Friday, December 30, 2011

Constitution and explanation

of Technomancers Sojourn Inc.


Provide a Christian environment in which to:
Initiate a transient LAN
With Cooperative intent and friendly rivalry,
Sojourn to an alternate virtual reality,
psizomai a native or create an avatar.
Quest and participate in the world.
Reincarnate.
Debrief.

Deus Ex Machina is to be avoided while eucatastrophe is encouraged.
Not to be taken, seriously; For fun and comedy.
Community is intrinsic to all activities, both with fellow technomancers and the locals.


1
The group started off as an offshoot from the youth group that I was running around 4 years ago. Gradually the numbers dropped off an I started watching anime in the youth room instead or studying the Bible. Then I figured that I would be playing computers anyway so I dedicated one night a week to it. This may have helped me avoid procrastination the rest of the week. Herin lies the source of our regularity, the fournightly friday night BASICLY (Brothers And Sisters In Christ Lutheran Youth).

2
With a dedicated day I found playing games much more fun with other people. We would build up a local area network and do something multiplayer.

3
The competitive games never really interested me much. There is something about dying for the 100th time in a row with a full ammo clip in Counter Strike that made me lose interest. Then my brothers knew all these neat maps in Frozen Throne, I wouldn’t have the foggiest what was going on except that I needed to do it fast. Also people like Sam often give advice that is purely for funnies (“left click to talk to him”), attacking quest givers is not exactly conducive to learning.
For me the friendly rivalry of backstabbing teammates and eventually uniting against a boss was way more fulfilling than getting a high score.

4
This took a while to nut out, the escapism you get from movies and books is too passive I think. The same thing happens here but it is more like active meditation. Since we only have a temporary journey both to the house where the LAN is setup and to the virtual world then sojourn fits nicely. Interestingly I couldn’t find any foreign language analog of “virtual reality”. It seems nearly all computer terms are phonetic pronunciations of the English word.

5
I had to make up a word to explain this. If I were a daemon I would be possessing the “Player Character” But I’m not a daemon and the first point was that we are Christians. Same goes for “Avatar” which initially was the description of the god Vishnu for when she created a vessel for herself so that she could pretend to be a mortal when she was playing with them.

6
Can it really be a game without fetch/ travel quests? Also you need to activate the “Suspension of Disbelief” to overcome bizarre user interface glitches and prevent “Breaking the fourth wall”.
The participation part is really important because without it there would be no point to life. And so we form communities amongst ourselves and with other gamers and with the characters of our games.

7
Eventually we need to return to the real world, and reincarnate is exactly the right word to use after our group OBE (Out of Body Experience)

8
Technology is not the only reason for the gathering, we also like to talk about stuff and eat pizza and drink too much pepsi. A debrief at the end also makes things a lot more casual and less rushed.

9
Invoking the god of the machine to cheat won’t make things more fun for long, so it is best avoided. Much better to play through as the developers intended, all the way to the end were we win and find the Amulet of Yendor.

10
Regardless of how much I participated in Frozen throne is war rarely much fun. So why did I play it? Because other people were having fun.

11
And thus began our community, the Technomancers Sojourn Inc. Why does this all sound so esoteric?

10

10 step plan for imperial success:



I ummed and arrred about adding this to my blog for quite some time but came to the conclusion that I don’t mind if people know how I tick and nobody will probably read it anyway. This also reflects a change in personality for Dimitri it seems over the last year we decided that it would be best to acknowledge each other. I’d say that is mostly thanks to Anoikis the Healer, plus the convenience.

I envision these ten steps to change over time as I learn more about myself and the world around us.



1

Luxuries are to be shared:

Only drink beverages with other people. No drinking alcohol or coffee by myself, water instead, also no milk. Need to invite people around for a meal to get these things and eat rich food. Other than that Tea should be <$10 per day, eg spaghetti bolognaise. Curries also work and stir fry, I'm gradually blogging my way through tea. Investigate rice dish, sushi?

New PC games are a luxury that needs sharing but when bought comes under the heading Fun



2

Plan things:

More extensive use of the whiteboards. Helps to reason things out and come to an informed conclusion. Plan for the unexpected as per the scouts motto “Be Prepared”. Plan to change Plans at the last minuet. Plan to be unprepared. Plan to be wrong. Plenty of documentation is the cure for forgetfulness.

What happens if I accidentally get cryogenically frozen? Like Fry in Futrurama or Aang, the Last Air Bender? Then all my knowledge and skills may be for naught. Will I be just left with my personality and morals? This is a good reason to keep learning how to learn and adapt to a new plan. Things that are done on purpose are always more stylish.



3

Spent more efficiently:

Not always spending less. Need to be like Lord Vimes of the Watch in Discworld. Buy things that last so that I will never have to buy one again. Keep receipts. Research what it does before purchasing.

Allocate $200 max per week for food and a further $200 for Luxuries. Compile a list of all ongoing expenditures and what date the yearly ones need renewing. Luxury spending is allowed to bank up, not food costs though.

Minimum house repayment is $1000 per month.

Seems I have failed #2 here but have been succeeding nonetheless as income is faintly exceeding expenses at the moment. Also I need to be wary of Jevons Paradox, when an increased efficiency increases the demand for the resource that you intended to preserve.



4

Exercise Mentally:

Learn new things, and occasionally do math the hard way on paper. Correct my own spelling without the help of a spell checker. Learning another new language always sounds so romantic. Need to be both logical and artistic in mental activities. Also need to exercise both cognitive and instinctive thought.

Doing more exercise than is required in day to day activities is a good way to maintain an adequate level of fitness.



5

Exercise Physically:

Currently riding to Bargara is not sufficient. Dancing may help. 30x Crunches and 10x Push-ups on arrival home from work is good. But I forgot about doing that. Also have not been dancing of late. May take up dancing and kite surfing in the new year.
I think my bike ride to work is all that I reliably acheive. Dancing is more of a social / mental exercise anyway.


6

Exercise Spiritually:

Pray when driving/ in the loo/ going to bed/ waking up. Read bible daily when going to bed, try to remember it in the morning. (church too). Also Youth groups help to keep me young, I also try to get Technomancers to have christian overtones.
Query: Is my Spirit different to my Soul? This may also delve into community development theory and the LAN Psizomaijitsu. Nope, thats mostly my greek logic backgroud, and I'm suffering from preconception bias.



7

Exercise Emotionally:

Hang out with other people, currently LAN + BibleStudy + Church + Dancing. Also invite people over for tea once a week. Had to bail on monday dancing to invite people over. Been going out tomany night of late.



8

Recovery:

The goal is not to avoid injury, illness and death, but to surpass them and use the experience to build character, just like Calvin and Hobbes going camping. Don’t pray for healing, because death is a kind of healing too.
I recently got some wired skin irritation from PNG and cut my hands and feet up whilst snorkelling. Boath a learning experience.



9

Have Fun:

All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. If this is combined with all the above activities then success has been achieved.

Being at work cannot be an exception to this, neither being asleep. Otherwise having fun applies to one third of my time.

Phrase everything in a positive and enthusiastic light, especially when being cynical and pessimistic. Just like in Ecclesiastes



0

Regret Nothing:

Be not ashamed; If there is no pride to be shared in a task then leave it undone. Take pride in everything that is done and confine nothing to the secrets of the darkness. Combine this also with all of the activities above. Then there will be nothing to be ashamed of. But it is important not to take this too far and be arrogant.

This one here needs some word smithing, possibly a biblical reference too.





Progressive advancement:

Need more of all the above.

More sharing of luxuries, this is the ideal of communism. (the sort without corruption)

More Plan so that when I do not know what is going on I still know what to do and why I am.

More efficiency of worldly possessions means that I require less worldly possessions. These things need to be expended to acquire more of everything else.

More fit in the four areas of exercise. To be fit it to be able to do all the things that I want to do, I do not need to be an athlete to be fit.

More recovery so that when inconveniences occur the recovery is quicker and I have more practice at recovering from them. It’s the bumps along the highway of life that make it interesting.

More fun, is there such a thing as too much fun?

More more, I’ve forgotten what happened last week, so it needs to be done again and better this time. (reference Rock Lee from Naruto)

The progressive advancement of more fun through these activities is a good measurement of the current success rate of that which is the goal of being Ben and grabbing life with both hands and squeezing it for all it is worth while we all go for another trip around the sun.

Friday, December 23, 2011

LOL: 3v3v3 map

Concept based around a hexagon like a Benzene ring. Each corner of the map contains a base similar to that found in a 5v5 map, but without the 3 turrets at the nexus.
When your nexus is defeated your champions still respawn and can play but your team cannot win.
At champion select also vote for starting position, default location already has 1 vote. At a draw or if teams all vote for the same place then it is random, so you will either end up where you voted for or at your default location.
IP awarded depending on how well you played plus winning bonus, like dominion.
Baron in centre of the map and the minions circle him so that they are out of range of each other. Dragon present at the start of the game but baron replaces him when killed.
You have 2 turrets on the side lanes and one to baron.
Dragons live in empty bases, where the nexus would be.
12 jungle camps (2 in each triangle) so 16 total jungle camps.
Can use the shops at empty bases, cannot heal there though and no nexus turret.
Minion wave has 4 casters and 4 melee. 2 of each stealth when moving so they sometimes can pass each other around baron
Unused towers are passive, only attacking as defence but if you kill one you get gold and full health + mana.

Green = Creep; Blue/Red/Yellow = teams; B = Baron/Base; T = Tower; Dot = Jungle Camp


Default configuration with blue minion path mapped out.

end game blue V red, blue path shown

end game blue v yellow, blue path shown

Blue Path, crowded corner.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"the process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process"

After reinstalling windows I found how much I relied on the hibernate option. But when I came to turn it on in the power settings al always got this message:
"the process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process"






It didn't seem to matter what programs or processes I killed, there was still something interfering with the power settings.

after a while I found this post, then bells rang I remember last time I had to do this too.

So I ran the msconfig utility and disabled all the system startup options as indicated. Then restarted my PC. When it was right to go I was able to enable hibernate. Then I set msconfig back to the default setting and restarted my PC again.

Now when I shutdown my PC I can change "Standby" to "Hibernate by holding Shift on the keyboard.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Further to trying to define what happens at a LAN: Psizomaijitsu and psizomai


Psizomai is a state of being like “asleep” or "betrothed” it describes the relationship between a human and an electronic entity that is being controlled, be they an avatar or otherwise.
Psizomai is taken from the words psionic for mind magic and daimonizomai for daemon possessed. For through the relationship you can control all the thoughts and actions of your protagonist. Creation of avatar is a common method of connection, as per games like Skyrim and WoW, psizomai incorporates this as well as when you control a predefined character and live by their rules as per Tomb Raider or Deus Ex. In the latter case the character exits in the world apart from the player and has a memory of events preceding to when you joined the game, these people are also more likely to participate in cut scenes.

Psizomaijitsu is an active type of meditation, where the practitioner focusses on other worldly events to the exclusion of our own world. Thus setting up and maintaining the psizomai link.  It is easily interrupted as with any other type of meditation. Certain equipment is required, such as a Gameboy/PC/comfortable chair.
I dare say that the earliest instances of psizomaijitsu would be “chose your own adventure” books. The opposite of psizomaijitsu then be roleplay i.e. D&D or maybe cosplay, where you draw elements out of the gameworld and superimpose them on yourself, pretending that this is the gameworld.
Different games lend themselves to different levels of immersion. Certain things like min-maxing your character usually voids the suspension of disbelief as well.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Draft LOL Champ 6

Selah, The Homeless One

Attributes: Support (assassin&carry maybe)

Lore:
Melody a friend (apprentice+admirer/rival) of summoner Istvaan (from Fiddlestick story) was one of the advocates against extra planar summoning. she maintained that there was no need to summon creatures from other worlds. there have been enough magical monstrosities created through the Runewars that there should be no need to.
She maintained that any of the other worlds were inhabited mostly by harmless creature who just want to be left alone. She set out to prove this using the knowledge that Istvaan taught her to try to summon a bunny from the most distant and disconnected place thus far found.
It worked ... sort of.
other summoners remembering the summoning of Fiddlesticks attempted to interrupt her spell. Only the creatures soul arrived, leaving its body at home. But this was not noticed for quite some time.
At first it was assumed that Melody failed and went mad. as a result Melody  was exiled from the Summoners guild she ended up wandering the streets of Zaun homeless and destitute. she should have died of old age by now but has re-emerged with a split personality. She claims the other half is Selah whose soul has taken residence within her.
Melody has taken on the title of "The Homeless" and decided to return to the League of Legends to make sure that nobody else is made homeless through their so called "war prevention games" This time though she will be acting as a champion not a summoner.
When participating in league matches Selah is summoned out of Melod's mind onto the fields of justice.
Some people speculate that Selah is not really a harmless bunny but a superpowerd entity or the spirit of a star and only a portion of its power can be used in this realm, some people claim it is an insanity a virus or a parasite.

League Judgment:
...
A day in the life of a miniature giant space hampster
...
"So how does it feel, exposing your mind?"
"Torcherously lonely, horribly sad I can hardly bare thinking about it. Oh you mean the judgement. Thats OK, its nice to have somebody other than Melody to talk to for a change"
"Um, err, Why do you want to join the League?"
"To remind you summoners why you shouldn't summon creatures from Elswhere. I will teach you empathy"


Statistics:

    Health: 1 (+0)
    Mana: 500 (+ 75)
    Damage: 1 (+0)
    Attack Speed: 0.5 (+2.0%)
    Range: 500
    Armor: -60 (+0)
    Magic Res: 30 (+1.5)
    Health Regen: 4 (+ 0.5)
    Mana Regen: 6.2 (+ 0.65)
    Mov. Speed: 330

//yes negative armor so that possessing a minion will give them zero armor. also you are supposed to be very vulnerable as a homeless bunny.
//health regen only relevant when it is added to the possessed champ/minion
//spending time as a homeless bunny is ill advised.


Abilities:

Ethereal Essence (Innate) - Since Selah has no body to call her own her mana acts as her health. and damage done is taken from her manabar instead of her health. When her mana reaches zero she is unsummoned.

//there are a few champs with only health bars, this is the opposite. Selah is a very magical entity.
//health items will have their effects added to the host minion.champ but be irrelevant for Selah


[Q] Dimensional Dodge - Selah focuses antidimensional energies around her to protect her host.
(Passive) increases her tenacity 8/10/12/14/16 (+0.25AP)
(Toggle) Dodge increased by 1% for each 2% mana available. +50% dodge at full mana.
costs 10 mana per dodge

//this should quickly drain your manna to ~10% but not drain it all the way to zero. leave it on for a nice passive boost or save it and your mana for emergencies. necessary to have on when in bunny for as you have no physical defence
//the tenacity part of this ability may be unnecessary, possibly this is only relevant when not possessing a champion?

[W] Astral Attack (Active) - Selah focuses on the next attack adding her AP as magic damage.

    Cost: 25 mana
    Cooldown: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 seconds

//Similar to Blitzcranks punch but no stun. this and [R] are your only ways to attack when homeless.

[E] Transiency (Active) - Temporarily reside within anothers body stacking all your stats to theirs. As Selah grows she can control larger creatures. Baron Nashor is to large though.

When in possession of a minion:
    Minion gains manabar, when the minion dies Selah is ejected into her bunny form. All stats from items are added to the minion and the Selah takes full control of the minion.
When attempting to posess an allied champion:
    Selahs mana is added as a sheild to that champs healthbar. On separation 50% of the remaining health goes into Selahs mana and 50% remains with that champion. If the champion dies so does Selah.
    All non unique items stats from the first 3 items are added to the host champion. Selah can use her abilities but cannot control movement.

    Can posses: Minions/Small jungle creeps/Jungle with buff/ dragon/ Superminions
    Range: 750
    Cooldown: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 seconds

//the really interesting part of the champ.This means that any item is valid for Selah to build. you can get ferried around by your lane mate or go jungelling and posses lizard rather than killing him.
//Don't really want a Fiddlesticks with 12 deathcaps, scary to think about it.Changed to 3 items only. I suppose the base stats would not be added to a champ either.
//shield is similar to mord or blitz.
//enemies can identify her on a minion because the minion has a manabar, that is all.
//enemies can identify her on a champ by the shield and a bunny following.

[R] Homesickness (active) - Selah gives an enemy champion a look that says "I miss home and it is so far away" Both are caught in an empathic link stunning them and losing allied vision. mana is drained from the enemy to Selah.

     Snare for 1 second
     Cost: 150 / 200 / 250 mana
     4/6/8% +0.3AP mana is transferred per second
     Cooldown: 150 / 140 / 130 seconds

//helpful to gank like with nocturns [R]. also can be used as a lifesteal, the only lifesteal available actually.
//note that this also snares the host champion, they might not like you for it even though their manasheild is increased.
//you may end up with less mana than you started with. Maybe there should be no mana cost?


Appearance:
a homeless girl in a hooded rag cloak, when you attempt to leave the summoners platform a bunny ghost jumps out. (or some other woodland creature)
you use the bunny untill you can posess somebody.
Possessing a minion is a ninja action, without any particle effects from items you will be hidden, exept for the mana bar.
Possessing a champion can add the ghost version of that champ. either slightly larger or with a delat to animations to make the champ look blurry.
Or her rabbit image follows said champ. (less particle effect this way.)

//This still feels a bit too OP. but I did the two things I wanted. Mana for health and the possession thing. There is no lore yet (that I know of) relating to the people who didn't like summoning from other planes.
//I really have no idea how much it will take to kill this champ.
//when possessing a champ debufs eg silence effects them both
//ghost abilities (mord/zil/yorric) target the other champ not Selah. unless Selah is on a minion. To avoid this target Selah's portrait instead.
//if you only posses one champ you can get them their endgame item build halfway through the game. since you die at the same time you should always be able to stay together.
//ofthe ones that I made this was one of the first and I think the best.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Draft LOL Champ 5

 
Trinitarians
inspired after playing Yorric. I was thinking before yorrick came out that he would be controlling a legion of minions and get kills from people trying to wade through them. This approach is a little different. More like they are purely for utility. So I though what if a % of your stats is distributed evenly amongst your summons. So that you don't gain any extra power only more diversity.
 
Passive - Revival
standing in melee range of a champions corps for 3 seconds revives their flesh (not a ghost) the reanimated flesh has 10% health and can only auto attack. When you revive a trinitarian it returns to your control. All 3 Trinitariands need to be dead at the same time for you to be killed.
[Q][W][E] All function the same way with special effects
First press activates that third, second press toggles Focus, where the other 2 thirds stand back to back.
eg at level 1 I want to lead with [Q], so i take that skill. I press [Q] twice to activate him then get [W]&[E] to band together. Nor when I go in to fight minions I will be in melee range and [W]&[E] will stay ranges and safe.
at level 2 I take [E] so that the 2 melee thirds are together.I press [E] to switch control to him and [W] immediately splits off. I press [E] again so that [Q]&[W] are now fighting together.
After a bit all the other champs have left so I press [E] again to de-focus [Q]&[W], allowing me to get more last hits from all of us attacking separately, but with less damage.

[Q] The Aggressor
The bulky third, wields a too large Waraxe, range same as Xin
3% armor penetration
55% AS
30% Critical
15% MS
3 AD
[W] The Defender
The skinny third, uses martial arts to disable his enemies.
Physical attacks reduce your targets MS for 0.5 sec (as per Frozen Mallet)
units on melee range have their AS reduced by 10% (as per Frozen heart)
30AR
30MR
[E] The Recouperator
The fat third, She uses a ranged green lightning attack.
When one of the trinitarians uses an ability her next attack gains 100% AP (as per the lich bane) also if the enemy has mana half the damage is applied to the mana bar instead of health. Energy/Rage is not effected.
3% spell Vamp
3% vamp
3 tenacity
3 HP5
3 MP5
 
[R] United we stand
All 3 Trinitarians stand back to back, any debuffs are clensed. Stats & Buffs are pooled.
 
 
description of appearences.
 

wow the mechanic here is complex. seems I was building it like a sona/udyr/pandarian

Draft LOL champ 3

Jitter
speedy, nuke. On attack you reappear on the opposite side or your target, this preserves your move speed when attacking in melee. Energy based champ. Lots of stacks to tell you what is happening. Should be an easy champ to play.

P
Hitting the same target consecutively reduces AD (opposite to Jax & warrick)
standing still reduced your MS (opposite of Ash)
each shown as a stack x5
irradiated units take 1hp damage per second until they are killed. stacks continuously.
should get lots of last hits with this and is also an antifeeding mechanism.

1 Chaotic Cartwheel
Just like the leap attack of Master Yi

2
Leap to the furthest enemy jumping on their head then bound back to where you were, doing magic damage to all enemies you pass over. ( a cross between svirs boomerang an crockodile dash)
aimed like the bomerang, an individual target is not selected.
Furthest unit takes 100 + 0.25 AD Physical damage
Units passed over take 50 +0.1 AP Magic damage

3
Toggl
 
 

Oh, look at that I syopped half way through a word.

Draft LOL Champ 2

note that these are inspied by TGTIWLTP. They need a bit mor work and imagination before I link then to the LOL forums. bit I think I found where I saved them al a year ago and am placing them here tor the moment.
Will finish it eventually.

Gulump
super slow attack, huge health and mana bars. healer, support

P
Healing aura for nearby units
enemies are disenchanted by the generosity and lose 4%AD and AP (negating the masteries buff)
Health regeneration increased by % of health missing (like the chalice of harmony)

1 Bodyguard
any progectile attacks that pass withing range get redirected to self, lasts 3 sec

2 Curse Curses
become more resilient to debuffs. tenacity 4/6/8/10/12
can be activated to transfer all allied debuffs to self, this disables the passive.

3
Transfer HP from self to ally, excess healing is splashed to surrounding units or added as a shield.
same range as auras.

4 Intimidate
Passive aggressive you buff yourself to look more buff, gaining 75%AD and 50%AP. you fear all enemies for 3 seconds.

needs to be nuked to be slain.


Draft LOL champ

__, the terrified coward
concept is that he is terrified of everything and wants to join the league to learn to be coragous like all the other champions. I suppose he is from some small wartorn village that has seen more than its share of destruction.
Passive:
building confidence:
with each passing minuite that you are not killed you gain confidence in your abilities.
Passive
MR,AR,AD,AP are buffed by 1% per minute
 
Panic:
you panic and leap away from the nearest enemy champ. your ajility stunns any enimies in mele range. as you get better at panicing you also flee from ememies faster
stunned for 0.5 +0.001AP seconds
CDR 5/4/3/2/1 seconds
range of leap same a s Kassidins jump, works over walls.
not targettable
Passive movespeed bonus the oposite of what vayne has.
Cower in fear:
In terror you cower behind on of your allies, sobbing in their shaddow. They become protective of you gaining 50% your AP and MR.
melee range
you are silenced for the duration.
target allied champ. activating again or leaving range deactivates.
Hystiria:
Noooo, I dont want to die. in a franctic panic you assult an enemy your hysteria cantches on to any allies nearby.
Attack speed increaced by the % health you are missing
Allied champs gain 50% of your AD and AR
targettable on enemy champ
Ultimate???
sing brave sir robin
shyness/bravado mecanic that depends on the number on girl champs in play?

note to self

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:RGB_color_model#nm

http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=892621

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ecc 12 struck a cord

Do whatever you want when you are young but remember the Lord will take account of everything you do. For the day will come when you will not be able to hear a conversation for the sounds on the street and yet a bird in the night will keep you from sleeping.Your joints will ache and slow your movement. Your teeth all fall out and you will have to eat steak through a straw.

I read that somewhere recently. I'm sure of it. Maybe it was in proverbs. Took me over a week to find it again. I had been researching planar travel and some website sent me to verse 6 as proof that there is more than one dimension. It sounded like they were talking about Neverwinter Nights 2.

Trousers of Time

The way that I understand the omnipresence in inexplicableness of God is also the way that I understand the organised chaos theory. Through the trousers of time. I believe Terry Pratchett first introduced me to the Trousers of Time. The way it works is this. At any arbitrary point in time you can make a decision. For example weather to wear my unban camo trousers or my denim jeans. Once I have put on one set the the universe will be irrevocably altered. Just like trousers you can either put the left leg in first or the right. And since time (for us) only moves the one direction you cannot change your mind part way through. You can imagine what the universe would’ve been like if you were wearing urban camo but there is no way to know. Unless you are God. Trousers are like a fork in the road and also like a fork in the road there will be more choices to make. Will I have Spaghetti bog for tea or Spaghetti and meatballs? Now you have two Trouser like splits in time giving rise to four different possible universes. Its like trousers stuck on the leg of the trousers you just put on. And the choices go on forever, and sometimes there are even three legged trousers. Eventually the possibilities would end up like a plate of spaghetti.

I believe God can see every possible choice of trousers, be they camo or jeans, and can accurately depict what the universe would be like with any combination of trousers and spaghetti. Even where separate time streams recombine. For there are times when it is irrelevant to your choice of tea what trousers you are wearing. So regardless of your choice of Urban Camo you will still end up with the choice of Spaghetti bog or Spaghetti and meatballs. God doesn’t exist outside of the bowl of spaghetti he lives in it with us, but he can clearly comprehend every set of trousers.

So, our lives travel along one of these strands of spaghetti, like a photon in a fibre optic cable, twisting and turning wherever the spaghetti will take us. At each junction we make a choice and travel down one branch and not the other. Thus our reality is completely linear like a game of F3AR. Also unlike movies time always moves in the same direction and at the same pace, so we can never remake a decision once decided. Thus there is only one possible reality that we can experience.

But wait, what about the game F3AR? Is that not an alternate reality that can be experienced? Movies too, they are like our reality but strange things happen, like aliens building pyramids that then get attacked by Decepticons because a boy fell in love. Then if things can be experienced and shared they must exist, as per the qualification “I think therefore I am”. It’s also possible for me to imagine what life could’ve been like if I had chosen Jeans. Is that not nearly looking into a different strand of spaghetti in the trousers of time? But we still cant really get into these alternate realities for we always exist in the current one. Its sort of like a psionic translation or a sojourn of the soul then, after a while we reincarnate and return to the real world. I think these are like the meatballs in the spaghetti. You can access them from different places in the time stream but they are always the same; Some of them like movies can be accessed by lots of people while others like daydreams can only be accessed by you. And like two fibre optic cables, photons can only cross the divide when they touch each other. You can get lost within a meatball but eventually, you must reincarnate back to your original universe, the linear one.

So thats kind of how I understand Life, the Universe and the Trousers of Time. God knows the spin on every atom and every outcome that is possible from a single electron changing spin. To me life looks like complete and utter chaos. But yet it also kind of makes sence, at least I like to think so.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Anoikis's Warband 6: Finally

Anoikis's Warband 6: Finally

Finally
Finally it is over the last lord has fallen. Its been a week since I took the last castle over breakfast and I have been hunting undead since then. I am up to 6 skeletal horses now. But Finally the Sultanas gave in and Perl gets her throne. Not Off to make a name for myself. I think I'll find a husband and make it known that I want to be the Queen of all the land.

The Barbarian Bikini and Ugg booted Princess Anoikis.

But first of is more food, seems we celebrated a little to much and we have run out.

Whats this as soon as I set foot into town I am assaulted by bandits. Don't they recognise me? Don't they know who I am? Well I gave them a few knocks so that they will remember for next time. Now... Where was I?

Wise Saying the 1/30

Don't take advantage of anybody just because they are poor and don't intimidate people when they are helpless. Or the Lord will sort you out, the Lord will make life difficult for anybody who makes life difficult for the poor or helpless.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Outerdimensional Octopus

Outerdimensional Octopus: A hero I started to make for LOL

Made a couple of these for League of Legends and found that I had to delete my cookies to post on the forums. Still haven't done it. So call this Draft one.

more CDR = more exiting special abilities + less reliance on auto attacks.


super dense octopus
tank, assassin, physical mage


Passive
transdimensionality
take 10% less damage from all sources as you phase in and out of reality. This damage is converted into mana.
doe snot move as such, teleports from one location to the next. (permanent half flash move)

Q
Tentacles reach out and snare the selected target, pulling them to yourself.
like a fishing rod every 0.5 seconds your target is snared for .2sec and pulled towards you. you cannot move for the duration of 3 seconds.
If you pull your target into melee range they are stunned for the remainder of the 3 seconds.
any units hit by your tentacles take 20+0.1AP physical damage.

W Flail
Passive: You fling a tentacle at any creatures that attack you, entangling them.
Effects the 1/2/4/6/8 most recent units to hit you, slowing their MS.
Units that pass through the tentacles take 0.1AP Physical damage
Active:
You swing your tentacles around you, slamming them into the ground. Doing extra damage for each entangled enemy.
AOE like Gangplank's Arrr targeted on self. randomly hitting units for 20+ 20Physical damage for each unit that has a tentacle attached.
Any tangled units take 100%AP magic damage when the effect ends.

E Teleport
You focus your teleportation skills and re-emerge in the exact same location as an enemy. Your victim takes damage as you phase into reality within them. The weaker they are the easier this is.
Spell cost is refunded by the % health they were missing
If you cause your victim to explode the cool down is refreshed.
(similar to Garens ult)

R Gravitate
Concentrate on becoming a physical reality. your density increases while you hold concentration, you cannot do it for long though and eventually return to semi-reality.
all units within a small range are pulled to you quickly
all units within a large range are pulled to you slowly
all units that hit you take 200 Physical damage
at the end all units are knocked up and flung  to the outer edge for 100+.5AP physical damage.

what would work god against bots? Tony does well pushing towers with himer in mid
possibly using jax I can backdoor and deprive a side lane of all minions, then run away.
they all have a lot of slow/stun
they are in a habit of porting in predictable spots.








Saturday, October 29, 2011

What is a a better term than LAN to describe what we do?

At a “LAN Party” we generally transpose a digital manifestation of our soul into the alternate reality of the chosen game.

Is there some sort of extra planar entity in a rougelike monster compendium that we can model ourselves after. Something that can transplant its soul into different world. that can reset reality when bad things happen. we fear the blue screen of death. We can easily adapt to new surroundings and shapechange from Mario to Chell to a tynanid hivemind.

Escapism comes to mind. We are able to transplant our selves into the new world and participate within its rigid set of rules. with level ups and only completing tasks if they are defined within quests or recorded as achievements.

So when we participate in a LAN we travel together cooperatively in to an alternate reality in which we overcome conflict. While in this reality we posses one of the locals, call them a protagonist and mold them to our will, evolving them as we see fit. At times treating them like lemmings, sometimes 
 developing a relationship.

Does “Astral travel” kind of fit what happens? no not really it seems to involve a passive physical body. But our fingers in particular are definitely not passive when gaming.
The mindcrafter in ADOM sort of fits. I thought he could posses critters as well, but that isn't the case. maybe it was TOME where I did that.

Hard to tell, the new tome is rather small as they are remaking the game. But I did find an old TOME that could be good for LAN, I think the loremasters had Symbiotic powers that allowed them to inhabit recently vacated corpses. Posessor was the class I was looking for. This requires some research. Found the old files here.

Work

This made an interesting read. Definitely not what I was looking for but I agreed with most of it. I try quite hard to never admit to working, as work generally implies not fun (or displacement x vector).
When you find your vocation it will be something you would pay people to let you do. Like fishing or golf, except you get paid to do it. If everybody enjoyed their jobs that much then the world would be a very different place.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Do communities die?

In order to die, you must first live. Life is the period of time between birth and death.

There are several qualities used to determine Life, I think you need most to qualify.
 
  1. Homeostasis: Rules and regulations to define how it runs. There is a constitution as well.
  2. Organization: President, Secretary, Treasurer; Delegated subcommittees.
  3. Metabolism: Consumes the energy of money and paperwork. Excretes more paperwork.
  4. Growth: Communities don't grow like snowflakes, they grow like cancer. Government funding can stimulate growth and apathy can make growth retarded.
  5. Adaptation: The Laws change and communities can migrate from one country to another. Like Octoberfest migrating from Germany to Australia.
  6. Response to stimuli: If the management committee all get food poisoning from bad Natto (is that ever good?) and die, then a new committee can be formed from the remaining members. And since all the new management live in surfer shacks on the beach the meetings now take place by the sea shore and they eat fresh fish cooked in a hangi.
  7. Reproduction: Primarily asexually But nowadays with woman's rights sexual reproduction between two organisms is possible. Like there may be too many people in minicolts, so the club spawns an offshoot to increase the size of the football league. Or maybe all the husbands want to have a go at Roller Derby, So they form a new club to compete with their wives.

Seems to me that communities must defiantly be living things. They can be as small as the church of the flying spaghetti monster or as big as AA. They may be as extinct ans the Babylonian's or as new age as the new agers.



Community Theory

Time to get something written.

What is a community? How does it form? How does it grow. Now that I think about it I wonder if a community is alive? What about in this digital world? are online communities real things? What separates communities?

What causes war? How can people actually kill each other? Seems that it is usually justified by saying that they are lesser people and not deserving of what they have. It's for their own good after all. Or maybe they started it first and we are only protecting ourselves.
Anything can be used to draw a line in the sand to differentiate Us from Them

How about computer games? they usually have a lot of war and killing, the overcoming of some dark tower. All in all I rarely play a creative game on the PC where you build things out of lego bricks. I'm just not interested in growing virtual plants, unless they then kill zombies.

How does this all relate? Well computer games are more fun when there is a community to share them with. Be it the developers who will support you and help make sure the game actually works. The other players who try to finish the game first/better than you and then tell you all the cheats and shortcuts. Or maybe the NPCs themselves, yes you can even form a community with them. Especially when there is a Wise Old Mage + Brutish Lout of a Berzerker + Thief who is Quite Debonair  + Princess (who happens to be your love interest, oh she is a healer too).

I saw a list somewhere on how a community forms.
1 a group of people exist (Boat crashes on deserted island)
2 Identify a common goal, (do nor die)
3 Be on your best behaviour, work together to achieve goals (collect food)
4 Relax, be your true self, conflicts arise (U lazy, I got more food)
5 Sub communities develop / community fractures / community consolidates (one of the three)
6 Death (shipwrecked passengers get rescued)

I think I am done for now...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Anoikis the Fabled: Pixi dust Paradise

Anoikis the Fabled: Pixi dust Paradise

I got to play a tabletop game with some teenage boys, it was very well done and seemed much more real that the real world. I wonder how that can be?

Since the Boss of Bandits taught me that heroes are immortal I followed his lead and combined the magic of fire and lightning to share. It seems to me that shooting behind my back is a little too flashy and nobody has acknowledged my prowess with the rifle so I gave up on that. While I did whack a few stray dogs with my hammer it just doesn’t have the same effect as using an axe. I miss Anoikis’s Axes, they had a certain alliteration about them. At any rate I like Lightning because it makes skeletons and fire seems a nice combo, and since a combo sounds more powerful I’ll stick with that.
It seems that the more I use a skill the better I am at it. This is odd. The magic was way better than melee or ranged at the Beginning of my career (despite my training in the martial arts) and now it is way more better (having been further upgraded to More). I’ll need to find some massively mechanically maiming hardware to compete with my mastery of magic.
In fact now I am a Sith Lord, nearly, Just need to eat some more baby chicks to get a fitting aura. My new magic glove allows me to throw enemies back out of melee range. Added to that is a flashy bit of lightning.

I was poking around without my pixi dust and found some bits of a dead dog. Eventually I found the last piece on an alter and put all the rest there too. For a little bit I though I was able to have a pet ghost dog. But it wasn't to be. All Seth the dog wanted was to sleep where a sword was in a mausoleum. Oh well... Maybe I can make my pet dog a dead pet dog? P.S. I named him Saint earlier.


Been a bit of a struggle to keep my diary up to date. there has been a lot of repetitive hole digging that's not really worth mentioning. and a few really interesting places like a musical puzzle in the sand to unlock a golden key. Also I occasionally get attacked by chickens when I sit down to update my journal.

At any rake the most notable thing was that I am now a queen.Although I suppose I was a Princess in the beginning so maybe that shouldn't really be a surprise. I have completely mastered my magic. and although I didn't try to be good I had more gold that I could poke a stick at so I have been very generous. people in the street keep giving me gifts. but they are always material things and I have enough gold to buy them myself if I ever wanted it.
I have bought up nearly every building on the continent. I suppose you could say the land is owned by the crown.
Finding the keys had been a lot more interesting than using them to unlock chests. All the loot I get seems to be less useful weapons or aesthetic. Although it is fun to dig tattoos out of the ground.
Hunting for the gold keys I found a new use for the imaginary pixi dust. I can use it as a breadcrumb trail like Hansel and Gretel when navigating a maze.
While there have been a few moral decisions I've only had a couple of moral dilemmas and they were at the start I think I mentioned them both already. I asked to have a scary blood soaked castle to bring terror to my enemies. but I don't think the decorator has started yet. I've conserved nature. and at the very moment I am making a Balverine preserve.

Do I accept the possibility that zero of my subjects will die in the coming war? Seems fine to me. Interesting side note. When I am adventuring time doesn't pass, there are day night cycles but I have all the time in the world to complete my quests. As soon as I come to do some politics, months disappear.

Turns out that I am a paragon of nobility. for a instant I had wings and looked like an angel. but then I went back to the mortals realm and vanquished the darkness. Wow that was easy I should have done that a long time ago. Now, back to excavating the temple of evil. Once its up and running I'll return to my warband and have some more picnics on the battlefield.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Anoikis the Fabled: Choices choices

Anoikis the Fabled: Choices choices

Finally I am free of the moustache, all the townsfolk already thought I was a comedian. then one of the bandits called me steve, so I shot him and took the moustache off. Evidently my rifle has magic homing bullets and if I shoot in the general vicinity of my opponent the bullet always reaches their heart. Now is that nifty. Also lighting makes skeletons. not living ones. Jiust ornamental. But thats OK I guess.

Hold the phone, I'm Immortal. Some big boss dude is throwing Molotov cocktails at me and I am electrocuting myself and occasionally I fall over but it seems to me that I am immortal.




After some time passed the big fellow got electrocuted slowly. Then he apologized so I helped him up off the ground. I think I made a new friend.

My next quest involves finding some chickens that are more intelligent than townsfolk. I am assured that it will be quite easy. Turns out it was an easy quest and the Chickens really are a lot smarter than all the villagers. Shall I kill them to save these poop people from their chicken overlords? Or shall I defend the chickens as they will surely be able to teach the villages many things.
I think I will allow the chicken to live and prosper. They are much more deserving than these townsfolk who keep wanting to shake my hands for some bizarre reason. This decision seems to have caused the entire structure of the world to collapse. Enough so that I have to power cycle the entire universal system.
Either I went back in time of the chickens escaped again. next time they will not have a second chance...

My next task was to play a play. I got to meet some ghosts that were very nice, I showed some affection then they attacked me, then they stopped and were nice again. I like the ghosts much better than the chickens.

Afterwards I got to watch the play. I didn't really understand what was happening but I felt a bit naked. these people seem to laugh at me. They are nor impressed by my constitution at all. I suppose it looses the effect when its not snowing. Seems I'll quit being a Berzerker for now.

 I lost my imaginary pixi dust. But then I found it again. All I needed to do was climb inside my pocket and play with my model train set (it has no trains) until I find a person with a glowing explanation mark. Then I hit them with the old  One Two Combo and whala. Back on track, walking on pixi dust.

I found a gift inside my pocket too. I was given a choice. Not the normal choice of Gratefully accept/ regretfully decline. My choice was to begrudgingly accept my destiny or Refuse to interact with the world anymore. As I stood there pondering the gift I realised that all my decisions have been like that.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Anoikis the Fabled: Fable III

Anoikis the Fabled. Who am I? Am I an ethereal entity? Yes, yes I am. Can I interact with the environment, no I cannot. It seems I need to Embody something.
Oh look there is a bloke and a Sheela, I suppose I can reside my sole within one of them for a time. Hrm Which one? I think the Sheela looks a bit like a nurse and the bloke doesn't look like a doctor.

So here I am in a female body, and its in a bed, and I'm sleeping with a dog. Hrm I didn't think I was into that sort of thing, maybe I am mistaken.
 The butler woke me up and told me I was lazy, so I wondered around the room and put off getting dressed as long as possible. There was a telescope at the window and some books. but I was too lazy to use any of it.
Eventually I put on some practical clothes and went to meet some bloke. There was a gardener along the way so we held hands and I took him to see the other person.

Apparently we know each other quite well and he is a bit of a general, and so is my dog, my dog must be male.

I hug the bloke a powered up hug. I wonder if I can get a combo hug? and KO him with a hug?

Eventually I got another chance to make a choice. The king called Brother will kill whoever I chose, the friendly general or a group of noisy people. King Brothers doesn't seem very naive so I figure he will kill everybody to spite me. So I said nothing. And he did kill everybody to spite me. Now my butler is unhappy and we are going camping. Yay, camping.

But first I had to go to a pocket plane, apparently my destiny is set in stone and lots of other people have trod the same path. Maybe it is a never ending cycle, maybe this is all a recurring dream of mine and none of it is real?

Continuing deeper into the tomb I found myself wondering if my first fight will be against the mummified remains of the previous heroes that dotted the path. But no just bats. I suppose that fits better than giant rats or slimes. Maybe this path leads to the Arkham Asylum? Although there were only small bats so maybe not.

Conveniently I will never get lost as unlike in Neverwinter where I kept getting lost in hallways I now have a glowing sparkly path to follow. If I meet any wicked witches I will call the path the yellow brick road but for now it is imaginary pixi dust. I don't seem to be able to get rid of it I tried shaking my head and everything. Nobody else seems to notice it.




I wonder if here too I can wear a bikini and ugg boots just like in the kingdom on the Veigars? The first town I visit is in the snow just like the veigars had and they also wear ugg boots. the similarities are endless.



 Never mind some stray dogs that caught fire accidentally in the snow. my next enemy was some undead skeletons. although I did try to talk to them at first they were not very expressive and seemed to cut me in half with a massive cleaver. never mind though I barely felt a thing.


 My mate the fighter got some dude in the pub so drunk that he passed out. Then asked me to steal all his clothes. around the corner there was a bed that I can use. Apparently beds are for sex? This is a strange worlds indeed. At least I have a choice about using the bed, it seems unavoidable that I now have to wear a moustache. Its horrible and black and itchy and not very dignifies and I cant wait to get rid of it. Just like Movember, and this isn't even for a good cause.


1...2...3

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Anoikis's Warband 5: De-regularisation

Anoikis's Warband 5: De-regularisation

Lol the female irregulars are regulars at the pub.I wonder if I am an irregular regular too.Maybe just an unusual regular. Pretty sure that I own a pub in every continent and I take every opportunity going to shout people a few drinks.

Hrm. I think it is time for a holiday. Maybe one of the other countries will help me finish of the real sultanate?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Anoikis's Warband 4: Snow for Perl

4 Snow for Perl

It seems to me that I am getting underestimated. I thought by wearing a bikini and uggboots the locals would think I am realy tough. but they seem to look down on me for being a girl. Every time I beseige a castle or town they tell me they will die of old age soon and they have lots of food for me to take. I'll show them, I'll take evey town thats going.

And that is what I did. I climed the ladders I ran up ramps I jumped through crenelations, I used a sword a connon, grenades. meat clevers, military cleavers, arrows, javalins. I came from behond. I jumped on peoples heads. And eventually I prevailed untill there was only one castle left.

Now that I have nearly as many towns as the origional sultinate I am having trouble defending them all. It seems 1 lord on my side is insuficient when they have 19. So I have decided to promote Kat and give her the next title deed. But first I need to model her after myself. Ugg boots and all.





 
I though I may say hello to the last of the veigars before I took their castle. Then they gave me a quest and asked me to be civil with them. Then the last lord wants my second best physician to have a look at his friend? What about me? It isnt fair I've done my best and I'm better than him. Boyar Doru must be sexist. Never the less I decided to help.










In fact that put me in a bit of a benelovent mood. I thik I will leave this castle as the last stronghold of the veigars. I dont feel like a truce though because I still have their king and a few nobles captured. So
 I'll head back to the desert to get a tan.





Well would you look at that. It seems Kat the Cook cas bitten off a bit more than she could chew. I hope she is still wearing the uniform that I gave her.

LOL, she was. She all high and mighty now that she is a lord. I dont know about that. Although it seems my other companions are getting a bit expensive. I suppose I will need to give them their own banner later to save me some cash.
So I have been poking around some more at the tournaments. Chatting to the Lords of the Sand when they are nearby, and whacking them with an axe if they disagree with me.

Axes are interesting. Eventually I found out that when you use an axe people cannot block your strikes, thats why it was working so much better than the dark king's two-handed sword. When taking a castle I seem to get crowded a lot so I have been hunting for the smallest fastest weapond avaliable. Otherwise I keep hitting the walls and my companions take all the experience.
Its also a good idea to have a ranged weapon handy, for when they are just out of reach. But bows keep me too far away from the action so I have been using throwing knives, or axes. Anoikis the axe bringer, I like that.

Here are some other pics of me in seiges:
 He was the last man standing, all his comrades were dead or captured. after a while he jumped.
 Duo skeletal charge. I looked but I didnt find anymore skeletons to recruite.
The seiges are rather drawn out and they get a bit tiring and chaotic at the end. my people are red the enemy is silver.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Anoikis's Warband: 3 Crowdsurfing

Anoikis's Warband: 3 Crowdsurfing
Took a castle for Queen Perl and a town for myself in a corner of the world. The other soldiers are not all that smart, don't they realise you can jump of the castle walls to get at your opponent? Or maybe they would die from the fall? I think they should all wear Ugg boots, that must be what saves me. Incidentally 2-handed swords are not very helpful when fighting in a hallway you keep hitting walls and things. I may have to go shopping for a new weapon with a shorter reach if I am going to keep at these keeps.

Also rather than making a sultanate in the sand I think It may fit Perl better if she is the Sultan of the Snow. I wonder if my castle can fend for itself while I go shopping? You need to be properly prepared for sieges I am told least you run out of food.

PS, I had no small amount of fun crowdsurfing into siege and leaping from the tallest spire.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Anoikis's Warband: 2 Claiming a Pearl

Anoikis's Warband: 2 Claiming a Pearl


After another tournament win i visited the castle to see who watched the event, Just somebodies mum. I'm starting to wonder where all the blokes are. I only seem to meet them on the battlefield, and they are in no shape to talk afterwards. I'll go and visit the nice merchant and his brother. Maybe they can tell me what is going on here.

Undead are following me? and wow there is a lot of them. I don't think they are here for revenge, I'm sure I havent killed that many people yet. Maybe they want healing? But there is such a lot of them. Maybe they are a fan club for the Bikini&Ugg boot look? no, probably not. Then they would have titles like Fanboys or Followers, not Undead. At any rate they are rather slow. I may come back later. Cautiously though, just in case they are not the friendly sort of undead.

No sooner than I left the undead for dead, (pun intended) we were set upon be sea raiders. I had no idea how this would play out but since the options were submit to slavery or finding wounds to heal there was no contest. It seemed though that the odds were a little out of kilter. We were able to block off their reinforcements as they arrived and most of the raiders tried to flee, I wasnt able to get my hands dirty hardly at all.



The merchant was nearly as pleased to see me as I was to see him. His brother is home safe and it turns out that the bandits were lead by the chief of the watch. Si my next task is to wander around the town with my big sword and thwack anybody that shoots an arrow at me. Sounds simple enough. Conveniently I bought some sunglasses Just before this venture. I know its dark but I though they looked cool, anyway they were also quite good at keeping bandit blood out of my eyes.


Unfortunately the merchant who wouldn't tell me his name is getting exiled from town. If only he said what his name was I'm sure I could have hired him or come back to visit or escorted him someplace else. But it wasn't to be. He will just fade into obscurity as yet another merchant. After I said farewell a farmer bumped into me, the nice sort of bumping though. Not the sort where you lose your purse.

The farmer came from a nearby town Fear-i-chen, Apparently all the brigands who I didnt find went here to cause trouble and hide from me, they should have run farther. I like farmers. After making quick work of the bandits I bought all the food that the villagers could spare. Then they asked me to fetch some cows for them like I was a rustler or something. No way. I like farmers and I like horsies but the only cows I like are the ones for dinner. I'm not about to go chasing cattle all over the land. Not even if they are wounded and in need of healing.

So off I go meandering around the country, dropping into towns learning poetry and assessing the local economy. It seems to me that they do not understand the healing powers of ale, So where I can I have decided to setup breweries thorough the out the land. People may come to know me an Anoikis the Brewer, Or the Pretty Publican, Or maybe the Bikini Beer Bringer.
Oh I also get attacked a lot by unfortunate brigands and some honest thieves and disgraced nords and the like.

One time whilst inspecting the quality of ale in a pub some bloke called Nizar started to chat me up. I have given him the opportunity to prove himself. Although he is now the only bloke in my band of experienced Valkyries. I wonder if he will fit in?

I won another couple of tournaments then decided that would be a great way to rise funds so I bet on myself in every round. Then I bought some breweries. They now cover all the expenses of my little troup of friends. I found a bloke called Borscha or something but didnt have enough room in my party for him. I'll dont really want to abandon any of my gals at the moment so I'll hang on for a few more battles and see if my renown increases enough for me to hire more hero's.

Met some sheela Perl or something. Apparently she used to run the domestic part of the Sultana. We played simon says for a bit then I went to visit the last town in the sultanate and they wouldn't let me in. Something to do with being rebellious. I had to sneek into town to set up a brewery there and people attacked me on the way. It certainly is a very violent land I have arrived at.

So I though maybe I should leave and let things cool down for a while. The closest town was _ and as I arrived I found the sultan had beseiged the town. I rode up to him to say G'Day and he yelled something at me then charged with his troops. He is not happy at all. Maybe he though I looked too promiscuous in my bikini an ugg boots.
Part way though the battle I noticed my bikini had changed colour and once again I was glad I am wearing sunglasses. Wow that was long, drawn out and they had a lot of reinforcements. my cannon worked well on the reinforcements although I ran out of ammo a little to quickly. Eventually there were no reinforcements and I captured the sultan. Methinks this will halp Perl a bit to reclaim the throne. She can make it a refuge for all downtrodden Sheilas and we cal all wear bikini & uggboots, even the locals. It seems to be appropriate desert attire.

So I found outt hat Shiraz is the personal seat of the current sultan and I thought maybe I would take it for myself. But the Rhoderics are already seiging the castle. They will let me help them but I dont know it it will benifit me any. There are none of the sultins lords in the castle. and I doubt I could fight that many Rhoderics myself. A but of a conundrum. Do I help? Hmm

Well I suppose it will be a learning experience I have never done a seige before It may be fun. Hmm, wasnt really all that hard. there was a bottleneck atthe top of the ladder and they were attacking with spears that they couldnt get a propper swing with. then fighting through the town was mostly 1v1, and I own at 1v1. Disappointingly though the Rhoderics took the town. now my future sultinate is smaller.




Meandering around I found some more undead and went to see if I can heal them. Doesnt seem like it and knocking them out seems to kill them so I havent taken any prizioner. Bu I did capture a skeleton horse. That was so cool I traded it with mine. Now I must really look a sight, charging into battle on my skeletal steed, With my cool sunglasses, A bikini to show I can handle the snow and some Ugg boots because they are so soft and furry. Also somwhere along the way I picked up some Black Plate gloves. Then have a really good armor to encumbrance ratio.


Eventually I got motivated to attack my future subjects. I chose the town in the corner of the map as my own and beseiged it. After winning i met Jere, a man after my own heart. Although he uses different techniques to heal and I am better than him it will be nice to have a fellow medic along for the ride. We can heal eachother to I suppose if on gets knocked out and the other is kept in reserve. To that end I dont think I will give him a horse. he can walk safetly behind me with a nice ranged bow I think.

And thats it for now. I'll have a little bit of a plan on what to do next.



Anoikis's Warband: 1 An introduction

Anoikis's Warband

an AAR for M&B: Warband: Blood and steel, primarily to find out who Anoikis is.

I grew up in the lands of Cimmeria, of the line of Conan the Cunning. Why did I leave my home? To seek new lands of course, to find new techniques, To discover new ways to excel. To define myself.




I trekked through the alps to reach the country of the Vaegirs. They were a little surprised to see me in a bikini and Ugg boots. I think that is why somebody in town attacked me on sight, lack of dress sense. At any rate I think i surprised him more then I used my greatsword to split his left from right. Actually I surprised myself a little too. Then some dude can rushing at me from the other direction so I took a swing at him, but instead of disconnecting his head he talked to me.

Turns out I made a friend and got a job. What a nice person. He didnt seems to think my dress sence was that horriffic. Maybe he was impressed that I didnt mind the cold. Well back in chimmeria the snow is much colder than here and the blizzards can rip the flesh from your verry bones. I think I'll keep the bikini & Ugg boot look to show the natives how tough I am. Next was a tavern, apparently that is where I can find people to help my with my new job.

Nobody was there, Oh well onto the next town.


There were a few preople here a woman named Klethi was looking for work so I signed her on. That was easy, she wanted 200 up front, it was probably to buy ugg boots like mine. There is also a traveller taking a break in the back corner. I grilled him about everything I could. seems there are book merchants around, definately something to look into, whatever they are. The shops also had some Cannons and Jezzail. No idea what they are looks like I will get to learn how to heal lots of different wounds in these lands. Now I need to get some. To keep my practice up of course, nothing like first hand experience.

There is a tournement in town. Seems I can beat up a few of the locals without anybody getting killed. Bonus. Also I can practice in an areana. I think I'll have a go there first and see if they fight different to what I am used to.

There was a little house in the middle of the arena and I stood in there are whalloped people that came inside. simple enough. Seems a decent way to practice my skills although I imagine the tournament will make me famous as there were not a lot of good fighters around.

Well all in all the tourny was simpler than I thoguht it would be, and I got the chance to heal up between bouts. Well that was fun onto the next one I suppose, I still need 5 more people to help out my mate the merchant. Maybe the girls att he pub will be inclined to have a go? I should ask them.


So after picking up a bunch of gals, we trundelled of to see the merchants brother. the rouges who kisnaped him were no match for our crossbows, and I had a turn of the Jezzail. I beleive it is some form of rifle. On the way back I got a little sidetracked and visited a few more towns. I had just decided to return to the nive merchant to make sure his brother got home OK when I happened upon another tournament. Snap, staying here for a while. Then I went to the bar to check out the local scene before the match and there was another sheela Matheld who wanted to tag along with me. Also in the pub were some mercs for hire, These ones were nearly wearing as little armor as me. So far it has been an all girl party in the lands of Caldeira


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Spring Beach Curry

Spring Beach Curry (Yellow)

250g diced beef sealed
1 large onion chopped and cooked with the meat.

add to pot
Half a Reed avocado
Quarter of a pineapple cut to bite sized bits
Cardamon
Turmeric
nutmeg
ginger
coriander
Cinnamon
Keen as mustard powder
Cup of Greek yoghurt
half cup of coconut

Mixed lots and stirred and try to homogenize it a little while is cooks for 15min or so. Conveniently that is as long as it takes to prepare rice as a side dish.

I like to serve my curry on top of a bed of rice. then I mix them together as I eat it. At the end of the meal I aim to have enough rice to clean all the curry juices off of the plate.

Jaipuri Sabzi

Jaipuri Sabzi

Cut to equivalent sized pieces
2 carrots
half a sweetpotato
(can add 1 cup peas, pumpkin or whatever else is in the fridge)

steam or boil. then set to the side.

make a dry curry masala mix
2-tbsp cinnamon,
4-pieces cloves
1/2 tsp- nutmeg
1 tsp-fennel
1-tbsp black pepper corns,
1-tbsp coriander seeds,
1-tbsp cumin seeds and poppy seeds

Warm that up in anothere sausepan with some oil. Once it is warm ans mixed add.
2-tbsp grated coconut,
1-cup chopped onion,
1-cup chopped tomato,
1-long piece ginger, Cilantro
5-6 pieces garlic.

Heat and mix. then add
2-tbsp chilli powder,
cup of yoghurt.
1-tbsp haldi (turmeric) powder,
1-tbsp sugar (optional),
2-tbsp oil,
1\2-lemon juice (optional), I used unsalted tomato paste.
Salt to taste,
Coriander leaves

Mix and set to a low heat

Make the rice in the pot that had the vegetables.




Pee Curry

Pee Curry

Dice an onion, cook until soft
Add 250g Diced Beef
Cook until sealed
As an alternative to oil use butter. As an alternative to butter use Avocado. But using Vegemite is a bad idea.

Dice:
A quarter of a pineapple
Half a Pumpkin

Add spices:
Cajun
Black Pepper
White Pepper
Paprika
Salt
Cumin
Ginger

When spices are mixed evenly over the meat and the onion is brown add the pineapple and Pumpkin.

Attempt to stirfy untill most of the moisture is gone.

Turns out that i should have pre cooked the pumpkin a bit, so today I will have to stew it in the curry. So..

Add 400g of tomato from a tin + 1 diced real tomato.
half a cup of coconut
Quarter a cup of sultanas
cup of yoghurt
cup of water to bulk it up, more tomato in a tin would have been better.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Senses of a gold sniffing fox

Orre no gokan,
wa kin kon kan.
Sore kin kon kan.

Sore kin kon kan.

                  Shino Aburame
                  Naruto episode 186

My house

I wish my house had a floor/
I don't care so much for a door.
But this walking around,
Without touching the ground.
Is getting to be such a bore.