Gaming and Writing

July 8, 2014

Hello my Imaginary Friends,

I may have way too many things on my mind right now. It has nothing to do with being busy and everything to do with my mind working in overtime. I blame running oneshots and preparing to run a new campaign.


After nearly four months of not running or playing in any games (pen and paper games like D&D) I ran a oneshot two weeks ago and another yesterday. Oneshots are short adventures that take an evening to start and finish.

I’ve learned some valuable lessons with both games. The first being that rules light games are harder for people to grasp as a first gaming experience. Second is that I’m very rusty with the D&D 3.5 rules. It took me forever to make characters.

I also got the Emerald Spire Superdungeon in the mail from Paizo. It’s the special Kickstarter, leather bound edition. It’s beautiful and exciting. I can’t wait to run my group through it on Thursday.


I’ve noticed most authors I know have another creative outlet. It varies from person to person, there’s gardening, sculpting, drawing, painting, music, acting, web videos etc.

I think it’s important to have an outlet that lets you do something other than writing. I’m still not an official author but I’ve noticed that writing sort of steels a section of my brain. I’m constantly thinking of scenes, stories, novels, characters and other things for what I’m writing or want to write. It’s exhausting and sometimes builds into stress.

If I don’t do something else with my mind, I often feel guilty for not writing. Writing is a combination urge, craving, and need.

The closest thing I have to another creative outlet is gaming. It allows me to use the same parts of my brain that create stories for another purpose. A good gaming session, or preparation session feels like I’ve rebooted or defragmented my brain. It’s great.

I’ve also greatly enjoyed working on my own gaming system called Four Attribute Duel Dodecahedron System or FADDS for short. I’ve talked about it before but I’ll be doing some playtest at the end of August for the game.

I’m toying with the idea of filming a playtest oneshot to see how well it plays.



On the note of writing, I’m hard at work on chapter 20 of Parasomnia. It started out as a Supernatural Suspense but I think I’ll have to re-classify it as a Drama Fantasy. I also started writing it for Adults but I’m fairly sure it’s better suited for Young Adults, or that odd new category called New Adults.

The book should have roughly 23-25 chapters and I’m going to do something with it that I’ve never needed to do before and that’s edit the crap out of it before my Weditor (Also known as my Wife) looks at it.

Unlike the Elizabeth Investigates series, I find this book needs a lot more cleanup. It might be that I have 5 POV characters instead of 2 or maybe the others need it and I didn’t notice. Either way once I’m done I’ll have a few weeks’ worth of work before I send it to the Weditor.

An author I know, and respect, sends her beta readers her new books one at a time. So she’s already edited what the first one says before she sends it to the second one. I think this is a brilliant way to get a book edited and that’s what I’ll do with this one when it’s done.

It’s been a hard book to write. Each of the five main characters is fundamentally broken. I don’t mean a fatal flaw but a mental problem that hampers their development and their ability to deal with the world. It’s hard to include those things and try to make them realistic without caricaturizing them.

There’s still a strong dose of action and adventure throughout but this book has more character introspection than I’ve ever attempted.

I’m very proud of it so far and I hope it will be well received.

That’s it for today.

See you tomorrow with more random topics.


Recommendation Wednesday – WereGeek

April 23, 2014

Hello my imaginary friends,

Last week I wrote ahead to make sure I had Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off from writing. I thought that was enough. I totally forgot about the fact that Monday was a vacation and that I should have worked ahead. Past Eric messing with present Eric again.

Of course it’s a short week and the workload can be described as “AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” so I’m not getting as much done as I’d like.

For all those reasons I’m starting a new tradition: Recommendation Wednesday. Where it’s Wednesday and I recommend something.

This week’s recommendation is: WereGeek.

It’s the most balanced gaming/slice of life comic I’ve read. The characters are fun and believable and the gaming is exciting and makes me want to try new things. Plus there’s a healthy sprinkling of puns.

Alina Pete has a great sense of humour and a great feel for characters. Go give it a read if you’re into gaming and like webcomics.




The Siberys Operative Eberron 3.5

August 25, 2009

The Siberys Operative


Base Attack Bonus: +12
Feats: Combat expertise, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack, Whirlwind Attack, Improved Feint.
Abilities: Evasion
Skills: Stealth 11 ranks, and Bluff 11 ranks.

Hit points: d8
Skills per Level: 6+ Int Modifier

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Fort Save Ref
1st +0 +2 +2 +0 Fast Movement +10ft, Sneak attack +1d6
2nd +1 +3 +3 +0 Hide in Plain Site, Careful Step +5ft
3rd +2 +3 +3 +1 Improved Evasion, Sneak Attack +2d6
4th +3 +4 +4 +1 Fast Movement +20ft, Careful Step +10ft
5th +4 +4 +4 +1 Improved Whirlwind Attack, Improved Wandwind Attack, Sneak Attack +3d6

Fast Movement +10ft (Ex):

At first level a Siberys Operative base speed increases by 10ft and by another 10ft for a total of 20ft at level 4.

Sneak Attack :

A Siberys Operative gains the ability to sneak attack, like the rogue ability.

Hide in Plain Site (Ex):

At second level a Siberys Operative gains the ability to use the hide skill even when being watched or in the open.

Improved Evasion (Ex):

This ability, gained at third level, works like evasion. A Siberys Operative takes no damage at all on successful saving throws against attacks that allow a Reflex saving throw for half damage. What’s more, she takes only half damage even if she fails her saving throw.

Careful Step (Ex):

At second level and at fourth level, the Siberys Operative can weave in and out of combat with little difficulty, allowing them to move an extra 5ft without an attack of opportunity at second level and an additional 5ft at fourth level.

Improved Whirlwind Attack (Ex):

At fifth level a Siberys Operative is so comfortable with their Whirlwind attack that it no long takes them a full round action, instead it is treated as a standard action.

This allows the Siberys Operative to use a move action in order to either move or use improved feint; only one bluff check is used for all enemies. 

*Edited* Improved Wandwind Attack:

The Improved Whirlwind Attack ability can be used in conjunction with a wand that uses a touch attack and Use Magic Device check.

The Siberys operative must make a Use Magic Device check of 20+opponents Base attack bonus or incur an attack of opportunity. The target must be in adjacent scare and must still pass the normal save. Each attack is treated separately and therefore uses a separate charge from the wand even if the attack fails.

Ebb’s story

April 16, 2009

Here is the story of how Ebb got Ruby back.

Edited Eberron Character sheet

April 6, 2009

I’ve made some minor changes to the first part of the Wizards Eberron Character Sheet. I’ve moved things around and added a few boxes but the big change was incorperating Pathfinder skills into the sheet. 

Here is the PDF for download: Eberron Character Sheets Edited

A Review of Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition

November 20, 2008


Before I start ranting about Fourth Edition, here’s an article from GeekDad over at Wired that I completely agree with and think has some wonderful ideas

Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition

I’d like to preface this by saying: I am not an expert on RPG’s I’ve played D&D 3.5 almost exclusively for the past five years.

With that said I haven’t enjoyed fourth edition. It seems stiffening for both the GM and the players.

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Eberron Motivational Posters.

October 24, 2008