Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Weekend Gaming: Hurricane Style

So... at this point it seems like we might get pummelled... or we might luck out and stay dry.  I can report that my cat looks nervous, though he always sort of looks nervous when I stare at him suspiciously.  In any event its a little fun to watch the disaster unfold via Google Earth or other similar programs.  Worst case we can ride out the storm by snuggling up to our diesel generator powered X-Boxes or perhaps read game rulebooks via candelight.  Don't forget to stock your Ipod up with lots of board game podcasts before the Net drops.

Assuming we're not all riding in an ark somewhere Sunday afternoon, perhaps there will be gaming.  This is a good spot to post plans, hopes, and desires.



At 12:50 AM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Weekend gaming will be good. Especially since it looks like my extended vacation from working at CCRI will continue.

One has to wonder how bad this storm is really going to be. the university is sending out emails about not having experiments set up for friday through Monday. I know they mean well but some of these points....

1. By Thursday, walk through laboratory and office areas and imagine a window breaking, with winds of 70 MPH plus rain blowing through. What needs to be moved or secured?

Our entire building is windows. We cannot possible move everything.

5. Do not plan any critical experiments between Friday and Monday, or plan to harvest an experiment during that time.

This means, at least according to my boss, that we will all be behind about two weeks. Yay progress.

9. Post a volunteer in the lab for the storm strike, to manage contingencies, such as leaks and floods, and unexpected wind in the environment. Have a lot of plastic wrap, bagging and material to protect papers and electronics as needed. This individual must have a supply of food and water, rain gear, a flash light and spare plus spare batteries, a charged cell phone and a spare phone battery, a change of dry clothes, sufficient gear to spend the night (bedding, blankets, pillows) and must notify someone not in the environment of his or her presence in the environment.

Since staying in the building full of windows is a good idea

At 9:08 AM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

See, when I moved to San Antonio, the deal was this:

You won't have to deal with Hurricanes, but will get nasty summers and all sorts of stinging insects. It's really not that good a deal.

And now we've got a Hurricane?

That's it. I demand that all scorpions, killer bees, wasps, hornets, etc be deported to NC posthaste. It's only fair. We'll work out seasons later.

I'm still skeptical about Ike, but several Hurricanes did manage to tag Raleigh, which is similarly inland. The flooding only stopped about 10 miles from my house ...

At 9:42 AM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Give it another day -- it lnow ooks like, as usual, Ike is going to miss us completely to the east.

But even in the short time I've been out here, we have had a hurricane. Anyone remember Claudette? In summer 2003, when I came out here to find an apartment in advance of moving, Claudette hit the day I left to go back to Los Angeles, and it followed me the whole way. Every day I'd drive through it, and every night it would pass back over me. I'm not sure how I feel about being stalked by a natural disaster.

At 10:23 AM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Jeff said...

There's the problem! Ike's looking for Dennis! Send him east immediately!

Also - Classic Rob (because I know you're reading this) if you and your wife need to get out of town while Ike blows through, I'm sure we could find you someone in the SABG to stay with if you can't find anyplace else.

At 1:27 PM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Rock Band 2 update:

Gamestop in Northwoods shopping center, on Henderson Pass just east of 281, is having a midnight release. I was able to reserve the game, but not the drums, which have disappeared from their computers. The one smart employee suspects that this is because they've already shipped, but if they don't show up tomorrow, then they won't show up until next week.

So if any of you folks find the RB2 drumkit somewhere, let me know. From what I've read, they are infinitely better than the originals (quieter, bouncy, metal-reinforced pedal, no missed notes).

At 6:46 PM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

No luck on the drum kit front.

But I did reserve my copy of RB2 for midnight on Sunday.

So RB2 party (barring power outages). You have been warned. Again.

Dennis, if you make it (or next time we have a Rock party if not), you can borrow my drums until you manage to find a kit of your own. I rarely use them.

There is a new free song available for download. It is by Stephen Colbert.

At 7:14 PM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

So consider the above a planning post.

RB2 midnight Sunday.

Dennis, you know you want to. Just because you are an adult doesn't mean you can't be impatient. Same thing for Steve.

I have no compunctions about acting like a child, so you know I'm in. I'm thinking the same goes for Jon. Sean seems to be up on xbox live fairly late too although I'm guessing its not the best night for him to be out late. But we shall see.

RB2. It is really happening. Hurray.

At 8:33 PM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

I am potentially in for thie rB2 party. I Have a refugee coming into town for Houston, and have no clue for how long etc etc. Just in case, I suppose that a location would be nice, as well as a means of contact? Michael, geekmail me?

At 8:55 PM, September 11, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

You've got geekmail.

At 8:57 PM, September 11, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

I'm strongly considering it - it mainly depends on how Saturday goes. Work has been very very crazy this week, and I've got a lot to do for a deadline... I might not be able to stay awake. But if that happens I'll come knock on your door early Sunday morning... :)

At 12:01 AM, September 12, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Knock loudly.

Because I've slept through a break in before.

Phone ahead is probably best thats the guaranteed method to wake me up.

Ike is looking really really bad by the way just not for us. Rob, you might want to abandon that plywood plan and evacuate if I understand correctly where you are living.

At 12:04 AM, September 12, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Ok also.

Download the new song. (Charlene by Stephen and the Colberts)

Easiest acheivements ever.

Got the Bass and Drums achievement tonight thanks to it.

At 8:12 AM, September 13, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Successors arrived. Hooray for GMT moving into the wonderful world of mounted boards. At 15 pages of rules, most of which are just are just tweaks to the Hannibal rules, this will be an easy game to get on the table. Luckily the game plays 2-4.

Almost done with Mercenaries 2. Overall its not bad if you're into big explosions with little thinking. The game does have the best implementation of helicopter controls I've seen. I'm considering trading it in with Battlefield Bad Company for the new Star Wars game.

At 9:10 AM, September 13, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

I originally read the successors as 115 (One hundred fifteen) pages of rules. Vhoja Moi! I had (briefly) the AH successors about 2 years ago, but sold it for mucho dinero. I could be talked into playing this.


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