Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Returning to Fort Locke

Part two of our adventure around Fort Locke in Neverwinter Nights 2.  Part one is here.

I left us standing in a dark, zombie infested graveyard, having said farewell to sunshine.

In the graveyard

In the graveyard

Here we were tasked by Lt. Anton to find the missing commander of Fort Locke and any missing patrols he might have sent this way.  Our party was Fengorin, a dwarf warrior, Peri, a druid of some sort, and Sigwerd, a half-elf rogue.  In addition, we had as NPC companions Khelgar, the stereotypical fighting and drinking dwarf, Neeshka, the tiefling rogue of some repute, and Bard, Peri’s pet wolf.

And it was here that we would truly test our mettle as a group.

The first order of business was to clear the surface of the graveyard.  The zombies and skeletons, which came in small groups, were not terribly difficult.  However, contact with the zombies left you diseased.  You ended up with the “zombie stink” on you, which among other things was a debuff.

The “zombie stink” could be healed with a healing kit, of which we had limited numbers, or if a saving throw against constitution was met when resting.  Khelgar, a dwarf of astounding constitution, shed the stink on the first try most of the time, as did Bard the wolf.  Neeshka however was giving us a glimpse of her usefulness by steadfastly failing to get shake the stink no matter what.  Experiments with healing spells failed to find a solution, so in the end she just stayed stunk.

More after the cut.  Many pictures, lots of words, and so on.

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Google Reader Alternatives? Again?

Wasn’t I asking for alternatives to Google Reader just over a year ago?

Well, I explored some of the alternatives at that time, but ended up just lumping it with Google’s reduced features and annoying UI “improvements,” the worst of which they did end up fixing eventually.  It looks like those that took the opportunity to jump ship then were the lucky ones.

So today Google announced that Google Reader is being “powered down” as of July 1, 2013.  To quote from the official blog:

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

Welcome to the better user experience, which is none at all.  I suppose it is a lesson in getting what you paid for yet again.

Anyway, some of the alternatives from last year:


NewsBlur – Which is having service problems right now… such timing!


Feedly – Which seemed to be anticipating this.

The Old Reader – New! Trying to be what Google Reader once was.

Tiny Tiny RSS – New! Attempting to be light weight and portable.

Like Hack – New! Billed as a “social media” reader.

Any others to add to the list?

There are lots of stand alone readers, but I want one online so I can check feeds from a browser from where ever.

What will you be using?

And what will Google shut down next?