My Current Project

Gurbintroll Games

I thought it was about time to introduce my newest project.

It doesn’t have a name yet (since I had to call the file something I’ve been referring to it as “5ECMI” for reasons that will become apparent – but that’s a silly name and I’ll call it something else when it’s finished!)

Basically, it’s a compilation of systems from previous editions of D&D, updated and re-written for D&D 5th edition. The majority are conversions of the “endgame” systems of the old Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal D&D games. The idea is that each of the systems can be mostly used independently, although some are more dependent on each other than others are.

There are basically five systems that I’m converting here:

  1. The “Residuum” system from 4th edition. This is the only system that doesn’t come from the old BECMI edition of the game, and it’s completely standalone in that it doesn’t depend on…

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*The Complacent Class*

Jason Bayz

I had high hopes for The Complacent Class,(Hereafter, TCC) the recently released book by Tyler Cowen. The book might be seen as the third in a series of books by Cowen beginning with The Great Stagnation, which is about the technological slowdown, and Average is Over, which is about labor markets in an age of “smart machines,” both of which were very good books. The thesis of TCC is hard to summarize, but my attempt, in one long sentence, is this: Cowen makes a distinction between dynamism, moving, making changes, getting out of your comfort zone, and stasis, staying in one location and one profession and one job, staying within your comfort zone, meeting and marrying people like yourself, and claims Americans are less dynamic, or more “complacent,” today. Ultimately, I give TCC three stars out of five. While there are some gems, in other chapters, I thought…

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Our Big (Um, Little) Doob Adventure — Part Two

Doobs of ladies who are very comfortable with their bodies.

I am sure they would also make excellent pieces for some sort of board game, wargame or roleplaying game. 🙂

The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society

IMG_9821Last week, we told you about how we worked with an outfit called Doob to create little 3D-printed replicas of ourselves, and promised to show you some more photos of the end results. Herewith, then: the end results. Photographed outdoors and in, uptown and down, it’s us in miniature, taking over NYC.

First, we unboxed ourselves near Times Square —

IMG_9806IMG_9812IMG_9826Then a subway ride down to Washington Square Park put us squarely in the midst of the International Women’s Day march.

IMG_5578IMG_5593IMG_5598IMG_5607In City Hall Park, where the mayor does his work, we found a central spot where brides and grooms and tourists pose for selfies, and we thought, why not?

IMG_5838IMG_5893IMG_5923It turned into a teaching moment when a young boy with mom in tow walked over.

IMG_5875“What are those…bumps?” the curious lad asked, pointing. Never too young to hear the answer. Chests come in different shapes and sizes. The explanation…

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Mob at Middlebury college attacks speaker Charles Murray, injures his host

Why Evolution Is True

Charles Murray is a conservative political scientist and author, perhaps most famous for his book The Bell Curve, co-written with Richard Herrnstein. I confess that I haven’t read it, but I’ve certainly read enough to about it to know that Murray and Herrnstein’s hereditarian views of IQ have been strongly attacked by some other scholars, largely on the Left.  Further, from what I’ve read of the criticism from people I respect, the book seems misguided and plagued with misconceptions about genetics (this, of course, is hearsay). But Murray has written many other books and articles about other matters, and in respectable venues like the New York Times and The New Republic.

Yesterday afternoon, Murray was scheduled to speak at Vermont’s traditionally liberal Middlebury College; he was invited by the campus chapter of the American Enterprise Institute Club. That, of course, got up the nose of many, and, according to the…

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Jacob’s Ladder Schematic and Artifact

Jack Ellison

My group members consisted of, Holly Cardwell, Matthew Duddy and Rose Connolly.

In order to view their blogs, please click on their names above.

This week we were given a task to watch, research and work on a film. Our group was assigned the film Jacob’s Ladder.

jacobs-ladderJacob’s Ladder Image – (Image sourced from Itcher.Com)

Watching it the first time, I found it interesting, unique and a bit confusing. It contains a vast amount of detail, thought and several themes. The film presents many standpoints, varying from Political views and Governmental schemes to Religious ideas of purgatory and the afterlife. Therefore, making it a film that you need to rewatch again and again to get the full meaning from it and fully understand what is happening.

Rough Plot/Film Synopsis

The film focuses almost entirely on a scarred soldier, Jacob Singer, who struggles to piece his life together…

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