Tales of Tadeusz

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Writing: Goals

I've just finished all I can do for now on my Wolves PDF. And I've clarified an issue on my Starsong Systems world in regards to Gravity Control. (I decided GC was new, and so it was slowly replacing centrifugal spin and frank use of microgravity environments in the asteroid belts in the game setting for Starsong Systems).

Its been requested that my World A Week article have the multidimensional traveller-hero visit a world where women are chauvinist pigs. An interesting idea, and we will see.

I need to revise my Worldwalker novel today, also amidst all the other lists of things to do.

And I've done some updating of my blog, and e-mailing this morning.

I'd like to get the Steampunk setting's timeline moved forward now that I have my source data book from the library; we'll see.

And I need to track down, this afternoon, some friends of my technical data man for Wolves so that I can get him to finish the D20 part of this PDF.

And the nine-week-old is showing signs of waking up and calling for his food.

Busy, busy.

New Blog: Wild, Wild Western World

Marcoe is up and trying a new blog. Good for him. His first post covers the Iraqi situation and offers more questions than answers.

Monday, April 26, 2004

New Entry: Welcome to the Queen

Rosemary Esmay, wife of noted blogger Dean Esmay of Dean's World, has started her own blog, "The Queen of All Evil" with the banner headline that "if conservatism is evil, then I am the Queen".

Being desirous of spreading the Tales, we have engaged in reciprocal blogrolling, and so you can find Tales of Tadeusz there, and the mighty and honorable Queen here.

If you find a Republican gun-toting female with a willingness to put up with a lot of insults (more than I would) to be interesting, then check her new site out.

The link is over at the right.

Reading: Demon in the Freezer

"Demon in the Freezer" is a true story by Richard Preston which is an overview of the infectious diseases field. It shines its spotlight on Smallpox, and upon the people working on this lethal virus, but the spotlight wanders around quite a bit in doing so, and touching on other issues as it does. But it gives a comprehensible picture nevertheless.

And bonus (!), its less creepy than another of his books, "Hot Zone" which I could only read about one or two chapters of before closing that book.

It does not seem all that in-depth, but there are plentiful interesting anecdotes which will illuminate surprising things about the field.

We should pray that God strengthens the hands and the minds of these researchers who do battle with this terrible demon.

Gaming: Dungeonhack

I'm trying to finish up my taking a swipe at my Wolves of Burning Light PDF, and inserting Multiverser rules into it. Hopefully, be done by tonight, and get it shipped off to to be evaluated and corrected by Mr. Multiverser himself, M.J. Young, on Wednesday since tomorrow is going to be really busy what with attending a service for my grandmother.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Grandma Simpson: R.I.P.

I don't really want to write this, and not just because it would be great to take the event back, but it feels cheapening, but then she deserves a tribute.

So in short, my grandmother recently passed on. She was the last of my grandparents to do so. Thankfully, it was quick.

But her life was long and I think well-lived.

She had five children, including my mother.

And four husbands, although, she did not divorce any of them (although she might have threatened to do so more than once.) Mr. Law was an older man she married and had her first child with him, and then my Grandfather Clarence Simpson who was then a big, boisterous man that I liked and she spent most of her years with him, and then Mr. Raymond, a fine gentleman, and finally Mr. Cope, a Southern good 'ol boy from whom I have a nice watch that requires turning to keep it going which he gave to me after he could not turn it anymore.

I liked all that I met, and I expect I would have enjoyed meeting Mr. Law but that was long ago.

And that's another thing. She remembered her much-loved father coming home with his first black Model T. I think she was twelve (maybe), and she lived to see the new Millenium, personal computers, the fall of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and the Soviet Union, the Shuttle, and the Apollo Moon Landing.

Eventful times indeed.

And she had tons of stories about all the people she had known, and they were a small horde. The stories wound together in a way that made them hard to follow, but she remembered clearly.

She was a bit of a rolling stone. Michigan, Alabama, Florida all housed her energetic spirit.

I remember thinking at age twelve that her at age sixty-five could almost walk me into the ground.

And I would not want to forget her excellent cooking. I told her at one holiday meal something like "this meal is the perfect meal." And perfection in cookery is very difficult because its an area of small, forgivable mistakes. So, I'd say she had a professional skill at cooking.

She almost reached ninety. I wish I'd spent more of that time with her. See you in Heaven, Grandma.

Politics: Libertarianism

Libertarianism is the philosophy of the adolescent mind with its desire for cheap certainties.

And yet, I don't really dislike the philosophy. At fifteen years of age, I was one.

It has a simple clarity that would make any follower of this idea a foreign policy and domestic policy expert able to solve the problems of America better than all those people on TV with their Masters degree in International Relations. And who would not want to be an expert with the truth to solve Humanities aches and pains? And it is true that to paraphrase and twist Cicero, and my brother, there are some things so stupid that only someone with a Masters in Int'l Relations is going to believe them.

All you have to do is realize that the government's only moral concern is to prevent the initiatory use of force or fraud upon another human being. This means that the whole mess of the Welfare State can be tossed overboard, the Post Office, about half of the Cabinet Officers and their Departments, and so on.

A moderate Libertarian tends to allow taxes for national defense, the patents and copyrights, and stopping internal criminal behavior. The more extreme want voluntary taxation, or simply doing away with government.

I sympathize, and I even agree with a lot of it, but folks, the world is not that simple. If it was, we'd already be libertarians, and don't talk to me of Iceland because if libertarianism was truly the right and true way it claims to be, it would have more than one example, and it would be able to survive its enemies better.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Blog Additons: Fractured Earths link

I've linked on my blogroll to a currently dead blog, Fractured Earths, which has some interesting stuff on alternate history which may end up becoming part of a novel for a friend of mine, David Marcoe.

Gaming: Inserting Numbers

I have a dungeonhack adventure titled "Wolves of Burning Light" that I 've put together with a little help, and it needs some of the numbers added to the story. So that's one of the day's projects.

Another is to work some more on my novel.

Writing: New World A Week Article

I've just finished publishing on the Net, the finale to my World A Week: Gather series that ran in three parts. It is at Gaming Outpost, but I believe registration is required, and you should choose "unthreaded".

It deals with an alternate reality much like our own where Louisville is the target of a smallpox martyr attack.

Next week, there will be another WAW article up, probably about something more cheery.

Politics:Japanese Hostages

Recently, some Japanese hostages were returned to their homeland, and that's good news. But then the news station talked about how poorly they are being received back home. Part of that is due to some of them being peace protestors.

What follows is some speculation on why. Some of the pro-war element called them traitors; I wonder if the anti-war protestors were being overly helpful to their captors.

Another point, during WWII the Japanese worldview held that being captured was dishonorable. Death was preferable. I wonder if some of that is still hanging around, in possibly mutated form, and influencing their reaction.

Its also been suggested that if a Japanese person leaves the safety of the Home Islands, and brings dishonor to the nation, that this causes disdain to the person who left.

I'm not sure what's going on, but there's my analysis.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

New Web Page

Hopefully, I will soon have a new web page to go with my sickly green (but I like it) blog. Maybe it will be up by tonight. We'll see.

The Liberty Alliance

This blog is happy to join the Liberty Alliance started at Dean's World
in support of the fun-and-games blog war at SpiritofAmerica.net
which supports the real war, the central front in the Global War on Terror in Iraq.

If you've got some spare cash, or an encouraging note for the soldiers, then send it to Spirit of America.

Life in General

I'm experimenting with starting a new blog today. Welcome all.

Also, I have dropped the toddler, Mr. C, off at daycare, and am watching over the babe-in-arms who sleeps in the baby carrier as I type.

Its wet outside, but that's Tennessee. Maybe, it will be dry enough later for me to drag a fallen pine tree that I chopped up with my new electric chainsaw down to the hole in the ground across the road that is our dump.

Need to work on revising my novel more later. The adventures of my hero as he guides a bunch of alien city slickers down a dinosaur-infested beach need some more specific details to ground it more.

But first, I want to keep on writing up the game setting for my Steampunk world for a RPG. Yes, I'm a semi-pro writer, I guess. Just getting started, and all.

And as a SAHD, Stay-at-home Dad, I need to clean the house up some. Toddlers are a force of chaos, take my word for it.

That's probably all I'm blogging for today. Probably mention some favorite other bloggers tomorrow, and get into more writing and politics.

Ciao

Politics: Open and Courteous

By-the-bye, I will strive to have an open-minded and courteous discussion of politics here. I am a right-winger, and not ashamed of it, but I welcome lefties, liberals, anarchists, and even communists. And while I am at it, libertarians, social conservatives, anarcho-capitalists, and even representatives of the Fortune 500 are also welcomed.

But profanity, and vulgarity will not be tolerated as they contribute little to open minds, and are obviously incourteous.

Also, try to refrain from blanket statements like "Republicans are racists" or "Democrats are traitors". The correct phrase is "Some XXXX are YYYYY."

We'll talk more about this later.

Politics: Desirable and Possible

I am a right-wing, radical conservative, but I recognize the difference between the desirable and the possible. It would be nice to get rid of the Post Office, but it ain't happenin' folks.

Maybe in ten years when it is even more clear that e-mail totally obliterates the wordage mass that letters carry, we will be able to free ourselves from this archaic bueraucracy. Maybe, when Fox carries a graph that shows the theoretical amount of mail sent in human history, and the amount of e-mail sent, and then we will be free, but until then, I'm not going to get too bent out of shape about this.

There are more important issues, like, the War on the Islamofascists.

Crayon Railroad Games

The Ladyfaire, my wife, got me seriously interested in playing the line of railroad board games put out by Mayfair since she loves them, and it behooves me to get involved as well. And they are excellent games.

This is proven by the long line of similar games put out by Mayfair.

Eurorails, Australian Rails (we do not have), Empire Builder (North America), British Rails, Nippon Rails (those islands sure are narrow), India Rails, and Iron Dragon (the fantasy world version) are all excellent games.

You get a waxed map of puzzle-cut and very heavy cardboard that has a kajillion points on it. Each point shows Forrest, Mountains. Alpine Mountains (really tall and expensive), Plains, and so forth. Rivers are bright blue lines. All these points have different costs to build from one to the other.

And you get to use special, erasable, crayons to draw on the map! Seeing your railnet grow is a great part of the fun.

You build a railroad to another city, pick up a load in one city, and drop it off, and collect your money. Then you do it over again.

We won't get more in depth now, but these are some of our favorite games. Any other players out there?

Role-playing Games

For those in the know, RPG's (not Rocket-powered Grenades) are a great deal of fun and frustration. We will be talking more about that later, but for now, my list of really cool RPG's.

1. Champions 4th Ed.: Fly around with a cape, shoot energy blasts, and save the city from the Destroyer. Plus, it has a fully customizable chargen (character generation) system. There are later versions of this now OOP game, but I'm not familiar with them.

2. Mage: The Ascension: Reality is a collective dream, and you are one of the few who can enforce your will on that dream. But, it pays to be subtle because the mass of Sleepers don't like to be jostled.

3. Multiverser: The Game: Every story is true somewhere in the Multiverse, and your PC (player character) gets to travel to all these weird universes. Its nice because, one week you can be playing superheroes, and the next investigating the Unknown Ones, and the next dodging the Red Baron's machine gun fire as you try to take what you learned about flying a hyperspace starship, and apply it to flying a canvas-winged biplane. As an experienced player and gamemaster, I like not being stuck in one genre forever, or at least for too long (you can stay in one universe, at least until your PC gets killed and "'verses out" to another universe.)

I'll talk about a couple others later.

Novels

The first novel, "Worldwalker" has been written, but since it is intended for sale as a PDF file, it was too long, and I had to break it up (and revise it to make it better, faster, and stronger.) So snap it in two with a well-placed Dim Mak strike, and then revise and expand some more, and now I have the rough draft of the new "Worldwalker", and the heart and guts of "Dimension Dancer" tossed off to the side for now.

It hits 72,000 words, and I won't be surprised if its 80,000 before I can send it off for sale.

Hopefully the beginning of the Tadeusz family fortune.

Welcome to Tales of Tadeusz.

I'll be discussing my novels, my favorite role-playing and board games, right-wing politics, and life in Appalachia for a city guy, and happily married father of two adorable little boys.