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Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Another Day

"In the ending, there was darkness... so I made light." Just Another Day is a story set 30 some years after "A Final Day at Gridline Games," and it is meant to inspire, not to offend. It is, after all, a work of fiction. As usual, you may find a few truths along the way!



Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Jūbun ni Chikai (Close Enough)
-- 1-1: Ohayō (Good Morning)
-- 1-2: Hāmonī (Harmony)
-- 1-3: Paradaisu Chūdan (Paradise Interrupted)
-- 1-4: Masutā Sairentowan (Silent Master)
- Chapter 2: Māku (Mark)
-- 2-1: Janpu Man (Jump Man)
-- 2-2: Māku Futatsu (Mark Two)
-- 2-3: Burūpiru (Blue Pill)
-- 2-4: Pater Ex Machina
- Chapter 3: Los Angeles
-- 3-1: Every Rose Has Its Thorn
-- 3-2: Just Like Every Night Has Its Dawn
- Chapter 0: In A Gadda Da Vida



Chapter 1: Jūbun ni Chikai (Close Enough)
Now with more emotion than a cowboy country song!

1-1: Ohayō (Good Morning)

Sonohi wa, hoka no onaji yō hajimeta. That is to say, the day began just like any other; to the sound of my zen garden's fountains. That which has never failed to inspire peaceful thoughts within myself, my wife and my children. As I crawled out of fushido, I glanced outside just in time to see the sun peeking out over the nearby hillside. What a majesty it was to behold. Some things never get old. I took a deep breath and repeated my morning mantra before making my way downstairs toward the daidokoro. I then picked a fine set of tea leaves from the indoor planter, and proceeded to grind them in a ceramic bowl for use in that morning's herbal green tea. My wife, Noemi, came in just as I finished boiling the water. She looked as lovely as the day I first laid eyes on her. Noemi said with a smile across her face, "Anata ga mainichi kore o iu, kawaī!" I did say that every day, and I meant those words truly.

We sat down to drink our tea, and considered our plans for the following day. Noemi reminded me that one of us needed to make a trip into the village for an additional weaved container to store away our summer clothing in the coming winter. I agreed to make the trip myself. It would be a good walk. Noemi then went to retrieve the mail while I washed out our empty tea cups. When she returned, she said something that took me quite by surprise, "Anata wa Indiana-shū kara Māku o shitte imasu ka?" Mark from Indiana? Now that was a name I had not heard in a long time. His co-workers and I usually referred to him by a different name, but in all the years it had been since I last spoke with him, I could not remember. He certainly adored his Star Wars references. Whatever message he had for me could wait. I decided now might be the best time to run that errand. I kissed my wife, slipped into my shoes and ventured outward...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from Space Ruckus and The Grig Post! May your holidays be bright and merry, and may all your heart's desires be met.

Space Ruckus' developers have moved on to other things over the years, but I am almost certain that they are together in spirit for the holidays. Be on the lookout for Micheal Cross' A Night at Camp Ravenwood in 2014: http://www.ravenwood-game.co.uk. Everyone else at camp will definitely be on the lookout! Micheal was and is the greatest concept artist in which Space Ruckus ever had, and his new game is sure to be a hit. If you happen to be in the mood for some awesome game and film music, also be certain to check out Aubrey Young's music site: http://aubreygyoungmusic.com. Aubrey once composed a few tracks for Space Ruckus, and they are still the very best in the project's collection. And for those that missed it, the Space Ruckus site received a face lift this year, but it had less to do with Space Ruckus itself and more to do with building a slightly better template for use in other places: http://www.spaceruckus.com. All things considered, it is still a prettier vault for all that old content!

As for Space Ruckus' very own Bill Grig, he looks on from Ralin V with a smile on his face. Peace has come to his and the Velorian people. All that war effort was really just a drain on both economies. Working together has accomplished so much more for both races. They have nearly wiped out all diseases! It would seem that the Velorians still do not care much for the Ralin V fleet's silly helmet design, though. You cannot win them all!

Peace to everyone this holiday season, and a very happy new year!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Farewell, 1UP!

I am saddened to hear about the closure of 1UP, and seeing as everyone else is writing a farewell blog, I thought that I would do the same. I have been a 1UP member for so long, I do not recall exactly when I began, but it looks like I only started blogging there in 2006. For some of you, 2006 is probably still a very long time ago. One of the curses of getting older is that time seems to fly by faster. Oh, look, it has already been 30 minutes since I committed to writing this!



Throughout the course of this wild 1UP train ride, I met a number of wonderful people. Some of which I am still in contact with! 1UP.com was always my first stop for gaming news. The cover stories were always informative reads, and a blast to give feedback on. Most of all, I enjoyed seeing the positive feedback to many of my own blogs. It helped encourage me to continue writing.

Farewell, 1UP! I will be thinking of you every time I open my web browser for news... or gain an extra life in Super Mario Bros. Just for you, I am going to touch the very top of that flagpole!

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