg, please take care of yourself for a little while longer. We can’t let an extreme conservative take your place.

Everyone have a good weekend!

Ebook Formats

Happy June!

Happy LGBT Pride Month!

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Happy National Donut Day!

So pretty soon I’m going to be putting one of my books–Brynne, Non-Vampire–on some other ebook stores. Right now I only sell my ebooks through Amazon, but for a while now I have been considering trying a couple of other ebook distributors. I’m thinking of going for iBooks, Google books, and Kobo. Are there any major ones I’m missing here? My goal is just to extend my reach. The only reason haven’t done this before is the added work for what I assumed would be minimal gain, since most people seem to read Kindle books on whatever device they own. But now I can see an advantage to reaching out to those who don’t read Kindle books, or even those who do but would rather read through the native format for their device.

Of course the downside to this is that I will now have to produce a well formatted epub version of my book, so it is a little more work. I think the last time I ran my conversion and checked it with Epubcheck I found some errors that I just could not get it to stop reporting, even after I thought I had them corrected. But I will put in the effort and make this work.

Another option I’m considering is putting that book somewhere on my side, to be read online. Sort of in a blog format. I know there are a lot of downsides to this, not the least of which is some people would be annoyed having to click through to the next section, but it would still be available for purchase at various outlets, and I will be putting additional handy links to the various retailers once I add them. It’s just something I’m considering.

BONUS TOPIC:

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I loved this movie. I don’t know why it didn’t do better in the theater, and I’m kind of baffled by any negative reviews I see. Actually, most reviews I see from people who actually have seen it really did like it. I think Alden Ehrenreich did very good as Han Solo. I was actually a little skeptical of his casting when I first heard about it, but once I saw him in the role it made perfect sense. He had a less-perfected, less-practiced swagger that a young Han would have. He was a good selection.

*****SPOILER ALERT!*****

I liked the way they actually made a lot of what a lot of us knew about Han through the expanded universe into canon. Now we officially have Han rescuing Chewy from slavery, now we know Darth Maul actually survived being hacked in two by Obi-Wan. Though now Darth Maul is just Maul, no longer a Darth, and is now leading The Crimson Dawn.

I absolutely loved the way Han ended up winning the ship from Lando. This explains so much about their relationship! And we still know they end up being closer, even actual friends, after this because of what we see in Empire Strikes Back.

Another thing I loved was just exactly how Han did the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs (if you round down), and we also know exactly why the navigation computer on the Falcon is so good. We also learn why Han doesn’t trust people, because he has been betrayed by his mentor and by his girlfriend in this one. A girlfriend he had spent years trying to get back to and rescue!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and somehow still gotten this far (didn’t you see the spoiler sign!), GO SEE IT! Seriously, you’ll enjoy it.

*****END SPOILERS*****

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Eclipse Craze / Obi-Wan Movie

Good morning/afternoon/evening!(covering all bases here, just in case)

So the eclipse will be coming to many areas next Monday, and people are getting very excited. Everywhere people are making massive preparations. Schools are buying hundreds of special glasses for the kids (and in some cases, canceling school even after buying all the glasses), people have made massive travel plans, parties are being held, and people are generally going a little nuts.

I don’t get it.

I think one of the first things I ever wanted to be in life when I was a small child was an astronaut. I wanted so badly to leave Earth’s bounds, to venture into the stars, to see the world as few had ever before seen it, and to see new things. I was obsessed with movies like Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, and even Space Camp. I talked my parents into buying me a telescope (which I never could get to work correctly) because I wanted to see the stars. I have watched countless documentaries and read so many articles about space, our solar system, and the universe. I felt almost a physical pain when Pluto was demoted to a minor planet. I still love all this.

So why can’t I get too excited over an eclipse? I want to. I see all these people so excited, and I want to feel that anticipation and joy, but I don’t quite feel it. I almost have a meh feeling about it. I mean it’ll be cool to witness, I suppose, but I’m not going out of my way. It doesn’t seem all that magical to me. I don’t know, but I wish I was excited by it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to get as excited by it as some are getting. People are flying halfway around the world for this thing. People are paying a thousand dollars for a hotel room that they could have rented one day sooner for $100. Rental car prices are through the roof, and airline prices are ridiculous. It’s going to be big money for all those companies, and they are raking it in with a smile. Not quite sure why anyone is willing to dump several months pay just to take their family to see an eclipse, but whatever. Their money, not mine. I guess people have to have their vacations, and that’s basically what this is for them, so maybe it’s a good thing. I just wish the companies weren’t taking such advantage of people by raising prices so much. I know, I know, supply and demand. Free market principles and all that. Still…

So have you heard they have announced a new Obi-Wan movie? This is going to be cool. Much cooler than the eclipse. Obi-Wan is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, and I’m glad to see that he’s getting his own movie. They haven’t announced who will play Obi-Wan, but I am hopeful it’ll be Ewan McGregor.

There was something special about the McGregor version of the character. Alec Guinness was amazing in the role, but the Ewan McGregor version was a little more fun and snarky. I like that in a character. Of course much of the difference between how they were portrayed could go down as character age, but I still liked the McGregor version slightly better in some ways.

I feel like a traitor saying that.

I am kind of torn on how they should go with the story line. If they go to a very early Obi-Wan they’d have to recast, which might be okay if they did a good job. It could be a disaster if they cast the wrong person, though. A story about a young Obi-Wan would be entertaining in a lot of ways, because they could give more background on the character and show how he grew to be a great Jedi.

But an older Obi-Wan, somewhere between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, would be interesting as well. However, if you make it something that takes place between those two then you’d have a very strict story line to mesh with, because it has to fit in with Obi-Wan coming to Tatooine to watch out for Luke. Though there are some stories that could be told about Obi-Wan either leaving Tatooine briefly and having duels with Sith or the likes, or the Sith coming to find him or Luke and Obi-Wan getting involved that way.

It would actually be easier to make the early life version, I think. I don’t know, I’m anxious to see what they do.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!