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The woes of life…

Its funny sometimes when you literally just become blank to the world. Just totally daydream and just miss things. I kind of known, but definitely forgot about the Star Wars series I’ve been reading by Chuck Wendig, well apparently it’s a three part series and I remember about 1/2 a year ago I went ahead and picked up one of the books, not currently realizing that it is part of a set. I left it on the back burner for sometime simply because I’m not much of an avid reader and I was already in the midst of reading Thrawn.

The power had just gone out and after fetching a couple of battery lights to illuminate the living room I decided to dive back in the book. For whatever reason I flipped to the last couple of pages and recalled seeing the series of books. And by my collection of luck, of course I’m reading book 2 of 3. Perfect. So I neglected it and kept reading on.

I dropped the book after that night and decided the next time we’re on a trip out of the city to a larger one that I could find the remaining two books, I’ll snatch them up and attempt to read them in order. That day finally came on Sunday. Now, I’m trying to make time to read at least a couple of chapters every day or two, and currently, I’m one for one. I’m pretty damn awesome. From what I’ve read so far, its nice to actually get some introductions to some of the characters that I’ve already read about. Fascinating stuff.

Scratch off Concrete laborer to the list of jobs I wish not to hold. I was helping out a friend the other day and it was hot, the shit was heavy and it was just a pain in the ass. Although I’ve been told that it was a bad day and wheel barrow-ing is the worst/hardest way to do it. Understandably, of course.

My back hurts, my fingers have some really nice callouses now and I got sun burnt. All around, it was a terrible experience.

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Mining for gold…

No, this post isn’t about picking my own nose, although, it has happened in the past, it’s not the point and it isn’t this post. After being incredibly lazy the last few days and scouring the internet, mainly facebook and pinterest, a few items keep popping up on my feed.

Pokemon cards.

Odd yes, considering I haven’t searched online for anything of the sort, but for some reason “Charmeleon” keeps showing up and putting up a scary price tag, $5000US. Which is crazy I might add. So today, I spent the majority of my day trying to figure out what makes it so special, although I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t have the right card, I had to dig some more, naturally of course. I watched a couple of YouTube videos to spot the differences between the good ones and the regular ones, to my demise, I don’t have the right ones, although I have some that aren’t listed in the rare, could be of some value, but I stopped searching soon after.

I started thinking back to the time where I moved away from the city and needed to downsize my possessions and one of the casualties was my card collections. You see, back in the day, mainly middle-school, late elementary, I used to play a lot of CCGs, (you may notice the CCG [Collectible Card Game] tab on top), mainly playing Overpower, Magic, Star Wars (surprise!), and finally, Pokemon. Point being, I decided (at the time), to simply toss what I believed to be common cards away, or ones I found, not worthy or useless. I believe now I might have thrown a couple thousand dollars away now, oops.

Anyways…

I’ve been periodically opening text documents and jotting down thoughts and ideas for a game, I’m trying to find a particular motivation to kick my ass in gear and start scripting again. Problem is, I tend to lack planning out a project and guide it to success. The only reason Canasta and Traders got released is that a board game is already planned out, it has set rules, graphics and game play, so it’s rather easy to proceed.

So once more I’m sitting here with a semi-blank screen with only a hand full of text to be shown. Unfortunately most of the ideas put down are of my inspirations, mainly Destiny & Star Wars. Then, the rest of it is mainly information such as debating puzzles versus dungeons, levels and experiences, sandbox and plat-former.

Basically what I want to make is a open world Star Wars game that is similar to style Destiny portrays but obviously with some differences, mainly my debate being single player versus multiplayer. This decision is huge as it alters and hinges so many other decisions in terms of making the game.

Oh dilemmas.

Maybe I can’t spell…

Ever stare blankly at a computer screen or a your cell phone and just go… that can’t be it. There’s no way it is spelled like that, looks so wrong. I’ve done this extensively the past few days, particularly with “supply”, “satisfied” and multiple variations of resources.

I’m bringing this up because combing through some code trying to decipher what the hell is going on and then re-working, re-writing and straight up WTF’s, all sometimes boil down to a simple, unnoticeable spelling mistake. Sphere can be a bit tricky sometimes in that regard, it usually catches it before you do, but with it’s object-orientated programming, it can get thrown to wayside. I almost cleared up the bank trade function completely again today until I ran through everything in detail and noticed that I missed a ‘u’ in “amount”. The only way I caught this because I was free running in the client and pushing resources out of scope and then noticed the bank acting horribly strange.

Fack. I wonder if I can enable spell check in notepad++? That might be a decent way to go, although, I hate to see how many other errors might pop up.

I’m debating to write a book. Which in theory is a crazy idea. Because I can’t plan worth a shit. But I feel like it may aid me in a few regards. For one, it’d force me to sit down, brainstorm and finally lay out the proper story I’ve been meaning to tell in Mouse. Once I have a start and a finish, I can either convert it to a book or to the game. I’m a huge fan of Star Wars expanded universe and curious to know the rules/legal BS that comes with writing to that genre. But that’s definitely not in the immediate forecast anytime soon. But just something I’ve always been interested in.

Jedi live on…

I hustled out of the house on my day off to snap up a copy of this great title. As most of you know, I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and this is definitely one of my favorites in the series. They’re the only DVDs (Blu-ray), that I buy now a days, and I definitely get my use out of them.

I put it on this afternoon as soon as I could get the cellophane off the cover. It definitely didn’t give me the chills of a new Star Wars movie like it did in the theater, although, I was pre-occupied with Sphere (yes, I had it open, and I was working!).  I still thoroughly enjoyed it, as per usual.

My only beef with the movie is that it doesn’t answer any questions about anything, except to add more speculation about Rey’s parents and who the hell is Snoke. Maybe episode nine… (insert eye rolling smiley here).

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I’ve spent the better part of the last few days re-factoring and modifying Traders to make the code a little more versatile in terms of structure and being able to move things freely and a lot easier.. ly? Ha. After I’ve gone through this mess I have a couple of mini-projects to complete with it. First I’m going to add in a few more maps to the system, I’ve already test ran the MapMaker again and added in a new one, fixed a few things, after adding more maps though, I’m going to officially add boats to the game (framework basically there, just need some testing), then gold mines will be brought (fully) into the fold.

So here’s my itinerary:
– Finish re-factoring
– Add more maps (~5)
– Boats
– Gold Mines
– Rolling to see who starts (axed it before 1.0, made it simply random to see who goes first)
–  Bank trade reworking (multiple demands/offers, smarter trades)
– Hot keys/short cuts
– Better number placements (avoid 6’s & 8’s near each other, and like numbers beside each other)

Features on the docket:
– Barbarian attack (Cities & Knights)
– discover-able land & Gain resource
– Cities & Knights play mode
– Columbus Point (Seafarers)
– Fixing numbers (MapMaker)
– Bots (AI)
– Real lobby

So that’s where I’m at with Sphere, currently I don’t have any plans to continue with Mouse or Canasta at this time, but they are not thrown away as of now, I just don’t have the time to continue all the projects I’ve started.

Still procrastinating…

I haven’t really done a thing. Well, okay, that’s a small lie.

I built a deck in two days, so that’s a plus. It tends to help to a bit handy when it comes to power tools.

Anyway, I haven’t done anything in regards to game making, as initially promised, but hey, I can do what what I want. It’s been such a shitty last calendar month, I think I’ll cut myself some slack. I find it extremely hard to find motivation to work on anything related to that regard, but it’ll come, eventually.

I’ve been roughly planning our next adventure when it comes to Star Wars: Force and Destiny, the boys somehow managed to escape the harsh environment of … <insert planet name here when I recall it> and harvest their rubat crystals. I’m thinking I’m going to get them to find a place to find some old parts and such to craft their hilts for their sabres, but I need to read up on the whole lightsabre creation mechanics.

You know you’re getting old when you start getting arthritis in your elbow, I’m starting to worry about it and specifically how bad it could get in the coming years, especially 15-20+ years in the future. Yikes.

One day this blog will once again feature game making skills…. sometime.

A new day…

Kind of redundant, because everyday is a new day, but today feels a bit different. I feel a bit more motivated today but I also anchored with a bit more defeat. I have a strong urge to accomplish a few things but lack the will to start them. It’s an odd sensation. The past ten months have been a complete and utter challenge mentally and with the recent passing of four months of unemployment, you start to question your own abilities. Everything really compounds exponentially and quite easily I might add.

What’s on tap?

I haven’t touched Mouse or its imaginary counterpart in a long time. The biggest obstacle in the game is simply the art (update on this near the end of this post). A believe I released Canasta a bit prematurely, without the polish I had desired, this will eventually be corrected in due time, but for now, it’s on the back-burner indefinitely. Traders was released over two years ago… (wait, what??!?!?). I didn’t realize it was that long ago. A plan is in the works to work on a 1.5/2,0 release in the near(ish) future.

Currently I’m scripting and planing an adventure in our IRL Star Wars RP campaign that we had started a couple weeks ago. Currently I have a page splashed with ideas and minor things that I’ve come up. Now I’m just deciding what main adversary they will encounter over the next while and ideas where they can find some of their Jedi training. So many possibilities.

As with being off work for the past four months, I’ve found a spare tire. Unfortunately, that spare tire is attached to my mid-section and its could currently replace a small trailer’s tire in case of a blow out on the highway. So, it’s time to nix this before it becomes a replacement for a tractor tire, the bigger rear ones, not the smaller steering wheels. Anyways, I’ve embarked on a 28 (not sure why 28, seems like an odd (err… ) number) days planking challenge, which seems simple enough, but it only takes a few minutes out of the day to do so. Which brings me to my next challenge…

Hour a day. Yea, I know I’ve attempted something similar in the past, but hey, how are you going to get any better without a hair bit of failure? So, off I go again. I’m not sure if I’m going to blog about it every day, but if I’m home all day anyways, I might as well be a bit productive.

I still can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I released Traders… Fack.

Learning… understanding…

It has been a long, crappy few days. I’m not going to get into any personal details about it, but I wasn’t ready for it, it was much too soon and you’re never truly ready for it to happen.

Alas, I’ve had a bit of time to attempt to get into life again, and that means, back to learning. I started reading the core rule book from Force and Destiny a lot more into simply character creation, mainly so I have a better handle on it. I believe that I do, a lot more things have become a bit clearer and some things make sense. I familiarized myself with a few of the common skills and imprinted myself with proper ways to do checks.

I finally figured out how critical injuries become inflicted on targets, now just to get the rest of combat configured, mainly recovering from wounds, critical injuries and what to do if someone is knocked down/out. I also need to get up to speed with the use of strain, and ways to encourage the use of it.

And then there’s the writing of the story. I seemingly agreed to more or less “wing it” from here on out. I don’t think its a big ordeal in a sense, as I’ve been kind of flooding with ideas and neat little obstacles and rights of passage. I think it’ll mainly be the main points I need to keep track of, I can pretty much improvise most things they decide to encounter.

Anyways, I’m off to be productive… possibly.

That was a late one…

The boys and I probably hung out a little bit too late last night and it was all thanks to Star Wars. Force and Destiny to be exact. Overall, after we concluded, it was fairly well received between all of us, but we hit some snags along the way.

The first few issues came from character creation. So right off the bat, we got confused and the books really don’t aid you too well in terms of how to actually set up a character properly. A lot of the steps are unclear and somethings are a bit convoluted. We had a hell of a time figuring out what skills the players got for free and the cost of said skill in experience. Nothing was really clear in that regard. We also didn’t fully realize the potential of characteristics either, which set off a mis-match disaster in terms of playing, when we finally got there.

Now, what I thought was going to be the biggest disaster of everything, actually turned out not too bad…. the dice.

After educating the players in what means what, what cancels what, and what each die represents, after a few instances it was actually pretty easy. Although we fucked up bad at the beginning, we mis-read a bunch of rules involving checks/initiatives so the players were actually quite under-powered so they ended up failing a lot of simple checks, always putting them behind the 8-ball in most situations.

Then I forgot all about destiny points.

Then I forgot about the force/conflict/morality.

It was a shit-show.

The next real pain in the ass, although still very much clouded in terms of clarification, are the range bands. I understand the idea, but it some regards its a bit confusing and most of the time, we didn’t feel the need to really move back and forth as for the most part it was a bit of shoot-out. I do, however, believe a lot of this issue was my own, I should of tried to flee a bit more.

After getting proper initiative checks down, we finally had the right order but combat felt a bit… clunky. Weapon use didn’t make a whole bunch of sense in some regards. The players didn’t have any skills in the particular weapons they had purchased and in the books its quite unclear what stats you’re supposed to be using when firing the weapon, then there’s the issue of critical hits, enemies having too high of a soak value for the party, alas… again, this being my issue as I didn’t read a bunch of information as to how it all goes down.

*sigh*

More reading I’ll have to do…

The biggest thing that bites my balls is the lack of information/direction in the supplied adventure. I’m glad it gave me some checks to do for certain things but there wasn’t much in terms of resolution, success/fail. I think I would have been easier off wing-ing it.

I thought about getting more campaigns/adventures, but I think I’d be better off doing it through my own ideas/eyes.

As a group we’ve decided that I would be better off just doing something I’ve prepared as opposed to a dedicated resource.

But, first and fore-most, I need to get a lot of things clearer, easier to understand for a much, much better experience.

Getting ready to hear that familiar sound…

Tonight is finally that night that the boys are getting together for a bit of Star Wars Edge of the Empire/Force and Destiny. I was a bit shocked that the dice finally showed up a couple of days ago. We were planning on forging ahead without them, but I think that would have been a logistical nightmare.

I’ve already told them that at least one of them has to be a jedi as it appears to be a cool struggle with the light/dark side of the force.

Anyways, off to prep for my first crack at being a GM/DM. This could be quite interesting! I’ll post a review of some sort later this week and discuss our pros/cons from the game session.

Wish us luck!

Learning to read…

The last couple of weeks I’ve been spending a lot of my time reading. I don’t normally read a lot of books so this should come as a big surprise to a lot of people. The reason I’ve started doing this reading fiasco is because of this…

I’ve recently purchased a few items to get a group together to get this game going. I’m not going to lie though, its been a huge pain in the ass sourcing a lot of it. I ordered the Core rulebook as well as the Force and Destiny core through amazon.ca to good success. I later got the GM screen from there as well. The biggest issue is trying to get the dice. I ordered one set off of miniature market (which has yet to arrive) and after doing a bunch of reading I’ve heard its much more convenient to use three full sets, so I decided to find some more with the only place to find them is by going to Barnes & Noble. Unfortunately in my town there isn’t a game shop I can just swing by and snatch up a set or two. So now we’ve been delaying our group waiting for these dice to pop up. I’m debating to just use the iPhone app, but it’s just not as much fun than rolling dice. I really disappointed that this isn’t a d20 system. I’m debating on making it one just because that’s what we like.

Frustrating.

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I’m still in the process of  planning the new game, but honestly haven’t done a whole lot in those regards. Just haven’t found my drive for it just yet. It doesn’t help I’ve been spending a bit of time outside in the sunshine either cleaning up the yard or improving my golf game. Summer can be a busy month for myself so I tend to limit a bit of screen time. It’s coming, one day it is.