My other blog

I have started a second blog. But noone can read it so far because I made it password protected. It’s a diary for a new gaming character of mine. I am documenting character creation and her story there. I’ll publish the URL once we started playing that campaign. Aventurisches Tagebuch. Anyhow the thing is in German too so many people cannot read it anyhow. But since we game in German, yes I have heard of groups who use English instead of their native language, I wrote it in that language.

UA in a sentence

Last night we played our weekly session of DSA (German Fantasy Roleplaying) , the guys were being really grosse. I cannot even post it. I didn’t play a lot because I was still feeling ill. I had to work rather late – on Friday! – to adapt my stats tool to our new website publishing mechanism. I am pretty sure the new thing is fancy but I was having a lot of trouble with perl again, I am somehow getting a corrupt value in one of my fields which then corrupts the complete output.

The title: I got listed on BlogShares 3 weeks ago: BlogShares – Daily Delusions. Well nobody has bought any of my shares so far. I could buy myself some of my shares I guess, but to what end? Anyhow I don’t really know what BlogShares does, I just noticed their bot came by several times.

And there’s an interesting discussion on the UA List. “How to summon up UA in one sentence”, here’s some examples:

“Its like watching Snatch but instead of diamonds everyone’s after the videotape from The Ring.” – Chris Cooper

“Unknown Armies; Purple jesus monkey” – Jade Hammons

“Playing in an Unknown Armies game is like being an abused wife who says she deserved it, ’cause he loves her.” – Brant Cassavant

I will defer to Peter Hindman’s: “Quentin Tarantino’s Call of Cthulu.”
“Everything you know about the world is wrong, what price will you pay to learn the truth?” -Sean Holland

“It boils down to a street-level boxing ring where one corner has crazy homeless guys who fling magick like no one’s business, one corner has a bunch of idealistic stereotypical people who would make Plato wet his pants, one corner has the typical greedy son of a bitch who just uses crime to get by, one corner has a clueless cabal who count the number of letters in today’s menu at the local diner in an attempt to divine what time their computers will crash, and the middle has these poor saps who stumbled into something big and are often called something arcane like ‘a PC,'” slurs the inebriated man next to you, but you can’t always trust a man face-down in a shot glass talking with his dead sister trapped in a Jack Daniels bottle.” – Kevin

“It’s just like “The Mexican” except…well, no. It’s pretty much just like “The Mexican.” Especially at the Street level.” – Phil

“Buy the New Fillet Sandwich and also get a free 20 oz Drink.” – Tim Bisaillon

“Unknown Armies: We make sense you don’t have too.” – Semiotic@…

“Unknown Armies: It’s like a guy trying to touch his left elbow with his left hand, and he succeeds.” – Daniel Butler

“The secret love-child of Guillermo del Toro, Guy Ritchie, Hideo Nakata and the Wachowski brothers — and believe me, you DON’T want to know how that happened — got it into hir head one day to enlist the cast of The Sopranos and do a snuff-porn remake of Baraka; s/he’s in the holding tank right now, scaring the other perps with stories ’bout how s/he got collared — in flagrante delicto — with a durian, a spool of fencing wire and a bottle of cheap tequila.” – David M Jacobs

“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.” – James Knevitt

So whats my own description?

“In the end you will be another and be happy if no other is you!”

To me UA has been about how people change, how they react to what happens around them, taken to the extreme of course and especially the shocking reflection in the end when they realize it was all their own doing.

Feeling like debugging

I am not feeling so well. So what’s so funny about that. Read the entry before this. I took work home to do, test out log4j in a lab environment. Yeah got home started feeling ill. I have a terrible throat ache. Each time I need to cough up some slime, I start thinking: log.debug(“Blaarrrgh”). Once I noticed at all the way my thoughts were going I started thinking, well log.debug is okay as long as I do not get to a statement log.fatal(…). Think that’s sick? Me too. But I know the phenomenon as I am sure many other people do.

Way back when I was playing Civilization I like an eleven year old addict (and so was my friend), one day during a gaming break we went to go shopping for junk food – even back then we did – she asked

“I think I have forgotten my money.”
“Well did you save Game?”
“Well we could simply reload and get the money.”

And I did not mean walking back home, I was pretty sure there was a backup there somewhere and I anything went wrong I could simply restart at some save Game. Okay it lasted a moment and we burst out laughing.

Then there was the time when we played Total Annihilation all the time, I kept dreaming I was a Peewee fighting against Kroggoths.

And that night we played Quake jump levels until morning, I lay in my bed and every movement I made felt like jumping on one of those pads, man that was some kind of rollercoaster ride 🙂

Okay now before anyone notices I’ll put the laptop away pretending I did not need to write down weird things while I am sick. Or am I sick?

Excuse me need to log.debug some more.

Open Directory Project

Some time ago I registered as editor for the Unknown Armies category of the Open Directory Project, I never edited anything though. But now I am back and I added about all the links that I could find about the game or related to the game.

Open Directory: Roleplaying: Genres: Horror: Unknown Armiesor
Google Directory: Roleplaying: Genres: Horror: Unknown Armies

If you have suggestions for more links to be posted or wish to be removed please contact me by either posting a comment here or try to find out my email or post the URL to the open directory with a description.

Unknown Armies Campaigns

The Dark Adapted Eye and The New Inquisition are both very nice UA campaign pages. I was writing a huge post about Unknown Armies containing a lot of links … I went through a lot of googling and collected a whol bunch of cool links and then I klicked away the window in a fit of stupidity. So one hour’s work gone … well so this post is a lot shorter and I’ll try the other one another time because I don’t feel like doing it anymore.

Whimsy Cards

This was discussed on the UA Mailinglist, and I found some corresponding websites. Whimsy Card List I think these cards are a nice idea and can be a game enhancement. It is kind of similar to the Universalis system which we might playtest sometime soon, if the rulebook owner ever finds enough people who have time on the same day. The similarity is of course that the GM is not the only one with power over the course of the story. As I am hoping to finish my current UA campaign sometime to start a new one, I might considers using the cards.
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