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Jagash Vanhal
19 January 2013 @ 09:42 am
In the hopes of bettering myself, my resolution for this new year is to take a more positive outlook on life. I have always had an overabundance of complaints, and I figure that I should help make the lives around me more positive instead by focussing on the good.

Example? I get a chance to get exercise and listen to some interesting podcasts today. Much more productive than complaining about shovelling snow.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Jagash Vanhal
22 December 2012 @ 10:51 pm
So yesterday was less productive than I hoped, but it wasn't the end of the world.

It's been a little rough lately. The stress from a leaking roof and a crazy dayjob have certainly taken their toll on me. I am trying very hard to recover, while dedicating as much time as I can on my great project of RPG writing. Certainly not sleeping enough and eating far too much, but I'll just blame the hoidays for the latter.

In my spare time, I started up a little RPG design podcast, dedicated to sharing some seminar recordings. I'm up to nine episodes at this point, in case any of you happen to want to listen. http://www.genesisoflegend.com/category/rpgdesignpanelcast/

Other than that, good on my end. What's up with you fine ladies and gents? What great projects are you currently struggling with, above and beyond the usual holiday preparations?
Jagash Vanhal
16 October 2012 @ 08:28 am
I'm still alive, I think.

Long story short, I have been spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to work on revising my game. GenCon was somewhat of a trial by fire, and that took a great deal of effort to revise the thing to my quality standards. I even managed to sign up a professional developmental game editor to go through my text with a fine-toothed comb.

Beyond that, things are going acceptably well. The roof, currenly leaking, is in the process of repair. My employer has not yet shown me the door. I even poked my head into Facebook for a short while, just to get a good understanding of the psychological-based game design techniques used in SimCity social.

Now off to enjoy the fall, before the temperature drops any more.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Jagash Vanhal
22 August 2012 @ 10:12 pm
I had an amazing GenCon.  The two panels I led (Intro to Indie RPG's, Playtesting RPG's) went very well, despite by bumbling. I had a fun, albeit draining, time manning a booth in the market. Above and beyond that, I got a lot of playing time in.  Playtested my own game, ran a few new ones and generally gamed my heart out.

I think the highlights might have been the indepth discussions about my game with a couple brilliant gamers and designers. Stemming from that and my playtesting, I have done a major overhaul of my game. It was exhausting process, but I feel so much better for it.

I go thud now.
Jagash Vanhal
29 July 2012 @ 11:42 pm
Been a while since I have poked my head in here. I wanted to reassure you fine folks that I haven't fallen off the earth entirely. I have been throwing myself headlong into revising my game, worked through a particularly stressful bout at the office and took a two week vacation touring Gaspesie.

That vacation was excellent, with a ridiculous amount of quality smoked fish. If you can ever try Rael Roux Brandy-marinated Smoked Shrimp or the Atkins Smoked Lobster Terrine, don't hold back!  I think I visited three fromageries with high quality Quebec cheeses on our trip. I even got to stop at four distinct microbreweries on our trip.  La Fabrique in Matane and La Captive in Amqui were the clear winners in our little beer tasting excursion, while Le Naufrageur disappointed us somewhat.

Beyond the food, we got to enjoy the luxury of yurt camping  which apparently now come standard with wine glasses, french presses and propane fridges. We did some sea kayaking with some seal watching, saw the Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Isle Bonaventure and stayed in the luxurious Gite Mont Albert

It's taking me a little while to recover from our trip, but it was worth my while. Thanks to me lovely lady for dragging me along!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Jagash Vanhal
08 June 2012 @ 08:32 am
Hi all,

I am trying to put together an RPG setting based on police procedurals, legal dramas, forensics etc. I need to do some research, since I havn't been following these genres terribly well?  I was wondering if you could direct me to some of your favourite in-genre episodes of various procedural TV shows.  Specific episodes would be great, since I can probably only watch about 10-20 of them in total.

Types of Shows I am talking about: CSI, Law and Order, ER, Bones, Dexter or House


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Current Mood: chipperchipper
Jagash Vanhal
02 June 2012 @ 04:05 pm
I have finally, finally, gotten my RPG (Spark) written up. It's been about 3-4 years of toil to get to this point, but very rewarding.

I would love to have you take a look at my game, if you have a chance. It's a game about challenging your beliefs and personal growth, and you can find it here: http://www.genesisoflegend.com/spark-open-beta/

I know there are bugs in the game and the layout is crude, but I need feedback from bright souls to try to polish the work.

Thank you all!
Jagash Vanhal
17 May 2012 @ 08:49 am
I must be one of the luckiest people on the planet, and I acknowledge that. I am blessed with safe drinking water, overabundance of healthy food, personal security and shelter. Even beyond those facts, I have significant education and disposable weath to spend. Society goes out of it's way to look upon me favourably because of my background. (young, white staight male).  Even ignoring things like self actualization and emotional needs, I am fortunate beyond measure.

You know what my life goal is?

To use my good luck to support other people and give them all of the opportunities I am blessed with. I got life handed to me on a silver plater, so it's my responsibility to use this unearned power to help those who weren't so fortunate. 
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Jagash Vanhal
08 May 2012 @ 08:24 am
So, this was just released publically. I am very proud to have worked on some of these files and that conservation science is alive and well.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished