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1001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 30, 2009, 01:20:40 AM
I hope folks enjoy it!

My favorite parts of post apocalyptic stories are always the beginning. The 'how did this happen', kinda like the early parts of superhero movies. I read a lot of zombie books and most of them take place right at the outbreak or after. It's usually about survivors and I LOVE those books. Wayne Simmons, Eric S. Brown, Dave Dunwoody, J. L. Bourne and of course Max Brooks. These guys have all been inspirations.

Anyway I wrote a book all about the people on the ground, the men and women trying to make it through two days when their entire world is turned upside down. Just everyday people with everyday problems. What sets it apart (I think) is the oddball characters.

I also experimented with 2nd person POV. Before you groan it is a very small part of the book and it starts a little something like this:

The splash of burgundy is shocking against the carpet, red on tan like a tie dyed t-shirt gone wrong. You try to roll over but the pain makes you pay for the effort. Your hand is pressed to your neck so that you can still feel spreading warmth against your palm. It flows in a pulsing rush and if you had a throat you would probably scream.

How long until you pass on? How long until the blood stops pumping through your heart? It's going to sputter to a halt soon. Sure you've had murmurs before but this is going to be the grand-daddy of them all, the last shuddering pulse of the most complicated muscle in your body running on E.


-Crusis
1002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 29, 2009, 08:39:47 PM
Hey all - I'm the author of the Zombie-Wilson diaries that some have enjoyed. Many thanks to all of you that stopped by the site. I was asked to post when my book came out, sorry if this reads like spam. I kinda feel like a proud Papa.

To celebrate the release of my first novel, http://bit.ly/TKk1I Among the Living, I am giving away a couple of signed copies. Swing by my new site for details.

Go to http://www.amongthelivingbook.com/

The contest is pretty simple. Complete the sentence "If it's undead ..." and send the answer to me along with your name. Full details are on the site.

-Crusis
1003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 24, 2009, 10:55:23 PM
The latest entry is up. It's called My Girlfriend likes to Play House.

http://zombie-wilson.blogspot.com

-Crusis
1004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 22, 2009, 04:35:32 PM
The first entry was read on Dr. Pus's podcast which went up over the weekend. I love the way he reads it and I got a fresh chuckle out of hearing it.

http://dr-pus.podomatic.com/

-Crusis
1005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 21, 2009, 02:21:21 PM
It's a "Pre-Apocalyptic" novel set in Seattle. Read - Zombies!!

It's about three main characters struggling to survive. The book is about the characters, three real oddballs, it's not really about the zombies. It's also pretty long for a genre novel like this, around 350 pages.

I can post the synopsis if you like. It should be out within two weeks. Just waiting on the printers and proofs or something, I stay out of that side and just write.  icon_lol It's safer that way.

edit: My publisher got the book into 250 pages. Single spaced, and dense. I am a happy camper.
1006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 21, 2009, 04:05:39 AM
I put up the latest two entries over the last few weeks. This weeks titles is My Girlfriend Hates to be Left Alone. I'm finally starting to get some decent traffic through the site. Enjoy!

-Crusis
1007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 05, 2009, 08:49:50 PM
Thanks for the comments. I'll update as I can and will hopefully be able to keep the gag rolling. I plan to keep it up until it is either un-funny, or I plain run out of ideas for my protagnist. I'm doing the blog as a promotion for my upcoming first novel.

I've actually been a lurker and infrequent poster here and GG before it for years but never had a lot of time to get involved in the madness.
1008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bloodbowl - Warhammer/American football/fantasy football on: July 05, 2009, 04:55:29 PM
Thanks for everyone's comments. I purchased this on Friday and finally played the tutorials and my first match this morning. The game is amazing looking, fun and wow - what a ruleset.

I was pounded in my first quickmatch so bad that I quit at half time. Time to try again.

-Crusis
1009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 05, 2009, 03:15:14 PM
I write a humorous diary about a guy stuck on an island with just a zombie girl as his companion. Nothing serious here - and no ads. If you take a gander be sure to jump back to the June archive and start at the beginning. The first one is called "My Girlfriend has Crabs".

http://zombie-wilson.blogspot.com/

-Crusis
1010  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: List for Demigod 50% Coupon Codes on: May 28, 2009, 09:59:51 PM
I have one available. PM me.

-Crusis
1011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 03, 2009, 07:21:06 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 03, 2009, 04:14:28 PM

Quote from: Crusis on March 03, 2009, 04:01:39 PM

Someone should design a plastic cover for the back that would make it easier to grip.
...
I can't believe this thing doesn't come with some sort of cover! For $360 they need to include something.

Amazon wil be happy to sell you a cover (or this one or this one).

They already got me for $30. The minute I opened the box I placed an order for the overpriced leather case.

1012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 03, 2009, 04:01:39 PM
I received my Kindle 2 yesterday. Opened up the slick package, plugged it in, marveled at the display and then was called into a meeting.  ARGH!

The device is a marvel, I can't get over how good the display looks. I mean for $360 I was worried that I was spending too much money on something that didn't offer a color display, doesn't have a touch screen - I mean a basic touch screen would make this thing so badass. But it would also kill the battery. Instead the e-ink is just like looking at a page in a book. The screen could have been a lot bigger.

The white is nice, not jarring. I wonder how it would look in black. The Next Page buttons on each side make it great for reading in either hand (John Stewart did a funny bit on this with Jeff Bezos the other night). The device is very slim but has a very solid feel to it. The metal back is odd, it is burnished but still feels a little slippery. Someone should design a plastic cover for the back that would make it easier to grip.

So over the weekend I went through the Amazon kindle library and added a few books to my kindle. As soon as I turned it on they downloaded. It's shockingly easy to buy a book, so much so that you have to be very careful since all books are one click-insta-buy. I can't believe this thing doesn't come with some sort of cover! For $360 they need to include something.

Oh, for the sci-fi lovers, they have an Iain Banks book for $1 this month called Use of Weapons.
1013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man Dies After 12 Hour Viagra Fueled Orgy on: February 28, 2009, 03:56:40 PM
I read that the doctors worked for 8 hours but they couldn't get the smile off his face.
1014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Horror Novel Recommendations on: April 14, 2005, 10:50:00 PM
Another well known British author that is not very well known here is Ramsey Cambell.  

-Crusis
1015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / State of Fear on: December 18, 2004, 03:14:31 AM
I have not read I am Legend.  What is it?  Sounds familiar...

About 3/4 through Fear now and loving it.  I am - shocked - by some of his asertations concerning the "State of Fear" and how we are manipulated by the media.  I mean if you have half a brain you know it's true.  But when I read that section (the crazy professor) it was like someone dumped a gallon of cold water down the back of my shirt.  

-Crusis
1016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 18, 2004, 03:00:47 AM
Phew - it's a tossup...

Vampire Bloodlines
Far Cry
EQ2

I just don't know about HL2, after being excited about it for ages I got bored after about 4 hours and have not played it since.  Very frustrating cause I know I should love it.

-Crusis
1017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My car was broken into... :( on: December 17, 2004, 03:46:36 AM
I feel for you!!  Had mine broken into about 5 years ago.  The Clarion deck was not a huge loss but the CD case of 40 CD's was a huge blow!  I had some rare stuff in their - couple of old old Dream Theater bootlegs and stuff like that.  

When I upgraded my Focus stereo a year or so ago I went Alpine MP3 player so I no longer carry CD's in my car, just burned ones.  Also had my amp screwed into the floor board under the passenger seat. My  speakers are seperates but completely sealed in the door and my sub is an Infinity 10" built in amp that screws into the metal of the rear seat in the little hatch thingie.  When the face of the stereo is off my car looks like any other beater.  

-Crusis
1018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I told my son about sex tonight on: December 17, 2004, 03:39:16 AM
Quote from: "hepcat"
I recall my first, frank discussion about sex with someone older than myself like it was yesterday.

I remember saying, "Okay Father McHenry, you want me to do what?"


LMFAO!!  Reminds me of Scary Movie 3 smile

-Crusis
1019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / State of Fear on: December 16, 2004, 07:56:41 PM
Anyone else digesting the new Michael Crichton- State of Fear?  Any takes on his theory on global warming?  Only about half way through this latest book but it is enjoyable so far.  I found Prey to start out well but run out of steam ... Surprisingly enough, for someone that likes sci-fi and fantasy, I thought Airframe was a great book.  

-Crusis
1020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 07:51:33 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
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After seeing the movies, my daughter has moved on from (she is nearly 12) Harry Potter type books to more mainstream fantasy like Weis/Hickman's old Dragonlance books. She is currently reading the first Robert Jordan WoT book. I am nothing but impressed by how the movies pushed her to want to read larger and slightly deeper books.


Not trying to come off as criticzing here, but moving from Harry Potter to Dragonlance seems like a step backwards to me. The Harry Potter series strikes me as much more literary than Dragonlance and/or Jordan.


Wait a sec - Harry Potter is deeper than Wheel of Time?  I admit I managed to make it through only half of the first book - but are they that deep and involving?  For my take I found Harry Potter to be extremely simplistic - comparable to someone like Eddings (sorry Eddings fans!!!).  Maybe I am missing out here?  

Anyway, I am surprised that my 11 year old is enjoying Jordan.  Then again she is only on the first book so the plot is not terribly deep.  If she makes it to book 5 or 6 and starts theorizing on who killed who then I will be REALLY impressed heh smile

-Crusis
1021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 03:33:00 AM
My daughter and I have seen all three at the movie theater.  She is 11 now so I guess she started at 8.  My son is one year younger and did not care for them much.  In he defense he has autism and sitting through a 3 hour movie is sort of torture - but he wanted to check it out so I said more power to him at the time.  Tonight when I showed him the running time on the new extended Return of the King he ran away smile

After seeing the movies, my daughter has moved on from (she is nearly 12) Harry Potter type books to more mainstream fantasy like Weis/Hickman's old Dragonlance books.  She is currently reading the first Robert Jordan WoT book.  I am nothing but impressed by how the movies pushed her to want to read larger and slightly deeper books.

-Crusis
1022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HDTV - my new passion on: December 09, 2004, 01:35:57 AM
I am also a HDTV fanatic, in fact I hate watching anything that isn't HDTV.  We bought our Hitachi 57" Diamond scan almost a year ago.  

The TV is huge and I had a set of Energy Take 5's for my speakers.  I felt the speakers were too small (I can't believe the logic worked on my wife) so I had to upgrade the fronts to Monitor Audio silver S 8's.  Once those were in I explained that we now had a 7.1 system but no reciever capable of producing 7.1 sound - thus came the Yamaha RV-V2400 reciever.  

Once all that was in it turns out we had an old DVD player that was unable to play progressive scan.  Once again I explained how important this was (not how much I wanted high rez audio CD support) so we got a Yamaha DVD player that could do all that goodness.  

Looking back now it is almost comical that I pulled that one off.  I think one reason this worked is that my wife is Japanese and she is pretty addicted to electronic goodies.

Anyway, can't reccommend a HDTV enough, if you have the means GET ONE!

-Crusis
1023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Dark Tower - No Spoilers Please on: December 08, 2004, 05:40:10 PM
Cool Thread!

Been a reader of DT for a long time.  Book 4 goes back to Roland's early days and is one of my all time favorite books.  Since he took ages between books I believe that book 4 gets you back up to speed quickly.

Book 5 I did not enjoy as much as I hoped I would.  It's basically a retelling of the Magnificent 7 or similar movies where cowboys ride into town and help the people get ready for an army of bad guys that are coming.  It took me several restarts to get through this book - can't quite place my finger on why I found it so boring.

Book 6 (which I am almost done with) is a great read, really there are some parts taht are so original they will blow your mind.  Since we don't like spoilers I ain't saying a word.  Trust me, this book is simply crazy!

Book 7 is a massive tome that is waiting to be read.  I may get to it today as a matter of fact since I have 5 days off.

-Crusis
1024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 07:42:27 PM
I think I messed the first quote up a bit, I think he says "I'm either in love with your daughter or I've found a new found respect for life".

But the timing with Ackryod saying the same thing 2 seconds later cracks me up every time.

There are so many great quotes in that movie.  Can't remember it but when he is talking to his therapist and says something like "why don't you want to treat me, I know where you live." is just LOL funny!

OH!  And the conversation with the dad:

"What do you do?"
"Professional killer"
"Ah - it’s a growth industry"

That Sponteneity one is tickling the back of my mind ... gimme a few.
1025  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 03, 2004, 07:11:15 PM
I already have EQ2 but thanks for all the kind offers.  smile

I don't really know what made EQ so addictive over the years because it seems like such a grind.  As with most MMO's though, the social aspect is very strong.  Grouping is neccessary to do anything beyong level 10 (for the most part).  

Another main draw to EQ is being in a 400+ member raiding guild.  

Anyway, thanks a lot for all the input gang.  I did log into WoW last night and then logged out about 10 minutes later.  DOH!  At least my daughter wants to play through the free month.

-Crusis
1026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 05:59:17 PM
Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack ...

-Crusis
1027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 11:32:24 PM
I was/am a total EQ junkie.  In fact thats where I found out how much fun the social aspect of MMORPG's can be.  I really like EQ2 as well but I have a 6800GT and the <insert copious amounts of swearing here> graphic stuttering problems are driving me insane.

I am going to check out the Whisperwind server and try to hook up with Wanderers.  

-Crusis
1028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 10:16:12 PM
do you enjoy EQ2 - mb?

-Crusis
1029  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 09:23:31 PM
Because I am already bored with WoW.  I don't get it, the game is getting rave reviews, its getting praised everywhere for it's gameplay over EQ2.  And afer a week I already feel like I did with CoH - bored.  

I think one of the problems with both CoH and WoW is that the quest system is fundamentally "go here and kill x number of foozles, come back for reward".  Sure most MMO's are like this but it is so repetitive in WoW, why can't they have EQ2 type quests where you actually have to work at finishing the quest (I'm thinking specifically of the Hidden Eye quest early on in EQ2).  

I do know one thing that turns me off about WoW is the maturity level of players.  When I play a fantasy game I don't care to group with "Potsmokerboi".  Also the game seems centered on soloing - and I prefer a more social game, I love grouping and guilds.  

So what have I missed in WoW?  I really like the characters, graphics - sound!   But I have no desire to start it up again.  HELP!

-Crusis
1030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 04:49:13 PM
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Hey Zimm don't ask for dick, Zimm tells you the way it is... or else


Get Shorty - love that one!

Here is mine:

"I'm either in love or I have a new found respect for life."

then 2 seconds later:

"He's either in love or has a new found respect for life"

One of my all time fav movies!   Cool

-Crusis
1031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: December 01, 2004, 04:41:05 PM
I got so sick of Jordan that I wrote my own tongue in cheek 2 page ending to the series.  I wish I still had it laying around.  

After 10 books I will be a fool again and buy the next one.  And I will be disappointed AGAIN   :x

-Crusis
1032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 07:26:22 PM
Ok, I have a question.  I missed the documentary on why everyone hates Robert Jordan.  So I'm rather uninformed.  I've been reading his Wheel Of Time series for a while now.  I'm mid way through the 4th book.  

The problem with Jordan is that he sort of forgot what he was doing after book 6.  What WAS a great series with tons of plot, sub-plots, great characters and really bad bad guys, has turned into the Seinfeld of fantasy series.  It has become a series about nothing (but not in a good way).  

I don't know why I still plod through them - I read book 10 and was absolutely pissed when it ended and nothing had happened!  Every few years I read though book 1 - 6 and remember what a great writer he was.  

Just my opinion.

-Crusis
1033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOTR Time Again - Holy crap! on: November 30, 2004, 06:29:11 PM
Quote from: "JayG"
Ah but isn't Blade 3 being released this holiday season? Can't beat vampires for that feel good feeling.


Is anyone else looking forward to Blade 3?  Everytime I see the preview I want to rush out and see it.  Are any reviews in at least?  I sincerely hope they don't screw this one up cuase Blade 2 was such a fun movie.

-Crusis
1034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 06:12:38 PM
I second the Steven Erikson recommendation - Gardens of the Moon.  I think the second novel will be published in the US very soon.

OH!  Stick it out with Lord Foul's Bane.  As dispicable as the character is the story is really excellent.  If you go for any Sci Fi then Donaldson's Gap series is very good but the characters are almost as pathetic as Covenant.

-Crusis
1035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anyone who still needs/wants a Gmail invite? on: November 24, 2004, 11:58:46 PM
Thanks Warning!

-Crusis
1036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anyone who still needs/wants a Gmail invite? on: November 24, 2004, 11:20:22 PM
I would appreciate a gmail invite if anyone has any available.  Thanks!

[email protected]

-Crusis
1037  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Monstrous Regiment (WoW Guild) New Home-Please Read! on: November 24, 2004, 01:25:01 PM
I want in on this guild!! (picking up WoW today or Friday first smile) I love Pratchets work in fact I have been to two signings and they were both like comedy shows - he doesn't read he talks about whatever he feels like.  If you get a chance to see, don't miss out.

Speaking of guild names - anyone remember these EQ guilds?  Pretty Pink Prancing Ponies?  How about Raiders of the last Orc ...

-Crusis
1038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 23, 2004, 08:40:35 PM
Have to agree on this one.  Doesn't the game seem like every room has an unfinished feel?  Its obvious from the bugs (and I am not a "bug hunting" person) that it was rushed for holiday release.  

Every room has a very barren feel to it and I am always disappointed when the little "use" hand icon thingy doesn't come up.  And why can I pick up stuff like boxes in rooms when there is nothing to use them for/on (besides tossing at a wall).

Still, for its flaws, this is the game that is taking me away from HL2 and EQ2.

-Crusis
1039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gene Wolfe: Wizard Knight pt. 2 on: November 23, 2004, 02:39:26 AM
Funny you mention this.  For whatever reason this is the first Tad Williams book that I have taken an interest in right away.  Normally I have to plod through a 100 or so pages before they click.  

-Crusis

Quote from: "JayG"
Just started Shadowmarch myself. Have to admit, that while I loved all of William's previous books, I'm finding this a little hard to get into. Probably the wee folk. Then I hope to read thr new Tomas Covenant.
1040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 22, 2004, 02:06:39 PM
Stuck on two early quests.  Where can I find the blood bank freezer code.  Also for the life of me I can't seem to find the apartments that Carson is in.  The Bail Bondsman says to look in Santa Monica Apartments (I think) but they don't appear on the map.  Is this something obvious I missed?

-Crusis
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