Thursday, January 30, 2014

Really people?

Today was the first day that I've been back at the OfficeMax I worked at since I left a little more than two months ago.  I needed ink and paper, and the main reason I went in rather than ordering on-line was because I had cartridges I could recycle, so I could save money.
Before I left, the place was in trouble.  Very few people were doing their work including the assistant manager and some of the other supervisors.  It always fell on me or the store manager to finish the work they couldn't get done, and when the district manager came in, he ripped into me and the store manager, basically saying it was our fault the store was in such bad shape.  This was one of the main reasons I decided to leave, and then when they transferred the store manager, I decided it was definitely time to go.  I never had time to do my work, except when he would take things over and let me have the time...I knew without him, I would never get anything done, so I left.
Now I find out that after I left, a lot of the people in the store, including supervisors that I was constantly bailing out threw me under the bus...saying the store was screwed because I didn't do what I was supposed to do.  Anyone who knows me knows that this is not who I am.  However, here it is more than two months later, and some of the things I was not able to finish, still aren't done.
But, hey, it's not my problem.  I never counted those supervisors as my friends, and all I can say is that I'm much happier being gone.  I can honestly say that I've never once missed the place, and I certainly won't now.
From now on, I'll be doing my ordering on-line...probably from Staples.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector 13 (Culthan Space)

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector 13 (Culthan Space) is now available.  You can find it at or at

The Culthan are known as the mad race in the Ephemeris universe. Now you can learn about their sector of space. Learn about the planets they’ve colonized, the systems they battle to try to control, and the systems that even they fear to enter.  You’ll also learn about just how far their madness has taken them, in good ways and bad ways.

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica will be a multi-volume collection looking at each sector of space.  The Encyclopedia continues with Sector Thirteen (Culthan Space).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EEG Sector 13

Working at home is certainly conducive to getting things done.  Today I finished the first draft of the new volume of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica.  This one looks at Sector 13, otherwise known as Culthan space.
It will be a look at just what the mad race is up to in the sector that they'd love to control...

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Ephemeris RPG, a rebirth?

Over the last couple of years, sales of the Ephemeris RPG and its various supplements have been steady...slow, but steady.  Early this year, we started releasing the various volumes of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica.  This, paired with a wonderful sale at DriveThruRPG, has given us the best month of sales since the release of the game.  Apparently people are starting to take an interest in the game, and I'm very glad to see this.
We made a few mistakes with the early game, but we've hopefully corrected those over time, and we are still planning on releasing a lot of supplements in the future.  We're hoping that this apparent rebirth will continue, and more and more people will start playing the game.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Glactica: Sector 8 (Althani Space)

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector 8 (Althani Space) is now available.  You can purchase it through the Nomadic Delirium Press store at or you can purchase it through DriveThruRPG at

The Althani are one of the most aggressive of the six major species in the Ephemeris universe. Now you can learn about their sector of space. Learn about the planets they’ve colonized, the systems they battle to try to control, and the systems that even they fear to enter.

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica will be a multi-volume collection looking at each sector of space.  The Encyclopedia continues with Sector Eight (Althani Space).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A preview of EEG: Secotr 8

This is taken from the first draft of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Glactica: Sector 8 (Althani Space):

Gliese 832: 16.1 ly M1.5v
The star in this system may be small, but the trouble in this system is anything but.  More than a century ago, the Althani colonized a moon around the largest gas giant in the system.  The colony, called Menk, is currently home to more than three billion Althani, and they’ve transformed the atmosphere to a point that they can breathe the air without suits and breathers.  The majority of the inhabitants are military or corps employees.
The colony on Menk is not the problem.  There is a smallish terrestrial planet about .5 AU from Gliese 832, and this planet and its moon have been colonized by humans.  The colonization took place 30 years ago, and there are already one billion humans inhabiting the planet (New New York) and the moon (New Buffalo).  Humans can breathe on the planet, but they need suits to walk on the surface of the moon, which is why the colony is built completely underground.  Many of the humans work for the human corps, but a number of them work for the military, and it’s believed that many of those are working for covert branches of the military.
The humans have argued that Gliese 832 should actually be considered a part of their sector, but the Althani have been here for quite a bit longer.  The Althani don’t take well to others infringing on their space, and there have been several battles fought in this system.  So far, both species’ governments have refused to get involved, instead allowing the military forces assigned to these colonies to battle it out.  So far, things have stayed at a level of a few ships fighting at a time, but there is always a chance, and it’s a good chance, that things will boil over and all-out war will break out in the system.

Gliese 902: 37.1 ly K3V
Although this system has a planet that could be colonized by humans and a planet that could be colonized by the Culthan, the Althani have refused to allow outsiders into the system.  Their main reason for this is that there’s a large moon orbiting the largest gas giant in the system.  And on this moon is an Althani prison colony called Ten-pa.  The colony has four large opaque domes, one in each hemisphere (northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest), under which they house some of the most violent criminals, and while most of them are Althani, there are prisoners from the other species here as well.  The atmosphere outside of the domes is highly toxic to any sentient species, with much of the atmosphere made up of methane and cyanogen.  The surface also has winds that typically blow at over 100 kph, and often gust to 300 kph.  Each of the domes is so far apart that there is no way anyone could walk to one of the other domes, even with a suit.
No one in their right mind would even try to survive on the surface, and to date, no one has ever escaped from Ten-pa.  A few have gotten out of the domes, but no further.  Ten-pa also has a highly advanced satellite system that will shoot down any ship that doesn’t have clearance to be close, and if a ship does go down, there will be no effort made to try to rescue the crew.  Instead, they’ll be left to the atmosphere of the planet, and if they happen to be close enough to a dome that they might be able to get to it, they’ll be shot before they can get inside.  There are no visiting hours at Ten-pa.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

A new collection

I've just learned that Alban Lake Publishing will be releasing a new short story collection of mine.  These are previously published stories about space exploration.  It will have stuff from early in my career all the way up to some more recent stuff.
Now, the big question is: What am I going to call this thing?
So far, I haven't come up with a title, but I'm working on it...

Friday, January 10, 2014

EEG Sector 8

I've just finished the first draft of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Eight (Althani Space.)  This is the second volume in the Encyclopedia, the second of what will probably be many.  I'm hoping that if I can arrange the time, that I'll have this ready for players and game masters by the end of next weekend.
So, stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New Year, New Game

The folks over at DriveThruRPG are having a sale to encourage people to try new games. So, for the next few days, you can pick up the core rulebook for Ephemeris for just $3.98...not a bad deal.
The special sale can be found at

Monday, January 06, 2014

Alexis' surgery

I've had several people ask me about the surgery that Alexis is going to have to have, so I figured I'd just answer everything here.  The ENT found a Thyroglossal cyst, which apparently formed in utero, because the Throglossal duct did not close as it was supposed to.  The cyst itself is not dangerous, but if it becomes infected, it can have some nasty side effects.
The procedure they're going to be doing is called the Sistrunk Procedure, and it involves removing the cyst, and if the duct is still present, they'll take that out as well, which involves removing part of the hyoid bone.  If you want the details, which I don't like thinking about, you can find them at

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The Nomadic Delirium Press Bookstore

Nomadic Delirium Press now has a bookstore.  You can find all of their print and e-books there, including a number of titles that I've written or edited.
Please check it out at

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Three (Melanathee Space)

The new supplement for the Ephemeris RPG with the very long name is now available.  This started out as a very daunting task, but once I started working on it, I found it to be a lot of fun, and the creativity just it's available a lot earlier than we'd expected.
Here's what you can expect:
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Three (Melanathee Space) is now available at
The Melanathee are the oldest of the six major species in the Ephemeris universe. Now you can learn about their sector of space. Learn about the planets they've colonized, the systems they battle to try to control, and the systems that even they fear to enter.
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica will be a multi-volume collection looking at each sector of space. You can start with Sector Three (Melanathee Space).

Friday, January 03, 2014

A glimpse of the Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica

I've been working on the first volume of the Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica for a bit now, and I'm happy to say that in the next few days, players and game masters will be able to get their hands on it.
What can they expect from it?
Here's a glimpse of a couple of the entries.  Keep in mind, these were taken from the first draft of the supplement, and they have changed slightly, but hopefully they'll be enough of a tease...

Gliese 317: 29 ly, M3.5
The Gliese 317 system is a system of potential conflict. Although there have been small skirmishes, nothing too serious has happened yet. For more than a century, the Melanathee have had a colony on a moon orbiting a gas giant that sits just under one A.U. from the red dwarf. Three decades ago, Humans moved into the system, colonizing two other moons of the same gas giant. Even though Humans and Melanathee do not breathe the same types of atmosphere, there have been debates over who should control the space around the gas giant. The Melanathee argue that they have been here longer, but the humans argue that they actually occupy two moons in the system. The other species have chosen to stay out of this one for now.
TolENtaMe is a small gaseous moon inhabited by the Melanathee. There are currently more than one million of them living on the moon. The settlement started out as a scientific colony, but has since expanded into a full colony, and because of the presence of humans in the system, there is a fairly large military base on the moon. The atmosphere is breathable for the Melanathee, although some of the less healthy will have trouble with it.
Ardith is the largest moon, and is currently occupied by a quarter of a million humans. The Earth military originally set up the colony, and even though they keep a large presence on the moon in order to protect the inhabitants, most of the planet is run by ExploraCorp, an Earth-based corporation with the mission of exploring and colonizing as much of near space as possible, and of course making a lot of money in the process. Although the actual air of the moon is dangerous for humans to breathe, the atmosphere is at a pressure and temperature that humans can walk on the surface with only breathers.
Rowena is a small moon with roughly 1,000 humans living on it. The moon has been set up as a research base to explore the weak star at the center of the system. The surface has no atmosphere, and the entire colony has been built underground.

69 G Carinae: 53 ly G2V
From the outside, this star system looks perfect for colonization, but there is something very wrong in the 69 G Carinae system. The Melanathee, the Arbonix, and the Humans have all tried to establish colonies in this system. All of those colonies have been destroyed, and no one has been able to figure out why. There are rumors of angry cyber wizards, some unknown civilization, quantum instabilities, hyperspace intrusions, and thousands of other less likely reasons. Not only have the colonies been destroyed, but most ships passing through this system are destroyed. Some of the ones that have made it through the system have reported strange lights, problems with their engines, and all kinds of system malfunctions.
At the moment, there are no sentients living in the system…at least that we know of.