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Friday, August 31, 2007

Preregister for ConQuest NW

I preregistered for ConQuest NW for a good price of $32.00. Five days of gaming from Feb 15th thru 19th of 2008.

Pictures to the Autograph

Below is a list of most of people I did get a autograph from at the 2007 ComicCon, with a picture link to the larger picture.

Stars
  • Gigi Edgley, David Franklin, Lani Tupu and Virginia Hay from Farscape.
    Gigi Edgley Autograph David Franklin Autograph Lani Tupu Autograph Virginia Hey Autograph Farscape - Virginia Hey & David Franklin

  • Claudia Christian from Babylon 5
    Claudia Christian Autograph Babylon 5 Autograph Claudia Christian and Me

  • Patricia Tallman from Babylon 5
    Babylon 5 Autograph Patricia Tallman #2

  • J. Michael Strsczynski from Babylon 5
    Babylon 5 Autograph J Michael Straczynski #3

  • Garrett Wang from Star Trek: Voyager
    Star Trek: Voyager Autographs Garrett Wang #2

  • Teryl Rothery from Stargate: SG-1
    Stargate SG1 Cast Autograph

  • Sanctuary Cast - Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Robin Dunne and Damian Kindler

    Sanctuary Cast Autographs Sanctuary Autograph - 10

  • Stargate: SG-1 Cast - Ben Browder (Cameron Mitchell), Christopher Judge (Teal'c), Robert Cooper (executive producer/writer) and Martin Wood (Director/Supervising Producer)
    Stargate SG1 Autograph Mini Poster Stargate Autograph - Browder & Judge

  • Stargate: Atlantis Cast - Martin Wood (Director/Supervising Producer), Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay) and Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller)
    Stargate Atlantis Autograph Mini Poster Stargate Atlantis Autograph - Tapping, Flanigan, Hewlett & Staite

Artists
  • Brian Denham, artist from Iron Man: Hypervelocity
    Iron Man: Hypervelocity Cover

  • David Finch, artist from Marvel Heroclix: Avengers, box art
    Marvel Heroclix Print

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A weird text message I got.

Yesterday durring work, I got this weird text:

How many other ppl call you baby?

WTF. The number is local (for me) and the number is not in my cell's contacts. Who could this be?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I got a answer to my t-shirt.


I wore my "My Other Shirt Is Elven Chain +5" shirt from Dragons Landing podcast to get some groceries, I went to check out and cashier told me he has a chainmail shirt.

My Birthday List

With my birthday coming up on the 19th, our family normaly sends each out a wish list. This is what I have come up with. I have noted the title, where it can be found localy and a web address where it can be found.

Dungeons & Dragons Tactics
(PSP Game)
Local: Video Game Store
http://www.amazon.com/Atari-Dungeons-Dragons-Tactics/dp/B000K9WNIS/ref=sr_1_1/002-5668266-5258439?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1188164668&sr=1-1

Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics brings the excitement of fantasy battle and role-playing to the PSP system for the very first time. All of the core races and classes will be available to the player, including two Psionic classes, the Psion and the Psychic Warrior. Players will be able to customise their characters and store as many as their memory stick can handle. Faithfully utilizing the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rule-set, Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics allows players to take a party of six adventurers into a wide variety of dangerous environments to experience deep and exciting turn-based action. All core races and classes are available, plus the addition of Psionics Deep and exciting turn-based gameplay using the D&D 3.5 rule-set.

Doctor Who - Survival (Episode 159)
DVD
Local: Bestbuy

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Survival-Episode-159/dp/B000QGE8I8

The final serial in Doctor Who's original run on the BBC (before it was revived in 2005), this three-episode story stars Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, who brings his companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) back to Earth, only to discover that a race of feline aliens have turned the planet into their private hunting ground. The aliens, called Cheetah People, are traveling between their dying planet and Earth to kidnap humans for food--and lurking behind the whole scheme is none other than the Doctor's arch enemy, the Master (Anthony Ainsley in his final TV performance as the character). Despite the relative lack of quality of its video cinematography, Survival is a sold serial from the McCoy era, with some genuine suspense and an affectionate (if temporary) send-off for the venerable sci-fi hero.

Savage Worlds Explorers Edition (Perfect Paperback) (RPG Book, Game Book)
Local: Maybe a game store, if in stock
http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Worlds-Explorers-S2P10010-Staff/dp/0979245567

Animusic 1 (Special Edition DVD)
Local: Toll Free 866-692-6468
http://animusic.com/dvd-info-clips-1.html

Class Dis-Mythed (Myth Adventures) (Paperback)
Book
by Robert Asprin (Author), Jody Lynn Nye (Author)
Local: bookstore
http://www.amazon.com/Class-Dis-Mythed-Adventures-Robert-Asprin/dp/044101531X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-5668266-5258439?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188160936&sr=1-1

Myth-Gotten Gains (Myth Adventures) (Paperback) Book
by Robert Asprin (Author), Jody Lynn Nye (Author)
Local: bookstore
http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Gotten-Gains-Adventures-Robert-Asprin/dp/159222105X/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-5668266-5258439?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188160936&sr=1-3

Stargate SG-1: The Ultimate Visual Guide (Hardcover)
Book
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0756623618/bonhoeffscell

An essential addition to any fan's collection of Stargate SG-1 memorabilia, this is the ultimate companion to the long-running sci-fi television series.

  • Features over 600 full-color images and 3 specially commissioned artworks
  • Details all characters, planets, technology, stories and cultures
  • Produced in full collaboration with MGM
  • Includes a bonus DVD
  • The new software for my DVR.

    After my TiVo died, I went with a DVR from my local cable company of Comcast. This last week the software on my DVR was update to some better improvements.

    1. There is better response when you fast forward. It stop at the spot were you push play, not 5 past the spot.
    2. The Instant Replay works a lot better. It was 7 seconds, not sure what is now. 7 seconds was not enough time. My guess would be some where around 15 seconds.
    3. The guide now shows if the show is New or Repeat.
    4. The software in general is more responsive and does not have the slight delay it had before.
    5. There is a few more options to view your recorded show, but did loose the folder option when you a few of the same show.
    6. With the other software, it crashed the DVR more than a few times. As of yet it has had not crashed (knock on wood).
    7. One odd thing with the new software, is when you delete a show that shows as upcoming, it does not delete it from the list. It puts a cancel icon on it and leave the show name. It would be good to have it clear off the list if it is not going to be recorded.
    That my 2 cents at this point.

    Sunday, August 19, 2007

    Sanctuary Autograph

    Just uploaded the pictures of the people from the Sanctuary cast that was at the 2007 ComicCon. I was at a booth that had star photoson Friday. I picking up a few photos to get sighned in the autograph area and asked if I know who Amanda Tapping was. I said yes, of course and was given a ticket for Saturday. I showed up for the 2pm time . The booth closed down and had some sheet thown over the boxs and photos. They had a table set up ready for the cast when they show up. The line was set part way around the booth and picked on the other side of the booth. When I got there Gary Jones (Walter Harriman from Stargate) was there and left shortly after the group showed up. Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Robin Dunne and Damian Kindler (I think).

    Sanctuary Autograph - 07 Gary Jones (pix taken by Heath) Sanctuary Autograph - 10 (pix taken by Heath) Sanctuary Autograph - 12 (pix taken by Heath)
    Check out the full set of pictures at Flickr.

    Thursday, August 16, 2007

    My reply to ComicCon

    Got a email from my brother about the ComicCon and if it was worth the trip. Here is what I replied. Thought it gave a good over all run down of the trip, so I posted it here on the blog.

    Totally worth the trip.

    My two trip mates did come sick and felt bad the fist two-ish days (Wed, Thur and some of Friday). Tried to stay well, I got the bug and went back to the room late afternoon on Saturday and some of Sunday. Got to go to half dozen panels of some of my favorite shows. One Thursday, four on Friday and one on Saturday. Fun time. The convention floor was huge, lots of stuff to see, freebies to pick up, pictures taken and autographs signed. Most of the cost was the plane trip and the hotel. The entry was free (due to a friend), breakfast came with the room, lunch was some snacks and dinner was at a local place. Picked up more than a few freebies roaming the large convention floor. For the preview day on Wednesday, it was open for 4 hrs. I only got a taste that day. (I have some pictures of the freebies, autographs and some bought items soon to be uploaded in a few day on my Flickr account)

    Sunday was a little crazy. One of the friend I went down with got a message saying the plain was leaving early. We left the convention about a hour early and went to the airport to check in. Found out that our fiend was on a different early flight. That was strange, we all got our tickets with in the same hour and day. That left me and Rich. First plane left and arrived on time (9pm) in Salt Lake City. Due to weather for the plane we were going to use for our trip to Seattle, we did not leave the airport till2pm MST. Normally it would not be too bad, I could read a book or play my PSP. But at this time I was not feeling good at all. I ended up dozing on the ground like a few other people were doing. After dropping Rich off at his place I got home at 4:40am. I am glad I did not have to go to work that day (Monday). I was sick and rest the next two day. Went back to work on Thursday. Fun was had by all.

    A great number of photos have been uploaded already and I still have some others I am adjusting and cropping, that will be uploaded soon.

    Check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/heathbar/ for the pictures.

    I plan to come back next year. How about you, want to join the fun next year?

    Monday, August 13, 2007

    The 5000th View on Flickr

    As of today, I have over 5000 views on my Flickr pictures, thanks to my 2007 Comic Con pictures I have been posting over the last weeks.

    Sunday, August 12, 2007

    Dragonflight 2007

    Dragonflight is here and below are the games I played, with some info on what happened.

    Danger in the Hollow Earth! Part 1
    Fri 7:00PM to 11:30PM (4.5 hrs)
    Presented by Eric Aldrich
    Hollow Earth Expedition published by Exile Game Studio

    Description: This year the Blue Dragons do the pulps! Join us for an action packed 2 sessions of role playing. It’s 1936 and your team needs to beat the opposition to a key artifact in the Hollow Earth. This years Game Masters are Eric Aldrich, Jason Alexander, Mike Brislawn, Tim Brown, Garry Corbin, and Bob Zenger. We are cutting back slightly in the number of players we are running in the hopes of working in more individual “crunchy bits”.

    This was my first game of the Dragonflight convention. Bob also signed up for this game and ended up in the same group. We started with some background and picking some characters. This part of the game was a sample game to get a feel for the system. One note on the system, it does use 3 different set of special d8 dice that use a bell curve for dice (d1, d2 and d3). The sample game ended with the group be Rapter food. Next we switched tables and picked more permanent character and customised the characters a little. The proceeded at a good pace and went a little late, but we got to the stopping point for the night.

    Atlantis Under the Seas
    Sat 9:00AM to 1:30PM(4.5 hrs)
    Presented by Sophie Lagace
    Seven Leagues published by Malcontent Games

    Description: Deep under the waves, the lost Kingdom of Atlantis lives on. But the shadow of Leviathan, Emperor of the Abyss, is stretching over all the undersea kingdoms and his dark minions are at Atlantis' fabled walls. Will you be the ones to save the Kingdom? Play a knight of Atlantis, mermaid, siren, triton or nereid, or any suitable fairytale character of your choice is this very streamlined, story-oriented system.

    This system is a story driven game and does use a d12 dice for some out comes in the story. I ended up picking out a cute fish type character and found out out mission for the game was to fine the Queen and find out a way to defeat the main villain. We started out with just 2 players and 3 other people showed up a little later, for good game with the right number of players. The game ended with us saving the Queen and defeating the villain. Also nice was that they had prizes of the game system. I got the print version and a PDF version of the game book.

    Danger in the Hollow Earth! Part 2
    Sat 2:00PM to 6:30PM(4.5 hrs)
    Presented by Eric Aldrich
    Hollow Earth Expedition published by Exile Game Studio

    Description: (see above) Continued from the game the night before.

    We started with out with our group of 5 players at a new table and GM from the game last night. Our group continued on our quest meet a bigwig, that might have killed us, if we did not make a deal to get ride of a ironclad that was being a problem to him. To get rid of the ironclad, we got rid of the crew and then used it to get a submarine. The submarine was near were we need to be for our group objective. As we found out later, it was was the objective area of the other groups. There was a large battle going on. To not wanting to be left out, mine and Bob's character (plus some NPCs) used the cannons from the ironclad to blow some things up. Battle ended, we won (our groups did). Our leaders talked and came to a agreement. At the game end we got to keep the dice give out durring the game and got a limited edition "5 Style Point" poker chip.

    Stargate: Mictlan
    Sat 7:00PM to 11:30PM(4.5 hrs)
    Presented by Tim Brown
    Savage Worlds published by Great White Games

    Description: Our heroes are still unable to return to Earth, but they are making progress against the goa'uld/wraith in the isolated Mictlan systems. But now the Aztec gods are angry, and the hunt is on!

    This was continuing game and picked up from the ConQuest game played 02/18/07. We had a full table with 6 players and 2 alternates for a total of 8 player. The 2 alternates copied two of the character sheets for a full table. I picked my character on the name and ended being the leader for our group. I do some time stray from the main or lead character in a large group game. It did not turn out too bad at all. Most of the time I made suggestions and lead our group. A lower rank goa'uld made a offer to strike a meeting of other goa'ulds. We came up with a few suggestions, one was that use a large cats (a puma) as a gift for the meeting. A joke, I think I came up with, was to rig the pumas to explode. Exploding pumas was running a through out the game. We did not use the rig the pumas, we did rig the two cases. First to open and have the cats get out. Next to trigger the smoke bombs to cause confusion. At that point, guns are grabbed and reinforcements come through the gate and attack the enemy. After the battle we got a notice to meet with the main bad goa'ulds. We made a deal with devil in order to get our SG team home.

    Kill Puppies for Satan!!!
    Sat Midnight to 2:00AM (2.0 hrs)
    Presented by Peter Darley
    Kill Puppies for Satan published by Lumpley Games

    Description: Let out your foul-mouthed inner cretin and explore how much fun it is to collect minuscule cosmic power by wanton slaughter of big eyed puppies / bunnies / kittens / dolphins / whatever for your dark master!

    The presenter was a player in the Atlantis Under the Seas game. I had heard a few thing about the system. This game is a adult themed game with the language and the animal killing. I took it a chance to play different type game. The game started at midnight and there were 4 players. We created our character in a few steps and did a round take to get some history of our character and to get a common character that we were going to a party to. It ended up be a rescue party. Sorry to say that some cats and other animals were harmed durring the the game. A odd game that needed to played late at night with not much sleep.

    That it for me, I took Sunday off to get some rest do some other things.

    See some pictures here.

    Thursday, August 09, 2007

    The Panels I Got To.

    To start out the convention floor was open from 10 am to 7 pm. The early panels I did not get to and the late panels near or after were too late for me. By 7 pm I had been on my feet for the good part of the day.

    On Thursday I made it to my first panel at 11 am for DVD Sneak Peak 2007, which had some good info. Next was Stan Lee: True Believer at 1:45 pm which showed some clips of his upcoming DVD. I left before the end of the panel to head over the the BBC America: Torchwood panel. People were already in the room and there was a long line. I went to the end of the line. It moved slowly. It got to the point were the room was maxed out. So I left sadly, to roam the convention floor.

    On Friday my first panel was at 12:15 pm for Stargate SG-1: The Movie, which was fun. I got a good seat around the middle of the room. The next panel was 1:30 pm in the same room, so I stayed put for the Stargate Atlantis with some new cast members. After the two panels the cast was signing posters, which I got (yea!). My next panel was Eureka at 4:45 pm which had most of the cast. Next was the Babylon 5: The lost Tales panel at 6 pm in the same room. They game out some free B5 swag. This was a full day. I went back to the room after the panel for some needed rest.

    On Saturday my first panel of the day was the Simpsons panel at 10:45 pm, which I went with Rich. I had planed to go to the Heroes and the Futurama panel, but they filled up fast. I did not get a seat. So I went to roam the convention floor. I headed back to the room early, due to not feeling too good. My two hotel roommates I came down with had a cold (or something). Saturday is a big day for the con and next year I need to plan ahead for any major panels on this day.

    On Sunday I did not go to any panels, I just went around the convention floor.

    This is what I did for the panels. The convention floor was huge. I sent a lot of time there. Looking around, getting free stuff, taking pictures and purchased a few items. I also spend some time in the autograph area, getting a autograph (see prev post for what I got) or in line for a drawing for autographs (ie Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis).

    Sunday, August 05, 2007

    My Comic Con pictures.

    I am at about the half way mark of going thru my con pictures and posting them on my Flickr account. Be sure to check back for more picture posting.

    Saturday, August 04, 2007

    The autographs I got.

    During this first year of Comic Con I got a number of autographs I planed on and a few I had not planed on.

    At the For Stan Lee there was limited signing. On the day of (Thursday), I stood in line six time (luckily the line was not that long) till I got a winning ticket. The appointed time came, I went up to the Sails Pavilion and looked for the line. I found that the signing was canceled. I later found out for some reason, Stan Lee's handlers canceled the signing for some reason. I was bumbed and a little pissed off.

    Below are a list of people I did get a autograph from and some info.

    Stars
    • Gigi Edgley, David Franklin, Lani Tupu and Virginia Hay from Farscape.
    • Claudia Christian from Babylon 5
    • Patricia Tallman from Babylon 5
    • J. Michael Strsczynski from Babylon 5
    • Garrett Wang from Star Trek: Voyager (was at the Lightspeed booth for a cost)
    • Teryl Rothery from Stargate: SG-1 (was at the Lightspeed booth for a cost)
    • Sanctuary Cast - Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Robin Dunne and Damian Kindler (I think) // I was next to the Lightspeed both getting a few cast pictures, was given a pass for a Sanctuary Cast signing on Saturday. All you had to do was show up, they supplied the picture and the autographs (all free of charge).
    • Stargate: SG-1 Cast - Ben Browder (Cameron Mitchell), Christopher Judge (Teal'c), Robert Cooper (executive producer/writer) and Martin Wood (Director/Supervising Producer) // Stood in line with some friends to get tickets. The cast ended up signing posters they had (for no cost at all).
    • Stargate: Atlantis Cast - Martin Wood (Director/Supervising Producer), Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay) and Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) // Stood in line with some friends to get tickets. The cast ended up signing posters they had (for no cost at all).

    Artists
    • Brian Denham, artist from Iron Man: Hypervelocity (on print of comic cover)
    • Lim Ri Kai, artist from the DC VS System (on autograph card)
    • Kendrick Lim, artist from Marvel VS System (on autograph card)
    • Alex Horley Orlandelli, artist from World of Warcraft TCG (on autograph on CCG box insert)
    • Zoltan & Gabor, artists from World of Warcraft TCG (on autograph on CCG box insert)
    • David Finch, artist from Marvel Heroclix: Avengers, box art (print, 401 of 500)
    I will add some links to the picture(s) once I have them posted on my Flickr account.

    Friday, August 03, 2007

    The Stargate SG-1 Panel

    Bit by bit, I have been able to go thru the 500 plus pictures I have taken. They have been sorted and bit by bit the pictures are being uploaded to Flickr. I found a YouTube video of Christopher Judge trying to call Michael Shanks on a cell. Below is the YouTube video is below along with some pictures of the same Stargate SG-1 Panel.



    Shanks Phone Call-Comic Con 2007

    Stargate SG-1 Panel #49 Stargate SG-1 Panel #51  - on the big screen Stargate SG-1 Panel #47

    Link to the San Diego Comic Con 2007 Pictures.