The Stochastic Game

Ramblings of General Geekery

Uses This

I’m super honoured to have recently been featured on the “Uses This” website! I don’t know how I ever ended up in such a cool place, given how most of the other people there are so talented, famous, or both, but hey, I’m there, so if you’re interested in my home and work setup, here you go!


Ah the good old days! Rolemaster is what got me into “crunchy” TTRPG systems back in high school! It’s fun to dig back into it…


Gamer Stats from White Dwarf in the 80s

Over at the ENWorld forums there’s a thread based on a tweet by TheDiceMechanic about an 80’s reader poll from White Dwarf, a very popular UK gaming magazine from back in the days. I totally love how the Judge Dredd RPG shows up in the top 5 most played games… so 80’s British! Also notable is that the Toon RPG is in the top 20… which is probably about right since I haven’t played that since high-school. Oh the good ol' days…


My T-Shirt Collection

According to my wife, I have “_too many t-shirts_” (as if that was a thing). Turns out that’s far from accurate since I don’t even have a hundred t-shirt: I barely have 80 of them.

And I know that because I counted them when I made the important decision to switch from them all being folded on shelves to them being all on hangers.

t-shirt hangers

While sorting through my t-shirts, I found a couple, ahem, “collector’s items” that I haven’t worn in decades… like one I got for 3dsmax 4’s release in 2000 back when Discreet was the publisher (remember when Autodesk didn’t own everything?), or the one I got with Wing Commander 3’s “premier” edition (which came in a replica of a 35mm film case, with a “Behind the Scenes” VHS tape!).

3dsmax

wing commander

Anyway, along the way, I started collecting a few stats about my t-shirt collection and, well, this is my blog, so if I want to post completely useless graphs about the type of t-shirts I own, this is definitely the only place where I can do so without having to justify anything!

Without further ado, here it is:

stats

The chart is organized by theme, so some t-shirts are sometimes counted multiple times – there’s no point adding the numbers together. A funny t-shirt about Cthulhu would be counted in “Funny” and “H.P. Lovecraft”.

Some more notes:

  • “Company/corporate” are generally t-shirts I got for free through work or some convention.
  • “Convention”, however, are some t-shirts that I bought at a convention and are about that convention (both t-shirts here are actually for VanCAF).
  • “School” are t-shirts I got at school (high-school or university). In most cases, I actually helped design those t-shirts!
  • The rest should be pretty self-explanatory.

Of course, these stats are going to get out of date pretty quickly since, now that I know I don’t have a hundred t-shirts yet, I might go a shopping spree. Don’t tell my wife…