Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cards...Magic...lack of sleep....

It is Sunday,
I decided to revisit an old hobby. Magic the gathering. It was 12:01 am on a Saturday morning. A seal deck event. 3 Dark Ascention, 3 Innistrad.

I was loving the cards I found in my booster packs. I hated trying to piece together a winning deck. It was a challenge and I was slaughtered. The new cards now have double sides and a twist in rules. I enjoyed getting trounced and finally.... The last match I won best out of three. 2-1 win... awful yet sweet. He (my opponent) should have won. He destroyed me /my deck the first round killing me 20 straight points and I left him unscathed... some how I nickel-ed and timed him to death in the preceding two rounds in the fifth and last turn bout of the evening.

Would I do that again???


I wished a few old friends joined me but they seem preoccupied with life. For me it was a sweet escape to another time which brought me a certain amount of reflection and joy. Joy for the moment of playing and joy for the the things I currently have. All in all, a great experience.
Was an amazing host. If you need a store to open and run a game at, this is the place to go to. If you want to be part of a group of awesome people... That is the store to be at. Maybe another per-release party is in order!

Thanks all that joined.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Banner....

It was time... The big ugly one was more used to scare people away. Guess what-it did the opposite and attracted even more people to the blog. That said, it was time for a change. It seems that the longer I go with all the turmoil and change in life I find myself grasping at things that were/are simple, and bring me joy.

That means I am in a perpetual state of adolescence.

I admit it. Since I can no longer attain a job that will pay me enough to act like an adult. You know things like owning a car, carry a mortgage and spend foolishly on drink and beverages, I find myself reverting to long walks, cartoons and video games and yes, even comics and board games that allow me to spend time with my family.

I think being in a position of low wealth makes you humble, but more importantly, it keeps you closer to the important things in your life... For me that is family. As much as I would love to own a car/ or meet weekly with friends... Money governs much of those activities. Cash flow being choked off really hampers ones ability to be social. As such, you all must understand that I'm not ignoring all the people I love. I just need to get my self in a place where I can join the rest of the world. That means I need a job and a cash flow that allows me enjoy greater pleasures... such as having a good meal with friends or simply a car.

With that said, I have been a stay at home Dad for three years only finding part time jobs with companies that are failing, or closing their doors.

If your a company owner that wants an artist or designer I can help you. I'm not cheap, but I can be there when you need me. You just need to hire me at a rate that I can afford to work for you at.

-Enough rants
-Enjoy what I have in place.
A new banner, a new year!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

expect less and get more...

this could be my new mantra this year.
So without further a due...


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I'm not really sure what a kobold needs to look like.
I've done some research and discovered there are three types.

The first and traditional type is a pug faced big eared monkey kind with the thick broad arms of a gorilla. They are short in stature and have prehensile toes and fingers. Are swift of foot and tend to be hunched like an ape. They have thick leathery skin and dark fur in the tones of brown and blacks.

The second is more reptilian in look. The head of a dragon or gator that sits atop of a spindly little neck that is more like an ostrich neck in pose. They have long slack tails and a similar avaunt guard disposition. They have little body hair and more scales then should be normal on the thick leathery hide. they have longish toes which look like their longish fingers too. A pretty goofy looking creature IMO.

The third version is more thickly scaled and like the first version is swift of foot. They have thick medium tails which are stiff to off set the quick movements and direction changes. The body is scaled and ranges in color. Like the second cousin they have a lizard/gator/dragon type of head. I envision a raptor or dinosaur like look.

Since all three versions are pretty hard to nail down, any creator could take liberties with such a creature. Well have some hard thought out doodling. I went with the third version and it seemed the most natural looking. Less fantasy and a being that might actually exist.

I think that I've been doing so much future tech stuff that this piece really was a nice break from modern to the more fantasy world. I would love to see what happens next in this captured moment. Now back to the real world. This is to be a busy week for me. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Anthology project...

So I decided I would do a collection of short stories for people who participated in the Line is Drawn competition. With the dead line looming I thought I would put out a heads up note for those who read my blog.

It should be available in the second week of February. So far it is a small collection of short stories.

There is some excitement about having random people come together to do something like this. People left to their own creative devices and have them deliver things that are pretty amazing in there own right. I'm impressed by the effort put forward so far. I can't wait to see the finished covers an additional stories.

Did I mention it will be free!
Yes everyone is volunteering time, talent and effort to see this project through to completion. That is the most amazing part. People are so generous. If I don't post any time soon you know what is eating up my time.

I hope your having a great new year!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

3 dead kings ...

This is the title of my newest audio blog.
A short tale that looked at some of the dark things in life. Some of the things that are darker in stories as well. I wanted this to explore several what if elements and it is starting to take a life of it's own. Though I'm fascinated by the whole tale and how it could evolve, I sure could make it more dynamic.

Instead I see my self quickly wrapping it up instead. I found that I was becoming far to invested in the characters of the story. That investment means that I would not be willing to compromise the story or the characters.

Unless I could find an artistic collaborator I think it would be better to let the tale slowly fade as quickly as it started. Still the entire concept is so strong that I believe that the merit it deserves should be share on the world wide web. In short I instantly get the copy right gratification of the material and others who choose to borrow Ideas are forced to offer homage, or payment for borrowing material from me.

At this point, I'm just happy to share the tale.
We will have to see what else comes of it.

here is the link.