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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
A small spaceship approaches a much large starship in deep space.

Summer Reading List 2017

Welcome to Nuketown's 10th annual summer reading list! As with previous years, this year's list is heavy on space opera and military science fiction, but includes a smattering of fantasy. It includes 17 novels, 1 novella, and 8 graphic novels. That's one more novel than my Summer 2016 reading list. It's a stretch, but I'm looking forward to trying.

 

The Nuketown Migration, Part III

by Ken Newquist / June 7, 2017

After far too long, the final phase of Nuketown's migration is coming up.

I'm going to be doing some behind the scenes administrative work that may cause the site to become inaccessible for a day or three as I move stuff around. After that comes the migration itself, as the entire Drupal site is transitioned to WordPress. After that you can expect to see Nuketown return to a semi-regular publication schedule.

The Nuketown Migration, Part II

by Ken Newquist / February 12, 2017

The Nuketown Migration continues. All of the posts have been imported and I've completed my first pass through the content, visiting each and every post from the last 16 years to do some light editing, add or update images, and purge radically outdated content (like two-sentence posts promoting a site that doesn't exist any more).

It was a slow go, made slower by a span of time in 2003-2004 where a large chunk of posts didn't get imported, and another span from 2001-2003 where I had to repair stories damaged in an earlier migration.

The Nuketown Migration

by Ken Newquist / January 2, 2017

It's been four years since the last Nuketown redesign, and I don't know how many years since I first started powering the site with Drupal. It's time for some changes.

First up, I'm moving the site from Drupal to WordPress. I've been on Drupal since the 4.x days, faithfully upgrading with each major release until arriving at Drupal 7.x. It made sense at the time; Drupal is one of the open source content management systems we use at work, and it was helpful to be able to dabble with it in my free time.

Game Day: Of Death and Polearms

by Ken Newquist / September 25, 2016

After a few months of talking about the game, my monthly Saturday gaming group decided to give D&D 5th Edition a try. Rather than run a playtest campaign like the Blackrazors, our dungeon master is running us through a series of combat encounters at different levels. This lets everyone get a feel for the combat-centric rules and helps the DM get experience with encounter design.