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No Energy? You must construct additional pylons.

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No Energy? You must construct additional pylons.

I’m not motivated. I’ve had a couple things hit me in the face over the last week and I am feeling quite bummed about it. In fact I am sitting in my bed, wishing everything would be magically better, and generally feeling sorry for myself and the situation that I am in. I don’t want to drown you in my cruddy situation, in fact I want to help you by giving you tools to get you out. While working on it myself.

I’m sure you have had crappy weeks like this as well right? It might be stress from your job, people being dishonest with you, your lover (or lack of one), or any number of negative things that you have come across recently in your life and sat on you like a Sumo. I know the feeling, in fact I am in the “Gosh, I really just want to lay here until something better comes into my life” Camp as I type. Feeling blah. No Energy, no happy; no happy, no energy.

Let’s figure out what is wrong.

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How to Find (and Make) your Epic Quest

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How to Find (and Make) your Epic Quest

Video Game designer and Social revolutionist Jane Mcgonigal has theorized that video games have intentional things humans crave, they are satisfying work, the experience of being good at something, spending time with people we like, and being part of something bigger than ourselves. Sounds like every game you have played before right? You are given enough social, mental, or physical impatience to go out and do something meaningful to you. Then, as you unfold on your journey you notice that you are getting better at the skills you are using, and you are becoming formidable which fuels you to continue on using your skills in a fashion fit for you. Do you ever go alone? No. You have a keen group of adventures on the case with you aiding your actions when you need a better Diplomacy check, or waiting for you to go on a raid with. Finally, you notice it isn’t about you this whole time. You have been working at your lofty goal and it has become even bigger than you have imagined in your dreams. Who could not jump out of bed each morning ready to kick some with that feeling on their mind and burning in their hearts?

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What if you could feel like that out of game? What if you actually had an Epic Quest to go on? I feel that if people were handed it they wouldn’t shirk it, they would go out and take it.

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Turn Face the Grain, Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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Turn Face the Grain, Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Today isn’t going to focus on Fat Geek directly. We are going to look at a more general idea of what it means to change and what is needed to accomplish motivation.

I will be using two main vocabulary words for this post Protagonist and Inertia. Protagonist according to most people is “The Good Guy” of a story. The Protagonist is your Frodo, your Master Chief, and your Kratos. That’s not the most accurate definition available, I prefer “The one to whom the action revolves around, or the character that moves the narrative forward”. This changes the scope of Protagonist enough for my purposes. Inertia is the amount of force it takes for something to move from the state of inactivity or it’s resistance to change in velocity. Boom knowledge.

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I'm a Fat Geek – Week 1

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I'm a Fat Geek – Week 1

This thing has been on my mind for quite some time now. I’ve been denying it and have just kept letting it happen, but recently my girlfriend said “You’re fat.”

I didn’t take offense to it. After all, it is the truth. The only person I can blame for gaining 30 pounds is myself. I stopped playing sports, am currently play video games when I get home from work, I work at a desk all day, I eat a lot of fast food, I like to eat out, and I drink lots of soda.  Yes. This is my fault. I am 27 going on 28, my knees are starting to hurt from no exercising, my shirts are getting tight and I need bigger pants. I need to do something.

Starting now, every week, I will be documenting my road to weight loss. Starting from 180 pounds and trying to reach my goal of 150 pounds. Scratch that, I  will not try to reach 150.  I will reach 150.

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

I am writing this new weekly column in hopes that it will actually motivate me to be consistent with my diet and exercise and not give up… again.  Also, maybe this column will give you some inspiration to make yourself healthy. Life is too short to be sitting down all day. I don’t want to make it any shorter than it already is.

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Game Over? Never!

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Game Over? Never!

You ever have a really grating day? Sure you have. You aren’t human, or feeling for that matter if you haven’t had at least one crap storm of a day.  This is about those days and how to get though them with your head held high. So, Androids and Vulcans you might find other posts interesting, but for the rest of us that have feelings read on.

I’ve had a terrible day, in fact I have had multiple terrible days. I’ve dealt with issues such as weight/image problems, my parents divorcing, teenage angst,   heartbreak, sexual frustration, sickness, and death. It sucks. It’s dirty. It hurts, sometimes for a while. You take time and you deal with your emotions because you can’t deal in motion. Take the time you need, everyone is different so it might take longer for some than others, but don’t over indulge. I recommend not starting and hosting a pity party, you don’t have the time and no one brought snacks. Plus, you have better things to do than be sad for the rest of your life, you have opened Pandora’s Box after all that hurt at the very bottom is hope. Read On

Min/Maxing for the real world

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Min/Maxing, a concept that we use all the time in video games and Table Top RPGs can be easily brought into real life. Here are some tips and tricks on how we can twink yourself into an unstoppable munchkin.

For the ones in the dark over the terminology I gotcha Boo. Min/Maxing is a character building concept that attempts to minimize your weakness and bolsters your strengths. For example making sure that as the party healer that you are healing very well or often, or as the party tank that you can take the hits and dish them right back. What the party healer doesn’t need to worry about is the damage dealing and the tank doesn’t have to worry about skill checks that don’t involve Athletics or Endurance. Read On

Level Up: Ultimate Fun

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No, this post isn’t about the most fun you can have ever. Everyone has there own definition of that, so it’s hard to capture or pin point. Ultimate Fun is terminology that I use at camps that I work at in the summer months. Defined as “The act and art of calling off a game or activity at the point in the game or activity where maximum fun has been reached or fun is starting to be replaced with contempt or anger”. What does that mean?

This, might help. Imagine that you are playing kickball with the youth, you have 3 great innings without complaint, around inning 4 though some kids are getting fed up with the game in some fashion. Stop the game right there. Does that seem extreme? It shouldn’t, let me tell you why. If you play for too long or too much the fun of the game rots over time. The game looses it’s luster so to speak. Giving yourself increments helps curb this joy half-life. Going for prolonged bouts while fun will burn you out on whatever activity you are doing. It’s like a wine that you savor for a couple of hours and not a juice-box of wine that you do a mini keg stand with. Read On

Geek Counseling: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

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Have a question you’d like to ask? Ask away. All submissions will remain anonymous.

Dear Jamie,

Ok, so I read your Friend Zone articles and I think that it would be right to ask you. I’m 21 years old and I’m still a virgin. I know its not that bad of an age but I’m in my last year of college and I haven’t so much even kissed a girl. I’ve been trying to be more social: like going to parties, bars, clubs. Some of the girls I meet there are really pretty but most of them seem like idiots and I wouldn’t want to get into anything serious with them. I’m scared because I feel like it will be harder to find a girlfriend when I enter the “Real World.” I have a month and a half before I graduate: HELP!

Thanks,
The Legal Virgin

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