A Classic Dungeon Crawling Silent Auction — for charity!

Thanks to the kind friends at Beam­dog I’m able to up the ante for incent­ives to my spon­sors of my 24hr game-a-thon par­ti­cip­a­tion in Play4Paws2 — sup­port­ing CaliC­an Res­cue Found­a­tion.

Butt Kicking, for Goodness!

Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shad­ows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a spe­cial place in my heart. I was at the Edmon­ton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was cov­er­ing it for loc­al TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I con­trib­uted to the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions efforts of these games and the Infin­ity Engine that they’re built on.

At the time, there was abso­lutely noth­ing else that could bring the true D&D exper­i­ence, the party-dun­geon-crawl­ing-holy-crap-is-that-a-Behold­er exper­i­ence to the com­puter as these games did.

So, through the help of Beam­dog, I’ve got cop­ies of the Enhanced Edi­tion ver­sions of these games. And Vir­gin­ia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edi­tion:

Run­ning on an upgraded and improved ver­sion of the Infin­ity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edi­tion includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adven­ture, the Tales of the Sword Coast expan­sion pack, and nev­er-before-seen con­tent includ­ing a new adven­ture and three new party mem­bers: the Cal­ishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil black­guard.

I want my BGII and so do you!

Here’s how you can sup­port my fun­drais­ing efforts through a silent auc­tion and get one of these amaz­ingly enga­ging and chal­len­ging Dun­geons & Dragons world games, spe­cific­ally:

The silent auc­tion is over at a Face­book event page. The rules of the auc­tion are pretty simple:

  • The auc­tion will be live until I’m done my 24hr game-a-thon at 7pm on Feb­ru­ary 28th.
  • I’ve cre­ated one post per item avail­able.
  • Bid by pla­cing a com­ment in the item you want to bid on.
  • Highest bid at the time I fin­ish gam­ing on the 28th claims the auc­tion item.
  • I’ll inform auc­tion win­ners via FB mes­sage and/or reply in the rel­ev­ant auc­tion.
  • After you’ve been noti­fied, place your con­tri­bu­tion at the Play4Paws2 dona­tion page at CanadaHelps.org — https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/play4paws2-this-time-its-fur-sonal/
  • I’ll for­ward the winner’s details on to Beam­dog — they’ll con­tact you regard­ing claim­ing your game through Beam­dog.

Simple no? So why are you still here and not over there bidding!

Thanks for your sup­port, and see you online on the 27–28th. I’ll need your sup­port and encour­age­ment then too, either through Face­book, Twit­ter, or maybe even through a livestream… stay tuned!

 

Can I buy your support? It’s for a great cause.

Update:


If you read this post (I’m Crazy and I’m gam­ing for 24 hours for an amaz­ing cause! Spon­sor Me!) then you know that I’m doing a bit of fun­drais­ing for my favour­ite dog res­cue — CaliC­an Res­cue.

But I’ve noticed that I’ve still not received any spon­sor­ships, even though I’ve gone to the extraordin­ary effort of post­ing once about it on Face­book, and writ­ing the afore­men­tioned blog post. Hmm, I think I need some­thing more to get my friends involved. 🙂

So, unlike Rene (one of CaliCan’s awe­some head honchos), I’ll not be wager­ing any­thing that brings (or doesn’t bring) a razor near my nog­gin.

Rather, I thought I’d reach out to some friends at BioWare and see if they can provide assist­ance.

And they have. Behold!

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My friends at Bioware have gen­er­ously donated the per­fect things for gam­ing into the wee small hours. And I get to give them away to folk who spon­sor me!

  • Toques
  • Con­tigo water bottles
  • Con­tigo hot drink trav­el­lers
  • A couple of oth­er branded drink con­tain­ers
  • Bioware pens
  • A nice, light­weight Bioware back­pack!

The details

Now, giv­en the anti­cip­ated high demand for these premi­er branded items we’re look­ing for a min­im­um dona­tion of $20.00. One dona­tion per item. And we’ll fig­ure some­thing out for the pens. 🙂

We’ve only got a couple of each item — what you see in the photo is what we’ve got — so I anti­cip­ate the more pop­u­lar ones will go quickly, espe­cially the toques… come on! Bioware inven­ted the gamer toque (or bean­ie as it’s called else­where)… I know, I was with the com­pany at the time!

But any­way, there you go. Bioware branded swag and the warm fuzzy feel­ing of sup­port­ing one of the best dog res­cue organ­iz­a­tions on the plan­et.

Simply by spon­sor­ing me 🙂

(oh, and after you’ve done that (thank you!) just send me an email and we’ll fig­ure out how to get your swag to you — brad­b­log At gmail.com)

I’m Crazy and I’m gaming for 24 hours for an amazing cause! Sponsor Me!

Cool! Playing pandemic online.
Update:


I’m kinda into gam­ing — y’all know that. And I’m into my dogs — ya’ll know that too.

So when an oppor­tun­ity like this popped up, I couldn’t res­ist.

Sponsor Me!

On Feb­ru­ary 27th, start­ing at 7pm, I’m going to be gam­ing my ass off, gam­ing for 24 hours straight. Board games, Video games, card games, whatever! I fig­ure that this will get me out of my vast game defi­cit I’ve been accu­mu­lat­ing over the last few years.

And I can help a great charity at the same time.

UNDERDOGCaliC­an Res­cue is the organ­iz­a­tion we foster for, and they’re also the folks that brought Bog­art into our lives. They do amaz­ing work, and have res­cued over 400 small dogs to date. And they have a great dogu­ment­ary show­ing why and how they do, what they do if you wanted to find out more about them and why we love them!

So this is where you come in.

Spon­sor Me! I’m fig­ure I’m going to be hurt­ing at about Hour 13, and have a ser­i­ous case of Con­sole Claw at about Hour 20. Help me stay focused. Inspire me to keep on gam­ing. Spon­sor Me — you can be the reas­on that I stick it out the whole 24 hours!

It’s easy. Just vis­it this link at CanadaHelps.org and make a small dona­tion — any will do (thank you in advance!)

And then cheer me on! Go Team Brad! On the 27th, Join me online. I’ll be updat­ing Social Media and this Blog reg­u­larly with game res­ults, updates, sleep-deprived com­ments and oth­er fun stuff. You may see me at my dopi­est! Cheer me or Jeer me, but have fun with me!

Or, if you want, let’s hook up online and play some­thing! I’m open to sug­ges­tions. I’ll post a sched­ule when I get my act togeth­er.

But back to the why.

It does take a lot of time, energy, and money to keep an organ­iz­a­tion like CaliC­an run­ning. Time and energy are at a premi­um around here, but I think that it’s some­times easi­er to like a cause and wish you could help out. Well this is one way I know I can. I’ll be pinging you, my peeps, quite reg­u­larly over the next few weeks. Not only through the Twit­ter, but I hear that there’s this thing called Email. Pretty effect­ive too, I’m told.

CaliC­an is an organ­iz­a­tion we believe in, and one we enjoy help­ing. So help us, help them. Spon­sor Me, and then join me online on the 27 to cheer me on, or laugh as I lose every game I play.

Go Team Brad!

Testing Duet — an OS X display extender app for iPad

You’ve prob­ably seen the online hype around Duet — an OS X dis­play extender app for iPad. Basic­ally it’s sup­posed to allow you to extend your cur­rent desktop screen to an iPad — just as if you had an extra mon­it­or. Oth­er apps already do this, but Duet’s claim to fame is it will extend your desktop in a way that’s lag free. So if you’re watch­ing movies or anim­a­tion and mov­ing ele­ments between mon­it­ors, you’ll not notice lag.

Duet’s unique fea­ture that allows this is that Duet con­nects to your Mac using the USB port and either 30 pin con­nect­or or Light­ning con­nect­or.

I’ve pre­vi­ously used sim­il­ar apps, Air Dis­play and Dis­playPad, though both have util­ized WiFi to link your dis­play to the com­puter. Also, both sup­port Win­dows or OS X. Cur­rently, Duet doesn’t sup­port Win­dows.

Duet also doesn’t sup­port the ori­gin­al iPad, where the two oth­er apps do — a con­sid­er­a­tion if you have an older ori­gin­al hanging around, as I do.

Duet has been get­ting mixed reviews on the iTunes App Store, but that may be related to the high CPU usage needed to render out a ret­ina dis­play to a ret­ina iPad — there’s a lot of work going on. If you’re using a new com­puter, or have a lower res­ol­u­tion iPad, then you may not encounter this issue.

Regard­less, I’ll take a look at the app and report back when I’ve been able to give it a workout.

 

My iOS App Picks for 2014 — iOS Photo Apps

I tend to keep my pho­to­graphy over on iPad­Dark­room, but since I’m writ­ing about iOS photo apps that I’ve dis­covered or have dom­in­ated my work this year, it seemed fit­ting to look at apps that have influ­enced my photo work.

You’ve likely seen some work cre­ated with these apps before, but they’re worth pro­fil­ing again as my picks because they’ve stood head-and-shoulders above the oth­er apps in the photo edit­or / fil­ter space.

So, on to the apps… Con­tin­ue read­ing “My iOS App Picks for 2014 — iOS Photo Apps”