Long time…quick update.

Posted by Jordan on July 19th, 2010

I haven’t been posting here much of late, just too danged busy I suppose. The Twitter/Facebook combo seems to flow better for me these days.

Super quick updates: Anniversary weekend was great, L20 was excellent. Lots of fun geeky stuff going on…Finished up Firefly with the Serenity movie which I really enjoyed. Playing Deathspank on 360 which is a really fun and silly action/rpg. Also hitting up Comic-Con in San Diego this week which should be a lot of fun. Things are going good and I’m really enjoying the summer scene this year. Oh yeah and I’m old now… at least on paper. 😉

Back from PAX…eh…Seattle

Posted by Jordan on September 8th, 2009

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Well we are back from PAX/Seattle. The show was pretty cool and I can see how for many gamers it could very well be the ultimate convention. You’ve got all flavors of gaming and geek culture including music and art all under one roof, I overheard more than once that it is kind of the woodstock for gamers. For Jeanne and myself, I think we are just a little “conventioned” out. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very cool show and there was a ton to do for gamers of all types. It is just that after GenCon and E3 already this year, plus all the shows of years gone past I had a little bit of the been there done that effect. To combat this we spent more time exploring Seattle and the countryside which in a lot of ways was much more memorable and rewarding for us both than the actual PAX show.

As for the show, no surprise it is mostly about games, with a slant on the kind done with electricity. For me Diablo III, Dragon Age, Borderlands, Rock Band Beatles and StarCraft II were the games that caught my eye and I had a good time checking out. There were others but those are the ones that stuck out the most to me. The Rock Band Network where individual users and independent groups can track and upload songs for purchase in the online RB store was very interesting. They use Reaper as a base DAW and through MIDI edit notation they implement the charting along with their custom templates and plugin. I think it has a real chance of catching on but there are definitely some “ifs” and variables out there to just how successful it will really become.

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The fun highlight conference for me was hanging out at the The Guild panel with Jeff Lewis (Vork), Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo) and Producer Kim Evey. The played through the complete second season and then had a Q&A afterward. It was pretty damn silly and well worth my time. There were some other panels as well that were interesting, a couple examples being the Rock Band Network and a panel on Tabletop gaming and Game design. There were plenty of others as well but it was hard to fit them all in so we just got to the ones we could and didn’t worry too much about the ones we missed.

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Interestingly enough I think the highlight of the trip was the afternoon on Saturday that Jeanne and I headed out to Rattlesnake Ridge trail in the Snoqualmie area east of Seattle. This was very much not PAX. It was a couple miles up and a good workout but the view was quite spectacular and well worth the hike. We had the clouds and mist rolling in and varying levels of sun, it made for some really awesome imagery. We sat at the top for a while and soaked it all in before heading back down, which was a lot easier than coming up! If you are ever in the Seattle area and have an afternoon free I highly recommend this excursion, it was really worth it.

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I hadn’t been back to Seattle since I think around ’91 but it was pretty much as I remembered except the downtown area seemed a bit “nicer” and more well kept. Most of our Seattle experience revolved around eating, big surprise, huh? Overall, we had a good fill of some pretty awesome food. The night we arrived on Thursday we trekked out to Ray’s Boat House for a really nice romantic dinner which was quite good. Salmon was the star but the views were nice too. On Friday we ate a huge lunch down at the Market which included clams, mussels, prawns, crab, and some really good fish and chips, oh and of course don’t forget the chowder. Friday night we met some friends for some really good Chinese Hot Pot at Seven Stars Pepper in the International District, dare I say even a bit better than Lao Sze Chuan! Lowell’s at the market did us a great breakfast on Sat morning to get us set up for our hiking. And finally we couldn’t leave Seattle without some sushi so we hit up a 100 year old home style sushi place called Maneki. It was very good and the home made Gyoza was really special. The sushi was top rate but Mr Katsu your sushi is still the best!

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Overall we had a really good trip and interestingly enough the things not even at PAX ended up being the the stars for us. And a special thanks for Jeanne for setting up the hike, well worth it and very memorable.

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There are a lot more pictures over in the Gallery section plus I uploaded a bunch of them to my Facebook account as well.

PAX 09

Posted by Jordan on September 3rd, 2009

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Going to PAX/Seattle for a few days with Jeanne. We both plan on geeking out at PAX and exploring Seattle which I haven’t been to in many years. Eating a ton of seafood while we are there is definitely on the agenda as well. Oh and I think we will play a game or two along the way! If I get in the mood or have time I’ll blog some pics but it might just be easier to upload them to my Twitter or Facebook accounts. Maybe I’ll try the the new iPhone Facebook app’s video upload feature, see how that puppy works. Alright, time to pack up and get ready!

Gen Con Indy 2009!

Posted by Jordan on August 11th, 2009

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It is time once again to trek down to Indianapolis for some serious geeky good times! We’ve been going to Gen Con for the last few years and I have to admit I find myself totally looking forward to it well in advance. I had actually been to Gen Con a couple times way long ago as a little kid, back around ’79 and once again around ’82, this was back when it was actually held in Lake Geneva, WI. I found a few pictures the other day of the trip in ’79 or was it ’80? Either way I’ll see if I can scan them in, but now that I think about it they are pretty embarrassing, so maybe not. Either way I’ll try and get some footage of this trip because there is usually a lot of cosplay and general silliness happening as I’m sure you can imagine!

This year the girl and I decided we are going to road trip for the first time instead of flying and even though the flight is a piece of cake I am looking forward to the cruise down there. Relax, detox from “real” life, listen to some tunes and chit chat all things geeky with the wife, sounds like a killer way to get in the mood for Gen Con to me!

Another thing that is cool about Gen Con is like in the past years we plan on meeting up with our friends down there and their gaming crew as well. This inevitably involves eating tons of good food, geeking out about gaming and even a bit of the go out here and there. Oh and if you are in to the whole rpg game thing make sure to check out their site over at Epic Words. Good stuff.

I’ll try and update some as it goes but we’ll see. Oh and for the record, no Jeanne is not dressing up like a succubus, assassin or a silly elf lady, and further for the record neither will I, well at least not on the show floor, I mean Jeanne isn’t I mean, oh never mind! Now time to focus on getting through the day and then let the geeky goodness begin!

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E3 ’09 …hmmm

Posted by Jordan on June 2nd, 2009

Sure not like the old days… “meh” in comparison to this jaded old gamer. Still, glad I’m here and a good amount of industry to stay up on but nothing like it used to be. The economic optimism and the industry vibrance and energy as a whole I feel has really changed a lot, for better of worse is up to each gamer to decide for themselves. I do have a fond nostalga for E3 and the scene as a whole, and while I can’t say it’s all in the past it’s previous allure is certainly in it’s twilight hours. Rebirth, positive evolution… We shall see.

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Since you can find a zillion show pics around I never usually take that many of my own. But for a few pics of my own from the show check out the Gallery under Events.

E3/Vegas – part 1a

Posted by Jordan on June 1st, 2009

Well we are here…Jeanne gets down to business and I start plotting my LA groove.
Next up Jeanne says I just gotta try Pizzeria Mozza so we are off to check it out soon.
E3 floor walking tomorrow, No one thing I’m super stoked about yet but still plenty of cool stuff to check out.

E3/Vegas – part 1

Posted by Jordan on June 1st, 2009

Jeanne and I are on our way to the airport for what I am sure will be an eventful trip. For better or worse I have decided I am going to try and blog it. I’m also gonna try do a lot of this from my iPhone which I’m sure will be an experiment unto itself!

Age of Disappointment

Posted by Jordan on October 15th, 2008

Here is a really good current review of Age of Conan:

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I have since canceled and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be back.

I am their target market, or at least I thought I was. I have a high end PC, I am a big REH Conan fan, I like MMOs and was craving a gritty more harsh realistic setting. If you couldn’t keep someone like me around, that spells trouble for sure. I said I had expectations and I would be really disappointed if they were not at least partially met, well call me disappointed!

I am currently playing the PC game The Witcher and it is really great, finally a game that beats my expectations! Amazing!

Campaign finished!

Posted by Jordan on October 8th, 2008

Well, after a little over 2 years we finished the D&D campaign I was running last night. I think overall a very fun ending to a long saga. For those in the “geek”, this will probably be my last time running a 3.5E game, from here I will be starting a new campaign using the newer 4E rules, which for the most part I do like, especially if I am going to be running the game.

So, congrats to all my players and I look forward to starting a new game soon! 🙂

Age of Conan: Product Director Jorgen Tharaldsen tells it like is!

Posted by Jordan on May 1st, 2008

I can’t wait! This is THE MMO:


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