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Story : Tattoo

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For your delectation

Did I ever tell you about my tattoo?
You’ve got a tattoo? Where? I mean, I thought I’d seen all of you.
Heh. Yeah… well it was a few years ago. While I was in Chile.
Right, I remember you were gone for months.
What can I say? Work sucks sometimes. Anyway I thought I’d get a tattoo.
I’m coming to that. See I wanted something different.
So I thought, I’ll get my head shaved an have a tattoo of an X put on top saying ‘In case of emergency drill here’
… On the top of your head?
But you’d have to keep your head shaved and it’s almost shoulder length.
I didn’t want people to see it.
Has anyone ever told you you’re nuts?
That’s why you love me.
Good point. Ok so you got that tattooed on your head then?
Ah well, this is where is gets weird.
Weirder than getting your head tattooed under your hair?
Yup. See I shaved me head in preparation…
It was already there.
The exact tattoo, it was already on my head. And it’s not stretched so it must have been put there when I was an adult.
But you don’t remember it being done?
Ok… more beer?

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So, what with one thing or another I’ve not written here in a while. This is partly because I tend to randomly spew a lot of my mind onto Twitter and from there to Facebook, and at some point to Google+ (very possibly getting rid of the other two.

I do plan on doing some more writing soon though and some of it will be at Ficly the successor to Ficlets, where I wrote a load of stuff a few years ago. stuff that can be perused here. I seemed to have a whole genetically enhanced animals thing going on. And the Googe? I think I had a plan there, wish I could remember it.

Enjoy. Have fun and all that.

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Short pimpage post

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More soon but here’s a quick post Iain Lowson who’s a great chap recently released Dark Harvest : The Legacy of Frankenstian and has been running a couple of Competions, one to win a signed copy of the book (which is great) and another to design a character to win a signed sketch of them.

Both competitions are ending soon so if you want free stuff now is the time to get entries in. I’m always a fan of free stuff.

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WFRP : All the fun of the festival

Ok, this is a follow up to my post yesterday about stimulating my creative juices with random ideas. Most times I envisage writing a sample episode layout in a three act structure with note on using the episode in a ongoing campaign. I’m using the Warhammer

Please note all standard disclaimers apply.

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An idea

This won’t be as long a post as I wanted it to be. I left work at 5:30 and got home at 8:30 after driving a circuitous route and getting stuck in traffic at Ibrox.

Anyway I had an to stimulate my creative processes and get myself doing some more writing. The plan is simple, take a random card from the selection provided with the new WFRP and write a small adventure or scene based on it.

So for my first challenge I’m picking a monster card, now I’ve organised my monsters into sets kept in poly bags letting me find them easily so to start with I picked a random set getting Daemons. Always fun. So now to shuffle the deck, deal off three and use the third (this is as the cards are double sided and I don’t want to mess up my shuffling).

The Flamer to Tzeentch… interesting. I shall think on this and post more, but it’s already looking fun. The Flamer would generally be regarded as a simple combat beast, running about an burning stuff but what other options can I look at? More soon.

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I’m sitting outside the doctors waiting for it to open so I can go in for a blood test. This is to see if the drugs I’m on for my Arthritis are shredding my liver. As I sit here I can’t help thinking about today and what it means to me. 10 years ago today my world turned upside down as my mother succumbed to the leukemia she had been fighting.

* * *

Well I wrote that a few hours ago, since then I’ve had a blood test one the fifth attempt and spent some time doing something resembling work. It’s all been fun. Which is what life’s about really.

So raise a glass to the people you miss, and cherish the ones you love. I was going to say more but right now there are many things going on, more soon.

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Thoughts on a DC Universe

As a subscriber to Playstation Plus I got access to the DC Universe Online European Beta. This sounded interesting and the promo video had piqued my interest so I thought I’d give it a try. Now first up I’d like to point out I don’t tend to play many online RPG’s, the only ones I’ve really played are City of Heroes and Champions…. You may see a theme here, I like my super heroes and the idea of playing games with the.

I liked City of Heroes but the class and level systems annoyed me and I didn’t really know anyone who played it. I’d rather play a game with people I already know than try and make friends online, for some reason I’m just like that. Champions had a similar issue, the initial teething problems for what was a great game caused the player base to collapse. Plus of course both of those were using new or little know settings so people felt less of a connection. I had high hopes for the DC game… and when it actually comes out I may revisit it. But I’m going to detail here why I uninstalled it last night.

First issue is the fact the I’ve got an older PS3 and the HDD is getting a bit full so I have to be careful with large installs. But the DC Beta didn’t seem too large, super. Of course this was because the first thing it does it check then download any missing content… Oh well I thought it says it’s going to take 25 minutes, not a problem…. Wait a sec, that’s 25 hours. Cue one overnight download session.

So I finally got the game installed and last night gave it a shot. I had an idea for a character who had lived in a pre crisis world where Kal-el and his pet assassin the Bat ruled the world with an iron thumb. Because of this he couldn’t trust some of those on the ‘heroic’ side and was going to be a villain. Of course none of this mattered because the only thing I got the chose was a name. And my first choice ‘Shade’ wasn’t allowed because either it was invalid (IP issues perhaps?) or someone else had it.

Strike one right there. The whole idea of your character name having to be unique is insane, you’ve got an account that’s got a name and it’s unique. Why should your characters have unique names? Because it’ll confuse people? I know a ton of people called John and I don’t get confused. How will you contact people? In Champions every character has an address in the format character@account, that can be used in the in game instant messenger and chat… dead simple and easy to recognise.

This was not the first thing in the character gen that annoyed me though, that would be the graphics. I was wondering if perhaps someone had swapped my PS3 for a PS2 while I wasn’t looking… the resolution is not great, especially on a 37″ widescreen.

But I perservered through the character gen, whilst getting a bit annoyed that I was making a number of choices without being given much information. And I got ‘Nite Shade’ created and into the Brainiac hive ship.

This being the tutorial opening game thing, where you, by yourself, escape a hive ship. So much for multi player. Time for a slug fest I guess. Or maybe a button mash would be a better description. You start by learning basic combat square and triangle to hit things (ooo triangle does ranged attacks, shiny) L1 to target and R1 to block. Grand. Then you get to choose a super power and learn how those work. Well sort of… you learn that you can make super power attacks and then the recharge at some unspecified rate. At this point I was seriously missing Champions which I haven’t played for a few months.

In that combat is fast but tactical, plus it has one of my favourite abilities. When you target someone and turn on your basic attack it just keeps firing, if you’re not doing anything else and your opponent is close enough you hit them. Pow. In DC I was basically mashing buttons and trying to find out what the heck was going on.

Plus, despite being in the centre of a Brainiac hive ship, and being told by a shadowy chap that I was in danger of very real death, I at not point in the tutorial did I feel like I was going to lose. I wasn’t even totally sure what the bars in the top left of the screen did, I guessed the green was health? Maybe. Who knows, obviously Brainiac isn’t as tough as Superman makes out.

So eventually I found myself off the space ship, having beaten up lots of robots and met lex luthor (failed to get his autograph though sigh). And then ended up in a nghtclub…. at which point I stopped playing. The game had failed to grab me, it has made me debate playing Champions again in the new year. Hmmm.

If you’re a big DC fan you’re going to like it, you’ll be able to sit around dribbling over all the (not very pretty) renditions of the DC universe characters. Me… I’ll wait for Dragon Age 2 I think.

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This is the end

Just a quick post to say that after a month, today is the last day of the lip fuzz. Still I’ve managed (with my own donation added in) to raise £100 for Prostate cancer research which isn’t all bad really. Still time to donate though go on, you know you want to. The ‘tache will be removed tonight, there may be a small ceremony. Unfortunately I can’t enjoy kissing my wife for the first time in a month as she’s in France. A terrible state of affairs.

Anyway, more soon. But much to do, everyone have a great day.

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Life goes on

Hey there everyone, sorry for the delay in status updates but I’ve been really busy and haven’t had the time to get anything written. Plus, despite the fact this is mostly a stream of consciousness type thing, I’ve not been able to think of things to write. Work is going well the Gio Goi site, takes up a lot of my time but there are new projects going live real soon now. I could write about the joys of PHP and Magento development… but such things are few and far between. Still I’m having fun.

As you can see my Movemeber fundraising attempts have morphed into a something that apparently makes me look evil and french. Obviously I can’t be my evil (and french) twin because I don’t have a goatee. As we all know this is the defining point of an evil twin (well that and the evilness I guess).

Last week I managed to pick up the Civilization board game that does look very nice, I managed to play 3 turns of it on Saturday before having to rush off but I’m hoping to get some more play in soon. Hopefully this Saturday (at GUGS) and Sunday (at Edinburgh Unplugged). And possibly during the week too.

Next week Polli is off to France to see her parents. I having -1 holidays left for the year will not be. This means I’ll be moping about the flat, but I’m sure I’ll think of stuff to do, I mean the Ultramarines movie comes out on Monday and I may have pre-ordered it… Who am I kidding of course I pre-ordered it.

Anyway, work beckons. As does coffee, best I get on with things.

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