New laptop – Asus G73JH, I love it. Value wise, it was hard to find anything comparable. This is the first time I’ve gotten a top of the line video card and it’s great. I’m able to play games that I purchased on sale that my previous computers weren’t able to play. Except for Bioshock, it keeps crashing on me. Problem is related to my sound card and I can’t seem to fix it. So sad.
I got Batman: Arkham Asylum for my computer, beat the story mode in like a week, then completed everything else possible in the game about a month later. Well, I still have to beat the story mode on hard, but I’m already 25% through that. I’ve also been trying to work myself into the top ten on the leaderboards. Managed to snag #1 on one of the stealth levels. I’m ahead of #2 by a good 8 seconds.
Not faring so well in Street Fighter 4 though. I think since they games been out for almost 2 years, practically no new players play it online anymore. And so, when I try to fight anyone, it’s always against experts and I lose. Badly. I believe my win percentage is like 10%.
I took up Kyudo, Japanese archery, last month. I was looking for some kind of hobby to take up as an alternative to raiding in WoW when I first moved up to CO. For some reason, I never went through with it. Finally went to visit at the beginning of May and now I’m going regularly. Managed to hit my wrist 4 times with the bow string on my third day shooting, thankfully it hasn’t happened again.
I’m really only updating cause Robynne isn’t home. She’s off at a physics conference. Going to be heading out to watch The Karate Kid with some friends soon. In fact, I should probably get going now…
Small World – fun, new board game. I first played it a few weeks ago when we were in Austin. I liked it so much that I decided I needed it. The way I’ve been describing it is that it’s kind of like Risk in that everyone gets an army and you conquer lands to score points. The difference in this game is that you get fantasy based races (orcs, elves, wizards, ratmen) and each race also gets a random modifier (hill, dragon master, commando) so you end up with combinations like Commando Elves, Seafaring Halflings, Flying Trolls… Both the race and modifier each have a special power associated with it, for example wizards get extra points for occupying magic areas and flying gives your units the ability to conquer nonadjacent areas. The replayability of the game comes from the many combinations that can come up. As an extra bonus, if you ever end up deciding that you’ve figured out every situation, you can always make up new units and modifiers. While out shopping yesterday, we came across one of the mini expansions for the game and got it. Robynne and I have been having lots of fun with the game so far.
Warcraft Shirt – Robynne actually got this, not me. Twas a birthday present from Mat and Millie. That particular shirt doesn’t have many customer pictures on the JINX website, I wonder if I can get Robynne to pose with some of my weapons and the shirt.
Rurouni Kenshin – I finally completed my manga collection of Rurouni Kenshin. Huzzah!
More Dice! – While at the game store where we found the expansion for Small World, Robynne found a d20 she needed. I didn’t want to be left out so I got one too.
It’s my birthday for a few more minutes. This year I turned 3^3, and as always it’s pi day. My birthday is so nerdy.
I drew a comic about our last DnD game. In it, my character Gwendolynn has a dream about the city our party has been exploring, back before the big disaster.
On Sunday, we finally managed to get together for some tabletop roleplaying. Originally, we had plans for an epic 2 day weekend of gaming, but Will ended up flying to see his family and thus, we were left with the option of playing without him or not playing at all. Playing without him was the only choice, obviously.
Instead of doing our normal game, I suggested that we could play our side game of DND 4E (Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition). I’ve been running Keep on the Shadowfell – the free introductory adventure. We started the game because Mat wanted to see how it stands up against 3.5 and Pathfinder. I can’t speak for Mat, but so far, I think it’s a perfectly fine system. Of course, I’m pretty new to the whole tabletop RPG thing, so I don’t have much experience with other rulesets to compare with.
One of the things that people complain about 4E is the lack of rules for non combat roleplaying, but so far in the game, we’ve done plenty of that without any issue. There was one bit where Millie wanted to pry open a floorboard to hide a relic in the floor. She didn’t know what she’d have to roll for that but I think it’s pretty silly to have rules for every single thing in the game. There is a general rule for various tasks depending on their difficulty, 10 for easy, 15 for medium, etc – I just gave her a secret bonus to her roll. Not terribly hard.
Roleplaying is still perfectly doable as well. Robynne’s been able to use diplomacy to convince the town lord that there was imminent danger to the town. Mat’s choices in the game have led the town blacksmith to hating him. Will’s unsuccessful intimidation attempt to bargain down the price for a pair of magical gauntlets have landed him in jail.
We’re trying to play again next Thursday. Which will be exciting, because the party will finally be reaching the Keep on the Shadowfell, encountering things more devious than swarms of kobolds. Ooooh.
Moving The Nerdy Life to WordPress. I think it’s for the better. Let’s celebrate the conversion with a comic by Robynne! It’s to celebrate Robynne’s 75th cosmetic pet in World of Warcraft.
I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing with the site. Maybe I’ll update more now that it’s easier to update the site. Who knows.