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Students Comparing and Contrasting

For this entire week I had to teach the students compare and contrast essay. Additionally, the theme for the week was “Social Issues”. How should I get them to understand the structure of the essay and the framing for each body paragraph? Firstly, I got each class to list out the social issues that they knew about. (I highlighted the […]

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The executive committee

Grad Student Association Meeting

I was invited to the Graduate Student Association annual general meeting for our university. I have never been to one of these things before. This is because I never thought I would be an academic until three years ago. Also, I never thought that I would even have a Bachelor’s degree eight years ago or so. I was almost appointed […]

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My fellow classmates

Research Method Presentation

My first semester as a postgraduate student ends with a presentation of my research proposal. The presentation was given during the final Research Method class that I have been attending every Saturday morning. During my studies, I discovered that reading for the literature review is difficult. This is because lack of time thanks to teaching and work duties that I […]

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The GM with the players

The Laundry: CIL Campaign Session Zero

So it came to pass that Fridays every fortnight from this morning on, there will be a role-playing game group at CIL, my workplace. Thanks to Bazli, we have official permission from the university to use RPGs as a training and character-building tool for the group. The game the group has chosen: The Laundry by Cubicle, based on Charles Stross’ […]

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Creatures of Near Kingdom

Book: Creatures of Near Kingdoms

Wait for the arrival of an envelope. Steal a peek or two a day at your mail slot at work. You will wait a longer than usually needed. When it arrives you are surprised, as if it knows when to spring its existence upon you. It is tightly wrapped in clear plastic. It heaves a sigh of relief as you […]

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The adventuring party

DnD: An Assessment of an Island Economy

Dungeons and Dragons in Class I ran Dungeons and Dragons for the first time… in a classroom. On Wednesday, I found that there was time to run a role-playing game session for the class while giving them a focused objective language wise. So I bought my D&D books. This class had never played any RPGs before, so I hoped that […]

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The participants and I

Combat Missions Game

During semester break week, I was assigned to the team that would be teaching a class for a contingent from the Royal Malaysian Army. For my “role play” segment of three hours, I decided to design a card game that doubles as a rudimentary roleplaying game (RPG). Two nights before, I spent up till 0200 hours designing the mechanics and […]

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18th anniversary late night snack

Anniversary at the Dispensary

It has been 18 Gregorian years since Ain and I were wed. This year we decided to celebrate by visiting the doctor’s office because when I was at work today, she threw her back. Thankfully it was just a minor sprain and not a slipped disc. Even so, it did cause her much discomfort and pain. After the doctor’s visit, […]

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First Savage Session

Savage Worlds: A Simple Job

Kuala Lumpur 2099 was a colossal city-state, among hundred of other city-states which still existed on this dying Earth. Half of the population of the planet were safely nestled in these cities subject to amazing technology, while also under the watchful eye of the tyrannical megacorporations.  The other half of the population are either rich enough to buy their way […]

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Mudtroopers facing front

Paperminis: Mimban Stormtroopers

Solo: A Star Wars Story introduced us to several new branches of the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps. During the battle on Mimban, several stormtroopers are seen in dark and muddy costume. I am uncertain as to whether the armour looked muddy after being on Mimban for so long, or if it was some sort of purposeful mud camouflage pattern. Here is […]

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Human Jedi Knights

Paperminis: Human Jedi Knights

It has come to my attention that I do not have any Star Wars RPG paper miniatures intended for use as Jedi. So as starters, here is a set of eight Jedi (two colour-variant sets of four designs) to be used as generic human Jedi. They are garbed in prequel-era Jedi Knight robes with either blue or green lightsabres. Too […]

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Verkle

Verkle Artwork

And then it came to pass a couple of weeks back that a number of Star Wars Twitterfolk began talking about an animal. Specifically, the carcass of the creature that was the bait which drew Chewbacca and resulted in him, Luke, Han, Threepio and Artoo being captured in an Ewok net trap on Endor. Since its appearance in Return of […]

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The dice bounty

The Dice Motherlode

Lazada offered 15 sets of polyhedral dice of various colours online for about sixty local bucks including shipping. It even threw in a velvet dice bag which could be of benefit. In any case, Here are pictures of the colourful dice that arrived at the office. These dice will serve me well with games like Eclipse Phase, The Laundry and […]

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The sky's on fire

Campus Sunset

One of the most rewarding things about having to teach from 5 to 7 in the evening is the view. Sometimes the sky just lights up on fire. Yesterday, the following view was what I beheld when I was heading home. I tweeted the photo immediately. No brightness or saturation modification was done on the image.

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Cake cutting time

Irfan is Sixteen

Once again, the arbitrary day based on an arbitrary timing system returns after a long cycle known as a year. Because we appear to honour the system, it was time just like last year to celebrate Irfan’s birthday. He turned 16 today. Atok and Opah visited from Perak to celebrate their grandson’s birthday with him. Irfan’s birthday cake was an […]

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