Aega Mythea Dev Backonline!

I’m back to working on my game…very rough draft of text is in the making. The concepts are all in my head. Just need to get them into type!

~AoB

Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And onto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure! – R. E. Howard

Introduction

Welcome, dear travelers! You have wandered far from the days of ordinary life into the age of myths, the Aega Mythea (ā-ˈēg-ə mitḣ-ˈā-ə). A place in time when great heroes did great deeds…things to be remembered in ages to come. You, no doubt, have come to claim your piece of glory; to fullful your fate or to be master of your own destiny…Still unclear what I’m talking about? Let me explain…No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Aega Mythea is a pen and paper role-playing game set in the mythic past; a time of swords and sorcery when deeds were done boldly, magic was a potent force, and heroes were larger than life. There’s a long history of pen and paper or table-top role-playing games which I will ignore other than to refer those unfamiliar with such games here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role-playing_game_(pen_and_paper). Suffice it to say, that I have played many of these games and enjoyed nearly all of them. So why create another one? Why not create it? Aega Mythea is the distillation of my gaming history, taking the best of what I liked and embodying it in an integrated form with a singular goal of steering play stylistically toward what is most important to the players.

Reading the Draft

Tied in with traveling, I’ve been busy reading the draft of my friend’s new novel. Its a fantasy piece and, quite frankly, I’m floored….it’s that good. It is based on a setting originally conceived as a part of our gaming, but expanded upon and polished. I’m under a gag order to say more, but will be looking forward to the day I can formally announce publication here. Way to be, Wraith.

~AoB

GOLD

A little while back, I got the following message as a pending comment on the  “About HAG” page:

Submitted on 2009/01/23 at 11:48pm

This is David. I’m a long time tabletop RPGer who got my first taste of 1st Ed AD&D in 1986. I just wanted to let you know about my current project — a web series comedy about professional role playing gamers: GOLD.

http://www.goldtheseries.com

Maybe you decide to write about it (that’s be nice). Or, maybe not. Either way, I’d love you to watch it.

“GOLD” follows the American and British Goblins & Gold RPG teams as they prepare for the World Role Playing Games Championships. Told in traditional narrative style with a mix of drama and subtle comedy, “GOLD” is both a comic look at the American portrayal of sports in television and film, and a loving tribute to the wonderful world of traditional, pen-and-paper style role playing games.

Anyway, we’ve three episodes so far, with four more on the way to round out our first season. New episodes are posted monthly. We’d love you to stop by and check it out:

http://www.goldtheseries.com

Thanks,

David Nett, Executive Producer, GOLD

sam_1024x768Well, I really didn’t have time to take a look right then and then well, sort of forgot about it. This morning, I remembered and decided to take a look while everyone is still asleep….and its totally hilarious! Not since “The Gamers” have I laughed so hard at silly gaming goodness. I encourage you to take a look. I plan on enjoying Episode 2 later today….and 3 when it comes out on the 20th.

Cheers,

GOLD: Episode 1 (SD) from David Nett on Vimeo.

~AoB

TFE and Adult

I have long wondered why my Star Trek Inspirational Posters post has been so popular. Actually, it has kind of pissed me off. I mean, that post is only tangentially related to the subject of this blog. Uggggh!

Today, I went and actually looked at it and immediately saw why. I tagged it with the word “adult”….enough said. People came to it looking for porn….or images of dirty, dirty sex (dds). So, to test this theory, I’ve added some suspect tags to this post. My apologies if you were looking for naked coeds….I hope you will forgive my “scientific” exploration of the Stupidity of Humanity (SoH).

A second thought has just occurred to me….it could be that Kirk is just *that sexy*…..could it be?

~AoB

Zmesh Review – A Formal Assessment

The Zmesh product has been discussed on HAG before, but here is a more detailed view from Doc Pazzazzu….

 

I first learned of the ZPN Mesh as I struggled to find a way to facilitate online meetings between individuals scattered around the world. To make these sessions as productive as possible they required sharing a whiteboard and multiple simultaneous applications. It also needed to support video and voice conferencing. Finally, the sessions required rapid swapping of text, spreadsheet, and graphical files. Since most of the information being exchanged is confidential, security and encryption were paramount. Our groups tried many off-the-shelf solutions, but none were able to provide the set of features that were needed. I even tried to cobble together several solutions that specialized in each feature, but the resulting amalgam of applications was inadequate, ate up bandwidth, and was cumbersome.

When I heard of Zullo Technology’s ZPN Mesh, it sounded almost too good to be true. So I decided to give it a try. The ZPN Mesh client installed quickly and was very easy for everyone involved to use. Even the technophobes in the groups found it easy to install and get running. The ZPN Mesh even made it possible for individuals that are behind various firewalls and across many networks to interconnect and join the mesh, all without having to change or configure a single setting on their computer, firewall, or router.

One of the greatest benefits that we discovered on the ZPN Mesh was the ability to have several applications shared across multiple computers. When more than one person can view AND control several remote applications it provides unparalleled opportunity for communication. This feature has become such a staple to our on-line meetings that we can no longer conduct productive meetings without this ability. When we added in the other multi-media features, like the high quality voice conferencing, the video conferencing (adjustable quality control!), and file transfers, the ZPN Mesh blended all of these features together into a simple to use and efficient ensemble that even most nascent of computer users could utilize. And it did it without bogging down.

Even for people who don’t have regular on line meetings, this product still has huge potential. If you are maintaining the computers for a household or small company, the ZPN Mesh has shown itself to be an invaluable product. For example, it enabled rapid troubleshooting of my wife’s laptop on the other side of the globe, despite the fact that neither she nor I have very good computer skills. With only two mouse-clicks, I could “take over” her desktop and actually see the problem and attempt to troubleshoot it, all in real-time. This was perfect for a technophobe spouse that needs help with their laptop when traveling and also allowed her to send pictures and files back to the home computer for safe keeping.

One of the most important features to my online conferences is that all of the information passed between computers is encrypted. In my line of work, it is critical to be able to discuss any and all possibilities without fear of someone listening in and potentially getting the wrong idea, or stealing the confidential data. The ZPN Mesh has proven to me to be one of the most secure conferencing and online meeting solutions, bar none.

I highly recommend this powerful and easy to use product.

~Doctor Pazzazzu