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Fantasy Football Fail

The Bad News

So this year I really dropped the ball in fantasy football and half forgot, half acquired apathy for trades and the waiver wire in our league.  As a result, my team regularly had injured players, second string players, or players who were just plain bad.  That being said, our league consisted of 16 people, which guaranteed you were going to have at least one player who was lacking.

Even though I had a legitimate reason to have some sub-par players, I really have no excuse for playing 16 out of 16.  Joe (my other half) and I actually battled for last place… or as it’s called in The League, “The Sacko.”  I am now the ashamed proud holder of the Sacko Award.

Now yesterday I was driving in to work and heard Daniel Powter’s “Had a Bad Day” on the radio and immediately thought of the NFL Fantasy Football commercial that has been around and playing for at least a year or two.  I realized that I would never be able to listen to that song the same way again and will forever think of this commercial:

The Better News

At least I didn’t go 0 and 14… My heart goes out to “One Giant Step” in that commercial, poor fellow! And I had a new found drive to do well during the next season.

This year really made me realize that I need to step it up next year, especially if I want  to at least beat Joe and give someone else The Sacko Award.  As a sober reminder, I made a picture that will assuredly be my desktop background during fantasy football season next year.  Go Skins!

The WAAAAGHShington Greenskins have seen better days.... maybe if they had painted it red...

The WAAAAGHShington Greenskins have seen better days…. maybe if they just played Blood Bowl instead…


Tips For Being a Good College Geek Neighbor (a passive rant)

1.  Recognize your surrounding neighbors.

Are they college kids? Is it a family neighborhood? Do they have an Elder God door knocker?  Are they cooking up meth in the adjoining garage?  These are all important pieces of information to take into consideration after moving into a new place, especially when deciding decor, gaming equipment placement, and bedroom choices.  Not to mention making  a mental map of what route emergency vehicles would have to take in case of an emergency, fire or otherwise…  Who is living near/next to/below/above you is a very key piece of intel when setting up your lair.  A variety of factors can influence how you set up your apartment, especially when the focus is for console gaming, computer gaming, LAN hosting, tabletop games, LARPing, etc.  Know your neighbors as you would know the dragon boss in your next dungeon. (more…)


LARPing: To Boldly Go…

Captain’s log: Stardate 40247.3

At the edge of the Alpha Quadrant, we’ve picked up a distress beacon coming from a nearby M-Class planet.  We initially proceeded with a routine rescue response until our science officer discovered it was not only a beacon of Starfleet design, but it was 17 years old!  Could it be? The lost away team of the USS Krofft?  We would have to send out the away team for these pour souls that Starfleet has waited 17 years for… and bring those people home!

A Star Trek/70s SciFi LARP for 16 people.

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Jessi Belle McGraven: Dissonant Belle of the South

When you hear the phrase “Southern Belle,” the first things that come to mind are ruffled bustling skirts and fancy dresses, decadent home-cooked sweets, unrivaled hospitality, and an accent that could swoon the pants off of the Grinch himself… if he wore any to begin with.  Hey, it’s not a perfect analogy!  Green-furred villain wardrobe details aside, southern belles are what shape and move much of the south in the mid-late 1800′s and have a very specific and rigid image to maintain.  So when the image of Jessi Belle McGraven, my newest gaming character, began to form in my mind from bits and pieces of belle imagery coalescing like smoke from a forgotten cigar I couldn’t help but pull ideas from modern media as well.  The most obvious choice that stuck out like the scheming card shark that she is was Annabelle Bransford, queen of the tables in the 1994 motion picture Maverick.  She holds the perfect southern belle balance of refined etiquette, innocent yet maddening flirtations, and classic beauty… and then uses it all as a front to hide her scheming, thieving, and greedy ulterior motives to amass wealth wherever possible.  She was perfect. Now that I had a solid and devilish idea of how I wanted to shape my newly brewed character, I had to think of how to insert her into the harrowed and twisted world of the Weird West that is the host to Deadlands: Savage Worlds.

Image copyright Pinnacle Entertainment Group, 2012. Used with permission. www.peginc.com

Image copyright Pinnacle Entertainment Group, 2012. Used with permission. http://www.peginc.com