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The ups and downs of Dusty Dean

Office Spider-Man - Casual Friday
Thing
ddean
A hobby of mine is comic book collecting. As a by-product of that hobby, I tend to collect things like memorabilia, t-shirts, hats, toys and even costumes.

Today, I was asked to help with a Make-A-Wish child's visit to our offices in my Spider-Man costume. We were also filming a promo for an upcoming convention so I did a little goofing off and made a quick video of Spider-Man enjoying casual Friday.


The Great Escape!
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ddean
This morning, our little dog dug a tunnel and escaped through the fence in the backyard. The big dog somehow followed her out through the same hole... We have no idea how long they were gone, but we found them about a block away. We feared the worst but they seemed to be just tired from have an excellent time on the run.

The rest of the day was spent dog proofing the backyard.

Wedding Pics
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ddean
As Kristin and I were getting our engagement photos taken tonight, the photographer received a phone call that his wife's water broke! The look on his face was priceless - but he want to keep shooting to make sure we were happy!

Guess who is getting hitched?
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ddean
The comic book I created to propose to Kristin!

About time!
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ddean
For Christmas, I made Kristin a comic book about our lives together.

On the last page, I asked her to marry me and she said yes!




Play Testing
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ddean
I got to playtest an upcoming board game, "Transylvania: Curses & Traitors" tonight at the Gatekeeper. The co-creator drove up from Kansas City to show some of our local guys the game and get some feedback.

It's a steampunk horror game where players try to solve the curse of Transylvania or be turned into a monster (at which point you try to eat the other players.) I would only make a suggestion on how the player gets to allocate moving/completing objectives but at this point, there aren't many tweaks left to be made and everything looks really good. They hope to go to Kickstarter this spring and get funding and go into production.

On the plus side, I got to hang out with Scott, it was like 1997!



Give me my hatchet...err, axe!
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ddean
I've been spending a lot of time at work and I needed to treat/reward myself so I bought the Rocksmith game and started the 60-day challenge to learn guitar.



So far, it's been a lot of fun but a bit harder than I originally thought. I love Rock Band and Guitar Hero but this is five strings and 20+ frets harder. I'm starting off slow, but I think I can already play better than AC/DC.

The one thing that has surprised me is the amount of tuning a guitar needs and how many songs change between b and b-flat (or is it b-sharp?) The mini games are also well done and addictive. I hope I just don't quit on this like I have so many other tangent hobbies. (Rosetta Stone, I'm looking at you.)

And the, "played my first real six string ... played until my fingers bled," thing is true. My phalanges are a flame.

Holiday Shopping
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ddean
It makes me laugh when I hear people complain about the crowds, but they don't realize they are part of the problem.

New blog
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ddean
I've been toying around with the idea of making a new blog about miniature war games. A place to show off my models, battle reports, talk about the hobby, etc., but I can't think of a clever name.

I really want, 'Line of Sight,' but that's take at blogspot. I'm currently searching some British slang as-well-as other terms broadly used in miniature games for inspiration but nothing springs to mind.

I really don't like my LJ anymore and since this is largely used for the general events in my life, I feel like I need a new venue to write more focused posts.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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ddean
I'm not a fan of Alan Moore any more, for a variety of reasons, however, I do enjoy the first run of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Of all of the comic book shop talk that happens at the store, making new Leagues is one of my favorite discussions. The only rule, one character can't be the title character. For example, you could select Jimmy Olsen or Lois Lane instead of Superman.

Today's list: Pulp Detectives

Dick Tracy
Sam Spade
Philip Marlowe
P'gell from The Spirit
Steve Canyon

Plot: Charlie Chan is murdered and all of the clues lead to Margo Lane and the mysterious Fantomos has appeared in New York City

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