Jul 112014
 

A short while ago, I was contacted by Sam of SingleHop(http://www.singlehop.com/) and asked a few questions in regards to the upcoming Geekness day of July the 13th. First I’ll list the questions, then answer them one by one.

Questions
1. What makes you a geek?
2. What is your proudest geek moment?
3. What is your geek motto/favorite geek quote?
4. Who is your geek role model?
5. Which SingleHopper geek do you most relate to? Why?
6. How familiar are you with SingleHop’s product offerings (dedicated servers, private cloud hosting, managed hosting, etc.)?
7. Anything else you think we should know?

Answers
1. What makes you a geek?

According to wiki a geek is “The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit”. Well lets see what that covers for me. I love sci-fi such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly etc. I have an appreciation of Lord of the Rings. Please ignore my big collection of memorable and collectibles such as my light sabers, Gen 1 Optimus Prime , plush yoda and RPG related book collection. Oh and of course running Ennead Games and making rpg supplements and products for other writers and story tellers.

2. What is your proudest geek moment?

Meeting the cast and crew of not only Babylon 5 but Gareth Thomas from Blakes-7 a few years back. One of those moments where you make a funny squealing like noise and then think “oh dear, I’ve embarrassed myself” only to have a huge mountain of a person do the same right after you for the same reason, you both then look at each other and grin and go and have a nice chat and get an autograph from someone who stared in a show you used to watch religiously as a kid.

3. What is your geek motto/favorite geek quote?

There are several, most of them from monty python and the holy grail. I wont put them here, but one about being repressed and a shrubbery should give people an idea of the ones I’m talking about. But my fav quote related to geek-culture is “I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code” as I have done some programming in my time and who at some point hasn’t wanted to change something about the world?

4. Who is your geek role model?

I have two actually, from the same field – namely rps. The first is Gary Gygax for co-creating Dungeons and Dragons. Picking up a book in school about DnD started my life long-fascination with both fantasy, lord of the rings and rpgs, eventually leading to my current position. It was a sad day when he passed away, but I like to think he’s up there, gaming with the best people from history. The second is from the same industry, and is Monty Cook. He has done a lot of amazing work over the years and the quality is simply amazing in my view. Numenera is ,if i am honest, the type of game i wished i had designed and published.

5. Which SingleHopper geek do you most relate to? Why?

Hmm that’s a tricky one, but probably David Dunlap. Why? This quote from one of his posts “I am a big believer when it comes to hands on experience. There are just some things that must be felt.”. I’ve always believed that experience is the best teacher and this sums it up for me perfectly.

6. How familiar are you with SingleHop’s product offerings (dedicated servers, private cloud hosting, managed hosting, etc.)?

I’ve seen SingleHop around on my net browsing before. I’m the type of person that only goes looking for something when i really need it. Such as new shoes or managed hosting(bit of a jump between the two I know)

7. Anything else you think we should know?

Have a look at Ennead games Facebook page. I regularly post updates and offers only there. But more importantly, if anyone starts hating on you or your hobby, like many geeks did as kids, it’s probably because they don’t understand how much it means to you and are probably jealous that they don’t have something to be passionate about in their lives. So don’t get angry about it, just let them get on with it – as the saying goes “Haters gonna hate”

Jul 112014
 

Need a name for your Greek themed male characters ? Roll a d20 and check below to see what you get!

D20 x
1 Agamemnon Nicolo
2 Athanasios Kamber
3 Caesar Zurlo
4 Carsten Rondo
5 Dimosthenis Gikas
6 Euclid Vassallo
7 Hector Rokos
8 Hercules Kondos
9 Hydrus Nino
10 Ilias Glaros
11 Nikodemos Rokos
12 Nikos Kanelos
13 Panayiotis Rines
14 Prometheus Demos
15 Sesame Vlahos
16 Sokratis Agne
17 Stelios Politis
18 Thanos Myron
19 Xenophon Lois
20 Xylo Soter

Need more? Then have a look at the Greek Name Generator or purchase “100 Greek Names – Male” today

Jul 102014
 

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Jul 092014
 

Hemcus, like most farming towns, is small, compact and happy with the way things are. The corn they produces feeds many hungry mouths, the weather is good and the people are, for the most part, friendly. Yes it’s a quite out-of-the-way kinda place, not for everyone,but that’s just the way the folks who live there like. They have nothing against visitors (just prefer being on their own) and welcome all with a friendly smile as they arrive and eventually leave.

Their lives have recently changed when a meteor shower took place. Although the shower was, by itself, not something to write any scientific papers about, what was found afterwards got quite a few people’s attention.

Called Star-Jelly , this translucent or grayish-white gelatin like substance, normally evaporates soon after “falling”. 3 days late the original mass, which is approximately 2 feet across and very flat, is still here and has in fact grown slighty. It gives off a slight , almost pleasant, floral smell when within a few feet of the substance and some remark that it resembles fungus or algae. Animals seem repulsed by the star-jelly.

Scientists from around the world have started to flock to the area, disrupting the lives of those who work and live in the town, also putting strain on rescources.The Star Jelly of Hemcus(SJH) has even reached international news. So far, no-one has been able to come up with a 100% answer as to what the substance is. To the disappointment of the locals, investigations are going to take a long time.

Hooks & Rumours

  • Some scientists belive that the SJH is a form of nano-technology that somehow got attached to the meteor.
  • An increasing amount of the locals are starting to get annoyed by the scientists and the testing they keep doing. Tensions are starting to run high between the two groups
  • The military have begun covert investigations into the nature of the SJH
  • A second deposit has been found in another town nearby, yet that had no meteors land.How did it get there?
  • It has been discovered that a rather large chunk of the SJH has been removed by rather crude methods
  • The SJH is still growing and now is starting to take on the same colouration as the surrounding soil in which it rests.
  • Analysis of the surrounding soil has revealed that the soil has been drained of nitrates and any insect or invertebrate that touches it is consumed and absorbed by the SJH
  • A couple of youths have been admitted to the nearby hospital, raving about “Tasting Eternity”. It is believed that they somehow got their hands on the SJH and consumed it

This was created based on the ideas in this post:

http://enneadgames.com/stuck-for-ideas-for-your-campaign-or-story/

Article Used as Inspiration: Star Jelly

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_jelly

Stats and details are expressed in generic terms to allow for use in as many games and genres as possible. As with other Campaign Chunks this is designed to be used as a starting block for your own ideas.

Jul 082014
 

Easthalen #8 – Major Geographical Features

Last time the Chaotic Desert was talked about. This is not the only major geographical feature in Easthalen, but it is one of the most deadly and, some would argue that it’s nature makes it more like a spell gone wild as opposed to a feature. So here’s a brief overview of the major geographical features of Easthalen.

Designers note: As with any of these rough-guides, the actual name, size and location may and probably will change between now and when Easthalen finally goes live. Think of them and anything else in these guides as work in progress. These are not the only features of course, but a sample of the ones the world contains.

Crater Ocean – Already been mentioned, but due to its size and the fact it has within it Franner Isle, makes it impossible to miss.
Drakholme Mountains – Northeast part of the world, contains the highest peak in the world and many valleys. Part of the range goes “beyond” the barrier.

Scion Forest – South of the Drakholme mountains. Has some of the largest trees in the world and rumoured to be the location where the gods would go to imbue their children with knowledge and power.

Razor Plain – A area that on any other world would be considered average. Called the Razor plains due to the fact it has a type of grass that if moved through at fast speed can cut unprotected legs and beings like it was a sharp razor. Predators have been spotted driving their prey into the razor grass to cut and weaken them before going for the kill.

Star River – Although not the largest river in the world, it’s the most famous. This is believed to be due to the fact it runs through a seemingly never-ending silver mine, picking up small flakes of silver ore along the way. At certain times of the year the river can appear to light up like a star. The water is effective against lycanthropes, but it is advised to not drink it and is treated as a salt-water river.

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