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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

Risus Battletech

by Ken Newquist / April 4, 2007

My gaming group is thinking about restarting our long-slumbering Battletech campaign, in which we play a group of mercenaries known as the Hellfire Aces. In the campaign's earlier iteration, we didn't go much deeper than that -- we were the Aces, we were for hire, and we blew things up. This time around we're looking to add a role-playing component to turn it into more than just a a fragfest between giant robots.

201 lbs.: Back to the Future

by Ken Newquist / April 3, 2007

I had the oddest sensation last week. I felt like myself. Like my old self. Like I was in college.

No, I'm not nearly as spry at 35 as I was at 22, but my waistline is now nearly the same, and it's the strangest sensation to "remember" how it felt to sit in a chair without my gut bulging over the waist jeans. Mind you, I was never particularly fat, but losing 23 lbs. changes the way everything fits, how you carry yourself, hell, even how you sit.

I should have done this years ago.

Radio Active #47: Space Westerns, Twitter, Boxed Octopus, Fnordcast, Double 0

by Ken Newquist / March 31, 2007

News of the new science fiction webzine opening for submissions leads of Radio Active #47 as I'm not only a fan of the zine, but one of the volunteers helping to read through its slush pile. The mail bag has responses on my debate over getting a notebook vs. a desktop computer, and as that debate draws to a close I spend some time geeking out over my latest web toy, Twitter.

In Netheads, I take a look at the Steve Jackson Games official Fnordcast and Roll 2d6 in a Random Direction podcasts and discuss the new Double 0 RPG beta. This week's musical interlude is provided by the band Boxed Octopus and their geek song "Science Boy".

Game Day: Dreams of Distant GenCon

by Ken Newquist / March 30, 2007

Technically, there's no Game Day for me this week -- while the guys are getting together for some Battletech, I'll be joining some friends from work for a Tivo-fueled Battlestar Galactica marathon. I don't know if we can get caught up in one night … but we're going to try.

At some point I want to do a few formal "No Game Day" posts, directly inspired by Berin Kinsman's posts of the same name, for these weeks when I can't play. I've even got Paranoia XP sitting next to me as I write this, in anticipation of doing exactly that.

CNN: Healthy Coffee Lovers, Drink Up!

by Ken Newquist / March 24, 2007

Need another reason to exercise (other than building that geeky brain)? Then consider this report from CNN: for healthy people, heavy caffeine consumption &em; on the order of six cups of coffee a day &em; had no more effect on their blood pressure than those who abstained from drinking coffee entirely. No word on whether this carries over to Mountain Dew and other essential geek caffeine sources, but one can hope.

Game Day: 5th Year Clix, Lost Dwarves, RPG Glossary, Game Widgets

by Ken Newquist / March 23, 2007

Despite having written Game Day columns the last two weeks, I haven't actually played much. Two weeks ago I was sidelined by pink eye, while last week a March snowstorm destroyed our plans to conquer the world with Risk 2210. This week it's raining, but unless the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers rise up to devour Easton again, we'll be gaming.