Posts categorized “Games”.

January 15th 2014

Update for Jan. 2014

I just wanted to make a quick update about the current state of my site, and the last post.

Obviously, I’m a slacker. My stated New Year’s resolution for 2013 was to research more Scandinavian and German foods that matched up to recipes available in the video game Skyrim (which draws from historic Nordic culture) and do posts on the topic.

First, my blog. Anyone reading this might have noticed that I started read more »

January 5th 2013

Historic / Skyrim Cooking – Introduction

Recently on my Facebook account, I announced that as a personal goal this year (not a “New Year’s Resolution”—I realize its just semantics, but psychologically it feels different to me) I would like to start doing more research on cooking and dishes from German/Saxon and Viking cultures in the Middle Ages and before. My motivation stems from 1) a desire to do more research on my persona (German, probably Lower Saxony, circa 1500) and the roots of that culture for the SCA, and 2) über-geekery stemming from the video game Skyrim, which is based on Norse culture, and my casual research revealed that the creators of the game had done their own research and kept things decently accurate—but how accurate?

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May 11th 2012

Characterization – D. Marshall Snow

This is a character profile that I wrote up for a recent Trail of Cthulhu game. It’s not really polished, but it was a fun writing exercise. Marshall really wasn’t based on anyone in particular, but Celeste’s character was based on a friend of mine that I used to hang out with in the ’90’s. I should mention that those similarities are only in appearance and personality, and not events.

Dwight Marshall Snow was born in Provo, Utah but raised in Las Vegas, Nevada after his father got a job there.

He was an average 21-year old Freshman at BYU in fall of 1993. He had returned home from a mission for his church—the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—to Rome, Italy in early 1993. He was majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. It was during the end of his first semester, at a combined singles ward activity that he saw her. Celeste Moody was probably the most beautiful woman Dwight had ever laid eyes on. She stood about 5’3”, had chin-length deep red hair, pale skin, a flannel jacket tied around her waist, and rocking Dr. Marten boots. The sight of her caused him to feel things that he’d tried to suppress for two years on his religious sabbatical. read more »

March 5th 2012

Characterization – Pogranax

The following is the background story I wrote for a Pathfinder Societies character, a Half-Orc Fighter that wields a two-handed greatsword. In a nutshell, his specialty is cutting things in half.

Pogranax was born a bastard in the harsh landscapes of Kellid. His mother was a victim of a brutal attack from an Orc tribe, in which her husband was killed and she was forced to conceive at the hands of one of the strongest warriors in the raiding party. While she was not the only woman subjected to this brutality that day, she was the only one read more »

February 26th 2012

Report on SaltCon 2012

Last week marked the fourth or fifth annual SaltCon (I don’t know which year they’re officially counting from), two days of tabletop gaming in Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended last year for the Saturday session and while I had an okay time, it left a lot to be desired. My chief complaints were read more »

June 8th 2011

Roll for Creativity Check

I haven’t written on my blog in a while. I apologize. I’m certain all of my loyal readers would be filling my inbox with inquisitive messages as to my well-being if we weren’t already friends on Facebook.

I suppose that isn’t entirely the truth. I have a few blogs in the old “pending” queue that I’ll probably never post. Sometimes I just don’t know what I’m thinking when I write these. Yet here I am again.

Occasionally, finding something to write about is hard. It’s not just time constraints or other projects, although that’s part of it, but sometimes its a struggle to think of something that I care enough about to actually attack with the keyboard. Luckily, some of those other projects encourage creativity to help keep that part of my brain at least somewhat pumping.

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