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March 28, 2007

Wii Browser Full Edition Slated For April

Filed under: Games,Technology — steegness @ 11:48 am

Via The Global Wii Experience Website, I learned today that the full version of the Wii web browser is forthcoming. That rocks. Well, it rocks for me, and Rick, and other Wii owners, but maybe not for everyone else.

Just be happy that I’m happy, OK?

March 25, 2007

Julie’s Wii Sports Medals

Filed under: Family,Games — steegness @ 11:09 pm

I told her I would write them down. I didn’t say where.

Tennis

  • Returning Balls: Silver
  • Timing Your Swing: Silver
  • Target Practice: Silver

Baseball

  • Hitting Home Runs: Bronze
  • Swing Control: Bronze
  • Batting Practice: Silver

Bowling

  • Picking Up Spares: Bronze
  • Power Throws: Silver
  • Spin Control: Bronze

Golf

  • Putting: Bronze
  • Hitting The Green: Bronze
  • Target Practice: Bronze

Boxing

  • Working the Bag: Bronze
  • Dodging: None
  • Throwing Punches: None

February 12, 2007

Wii!

Filed under: Family,Games — steegness @ 1:37 am

This post was written (ever so gingerly) from our new Wii console.

Rock on.

January 10, 2007

As the Colts Come INTO Town…

Filed under: Games,Thoughts — steegness @ 5:11 pm

A thread from SportPlanet on favorite players from favorite teams contains (a little less than halfway down) a reprinting of a 1986 Sports Illustrated article on Bob Irsay.

I may have been young, but I still remember them leaving. Reading that article makes me almost glad they did.

Almost.

January 8, 2007

Review(-like thing): Return Of The Heroes

Filed under: Games — steegness @ 9:37 am

It might not be fair of me to review this game yet, having not actually played it (even the Solitaire version). But at the same time, there are things that need to be said about this game, and getting them off my chest might exorcise the demons.

Return Of The Heroes is a fantasy RPG-ish boardgame that I got for Christmas from Devin (with mucho assistance from Julz, I’d bet :)). The concept is that you play one of five character classes (though the game only supports four players), and that you undertake quests in an attempt to beef up yourself and take on The Nameless (the Big Bad Boss monster). Beat The Nameless and you win.

It sounds like a fun concept, and in fairness, I’m betting it will be. But good GAWD, the instructions make me want to pull out my hair. And not quickly; one at a time, savoring the exquisite pain.

The instructions, you see, come in three booklets. There’s a condensed rule booklet, which supposedly lays out the turn actions and stuff like that (but doesn’t much), a glossary that helps define what the pieces of the game are and do (but does things like put the counter labelled “Broomstick” under the heading of “Stubborn Magical Broomstick” so you can’t actually FIND what you’re looking for), and then, there’s the rulebook.

Ah, the rulebook.

As you might imagine, a fantasy RPG board game can be rife with complexity, and Return of the Heroes fits the bill pretty well. BUT… instead of printing out the complex rules, the rulebook takes the form of prose, and explains the rules as if the characters from the game were talking to you. There are bold key terms, and the occasional helpful illustration, but damn, son… prose.

Once I saw this, I knew I’d never get my wife to play with me, ever. Heck, even playing the solitaire rules (a stroke of genius on the part of the developers) will probably elicit eyerolls and sighs if I try to do it with my wife in the house.

That said, I’m fairly certain that the right group of people (and I am certainly one of the kind of which I’m writing) will have a blast playing the game, so long as we can all agree as to what the prose is telling us to do.

December 17, 2006

Updates on Things

Filed under: Family,Friends,Games — steegness @ 4:44 am

As of Friday evening, I am now a green belt in Taekwondo. They made me kick through a PAIR of boards for my break. I did it, but I gave them the hairy eyeball about it the whole time.

Tuesday nights are now Family Nights, in which we may eat out, play family games, perform some kind of family activity, or some combination thereof.

Sara tried to hug Max today. It did not end well. Two gallons of water ended up on my office carpet, rather near my computer.

I have a new PC game, courtesy of a fine man in the TacticalGamer community who was seized by the spirit of giving. All I had to do was tell a Chuck Norris joke.

Tanga. Blame Julz.

TFC Christmas Revival at Crowbars of Justice. Be there, or be asleep at a normal hour.

I’m up far too late.

November 13, 2006

Combat Communism 0.2

Filed under: AMXX Plugins,Games,Programming — steegness @ 11:13 am

Combat Communism has gone to version 0.2, and seems to work just ducky.

AMXX coding scares me. Python has spoiled me for the rest of the world.

July 31, 2006

Thank you Ben

Filed under: Friends,Games,Thoughts — steegness @ 10:04 am

[10:02] Ben Cash: no one gets a save against reality. you are either immune or you aren’t.

June 27, 2006

Scrabble

Filed under: Friends,Games — steegness @ 2:59 am

So, post Natural Selection, a few admins have taken up Scrabble in the late night to while away the hours. Specifically, we’re over here playing a flash version.

And we find that me knowing a buttload of Z words is useful!

May 17, 2006

Hawaiian Golfers Not Liable For Slices, Hooks

Filed under: Games — steegness @ 12:04 am

WSJ Law Blog

Chief Justice Ronald Moon, in what’s gotta be the most incontrovertibly true statement ever issued by a judge, said it’s “common knowledge that not every shot played by a golfer goes exactly where he intends it to go.”

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