Almost There
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2015, 10:02 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 16 Guilt and Joy About two or three Saturdays a month since March, I’ve been heading down to my local gaming store and playing Golem Arcana. Usually I feel a little guilty because I’m gone for about five hours and leaving my wife to deal with Thing 1 and Thing 2 solo. […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2015, 10:37 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 15 There are currently 10 different MMO game launchers on my desktop, or technically 13 since the Arc launcher covers three games (Star Trek, Champions, Neverwinter) and Glyph has two (Rift and Defiance). Out of that list of 13 games, Star Trek Online is the only one I’ve played with any regularity this […]

Background Noise
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2015, 11:21 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 14 Background Noise I am orders of magnitude more productive at work if I’m listening to music or podcasts. It provides a consistent distraction that I can then ignore while focusing on whatever programming issue I’m trying to solve, instead of all of the sporadic background conversations going on in the office. I can’t […]

Modded KSP
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2015, 9:36 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 13 As much fun as stock Kerbal Space Program game is for me, it is even more fun with mods. Some of the core mods that I don’t like to play without just to give better information. The stock game expects players to experiment and play through try-fail cycles, but I’m more of […]

Hodgier and Podgier
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2015, 9:44 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 12 I enjoyed writing yesterdays’ disjointed rambling, and decided to do it again. Enjoy. Fox’s Law Murphy’s Law states, anything that can go wrong will. I watched a pilot for an upcoming variation on the police procedural last night and really liked it. So in the storied tradition of Firefly and Almost Human, […]

Hodge Podge
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 August 2015, 8:19 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 11 I’m feeling a scattered tonight and figured I’d just shotgun some random thoughts rather than try for any kind of coherency. Enjoy. Kerbal Space Program Kerbal Space Program definitely provides Civ and Minecraft moments. Just finished a mission, “That went well, what time is it? Oh it’s after midnight, I’ll just plan […]

MunNet Scramble
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 August 2015, 10:51 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 10 It was a perfect launch, the rocket was gorgeous.   Watching the fairings fall away as the vehicle left the atmosphere to reveal four communications satellites nestled snugly had me grinning like a Kerbal. I’d sent two of my brightest, if not bravest, Kerbalnauts to complete the deployment of my new MunNet. […]

Kerbal Space Program
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 August 2015, 9:46 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 09 I bought Kerbal Space Program in November 2013 during a sale, played for maybe half an hour, decided it was “popular but not for me”, and moved on to something else. Fast forward almost a year to October 2014 when I saw a Let’s Play video by Bevo, one of the YouTubers that […]

Rhino Hero
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 August 2015, 12:00 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 08 Haba makes some great kids games. One of my favorite is Rhino Hero (also known as Super Rhino), it’s one of those rare activities that kids like but can be fun for adults as well. The game contains two types of cards: wall cards that have a crease in them to allow them to […]

Marvel Collector Corps
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2015, 11:45 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 07 In September of last year I signed up for Loot Crate because I’d heard there was Firefly and Star Trek stuff in it. There was a nice little Malcolm Reynolds figure in it but not T-shirts and there rest of the stuff in the box was pretty disappointing to me. I canceled my […]

Bits or cardboard?
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 August 2015, 10:45 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 06 I think I’m nearly recovered from GenCon last weekend. Today’s the first day that I didn’t end up taking an hour nap after the kids went to bed before waking up in a panic realizing I hadn’t done my blog entry yet. Anyway, I thought I’d continue with the GenCon theme a little longer, […]

GenCon 2015 Part 4
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2015, 11:57 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 05 Sunday at GenCon is Family Day. Sunday is also the day I’ve been bringing my oldest son with me for the last few years. On the drive down Sunday morning I asked him what he wanted to do at GenCon and his reply was: eat at a food truck, collect buttons, and say […]

GenCon 2015 Part 3
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 11:30 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 04 On Saturday, started out back in the Golem Arcana area of the play hall. Enough of the east and west coast regional players hadn’t been able to come to GenCon, that most of the midwest regional players got into the national tournament, including me. So I got to play far more than I […]

GenCon 2015 Part 2
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 12:37 am
Blaugust 2015 Day 03 I spent the first half of Friday at GenCon in the Exhibit Haul Hall. Harebrained Schemes was demoing a new game called Necropolis.  It’s a take on the Roguelike genre, which I’m usually not a fan of, with a really cool art style that reminded me a bit of Massive Chalice, which I […]

GenCon 2015 Part 1
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2015, 9:24 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 02 GenCon kicked off on Thursday morning and I started off the convention in the giant Will Call line. It stretched across the length of the convention center and looked pretty daunting, but I had been through the same thing the year before and found that the line moved pretty quickly. I ended […]

Blaugust is Back
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2015, 11:00 pm
Blaugust 2015 Day 01 It’s August which means Blaugust is back. The second annual insanity thought up by Belghast as a way to motivate bloggers like me to actually post stuff. Having to write everyday last year finally got me past some of my hang ups and bad habits about leaving drafts unpublished. Usually after writing […]

Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 4:00 pm
Platformers are one of my least favorite genres. Aside from fighting games, nothing is as guaranteed to get me as frustrated. As a result usually I’ll immediately lose interest in a game when I find out it has platforming elements. Portal and Portal 2 being rare exceptions, in large part because they do such a […]

Cryptic Layoffs
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2015, 9:19 pm
I was dismayed yesterday morning when I popped into the STO Reddit  while taking a work break and the top link was to a rumor about layoffs at PWE and Cryptic. I immediately checked Smirk’s Twitter to confirm it and then looked at the feeds for Laughing Trendy, Thomas the Cat, Tacofangs, and ZeroniusRex to see […]

Salami Inferno Bringing Down the Walls
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 February 2015, 11:10 am
In what feels like an annual event, Star Trek Online is getting a new Executive Producer. Stephen Ricossa, aka Salami Inferno, is taking over command from Stephen D’Angelo. Who took over after Daniel Stahl left, both times, who took over when Craig Zinkievich, the original EP, changed rolls within the company. From interviews I’ve heard Ricossa is a huge Trekkie, something […]

Star Trek Online 5 Year Anniversary
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 February 2015, 2:43 pm
While the anniversary event started in-game last week, today is the day it actually launched five years ago (at least according to my calendar and STO Academy). The event includes a new episode Dust to Dust that does one of my favorite things: expands on plot lines from the television series. This one revisits Harry Kim’s complicated relationship […]

Onwards to 2015
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2015, 11:00 am
I always get excited for the start of a new year. It’s a good opportunity to take stock and attempt to get back on track. The first for me that’s meant for me this year has been getting back into my wood shop where I haven’t been in months and working on getting things cleaned up and ready […]

Looking Back at 2014
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2015, 11:00 am
To borrow a phrase: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. One of the best things this year is Thing One started Kindergarten. My wife and I were a little concerned about how he would do, but without cause as he’s been doing great. It’s been an interesting experience getting him […]

Bye Bailey
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2015, 10:00 pm
We found out on Valentine’s Day last year that Bailey had cancer. The mass was too big for chemo but the doctor’s felt that it could be surgically removed along with his left kidney. The mass was over two pounds. It took a bit but once he recovered from the surgery, Bailey did really well […]

NaNoWriMo Again?
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 11:00 am
November is coming and it’s bringing NaNoWriMo with it along with some assorted holidays. When I was first asked if I was participating again, I immediately thought of last year’s story still sitting waiting on much needed revisions, and said no. But like always, I continued thinking about it, and now I’m not thinking maybe. […]

Vacation Backlog
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 9:10 pm
I’m back! I took a month off from the blog. Unintentionally. Basically I discovered that Kerbal Space Program had added a career mode since the last time I tried it, and got extremely focused on the game.  Like I did when I first started playing Minecraft and again when I started playing with mods. I’m […]

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