Tuesday, August 31, 2004

A show of hands?

Since a few of you have been asking (well, bugging ;)) me to open up the blog so that players can contribute to the blog, I'm considering doing just that. Originally the blog's purpose was to introduce the imms to the players who they may or may not have met in the game over the years. But I guess if it's opened so the players can contribute, they can do the same thing. :)

Not really sure how many of you have actually taken the chance to read this yet, but if you do, I'd like to take a poll on who would like to contribute to the blog. Comment below if you would like to add to it.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Rewrite update

Well. I just finished writing an easter egg into the new area, so you guys can now be all anxious while I continue to develop it. I'm also setting up a quest that will start September 8, but it really depends on whether or not I get my black belt that day. :) So if things go well and I get my black belt, we will have a week-long slay-and-find quest! I hope everyone will participate.

Incidentally, I just saw "Hero" last night. It was a gorgeous movie, both symbolically and cinematographically. Wow. "The colors! The colors!" The guy I went with didn't notice that each different version of the story had different colors. Our ensuing conversation was, as they say, extremely amusing.

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Hi, I'm Lucius. If you don't know me I'm one of the imms on ROM who sits around and looks pretty for Kroz. I don't particularly do anything else...maybe run the occasional quest or two but that's about it. Oh, and I give restorations sometimes too..........

Ok, I'll be honest. I don't really have anything to say in this blog but I wanted to be one of the first imms on the site 8). I guess I'll just be boring and do what everyone else has done.

I live in the northwest of the united states where I hunt lumber jacks for an extremist tree hugging group called TWHFLTA (They Were Here First Leave Them Alone). I make a pretty good living at it since i get paid $5 per head. Basically, if a tree falls in the forest and i'm around to hear it...you die.

I was born in Manchester, England; the son of a thatcher and a one-legged bar wench. at the age of 13 I was put into the merchant marines by my parents and spent the next 9 years fighting pirates and delivering rubber duckies and tomagachis all over the globe (to all you parents out there that had to deal with those things I apologize).

When I got out of the service I met, suprisingly enough, a one-legged bar wench named Debby from Forks, Washington. I shacked up with her and her 3 kids for a couple of years before joining up with TWHFLTA. I don't really like any of the organizations members (damn dirty hippies) but the pay was too good to turn down. I don't think you realize just how many loggers there are out there to shoot. They're like buffalo-I don't think we'll ever run out.

Anyway, thats a little bit about me. If you haven't checked out ROM yet give it a go and if you have then i'll see you there.


Saturday, August 28, 2004

Gothos' joy-spreading

Hello, one and all! I'm doing this under orders from everyone's favourite Canadian, Kroz, but I am most put out to find that the username Gothos isn't available. It's MINE, damnit.

Anyhow, I think I'll go the way of Foxy and deliver a resume kind of thing. So hold your breaths, girls and boys, I'm British.

At the moment, I'm 19, studying for my Bachelors in Classical Studies & Informatics at St. David's U.C. in Lampeter, Wales. I'm also teaching a couple of modules to first years this year, and writing a series of four textbooks aimed at ICT teachers & pupils. I've written a couple of articles for national newspapers over the past few months, and am hoping to keep doing that in the future.

When I'm not at uni, I live near Leeds, in Yorkshire, which is handy considering that Leeds University run PhD & EdD courses that allow my specialist field of interest. S0 hopefully that will work out, and I'll end up doing a Doctorate while living in my ever-so-pleasant new apartment.

Beyond that, my hobbies are graphic/web design, writing fiction, working out (irregularly, and poorly), running my play-by-email RPG Task Force Twelve with a few friends of mine, and other, less interesting stuff.

In my time on ROM, I've created everyone's favourite Roman province-inspired area, Zucchabar, all of the rooms, mobs & objects in Great Market Fair (Foxtail providing descriptions), a full re-write of Camelot that left it in superb order, but some stupid bloody bug ended up reverting back to the original, and I'm half way through a revamp of the Wyvern's Tower, which I'm hoping to complete relatively soon, though I don't get much time for ROM anymore, unfortunately.

Anyhow, time to go. Pip pip and all that!

Group blog! Group blog!

Oh, all right. I might as well help to inaugurate this new bloggy blog blog. Foxy here, and I'll share a little of my crazy crazy life. I'm probably not the only software-engineer-turned-English teacher you know, but I think we're fairly rare. And, actually, I don't know how it happened, but this year I'm teaching AP English (college-level rhetoric) and Algebra I at the high school level. Right. Otherwise, mostly single, strong religious tendencies, in the Pacific time zone (-8GMT/UTC for those of you not a part of the conglomeration known as North America).

Other than ROM, I spend my spare time coaching soccer, training in martial arts (just survived my black belt test), running, biking, teaching self-defense, kicking ass in general, and in my spare-spare time, gig as a professional musician (I've been on TV twice so far).

In other news, I'm very close (probably two weeks) from completing my next area rewrite, which should tide you guys over until I finish my next big project. (Or unless I get bored of my next big project and go back to rewriting old Diku areas.) I'll announce it when it comes. I'm really looking forward to it being a big happy thing. I have about four projects on the burners right now (two rewrites, one LARGE original area and one biggish original area as a rewrite/cowrite with Teran), so we'll just see which ones land first.

Here's a list of the projects I've worked on over the past two or so years:

Rewrites - The Graveyard, Gnome Village
Original - Great Market Fair (with Gothos), Na Igreja

All in all, I've managed to touch about 600 vnums. Not bad for a working professional.

Friday, August 27, 2004

My first entry into blogdom

As the title suggests, this is my very first blog entry...ever. I've been hemming and hawing over blogging for a while and finally decided to bite the bullet, so to speak.

For those that don't know me, as very few of you that are going to be reading this do, I thought I'd explain a *very* little about myself.

I was born and raised in Toronto and I'm 32 (almost 33) years old. I have degrees in Special Education from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto , but currently I work as a medical secretary...go figure. I don't think I'll discuss too much else about me for now, at least not without a bottle of wine first. :) By the way don't get any funny ideas, people...I'm happily married for 8+ years to my high school sweetheart. (Insert "awwww's" here).

This blog is going to be both a mixture of personal comments as well as comments from the players of a mud called Rivers of MUD . For those of you that don't know what a MUD is, it's a text-based game (think Zork, for those of you that are old enough to remember that game). This is a very useful site for new players to help them get acquainted with the game. During my time on ROM I've written a couple of areas, Alcoren (with Madrigal...who never shows up *hint hint*) and The Sanctuary, as well as doing various other things in the background.

I, personally, have been playing ROM for almost six years and I can say that it never seems to get boring. I hope that the players (and other immortals) will comment on the site and we can discuss some interesting topics.