Game Masters Appreciation Day

Game Masters Appreciation Day

Game Masters Appreciation Day

Each March Fourth, we celebrate Game Masters Appreciation Day, to pay homage to those individuals that place themselves in charge of our adventures. Those people that lead us into fantasy, science fiction, or whatever genre of game we are playing need to be appreciated. They need to be the ones that we celebrate more often. As a player in my youth, I hated the times that I had to lead an adventure in D&D and though there were certainly some DMs I liked more than others but, I still would rather have someone else DMing then me.

Game Masters Appreciation DayThe DM is not only the one that leads you on adventures, though. They are the divine wind of the game. They are the one that decides what that horrible “1” that you rolled means. They keep the campaign going. The hurl the forces of evil at you and expect you to keep it coming. The handle the hard questions and don’t balk when you decide to go to the village nearby instead of into the cave that they spent two weeks designing.

Here are some of my favorite out of context D&D quotes that I have found online.

DM Quotes from Dorkly.com:

  • You think the bears and boars have an alliance?
  • I try to seduce the lock.
  • I impale the merchant in his sleep. … How does his wife react?
  • We can’t kill the cannibal pony, I love her.
  • He is crippled and screaming in agony so no you can’t use diplomacy now.
  • Your stealth is so good you disappear from this plane of existence.
  • I now realize that letting you summon a kraken at will was an extremely poor choice.
  • …. it dies of stress from too much criticism.
  • We aren’t leprechauns, please don’t sell us.
  • Just because I am a lady doesn’t mean I’m going to carry all the food. That’s what the dwarf is for.
  • I won’t allow you to interrogate him by farting.
  • You can’t set water on fire just because you rolled a critical.

This list could go on and on. The number of weird conversations, odd statements, and just plain weirdness that happens around a tabletop adventure is endless.

Show your Game Master some love on Game Masters Appreciation Day. Bring them their favorite food, or a treat of some kind. Or, better yet, just go along with their ideas and stop fucking up the game.

James May aka Captain Slow

James May aka Captain Slow

James May

James May aka Captain SLow is one of my three favorite presenters on a car TV show. Now that being said, I only really watch one auto TV show at this point and that is The Grand Tour. James May is potentially the smartest person on a show with two other very intelligent people. He has a different take on cars and transportation in general. His eye to detail his sideways interpretation of their challenges and in general, his different take on life makes him the perfect addition to this group.

Noteworthy

  • Top Gear – 2003-2015 – This is still one of my favorite shows ever. EVER! May, Clarkson, and Hammond take on all things involving the automobile industry. This s the show that gave James May his nickname: Captain Slow.
  • The Grand Tour – After Jezza was kicked from the BBC, The Top Gear gang have jumped to their own Amazon original series. Season Two is even better than Season One.
  • Books – just a few select titles

If your ideas are good they rise, and if they’re a bit crap they sink.

-James May

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Noteworthy

  • WordPress – I don’t know that I can do WordPress service in a blurb. It will have to have its own article at some point. At last count, WordPress runs over 26% of the internet. WordPress posts and comments are in the milions. 44k+ plugins and more than 1 billion downloads. 56 translations of WordPress. WordPress.com is powered by less than 500 people. I love WordPress and it has made the internet friendlier, more open and more accessible.
  • Akismet – Crowdsourced spam and trackback filtering service. Think of this as a spam service that uses the total info provided by all of its users to help combat spam and trackbacks in the content marketing space. Comes preloaded with every WordPress install and it works like a champ.
  • Gravatar – Another service from Automattic (Mullenweg’s company). This service provides globally unique avatars. Register your account and it travels with you from blog to blog.
  • Vaultpress – WordPress backup and security. And with WordPress running a lot of the interwebs – you need to back that thing up and lock it down.
  • IntenseDebate – Bought by Automattic in 2008, IntenseDebate is a move to better comments. I have not used this plugin but to be honest after learning about it from this article I may give it a shot.
  • PollDaddy – It is in the name. Polling made easier… better… whatever you want to call it. This is one of the leading pollster services/platforms on the web today.

We’re not done yet, but two things WordPress has been able to exemplify is that open source can create great user experiences and that it’s possible to have a successful commercial entity and a wider free software community living and working in harmony.

-Matt Mullenweg

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On this day, 1962, NASA made a big announcement. They said they were gonna rocket it Like a C5 Like a C5 Rocket.

Ok, forgive my bit of punniness, but I am and always have been a fan of the US Space Agency, NASA. In 1962 they did announce that they were going to create a new rocket called the C5. This rocket became the backbone of the space race. It powered all of the Apollo missions and would eventually put us on the moon.

According to Wikipedia:

The three-stage rocket would consist of: the S-IC first stage, with five F-1 engines; the S-II second stage, with five J-2 engines; and the S-IVB third stage, with a single J-2 engine. The C-5 was designed for a 90,000-pound (41,000 kg) payload capacity to the Moon.

Lots of numbers and those numbers equate to power, lots of power. Th C5 was eventually renamed the Saturn V and these Saturn rockets were the biggest and coolest thing on the face of the planet. Really they were the most awesome thing we had a little off the planet as well.

As you may or may not know, Wernher von Braun the famed German rocket scientist was the brain behind the project along with hundreds of other German scientists. Von Braun’s designs put all the thrust that we needed behind the rocket to fuel Kennedy’s statement that we were going to put a man on the moon. That man on the moon would never have gotten there without the passion of the people of NASA and the C5. It is amazing what happens when you strap some electronics and three guys to the top of the biggest rocket known to man and shoot them at the moon.

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Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be

b-movie-coollageEmbrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be. Do not make the assumption that every movie is made to win an Oscar. Not all movies are film or art and not all films are good movies. To me, a movie is built, designed for entertainment. A movie can be entertaining without being good. But “good” is an interesting concept. If by good you are looking for high production value, world class acting and a deep well-crafted plot, then B-Movies are not good movies. But if you are looking for sheer entertainment value, give me Bruce Campbell and a bad horror movie any day of the week.

Some Examples:

CHUD II: Bud the Chud
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Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Behis is a sequel to a much better, kinda better horror movie. CHUD, in this case stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. In the second installment of the CHUD series we are focused on the one, left over zombie from the original. A zombie named Bud. Bud slips through the military’s fingers and begins to infect the town turning them all into mindless zombies.

Not great acting, not great production value, but damn is it a fun movie to watch. B-Movie mastery here in the fun of watching a partially funny almost serious zombie movie. From Bud mugging at the camera to the ending scene where you realize there could be a CHUD 3 (there isn’t, don’t worry), this is a perfect example of a movie that is not well made but that is fun as hell to watch.

Only the God damndest, ugliest barber I’ve ever seen. – Colonel Masters


Army of Darkness
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Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Behe third in the Evil Dead series of movies, Army of Darkness continues the exploits of Ash. Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, is all that you want a hero in an action horror movie to be. Sam Raimi did not mean for this movie to win awards, Bruce Campbell was not thinking that he would get an Oscar for Best Leading Man but what they did was create one of the most endearing cult movies that has ever been made.

One of my favorite parts of AoD is the one liners. No one in holiday delivers a one-liner like Bruce Campbell. He is the king of the B-Movies and we all love and adore him for it.

Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my BOOMSTICK! The twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart’s top of the line. – Ash


Scary Movie 2
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Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Behe first of the great modern parody/spoof movies. The Wayan Brothers killed it with the first Scary Movie flicks. This one is one of my favorites of the whole series. Scary Movie 1 is fantastic but some of the characters that the brought out in Scary Movie 2 where amazing. Chris Elliot is the standout. He is over-the-top and wonderful as Handyman the caretaker and butler. Go watch the scene where he is serving the food. He is creepy, genius throughout the whole scene.

And of course, this movie has Tim Curry in it. He will pop-up a lot in the movies I choose to write about, trust me.

Cindy, this is a skeleton, this is bones! Would you run from Callista Flockheart? – Brenda Meeks


Zombeavers
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Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be watched this movie on Netflix with in days of it turning up as a suggestion. I watched it and loved it. Soon after that the company I work for picked up a cabin in the Smoky Mountains by the same name – I know what better name for a cabin int he mountains than Zombeavers.

A chemical spill. Zombie Beavers. College kids in the woods. In my mind you have the makings of a fantastic 90-120 minutes worth of uncomplicated, horror movie goodness. I really dig bad horror movies and I have watched my fair share.

Did the creators of Zombeavers think they were making the best horror movie ever – NO! They were making a fun horror movie with a weird concept that sounded fun. I say make a Zombeavers 2.

We cannot turn against each other right now. That’s exactly what the beavers would want. – Sam


I am the perfect movie watcher. I will watch just about anything. I will watch bad movies, good movies, documentaries and everything in between. I don’t care what the movie is, I don’t care if it is some magnum opus of a movie. They don’t all have to be Schindlers List, they don’t all even have to be Ghostbusters. Sometimes, I just want to be entertained.

Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be