Saturday, June 22, 2013

Progress < 0

Just to let ya'll know, I haven't forgotten to put everything up, just been busy with stuff.  My dad killed himself a week before father's day (over his wife, though alcohol and prescription drugs were involved), and my mental capacity to focus on, well, anything has been pretty pathetic.  However, I did update the BTE site with the 4 new 3145 TRO's, so as of today, they are 100% updated, including fluff data and images.  Even though I won't be doing BT stuff for a while (alpha strike and/or IO *may* change that) I will be keeping the database updated.  I spent too much time on it to let it fall behind.  If you see any broken PDFs or stupid quick strike sheets let me know, 6000 is just too many to check manually :)

I blew $3200 on the Robotech Kickstarter, and am now anxiously awaiting the miniatures.  The Palladium game sucks so horribly though, not sure how any game they make from their RPG could do anything else.  But at least I got the miniatures coming finally! 

In other news:
- I started converting the 5th Frontier War to PC.  Got quite a bit done in 1-2 days, then got unmotivated again.  It was a prototype for some interfaces for my eventual full scale strategic game.
- Lots of work making robotech tactics cards, but nothing final yet.  Feel free to look at them at  Also made a character generator at
- Got RemoteFX working on my server, allowing me a Hyper-V windows 7 installation that I can RDP to and play games on.  Pretty cool, not great, but pretty cool.
- Lots of issues with my car, but its still cheaper to fix an old one than buy a new one... by a lot.
- Spent too much on various kickstarter projects and games.

Anyway, I'll eventually get focused again... eventually.

When Alpha Strike comes out, I may go tweak my quick strike cards to support any changes they made to the system.  I will however continue to use computers to determine best factors in each range band, instead of the stupid method they use now which unbalances some units quite a bit.

I still check the forums occasionally, but I come across threads like this and I'm like "why the hell did I write the best infantry platoon designer out there, if nobody uses/remembers it?!?!?!"... then I remember that was a good reason for my interest waning in the first place.

Oh well, enjoy your summers.


  1. Sorry to hear about your dad. That officially sucks.

  2. You have condolences your family is in my prayers.

  3. A couple of things.

    First off, I am very sorry to hear about your father. Suicide is a tragedy.

    Second, I am a fellow Texan.

    Third, Thank you for the software/generators you have created. I downloaded them a few days ago and I can't stop playing with them.

  4. I am sorry to hear about your dad. I am interested in seeing the final results for your 5th frontier war, being a long time Traveller fan.

  5. Condolences from me too, it's not only tragedy, it's a reminder to us all to keep an eye out on everyone, even when it seems unlikely like nothing else.
    Good to hear on the other hand that we all may have a chance to keep you in the hobby through alpha strike...
    Keep it up!

  6. Thanks everybody for the kind words. I only saw my dad once every year or two, talked maybe every couple months, but it is amazing now that he is gone just how much of an impact he had on my life. It does reaffirm my belief that if you aren't a "happy drunk", you shouldn't drink alcohol. But anyway.

    So I wanted to get out of BT, I really did, but based on the couple of people who have been continually emailing me since I decided to "pull out", I haven't really pulled out. I've made dozens, if not hundreds of updates to my encyclopedia site. I've updated a turret bug on the record sheets. I updated the code for the battleforce/alpha strike cards so it shows #s for the armor/structure, and splits damage into capital, sub-capital, capital missile, and regular (though it still isn't broken down by arc). I've also done lots of art updates, and added all the 3145 units that we have now.

    So, even though I haven't been updating the blog, the BT Encyclopedia thingy I made has been updated. I usually keep the history on that site updated.

    I think my next step is to implement my own card design, which won't be accepted so much, but it will be much easier to use within games as it has little spots for all the damage. I'll also do the lance/company/battalion/regiment cards at that time.

    Anyway, again, I probably won't be doing much with the blog still, I appreciate the condolences, but the updates keep coming!