Kevin C. Wong

You can only keep 5 physical RPG books...

You can only keep 5 physical RPG books and have to get rid of everything else. Which do you choose?

This one is hard because I depend so much on published adventures and campaigns. I'm not at coming up with my own adventures so I wouldn't pick like 5 RPG core books. Since GURPS is my main love I will stick with five GURPS books so that I have some core.

1. GURPS Basic Set: Characters
2. GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns

Of course we need the two core books.

3. GURPS Magic
4. GURPS Thaumatology


There's a faction of people that don't like Magic because it's a specific magic system with a set spell list. Thaumatology addresses that by giving you rules for creating different types of magic systems, but many of them use the spells in Magic.

5. GURPS Powers

Powers gives you rules for taking the Basic Set advantages and disadvantages system and building them out into super powers. May not make GURPS the best super-hero RPG system but it does give you a fairly flexible, if a bit math heavy, way of making super-heroes.

I didn't pick any of the Tech books because I don't think really detailed equipment is vital and I think I can make up equipment for various tech levels as needed. Martial Arts is kind of neat but I haven't run campaigns where detailed personal combat systems are needed. Fantasy, Space, Horror and Zombies are useful genre books but definitely secondary compared to what I picked. Traveller: Interstellar Wars is also cool for it's self-contained spaceship builder and combat rules, though even in a space RPG campaign you don't need ship to ship tactical combat rules.

Diary - Jan 02 to Jan 08 2021

Sat Jan 02 2021

Sleep 0515 to 1315. (8 hours)

  • Was trying out League of Legends. It's setup for a 2-button mouse and I don't want to go through the trouble of remapping keys (and Apple Magic Mouse has a really poor 2nd button which I like to leave off). So I bought a Glorious O gaming mouse. $80 seems about average for a gaming mouse and keep in mind that Magic Mouse 2 is $100.
  • I didn't notice that on one side of my new glasses one of two small screws fell off and the other was partially unscrewed. At least I could screw it tighter so my glasses fit better but the one screw will probably break later.

Sun Jan 03 2021

Sleep 0430 to 1230. (8 hours)

  • Clean master bath toilet (with bleach) and vacuumed that area. Looks nice but that was rather tiring.

Mon Jan 04 2021

Sleep 0315 to 0830. 1215 to 1300. (6 hours)

  • Construction back again. Hope they're done soon.

Tue Jan 05 2021

Sleep 2345 to 0130. 0800 to 1330. (7-1/4 hours)

  • Looking at the current Bundle of Holding offerings there is nothing interesting: Blades in the Dark is mostly hacks (other settings), Traveller LBB-1 and LBB-2 are all books I got from the CD-ROM (and together about the same price as the CD-ROM), John Carter of Mars is mostly sourcebooks and accessories with one 128-page campaign, Jackie's Dreaming is a bunch of Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition which is not that interesting to me (and I might have already).

Wed Jan 06 2021

Sleep 2200 to 0400. 1 hour nap. (7 hours)

  • I wouldn't so far to say it was a coup d'état attempt but it was definitely seditious and our soon-to-be former President keeps showing he's unfit to lead.
  • Democrats win both Georgia senate seats to gain a slim 50-50 majority in the Senate (the Vice President casts tie-breaking votes).

Thu Jan 07 2021

Sleep 0315 to 0815. 1130 to 1415. (7-3/4 hours)

  • Cable Modem died -- when I plug it in the lights don't come on and there is a whine. There is also an Xfinity outage that started at about the same time, which might have killed the modem.
  • Ordered a Motorola MB7621 Cable Modem from Amazon at 0930. Delivery by 2200. Was looking at Best Buy mail is Saturday or in-store pickup is next week.
  • New modem is 24x8 DOCSIS 3.0 (download channels x upload channels) vs 8x4 for old modem. No need to buy a DOCSIS 3.1 modem because it won't help with my Xfinity plan and once I switch the Sonic they'll provide me with a rental modem (it's part of the promotional contract).
  • New modem arrived 1845. Took a few minutes to setup (use Xfinity app to login to their web site and go through activation which entails entering modems MAC number). Seems to work fine.
  • Car wouldn't start. I power it on like normal but some of the status lights stay on so not sure what it is. Might be battery is dead (starter battery not the hybrid battery).

Fri Jan 08 2021

Sleep 0100 to 0815. 1200 to 1400. (9-1/4 hours)

  • I think GM's (General Motors, the car company) new logo looks like an elephant standing on the edge of a cliff.

NFL 2020 Season Playoffs

NFL 2020 season playoffs have begun. This year adds an extra wild card team in each conference which means only the top seeds get a bye.

AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs (West, 14-2)
2. Buffalo Bills (East, 13-3)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (North, 12-4)
4. Tennessee Titans (South, 11-5)
5. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
6. Cleveland Browns (11-5)
7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

NFC

1. Green Bay Packers (North, 13-3)
2. New Orleans Saints (South, 12-4)
3. Seattle Seahawks (West, 12-4)
4. Washington (Redskins) (East, 7-9)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
6. Los Angeles rams (10-6)
7. Chicago Bears (8-8)

Order of teams I'm rooting for:

1. Cleveland Browns
2. Tennessee Titans
3. Buffalo Bills
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Chicago Bears
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. Washington (Redskins)
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Los Angeles Rams
11. Green Bay Packers
12. Baltimore Ravens
13. Seattle Seahawks
14. Kansas City Chiefs

Updating GOG Wish List

I don't think I've added to my GOG Wishlist in a long time. But since I did it for Steam let's find a few on sale games to add.

Felix the Reaper ($3, 88% off) - I keep mentioning this puzzle game.

Beholder ($1.50, 85% off) - A weird mystery game.

Distrust ($1.80, 85% off) - Don't think I've seen this one before. An isomorphic survival game set in the Arctic and having randomly generated levels.

Terraria ($5, 50% off) - an open-world 8-bit side-view adventure game.

Neon Chrome ($5.25, 65% off) - top-down cyberpunk-themed shooter.

Diary - Dec 26 2020 to Jan 01 2021

Sat Dec 26 2020

Sleep 0630 to 1230 (6 hours)

  • I stay up too late on Friday and Saturday nights. Messes up the rest of my day.
  • 49ers beat the Cardinals 20-12.

Sun Dec 27 2020

Sleep 0430 to 1300. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Poker night with Twitch friends. 10 people (and later a mystery 11th guest). I came in fourth or fifth. Was almost out but played conservatively and did a couple of all-ins to get back to my starting total then later got taken out.

Mon Dec 28 2020

Sleep 0315 to 1115. (8 hours)

  • May be getting a bit too aggro modding akaNemsko's channel. I should try to relax a bit more.

Tue Dec 29 2020

Sleep 0245 to 1115. 1 hour nap (9-1/2 hours)

  • Safeway cause I really wanted orange juice.

Wed Dec 30 2020

Sleep 0300 to 1115. (8-1/4 hours)

  • Before vacation was thinking of doing a bit of work since I had one task left. But I've been lazing and all I've done is reduce my email inbox from 600+ emails to 100.

Thu Dec 31 2020

Sleep 0400 to 1315. (9-1/4 hours)

  • A quiet New Year's. Some fireworks.

Fri Jan 01 2021

Sleep 0230 to 1215. (9-3/4 hours)

  • Bought Steam gifts for my friends.

Steam Gift Giving

Dave S

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut ($7.50, 75% off)
Trine 4: The Nightmare Price ($7.50, 75% off)

Christopher

Sid Meier's Civilization VI ($15, 75% off)
Gears 5 ($10, 75% off)

Gerberbaby3

Final Fantasy VIII - Remastered ($10, 50% off)
Northgard ($12, 60% off)

Humble Bundle - Pathfinder Monster Lore

Previous Pathfinder bundles have been extremely light on adventures and this one doesn't improve that. I guess I might as well buy it so that I have a bunch of 1E books.

$5 Level


Classic Horrors Revisited
Undead Revisited
Demons Revisited
Undead Unleashed
Hell Unleashed
Demon Hunter's Handbook
Undead Slayer's Handbook

$10 Level


Classic Monsters Revisited
Dragons Revisited
Dungeon Denizens Revisited
Mythical Monsters Revisited
Giants Revisited
Dragons Unleashed
Legacy of Dragons
Dragonslayer's Handbook
Monster Hunter's Handbook
Giant Hunter's Handbook

$18 Level


Book of the Damned
Monster Summoner's Handbook
Heaven Unleashed
Inner Sea Bestiary
Inner Sea Monster Codex
Mystery Monsters Revisited
Fey Revisited
Darklands Revisited
Misfit Monsters Redeemed
Occult Bestiary
Animal Archive
Familiar Folio
Cohorts & Companions

Diary - Dec 19 to Dec 25 2020

Sat Dec 19 2020

Sleep 0900 to 1145. 1930 to 2100. (4-1/4 hours)

  • Short Gloom session to finish out the last adventure. Christopher and I leveled up.

Sun Dec 20 2020

Sleep 0515 to 1500. (9-3/4 hours)

  • Poker night with Twitch friends. Unfortunately I died after three or four rounds going all-in at a bad time.

Mon Dec 21 2020

Sleep 01:45 to 05:15, 1545 to 1745 (5-1/2 hours)

  • HOA assessments went up $12 to $587 per month.

Tue Dec 22 2020

Sleep 0130 to 0900. (7-1/2 hours)

  • Drilling from (I think) sewer work on N El Camino is a bit annoying.
  • Trader Joe's for Christmas meal stuff.

Wed Dec 23 2020 Sleep 0200 to 0830. (6-1/2 hours)

  • Actually the drilling is on my street. Several areas but right outside my patio is one.
  • Tiffany's Sterling Silver and 24k Gold Vermeil Chess Set, $75k. People were making fun of it because it's made to look like cardboard, but I think it'll look great IRL and it's sterling silver and gold!

Thu Dec 24 2020

Sleep 0130 to 0730. (6 hours)

  • Got KFC. Half for today. Half for tomorrow.

Fri Dec 25 2020

Sleep 0230 to 1030, 1 hour evening nap (9 hours)

  • Had an ok Christmas dinner and chilled.

Christmas Dinner

Since I'm along this year I had to think of something special. Was going with:

Traditional Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Vegetables

All from Trader Joe's. But unfortunately they were out of the first two so I did:

KFC chicken tenders
KFC mashed potatoes and gravy
Trader Joe's roasted vegetables

It was ok.

Updating Steam Wish List

Since it's Christmas it's time to update my Steam Wishlist. There's also having a sale so I'll try to keep to a few $10 and under games.

Particle Fleet: Emergence ($1.50, 90% off) Design particle-based ships and fight them out in a physics simulator.

Battlevoid: Harbinger ($2, 80% off) Somewhat like FTL but you control a small fleet instead of one ship.

Undertale ($4, 60% off) RPG. I saw Dexbonus play this through twice (I think first time you beat it you're allowed to redo it and play it totally differently).

West of Loathing ($6.50, 40% off) Stick figure wild west RPG.

Bomber Crew ($3, 80% off) Cartoony simulator. Assemble a bomber crew and have them survive missions.