Archive for the ‘Non-Gaming’ Category

Falling Off An Airplane

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Yoes, 🙂

So, I fell off an airplane, last Saturday. On purpose.

Yes, it was a perfectly good airplane, in perfect working order, leisurely cruising at 120 Km/h, at a 4.2Km altitude.

No, I was not wearing a parachute. Instead, I was wearing a dude who was wearing a parachute. It’s called a tandem jump. 🙂

They do a video montage of the whole thing. Check it out:


Give It Five Minutes

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Hoy, 🙂

A coleague at work pointed me towards this. I figure it was worth sharing.

Give It Five Minutes


Agora – Solar System goes Space Opera

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Hello, all, 🙂

Wikipedia defines Space Opera as “a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, generally involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities. […] Perhaps the most significant trait of space opera is that settings, characters, battles, powers, and themes tend to be very large-scale”.

Indeed, Agora is a game of space battles, interstellar intrigue, kings, emperors and dictators, air locks and blaster burns, a galaxy-wide Faith, an Imperial Navy, and naturally, an autonomous and self sufficient space station parked in the middle of nowhere.

The above is the introductory section for Agora, a space opera setting for Eero Tuovinen’s Solar System rules set, as based off of The Shadow of Yesterday, by Clinton R. Nixon.

In addition to the obvious Babylon 5 inspiration, Agora drinks from many sources, ranging from the strictly historic, like ancient Rome or the Spanish Inquisition, to the most outlandish science fiction franchises, like Star Wars and Star Trek. References will be obvious throughout this text, and the authors make no claim to the referenced material.

Agora was developed by Gonçalo Cardoso Dias, Diogo Curado, Luis Figueira and myself. Originally, we were going to license it under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Portugal license, but then this happened, so we’re not. Instead, we’re going to get it illustrated and published as both a PDF and a print-on-demand book, and sell it. All the proceeds will go to a charity in Gonçalo’s name.

We think it’s a fitting memorial.

In any case, I’d like to show some writing samples, stuff that’ll give a feeling of where we went with it.


The Bear

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Hey, 🙂

As I was browsing the other day, I ran across this:

The Bear

Being a proud father of a brand new one-year-old, it just blew me away…

Thought y’all should know. 🙂


In Memoriam

Saturday, January 7th, 2012


I lost a friend and a gaming partner over New Year’s Eve.

Just before four A.M., we watched him go through a rather violent convulsive seizure, from which he made what looked like a full recovery. Still, it was a violent thing, and we called an ambulance and insisted he get to the hospital and get checked out by a doctor.

As it happened, somewhere between five and six A.M., still in the hospital, he went through a second massive convulsive seizure, and this time, he didn’t recover at all.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Gonçalo Cardoso Dias. You played a good game, my friend, but now your seat is empty, your boards are folded up, your pieces are all put away and your characters lie lifeless in their folders.

Still, their memory lives on in the worlds you helped create, design and build, just as you yourself live on in the memories of everyone who’s ever played with you and worked with you, and lived, laughed and loved with you.

Maybe we’ll meet again, in the end.


Happy Birthday, Diana

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Hello, 🙂

Yesterday was my little girl’s birthday. Literally. It was the day of her birth. At 23:50, she turned zero! 🙂

I held her in my hands barely within an hour of her birth. She’s tiny, vaguely expressive, imminently banal, as all babies are, and her greatest skill to date is an uncanny ability to suckle while asleep. And yet, there is a beauty in her that is steeped in all the potential that comes with a newborn human life.

Happy birthday, Diana! My gift to you is my pledge to love you, guide you, teach you, and share with you all of the joys and sorrows of life.

May your path bring you untold hapiness, and may you take on the whole world with all your might. May the whole world gaze back in wonder and awe at the marvel that is you, that your footprint may shine forever in the wet sands of all our lives!


A Wedding Tale

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Hey, all, 🙂

I’m starting off a new post category, for all cool things related to friends and/or family, but not related to gaming. It would be sort of cool if I had decided to do this, and then found something interesting to post right away. Even cooler, though, is the fact that I have something that I absolutely must post, which is what drove me to reorganize the categories in the first place.

A friend of mine got married the other day.

So what, that happens every day, right? Only, this wedding was… different.