Kevin C. Wong

February 2022

Diary - Feb 19 to Feb 25 2022

Sat Feb 19 2022

Sleep 0415 to 1345 (9-1/2 hours)

  • Was hoping with latest CrossOver I can get Ronin (Steam) to work but nope. Oh and I guess I was running it on my Mac mini before.

Sun Feb 20 2022

Sleep 0545 to 1200. (6-1/4 hours)

Mon Feb 21 2022

Sleep 0445 to 1245. (8 hours)

  • Every time I go to CW3's place to move a delivered package inside I forget their keys. Good thing it's a 5-minute drive.
  • Got KFC. Now the inside is open for pickups which is a bit less convenient than going through the drive-thru.

Tue Feb 22 2022

Sleep 0130 to 0330, 0530 to 1030. (7 hours)

  • Tried installing Lost Ark on CrossOver. It installs Easy Anti-Cheat which then fails to run because anti-cheating software wants more than just Windows API access. I guess this would mean other competitive games like Fortnite and Valorant won't run on CrossOver. And it might also mean they won't work on VMWare Fusion or Parallels.
  • After 10 years The Better Rivals Podcast (about the 49ers) ended. Sounds like the two hosts, best friends and fairly new fathers, got burned out doing this pretty much every week.

Wed Feb 23 2022

Sleep 0400 to 1200. (8 hours)

  • My HP LaserJet 1012 is so old it can't handle a stack of paper. If I feed one page at a time it seems to work. Otherwise it prints one page then the second page gets stuck (and it does a second page even if I print a one-page document). Also it doesn't really work with current macOS so I use my web server which runs 10.13 High Sierra.
  • The new-ish KFC beverage bucket is kind of brilliant. It's a very distinct KFC branding. Instead of giving you a 2L bottle of soda they can fill it up from the soda fountain (syrup + local water). You do get about 10% more soda (it's a half-gallon bag).

Thu Feb 24 2022

Sleep 0500 to 1245. (7-3/4 hours)

  • Still annoying that on iOS the most recent app in the dock is also used for most recent app for handoff. I often go from my Mac to my iPad and want to switch to the recent app and then it's replaced by the handoff app and I start it accidentally.

Fri Feb 25 2022

Sleep 0530 to 0930. 1630 to 1930. (7 hours)

  • Russia invaded Ukraine yesterday. I wonder if that will accelerate countries joining NATO.

Bundle of Holding - Worlds of 2000 AD

The Worlds of 2000 AD Bundle includes all of EN Publishing's RPGs based on the 2000 AD comics (anthology comics which includes Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, and Rogue Trooper). They're losing the license so there will be no more RPG products in this line.

ENP-2000 Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD (2019) - core rules and setting
ENP-2001 Judge Dredd: The Robot Wars (2019)
ENP-2004 Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth (2019)
ENP-2005 Judge Dredd: The Day the Law Died (2020)
ENP-2006 Judge Dredd: The Judge Child (2021)
ENP-2007 Judge Dredd: The Apocalypse War (2021)

ENP-2006 Judge Dredd: GM Screen (2019)
ENP-???? Judge Dredd: Luna-1 (2019)
ENP-???? Judge Dredd: Case File Compendium 1 (2021) - seven 4 or 5-page missions

ENP-2101 Strontium Dog (2020) - setting supplement
ENP-2102 Rogue Trooper (2020) - setting supplement

ENP-???? Rogue Trooper: Tour of Nu Earth (2021) - six 6 to 8-page missions
ENP-???? Strontium Dog: Bounty File #1 (2019) and #2 (2020) - two 6-page missions

The Judge Dredd material is enough to run a campaign with. The other two settings got little support. For $20 it's not bad.

Hell on the High Plains KS

The latest Deadlands campaign, Hell on the High Plains, is out. This one doesn't have bonus reward levels so hopefully easier to tell what you're getting.

Print level ($40) [$65 as add ons]

Hell on the High Plains print + pdf [$40 as add on]
High Plains Poster Map print + pdf [$5 as add on]
Archetypes Set 4 print + pdf [$20 as add on]

Print Jackpot level (+$110) [+$125 as add ons]

Pawns 2 Boxed Set print + pdf [$30 as add on]
Map Pack 5 Boomtown print + pdf [$15 as add on]
Map Pack 6 Prospector's Camp print + pdf [$15 as add on]
Quick Chase Deck print + pdf [$15 as add on]
Devil's Tower Wild Dice [$10 as add on]
Weird West Card Box [$10 as add on]
Hell on the High Plains DIY VTT Add On [$30 as add on]

Print level is worth it since you'd have to pay $40 for the book itself anyway. Print Jackpot level is a bit more iffy. Pawns 2 and the Map Packs are useful while the rest is less so.

Diary - Feb 12 to Feb 18 2022

Sat Feb 12 2022

Sleep 0615 to 1215. (6 hours)

  • Zoom is a pretty good lightweight screen recording app. Creates small export files too.

Sun Feb 13 2022

Sleep 0630 to 1130. 1700 to 1900. (7 hours)

Mon Feb 14 2022

Sleep 0500 to 1200. (7 hours)

  • Office reopening back on track, starting in March and April. Exact dates TBD. Also, I had forgotten it's been almost two years since we had to do work from home.

Tue Feb 15 2022

Sleep 0115 to 0315. 0830 to 1230. (6 hours)

Wed Feb 16 2022

Sleep 0145 to 1045. 45 min nap. (9-3/4 hours)

  • Have I mentioned the Bluetooth stack on my MBP kind of sucks? Sometimes it's crazy laggy so it's hard to type and mouse. Other times it resets, dropping all devices then reconnecting them.

Thu Feb 17 2022

Sleep 0315 to 1245. (9-1/2 hours)

  • Replaced the lights in my master bathroom. They burned out over a year ago but they're recessed in the ceiling along with the fan and I thought they'd be hard to replace. But apparently you can pull the cover down and it remains suspended by two metal supports. Then it's easy to replace the standard light bulbs.
  • I bought these cheap 60W LED light bulbs for $8. Price for LED lights have come way down.

Fri Feb 18 2022

Sleep 0300 to 0830. 3 hour nap. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Today we had a plumber go through with our handyman and label all the water shutoff valves. This required handyman to go to one unit per stack and coordinate with plumber in garage. Apparently my apartment has three valves: one for kitchen (and laundry I assume), one for guest bathroom and wet bar, and one for master bathroom.

Humble Bundle - F*ck Cancer Bundle

F*ck Cancer Bundle is one of the few actual charity bundles that Humble Bundles runs nowadays. Most every other bundle it's like 5% goes to the charity and you can't change the percentage. For this bundle it's 100% going to Cancerfonden (Swedish Cancer Society).

Hamilton's Great Adventure ($10, Windows) - tile-based puzzle game
Red Faction: Armageddon ($20, Windows) - third-person shooter
Peppy's Adventure ($12) - tile-based puzzle game
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ($15, Windows) - adventure game
Little Nightmares ($20, Owned) - adventure game
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak ($50, 32-bit) - RTS conquest game
Homeworld Remastered Collection ($35, Windows) - space-based RTS
theHunter: Call of the Wild ($20, Windows) - hunting simulator
Dungeon of the Endless ($12, 32-bit) - sci-fi dungeon rogue-like
Magicka ($10, Windows) - Norse-based action-adventure game
Payday 2 ($10, Windows) - co-op shooter
Dead by Daylight ($10, Windows, Owned) - horror movie scenario with 4 people vs 1 killer
World War Z: Aftermath ($40, Windows) - co-op zombie shooter

So turns out I either have it or can't play it for all games except Peppy's Adventure. $10 is a good price hough.

Culling SFU, Traveller, Conan Bookshelf Space

Star Fleet Universe

About three bookshelves of Star Fleet Battles and Federation and Empire (and Starfleet Marines though there are only two modules released). First I culled Federation and Empire which has a lot of expansion modules. Then SFB Omega sector (which has about 8 modules; it's in a different section of our galaxy unreachable from the mainline SFU and could be used to replace mainline if ADB ever loses it's Star Trek TOS license). Early Years and X-era modules (both pre-warp/early warp and post-TOS tech ships). All the pre-Captain's Edition stuff.

And yet that still left a bookshelf's worth. I tried to cull out the non-core races (basically what was presented in Designer's Edition Star Fleet Battles Volume One) but by then it was "why keep around a game that I can't use when running an RPG campaign?" So I boxed everything up except for RPG stuff and the old Nexus magazine.


Similar to other RPG lines I culled out all the sourcebooks leaving adventures. Then I decided to cull out all pre-Mongoose Traveller since I have almost all on PDF. Mongoose Traveller 1st edition I kept adventures and campaigns. Current 2nd edition is actually pretty cool with full-color hardbacks on glossy paper so I'm keeping all that around.


TSR Conan I'll keep since it's pretty small. Mongoose Conan there were some adventure and campaign modules which I'll keep. Most Mongoose Conan books I'll box up. Modiphius Conan I don't have any physical books so no problem there.

Diary - Feb 05 to Feb 11 2022

Sat Feb 05 2022

Sleep 0345 to 1145. (8 hours)

  • Received Car Wars 6E Playmat 2 and 3. That completes the Kickstarter for me. Two years.

Sun Feb 06 2022

Sleep 0600 to 1200. (6 hours)

  • I didn't realize Cash App is developed by Square (they had the credit card swipers you could attack to an iPad).
  • Oops, was wrong. Super Bowl is next Sunday 1530 PST.

Mon Feb 07 2022

Sleep 0230 to 1115. (8-3/4 hours)

Tue Feb 08 2022

Sleep 0315 to 1200. (8-3/4 hours)

  • We've been tracking a P1 issue that involves several teams, some outside of our product family. Four different Slack channels/groups (one on a different workspace) with varying intersections of participants.
    • There is a way to group channels and conversations into a section and the section is visible in both workspaces but each workspace only shows channels it owns so sectioning is not that useful in this scenario.

Wed Feb 09 2022

Sleep 0315 to 1130. (8-1/4 hours)

  • San Mateo County (and most others except Santa Clara, so DunDraCon will still be masks required and probably would be anyway as a congregate setting) will lift most indoor mask mandates next week.
    • Unvaccinated over age 2 = required to wear masks indoors
    • Masks always required in public transportation, health care settings, congregate settings (e.g. correctional facilities and homeless shelters), long term care facilities, K-12 schools and childcare settings.

Thu Feb 10 2022

Sleep 0400 to 1130. (7-1/2 hours)

  • I continually find I'm missing stuff, I guess a few boxes worth in total, since my move to San Mateo. Probably all somewhere in CW3's house.

Fri Feb 11 2022

Sleep 0230 to 11:00. (8-1/2 hours)

  • accounts moving to Microsoft Live which is good. When I created a Minecraft account it was confusing that Java edition had a different account than the new Minecraft.

Bundle of Holding - Baker Street

Baker Street is an investigative RPG based on Sherlock Holmes. I read a review and it's a simple system where the core investigation scenes are (1) Observe and find clue cards, (2) Reason to throw out false clue cards, (3) Deduction to ask GM about a lead on a clue card (cards have multiple leads). Then the PCs decide on which lead to pursue. Sounds neat.

Baker Street RPG ($20)
Sherlock by Gaslight ($15) - Whitechapel 1888 and Jack the Ripper
Casebooks 1-3 ($45 for all 3) - a total of 19 cases

Regular price is kind of pricey for PDFs. The bundle includes all the regular books (there are three $3 individual cases on DriveThruRPG [Addendum: the collection has the extra DTRPG stuff, 3 cases and characters]) and no new books since 2018 so basically a complete set. The bundle is a flat $20 and I think it's an interesting genre so I'll probably buy it.

Humble Bundle - Myst & More

Myst & More is a bundle of Cyan games for $11. Some early games. All of Myst which is the series that made them famous. And Obduction which is their last original release so far.

Myst: Masterpiece Edition ($6, Owned on GOG) - recreates the first Myst with re-rendered images and UI improvements
realMyst: Masterpiece Edition ($18) - a version of the first Myst but done with an FPS engine

Riven: The Sequel to Myst ($6, Owned on GOG)
Myst III: Exile ($15)
URU: Complete Chronicles ($10) - I guess set in the same universe but not part of the main plot
Myst IV: Revelation ($15, 32-bit)
Myst V: End of Ages ($10, 32-bit)

Obduction ($30, Owned on Epic+GOG) - Myst-like experience in a totally new universe

The Manhole: Masterpiece Edition ($6, Windows) - point-and-click adventure
Spelunx and the Caves of Mr Seudo ($6, Windows) - point-and-click adventure
Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel ($6, Windows) - point-and-click B&W adventure

I guess it's Myst III and URU as everything else is a remake, I own, or can't play. Actually this is a bundle I can skip.

Diary - Jan 29 to Feb 04 2022

Sat Jan 29 2022

Sleep 0430 to 0930. 1 hour nap. 1 hour nap. (7 hours)

  • Visit mom and dad to celebrate Chinese New Year (on Tue or Wed).

Sun Jan 30 2022

Sleep 0230 to 1030. (8 hours)

  • Played a session of Stuffed Fables with Csr and Cjr. Neat low complexity RPG board game.

Mon Jan 31 2022

Sleep 0100 to 0930. (8-1/2 hours)

  • Just realized that my two starting fantasy football quarterbacks, Matt Stafford and Joe Burrow, are in the Super Bowl.
  • Went to central library and renewed my library card and as long as I was there checked out a couple of books.
  • Had decided not to buy Bundle of Holding Mörk Borg bundle but I ended buying the bundle and the core rules (sold separately). From what I've seen it is a very cool looking RPG though perhaps more style than substance.

Tue Feb 01 2022
Sleep 0430 to 0930. (5 hours)

  • I didn't realize Supergirl series ended. I should watch season six since I stopped at the end of season five.

Wed Feb 02 2022

Sleep 0330 to 1130. (8 hours)

  • Culled CoC collection. Half a bookshelf then the rest in boxes

Thu Feb 03 2022

Sleep 0130 to 0930. (8 hours)

  • Oh, Super Bowl is this Sunday. Don't remember when they removed the extra week break before Super Bowl.

Fri Feb 04 2022

Sleep 0400 to 1200. (8 hours)

  • Took a shower this morning. Actually feel pretty good when I feel clean.
  • Surprise visit from Dave S on voice chat tonight.

Culling WoD and CoC Bookshelf Space

I'm a bit tight on bookshelf space so I'm taking the less important stuff and boxing it up.

I had four shelves of World of Darkness -- Vampire, Werewolf and Mage -- all pre nWoD plus the 20th Anniversary core books. I decided that if I ever run these I'm just using GURPS and the 20th Anniversary core plus adventures (chronicles I think they're called in WoD). There are actually very few adventure books and some sourcebooks have adventures but they needed to be at least 20 pages to be included. After the culling I went from almost four shelves to the better part of one shelf.

I have two shelves of Call of Cthulhu material and CoC has more adventure books than WoD. Still, remove the pure sourcebooks, all the books outside of the 1920's (except for Beyond the Mountains of Madness set in the 1930's) -- CoC has good support for Cthulhu Now and remarkably Ancient Rome when I stopped buying stuff. Still too much so I'm only keeping campaigns and the Goodman Games CoC adventures line. That brings it down to about half a shelf and this including the 1st edition KS stuff (I will run with GURPS + 1st edition).

Humble Bundle - The Indie Houses Bundle

Indie Houses Bundle

Super Mutant Alien Assault ($2, Windows) - platform shooter
The Count Lucanor ($2, 32-bit, owned) - adventure game
Western Press ($0.75) - western-themed dueling game
Elden: Path of the Forgotten ($4.80, Windows) - adventure game with twitch-based combat
Hiveswap Friendsim ($4.40, 32-bit) - science fiction visual novel
Desert Child ($3.70, 32-bit) - adventure game about hoverbike racing
We Should Talk ($4.20) - conversation game where you string sentence fragments together
Etherborn ($6.80, Windows) - puzzle platformer
GONNER2 ($3.80, 32-bit) - side-view adventure game
Beasts of Maravilla Island ($7) - wildlife photography adventure game
Mosaic ($6) - modern-day adventure game
Jack Axe ($7.50, Windows) - axe-tossing platformer

$18 of games I can play for $10 bundle cost. But none of the games looked all that interesting.