Well, this blows

Went to the dentist this a.m. to get a problem tooth resolved. It is going to be a root canal – $1600, fortunately paid in 3 installments, but still! Unfortunately, can’t get anything done with it because my blood pressure is too high so I had to dig around & find a local doctor to check that. Appointment for 9 a.m. tomorrow to review … and, knowing my damned luck, get put on high blood pressure medicine.

And my fraked up tooth is still killing me. Ugh.

Gym, Day 1

First visit this a.m. Girl at the desk was quite attractive – not gym rat fit or beautiful, but very pretty nonetheless – so that’s definitely a plus. Only did about 40 minutes on the stationary bike today – going to try to go in tomorrow morning and get the trainer thing going on. Would be great to actually be in really good physical shape come GenCon next year.

Getting in the right mindset

Finished my reread of “Fulcrum” and am now rereading what I’ve got written of “Vorticity.” Am trying to get my Muse engaged so I can hopefully finish it next month, at which point I can plot out the unnamed part 3 and perhaps look to actually publishing “Fulcrum” somewhere. Would still like to go the traditional book route if possible but may have to self-publish which could be … yeah.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Woes

So, October is almost halfway done and I still don’t know what I want to work on for NaNoWriMo this year. I did manage a reread (and minor revision) of “Fulcrum” and am attempting to make myself reread what I’ve got done for “Vorticity” in the hopes that I can make myself finish that, but … I’m just not feeling the urge or desire to really write, which sucks. I need to figure out what the heck my problem is in that regard and get it fixed.

GURPS & Aspects

Found this on the GURPS boards and rather like it: GURPS with Fate Aspects.

That led me to actually reading the bit about “Destiny Points” in Monster Hunters, which turns out to pretty much be Impulse Buys (see Power-Ups book on IB.) So I might find a way to use this instead of existing activation rules. If nothing else, I might give this a test run when I run Red Sky next…

Mass Effect, Timeline

Something occurred to me yesterday while goofing off with ME3. I’ve been struggling with the timeline – specifically, when to set this theoretical game – and was fluctuating between “during ME1″ and “prior to ME1″ which ultimately limits the amount of time available since ME1 begins in 2183 and ME3 ends in 2186. While reviewing the official timeline, I realized that I missed a perfect time period: 2176 – 2178, 6 to 8 years earlier. Why? The Skyllian Blitz and the attack on Torfan.

Specifically, in 2176, the “Skyllian Blitz” transpires. It is defined as “Batarian-funded pirates and criminals launch a surprise attack, later known as the Skyllian Blitz, on the human colony of Elysium. The assault is repulsed by the Alliance Navy and ground teams.” This is where the “War Hero” background for Shepard occurs.

This provides a golden opportunity as, logically, the PCs can be at Elysium in the opening chapters, then segue into hunting down the originator behind this attack (see the rogue, believed dead Spectre idea I had before) that culminates in the battle of Torfan in 2178, which is defined as “In retaliation for the Skyllian Blitz, the Alliance launches a major offensive against the moon of Torfan and destroys the criminal bases there, mostly populated by batarians. The threat against human colonies from batarian extremists is curtailed.” Ruthless Shepard background occurs here and he gains the reputation as the “Butcher of Torfan.”

Therefore, I first have to figure out this version of Shepard. I’m leaning toward Colonist Sole Survivor, which means he was on Akuz in 2177 and attacked by a thresher maw, which leaves open the reputation of “Butcher of Torfan” for a PC.

Weight Loss Update

Had a really bad weekend. Okay, a really bad Saturday, really. Basically sat around and played Mass Effect 2 on my PC and munched away on Slim Jims, Pringles (mmm … cheddar cheese), then some caramel ice cream. On the bright side, I barely ate much on Sunday (even as I continued playing ME2 and finally finished it.)

Was going to join the gym on Sunday, but then did maths and realized I need to hold off until payday this weekend. Then I can kick this puppy off again (he says hopefully.)