Kevin C. Wong


You know I'm just sticking two terms together. I'm not 100% sure what OSR means since the meaning kind of varies. You can also look at this as my version of GURPS Ultra-Lite where I took some ideas from.

Attributes (4d6, best 3)

ST: strength and HP (hit points)
DX: dexterity
HT: health and FP (fatigue points)

IQ: intelligence
WILL/PER: willpower and perception
CHA: charisma

FP: reroll for 1d6+ENC, if FP goes to zero complete task and are exhausted
HP: at -HP auto death

I want random attributes and I kind of want six attributes. Charisma is easy to split out since talking and leadership are important. Will + Perception as a combined attribute is a little weird but in general I don't use Will that much and I think historically as a GM I use Perception checks too much.

I like some sort of Luck mechanic. Tying it to FP makes it useful since I rarely enforce FP rules. I kind of like tying ENC to get the fatigue effect back a bit. In combat a PC can probably get three re-rolls though the third will probably leave the PC exhausted.


Primary (MOS) skill at Attribute+8
Two secondary skills at Attribute+4
Three tertiary skill slots at Attribute+0
-- tertiary slots can be assigned during play
-- Easy skills have an additional +4

Untrained skill:
-- Attribute+0 for Easy skills because assumed to have points in them
-- Attribute-4 for Average and Hard skills
-- can't attempt for Very Hard skills

I tend to use smaller skill lists. With most attributes at about the 12 level (4d6 best 3) even unskilled checks are not too bad so smaller skill list is fine.

Humble Bundle - Play Pink

This Asmodee Bundle is a pretty good deal even if I can only use $32.70 of products (tbf most of the expansions are on currently on sale). Of the things I don't have A Game of Thrones: The Board Game is most interesting as I like strategy games and those games are better one a defined world. Scythe is also a strategy game and award winning but more "this is a new universe" game so at first glance less interesting.

Average Donation Level ($12.57)

Ticket to Ride (Own)
Carcassone - Tiles & Tactics (Windows, $5)
Splendor (Own)
Ticket to Ride - United Kingdom ($2.80)
Ticket to Ride - Nordic Countries ($2.80)
Ticket to Ride - USA 1910 ($1.40)
Small World - A Spider's Web ($1.80)
Small World - Royal Bonus ($1.80)

$12 Level

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game - Digital Edition ($12)
Scythe: Digital Edition ($8)
Terraforming Mars (Own)
Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace (Windows, $10)
The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game - Definitive Edition (Own)
Blood Rage: Digital Edition (Own)
Ticket to Ride - France (Own)
Ticket to Ride - Legendary Asia (Own)
Ticket to Ride - Europe (Own)
Pandemic - On the Brink: Mutation ($2.10)

$1 Level

Small World - Cursed (Own)
Small World (Own)
Pandemic: The Board Game (Own)
Pandemic: On the Brink - Roles & Events (Own)
Love Letter (Own)

Diary - Oct 02 to Oct 08 2021

Sat Oct 02 2021

Sleep 0600 to 1130. (5-1/2 hours)

  • Gaming at Woo's house. Played the first two tutorial scenarios of Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. Pretty fun playing with physical game components.
  • Dinner at Teriyaki Madness. Was not good.

Sun Oct 03 2021

Sleep 0500 to 1130. (6-1/2 hours)

  • My first Car Wars 6E shipment was just Playmat #1 when it should have been Playmats #1-3. Sadge.
  • This is annoying: I opened up an SMCU Digital Savings Account. The interest rate for everything goes down as your balance goes up. So at $5k it's 1% and at $10k it's 0.75% But it's not "first $5k at 1% then next 5k at 0.75%" it's $10k at 0.75% so there are points where adding more money you earn less total interest.

Mon Oct 04 2021

Sleep 0030 to 0730. (7 hours)

  • I was trying out this deal ($10 Amazon credit with $100 Apple Gift Card). But you have to spend $100, not just buy $100 of Apple credit. I used some rewards points which brought my spend to less than $100 and so didn't get the $10 credit. I mean the wording is there you have to read it carefully and I think I've hit this before with Amazon specials.

Tue Oct 05 2021

Sleep 22:15 to 0330, 0500 to 0600. 1030 to 1345. (9-1/2 hours)

  • Oops. Chose the wrong fund when I reallocated my MS 401k allocations. Sell the wrong one and move it to the right one.
  • Apparently the $10 Amazon credit is just a $10 off promo code I have to use by Dec 3. Another bit I must have missed in the fine print. Definitely more trouble than it's worth. Anyways, will try to use it during Black Friday sales.

Wed Oct 06 2021

Sleep 0330 to 1230. (9 hours)

  • Sonic installation next Wednesday morning for my stack (3 apartments vertically), though the apartments above me haven't responded. But I'm ground floor so definitely getting mine installed. Resident on the 3rd floor is old and a bit senile so he might not care. Haven't met the people above me.

Thu Oct 07 2021

Sleep 0500 to 1100. 1 hour nap. (7 hours)

  • VMWare 15% sale. Tempted to get the Fusion 12 Pro upgrade (I have 11 Pro) but I tried 12 Player and it runs quite slowly which is why I prefer CrossOver -- almost native speed but suitable for very specific use cases.

Fri Oct 08 2021

Sleep 0600 to 1000. 45 min nap. (4-3/4 hours)

  • I'm taking a small project for HOA. There are some a few minor things that need fixing so I'll talk to contractors and get bids. There is some dependency on other projects (i.e. can't repair leak damage until the courtyard waterproof layer is fixed). I should look into something to keep track of project files and email.

Fantasy Football League Week 4

After four weeks the standings are:

Division 1
  • Nate (3-1)
  • Budda (3-1)
  • Gerbs (2-2)
  • Kevin (2-2)
  • Btente (0-4)

Division 2
  • Bitsy (3-1)
  • Emad (3-1)
  • Noob (2-2)
  • Sepehr (1-3)
  • Ranger (1-3)

I lost a close week 4 game 194.12 - 192.82.

My roster going into week 5's game:

  • QB: M Stafford (LAR)
  • RB1: N Chubb (CLE)
  • RB2: S Barkley (NYG)
  • WR1: T McLaurin (WAS)
  • WR2: A Cooper (DAL)
  • WR3: T Lockett (SEA)
  • TE: T Kelce (KC)
  • WRT1: R Woods (WR - LAR)
  • WRT2: D Knox (TE - BUF)
  • WRTQ: J Burrow (QB - CIN)
  • IDP: N Bosa (DE - SF)
  • K: C McLaughlin (CLE)

  • J Garoppolo (QB - SF)
  • C Edmonds (RB - ARI)
  • A Brown (WR - TEN)
  • B Aiyuk (WR - SF)
  • P Queen (LB BAL)

Injured Reserve
  • R Fitzpatrick (QB - WAS)
  • R Gould (K - SF)

R Fitzpatrick was injured in W1 and I replaced him with J Burrow who has been quite excellent. R Gould was injured in W4 (which probably cost me the game) and I replaced him with C McLaughlin though there were several good candidates since only 10 teams, 1 K each (who would carry a bench K?) so lots of good kickers. Getting J Burrow was lucky since we use a 2-QB lineup and everyone has an extra QB on the bench so that's 30 QBs.

DTRPG Small Press Spotlight Sale

This is a really big sale from lots of small publishers. Too much stuff to wade through so I'll check for items reviewed in Fear of the Black Dragon podcast, which reviews OSR and old-era adventures.

Slumbering Ursine Dunes ($3.60, 60% off) - OSR D&D caravan adventure
Fever Swamp ($7.20, 40% off) - OSR D&D swamp adventure
The Gardens of Ynn ($3, 40% off) - OSR adventure set in an interdimensional garden
Statues ($3, 40% off) - OSR AD&D political adventure set in a Roman-era city
The Wizardarium of Calabraxis ($1.50, 25% off) - DCC adventure
Sacrebleu ($0.30, 60% off) - OSR adventure set on an island of goblins and WW1-era weaponry
Times That Fry Men's Souls ($3, 40% off) - OSR campaign in demented Colonial NY and NJ
Mortzengersturm, The Mad Manticore of the Prismatic Peak ($3.20, 60% off) - 5E adventure
Wet Grandpa ($6, 40% off) - system neutral/d20 agnostic adventure
The Bruja, The Beast and The Barrow ($0.80, 20% off) - 4 page OSR mini-adventure

The Corruption of Pelursh ($5) - system-agnostic dungeon, not a DTRPG product but might as well buy it now or I'll forget to ever buy it.

Diary - Sep 25 to Oct 01 2021

Sat Sep 25 2021

Sleep 0530 to 1200. (6-1/2 hours)

  • macOS Safari 15.0 shades tab bars to match web site but then I keep confusing the tab bar section as being part of the web site so I turned it off.
  • Last MSLA season 3 race. Was 6th and last in my team and was thinking of quitting but I came in 29th this race and with the points I got I finished 3rd in my team. I also finished season 2 with 3rd place in my team.

Sun Sep 26 2021

Sleep 0430 to 1200. (7-1/2 hours)

  • Old times. Installed RipIt 1.6.9 (the last version available, I think TheLittleAppFactory is defunct but you can do 10 rips without registration code which I have) and could still activate it. Then plugged in my external Apple DVD SuperDrive (via a USB-C to USB connector) and did a rip. Still works!
  • Oh well, Handbrake still has problems with episode 119 Duet. Next I'll try screen capture using the built-in screen recorder.
  • VLC also can't play that episode so I have to use DVD Player. But built-in screen capture doesn't record DVD Player output. So let's try Capto, if my license still works.
  • Capto worked, though no subtitle track of course. Guess I'd rather have no track than burned into the video.
  • A fair amount of trouble considering I could buy the episode for $2.

Mon Sep 27 2021

Sleep 0400 to 1230. (8-1/2 hours)

  • I signed up on NextDoor and turns out on any sort of political or political-like thread half of my "neighbors" are idiots.

Tue Sep 28 2021

Sleep 0645 to 0845. 1030 to 1400. (5-1/2 hours)

  • Logged into my PAMF (now part of Sutter) account and they had a 1-click get your COVID-19 vaccine record from the state. Worked fine. VaxYes still hasn't confirmed my vaccination beyond status 2. Apparently Apple Wallet will soon support SMART Health Cards and with it vaccination records and Sutter Health supports exporting to Health Wallet, which hopefully is the same thing.

Wed Sep 29 2021

Sleep 0315 to 1230. (9-1/4 hours)

  • Ah, I got it. The Sutter COVID-19 Vaccination Record has a QR code. Scan it with your iOS 15 iPhone's camera app and it's automatically added to Health. This is as an alternative to connecting Sutter Health to Health since that provides the same information and more.

Thu Sep 30 2021
Sleep 0730 to 0830. (1 hour)

Fri Oct 01 2021

Sleep 0100 to 1130. (10-1/2 hours)

  • Jesse February is leaving HashtagChess for her own channel. A bit sad though I prefer Rebecca Selkirk's content a bit more (Jesse doesn't do Marbles on Stream).

Changing My 401k Allocations

I decided to reallocate my 401k investments, reducing them to four basic choices: US large-cap index, US mid- and small-cap index, international, blended 2035. In both cases it will probably reduce my growth a bit since I'm closer to 50% large-cap stocks which has been doing the best the past 5 years (and it doesn't include all the Oracle stock I have which is large-cap). But increased stability since my blended 2035 percentage is currently closer to 10%

(%) is expense ratio, which is what the management fees take from the fund. From what I remember a managed fund is 1% and a straight ETF is 0.1% The point being most managed funds don't outperform ETFs so that 0.9% is money you're wasting.

Oracle 401k

Vanguard Institutional 500 Index Trust (0.012%) - large-cap US stocks = 40%
Vanguard Institutional Extended Market Index Trust (0.036%)- small- and mid-cap US stocks = 20%
Vanguard Institutional Total International Stock Market Index Trust (0.069% - non-US stocks = 20%
Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 Trust Select (0.045%) - blended fund for people retiring in 2035 = 20%

Microsoft 401k

Vanguard Russell 1000 Growth Index Trust (0.02%) - large- and mid-cap growth stocks = 40%
Vanguard Russell 2000 Growth Index Trust (0.03%) - small-cap growth stocks = 20%
International Growth Account (0.44%) - non-US stocks = 20%
BlackRock LifePath® Index 2035 Fund N (0.06%) - blended fund for people retiring in 2035 = 20%

GOG Anniversary Party

GOG has a list of games on sale for their 13th Anniversary Party. What looks interesting?

Terra Lander ($1.50, Windows) - Lunar lander color vector graphics + shooting bad guys
Terra Lander II ($2.50, Windows) - Like the first game + rescuing people
Terra Bomber ($2.50, Windows) - Simpler-graphics version of the arcade game Scramble (horizontal scrolling space bomber)

Dishonored 2 ($14, Windows) - Super-powered assassin in a clockwork world. D1 had a male protagonist, D2 has a female one.
Dice Legacy: Deluxe Edition ($21, Windows) - Turn based strategy, maybe 4X like. You roll dice (representing your people) and then allocate them out. Looks different than the usual.

Heroes of Might and Magic ($2.50, Windows) - Turn-based strategy game series. I think as usual earlier games are probably more my style before the games get too complicated.
Heroes of Might and Magic 2 ($2.50, Windows)
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 ($2.50, Windows)
Heroes of Might and Magic 4 ($2.50, Windows)
Heroes of Might and Magic 5 ($5, Windows)

Too bad they're all Windows games. Since it's DOSBox or something equivalent can run them on CrossOver, and running them on VMWare Fusion seems like would be painfully slow.

Diary - Sep 18 to Sep 24 2021

Sat Sep 18 2021

Sleep 0430 to 1130. (7 hours)

  • Gloomhaven at my place. Christopher, Dave S, Dave W and me fighting a fiery demon lord which we managed to beat considering we were a bit unfocused for the first half.

Sun Sep 19 2021
Sleep 0700 to 1130. (4-1/2 hours)

  • After DDO stayed up until 0615 watching Anna Cramling finish her first 24-hour stream.

Mon Sep 20 2021

Sleep 0030 to 0800. 45 min nap. (8-1/4 hours)

Tue Sep 21 2021

Sleep 0530 to 1200. (6-1/2 hours)

  • Another win so now I'm 2-0 tied for first in the league. Game three is against the other 2-0 team.

Wed Sep 22 2021

Sleep 0100 to 0830. 30 min nap. (8 hours)

  • Kind of had my heart set on claiming Cordarelle Patterson off of waivers but someone else bid more. CP is listed as both a RB and WR -- juicy flexibility!
  • The way the league is set up five bench players means one backup for every position except one, which I'm guessing is usually Kicker.

Thu Sep 23 2021

Sleep 0200 to 1000. 30 min nap. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Oops. Achtung! Cthulhu sales was for the CoC version. Modiphius is doing a 2d20 version (their house system) though not sure if the background will still be based on CoC or if they're taking that out and keeping it Lovecraftian.

Fri Sep 24 2021

Sleep 0330 to 1200. (8-1/2 hours)

  • The Waking of Willowby Hall (OSR Lvl 3 adventure) on sale 50% off ($3.75). Did a search of reviews and seems pretty favorable so I bought it.

DriveThruRPG September Settings Sale: Fey Folk

DTRPG Fey Folk sale is a bit of a weird one. There are few faerie RPGs outside Changeling but a lot of RPGs have one or three supplements with faerie. I looked through the whole list and found a couple of interesting ones.

Apparently, Bluebeard's Bride, which I own, has these supplements:

MGP-D07 Tarot of Servants (33% off, $2) - for generating servants on-the-fly
MGP-020 Book of Rooms (33% off, $9.37) - detailed room descriptions, including drawings
MGP-023 Book of Lore (33% off, $9.37) - 98-page novella
MGP-025 Book of Mirrors (33%, $9.37) - variants for playing BB's Bride in different settings

The first two would help running the main adventure. The other two are even more optional. There's a cheaper bundle with the main book plus three book supplements for $33.

The other thing is White Wolf Magazine #17 for $0.66 (33% off). Which reminds me that you can buy a lot of the WW magazines for $1 or $2 each so that's something to buy someday sale or no sale (no bundle sadly).