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

Zmesh – An Online Gaming Tool of Epic Proportions

HAL-9000 is watching youTo be truthful, Zmesh by www.zullotech.com is more than just a gaming tool….its an online collaboration solution. The hell with all that; this is my fun time. We only care about the fun. Let’s talk about its utility in terms of gaming.

We at HAG have been using it as a play testing tool for Shadows of Reality; and it has been working really well. It allows us to share control of a workspace, including files, a gameboard, voice-over-internet, etc. all with super-encryption. I recommend that you check it out. Here’s the info from the website:

ZMesh Image BetaGet Secure Remote Connection and Collaboration with Zmesh

 

 

Zmesh is the fast, easy and secure way to communicate and collaborate from any workstation in real time.

  • Access files, programs, email, and network

  • Increase your flexibility and productivity
  • Work on your office PC from home
  • Travel and use your PC remotely
  • Collaborate online with colleagues or customers
  • Audio & Video conferencing and streaming

A few caveats:

  • Zmesh is in Beta. Changes/Improvements/Tweaks are ongoing
  • My friend, Zullo, is the man behind the myth; he’s the creator of Zmesh
  • ZulloTech is offering lapdances to Betatesters….This is not a good thing.

~Adaen of Bridgewater

What more can I ask?

On my way out of the bachelor/bachelorette auction for the benefit of Easter Seals in Cleveland last week, I met an attractive young lady on her way to her car.  Her guardian angel must have been on a smoke break because she gave me her number.  So we chatted the other night on the phone.

 She likes horror movies.  House of 1,000 Corpses (a big, bad ass 9) is on her Netflix list.  Wow, how happy am I?  It gets better.  She likes wine and loves to cook.  And to make us all well rounded, our first date is the Monet exhibit at the art museum this Friday and then dinner in Little Italy.  Now, if only I can get her into sci fi…

-Elric

My FLGS is moving/closing/merging!

I just got an email that my Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS), Bad Moo Games, is closing, moving, and merging with a hitherto competitor. I have mentioned Bad Moo games in New Providence, NJ as the supplier of my two-year-old daughters Cowthulhu T-shirt.

Cowthulhu!!!

Although, they won’t be that much farther away (a 25 minute drive is becoming either 40 or 60 minutes depending on which location I choose to frequent), I have to say I will miss them in New Providence. I always try to give my custom to FLGS’s because I want them to continue to be there for me (i.e., exist). Online shopping is great and all, but there’s something to be said about being able to touch your games before you buy….and many FLGS’s have places to play games and regular events (tournaments, ongoing campaigns, game demos). Bad Moo had all these things and apparently will continue to do so with their new partner Dark Tower Games. From the look of Dark Towers website, this looks like it may be a good move as they appear to be a larger operation than Bad Moo. I will have to make a foray there to check them out.

Here are the full details from the email from Lionel (Bad Moo’s Owner):

Greetings Friends,

Yes, it’s true. The time has come for BAD MOO to leave New Providence . Two main factors contributed to this decision; first and foremost, we’re just not making enough money at this location to survive, secondly, our building is set to be sold, we don’t know when, so rather than get kicked out at the owners convenience, we’re leaving on our terms.

I know you’ll have a lot of questions, so I’ll try answer then here. If you have further questions please feel free to ask me.

When will you be closing?

BAD MOO will close its 80 South Street location at the end of February. Until then we will still run the store as usual, we’ll still have all our regular tournaments and our regular hours.

Where are you going?

BAD MOO is going to join forces with Dark Tower Games. http://www.darktowergames.net/ AND WE’LL HAVE TWO LOCATIONS; one 18 miles away at 3130 Route 10 West in Denville and the other a little further west at 126 Route 10 West in Succasunna. Our hope is to combine our areas of expertise in the business and create the biggest entertainment stores in New Jersey selling the best in face to face games, comic books and manga, sports cards, game/comic/sports collectibles, used video games and anime DVDs, and more!

Will you still be selling on-line?

Yes! BAD MOO and Dark Tower will combine websites, and with our combined buying power we’ll be able offer even more great items online.

What will happen to the Comic Book Club?

All of our current comic book customers are encouraged to continue their subscriptions with us. If you plan and are able to visit us in Denville or Succasunna we can continue your box there, or you can become a mail order customer. I WILL SEND ANOTHER E-MAIL WITH MORE DETAILS.

Will you still be running tournaments?

Yes. The days of the week may change, but you’ll still be able to play your favorite games and against even more opponents. Check our website at the end of February for new dates and times.

Will you still be running your annual special events?

Yes. We will still be participating in Free Comic Book Day, National Games Week, 24 Hour Comic Challenge, Topps Player of the Day and Card of the Week Programs, Major League Baseball Card Clubhouse program for Scouts, and we’re still available for Birthday Parties. Additionally, our bigger location will allow us to do signings with Comic Book Artists and other celebrities, as well as major release and pre-release events for your favorite games.

I still have gift certificates for BAD MOO, will I be able to use them at Dark Tower ?

Yes. We will honor BAD MOO gift certificates.

Are you sad to be leaving?

Very. We’ve made a lot of great friends over the past two years. I hope that you will be able to visit us at the new locations, but we understand if it is difficult. Danielle WILL join us at the new store, so you can visit her too.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

VIVA LA MOO

Lionel

BAD MOO Games and Collectibles

80 South Street

2nd Floor

New Providence, NJ 07974

908.898.1088

http://www.badmoo.com

~Adaen of Bridgewater, High Adventure Games

Aega Mythea Thought Item – Notation for HAGIS Dice Rolling

 Note: This was posted to the RPG Create Yahoo Group and there is some discussion there.

Flaming Bowl of Seeing

Notation for HAGIS Dice Rolling:

 

Full Notation

xdy(a)

Roll a number of dice in which x = the number of dice, d is merely an identifier that dice are involved, y = number of sides on each die, and a = the number of the die in order from highest to lowest.

e.g., a standard mid20 roll would be noted 3d20(2). A hi20 roll would be indicated as 3d20(1). A tri20 roll would be noted as 3d20(a); the “a” is left to indicate that the middle value is used unless a meta-game influence would indicate a different value be used.

 

 

Abbreviated Notation(s)

tri20

Roll three d20’s and take the middle die value (see also mid20). In instances in which a PASSION (a metagame influence) has been invoked or otherwise triggered, the high or low value (see also hi20 and lo20) is used as appropriate for the circumstances related to the meta-game influence activation. A tri20 roll can be represented as 3d20(a); the “a” is left to indicate that which value is used is subject to meta-game circumstances (the middle value is used as the default unless a meta-game influence would indicate a different value be used).

e.g., a standard tri20 roll might generate a 12, a 3, and a 15 which using the default middle value (i.e., mid20) yields a value of 12.

 

mid20

A tri20 roll taking the middle value of the three dice. This is the default for a tri20 roll.

hi20

A tri20 roll taking the high value of the three dice. This is not the default for a tri20 roll and is only used when indicated by a meta-game influence

lo20

A tri20 roll taking the low value of the three dice. This is not the default for a tri20 roll and is only used when indicated by a meta-game influence

Aega Mythea, an ancient recipe for High Adventure is made with HAGIS!

 

Note: This was posted to the RPG Create Yahoo Group and there is some discussion there.