Fading Suns: Noble Armada Greenlight

We are currently trying to get Fading Suns: Noble Armada greenlit on Steam, and would really appreciate your support: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=220478303

A number of people have asked why we are working on a Noble Armada computer game and not Emperor of the Fading Suns II. The short answer is that EFS took an exponentially larger budget than we have for this game.

The more detailed answer is that we designed the Fading Suns universe to explore it in a number of different ways and from a number of different perspectives.

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Counting to D6

At 19-months, RPGBaby surprised us by counting from 1 to 5, unprompted and correctly. The very next day she made it to 6. She has continued to increase her range, but she always leaves off 7. At first I thought it was because it was a two-syllable word, but now that she can count to 11, I have to form a new hypothesis. My current one is that her current rules are based on a D6 system and that we need to get her on an open-source D20 system quickly. Then we can upgrade her to percentiles.

Doing damage

Exciting Bachelor Weekend for RPGDad

My wife and baby are out of town, so I have an exciting bachelor weekend planned!

A. Relax and drink olive oil (1)
B. Read a book (2)
C. Mop! (3)

Yes, gaming is also planned! I really need to playtest some Noble Armada 😀

(1) This is a great way to treat gall stones. Fast, drink olive oil and relax, and the body flushes them out. I had my first gall stone attack 30 years ago, but discovering the olive oil flush has kept me from needing my gall bladder cut out.
(2) I read a LOT of books with Sage, but this book is longer than 10 pages
(3) The excitement of this opportunity needs no explanation to the parent of any child!

Working on Her A-B-Ls

One of RPGBaby’s favorite words is “work,” and she actually gets upset with her if we don’t let her work when she asks. She currently has a variety of Word docs she is turning into masterpieces of 19-month old toddlerese. She especially impressed me today by not only turning on her computer herself but also repeatedly using the mouse to highlight the file on which she wanted to “work.”

I had wondered if “working” on a traditional QWERTY keyboard would confuse her learning the alphabet, but she is putting those fears to rest. Yesterday she made it from A-L in the Alphabet Song without any help, and can now complete the whole alphabet if I sing it at the same time as she. Of course, that does not mean she recognizes the letters yet – just the ability to sing a song.

What is Tucker? Part 3: Ability to be Left Alone

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Ability to be Left Alone

In my last post, I talked about how one of Tucker’s characteristics is how easy it is to get to know your neighbors. An equally important characteristic is how easily it is to get people to leave you alone. A lot of folks moved to unincorporated Tucker specifically to avoid being bothered. People in Tucker are approachable, but they are not going to force themselves on you.

There is an old adage that I agree with, that “people want to know your business when they have no business of their own worth knowing.” Tucker may not be the city too busy to hate, but it is an active city with much to do, and even more to do outside of city limits.

I have lived in a handful of Tucker neighborhoods since the mid 90s and worked in a number of others. One characteristic I have found true throughout the city limits is that people’s’ desire to know about you directly corresponds to your willingness to approach them. There might be an initial hello, but if you do not make an effort to move things past that point, already-established residents will not push the point.

If you want to put forth that effort, then that Tucker friendliness I discussed in Part 2 kicks in. Otherwise, they are perfectly happy to leave you alone. When I first moved to Tucker, I rented a house in an older neighborhood. I was head down in starting a new business (located half a mile from the house I was renting), and had no time or energy to devote to neighborhood matters.

Neighbors would wave, but I almost never spoke to them. About a decade later I moved back into a different house in the same neighborhood, but had more time for community matters. The same neighbors still lived there, and when I approached them, they were more than happy to talk and involve me in their activities. As long as I wanted to be left alone, however, they were glad to oblige.

A number of people I know bought homes in Tucker specifically to avoid over-active homeowner associations and restrictive neighborhood covenants. Now that Tucker is a city, there will probably be more concern over code violations than when it was unincorporated DeKalb County. However, since the city is still finding its bearing, I suspect code enforcement will not prove overbearing.

It has been clear to me that a trait of Tuckerites is their willingness to respect other people’s privacy. Has that been your experience as well?