Kevin C. Wong

September 2020

HOA Meeting 09/24/20

Marcyl said if re-elected this will be her last 2-year term on the HOA. She's been on it for a long time and is pretty old.

Teresa was very insistent that building renovations be in the reserve budget and would rather put off elevator replacements.

Elevator replacement bids received. Our consultant said three of the four bids are good and the best option (not by much) is going with our current maintenance provider.

Andrew and one of the board members looking into getting additional cameras put up, would be a separate system than the current one. Manor rep said the recommended one is used by one of her other HOAs and they like it. It is more Internet based so you can use an app to view camera feeds and take pictures.

Diary - Sep 19 to Sep 25 2020

Sat Sep 19 2020

Sleep 0915 to 1300. 1845 to 2045. (5-3/4 hours)

  • Gloomhaven. Pretty good run. I felt I knew what I wanted to do each turn and didn't do random cards.

Sun Sep 20 2020

Sleep 0545 to 1315. (7-1/2 hours)

  • First of the weekly Twitch chess peeps poker game. It went 4 hours, which is nice but I can't do this every week.

Mon Sep 21 2020
Sleep 0330 to 10:00. (6-1/2 hours)

  • Michael Dean of Fine Games is retiring and will be doing liquidation sales for the next couple of years. Kind of sad.

Tue Sep 22 20202

Sleep 0115 to 0530. (4-1/4 hours)

Wed Sep 23 2020

Sleep 0600 to 1500 (9 hours)

  • Bought Europa Universalis Complete, Crusader Kings 1 and 2 from GOG to complete my 10 SMCU Visa purchases for the month. Even though Windows games might be able to play with CrossOver or Fusion.

Thu Sep 24 2020

Sleep 0130 to 0530. (4 hours)

  • Shower. KFC run. yum yum.

Fri Sep 25 2020

Sleep 2200 to 0000, 1230 to 1730. (7 hours)

  • Grocery shopping at Safeway. 20:30 which is perhaps a bit too early.

2020 November Election Ballot

President and Vice President: Joseph R Biden and Kamala D Harris - I will skip basing my decision on the debates. I don't trust Trump to tell the truth during the debates and there are too many things Trump has done wrong during his first four years (which he thinks is right so he's not going to change his behavior).

US Representative, 14th District: Jackie Speier - I'm disgusted enough with my party that I'm voting all Democrats this election.

State Senator, 13th District: Josh Becker

Member of the State Assembly, 22nd Assembly District: Kevin Mullin

San Mateo County Board of Education, Trustee Area 4: Chelsea Bonini

San Mateo Union High School District, Governing Board: Ligia Andrade Zuniga

City of San Mateo, City Council: Amourence Lee and Diana Papan


Proposition 14: Authorizes Bonds Continuing Stem Cell Research. ==> NO [edit: YES]

Proposition 15: Increases Funding Sources for Public Schools, Community Colleges, and Local Government Services by Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property. ==> NO

Proposition 16: Allows Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions. ==> NO

Proposition 17: Restores Right to Vote After Completion of Prison Term. ==> NO

Proposition 18: Amends California Constitution to Permit 17-year-olds to Vote in Primary and Special Elections if They Will Turn 18 by the Next General Election and be Otherwise Eligible to Vote. ==> NO

Proposition 19: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules. ==> NO

Proposition 20: Restricts Parole for Certain Offenses Currently Considered to be Non-Violent. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. ==> NO

Proposition 21: Expands Local Governments' Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. ==> YES

Mostly because current law doesn't allow rent control on properties built after Feb 01 1995. Prop 21 changes this to properties less than 15 years old.

Proposition 22: Exempts App-Based Transportation and Delivery Companies from Providing Employee Benefits to Certain Drivers. ==> NO

Proposition 23: Establishes State Requirements for Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Require On-Site Medical Professional. ==> NO

Proposition 24: Amends Consumer Privacy Laws. ==> NO

Proposition 25: Referendum on Law that Replaced Money Bail System with System Based on Public Safety and Flight Risk. ==> YES

Yes means letting a 2018 law continue and I'm more of a "let legislators legislate and don't backseat".


San Mateo-Foster City School District - Measure T: $409M bond for school upgrades and repair. ==> YES

City of San Mateo - Measure Y: Extend building height/density limits and housing requirements limits another 10 years. ==> YES

Measure R: City of San Mateo Neighborhood Protection / Housing Opportunity and Affordability Act ==> YES

Measure W: Hotel tax increase from 12% to 15% ==> YES

Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) - Measure RR: 30-year 1/8th cent sales tax for Caltrain. ==> YES

BotezLive CARE Charity Stream

BotezLive did a charity stream for CARE. As they describe it:

"Care is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. One of their main current missions is delivering lifesaving aid to communities who are vulnerable to the coronavirus due to lack of resources."

They also did one last year. This year's results are on the Softgiving page. The CARE Board of Directors were doing x5 matching on all donations.

$209,275.56 Donated

  1. CARE Board of Directors (Matching fizzydam's donation) $174,396.30
  2. CallMeCarson $7,500.00
  3. maprail $3,000.00
  4. ILoveYouGerbs! (...unless you keep murdering me in Among Us #metagaming) $2,999.00
  5. DankestPepe (Here's $2k to help, what you're doing is incredible) $2,000.00
  6. mikamitcha $1,500.00
  8. NikolaStojsin $1,000.00
  9. Chessbae (Great charity <3) $1,000.00
  10. Audlea (A chance to contribute to something meaningful.) $1,000.00
  11. TeddyBearPanda9 (I'm ready for some Among Us!!!) $910.00
  12. AndreaAmongUsKEKW (Priceless) $500.00
  13. Pepepepe (If everyone donated $10 we'd get Among Us!!!) $500.00
  14. Me $500.00
  15. GM-McDucksworth (Chess Club?) $500.00
  16. Aquaphor (Truly incredible stream. Can't believe how close we are to $200k Thank You!!!) $500.00
  17. Benje (How much for the other 41 quiz questions?) $500.00
  18. alexdna (oh... i swear my bank just called me and asked if i sent money to green lady) $395.00
  19. elit3bc $330.00
  20. mishelking91 (I believe in Andrea ! QUIIIIIZ TIIIIMEEEE !!!!) $300.00
  21. Alex_the_surfer $275.00
  22. nathanf314 (any catJAMmers in chat?) $260.00
  23. abruskii $250.00
  24. debacle_3k $250.00
  25. WeakMildSauce $250.00

I did ILoveYouGerbs! as my meme. It was a pretty epic stream and a lot of generous viewers. I'll try to remember to link the YouTube highlights video.

Diary - Sep 12 to Sep 18 2020

Sat Sep 12 2020

Sleep 1000 to 1600. (6 hours)

  • Listening to a FASA Trek RPG podcast and I realize my RPG stuff is not here, it must be in a box at Christopher's house. Sadge.

Sun Sep 13 2020

Sleep 08:30 to 15:30. (7 hours)

  • NFL Week 1. 49ers lose at home to the Cardinals. Apparently a lot of sloppy play. But there were no pre-season games so I expect it'll be a rough four weeks or so until the offense hits its stride.

Mon Sep 14 2020

Sleep 00:30 to 05:00. 14:30 to 16:30. (6-1/2 hours)

  • Four of five Paramore albums are on sale ($5) at iTunes Store so I bought all five albums.

Tue Sep 15 2020

Sleep 04:00 to 10:00. 14:45 to 17:00. (8-1/4 hours)

  • Apple Event. Apple One is disappointingly quite expensive.

Wed Sep 16 2020

Sleep 03:30 to 09:00. 12:30 to 14:30. (7-1/2 hours)

  • Thinking about it, maybe not that expensive, if I was into Apple Music. But I'm kind of old school and want to own my music (realizing that buying a DRM-ed streaming album is still not the same as owning a CD). Apple TV+ is nice but I already have access to Netflix, Disney+ and dad's Xfinity plan so yet another video plan seems redundant.

Thu Sep 17 2020

Sleep 2330 to 0330. 1500 to 1700. (6 hours)

  • DriveThruRPG is doing a September Cyberpunk Sale. It's a niche category. R Talsorian with their Cyberpunk RPG and four other publishers with a handful of products, all battle maps or paper miniatures. And it's a 15% off sale so a bit on the low side.

Fri Sep 18 2020

Sleep 0030 to 0330 12:15 to 16:45. (7-1/2 hours)

  • Sending in my vote for HOA board. I'm on it but I'd rather the other guy win because I've already been on an HOA board for 10+ years and young people need experience and bring enthusiasm. There's also an incumbent (2 seats are open) but no doubt she'll be voted in.

Bundle of Holding - Fudge

Fudge Bundle is up now. I've played FATE Accelerated (which is a simpler version of FATE) and FATE is based on Fudge. FATE Accelerated is definitely a bit too simple for my tastes, though I played a one-shot with a good GM and it went well. I just don't see it as my fave for campaign play as I like fiddly character bits. In any case I've always thought of Fudge as too simple for my tastes though I've been intrigued with Now Playing and apparently that's a heavier variant of Fudge.

GGG-1020 Fudge 10th Anniversary Edition ($17 estimate, 320-page hardcover $35) - not previously available in PDF.

GGG-5001 Terra Incognita ($11 estimate, 114-page softcover $23) - Exploration during the late Victorian Era (late 1800's to early 1900's) in the style of Jules Vernes. Not sure this is available in PDF.

GGG-6001 The Deryni Adventure Game ($20 estimate, 320-page hardcover $40) - also first time in PDF. Based on the Katherine Kurtz series. I've read at least a few of the books (my sister owned them). I'm not sure if this is the one where I read the second trilogy and thought she was retelling the first trilogy with different characters. Doesn't mean the RPG is bad.

AG-PP01 Psi-punk ($20, although more like $10, 192 pages) - a cyberpunk game set in 2096. Has three sourcebooks and an SRD.

AG-SOA01A Survival of the Able ($5, 117-digest page Ashcan) - the Black Death arrives in your Middle Age village, a survival horror game. Ashcan means beta version suitable for playtesting.

DAL-4000 Hack-n-Slash Fantasy Roleplay ($10, 48 pages) - a generic fantasy RPG.

G&B-001 The Orb ($10, 200 pages) - a fantasy rpg set in a world where the gods and their followers are about to war on each other.

CVG-1000 Now Playing ($18, 224-page hardcover $35) - tv show rpg. I think of it as Primetime Adventures in a much bigger book. In both you play characters where the world is a tv show with those tropes.

CVG-0200 The Unexplained ($20, 296-page softcover $30, hardcover $40) - modern-day paranormal investigations.

This bundle the reported prices are farther off than normal.

$121 for $26 which is a good ratio. Problem is I'm not sure I'm interested in any of these games since they're all main books. I'd rather have rules, setting, supplements, adventures in a bundle. I think Now Playing is the only worthwhile one in which case I'll wait for it to go on sale.

September 2020 Apple Event

This month's Apple Event was mostly about Watch an

Apple Watch Series 6 ($400) with a blood oxygen sensor and always-on altimeter. It's kind of neat how many sensors they can fit into the form factor.

Apple Watch SE ($280) - I guess difference is display is not always-on, no blood oxygen and ecg sensors, and I'm guessing last generation processor. For the budget-conscious you can still buy a series 3 for $200.

Fitness+ ($10/month or $80/year) - Video fitness which uses your Apple Watch for metrics. Kind of like Peloton.

iPad Air ($600 64 GB, $750 256 GB) - a 10.9 inch with no mechanical home button and in different colors.

iPad ($330 32 GB, $430 128 GB) - a 10.2 inch low-end model with A12 Bionic chip (so at least 2 generations old)

Apple One - bundled subscriptions:

  • Individual $15/month for Music, TV+, Arcade, 50 GB iCloud (save $6)
  • Family (Family Sharing up to 5) $20/month same as above with 200 GB iCloud (save $8)
  • Premier (Family Sharing up to 5) $30/month same as above with 2 TB iCloud, News+ and Fitness+ (save $25)

Apple One is the most interesting to me yet not worth it. Premier maybe if you share with other people. I think I'll stick with Apple Arcade.

Diary - Sep 05 to Sep 11 2020

Sat Sep 05 2020

Sleep None; Nap 12:00 to 16:00.

  • Morning grocery shopping at Safeway. Checkout person said we can now bring our own bags again.
  • Went to Ted Salon to see if I could get a haircut from Alex or Lena (who owned Alex's Deluxe Barber Shop). Apparently Ted's is one of those places where stylists rent a space so it might be hard to find them any given time. Might need to look for a new hair cutting place.
  • I'm so out of shape my back was hurting after 15 minutes of walking.
  • Saw that San Mateo has a couple of blocks of B Street closed to traffic so the space can be used for restaurant dining or what not.
  • Flex alert Sat, Sun, Mon. It's going to be a hot Memorial Day Weekend.

Sun Sep 06 2020

Sleep 05:00 to 09:00, 09:30 to 14:00.

  • ItsHafu wins Pogchamps 2

Mon Sep 07 2020

Sleep 10:00 to 15:00.

  • Trying to install Among Us via CrossOver. Step 1 is installing Steam. Win 7 is fine but Among Us won't run. Win 8 and Win 10 Steam has UI issues (mostly blank screen) so can't get to Among Us installer. Sadge. Then I saw there's an iOS version so I downloaded that. Yay.

Tue Sep 08 2020

Sleep 01:15 to 05:15.

Wed Sep 09 2020

Sleep 22:45 to 01:15, 03:30 to 11:30. (10-1/2 hours)

  • In the RPGnet thread someone said Now Playing plays like a light GURPS. That was the one title in the bundle that looked promising mostly from when I was interested in Prime Time Adventures and Now Playing was also a television show rpg.

Thu Sep 10 2020

Sleep 03:30 to 09:00. 13:30 to 17:30 (9-1/2 hours)

  • So tired all day today. Got little done. I do hate our morning scrum meeting.

Fri Sep 11 2020

Sleep 04:00 to 06:00.

  • Went grocery shopping in the evening. Now you can bring your own bags to Safeway but you have to do your own bagging.

Jovian Chronicles Bundle of Holding

Jovian Chronicles Bundle is a repeat from March 2018 with two new products (which you can download if you bought the previous bundle). The bundle includes:

Jovian Chronicles 1E

  • DP9-301 Jovian Chronicles Rulebook (1997)
  • DP9-302 Jovian Chronicles Companion (1997)
  • DP9-303 Jovian Chronicles Mechanical Catalog (1997)
  • DP9-304 The Chaos Principle (1998)
  • DP9-305 Jovian Chronicles: Gamemastering Made Easy (1998)
  • DP9-306 Ships of the Fleet Vol. 1: Jovian Confederation (1998)
  • DP9-307 Spacer's Guide (2001)
  • DP9-309 Ships of the Fleet Vol. 3: CEGA Navy (1999)
  • DP9-310 Earth Planet Sourcebook (2000)
  • DP9-311 Jovian Chronicles Mechanical Catalog Two (2000)
  • DP9-313 Ships of the Fleet Vol. 2: Jovian Confederation (1999)
  • DP9-317 Jupiter Planet Sourcebook (2000)
  • DP9-319 Ships of the Fleet Vol. 4: Venus Fleet (2000)
  • DP9-321 Space Equipment Handbook (2000)
  • DP9-325 Mercury Planet Sourcebook (2002)
  • DP9-326 Venus Planet Sourcebook (2002)
  • DP9-327 Mars Planet Sourcebook (2002)
  • DP9-328 Cislunar Space Sourcebook (2003)

Jovian Chronicles 2E

  • DP9-909 Silhouette Roleplaying Core Rules (Deluxe Edition) (2003)
  • DP9-920 Jovian Chronicles RPG Player's Handbook (2003)

Dream Pod 9 is good about filling in product numbers so looking at the gaps these are the missing products with DTRPG prices.

Jovian Chronicles 1E

  • DP9-308 SolaPol Sourcebook (1999) $6
  • DP9-312 Jovian Fleet Blueprint File (1998) XX
  • DP9-315 CEGA Fleet Blueprint File (1999) XX
  • DP9-320 In the Shadow of CEGA (2001) $6
  • DP9-323 Nomads Sourcebook (2001) $6

Lightning Strike

  • DP9-314 Lightning Strike 1E (1999) [book + 6 counter sheets] $6
  • DP9-316 Behind the Veil (1999) [book + 2 counter sheets] $5
  • DP9-318 Call to Arms (2000) [book + 2 counter sheets] $5
  • DP9-322 Lightning Strike 2E (2000) [book + 6 counter sheets] $6
  • DP9-324 Lightning Strike Companion (2001) $6

Lightning Strike is a miniature starship combat game set in the Jovian Chronicles universe.

I will buy the bundle. Question is to fill in the gaps now or will there be another bundle for the remaining items?

WFRP Bundle of Holding

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1E Bundle (Dec 2018) includes these items for $26.

Games Workshop PDFs of

GW0030 The Empire in Flames (Enemy Within p5)
GW2051 Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1E HC

Hogshead Publishing PDFs of

HP201 The Enemy Within Campaign v1 - Shadows over Bo╠łgenhafen
HP205 The Enemy Within Campaign v2 - Death on the Reik
HP208 Marienburg - Sold Down the River
HP211 The Enemy Within Campaign v3 - Power Behind the Throne
HP212 Middenheim - City of Chaos (reprints Warhammer City)
HP213The Enemy Within Campaign v4 - Something Rotten in Kislev

Everything is copyright Cubicle 7 but the copyright pages include the original ISBNs.

WFRP 1E Sorcery Bundle (Sep 2020) includes these items for $22.

Flame Publications PDFs of

FP0016 Fire in the Mountains (Doomstone Campaign p1)
FP0017 Blood in Darkness (Doomstone Campaign p2)
FP0018 Death Rock (Doomstone Campaign p3)
FP0019 Dwarf Wars (Doomstone Campaign p4)
FP0035 Warhamer Companion

Hogshead Publishing PDFs of

HP202 Apocrypha Now
HP207 Realms of Sorcery

My Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Collection page shows that there's about another bundle's worth of 1E books left.

Diary - Aug 29 to Sep 04 2020

Sat Aug 29 2020

Sleep 05:00 to 12:30. 45 min nap.

  • After a four year break Guns, Dice, Butter wargaming podcast returns. Three episodes since May.

Sun Aug 30 2020

Sleep 06:00 to 16:00.

Mon Aug 31 2020

Sleep 00:30 to 07:00.

  • Linux machine is off so using Desktop Client for a VNC-like session to my remote Linux VM at work. How do I get it to interpret ctrl-click as mouse2? Right now I end up enabling right mouse button on my Magic Mouse 2 but then I'm constantly accidentally right-clicking.

Tue Sep 01 2020

Sleep 00:00 to 04:30.

  • Frustrated with my Magic Mouse 2. Time to look for a regular mouse.

Wed Sep 02 2020

Sleep 03:00 to 06:30. 10:45 to 14:45.

  • Fire alarm went off last night about 01:15 just as I was going to sleep. Fire department came (three trucks) but it was resolved in half an hour. Someone mentioned smoke from an apartment. Maybe someone left something on and it smoked up their place and then they opened the front door to air it out and set off the main fire alarm.

Thu Sep 03 2020

Sleep 01:30 to 03:00. 13:30 to 16:30.

Fri Sep 04 2020

Sleep 01:30 to 06:30. 11:45 to 16:00.

  • Short nap turned to four hour sleep.

Space: 1889 Bundle of Holding

I ended up buying two Space: 1889 Bundle of Holding bundles and create a Space: 1889 Collection page.

The first bundle was for Clockwork Publishing, who did a Ubiquity engine version of the game in 2014 and and released a few supplements and a fair number of adventures. That bundle was every product released.

The second, newer bundle was from Heliograph which reprinted much of the original line with one updated release (Complete Canal Priests of Mars which adds another 50% cut from the original manuscript). Heliograph also published Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographical Society (a fanzine) which ran 8 print issues and a bit more as a webzine.

Missing from the second bundle was some boxed supplements. I list the ones I found on DriveThruRPG here:

Ironclads and Ether Flyers ($6)
Cloud Captains of Mars ($4)
Sky Galleons of Mars ($8 with Cloud Captains of Mars)

Pinnacle published Space 1889: Red Sands, a one-book adaptation to Savage Worlds with a plot point campaign.

Space 1889: Red Sands ($15) [DTRPG, or Pinnacle store via above link]
Space 1889: Red Sands Player's Guide ($5) [DTRPG, or Pinnacle store via above link]

But even though Red Sands is one-book-and-done, seven of the Clockwork Publishing adventures have Savage Worlds versions which were included in the first bundle.

Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographical Society v1-3 I did not see on DriveThruRPG so you'd have to find used copies. Noble Knight Games has them for $40 each.

The Liftwood Conspiracy (3W) is a lone 3rd party adventure for the original Space: 1899. Not on DTRPG but NKG has a copy for $25.

Twilight: 2000 Kickstarter

Free League Publishing, developers of Tales from the Loop RPG and Alien RPG, have a Kickstarter for a new edition of Twilight: 2000. It will be a boxed set with a players' book and a game master's book, area and tactical maps, custom dice and cards. I pledged then I looked at my bookcase and backed out of my pledge. But this would make a good present for Dave S so I re-pledged.

  • Twilight: 2000 Boxed Set (498 SEK / $58, FLP is a Swedish company)
  • Weapon Cards (148 SEK / $17)
  • Referee's Screen (198 SEK / $23)
  • Dice Tray (128 SEK / $15)

Base Boxed Contents

  • Players' Manual
  • Referee's Manual
  • Character Sheets
  • Travel Map

Stretch Goal Contents

  • Set of base dice (d6, d8, d10, d12)
  • Four combat maps
  • Cardboard tokens (for use on combat maps)
  • Initiative cards
  • Six ammo dice (d6)
  • Encounter cards
  • Hit location die
  • Another four combat maps (so 8 maps total)
  • Official soundtrack
  • VTT edition (VTT platform TBD)
  • Second set of base dice (so 8 dice total)
  • Four scenario combat maps
  • The Black Madonna module PDF