Oct 19 2007

An interview with a gamer

An interview that Kevin Flick of Microsoft (aka Fhearl of HILYMI), conducted with me a few weeks back. He’s going to conduct a series of interviews with gamers for his blog with the sneaky and underhanded goal of helping to demonstrate that gaming is just like any other hobby we may engage in. The interview of me was the first of the series of interviews. He’s not to great with post production work, but it’s a greater interview. http://blogs.technet.com/immerse/archive/2007/10/19/gamer-interview-1-victor-f-laurence-aka-livistos-aka-soriathus.aspx

The interview itself covers my history in gaming and about half of it covers my leadership of the guild Hit it like you mean it. We really went into a lot of high level philosophical stuff in there and really put somethings I do for the guild in perspective. Sometimes I’m too humble about all the work I do.

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Aug 16 2007

Meh I lost a week

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I lost a week of journal’ing. I don’t know what happened in the last week. Time has flown by so fast.

Well here’s the short and skinny of what’s been going on. Got all my reports done last week for the CIA application. I got really sick this last weekend and I think that’s what caused me to ‘fall off’ the horse if you will. Been spending a lot of time helping Kerrie getting her website www.a-red-thread.com rolling. As a company we decided that we’re NOT going to VB.Net but rather C#, which is awesome. As response to that I’ve been converting CIA.Net to C# which currently is done minus a few things and testing. I got my passport turned in finally. Last but certainly not least (does that even apply in this case? meh), Kerrie’s serrogate little brother passed away this week. She’s been a pseduo mess, I think the only thing keeping her together is focusing on the stress of getting to the East coast in time. Once she’s there I think it’ll finally sink in, maybe even on the plane. Tonight I’m taking her to the airport and she won’t be back until the day I’m going up to Seattle for PAX. Life is going by fast right now, all this along with the economy going crazy right now, things are interesting. At least the drama recently in the guild has died down. I’m caught up on Math homework so I should be able to get some good WoW time in this weekend.

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Aug 05 2007

Simply, relaxing.

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Today I woke up late, had some breakfast, and jumped on first thing to do some homework. I did all my CIS homework, posts, and my mid-term only to be interupted in the middle by hearing that Baliku had just /gquit. After putting an immediate band-aide on the situation I jumped back to my mid-term and kicked it’s ass.

I played WoW for a little bit helping my brother blow through STV quests with his alt, then proceeded to play some Paper Mario. That game is so fun and relaxing, it’s nice on Sunday to get away from WoW and just do something non-WoW, but gaming related. I think I’m going to continue to do this. I mean even if I’m together with Kerrie on Sunday, when I get home wind down with an hour or two of Mario before bed. Good times.

Ended up having a long talk with Brian about his health and his friendship with Amanda. It seems like she is putting undo distance between them amoung other things. I tried to give him as much advice as I could and tried to make him not feel “crazy” about what is going on. I just want the three of them to be in game again, drama free, and not hating each other. Regardless about what goes on IRL, it shouldn’t affect everyone’s ability to enjoy each other’s time in game and having fun.

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Apr 24 2007

Prettz

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So it seems Jeremy has decided finally to play WoW. He started a Belf hunter named “Prettz” as in Prettzle. Funny guy he is. Ray got him into the guild as a recruit, I mean he is practically family so he got waived of the level requirement. I’m really looking forward to see how well Jeremy does. He’s a smart gamer. I mean anyone who has played Final Fantasy as much as he has and other related games to the point of completeness knows high gaming. I hope that his completistness doesn’t slow down his leveling though. :-/

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Feb 12 2007

Finding one’s purpose

Today someone told me that instead of finding one’s purpose to figure out what you need to be doing find the purpose in what you’re doing, and if you can’t find the purpose then you’re not doing the right thing. So with that in mind, I went through a little exercise…

1. Ask Yourself “Who Am I?”

I’m a creator. In everything I’ve ever done my greatest joy comes from the creation of something. Whether it’s creating music, art, code, applications, communities, guilds, I’m a creator. I love creating something that changes people’s lives, either at work or at play.

2. Ask Yourself “What Do I Love To Do?”

Code. I’m a coder. Regardless of what I’ve done I’ve always looked for a software solution to make it even better. I strive on the creation through code or in some cases implementing other people’s code.

3. Ask Yourself “What Experiences In Life Were Really Fulfilling For Me?”

A. Creating Progressive Fitness’ software B. Creating Obsidian C. Creating HILYMI. To my knowledge the software I made over 8 years ago still to this day runs the business Progressive Fitness. Having created something that is running a business and changing lives is so fulfilling. The act of creating Obsidian was a very large process of not just creating a world, but a unique concept of a world (though based on UO), scripting monsters, loot tables, balancing economies, and launching that world and watching it grow. Creating HILYMI has been a large undertaking and continues to be a struggle but every small achievement is fulfilling in it’s own way as I see the guild grow and become a more cohesive community of friends/players.

4. Ask Yourself “What Is My Purpose In Life?”

I think I’m meant to be a game developer or a developer of some piece of software that changes people’s lives. I’m destined to be part of something big, something important. I’ve never failed in creating something I put my mind to. Maybe due to elements outside of my control I created something that didn’t succeed in the end, but I’ve always followed through with something even if I didn’t have the know-how before going into the project.

5. Ask Yourself “What Am I Afraid Of?”

What does this change mean to the long term affect on my life. Am I going to have to move? How is it going to affect my social life, my family life, my overall view and plans of the future? I do always have the nagging sensation in my mind, “can I do it”, but I need to remind myself I’ve never failed at something I put my mind to. Is all of this change worth it in the end and worth the sacrifice of the changes to my life and goals?

6. Ask Yourself “Who Can I Tell?”

I can tell anyone. My life is an open book. Can I tell my boss, I kind of did today which was weird and uncomfortable, but it is what it is. I can and have told my friends and family, of whom all are supportive.

7. Ask Yourself “How Do I Put My Purpose In Place?”

I’m going to start fulfilling my destiny. I’m going to school again at one of the top 5 colleges for game programming. I’ve got connection in my guild who can give me industry contacts and I can start building a network and networking with people in the industry and getting myself known. I plan on writing some sample games showing off my skills.

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Jan 23 2007

Enter Vista / David Copperfield

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Went to the Developer Track of the Windows Vista, Office 2007, .NET 3.0 launch event today. The new features of the OS, Office, and .NET itself are amazing. The endless things I can learn about 3.0 are as vast as the changes to the OS of Vista. I’m inspired by this event to learn more and want to do more with my programming.

Mother fukin’ David Copperfield! All I gotta say is that it was an amazing show. Joe hooked me up with probably one of the best tickets in the house IMO. We couldn’t be any closer w/o screwing up the view of the stage. His act was mesmerizing and the grand finale was out of this world. Taking an audience member and evidence from the audience to Australia and coming back. Even as an Illusion, no doubt it was a piece of magic!

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Jul 09 2006

Goodbye Fumsey Bird

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Well they say things happen in 3’s. Goodbye Mairn (and consequently Sean), Goodbye Thrarr (and consequently the Iron Serpents), and now unfortunately Goodbye Frumsey. I will miss her little birdy squeaks, singing to music, playing with her bells, and in general her company. She was a great little companion and though kinda skiddish never bit anyone and was very kind. She brought life to my office in ways that I don’t think I can replace. My office is very lonely now without her.

I don’t think I’ll get another pet for a while. I will miss her.

Frumsey bird… R.I.P. *cry*

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May 24 2006

Bovimus

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My buddy Ben has made a druid on our server to possibly level him up and show us the ropes on some high end raiding. I of course sent him a bunch of bags and helped him out on some newbie quests. Will probably be a while before he gets that druid up in level because right now he’s focusing on his Cenarian Circle faction or some shit. It’s good to have good friends who are drama free. I really appreciate Ben’s friendship over the years.

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May 23 2006

Fireside Witches Meetup

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Tonight after talking to Eden online, she told me tonight was meetup and recommended I come. So I did. Haven’t been to Fireside in a long time so it was fun going back there again and seeing people I haven’t in a long time. Eden’s doing great with her glass work and as usual I was pretty shocked at how friendly she’s being. Of course it could be a front and she could be uncomforatable as hell behind a wall of smiles and laughs. Oh well I don’t care all I know is I got to see people I hadn’t in a while and relax a bit with a bunch of pagans. There was a new guy that contributed a lot, does a lot of divination/psychic stuff. Very cool.

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May 22 2006

Goodbye Mairn

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So Sean has lied to me for the last time. Why does he have to lie about simple shit? Why does he need to be in control of everything? Why does he have to be such a goddamn fucking tool? Today after he lied to me and Thrarr repeatedly I setup my own WoW Roster on www.ironserpents.com and learned that you simply need 1 more addon and to enter the password in UniUploader to update the roster. This is all Sean needed to tell us and give us access to, but refused telling lies and other bullshit saying there was some bullshit automated software that updated it every 12 hours. After confronting him on it, he continued to back his story and I told him I’d go ahead and tell everyone to use the ironserpents.com roster. He then ended the conversation and later that night when he logged on he disbanded and joined Aura seconds later and I quote “Thanks for kicking me in the ass man. Now I’m part of a shweet raiding guild.”. This after screwing Madmordigan from getting the Helm of Narv and not returning several items that ended up in his possession before SerpentBank was made.

In a nutshell I’m sick and tied of his bullshit and I doubt I’ll speak to him much again. I mean yes this is just a game, but it’s not the game or drama in the game that’s ruining the friendship, it’s him and his bullshit. His attitude, his lies, his controlling attitude is every where and is seen in everything he does. Good riddence to bad rubbish.

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