Monday, December 15, 2014

Re-establishing for a New Year

Do you want to know what's frustrating?

Being a content creator in your job means that you burn a lot of creative juices doing every day things. It's your job, so it's something you're always working on, always working towards, and always pushing to the limits to grow and develop.

That's great, and I love it, and there's little in this world I would trade for my job. But it's frustrating to have so many other, primarily hobby oriented things that require those creative juices and having to constantly put them on the back burner when I run dry.

I've accomplished a lot since the last time I updated this blog. For those of you who don't know me personally, I got a job at Blizzard Entertainment as a Community Manager for Diablo III. I've done some ridiculously amazing stuff in that time, and it's still surreal to look at the launcher from time to time and see my own face staring back at me. That was the coolest feeling - being messaged and PM'd and Tweeted at by old friends who reconnected because OMFG WHY ARE YOU IN MY BNET LAUNCHER? It's been a great, though exhausting, time getting settled in, establishing my place, and figuring out where exactly the lines are drawn between work and play.

This is a constant battle I think a lot of content creators face, whether they're writers, editors, directors, artists, streamers, or whatever else might fall under that vast and varied umbrella. To that end, I want to strive in 2015 to be more productive and creative than I ever have before. However, because of that constant battle with burn out, I can't make promises on delivery. Ultimately, my health (especially mental) will always come first. Sometimes, that's going to involve wanting to be wholly unproductive because I've blown everything I've got at work.

I'm content with that. I've absolutely no shortage of creative ideas or projects that I want to tackle. Anything I do pursue is good for me; it's enrichment for not only my personal life, but for my professional life as well. I'll tackle things at my own pace, but not without a little motivation assistance here or there; maybe I'll make a post on what I've learned about time management and extracurricular motivation down the road (if only to remind myself of what I'm doing right).

That's it really; if you're new here, great. Don't expect work related stuff here. This is my playground. A place where my word dumps come to die (or be consumed by those who stumble upon it). I can explore my own interests here, create my own things, and share them at my leisure.

I wonder how many more posts like this I'll write like this in my lifetime. With any luck, this will be the last.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Holy Crap, It's July

Boy, have I been busy.

It has been non-stop Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, designing, creating, throwing away, redesigning, re-creating, streaming, and new game playing for the last two months. So much for the schedule I'd set for myself.

Here's what I have worked on, and I hope that I can write about it a bit more in the coming weeks:

-Kylind Campaign is going to be adapted to the Pathfinder system. I have a lot of reasons for doing this, but the main one is because Pathfinder is all published under OGL, or the Open Gaming License. As a writer and designer, this is a god-send because I don't have to worry about stepping on toes when I'm working on my own mechanics. If I like how something works, now I can reference it for players. If I don't like how something works, I can provide alternate rules in my document. Really, it's less of a mess and headache, so that's what I'm working on now - full scale conversion.

-Streaming! I now stream approximately five times a week on My channel is located here and has been added to the sidebar links. At the moment, I stream two things regularly: Diablo III on Mon/Wed/Fri and Minecraft on Tues/Thurs. I may swap a day here or there in and out for other things by request, but that's my general schedule. Be sure to catch me between 1PM-5PM PST/PDT Monday through Friday if you want to see me fail miserably (okay, maybe moderately succeed) at gaming.

-YouTube Videos. This was requested by the few people who currently follow me on stream. Right now, I'm drafting out ideas on what I can make videos for and how often. So this is in the pipeline, just not sure when or what just yet. I'll see what I can do. =) Because there's nothing there right now, I'm not planning on linking it. Just keep an eye out for it in the future.

-THE BOOK. And yes, I do mean THE book (my dad's). Book #3 is on the gamut next for editing and release. It has been in my backlog for two years now, and I have nothing but time to get it done now, so I want to take advantage of that. Other projects will likely have to go on hold for it, but that's okay. I owe it to myself, my father, and to the people who enjoy it to get it out there. That, and if I finish it sometime this year, maybe next year I'll have Book #4 to work on!

-THE GAME. There is a game of the video variety that I have had tumbling about in my head for quite some time now. Unfortunately, I think someone may have gone and made it already, though it isn't out yet. So now, I need to decide if it's worth developing on my own with a few trusted associates as competition. That's a whole other project on its own, and likely the lowest in priority as a result. Definitely has the most work to do.

Last but not least, I am still job searching. You may remember several months ago I posted about what to do when you find yourself without work. Regrettably, I haven't been very good at taking my own advice, so now it's time to hold myself accountable. Feel free to hold me accountable too! Poke me on Twitter. Comment on my blogs. Yell at me about why I haven't posted anything recently.

I owe the world so much for being so kind. It's about time I pay it back by letting all these head goblins out and producing something wonderful. I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, April 19, 2013

[D&D] Kylind Campaign - Philosophy

Rather than just copy paste something else out of my source documentation, I wanted to talk a little bit today about inspiration and philosophy for my campaign setting. This week has been particularly rough in terms of motivation, and I couldn't help but feel like the best exercise I could provide to myself to get out of that was stepping back and attempting to analyze what it is that I want to do with this campaign.

Friday, April 12, 2013

[D&D] Kylind Campaign - Class Preview: Chronologist

Hello everyone,

I need to be much better about having a regular schedule with this blog. I've done a poor job, and it doesn't reflect well on me. So, at least look for a weekly update every Friday with a new look into my unique D&D campaign. Today, I'll be giving a taste of one of my unique classes - introducing the Chronologist.

Bear in mind that as a sneak peek for this base class, I'm only revealing some of the description and the first two levels of the class. This is the current iteration, so there may be changes when the supplement as a whole is considered complete. In addition, you'll see a few things referenced that you won't find in another supplement. For those, I may preview them later, or perhaps once the supplement is finished, you'll have to pick it up to fill in the blanks!

I'd like to thank Bill and Ashton for their work in helping me tune this class. Bill has had to put up with a class that was extremely under-tuned at first, and Ashton helped me with much of the research done to improve the class. Without either of their input, I'd likely have scrapped the idea before fleshing it out. Thanks guys!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

[D&D] Kylind Campaign - A Short History

It has been a hectic few weeks, let me tell you. But you don't come here to read about my (mis)adventures in unemployment. You come here (I hope) to read interesting topics on gaming. So today, we're going back to my biggest roots and talking about D&D.

Today, I want to introduce you to a campaign I'm running for a small group of friends. Ultimately, when everything is said and done, I'd like to compile, proofread, format, and send this campaign off to a publisher. If you're interested in 3.5ED D&D and looking for a new world to explore, that's what I want this to be.

At this time, I plan to have Kylind offering a map of the region, a base adventure (crafted by me, but guided by my group of clever and hilarious friends), five new races, one new base classes, and four new prestige classes. There will also be a cluster of new items, spells, and feats for you to try out. I'd like to preview a bit of it, in hopes to generate interest, and perhaps gather some feedback on what I'm doing right and what I could do better. Enjoy a short history of the region as well as short descriptions of my races. My apologies if the reading's a bit bland - history tends to read that way.