Mondays and Shadowrun
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 August 2014, 10:11 pm
Parenthood Monday’s aren’t all bad. Kids don’t have limitless energy, they drain it from their parents. Home Ownership One of the elusive achievements in home ownership has always been completing a repair or improvement project in one trip the to the hardware store. In twenty or so years of owning a home and somewhere over 40 projects […]

GenCon Loot and Recovery
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 August 2014, 10:20 pm
GenCon is over and I can say now that I spent more than I should have, but not as much as I wanted to, so I count that as a win. The Loot The card boxes on top are Bug Out and My Word from Out of the Box. Bug Out is a basic matching game that has […]

GenCon Day Four, Little Kae’s Button Quest
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2014, 10:23 pm
Today was the last day for GenCon for me, but it was the first day and only day for my son. This is his actually his third GenCon although I doubt he remembers the first one since he was only three. He’s five now, nearly six, and just starting to get to the point where […]

GenCon Day Three
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2014, 11:55 pm
Today didn’t zip by quite as fast as yesterday but it was still a very good day. I took the morning off from GenCon to follow my usual Saturday morning routine of taking my sons’ for their swimming lessons, so I didn’t head downtown until about 11:30. That meant there was zero parking in any […]

GenCon Day Two
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2014, 11:58 am
You know you’re having fun when the time jumps from 10 am to 5 pm in the blink of an eye. What turned out, I thought, to be a mostly free day to cruise the exhibit hall got surprisingly busy. I only managed to demo one game, Sentinels Tactics, which was a ton of fun […]

GenCon Day One
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2014, 9:36 pm
I’m hanging out in a playhall late on day one of GenCon watching a board game while I wait for the Shadowrun: Crossfire event, blogging from my phone. Like just about every instance in the past all of the social anxiety I’ve been feeling was unfounded. Today was a lot of fun, and busy. I […]

Shadow Realms
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2014, 9:33 pm
Shadow Realms was announced at Gamescom and looks interesting but I have some concerns. I really like that they’re trying to bring computer RPGs back closer to their pen and paper roots. I think the idea of 4v1 PvP could work, but the execution is going to be tricky to get right. BioWare is hitting all of […]

Starships and Capes
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2014, 9:17 pm
Astrometrics Report Cryptic released a little more background on the Delta Rising expansion. It looks like the content will focus on the volume of space from the Nekrit Expanse towards the Alpha Quadrant. Very few of the species in Voyager are ones I’m interested in except for the Voth which we’ve already seen. But the article touches on […]

Space Engineers
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2014, 10:20 pm
If you love Minecraft and space, you need to check out Space Engineers. Two things I want to warn you about before you do though. One, it’s an early-access game on Steam so this is a more like a pre-Mojang Minecraft experience, and two, it will suck you in. Seriously my Steam client shows 171 hours […]

Zen Cardboard
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2014, 9:22 pm
With GenCon coming up this week I’ve been thinking a bit about why I play both board games and computer games. The obvious difference is of course with board games you’re sitting across the table from people you’re playing with, but that’s been changing in recent years. Solitaire gaming has been popular for a while and […]

Serendipity in the Internet Age
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2014, 10:10 pm
I love the Internet! Okay, maybe that’s too obvious coming from a blogger and MMO gamer. It’s even more obvious if you know that I’m a web developer professionally (programming not design as you can tell by this blog). But this week ended with a really nice happy accident. I follow Wil Wheaton on Twitter, who […]

Serendipity in the Internet Age
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 3:10 pm
I love the Internet! Okay, maybe that’s too obvious coming from a blogger and MMO gamer. It’s even more obvious if you know that I’m a web developer professionally (programming not design as you can tell by this blog). But this week ended with a really nice happy accident. I follow Wil Wheaton on Twitter, who […]

Scattered Thoughts
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2014, 10:49 pm
Babylon 5b? There’s an article on  Ars Technica today about Babylon 5 likely getting a reboot as a “big-budget film.” Apparently J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) is going to work on a script soon and then start production in 2016. I love the TV series. Like most science fiction series it took a few seasons to real get comfortable […]

Delta Quadrant Bound
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2014, 9:03 pm
Cryptic and Perfect World formally announced the second expansion for Star Trek Online today, Delta Rising. I say formally because the initial announcement was made at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last weekend, a video of which is linked in the announcement. Voyager is not my favorite series, I found several of the […]

Gen Con is coming.
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2014, 10:54 pm
I realized today that GenCon is a week away (roughly if you count the early stuff that starts Wednesday night). I’m excited to go, yet I’m a little nervous as well. Last year was the first time that I bought a four day pass and scheduled some events and actually played some games. I had […]

Stuff and things.
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2014, 10:23 pm
I’m still thinking about Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie has really gotten stuck in my head, which is fitting since it’s the love child of Firefly and Farscape. Lists It looks like January was the last time I posted a real update on my Lists Resolution. Fortunately even though I haven’t been writing about it I […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2014, 8:43 pm
For most of my adult life, I’ve had a hangup about going to restaurants and movie theaters by myself. I used to travel for work and I would always either order room service or hit a drive through for meals, neither of which was all that healthy, but meh 20′s. Two years ago I ended up […]

Guardians of the Galaxy
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2014, 9:43 pm
A talking racoon? That’s going to suck! What are they thinking?! That may not be word for word what I said when I heard about Marvel’s plans for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but it’s close. I’ve always been more of a Marvel fan than a DC one. Spider-Man has been my favorite superhero […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2014, 8:30 pm
Raising two sons, aged  five and two, is not easy. Well at least not given how my mine are, something which amuses my parents immensely I’m sure. Karma at work. It does make the good moments that happen extra sweet though and I got one of those on Friday. I was picking up my boys from […]

It’s Blaugust!
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2014, 8:24 pm
Today marks the beginning of a little experiment. Belghast has put together a community drive to get people blogging every day this month, and in a moment of insanity I decided to join in. It’s the first time I’ve tried for a post every day schedule. Back in 2011 I tried out a weekdays posting schedule, but I […]

Farewell GTX, Hello GTX
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2014, 5:00 pm
Saturday night I sat down at my gaming desktop to check in on some MMOs that I hadn’t logged into in months, namely LotRO, Rift, and Defiance. I spent about 15 minutes in Rift moving all my inventory over to my Vault and then redeeming all of the patronage rewards that had been stacking up […]

Bye Riv
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 June 2014, 10:45 am
I’ve been pretty obsessed with Space Engineers lately and hadn’t been paying much attention to anything else, but I happened to bring up Twitter last night and caught a blog post tweet from @Girl_grey. Since Feedly’s been down I clicked through and couldn’t believe it. River, the guy behind A High Latency Life, had died […]

Skin Game Trailer
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2014, 12:00 pm
The next Dresden Files book is due out near the end of this month and I’m excited! I’ve been following a group on Youtube for a while now that’s been working on a fan film. While it’s hard to tell from the snippets I’ve seen, overall it looks really well done. Even cooler is they’ve made […]

Editing, Revising, or Rewriting
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 May 2014, 1:57 pm
First off, many thanks to my friend Todd who offered to give me a deadline and read what I had! I wanted to take him up on it and that was enough to break my inertia, but now that I have spent some time looking at what I have, I’m not sure the term editing really […]

Write music.
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 May 2014, 12:30 pm
I ran across this piece of advice on the Writing Reddit and had to go hunt down the original quote by Gary Provost. This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it […]

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