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August 17th, 2007

Version 1.0 now available! You will need the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition to make heads or tails of this.

Granted, it seems a little anti-climactic after today, but still! Anybody out there who wants to take a look at it, try to break it, tell me what they like or hate about it, and so on, please do with my blessing and gratitude!

-The Gneech

PS: Note to my players: you will get a slightly different version of this separately. This one has all the copyright violations stripped out. ;)

Happy Birthday, kelloggs2066!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

texas-tender
The waiter who attends passengers on the upper deck, or "texas," of the Mississippi steamboats.
--John Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms, 1877


On Mississippi steamboats the staterooms were named after the states, and the officers' rooms were the largest.
--Robert Ramsay and Frances Emberson's Mark Twain Lexicon, 1938


200th Anniversary of the Steamboat
On this date in 1807, Robert Fulton's 150-foot paddle wheeler Clermont, the first commercially viable steamboat, began its thirty-two-hour maiden voyage up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany. Fulton, who is sometimes hailed as having invented the steamboat, had more accurately improved on a prototype made by John Fitch, who had in turn harnessed an upgraded version of James Watt's steam engine. Fitch's model had been demonstrated on the Delaware River twenty years earlier, but had not proven itself reliable. Fulton's short voyage marked an important change in commercial navigation, which, by the end of the century, would jettison wind power for petroleum-based sources of locomotion.

Seems very appropriate for ol' Scotty, somehow!

-The Gneech

Aww, Crap. :(

The last issue of Dragon magazine came today.

I read it. I was fine, until I read Order of the Stick at the end.

Then I cried.

I hate you, Wizards of the Coast. -.-

-The Gneech

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