Multiple Man

Time For A Change

Normally, by now, I would have done my yearly review. This year, however, from now on I think I shall not.

I started recording my yearly reviews ten years ago when I was sixteen. I started because I felt that my world was rapidly changing and I was probably looking for a way to hold on. Since those years I've written friends and even started posting my thoughts and reviews, here, online.

This year is different. This year there has been a lot, a lot, of change. Some of it just horrible. Some of it completely wonderful. Some of it . . . well I'm not sure what to say quite yet.

What I do know is that I don't/can't record this yearly review anymore. This is not to say that I'll stop posting, because I will. But this has always been a largely selfish endeavour and I do not wish to further it.

Mansions of Madness Demo (Colossal Con 2011)

As mentioned, I worked at Colossal Con (my first attendance to any con)and demonstrated Mansions of Madness. I ran two games; each of which had three investigators, and both had several deaths.

This was the middle of the first game. A maniac suddenly appeared on one of the investigators - while she was checking out the pantry, and attacked the girls.

Later in the game, one of the players is given a puzzle to solve. This is an actual puzzle that she actually has to solve. Her moves are limited by her character's intellect, and the other players cannot help unless they are in the same space.

I will say that there has been a lot of controversy over these puzzles, but I found them to be a nice break from the endless horror, and it didn't really take away from the game one bit. After all, even though this is a horror based game, at it's heart it is a giant puzzle that must be solved.

This girl beat the puzzle in 2 (or 3?) turns, and the investigators moved forward with the new clue in hand. They ended up winning the game because of one die roll. I was so close to unleashing my shoggoth, but it wasn't meant to be. That said, I did get to drive one investigator completely insane, which lead to her suicide. It was sad, but wonderfully thematic considering all the horror she had witnessed.

This was the end of my second game. The mortality rate was much higher in this one, as every player lost their first investigator and a fourth one died just before the end. The investigators had to contend with cultists, Shoggoths, Hounds of Tindalos, and and evil plan.

This game also came down really close, but the investigators pulled through just barely thanks to Harvey (who casts shriveling like a fiend!).

After the second game, I took this short recap/interview with one of my players.

Multiple Man

Let There Be Life

Last night we added a new member to the clan. Of course, in this instance when I say "we" I mean my sister and brother in-law.

12:54am: Last couple of minutes before we start to push.  Edward should be here within 
the hour. - Keith

1:27am 11-17-10. Edward Kenneth McMillin in born.
7lbs 7 oz
"And very talkative coming out Edward wanted to say hello." - Keith

  • Current Music
    Switchfoot - Dare You To Move

More On The Teafoxpublicans

OK, let's break this down today the Teafoxpublicans released their Pledge to America. In it they vaguely promise to save us from certain destruction and ruin. While the plan is largely suspect for a litany of reasons, it is nice to see the right wing in a photo with more than just white folk . . . wait . . . that's just John Beohner.

    "In the agenda, Republicans said they would extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, which would add roughly $4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years. They also proposed a new tax break for small businesses at a cost of $25 billion over the next two years."

Military spending isn't mentioned in this new "pledge" and missile spending is planned to increase. Yup. They're going to "balance" the budget by reducing taxes (government revenue) and increasing military spending . . . not joking . . . they must be wizards!

   "In addition, the House Republicans said that repealing the Democrats’ health care law would be the centerpiece of their agenda."

Yes, this is a brilliant plan. Because we all know that "donut hole" was a very popular idea. Oh, and a lifetime cap on insurance, that goes over well with everyone. Let's not forget the kids, we have to dump them - very important.

By the way, if you didn't know, today is also the day when some of the new health care reform officially kicks in. Sadly, many are still misinformed by something . . . .

"A recent survey by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly half of the country's seniors believed erroneously that the law created a new government panel to make decisions about end-of-life care for people on Medicare." Thank you for that Mrs. Palin.

Who came up with this p.o.s. document? Well I'm glad you asked. As it turns out, a draft version of the document shows the name of Brian Wild as the author. Brian who?

"Until early this year, Wild was a fairly active lobbyist . . . paid $740,000 in lobbying contracts from AIG, the former insurance company at the heart of the financial collapse; $800,000 from energy giant Andarko Petroleum; more than $1.1 million from Comcast, more than $1.3 million from Exxon Mobil; and $625,000 from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc."

"From 2004 through 2005 he was a Deputy Assistant For Legislative Affairs to Vice President Dick Cheney." That's right, Darth Vader himself.


Enlighten Me You Teafoxpublicans

Before the unveiling of your new contract for America (North, Central, or South?) I need some help understanding a few party points.
  1. How do you reduce federal spending while increasing military spending?
  2. How do you balance the budget by reducing taxes? Not a math-wiz or anything but doesn't that increase the deficit if you decrease the amount of money you take in?
  3. How are you going to shake things up and get them going when your largest independent supporter basically pockets more than half the money he raises for your candidates?
  4. Better yet, what about your new Delaware candidate for the U.S. senate, Christine O'Donnell, who also seems to use campaign donations for personal use?
  5. I think we can all agree that U.S. health care ain't what is should be. But if you want to repeal the new reform, shouldn't you have a plan to replace it with something? Or does nature no longer abhor vacuums?
  6. Well at least Karl Rove is making sense. Wait, what?
  7. Good to know Sharron Angle, the Tea party endorsed candidate in Nevada, knows the truth. I mean our unemployed are just spoiled rotten. Yeah, can you explain that one again?
I'd go on, but it gets a bit mean.

Multiple Man

Introspection and Contradiction

I have only recently come to realize that just because you can do something to, or for, a person, does not mean they must reciprocate - and vise versa. I now know that this is both a point of contention for me, as well as a source of security. I don't know why it has taken me this long to acknowledge this fact, but the insightful value to me is immeasurable right now.

How can it be both? Can you have it both ways?

I was often asked, since I was little, why do I go to such extremes? My common reply to this day has been, "because the extremes makes everything so obvious." I now know this is not, like many things, universally true. But in my mind, in an extreme world, you can either be good or evil, smart or dumb, half-full or half-empty. It's binary and simple. Yet, when I was asked by my first grade teacher if I thought the glass was half-full or half-empty, I replied by asking: did you drink it or pour it? My teacher seemed confused by my unexpected answer, and must have thought I was being belligerent because I remember I got in trouble.

I guess on some level I want things to be binary, extreme and simple. I want you to either be very nice to me or very mean. That way I know, and we cannot get confused. Yet there are instances where good friends of mine have hurt me, or wronged me, quite badly. And by that same token I know I can at least be civil and polite to people I really abhor.

I realize now that I seem to collect people that greatly add to my own introspection. It doesn't make me uncomfortable but, based on my history, I have to watch this very closely. One reason I enjoy introspection is because I realize all the contradictions I seem to live with.

A good friend of mine, named Fiona, had this long talk with me, years ago now, about this once (we were very bored at the coffee shop).

  1. I like to be social, and I really need that connection, but I keep everyone at a distance.
  2. I truly believe that knowing is always better, but there are some things about me I'm not going to talk about.
  3. Being catholic is part of my identity, but I certainly don't subscribe to 100% of the doctrine.
  4. I no longer have a favorite color, and I generally don't notice color consciously, but I still need color to enjoy what I'm seeing.
  5.  I really enjoy history but there is some history, frankly, that I find rather boring.
  6. I put a lot more investment into people than I know, or want, but I can just as easily let them go if I feel I must.
  7. "Family is the most important thing," I say. But, "You should always be your top concern," I say as well.
  8. I generally believe that I don't care what people do (get drunk, stoned, etc.) as long as it doesn't hut me. But some things still bother me on some level.
  9. I don't like being judged, or seeing people judge. But I am guilty of this despite my efforts.
  10. Honesty is key, especially with kids, but I lie . . . a lot . . . especially to myself.
  • Current Music
    Ryan Adams - Nuclear

All Men Are Created Equal*

I know I promised a happier post this time, but the news stands for no one. Plus, being the political junkie I am, I just can't resist.

Read a story today about a man who slashed the throat of his taxi driver because the driver is a Muslim. This is obviously a little more than disturbing.

So far I have not posted about the "Ground-Zero" Mosque or about the general controversy around all the other proposed Mosques - like this one in Tennessee. However, given the general display of stupidity, I feel it is time to at least state my opinion.

OK, I know we're all hypocrites to some degree. It seems to be human nature that we stand for more than we actually are, and this has always been part of our nation's history. After all, "All men are created equal" was written by a slave-holding gentry that we now know today as Thomas Jefferson.

That said, America, can you take a moment and look and what you're actually saying? Actually doing?

This is the same argument I gave when people told me to buy my firearms now before Obama takes them away. Seriously, no one is going to fuck with the Bill of Rights. No one. Because if you can compromise one of the first ten amendments, including the second, then all are up for forfeit - including the first one. So no is going to fuck with it because no one wants to be responsible for weakening the integrity of our most hallowed document.

That said, when you bully people around and out because of their belief, then you yourself should be ashamed at the disservice you are doing your countrymen. Because you yourself are practicing something that is not American, not patriotic, when you tell people what to believe, or where to believe it. We do have freedom here. And if I want a church built in my community then I have the freedom to pursue that goal. If some other group wants a mosque, synagogue, temple or whatever, then they also have that same freedom.

Either all Americans are unequivocally free, or we still live with some form of tyranny.
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One Year & Counting

Today is our official 1st anniversary.  And, as it happens, we got to celebrate with family and friends at my nephew's 3rd birthday party (his birthday was yesterday). Many people said congratz and gave us warm wishes (via lots of cards).

Before we got married our anniversary was August 9th, and this year Dawn and I have been together (off and on) for 8 years. Geesh! That said, time really does fly. It sometimes surprises me to think how we met in high school, went all the way through college and we still find ourselves with each other. I'm not complaining. Dawn is my very best friend, and I wouldn't trade her for the world.