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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

Ken Newquist's blog

NT Redesign 2011: Site Map, Content Inventory

by Ken Newquist / August 24, 2011

With analytics in hand, I've conducted an inventory of Nuketown's content. Below is a list (as of 7/13/2011) of the categories that comprise Nuketown, and their corresponding post counts.

It's an interesting report. I expected that the "Games" section would have the most posts, but that honor goes to the "Blog" section with 907 posts. I expect this is a legacy of the early Aughts and my frequent rages against the Republicrat political machine, coupled with numerous Geek Dad updates as my fury gave way to wonder and exhaustion as my kids were born.

Kicking off the 2011 Nuketown Redesign

by Ken Newquist / August 22, 2011

It's been five years since Nuketown's last redesign. The imputus then was to experiment with this nifty new open source content management system I'd heard about: Drupal. I converted Nuketown from the homegrown CMS I'd written, created a Drupal theme, and then had fun experimenting with views, content types and way too many modules.

Five year later it's time for another Drupal upgrade: Drupal 7. Unlike the last few Drupal upgrades, Drupal 7 changes a lot of things under the hood, including the theme. Rebuilding the current Nuketown theme -- which has sabertooth-like incisors -- seems like a waste of time ... why not take the opportunity to do something new?

Thus, the redesign. A lot has changed in the last five years and as I re-work Nuketown, I want to acknowledge those changes and incorporate them into the design. A good example is social media and the microcontent associated with it. In 2006, Facebook was still largely a college phenomenon and Twitter had just launched. Five years later I've made 14,339 tweets, much of which might have been a blog post in an earlier age, almost all of which isn't captured on Nuketown in anyway.

Searching for Mac RPG Tools

by Ken Newquist / July 24, 2011

I'm in the progress of updating Nuketown's Mac Role-Playing Game Tools page, which has developed an embarassing case of bitrot.

Unfortunately some of the more stalwart tools, like Crystal Ball, as well as one-offs like the Town Creator and D&D Manager, are no longer available, and their sites have gone to the Great Bit Bucket in the Sky. Still others, like Dunjinni, no longer work with under Mac OS Lion and don't seem likely to be updated any time soon.

Tablets at the Table, 2011 Edition

by Ken Newquist / May 31, 2011

When the iPad hit a little over a year ago, there was a flurry of posts in RPG circles about tablet gaming. Since then we haven’t seen a lot of talk about them – I’m not sure if folks grew bored with the topic, or if they’ve now become so common place that they’re not worth commenting on any more. Return of the Commodore 64

by Ken Newquist / May 12, 2011

The Commodore 64 was the second computer I owned. The first was a Timex Sinclair (an ancient bit of technology that used a tape recorder for storing programs, and had a too-small, inflexible chicklet keyboard. Of course, it's big advantage was that it was mine -- while my mom taught me to program on an Apple II+, the Timex was the computer that I wrote my first original programs on.

The Commodore was a huge leap leap forward. For one, I got to hook it up to the spiffy new color TV I got for Confirmation. For another, it had an external floppy drive! No more having to carefully advance through the tape recorder, looking for exactly the right number to execute my program at. And the Commodore 64 had an amazing 64 kilobytes of memory, which made it ideal as a gaming platform for one of my all time favorite computer rpgs: Ultima II.

Radio Active #85: War of the Pod People

by Ken Newquist / March 20, 2011

Spring is looming larger, but just incase it gets waylaid by a late-winter storm, I decided to have a spring-themed surprise party for my wife. In geekier news, I started up a "Gamer Working Group" at my dayjob and re-launched my gaming group's web site. There are no netheads in this show, but don't worry -- you'll still be able to feed that net addiction with a round up of the podcasts I'm listening to.

Picture of the Day: Castle Ravenloft

by Ken Newquist / March 8, 2011

 Castle RavenloftMy Picture of the Day project is continuing -- progress has been somewhat haphazard, but I have been taking and posting pictures.

This one's from Game Day on March 4, 2011. It was a board game week, so we decided to give the Castle Ravenloft boardgame another try. A separate set of Blackrazors had tried it a few weeks earlier and had been underwhelmed. This week's didn't fair much better.

The game is essentially a stripped-down version of D&D 4E. That's not a bad thing (at least for the half of the group that likes 4E) and tt runs well enough. The problem we found was there wasn't enough immergent story in the game -- meaning unlike Arkham Horror's expansions, there wasn't much story meat holding the game's adventure skeleton together.

Printer shopping: Brother vs. HP

by Ken Newquist / February 6, 2011

My old HP LaserJet 1020 has finally stopped working with my Mac. Never meant to work with OS X, I could trick the 1020 into working by using the 1022 drivers. It meant jumping through a few hoops, but it worked fine ... until Snow Leopard. Now the old drivers aren't working, and the hacks to get it up and running again aren't worth the time.