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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on: September 13, 2013, 03:35:58 AM
Kids - even though they are grown
Wife - 22 years
Late start to writing career and all the amazingly crazy shit it has brought my way.

I couldn't have any of these things without the others so that's why I picked "other".

Oh and because no one else said it yet. Hail satan and Phineas Cavanaugh.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 12, 2013, 06:14:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 11, 2013, 03:02:27 PM

so, which version would get you a better profit?  I find myself reading more hard copies of books nowadays, but if Kindle is where you get a better profit I'll grab that instead.  granted, it might be awhile until I read it; my reading time is currently filled up with textbooks for classes (I hate writing poetry, shoot me now).

Buying from my website. The only problem is that I don't have books to sign and send out yet. They'll be here in about 2 weeks. Printers ...

It's all good. Any version is a win for me.  icon_biggrin
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 11, 2013, 12:58:54 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 06, 2013, 09:51:53 AM

Quote from: Crusis on September 06, 2013, 02:50:34 AM

Stealth release!

The release date is Sept 10th but it's already starting to leak onto sites.

Brought.. Delivered to my Kindle Fire..  It's in my queue, but I have several books to read before I get to it.  I am looking forward to reading it 

Thank you Soulchilde!

Yesterday was the release date and it was a blast. I did a live twitter chat, had an event on Facebook, and gave away about a dozen books. I only need to sell about 400 more books to make a small profit on this one - gah!
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: September 07, 2013, 04:26:14 PM
Less than 24 hours and we're already at 33% of the funding goal. Sweet!

I hear that about the video it was pretty short but it was awesome.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: September 06, 2013, 09:36:01 PM
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters kickstarter is now live and I'm so thrilled to be a part of this project. I'm joining Peter Clines, Jonathan Maberry, Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, and a bunch of other awesome writers.

It's been live for less than 6 hours and has already reached 20% of it's $10,000 goal.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 06, 2013, 02:50:34 AM
Stealth release!

The release date is Sept 10th but it's already starting to leak onto sites.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 06, 2013, 12:33:39 AM
6 hours of battery life. I really hope the final version is better at battery management.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 29, 2013, 10:14:52 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 29, 2013, 07:00:51 PM

We had a thread about this game over on OO, but since they don't seem to be around anymore crybaby I'll start one here.

It's on sale, 40% off, on Steam this weekend. The game is in Early Access, but it's playable and a lot of fun if keeping people locked up and watching them in the showers is your thing icon_wink.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, the game was just (today) updated to Alpha 13, which adds prisoner escapes, policy tuning and other updates.

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Alpha 13 has been released! Steam users will be automatically updated.

It’s time to rethink your prison layouts! Prisoners can now dig escape tunnels, using tools they’ve stolen from around the prison. They will do their best to dig around buildings and walls (which slow them down), and they will even co-operate and join up their tunnels and dig together to escape quicker. If they manage to tunnel outside your outer wall they will dig up out of the ground in a puff of dirt, and make a run for it. And we don’t have snipers in the game yet, so it’s just tough luck if they make it that far.

An important thing to realise is that when prisoners are tunnelling, they are actually deep underground and often far away from their cell. However you will still see them in bed asleep. If you search a sleeping prisoner who is actually tunnelling, the fallacy will be immediately revealed - his face will be replaced by a papier mache dummy with a face painted on the front, enough to trick your guards into not realising what was happening. The tunnel will be revealed and the prisoner will pop out of the ground wherever he is, and will make a run for it.

You can build new Perimeter Walls around your prison, which are very tall, very deep and very expensive. Prisoners will do their best to tunnel around these, and will only tunnel through them if there is no other escape route - and it will take a long time to do so. However you can’t build pipes and electrical utilities through these walls, so you’ll need to plan where your weak-spots are going to be.

We also continue to work towards better right wing controls over your prison, for those that want them. You can now research and unlock a new “Policy” report, which allows you to set the type and amount of punishment doled out for fighting, stealing, rioting etc. The defaults are set to exactly how it was before, but if you choose to you could throw prisoners in solitary confinement for 24 hours after a fight, if you thought that was appropriate. This will have a seriously detrimental effect on that prisoner and he will not cause any more trouble for quite some time. On top of that, from the new Policy screen you can request automatic searches of prisoners and their cells when they go off the rails. Catch a prisoner with an escape tool? Automatically search his cell.

This looks fun and it is mac compatible. I'm in. Thanks for the heads up.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2013, 05:05:56 PM
I had some fun with an internet scammer last night on Facebook. The number I left was for the Seattle secret service office.

130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 29, 2013, 03:57:59 AM

Quote from: Punisher on August 29, 2013, 12:38:24 AM

Quote from: Crusis on August 27, 2013, 09:41:39 PM

I know the dream is to write a book, publish it and see it make thousands of dollars. The reality is that 99% of authors write, publish, and then sell 4 or 5 copies a month unless they have a solid plan to promote the hell out of their work.

Ah.. So sell each copy for $250,000 and BAM! Instant millionaire!
Brilliant! I need a new agent anyway. You're hired.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2013, 12:08:53 AM
All I saw was a stupid sailboat.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 28, 2013, 01:13:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 27, 2013, 11:08:35 PM

sparkly zombies!!!

You know how to make a sparkly zombie? M-80's and a bunch of glass bottles.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 09:41:39 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 04:56:27 PM


self  publishing via e-books is where the is at for the writers especially for less well known writers.  They get to cut of the middle men and probably one of thr reason publishing houses were against the format.  Anyway, looking forward to it

It's actually the opposite. Building a fanbase as a self published author can be brutally hard. There are something like 30K ebooks published on amazon every month so it gets harder and harder to stand out unless you plan to spend a decent amount on advertising. It helps if you are tapped into a genre and known in that genre's community. A friend of mine is very friendly with the horror genre and has reviewed a ton of books for them. He spent years working on his first zombie book and when he released it you can bet that every author he's helped was right there promoting his book.

I know the dream is to write a book, publish it and see it make thousands of dollars. The reality is that 99% of authors write, publish, and then sell 4 or 5 copies a month unless they have a solid plan to promote the hell out of their work.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 04:20:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 12:21:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 11:57:24 AM

Congratulations!

Could you define urban fantasy? Is it exactly what it sounds like? And by that I mean...fantasy set in...an urban setting?

Buuut. What are the hallmarks of said genre.

If you have Netflix you can stream Dresden Files which will explain it nicely

I'm a big fan of Dresden and Jim Butcher.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 04:16:30 PM
Thanks all. The book will be on kindle, nook, and every other ebook format as well as paperback. The page count is just a hair shy of 300. The audible version may take a few months.

Part of a series? If it sells. I've outlined a sequel but need to finish a few other books first.

Just to be upfront. I work with a traditional publisher but I'm stepping away from that with this book and self publishing. If that stigma bugs you that's cool - I understand. While I have an agent, actually the same agent as Chris Hardwick for his books, things are changing and writers are actually making money from their books these days.

For this book I put about $1K into editing, cover, and formatting. I'm doing everything a publisher would do except I have control of my book. More importantly I'll collect 70% royalties instead of 20% on ebook sales. Yep, ebook sales are where it's at. If I only sell 500 copies of this book I'll make my investment back. If I don't sell that many - well, back to the drawing board.

Anyway I really try not to spam the board with book sales stuff but this cover was so striking I just had to share.

136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 03:16:45 AM
After 4 years of flinging zombie books at the world I've written my first urban fantasy and it drops on September 10th. I've worked on this (off and on) for 3 years. I could talk about this one for days but I think the cover speaks for itself ...

137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 12:40:22 AM
Batman's nefarious plan is to screw Catwoman in an extremely uncomfortable place.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 12:35:06 AM
"It's the Jokah! Or the Riddlah! Rahbin! Call Commissionah Gahden!"
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: August 21, 2013, 03:29:58 PM
There's a new Might and Magic game and it's old school? There are not enough expletives to express how properly my mind has been blown.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 20, 2013, 06:37:04 PM
I didn't care for the last few seasons. This season it seemed like they turned it into a comedy and I thought it was fantastic. I fully expect next season to go back to suck.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: headphone advice please on: August 20, 2013, 06:30:28 PM
I'm one of those idiots that spends a ridiculous amount of money on headphones. I have everything from a set of in ear Vsonic GR07's ($180) to Sennheiser HD-700's which run about a grand. As far as pure listening - and if you want to spend the money, I don't think you can beat the Sennheiser HD-600's. Yeah they retail for about $400 but you can pick them up for around 300 if you shop around. These are open ear headphones so music will bleed out but it's really like having a set of high end speakers attached to your head.

If you don't want to spend that much then these are the undisputed king of low cost but incredible. Audio-Technica ATH-M50S. I'd call these my fun, all around go to headphones.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home theater speakers? on: August 19, 2013, 04:28:15 PM
I love my Polk in wall speakers and they were reasonably priced. I have 8" for fronts and 6" for sides. The side speakers are about 10" from the ceiling. The fronts are in the middle of the wall and my newish Samsung 60" is mounted in the center. I think I spent about $600 total on the speakers.

Edit to add link.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 09, 2013, 04:09:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 09, 2013, 05:22:04 AM

drink coffee?  amateurs, a real man chews the beans and spits them out!

Real men eat the beans, poop them out, and have them turned into high end coffee for congress.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planning Suitably Ironic Moniker's 1,000th forum post on: August 03, 2013, 04:35:42 AM
9 years for me as well but I'm farther behind. I figure at this rate I will hit 1,000 around December.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: August 02, 2013, 04:22:58 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 02, 2013, 04:02:15 PM

Saw it last night.  I has always wondered what it would be like if you gave the greenlight to make a movie like this to a competent person instead of Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich.  It turns out if you do that you get a hell of a movie that isn't filled with pointless explosions, bad humor or groan-inducing stupidity.  It really pisses me off that this movie isn't raking in the cash.  This is all that I hoped it would be.  It's not Othello, but it was extremely entertaining from start to finish and God bless them for giving Idris Elba a major role in a blockbuster.  That man is awesome. 
1.  Don't ever touch me again.  2.  Don't ever touch me again. 

I think the marketing was the culprit. It had such a weird Power Ranger look when the first trailers popped up I believe it turned people off. I went because my kid wanted to see it - I wasn't all that interested but I ended up absolutely loving it.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens when you ask 100 different women (strangers) to have sex? on: July 31, 2013, 12:41:58 AM
"How I met your mother."
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 30, 2013, 02:43:32 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 30, 2013, 10:51:41 AM

Quote from: Reemul on July 30, 2013, 08:31:07 AM

Yes, all the time. Who wants the hassle of getting your phone out every time you want to know the time.

just look at the sky instead.

I wear watches because I like the look of it, but am thinking of getting a Pebble watch.

I'd hold off on the Pebble. I just got one and I'm surprised at how buggy it is. Half of the notifications don't work requiring either jailbreaking your iphone or if you are on Android downloading hacks - even then you'll be digging through forums looking for solutions to simple problems. For as much money as they raised I'm surprised that so little effort has been put into the actual software.

The watch itself is a really cool concept but it looks and feels really cheap. The display is pretty nice though and I'm enjoying a LCARS face.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 29, 2013, 08:41:29 PM
I'm a watch guy. I collect and wear them. I have a couple of limited edition Citizen watches I rotate through. I also have an Offshore Limited force 4 zombie apocalypse watch. Why so many watches? No frigging idea - I just like watches and it's most definitely not a status symbol.

My pebble watch is supposed to arrive today - can't wait to check it out.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cue the Synthesizers, Axel Foley is Back. on: July 29, 2013, 01:05:42 AM
Kind of off topic but thought I'd share. The Beverly Hills Cop TV series was up against my friend John Dixon's show - Intelligence. John also writes for Permuted Press (my book publisher) and the show is based on his unpublished book Dissident. Intelligence stars Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost) and has a little bit of a Chuck vibe to it. I hope it's a great show.
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 27, 2013, 03:23:35 AM

Quote from: ericb on July 27, 2013, 01:23:13 AM

Quote from: Crusis on July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM

Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?

Just call Nintendo...as long as your 3DS is registered on club nintendo they'll check and add your fire emblem with no problem.  I had to do this a couple of days ago and it showed up a day later.

I logged into club nintendo today and my $30 credit was smiling at me. So now, what to spend it on.  nod
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 26, 2013, 05:01:44 AM
Never had a speeding ticket - or any ticket for that matter. I must be a boring driver but that can be fixed.  icon_twisted
152  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 25, 2013, 04:52:39 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 25, 2013, 01:55:42 PM

Did you register it at the Club Nintendo site or is it automatic when you download it?

I registered after I bought Fire Emblem. I didn't even know about club nintendo until I saw the offer with Shin Megami IV. So I have no pin to register on club nintendo.
153  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM
Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 03:15:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 24, 2013, 01:54:59 PM

No one plans for the end of the world. 

Beyond the Barriers

I didn't care for that line and wished I'd done a better job on the first paragraph. The original first line from that book was "The day the world ended I jumped in my SUV and headed for Walmart." (inspired by a trip from hell to walmart the day before)

You'd be amazed how long authors agonize over first lines.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 12:34:26 AM
"Lost and for a time so is he." Among the Living by some jerk named Timothy W. Long.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado - Sharknado 2 confirmed! on: July 19, 2013, 09:10:21 PM
Sharknado 2? Someone at Asylum needs to see if Shannen Doherty is available.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Test your Die Hard knowledge (Die Hard is 25 years old?!) on: July 18, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
19! The one I got wrong I somehow forgot to click but I knew the answer. It seems sort of pathetic that I know these movies inside and out.
158  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 02:54:53 PM
I forgot how hard these games can be. Lots of fun so far after a couple of hours, though.
159  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 01:53:03 AM
Had no idea this came with a massive strategy guide. Nice.
160  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 15, 2013, 03:07:37 AM

Quote from: Turtle on July 15, 2013, 01:52:04 AM

So, who is ready this week?

I just got my shipping notification from Amazon about an hour ago. In!
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