Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm a Monster...Rawr

WARNING: Untranslated nerdspeak ahead.

As LOML could tell you (sadly shaking his head at my eccentricities), I like playing monstrous, odd, or just plain weird characters when I play roleplaying games. I also lean towards characters that don't depend on dice to do things during combat as my luck seems to roll towards the low end of the scale. Probably the weirdest character I managed to play was a Dracotaur sorcerer in a D&D 3.5 game...said sorcerer was male, shamelessly hit on the half-black-dragon female in the game, and had a consort who was half fae, half centaur, and they made little mutant faedracotaur babies.

Close runner up is probably the Dhamphyr changeling cleric of the Raven Queen I played in my last 4.0 game...

And then there was the Goliath bard...

I have an affinity for the unexpected, which probably explains why I like Terry Pratchett so much--the world suddenly looks fresh, and curious, and exciting if you take the absolute value of something and then flip it. I have all the sophistication of a lead brick being dropped from a great height, and deeply involved layers of intrigue make me want to grab a hefty-sized weapon to hack through the layers of BS...

It might be due to my upbringing, but I really prefer the world to exist in clear-drawn lines of good and evil, right and wrong, This-Person-Deserves-an-Ass-Whipping and This-Person-Does-Not-Deserve-an-Ass-Whipping. Even after growing up and finding out that most people didn't even try to be the person they wanted other people to think they were, I still try to live a life as an open book. Admittedly, you might have to turn several pages and the font's really big and I tend to snap on your fingers if you spill stuff on me...

Who am I kidding? I highly suspect everyone wants to think they are special in some way so they don't have to face the fact they are horribly ordinary, and I suspect myself of being the same way. And then I am faced with a awesome example of human stupidity, and I hope to God I'm not that idiotic. I feel like an alien when I make small talk to people and find that those people seem more at their ease around me because I did so. Some days when I was still working in the school library a little switch would turn on/off in my head and suddenly every other person looked alien/skeletal/put together weirdly and I have to concentrate so that spoken English doesn't devolve into a string of random syllables.

Has the How to be Human for Dummies book been written yet?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What I've Been Doing on Runescape

It's been awhile since I've done a Runescape post, but that doesn't mean I haven't been playing.

The big thing that I've been doing (and that I'm quite glad to have behind me) is getting all the Livid Farm spells:

I also made 94 farming, thanks in large part to Livid Farm:

Also 90 crafting:

So now that I'm done with Livid Farm (thank Guthix), I have returned to doing slayer with a bit of a vengeance.

With a bit of Herblore Habitat mixed in. Good times, good times.

I've Done It...

I've done gone and graduated. That's a Bachelor of Science in Geology for yours truly.

My education hasn't gone quite how I've wanted it to go--but that appears to be life for me. I thought I'd get degrees in Astronomy and Physics and a minor in computer science, but the financial aid ran out and it was a case of getting a degree or else.

What will I do next? Find a job so I can live in a house and eat food while LOML continues getting his AA, apply for grad school for planetary science and hopefully continue this getting educated business.

As far as for the day after graduation, I intend to sleep until the sun is well into the sky and then, until I find a job, I will clean house, sort the bajillion Magic cards that I suspect are breeding as fast as the cockroaches, play Runescape, get better at LoL and tennis, and...

I suspect I will not run out of things to do.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

8 Realms Beta

I actually got into the 8 Realms beta, done by the makers of Runescape, which is the first time I've been in the beta of any game, so it is a new experience. Also, this is my first time playing a "social strategy" game. Sadly, I've only taken one picture of the in-game image, but here it is:

This is my first settlement in the Ancient Age. It looks quite different now (for one I'm in the Classical Age), but I can't take any more pictures on account of the server being currently crashed. It's happened quite a few times in the past few days and I've been reporting several bugs, but I guess that's why it's a beta. I don't get the "social" part of the game yet but I guess I'll figure it out sooner or later.

It's a good game to have open while working on homework or take-home finals or studying (like I've been) as it's not too demanding, for the most part. I've been a lovely strategist in that, when my armies get massive enough to cause a negative gold drain, I send them off to conquer some patch of resource and hope fewer of them return. Good times.

This game is a bit slow for my tastes, but if you play Farmville you might find this right up your alley.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ding Dong...

...the bastard known as Osama Bin Laden is dead.

In case you've been living under a rock and didn't know already.

I don't feel particularly elated, or relieved, or...anything, really. The effwad got what he had coming. So sometimes there is justice in this world.

This, however, won't deter the rise of stupid, cruel people who consider human lives to be a numbers game and who will do awful things in the name of religion.

But it's good to know the good guys can win.