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How often are you offered a free card game, eh? Not often I'd be willing to bet. In fact, almost never. Guess what, today is your lucky day. Just click the link above and you can download everything you need to play a brand spankin' new card game!

This is the "beta" release of my new card game, Gambit. It's a strategic, non-collectible game for 2-5 players, which you are free to download, print, play and share with friends. I only want one thing in return... Feedback.

What a tyrant I am.

In case you missed the link above click on this and you'll be playing in no time.


A Day Delay

I've done my usual procrastinating, and put off working on the card game until tonight. It's basically done, but I'm going to take one more day to check for spelling and format errors. I also didn't want to release it late tonight, which would probably not draw too many readers (oooh, am I whoring now?). Sorry 'bout the delay, but it will definitely be out tomorrow in the afternoon. Besides, it's free. :)

In the "black, white and red" department

If anyone's actually been reading this, you'll notice I've been redesigning the page little by little. Turns out that CSS is easy and fun! Whoda thunkit. I haven't quite mastered it yet, but I think I'll be churning out some interesting websites in the not-too-distant future. Don't expect the site for my card game to be one of them. Seriously.

And in not much at all...

I think Surface has become a guilty pleasure. It's not complete dreck, but let's be honest... It's not brilliant television either. The story isn't gripping, the producers seem to think we want to watch people freak-out over running water (goes for Invasion too), and sometimes it's outright stupid.

It gets one thing right. Cheesecake, and plenty of it.

Almost every episode shows the entertainingly-named Lake Bell (real name, no joke) in some state of undress, and believe-you-me... It's good. Really good. If that weren't enough, the even-more-entertainingly-named Leighton Meester (I wish I could make this stuff up) is contractually obligated to appear in a bikini in all scenes.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is good television. Don't even get me started on Smallville.

That about wraps it up for tonight.
Keep it on ice, hep kats...


Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.

We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic blog. Giant Roblog will be that blog. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.

It turns out someone else was already using "Bleeding Ink" on Blogger, and I'm not the sort to be an also-ran if I have the option. It was time for a reboot. After hours of strenuous brain-storming, I finally settled on the new title. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Giant Roblog.

The new era is upon us.

God, I love melodrama...

While I was at it, I hunted through the template and destroyed most of the color. I wasn't really digging the blue-and-khaki, and this should work until I come up with something better. Whenever that is.

In other news...

I'd love to say that writing is moving along at a fast pace, but lying leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Instead, I'll say that writing has been moving along at the pace of a highly motivated snail. A hungry snail with a fire in his belly and a sneer on his face, but a snail none-the-less.

On the brighter side of things, I've now been nicotine free for more than a month. That seems like something to celebrate, if I'm not mistaken. My senses of taste and smell have returned (which isn't always a blessing), and I think my stamina's improving. Combine that with my lack of drinking recently and I'm starting to feel like an outright puritan. With any luck, I won't turn into one of those annoying prigs that makes it their holy crusade to ruin everyone else's fun.

I suppose that's about all for tonight. Keep it real, and expect another update wednesday.


In the cards...

It's surprising just how sidetracked I can get in the middle of a project, although I suppose there's something to be said for "following my muse". Long story short, I was working on my notes-wiki (see last week) and stumbled across this idea for a card game that's supposed to exist in my book's world. Fast forward three days and here I am with a fully developed, non-collectable card game, complete with its own deck of custom cards (graphics and all). The obvious question is, "What the hell am I going to do with this?"

To be honest, I don't know. I've considered trying to sell it. I'd like a chance to further test it, but no one will touch it with a 10-foot pole (seems folks I know don't dig card games... at all). There's only so much I can learn about a game playing against myself, so it seems I'm kind of hosed.

Wait, what's this internet thing again?

I got another one of my bright ideas. Why not release the game under a Creative Commons License? If I'm lucky, some souls out there in cyberspace will nab my game, try it out and tell me what works. Sounds awefully optimistic, don't it? Yeah, I know.

The game is called Gambit, and is designed to be played by 2-5 players. It uses a deck of 40 cards, and can best be described as a mix between... Actually, it's not really like any other card game (that I know of). Each player gets 5 cards and then they wage war on one another. Gameplay is fast and furious, with a good balance of chance and tactics. Best of all, it'll be available for free download later this week.

When the PDF is posted, it'll contain the rule book and a sample deck. Just print the document, cut out the cards, and you're good to go. Hey, who doesn't like a free game? All I ask is that you give me some feedback after you give it a try.

Gambit should be out around wednesday. Keep an eye out.

Peace hippies...