The Secrets of Archon

From a link on Game Set Watch, a new gaming blog I’ve started frequenting, they had a post linking to Vintage Computing. I’d never seen this site, but it’s something I have wanted to see in a long time. His adventures in collecting and playing vintage (i.e. retro) games and computers. I love it!

The article linked was about The Secrets of Archon, and the stats and details that went into creating this old action strategy game. I had a few fond memories playing this with a friend and loved the detail that he went into on it.

RPG Plots Summed Up

Need a plot for your RPG that you are planning to create? Try out The Big List of RPG Plots, by S. John Ross, who has neatly and quickly summed up many many an RPG plot line. Try one on for size?

Quest For the Sparkly Hoozits

Somebody needs a dingus (to fulfill a prophecy, heal the monarch, prevent a war, cure a disease, or what have you). The PCs must find a dingus. Often an old dingus, a mysterious dingus, and a powerful dingus. The PCs must learn more about it to track it down, and then deal with taking it from wherever it is.
Common Twists & Themes: The dingus is incomplete when found (one of the most irritating and un-fun plot twists in the universe). Somebody already owns it (or recently stole it, sometimes with legitimate claim or cause). The dingus is information, or an idea, or a substance, not a specific dingus. The PCs must “go undercover” or otherwise infiltrate a group or society, gaining the dingus by guile or stealth.


Getting time while commuting over the last few years, I’ve had a lot of time to think, and contemplate things. A common occurrence is to continue to think of my “projects” that I have mulled over for years, but still have never had the time to really sit down and do. Well not all of it is time, some of it is pure getting distracted by a new (or old) game or just lacking the knowledge to complete them. I thought I’d share a few things I hope to at least try, or at least enjoy planning in my head.

– A homemade arcade controller – Since seeing the home built MAME arcade cabinets people have made over the years, I’ve always wanted to do something, but on a smaller scale, like a nice two player set-up where I could play Street Fighter 2 against my wife and friends, and have something nice to actually play these arcade classics correctly. I’m sorry but the keyboard, or a game pad is not the way to play a fighter.

– An EEPROM Burner – This ties into many different ideas and projects, but basically it would be a great way to get back to electronics, and allow me to move into some NES Development and hacking. I’ve always wanted to create my own cartridge of some of the hacks and translations of old NES games, and be able to play them on my TV. All this leading eventually to getting the NES hooked up to the Internet. Possible? Don’t know, but it would be fun to try.

– A Podcast of my very own – So in thinking of ideas for doing a podcast, I thought of covering my rentals from Netflix, as Jess and I have tended to get classics and foreign films, it might be fun to discuss them and talk about them in a podcast format. Though I wonder if I could actually talk long enough to make it interesting.

– A nice working house media server – I think I’d have a hard time convincing the wife that this was necessary (since it isn’t) but it would be a lot of fun and with technology going crazy it’d be great to be able to play movies on my TV from a computer that is down in the basement, or something along those lines. Neat? Yes, but I’m going to be realistic on this one and say it’s not going to happen.

There are a few more, but I’ll save them for later.


Seems I’m always good at coming up with excuses as to why I’m not writing much here these days. Mostly it’s a real good reason now. My son, Ash, keeps my wife and I busy and I really don’t have much time to sit and relaxingly write much or do much on-line anymore these days. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I’d rather spend time watching my son coo and smile. Sure I won’t forget Cinder Inc., in fact I’ve got a writing bug in me right now anyways so you’ll see somethings being posted up here for sure.