Saturday, July 26, 2008

Eldest Son's Award Winning Artwork

I've mentioned my eldest son is a talented artist, and he won top honors in several categories at the county fair this year. Take a peak here at my personal blog to see photos of his work.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Neverwinter Nights Podcast T-Shirt

I got it! I got it!

My official Neverwinter Nights Podcast T-Shirt. I won it as a part of the contest they ran earlier this summer. Look! It's me. Wearing my official t-shirt!


Thanks to the podcast team for my T-Shirt and the wonderful entertainment you have provided via the podcast. Keep the great stuff coming and I'll keep listening.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs and The Asian Dynasties

I received Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs and The Asian Dynasties for my birthday, and I've started playing through War Chiefs. I had been on an AOE III role and was getting a bit burned out on it but I must say the War Chiefs has added some new twists that I am really enjoying. It's really got me going on this game again.

That and an epic two player co-op game yesterday afternoon with Darmok really have me itching to play more.

I downloaded this weeks NWN podcast but it may get transferred to my IPOD for a listed. I haven't had a chance to play it yet, but I am looking forward to it.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Darmok Speaks

Darmok, my good friend of *mumbledy mumble* years. (it's been so long we don't speak of it) has commented that he had not checked my blog in nearly two weeks. Well... my good friend and office mate said now that I am not working on my mod I haven't been posting. I was surprised to see a 10 day gap and although I am not quite ready to dive back into mod writing today this 'challenge' from Darmok along with a reply to my previous post from Tauschitz did get me thinking about it again.

Maybe... possibly...

I don't know, I've got a big work project perhaps when that's done.

The thing is my good friend Darmok should be restraining me. He should tell me to 'put the toolset down and slowly back away', but NOOOO... he taunts me. He taunts me! He goads me back towards the toolset. 'Just try one more dose, it won't hurt you'.

Darn it! I need to make a will save or call my modders anonymous sponsor.

(if anyone is at all unclear, this kind of good natured ribbing has been going on between Darmok and myself for *mumbledy mumble* years)

AND... now that I think about it, Darmok needs to finish a swamp area for Hythum. When he finishes the swamp I'll finish the island. (unless I can't resist and start tinkering in the toolset because I am a modding junkie)

Anyone want half finished giant modding project to complete?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DMFI Version of Keep on the Borderlands Released

The DMFI version of B2 Keep on the Borderlands has been released.

Carlo did a great deal of work making this a reality. I helped with a few screen shots and a bit of information but he really did the bulk of the work.

There is a thread on the NWNPodcast forums about a group setting up a multiplayer run through of keep on the borderlands. I hope it goes well.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Keep on the Borderlands - DMFI Edition

Hey,

I've been working with Carlo on the DMFI edition of B2: Keep on the Borderlands. Actually it would be much more accurate to say Carlo has been working on the DMFI edition of Keep on the Borderlands, and I've helped answer questions and gather screen shots of the maps for the DM to use.

The DMFI wands are integrated with the mod and Carlo has done a bang up job of the player and DM documentation.

The mod should be up on the vault, under the same entry as the original mod in the near future. Carlo is waiting for the 1.13 patch to be released to make sure there are no issues.

Here are some specs on the modl

Module PC Level Range
1-3

Suggested Number of PCs
4-6 (fewer if multiple NPC companions are used)

Play Time:
10-12 hours

Setting:
May be placed in any desired campaign setting

Keep your eyes here and on the vault for the release of this mod. I rarely get to play multiplayer and am an old DM, but strongly feel this NWN should be played multiplayer or best yet with a DM. I am thrilled to see this mod on the way.

Many thanks and kudos to Carlo.

Ernie

Brave Noob World

You have to check out this video on Amraphael's blog. Really funny stuff.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Modding Hiatus

Hey Folks,

I am officially taking a modding Hiatus. How long? I don't know.

I am going to help with a DMFI related adaptation of Keep on the Borderlands, but then I'm turning off the editor for a while.

My friend Bruce (aka Darmok) said, maybe modding is more of a winter sport. Perhaps? I don't know. I just know I need to get away from it for a while. I've always joked it's like an addiction and it really is. I feel like I'm in a good place right now. Tomochan just made the hall of fame and received an AME award.

I have more hours than I can count poured into Hythum. The area design is done. The plot outline is done and I have dialog done for maybe 5-10% of the mod. It's hard to put it down with so much poured into it.

Now for the guilt. Amraphael made an amazing airship model for me to use in this mod. I feel a great deal of gratitude and quite a bit of guilt for stepping away from something that he put so much effort into.

I written to a friend about this, talked about it with my wife and discussed it with Darmok/Bruce. No one is telling me to take a break. In fact I usually hear, 'you seem to get a lot out of it.' I feel like it's dominating my thoughts too much.

I want to play a few mods, play other games, play with my kids, get out an exercise more. Maybe after 4 NWN mods and 2.5 NWN2 mods I'm burned out. Maybe in two days I'll have the editor open again.

I am backing up all of my Hythum related files to DVD right now. One will stay with me and another will go to Darmok/Bruce.

I'm not sure when I will pick this up again, but I need to feel like it's not waiting for me for a little bit. I'm an old school D&D Dungeon Master and I'm never going to stop creating for D&D but I definitely need a break from modding for a while.

I may be back in the toolset in two days, two months or maybe even longer. For now I'm officially on Hiatus. Maybe when it's cold out I'll try again. Maybe if the surgeon wants to fix my other foot I'll try again. I just don't know.

I'll still blog and linger around. I'm not going anywhere, I'm just not modding for a bit.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tomoachan Makes the Hall of Fame

Tomoachan made the NWVault Hall of Fame this month. Many thanks to all who downloaded and rated the module so kindly.