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by Barrier Peaks
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 2
Views: 6408

I'm back!

Seems as if my five years' worth of self-exile from SoCal has ended and I'm back on my home turf. It's funny how things work out.

So... how's everyone been? That is, if anyone here still remembers me...
by Barrier Peaks
Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Gen-Con... Who's Going
Replies: 15
Views: 6813

Sure thing. Looks like I'll be manning a booth (location TBD) most of the time, but I'll be available after hours. I'm assuming we'll be arriving on Wednesday afternoon. I'll keep you guys posted.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Gen-Con... Who's Going
Replies: 15
Views: 6813

Better late than never.

After thinking I wasn't going to GenCon, it looks like I'll be there. If any of you folks want to hook up, let me know and we can do so.
by Barrier Peaks
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:41 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791

D6 Star Wars is still a great game, regardless of the years that have passed since it went out of print. The great thing is that a lot of the books are still available and, aside from a few, relatively inexpensive. I actually picked up the bulk of my D6 SW books at Game Empire many years ago; someone had liquidated their entire collection (including all of the Star Wars Adventure Journals), and I got all the books I needed for $3 to $6 apiece.

And even if you don't like D6, the books are a wonderful resource for a SW GM using any system.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791

Cool, guys. Keep me posted!
by Barrier Peaks
Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791

If you guys can post an actual play/recap of the scenario, I'd be interested to read it.
by Barrier Peaks
Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791


[quote="jimmy corrigan"](side note: should i spare a few, or kill /all/ of the pc's in the end as the module suggests? ;D thanks again.)[/quote]
Turn them all to the Dark Side, instead.

by Barrier Peaks
Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:12 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791

[quote="mordraine"]Gary, thanks for your contribution for the best d20 derivative game produced![/quote] Out of all the games I've written for, [i]Star Wars[/i] is the line I've contributed to the most (seven books total, which is about half of those released, plus an installment of the [i]Dawn of ...
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791

[quote="devlin1"]Y'know, I was just flipping through [i]Galaxy of Intrigue[/i] the other day, and I was like "Hey, Gary's still writing Saga books! Look at that." Oh, the irony![/quote] [i]Intrigue[/i] was the last book I worked on. After that, the work dried up quite suddenly. Given that it's the ...
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: The End of the Stars Wars Saga (Edition)
Replies: 39
Views: 15791

That it does. It was a good run while it lasted, though.

G
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy Birthday, Barrier Peaks!
Replies: 13
Views: 1706

Of course I remember you. It's been a long time. Nice to see you're still out there doing some kind of gaming!

G
by Barrier Peaks
Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy Birthday, Barrier Peaks!
Replies: 13
Views: 1706


[quote="Digital_Boy"]Ocelot! Long time, no see.[/quote]

Seems you have me at a disadvantage, sir! Who are you?

by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Feel Old Yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1735

I knew I was old when I decided that my son would only ever watch the original editions of the Original Trilogy.

I relented and allowed him to watch the re-mastered Death Star battle, but only because he likes to see the spaceships get blown up.
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy Birthday, Barrier Peaks!
Replies: 13
Views: 1706

Aw, shucks. Thanks, guys. I sure do miss California.

As for a Hoth book, I'm sad to report that I may be putting an end to my freelancing for the time being. Not enough hours in the day to keep my day job and family lives afloat in conjunction with the demands that freelance has on me. It's not official yet, though.

Still, I've got two more SW books slated for release in the coming months: Galaxy at War and Galaxy of Intrigue. I think you guys will dig 'em.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: old school gming
Replies: 10
Views: 3476

[quote="Skyman"]In fact entering a room is like a ritual of listen to door, check door for traps, check floor infront of door, check ceiling above door, see if it open out or in, are there any wards, Henchman opens it ajar...you get the picture.[/quote] Ahhhh, the memories! I think I'd prefer to le...
by Barrier Peaks
Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: What games you playing?
Replies: 25
Views: 24745


[quote="Drew"]Anyone playing Fallout 3? Been thinking about picking that up...[/quote]

I don't have it (yet), though it was on my Christmas list. Lots of folks at work have lots of great things to say about it, which is usually a good indication of whether or not a game is any good.



G

by Barrier Peaks
Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:53 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy New Years!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1809


[quote="devlin1"]Another guy I kinda know just had a novel published by WotC earlier this year ([i]Devil's Cape[/i], by Rob Rogers). You oughtta getcherself summa that action.[/quote]

A novel? I wouldn't know where to begin with one of those. "It was a dark and stormy night ..."

by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy New Years!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1809

[quote="devlin1"]I'll bet! No joke -- every time Mord and I see a new Saga book with your name on it, we're like, "Hey, check it out -- Gary Astleford! I almost know that guy!"[/quote] *blush* You guys are so sweet to me. [quote="jimmy corrigan"]dude, you should move back down to sd. we can start u...
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy New Years!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1809

[quote="devlin1"]But keep writing more of those sweet, sweet SWSE supplements, please. 19 days until the Clone Wars book comes out! [SIZE="1"](I don't know if you actually worked on that one, but we've dug the ones you [i]have [/i]worked on, so... keep that up!) [/SIZE][/quote] I did contribute to ...
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy New Years!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1809

Happy 2009 to everyone.

I resolve to play more tabletop this year.

G
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: What games you playing?
Replies: 25
Views: 24745

My wife gave me Fable 2 and Left 4 Dead (for the 360) for Christmas. I've played L4D a little, but most of my time has been spent on Fable 2 this past week. Prior to that, I was hooked on Grand Theft Auto 4.

I'm sure we've got a Steam account here, but I rarely use it. However, if anyone's on XBox live, my gamertag is GAstleford (yeah, I know, real exciting and evocative, that).

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Real-Life... *sigh* ...Superheroes
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

So ... which of you guys is going to go looking to join the Artemis National Consortium and don your spandex to make San Diego a better, safer place?

Don't forget to register on the World Superhero Registry. Honestly, check the link out. Look at the registry. They've all got photos. Some of the girls are cute.

Imagine yourself, a low-life scumbag breaking into someone's car at 3am in Salt Lake City. Suddenly, you are confronted by Oni. I don't know -- I might actually shit my pants in such a situation.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Top RPGs you think others should play
Replies: 26
Views: 6444

[quote="cczernia"]I preferred the revised rules. One element I liked about bashing damage was that guns only did bashing damage to vampires making them much harder to kill.[/quote] Funny, I hated the addition of bashing damage in 3rd edition. Vampires were tough enough as it was, and the rules made...
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Top RPGs you think others should play
Replies: 26
Views: 6444


[quote="jimmy corrigan"]i'm curious to see what it'd be like to roleplay "seaquest dsv" (even though i've never watched the show). the concept seems so fit for exploration.[/quote]

Except that DSV sucked ass, IMO, and Blue Planet did not. ;-)



G

by Barrier Peaks
Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:36 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Top RPGs you think others should play
Replies: 26
Views: 6444

[quote="mordraine"]Vampire (revised anyway) was probably the best rule-set of all the OWoD games.[/quote] I tend to agree that 2nd edition V:tM was the best of the lot, rules-wise (though everyone inevitably had some problem or another with Thaumaturgy and how it worked). Third edition fixed a few ...
by Barrier Peaks
Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Top RPGs you think others should play
Replies: 26
Views: 6444

I Just Remembered

Wraith: The Oblivion (2nd edition): Probably the best of White Wolf's "forgotten" titles. The second edition cleaned up a lot of the first edition's ambiguities (but when hasn't that been the case with White Wolf?) and added a whole fuckton of clarity. The supplements for the game were, on the whole, outstanding. Unfortunately, they pulled the plug and only paid homage to it from the other side of the curtain in the short-lived Orpheus RPG.
by Barrier Peaks
Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: The Random Picture Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 239268

Repent!

Or I'll say "Repent" again!
by Barrier Peaks
Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:18 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Top RPGs you think others should play
Replies: 26
Views: 6444

Cyberpunk 2020: Stripped of its outdated class system, it's one of the best adaptations of the retro-80's cyberpunk genre.

Hollow Earth Expedition: Dinosaurs. Nazis. Dinosaurs eating Nazis. Enough said.

Vampire: The Dark Ages: Not to be confused with Dark Ages: Vampire, V:tDA was the game that made me love the OWoD.

Midnight campaign setting (3.5): One of the best third-party settings out there. No longer supported, sadly, but there's enough published to keep a game going for years and years.

Call of Cthulhu, specifically Delta Green: DG takes CoC and makes it better. Sort of like adding (alien) limes and (cyclopean) salt to (tentacular) tequila.

Star Wars: Any edition (except maybe the first edition of the d20 version). It's not hard science fiction by any means, and everyone's seen the movies (more or less), so it's easy to get into.

F.A.T.A.L.: Just kidding.

Alternity: Not perfect by any stretch, but the system and the rich backgrounds of the supported settings were awesome.

Blue Planet: Transhumanism, ecoterrorism, and corporate greed on a mysterious water world.
by Barrier Peaks
Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Gotetsu Jr.
Replies: 47
Views: 7244

Being a parent is all about being tired.
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 1165

Indeed. Happy birthday baby Jebus.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: One-Shots
Topic: Star Wars: Rise of the Rebellion
Replies: 2
Views: 6563

So did you guys play? How did it turn out?
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: I dropped out of College to be a 55lvl Tauren Deathknight
Replies: 2
Views: 3151

I haven't played WoW since WAR released; and I haven't played WAR (aside from the playtests at work) since before Thanksgiving.

Of course, I offer this information for no other reason than to whine. When your only gaming opportunity is an MMO, and you don't even have the time to play that, it speaks volumes about the sadness of your life.

I have been playing a lot of GTA4, though.

On topic: It's sad to see people ignore the important things in life so that they can focus on entertaining, but otherwise unprofitable, elements that will still be there the week after finals are over.

Priorities, heh.
by Barrier Peaks
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Rattrap Productions
Replies: 8
Views: 2122


[quote="jimmy corrigan"]nice! i imagine you get your stuff at a pretty nice markdown now.[/quote]

Man. Talk about a guy looking for an angle!

by Barrier Peaks
Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:01 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: happy birthday, devlin1!
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Happy birthday, bud. Many happy returns and all that jazz.

G
by Barrier Peaks
Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:11 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: ABC To Remake V
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

I loved "V" as a child. I own the DVDs and I still think it's a great show, all things considered. My knee jerk reaction to this news is largely negative, but I also felt the same way when I heard about the remake of Battlestar Galactica -- and we all know that one turned out to be pretty good.

So I guess I'll just wait and see. As much as I'd prefer to see an original show, as opposed to a spin off of an old show, it seems that people in the industry want to feed off nostalgia instead of creating unique IPs.
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Hey fuckers.
Replies: 31
Views: 3649

[quote="devlin1"]Very cool on both counts. I'm officially a sucker for just about any Saga supplement; they've all been pretty great so far, especially KOTOR. If nothing else, production values are always impressive. I think I prefer SWSE to 4E, to be honest. I'm also a sucker for things written by...
by Barrier Peaks
Sat Oct 04, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Hey fuckers.
Replies: 31
Views: 3649

[quote="devlin1"]I dunno, man -- consider this a prince-and-pauper situation, because writing for SWSE sounds pretty good to me. (BTW, what're you working on?)[/quote] By day, I work on Warhammer Online. At least that's what they tell me when I'm conscious enough to understand spoken language. As f...
by Barrier Peaks
Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Hey fuckers.
Replies: 31
Views: 3649


[quote="jimmy corrigan"]just move back to sd. problem solved.[/quote]
This creates an entirely new problem: how to feed my family.



G

by Barrier Peaks
Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Hey fuckers.
Replies: 31
Views: 3649

[quote="devlin1"]I don't mean to make you feel bad or nothin', but check this: Saturday night, we started a Star Wars: KOTOR game at, like, 12:30 am, and played until about 4:15. This was after our session of Sundered Skies, which was after about four hours of painting minis. So yes, envy away.[/qu...
by Barrier Peaks
Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Hey fuckers.
Replies: 31
Views: 3649

[quote="devlin1"]He means "fuckers" in the nicest way possible, though. It carries the assumption that everyone here is gettin' some.[/quote] I wasn't intending to imply that he was being spiteful; nor did I intend to infer that you guys aren't fuckers (god forbid). On a different note, it appears ...
by Barrier Peaks
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:13 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Hey fuckers.
Replies: 31
Views: 3649

I might have posted a "Hey, been a while," thread, but I certainly wouldn't have called you guys "fuckers."

G
by Barrier Peaks
Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Hey, Idiot! Still Playing D&D?
Replies: 9
Views: 1757

Are you kidding? There are still people who continue to play 1st Edition AD&D. I'm sure we'll have a slew of grognards who won't give up their 3.5 books until they're pried from their cold, dead fingers.

Heck, I still won't buy a single nWoD book. My current library is fully functional, not to mention too damn large, to be judged obsolete.

As for WW, I think it's a good marketing ploy. Futile, but funny. People will continue to play D&D (in all its editions) for the forseeable future. Always have, always will. I have little doubt that 4E will be a good, solid game, but I also know that it won't appeal to everyone (just as 3.0 didn't appeal to everyone who played AD&D 2nd, and 3.5 didn't appeal to everyone who played 3.0).
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: FFG Needs RPG Writer/Developer
Replies: 40
Views: 3224

Sorry to hear that, Devlin. Keep trying, it can't hurt. Good for you for calling them, too. The "silent treatment" from publishers is a pain in the neck, and all too often folks don't take them to task with a friendly phone call. Sometimes, all it takes to get on their radar is a phone call or a stop by the booth to introduce yourself at whatever convention they happen to be attending.

As to 4E, I wasn't aware that FFG had scrapped their plans for it, but I have been in touch with them in regards to future WFRP and Dark Heresy products (given that I've credits in both lines). I'm so busy between family, work, and my other projects that I won't be all that shook up if I don't hear from them right away.
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:05 pm
Forum: Boardgames & Java
Topic: Who Wants a Copy?
Replies: 5
Views: 7184

In that case, I think we need to write a board game about clubbing baby seals.
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Boardgames & Java
Topic: Who Wants a Copy?
Replies: 5
Views: 7184

Who Wants a Copy?

CNN story is here.

Is this amusing? If so, should I feel ashamed that I'm amused?
by Barrier Peaks
Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: FFG Needs RPG Writer/Developer
Replies: 40
Views: 3224

So, the job listings at FFG have been revised. No longer are you required to move to Minnesota. They are casting the net a bit wider this time around. I can only assume that the initial response they received to the previous posting was lukewarm.

Off-site contractor posting

Senior RPG Developer (full-time)

I haven't looked that closely at the job descriptions, being as I won't be applying for either of them, but I thought I'd let you guys know.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: FFG Needs RPG Writer/Developer
Replies: 40
Views: 3224

Take it from me, it's not all that glamorous. Freelancing has its up side, but it also takes a lot of work to keep your fingers in the pie. I can't imagine doing it full-time; I enjoy medical benefits and steady pay too much to risk it. If I had no other choice I might take a stab at it, but that would be the act of a desperate man.

As it is, I only take on one project at a time these days; sometimes two, but only if they're small enough to manage simultaneously. My day job and family life are far too demanding for me to do much else. Even then, I find myself struggling for the time and/or energy to maintain my current crop of freelance obligations.

I don't know where the industry is going. I have trouble keeping track of all the variables. I'm not sure how long I'll continue to freelance. Probably until I stop enjoying it, I guess. I'd like to try my hand at fiction (a desire which grows stronger with each passing year), but I'm not sure if I'm cut out for that yet.

I've been lucky enough to work for bigger publishers that actually pay good per-word rates. FFG's offer, in that regard, is good: 4 to 5 cents a word is stellar when compared to some of the paying gigs out there. I've seen projects that offer less than 1 cent per word. Or, worse, only pay royalties or a percentage of profits from sales.

The amount of work they're expecting from folks (3,000 words per day) isn't all that daunting, IMO. It's less than 400 words per hour, which is cake (especially if it's all I'm doing, all day long). Given a rate of 375 "good" words per hour, you're looking at $18.75/hour at the upper end of their pay scale, and $15/hour at the lower end.

As noted, there are lots of downs to this offer, the most prominent of which is that it's contract work that only lasts for a specific amount of time. Something like this could potentially turn into a full-time gig, especially if they're using this drive to scout out new talent. According to their posting, though, they're looking for folks who have been published. I'm not sure how stringent they plan to be with their requirements.

For someone with no deeply planted roots and a couple of titles under his belt, this sort of thing could be a veritable gold mine. The potential is that he'll work on several different 4E titles, gaining additional published credits. If he's really good, he'll gain a reputation for his reliability and talent, which can only lead to more work later on. In that regard, it's an investment, and it carries with it some degree of risk.

I realize that this doesn't represent reality for the majority of us. We have families, stable jobs, bills to pay. It would take a certain type of person to take the risk, given that his overtures were received positively by FFG in the first place.

So I guess I've given this too much thought tonight. See what happens when I should be doing real work? Meh.

Gary
by Barrier Peaks
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:48 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: FFG Needs RPG Writer/Developer
Replies: 40
Views: 3224

[quote="BlanchPrez"]Ludicrous is right. Let me see if I understood the site. You have to write 3,000 words a day, Monday through Friday, for a crappy pay, with no benefits, but you have to move to Minnesota [i]and[/i] the best part, you have to provide your own computer! Wow. What a wonderful oppor...
by Barrier Peaks
Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: FFG Needs RPG Writer/Developer
Replies: 40
Views: 3224

That's it: Feign sanity and reason in the face of such a ludicrous opportunity.

:smile:
by Barrier Peaks
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: FFG Needs RPG Writer/Developer
Replies: 40
Views: 3224

Hey, I just figured that at least one of you freaks might be crazy enough to do it, and thought I'd provide the impetus to your insanity. Guess I was wrong.

G