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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

Searching for Appendix N Inspiration

by Ken Newquist / December 18, 2014

One of the great things about Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is the re-emergence of recommending reading lists. The new lists (Appendix E in the Player's Handbook, Appendix D in the Dungeon Master's Guide) are patterned after Gary Gygax's legendary Appendix N from the original 1st edition AD&D DMG.

Two Hundred Eighteen

by Ken Newquist / December 16, 2014

I went into the fall with the informal goal of losing some weight. Over the last two years or so my weight's been bouncing around 223 lbs. I've had a few stop-and-start exercise regimes but this summer I got into a solid routine of walking/running with my dog Indiana in the mornings, and I got my weight down to 218. That's a consistent 218, which felt like a step back from the brink of 223.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide

by Ken Newquist / December 15, 2014

Basing a source book on a video game can be a risky business, particularly when that game is an uneven, occasionally gimmicky shooter like The Force Unleashed video game. You run the risk of alienating diehard Star Wars fans who scoff at the idea of Vader having a hidden student, while at the same time running out of content because of the game’s lack of depth. Fortunately The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide avoids all of this.

Geeky Lorem Ipsum Text

by Ken Newquist / December 12, 2014

After 11 days of writing, and a ridiculously long and difficulty week, I was sorely tempted to make a blog post that was nothing but lorem ipsum text.

And then I thought ... hey, I could do a blog post about lorem ipsum text. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, lorem ipsum is Latin text used by designers, web developers, and others when they want people to focus on the layout of a page rather than on the contents of the page.

The return of the RADIATIONS newsletter

by Ken Newquist / December 11, 2014

The RADIATIONS email newsletter is back. In olden times (circa 1999) Nuketown had a lovingly hand-edited newsletter called RADIATIONS. It had a pithy intro, thoughtful commentary, and a summary of whatever was posted to Nuketown that week. A few years -- ok, a lot of years -- later, RADIATIONS is back ... and it's made by monkeys.