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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


by Ken Newquist / March 29, 2013

My 40th birthday came and went in 2011 without much fanfare. So did my 41st in 2012. Part of it was because I didn't really feel like having a few dozen of my closest friends tell me how old I was, part of it was I was working hard on a mobile project for my day job.

I can't say that I didn't mourn the passing of my thirties -- jumping over the temporal barrier separating youth and middle age is something that you can't help but stop and notice -- but ultimately it was a more a bump in the road then a brick wall.

Nuketown's iOS RPG Tools Page

by Ken Newquist / March 26, 2013

The iPad has become an essential tool at my gaming table. I use my iPad 2 to look up rules, randomly generate NPCs, rolling dice, and controlling music on my Mac while my friends use theirs to run digital character sheets. When a critical hit or fumble occurs, I'm rolling up the results on my iPhone 5S. This page lists the iPad RPG Tools and iPhone RPG Tools that we use at our table. I'm looking for suggestions to add to this list; send your suggestions to

Blast Your Way to Glory with A Call to Arms: Noble Armada

by Ken Newquist / March 21, 2013

A Call to Arms: Noble Armada is Mongoose Publishing's third iteration of their in-house starship miniatures game, originally released for Babylon 5, now set in the Fading Suns universe. The game is sold as core rulebook with the essential rules and stats for five noble fleets, each of which is sold separately in fleet backs and ship blisters.

Nuketown Updates, March 2013

by Ken Newquist / March 20, 2013

Nuketown's redesign launched in November 2012. It improved a lot, but there have been quite af few bugs that have cropped up since then. The redesign also caused some long-standing standing content (like the "Links" section) to disappear while I fought with how to handle it in the new design. In March I decided to sit down and knock out some of the most annoying issues ... starting with the erratic header bar.

Off the Bookshelf: A Memory of Light, The Bowl of Heaven, The Way of Kings

by Ken Newquist / March 19, 2013

It's spring and I've been trying to get back in shape in anticipation of three months spent coaching my daughter's softball team. This in turn has led to a resurgence of book reading as I download new audio books to listen to while working out at the gym or taking the dog for 45-minute walks.