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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Fitness Update, Spring 2016

I'm five months into my exercise regime and it's going great. Yep, this is an exercise update in which I don't lament my inability to maintain my exercise program. Instead, I'll celebrate the fact that the program begun in the depths of winter has continued into the spring.

 

Under the Geek Tree: RPGs, Board Games, & Fallout 4

by Ken Newquist / January 3, 2016

Last year saw an array of family games invade the Geek Tree. This year it's all about the RPGs.

The first two books to hit the Geek Tree's space-and-rockets themed tree skirt were Savage Worlds books that I received for my birthday.

Off the Bookshelf: Summer's End 2015

by Ken Newquist / December 29, 2015

Summer is long over, and the end of the year is looming large. Fortunately I can look back on a summer and know -- despite all the long work days -- that I read a hell of a lot of books.

I ended up reading all but one of the novels on my summer reading list, while adding several additional tomes. I planned to read 12 books and five graphic novels. I succeeded in reading 15 books and nine graphic novels.

D&D 5th Edition: One Year Later

by Ken Newquist / September 24, 2015

It's been a little over a year since my gaming groups started playing D&D 5th Edition. We began with the D&D Basic Rules when they were released in July 2014 and quickly moved to the core rules (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual) as they released. My Sunday group ran two playtest campaigns during this time: Obsidian Frontier, a sandbox game, and Heart of Darkness is a level-per-session story-driven game.