Tuesday, July 7, 2015

D&D: 13 Things I’d like to see from 5e (Part 1)

The new edition of Dungeons and Dragons has been out for awhile now.  We’ve got all three core rulebooks, a super-high quality Starter Set to introduce new players to the game, and a small-but-growing collection of longer adventures for those looking to go deeper into the game’s core themes.  With the advent of the latest D&D poll from publisher Wizards of the Coast, however, we also seem to have an opportunity.  The poll asks the following:
Which of the following campaign settings would you like to see updated to fifth edition D&D rules?
Which of the following character types from prior editions would you like to see updated to fifth edition D&D rules?
Which of the following races from prior editions would you want to see updated to fifth edition rules?
There are a lot of choices.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Training Log: PLYOGA & Triathlon Training

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a training update.  If you follow this blog a lot, you may know that I got hurt in April and then again in May, and that made it tough to train.  I’d been fighting knee problems off and on for the past year or more, and not surprisingly those problems got worse as I got more and more into running over the winter.  By the time April rolled around, I’d realized that I needed to stop running--and I changed my routine accordingly.  
At a certain level, this was no big deal.  I like triathlon, but it’s no secret that I’m a better swimmer and cyclist than runner, and more importantly, backing off on running gave me more time to dedicate to the weight room.  Against that, though, is the reality that enjoy running, and anyway, you can’t very well swim-bike-run without that last bit.  But then in May I hurt my shoulders and elbows doing a combination of ropes-course work and weight training.  That sucked!  So then I had to take time away from swimming, running, and weight training, even being on the bike made me hurt sometimes.

Friday, July 3, 2015

D&D: Fan Mail

On behalf of myself and my PCs I would like to thank you for these great storys. I have DMed on and off for 4 years but only recently started with 5th ed. I was also hoping you would know any more storys like these. Regardless, thank you for your work.

 -- From Lukethanuke, commenting on "D&D: Journey through Crocodile Crossroads".

My response to Luke's question got so long that I decided to make it an actual post rather leaving it as a comment that no one but Luke was likely to see.

5 Things on a Friday: Unpayable Debts, Unpayable Wages

Happy Friday, folks.  Today kicks off a nice, long weekend here in the States, and if you’re me--and I am--it’s the start of four days off.  Hallelujah!  I’ve been busy as all Hell lately and can use the time.
Let’s get to it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Comic Review: The Punisher (MAX)

I don't generally think of myself as a fan of the Punisher.  You look at folks who wear Punisher t-shirts, who talk about how awesome the Punisher is, and well, these are not typically your most well-adjusted folks.  On top of that, The Punisher tends to be a little mean-spirited.  Frank Castle's family is gunned down amidst a mafia gang war, and he goes on a rampage.  That rampage involves killing, torturing, maiming...  Castle is not a nice man.  It makes him hard to like.  In fact, half the time you're reading the Punisher, the point of the book is that Frank's an asshole, that you're not supposed to like him.  He's an anti-hero in the sense that he's actually a villain.  But sometimes we tell stories about him anyway.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015