Monday, January 27, 2003

Wrestle d20

It's finally out. Wrestle d20 is a pen-and-paper RPG about professional wrestling, based on the d20 Modern SRD. Players create their own professional wrestler complete with signature moves and styles, and fight it out in various circuits. This wonderful RPG pharaphernalia is being published in electronic format by Fantages Studios. I contributed the descriptions to some of the wrestling moves in the game. If you're both a wrestling fan as well as an RPGer, you'd like to take a look at this ruleset. Wrestle d20 is being released as a 5 different modules at RPGnet Mall (I think the first 3 modules are already out; the others released at a rate of one module per week).

Icewind Dale II

Just got this sweet game last week, played a few hours' worth, and then settled down to write this. The game uses the tried-and-true Infinity engine, used by Bioware in Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, among other AD&D CRPGs. This time, though, it's been modified to reflect the 3rd Edition of the D&D game system. Finally, a single-player game based on D&D 3e! The game also features a familiar interface (at least for fans of the Baldur's Gate games as well as Planescape: Torment), tough battles, and an action-packed storyline set in the past of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. Had to stop playing after getting my entire party wiped out by a bunch of goblins...

Man, half-goblins are tough. But I'll definitely return for more hack-and-slash fun...

Game on!

Friday, January 10, 2003

My iRL D&D Stats

Took this online quiz at

and here's what I've got:

Strength 13
Dexterity 9
Constitution 11
Intelligence 12
Wisdom 12
Charisma 15

Actually, not so sure about my answers (especially the Strength part which asks you how many pounds you can benchpress... it's not like I can easily look that up on my ID, along with my bloodtype...) Still it's quite amusing...

Game on all.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Been There, Done That

I've had a relatively fruitful Christmas vacation:

1) Finally finished reading Robert Jordan's A Crown of Swords as well as Piers Anthony's Dragon on a Pedestal (reducing the Wheel of Time and Xanth reading backlogs...)

2) Played through The Longest Journey (PC/Graphical Adventure) and Final Fantasy IV (PSX/RPG - rerelease of the classic SNES game), resulting in a reduced gaming backlog.

3) Done preliminary research for my graduate seminar topic and thesis proposal...

Despite that, there's still a thousand things that need to get done:

1) Study for my oral comprehensive examination due this summer...

2) Read Robert Jordan's A Path of Daggers and Piers Anthony's Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn.

3) Finish Final Fantasy V on the PSX and Zork I on the PC (using the sweet WinFrotz client).

4) And all those other things that deserve my attention but can't think of right now, since if I did, I'd probably be typing this the whole day.

Well, so many things to do, so little time. But I guess that's just how it goes...

Game on.

Friday, January 3, 2003

Guess Who's Back!

Happy New Year to all of you!

I've had some technical difficulties in the past weeks or so, but thankfully I'm now back and ready for more ranting and raving.

That's all for now, but there'll be more later. Have to go forage for food....