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Extra Life – 24 hours of gaming for the kids!

So, it  is less then 24 hours before I begin my own 24 hour gaming marathon for Extra Life (http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=122630). I am definitely nervous, as my day job, spending time with my daughter, and podcasting has kept me consistently busy.

I am planning on staying in the Trion family of games, such as, Rift, ArchAges, and Trove. I might jump over to Team Fortress 2, if I feel my energy start to flag, because I normally get a energy boost from playing it.

I am going to Twitch most, if not all of the marathon. My channel is here! (http://www.twitch.tv/gatewaynomad)

The current plan is to start at 12:00am (central time) and play on until 7pm (I am allowing bathroom breaks, and I will probably eat as I play). At 7, I will take a short break (about 45 min), in this time I plan to get ready to go to a Halloween party, once arriving there I plan to finish my hours playing board games like Zombies!!! and Boss Monsters.

Doing anything for 24 hours is challenging, and I expect to feel pretty rough by the end. Things that will help make the time go easier will be chatting with me on Twitch or jumping into the game that I am in, and playing along! All the games I am playing are free to play, so there is no reason not to jump in, if you send me a message that you entering the game, I will make my best effort to get you to my location. (This might be challenging if I have several viewers following my progress.)

Another way to give me a boost is to donate, I have my phone set to alert me of any donations. I am still short of my goal, and nothing would be more of a pick up then to see the total raise. http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=122630

Well, I hope to see you on-line!

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Extra Life! Level up for the kids!

Controller with halo

So, I am not going to make this a long post, because I have another to make on nightfallunlimited.com, but I am very excited to be taking part in the Extra Life 24 gaming marathon. I am trying to raise money for CMN (Children’s Miracle Network), and even a $1 donation is appreciated, although more would be better. 100% of the donations go to CMN.

If you are an avid gamer and think that you can take on 24 hours of laying down the law, I would love to have you on the team. We have not cemented a day, but we are leaning towards the 25th (Which is the official date).

I will keep you more updated in the next couple of weeks. but for now, here is a link!     http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=122630

Because everyone’s face should be silky smooth…

Day one of growing my beard

First day attempting to grow a full beard with GBS.

So, I have been told that I get excited about strange things, I won’t deny it, it is true…

I love fall, this time of year the leaves change in the Midwest and the air is just chilly enough that you can’t decide if you want a jacket or not (I normally pull out my macho card and keep myself warm with just that and the occasional shiver). Another thing that many people born with a Y chromosome like to do is grow some face fuzz out.  In years past I have done that in a lazy manner, just letting it grow, doing some half-assed growing and then shaving when the itching feeling becomes unbearable. Continue reading

New projects, old idiot… (Split Personality Edition)

So, you have not heard from me in a while… Thought I was dead, huh? Or at least smart enough to stop blogging? HA, wrong on both accounts!! Actually, I have just been crazy busy, and that has only kinda changed.

I have been working on a new site with a great team, and most of my time is going to be on that, it is called Nightfall Unlimited. So any of you that have sorely been missing your friend the idiot, here is your chance to get your fix. But, there is a catch, we are going to be doing several fun things on Nightfall Unlimited and my name just does not work with our project. So, look for me as Voltage Spike. Also, for the things that I can’t write about on Nightfall Unlimited, I will still be writing here. So, stay tuned. Subscribe or send an owl.

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It is always Halloween here! (Faceless Edition)

Hello, I am making my return from daddy land, and what a fun land it is… But, that is not what I am here to talk about.

With Halloween fast approaching your ol’ friend The Idiot has a tale to tell. So, gather close, and listen (… or read as it were) the…

Tale of the Faceless ones! (I am typing this with a flashlight to my face, you know, for effect)

There once was a land… No, more like a world, and one could enter this world through one of three doors.

The first door to be discovered was called the Door of Truth, few came through this door because of what you had to leave behind. When one entered this door they had to leave behind their age, they also left behind their sex, and race, even their name was left at the threshold until all they had left was their pure experiences of life and the dreams of what life could be. In those days the world was chaotic, and yet simple. But, these nameless and faceless ones began to build great things, and so that they could find each other,( for they had no form, not even a name) they formed new names made of their experiences and dreams. But, then many begun to hear of this new world and the wonders the faceless ones had created.

Many of these people fear the first door, so they searched for another way to access this new, fantastic world, and that is how they came to find The door of Ignorance. This door would allow anyone in, and it would allow them to take everything with them from the old world. They could bring their age, sex, and race, so, many did. Once this door was discovered, many flooded into this new domain to gaze upon the wonders of the faceless and to begin to build wonders of their own.

One day, one of the ignorant said, “What is your name?”

The faceless one told him.

“What?! This name is of 1′ and 0′, this is not a true name!”The ignorant shouted in outrage.

“But it is, this is the name that I have created.” The faceless one said.

“See it is a made up name, not a real one!” The ignorant smugly said,”How will I know if you are to be called Sir or My lady? No, this is not acceptable!”

The ignorant went in search of the law, but found that those with the power in the land did not enforce such laws, so he left the land…
and returned with those that enforced the laws of the old world. These brutes saw the many wonders and found some to be grotesque and demanded them be torn down, others broke laws of the other worlds and those too the faceless were forced to change or destroy.

More and more the immigrants from the old world came to the new through the second door, and the proud names of the old world, demanded tribute; and the old crimes of hate began to spread through out this world as it had the last. Some of the faceless had the things that they left behind brought through the second door by the brutes, and others faded into legend. This new world has had many names, but most just call it, The Net.

Although, not much of and ending, that is the end of today’s tale…

What? This story is of three doors? Well, yes, there is a third door, but no one has found that one yet.

(and I dramatically close the book… or screen.. or well you know what I mean.)

The moral of today’s story, is that once upon a time we didn’t know each others age or sex on the net. It was hard to have hate crimes because we detached ourselves to enter into the world the computers created. When I was in my early teens I would be treated as an equal with educated adults on what was called BBS, mostly because they never new they where talking to someone so young. I read about the prejudice against girl gamers, and people of other races, and wonder how we got here from such pure beginnings. Here you start out without a name or anything, we decided what to add, it is like Halloween every day, which mask will you wear? I guess it just depends on which door you came through…

-The Idiot

And the wheels start moving… (Update)

Finally, the things are starting to come together on getting this site moving, not to say that there is not a lot more still to be done. But, at least we a becoming a little less generic. I want to that JMS Creations for doing the art side of the page, I look forward to working with him more and slapping some new paint on the walls. Also, my Facebook page is now active, so give me a like, and leave a comment. Anyway, I will hopefully I will have a new post for you soon, in the mean time if you need some custom work done for your site, or maybe sometime else hit up JMS Creations, he is easy to work with and gets the job done.

Oh, Free RPG day was a bit slow at my local shop, but I also hit it early… Anyway, enough of my sight for today hit JMS Creations at JMS.creativedesigns@gmail.com.

(Ugh, sorry about the sloppy post, suffering for too little sleep)

-The Idiot

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