Posted in: Character Creation Challenge, Role Playing Games

Do I want to participate in RPGaDay 2021?

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart

Most of my readers recall the Character Creation Challenge that I put together in January. I had been considering a personal challenge to do in August (and started assembling items for it) when I had heard about RPGaDAY 2021. Apparently this is the eighth year that this challenge has been running. It has me a little intrigued and a little confused. As you can see from the graphic above, there is a different theme (or alternate themes) to use for inspiration. Some of these get, others… don’t draw any inspiration at all. Stream? Think? Mention?

I’ve set up a spreadsheet with all of the inspiration words on each date. A few I was able to fill in ideas immediately. I’m still going through the cobwebs of my mind to see if I could actually fill out a 31 day schedule for the others. So I thought I’d toss it out to you guys. Is there anything inspired by the words above that you’d love to see me talk about? I’m still fighting with the registration system in wordpress (I’m trying to keep out the spammers) so if you want to pass on an idea, feel free to email me at Carl (at) and I’ll consider it.

I like the idea of participating in an RPG inspired challenge. I had a blast interacting with other gamers when we did the #CharacterCreationChallenge. I’d really like to do the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge. I just need to make sure that I’ll be able to complete the challenge if I start it.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 28-July 4

Voyager Fireworks
It’s fireworks time, but be safe out there with how dry it is.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 28th through July 4th.

June 28
Happy Birthday to Alice Krige. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“I am the beginning and the end. I bring order into chaos.” The Borg Queen- Star Trek: First Contact, Stardate: 50893.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 29
“There’s an old saying. Blood is thicker than water. It means that the ties of family run deeper than any other kind of relationship. We’ll often do things for members of our family we’d never dream of doing for anyone else.” Janeway- Survival Instinct, #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 30
“A person’s strongest dreams are about what he can’t do.” Vina- The Menagerie Pt II, Stardate: 3013.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 1
Happy Birthday to Dominic Keating. @DominicKeating #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“General Sun Tzu said that the greatest victories are those won without fighting.” Reed- Divergence, Date: December 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

July 2
Brock Peters born on this date in 1927. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“Life is full of choices. You make them and hope for the best. Sometimes you’re right, and sometimes you’re not. I made a mistake.” Joseph Sisko- Image in the Sand, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

July 3
“The infection resembles one developed by Earth during their bacteriological warfare experiments in the 1990s. Hard to believe we were once foolish enough to play around with that.” Dr. McCoy- The Omega Glory, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

July 4
“It’s beautiful. Like watching fireworks when I was a little girl.” Jenna D’Sora- In Theory, Stardate: 44932.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Comic Books, Role Playing Games

Blast from the past: My book of characters

Book of Characters

So I’m continuing to go through old boxes trying to get stuff sorted. This will allow me to decide what I want to keep and what I want to get rid of. In one box I found an old three-ringed binder full of various character sheets from different role-playing games. Several of them were in plastic sleeves while others were just loose. Some of these I fondly remember. Others I was quite surprised to see. I don’t recall playing Pendragon or Star Ace, but here are the character sheets with my hand writing on them.

So I’ve spent some time scanning the character sheets so I can post them here. If I can recall the stories behind the characters or some of the adventures they participated in, I’ll post them with the images. Some of the sheets had hand written notes on the back or on other scraps of paper that brought back memories.

The character I’m going to post today is from the DC Heroes RPG. I was playing a character called Sonic. He had the ability to focus and bend sound waves. This was the perfect game to play in the gaming area at Comics Utah. One of the players, and a friend, was a graphic designer so he spent the time and effort to draw up our characters and place them on special character sheets for us. I thought he did a very good job with mine.

DC Heroes RPG character Sonic
Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 21-27

Casual Geordi
Geordi likes casual Friday on the Enterprise.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 21st through the 27th.

June 21
“We’re all frightened by unfamiliar things.” Dr. Phlox- Fight or Flight, Date: May 6, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

June 22
Happy Birthday to Tim Russ. @timruss2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

“We often fear what we don’t understand. Our best defense is knowledge.” Tuvok- Innocence, Stardate: 49578.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 23
“The horga’hn’ is the Risian symbol of sexuality. To own one is to call forth its powers. To display it is to announce you are seeking jamaharon.” Joval- Captain’s Holiday, Stardate: 43745.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 24
“Well, Mister Spock, do you have any ideas?” Kirk “We could always throw tribbles at them.” Spock “I thought Vulcans didn’t have a sense of humour.” Kirk- More Tribbles, More Troubles, Stardate: 5392.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTAS #WeAreStarfleet

June 25
“Pinocchio is broken. Its strings have been cut.” Riker- The Measure of a Man, Stardate: 42523.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 26
“My bairns, my poor bairns.” Scotty- The Paradise Syndrome, Stardate: 4842.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

June 27
“The point is, you’ve got to live your own life.” O’Brien- Paradise, Stardate: 47573.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Collecting, Role Playing Games, Science Fiction, Star Trek

Thank you friends for helping my collection

So I’ve been talking with several friends about my blog posts and my goals for the site. One of them told me that he was downsizing his collection of role-playing game books and offered them to me. Here is the lot which was larger than I expected.

New Games

As you can see, there are several cyberpunk games, some fantasy titles and a couple of sci-fi RPGs. My daughter already wants to look through one of them. I’m also certain that a few of these will be used in my 2022 Character Creation Challenge next January. Some of these may even inspire me to write up a review after I’ve read them.

Another friend heard about my goal of collecting the Star Trek Universe info cards that were published in the late 90s-early 00s. He let me go through his extras and I was able to find some that I didn’t have. I believe that I now own 98% of the cards published. I’d love to actually complete the set. Here are the photos of the cards.

Star Trek Universe Cards

Thank you to both friends for providing these to me. I’ll try to pay it forward when I can. These are the type of geek things that I look forward to.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 14-20

Dukat fire
How it feels outside right now.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 13th through the 20th.

June 14
“It is an ancient Klingon tradition to commemorate an important event with a poem.” Worf- One Little Ship, Stardate: 51474.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

June 15
“As a Starfleet Captain, I can’t allow myself the luxury of yielding to personal feelings.” Picard- A Matter of Perspective, Stardate: 43610.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 16
Happy Birthday to John Cho. @JohnTheCho #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“If you test me, you will fail.” Sulu- Star Trek Into Darkness, Stardate: 2259.55 #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

June 17
“Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Mr. Paris. He calls it ‘Comfort food.’ Isn’t that charming?” Neelix-Faces, Stardate: 48784.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 18
“To cherry flavored snow cones. What I wouldn’t give for one right about now.” Tucker- Desert Crossing, Date: February 12, 2152 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

June 19
Happy Birthday to Zoe Saldana. @zoesaldana #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“I’m impressed. For a moment there, I thought you were just a dumb hick who only had sex with farm animals.” Uhura- Star Trek (2009) #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

June 20
“We live in a universe of magic which, evidently, you cannot see.” Ardra- Devil’s Due, Stardate: 44474.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Collecting, Conventions, Music, Sports, Star Trek

Why I collect autographs

I was thinking about this subject the other day and realized that it would make for a good blog post. I’ve been collecting autographs ever since I first met several members of the Utah Jazz at a mall in downtown Salt Lake City in the 80’s. The team was trying to drum up interest in fans and they had several of the players at a table signing autographs for anyone who happened to be there. I was able to get four of the five players who were present (the fifth had just run out of photos to sign). I still have memories of going through the mall to that chance encounter. It was one of the many of my teenage times when I would just go wandering off on my own not knowing what I would find while exploring.

Mark Eaton

As I started going to Star Trek conventions I had the opportunity to meet several different actors. Some I’ve been able to get photos with that I’ve added to my Star Trek Actor’s Photo Gallery. From these conventions I’ve been able to get autographs from several of the actors that I’ve seen on television and movies. To get an autograph, especially when you can see them sign it yourself, is to have something that they have interacted with. I will never forget meeting with James Doohan. Especially since he was staying in the hotel I was working in at the time. I was able to interact with him on the phone after the convention.

Jimmy Doohan

Not all encounters were pleasant ones. Sometimes you have to plan to attend conventions out-of-state, make arrangements to get something to sign, think about what you are going to say to the celebrity since you only get a few seconds with them (if you are lucky it could be a few minutes). At a convention in Los Angels I had the opportunity to get an autograph from Dwight Schultz. While he is famous for his role as Howling Mad Man Murdock in the 1980’s television series, The A-Team. I wanted to get a signed photo of Lt. Barclay from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I went by his table before he arrived and noticed all of the A-Team photos, but there were no Trek photos. I enjoyed watching the A-Team. But I knew what I wanted. In the dealers room I found a vendor who had a stack of Lt. Barclay photos for sale and snatched one up. I remember being in the first dozen people in line at the appropriate time for autograph signings. Several people had commented that they liked my Barclay picture. When you get to the table, you hand the assistant your money along with the photo. My photo was the first Star Trek picture of the day for Mr. Schultz to sign and he said “oh” and reached down with his pen to sign the photo. Suddenly from behind him, a hand reached out and yanked the picture away from him. Shocked I looked up to see some woman shaking the picture at me and screaming “Where did you get this picture? This is an illegal picture!” As I started arguing with the woman that I had already paid my money and that I was owed an autograph on the item I selected, Mr. Schultz’s face went back and forth between me and the woman as we yelled at each other. I think she was his agent or something and she wouldn’t budge. I wouldn’t budge either as I had already paid for my product and stated so. Suddenly she whirled around and grabbed one of his photos, slapped it down in front of him and yelled “Sign it!” The poor actor quickly made it out to me an not wanting to fight any more, I thanked him for the autograph. Then the woman grabbed me and stated “You’re going to show me where you got this in the dealers room.” As I was being dragged past the line, I noticed how many other fans with the same photo I had quickly hiding them. I knew that while she was away, they would be trying to get them signed as quickly as possible. Not wanting to get the dealer mad at me, the moment we got into the room, I waived my hand in the general direction and said “he’s down that way.” and I walked in the opposite direction. I couldn’t have been more than a minute later before I heard the harpy scream of this person yelling at the vendor. Every time I see the photo below, I think about that encounter. To this day, I wonder what Mr Schultz thought of what happened. I don’t blame him for it, but I could tell that he was embarrassed by it.

Dwight Schultz

I wish I could say that I’ve met everyone that I’ve got an autograph from. I’ve had several friends, knowing of my hobby to collect and of my interests, provide me with autographs that they have come across on their own. I’ve enjoyed several “Weird Al” Yankovick concerts, but I’ve never had a chance to meet the artist in person. Two different friends procured an autograph for me at different meet-and-greets that they participated in. I am very thankful to these friends. And yes, someday I’ll get a chance to meet Weird Al in person. Until then I’ll continue to enjoy his music and his sense of humor.

Weird Al Yankovick

I’ve got a quite a few autographs. Not just photos in an album but on artwork, books, action figures, hats, comics, games and other collectibles. And while some have gone up in value, especially with the celebrity passing on from this life, I’ve never thought about selling these items. These are memories for me. Memories of efforts to collect the autograph. Memories from meeting these human beings who have done extraordinary things. Memories of friends who have gone out of their way to help me with my collection. I’m sad that large scale events and online auctions have pushed autograph prices higher and higher. But I am also grateful for the opportunities to meet these people. I still get a smile on my face when I look over my autographed items.

Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: June 7-13

Wait? It’s a Monday?

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of June 7th through the 13th.

June 7
Happy Birthday to Karl Urban. @KarlUrban #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“If you’re gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don’t leave your prize stallion in the stable.” Dr. McCoy- Star Trek (2009) #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

June 8
Happy Birthday to James Darren. @jameswdarren #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but at least you’re in the game.” Vic Fontaine- It’s Only a Paper Moon, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

June 9
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier released on this date in 1989. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“Excuse me. I’d just like to ask a question. What does God need with a starship?” Kirk- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Stardate: 8454.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

June 10
“Ritual provides structure in society—good rituals and bad rituals alike.” Deanna Troi- Half a Life, Stardate: 44805.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

June 11
“I wish it were as easy to stop hating…as it was to start…” Chakotay- Nemesis, Stardate: 51082.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

June 12
“Part of the fun of a mystery is trying to solve it before it ends… using logic.” Tucker- Impulse, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

June 13
Happy Birthday to Malcolm McDowell. @McDowellMalc #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“They say time is a fire in which we burn; right now I’m running out of time.” Dr. Soran- Star Trek Generations, Stardate: 48650.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Happy Birthday to Fred Tatasciore. @FredTatasciore #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

“My heart is in engineering. I’d like permission to leave the bear pack.” Rutherford “Rutherford, that is… outstanding! Got to be true to yourself! Am I right, bears?” Shaxs- Envoys, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Collecting, Star Trek

Star Trek Universe final needs

Star Trek Universe binders
The binders for the Star Trek Universe collection.

In 1998 Newfield Publications released the Star Trek Universe collection. It was a set of ten cards that could be placed into a three-ringed binder. Each card gave trivia and information on a different subject from the (then) four Star Trek series. This included crew, ships, races, episodes/film synopsis, characters, movies, culture, technology and behind the scenes. The company included a set of coasters and three-ringed binders. The publication ran until 2001 when it unexpectedly shut down after 950 cards in total.

Each card had a product number of ####-##-##. The first four numbers were some sort of organization number used by the publisher. The first two digits was the card set number (cards marked 16 from the 16th set) and the last two digits are the number of the card in the set (01-10). For some reason, there is a replacement set for set two that changed some of the cards.

When this first started, I got the introductory set. But I was never able to fully subscribe to the program. I’ve always wanted to have a complete set. Every once in a while I’d come across someone who was willing to trade, sell or just give away the cards that they had. I’ve been slowly completing a set and I’m finally within striking distance of accomplishing this goal. If I can find these last cards, it will be complete.

The Borg Queen (Set 2 Replacement card)

Set 14:

  The Galileo Seven

  Tomorrow is Yesterday

  Lieutenant Saavik

  Elim Garak


  USS Voyager NCC-74565

Set 15:

  The Naked Time



  Dr. Julian Bashir

  Amanda Grayson


Set 16:

  The Ultimate Computer

  Chief Miles Edward O’Brien

  The Clown


Set 90:

  Up the Long Ladder

  A Man Alone





  Starfleet Propulsion Specialist Kosinski

  Qualor II Surplus Depot

  Romulan Tal Shiar


I have loose cards and several sets still in shrinkwrap if anyone would like to make a trade. If someone has cards that they would be willing to sell or give away, please let me know by emailing me at Carl (at)

Posted in: Humor, My Creations

Making Memes Part II

Here is another batch of memes that I have created. Some were created with MS Paint. Others were created with one of the many meme makers available on the internet. Enjoy.

Peewee Herman Rollin

This is another case of finding an image that was weird, and not being able to resist making a meme out of it.

Screaming Lady Grumpy Cat

Yea I got in on the screaming lady vs cat meme. I thought it would be funny to replace the cat.

Willy Wonka Wont Spill

I actually made this for my wife to hang up at work. Part of her job at the time was to prevent people from bringing sodas into the gym. The common reaction was “I won’t spill it.” This way she could just point to the meme and then ask the people to take their Buckets-o-Coke outside.

You Are Quark

I created this meme in reaction to all of the “You are…” test results that people were posting all over social media. I really dislike these types of tests because all they really are is data mining operations trying to find out more about you. Some do it for advertising, others are trying to guess your answers to the password recovery questions.

Zangief You Got Paid

There was a really bad movie made in 1994 based off of the Street Fighter video games. Yes I went to see it, yes I wanted my money back. There was one funny part where Zangief discovers that the other henchmen were being paid to work with M. Bison. Apparently he wasn’t getting compensated for his time and dumbfoundingly stated “You Got Paid?” There were several times I wanted to post this response in message boards and social media when people were claiming that certain people were being paid in one situation or another (but were not). I never found a screen capture or meme with this moment. So I made one myself.

There should be another batch of original memes posted soon.

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