Mixed Signals

Straight-forward gaming

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

This one's a wholesome episode. A revivalist preacher (played by Eddie Albert) named Brother Love is gathering followers and spreading the Good Word around America. With a name like...

Handel didn't release albums during his lifetime, because there was no such thing. I don't remember what form of media I obtained Concerto Grosso (Opus 6) in, but it needed a cover.

This was still early in my design sprint, and I was still contemplating what made sense in terms of effort and tim...

Alain Eskinasi and Jim Wafer's Brainscapes is an electronic album consisting largely of didgeridoo and synth pads. I thought it seemed like a fascinating idea to combine the natural drone of the didgeridoo with synth drones, and this album does it pretty well. There's a little bit of tribal-style...

I've been reading through the Starfinder source book, Pact Worlds. It's a small book, but fits a lot of information into it, so I'm going to post about sections as I finish them.

Aballon is the first planet in Golarian's solar system, and it's home to a race of intelligent machines called anac...

Adrian Marsh's As the buildings melt is and independent album I got from some early Internet music service like Emusic, or maybe even Myspace. Searches for Adrian Marsh's current music render very few results, but I believe Buildings Melt is by the same person. Not only is the band name similar...

I mostly play Pathfinder and 5e D&D, but if asked, I do also consider myself an AD&D 2nd edition player. In fact, emotionally I consider 2nd edition "my edition" because it for that edition I rolled my first characters (which I then never played, because my parents forbade it), and I read Dragonlanc...

Quick reference is invaluable during a D&D game. Even when you know the page numbern of important tables by heart, sometimes the book you need is in use by another player, or you're already elbows deep into 3 other books as it is, or you just don't have room on the table or your lap for another book...

I'm rewatching every episode of the Man from UNCLE series from start to finish. This review may contain spoilers.

In most TV shows, there are "budget" episodes. The ones that take place in a relatively confined area, and have a pretty simple story, and a limited cast. In Star Trek, they were the...

Have you ever thought about how teleportation works? Because it's imaginary, we don't often wonder about the details. It's magic, and that's good enough. Usually. Unless, that is, you're playing a game relying on a series of logical connections to render a predictable and repeatable result. In real...

aaron.z's Forgiveness is and independent album I got from some early Internet music service like Emusic, or maybe even Myspace. I can find no trace of it today, so I may well be one of the two or three people who own a copy at all. It's a beautiful electronic album consisting mostly of synth pads,...

I've been reading through the Starfinder source book, Pact Worlds. It's a small book, but fits a lot of information into it, so I'm going to post about sections as I finish them.

Chapter 1 is titled The Worlds, and it covers each of the 14 significant bodies in the Pact World system. As with...

Lately I've been playing a lot of D&D online, and the games often only last for the duration of a single module. Groups come together to play through a 20 or 30 page adventure, the game lasts for a few sessions, and then ends. (My current online gaming group, admittedly, was only supposed to game to...

I was reading through a published adventure a few days ago, and noticed something odd about the way it got started. As written, the player characters are meant to wander into the game world individually, and then meet one another as they travel. The module tells the Dungeon Master to prompt each pla...

Patrick Kosmos's album Comet's Tale is a beautiful album of electronic "space" music. It's a "best of" album, actually, but it was my introduction to his work and is still one of my favourites. I decided to re-design the album cover for Comet's Tale because I couldn't find a high resolution vers...

A few years ago, I purchased the Pact Worlds source book for the Starfinder RPG, and read a good portion of it on flight DL508 from Atlanta to San Diego. I know this because my boarding pass for that flight was used as a bookmark. I'd read enough of the book to give me a general idea on the sett...

I started using an application called Elisa to organise my music collection, and thanks to it I discovered that my music collection wasn't exactly organised. It was meticulously organised in the sense that I knew exactly where to find an album when I wanted it, but objectively my method wasn't con...