Welcome to my website. Here you can find information about a variety of different games that I have played over the years. My website is high on content, low on graphics. Please select the game that interests you from the list below.
Contributions to the website are never necessary, but always welcome.
Quote of the Moment
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th' Aonian Mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1
Quick update here on the front page just to let everyone know that all is well. We moved into our new house in June and have been spending the weeks since then unpacking and decorating the place. There's still a lot of work to be done but we're happy with how things look at the moment. I also went away on vacation for three weeks at the end of July and beginning of August, driving across a good portion of the United States on a venture that I've been calling the Great American Roadtrip. The pictures from that trip will be written up and included in the Travel section of the website in the upcoming months. Speaking on which, there are several additions to the Travel section of the website that have quietly gone up since the last front page update. The largest of these is a writeup of the Western Rockies trip that I took with my family back in 2011, which covers travel through the Black Hills of South Dakota, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, and Salt Lake City in Utah. Smaller trips that I've also added include a trip to the Orlando Theme Parks last year in 2017, a trip to the Florida Keys from 2016, and a more personal story about Dream Week: Orioles Baseball from 2014. No new gaming related stuff to relate at the moment as I work on several different projects at the moment. I will post again on the main page if there's any major news to relate on that front. Hope everyone has been having a great summer!
There's a second report up on the website as of this weekend involving new game For The King. This time I look at the Frost Adventure Mode on the highest difficulty, which plays a little bit differently than the normal main game mode. In addition, I've also finished putting together another writeup in the Travel section for my trip to the Canadian Rockies. This was the counterpart to the 2012 trip to the Pacific Northwest that I was working on last month, and I'm pleased to have them both finished. The Travel section is slowly filling up; only five more major trips and nine more minor trip yet to go!
As a scheduling note, Liz and I will be moving into the house that we purchased over the next week. We're super excited and I'm eager to show the new place on Livestream after everything is moved in. However, it does mean that website and Livestreaming activity might be low for the next couple of weeks until the moving process is finished. Fair warning not to expect too much ahead of time.
I have a couple newsworthy bits of information to pass on regarding the website. First of all, the PBEM7 Civ6 game has completed! We offered a three-way draw to the other surviving teams and it was (eventually) accepted. We were the strongest of the remaining teams and I think that in an ideal world, we could have grinded out a victory in time. However, I was completely exhausted from six months of playing and reporting the turns, and needed to step away from the game. Most of the other players felt the same way, and a draw was the fairest ending to the game. We were the dominant team from start to finish, and I'm enormously pleased with how we played. There will likely be a writeup for the game coming at some point down the road, when I can find the time to put it together.
In the meantime, there's a new gaming addition to the website: For The King (FTK). It's a fantasy-themed rougelike game that I've been playing for the last few weeks and enjoying greatly. I love the art style used in this game, and the gameplay is both challenging and highly replayable. The closest comparison is FTL, and although I don't think this game is quite as good as FTL, even being in the ballpark means that we likely have a winner on our hands. Unfortunately the game doesn't seem to be too popular online, and there are relatively few resources available with information about the game. As a result, I've gone ahead and created my own Tutorial Game where I walk readers through a typical game on the medium difficulty level. If you're interested in this game or simply enjoy a good read, go check it out at the provided link.
Finally, I've also added another major trip to the Travel section of the website, this time covering a trip to the Pacific Northwest back in 2012. This trip features stops in Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, and several of the amazing natural parks in the region. Enjoy!
There's been a couple of updates to the website over the last few weeks that I'm finally mentioning on the front page today. First of all, I played and wrote about Imperium 45 for Master of Orion, an entertaining variant game involving the Humans. I always seem to come back to Master of Orion for a game or two about every other year - it's truly a timeless classic of a game. The other written report that just went up on the website today is the Alternate Histories #2 Summary for Civ4 AI Survivor. I took a look at the most-requested game from Season Two, a dud collection of AI leaders involving Shaka and Tokugawa and several other nonentities. What happened when I played out that same starting position ten more times, and what does that tell us about the predictive power of the whole AI Survivor competition in general? I had a lot of fun putting this page together. Elsewhere, I continued filling out the Travel portion of the website with four more pages: my research trip to London and the accompanying short excursion to southern Ireland, both from 2007, a visit to the University of Colorado for a paper convention in 2008, and a winter trip to Sweden in 2009. I don't know if anyone is reading these pages, but I'm enjoying writing them up and there are plenty more of them still on the to-do list. Enjoy!
Today was a very late snow day, and I used it to complete some work on the website. First of all, I put together a Tier List for Final Fantasy 5 Solo Jobs, which has been on the website for a few weeks now but not mentioned here on the main page. This represents the ending point for the ten years that I spent playing through all of those solo character runs, and it's not something that you're likely to find anywhere else. For better or for worse, heh. Another update just added today was a final writeup for the Rogue Legacy section, where I unlocked and played through the game with the secret Traitor class. This was a fun little side project that I did in my spare time, and I'm glad that I could put a final report together for Rogue Legacy. I've also been making some further updates to the Travel section of the website, where I completed the lengthy writeup of my Eastern Canada Trip from 2013, as well as shorter reports from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park just a month ago and the Champs Sports Bowl all the way back in 2006. The Travel section is starting to get pretty crowded at this point, with more than three dozen total pages finished and close to a hundred (!) more planned. It's going to be a lengthy project.
Most of my current gaming time continues to go towards the ongoing Play By Email Game #7 for Civ6. It eats up somewhere between one to two hours per day, and that doesn't leave enough time to do a lot else. I've put my streaming time on hold for the moment until the game wraps up since I can't justify investing that much time in the PBEM game and also streaming on top of it. We likely have another month or two remaining between one team emerges victorious - hopefully my team. Finally, I updated the Collected Editorials page to include the editorials that I've written over the past two years. If you missed some of these along the way, they're assembled here in one easy place for additional reading.