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Offline Zjierd Naliustir

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Hello
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:04:39 AM »
Greetings all.

I'm Zjierd (zshyeerd is a mangled pronunciation for those wishing one). I've been running games for about six years at this point, though not consecutively due to some health issues. In that time I've run four games - a one-shot at a convention, a summer adventure this past summer, a three year campaign that ended due to my health falling apart at the end of my Undergrad education, and a new campaign that started a few months ago and is set in the same world and time frame as the three year campaign. My system of choice is Fireborn, even if I want to thump a few lazy devs for some of the stupid things I've found in the books. (EX: Did you know that 50 MPH winds are capable of ripping houses apart and throwing trucks around like toys?  :what: ) I'm also currently a player in a Seven Seas game, and have played Legend of Five Rings, Shadowrun, old World of Darkness, and, of course, D&D 3.5 in the past. 

Outside of gaming, I'm a programmer with a Masters in Computer Engineering. I cycle my free time between reading, playing video games, doing digital art, trying to write, and painting a Lizardmen army for Warhammer Fantasy. I doubt I'll ever actually play Warhammer even when I complete the army; I've never particularly cared for tactical war games no matter what form they come in. Honestly, I just love the models and painting them.

I'll read pretty much anything put in front of me and my library reflects this; I have pretty much everything from fantasy to science books on my shelves. I think the only large category I'm missing is horror, and that's mostly because my active imagination doesn't need more nightmare fuel to disturb my sleep with. My video game choices are pretty bog standard: rpgs and adventure games mainly, though I have a soft spot in my heart for Warriors style games, and a gigantic soft spot for Hyrule Warriors. =P

I write fantasy or sci-fi whenever I can force myself to sit down and actually write. More often than not, I get fixated on world building and just keep building and building and building and never start putting a coherent (or even incoherent!) story to paper. I do participate in NaNoWriMo (and oh friggyfrag that's in two days! Quick! To the panic-mobile!) which seems to help a bit, but then real life swamps me out and there goes that motivation.

Anyway! That's about me in a nutshell. The main reason I joined was because I agreed to run a Fireborn one-shot again in the local gaming convention in March, and have hit the 'flail around desperately and wonder why I agree to this insanity' stage. There are a few one-shots provided in supplements, but I don't really like them all that much. I'll default to one if I have to, but I prefer making something of my own.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2014, 03:24:44 AM »
I like this one, they are silly  :razz:

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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2014, 07:59:03 AM »
Hello, welcome. That's a lot of hobbies you've got. :)
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Re: Hello
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2014, 12:45:47 PM »
yes, welcome
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2014, 01:11:50 PM »
Quite the intro! Welcome aboard Zjierd! 
   
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Re: Hello
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2014, 01:27:17 PM »
Welcome to our hole in the universe. Hang around, enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells!
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Some of mine:
1. Finally killing an incredibly powerful, lucky, annoying player's character.
2. Finally achieving a TPK (Total Party Kill)
3. Finally achieving a TPK using only traps
4. Finally working out how to make it so that d**n wizard doesn't steal the spotlight all the d**n time.

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Offline Zjierd Naliustir

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Re: Hello
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2014, 03:22:17 PM »
Tusserk:  :razz: Glad I amuse someone out there.

Gossamer: Well, yeah. I get restless easily and also find it difficult to have more than one project going per hobby since that tends to lead to me never finishing any of them. So instead I have a bunch of hobbies with one project active in each and cycle my time between them as I get restless with what I'm currently working on. Having that sort of flexibility in my me-time helps me cope with situations where I don't, like work.

Aramax, Valadaar, Murometz: Thank you for the welcome.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 03:44:51 PM »
Oh good, another coder. We can always use another one of those. :D

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Re: Hello
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2014, 05:02:09 PM »
I was a tiptoe away from Computer Engineering but went with CS instead myself. I think I thought it was going to be too hard! :)

Nodded my head about your Warhammer figures. I empathize with the feeling of collecting things that may not necessarily be used as intended. Many of us here are eclectic readers as well. Definitely go through mood swings on the genre of books. I have NEVER made it through Gravity's Rainbow or GEB yet but have started them both at least 10 times. They are mood changes for me apparently. Just finished the WoT series a few months ago and have yet to pick up something more besides UX/UI design books.

Looking forward to seeing you around....and continuing to spell your name correctly somehow!

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Re: Hello
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2014, 06:19:22 PM »
So I'm guessing this is the sound you're going for?  ANYWAY, welcome to the Citadel  :mrgreen:
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Offline Zjierd Naliustir

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2014, 07:19:03 PM »
Chaosmark: I love coding, even if I don't do nearly enough of it these days. There aren't any jobs in the area I currently live in that are more than service industry jobs, and the local University and Community College are too strapped for cash to hire on anyone beyond the necessary in recent years.

Strolen: I entered college as a declared Comp Engineer, then switched to CS by the end of my first programming class. Part of that was a very, very persuasive professor who was head of the department, part of that was falling in love with programming, and I will admit to a smidgen of glee at the idea of skipping out on Calc 3. Fascinatingly enough, despite needing Calc 3 in order to graduate as an Undergrad in Comp Engineering, I didn't need to have it in order to get a Masters  :thumbup:

Pariah: YES. THAT. I can never remember the names of sounds. It's one of those things that I keep telling myself I'll dedicate some time to - learning all the proper linguistic concepts and categorized sounds - but it always gets pushed aside for the newest "oooh, shiny!" that I run across.

Thanks for the welcome, all of you.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2014, 10:08:25 PM »
Heh, I don't actually know the names either, that one I just call the French J and no how to find them on Wikipedia.
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