Monday, May 27, 2013

This is kinda pathetic, I'm sure.  But, it's a big thing to me.

Nearly a hundred years ago, or actually... 12?  I started playing StarCraft.  That's not quite true, but it's close enough.  I had it for a while, tried to play it, but couldn't find the time to invest in it to become interested in it.  In short, it wasn't until I got to college that I was into StarCraft.

Over the years, college interfered, girlfriends, moving, deaths, the year of hell, etc.  I stopped for a long time after my brother died, merely because I was playing the game while he was dying, though I didn't know it at the time.  I felt pretty guilty about it.

Since I started writing my yearly resolutions/to do lists, StarCraft and StarCraft:  Broodwar have been on it.  Some of the time I "wasted" playing my own versions of my own games, some of the time I just spent making my own missions.  So, while it's been a long time, it hasn't been a very concerted effort.  Still, I finally finished it.  I'm pretty psyched.

Actually, over the past couple weeks, I've made a sustained effort and it's paid off.  I've gotten better to the point that the end mission was long, but wasn't as difficult as it had always otherwise been.

Anyway, I'm pretty proud.  So, I thought I would share.

- Jim

Call what I do what you will, but I get absorbed into it.  Every now and then I look around and notice the world has changed around me.  The internet comes on computers now?  Will wonders never cease?

So, it is with sadness, but probably little surprise that I find that West End Games, formerly the maker of Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game is liquidating.  Not just scaling back or losing some titles because some asshat decided their crappy new Jar-Jar filled movies justified raising the price of a licensing deal, but really liquidating. 

I'm not saying it was a perfect system.  Where Rolemaster by Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) was really too much, WEG was too damned simple for my tastes.  But still, I'm not a fan of Wizards of the Coast's lame attempts at controlling the entire RPG sector.  Thanks for ruining the world WotC. 

Yeah, I know WEG's demise started back in the 90's of the last century.  I didn't figure they'd last long without Star Wars and indeed, they surprised me by lasting as long as they did.  I also know that this liquidation is old news.  Sue me.  Please refer to the first paragraph.

As much as I post those Dice pictures, I'm not a gamer any more.  Not really.  I pull the books and binders out every now and then and scrape the dust off, but little more than that.  I've purchased... what, one RPG book in the last year?  Two?  I'm not going to look.  It would just make me more depressed.

Ah well.  I still have my memories.

- Jim