Rev_Pleb

Male
from Aotearoa, New Zealand

  • Activity

    • 3 years ago

      Rev_Pleb

      Every time I come in here, I apologise for not being active. Well not this time. You know I have been neglecting you, so why rub your noses in it?

      It's been chaotic at my end and so while I have managed to keep up with the new season of RvB (It's a habit I don't even want to kick) there hasn't been much time for anything else. Still, I love that this was my first foray into a virtual community so I thought I'd come back in and ramble and see if any of the old gang are still around.

      Did I mention the new job? Yeah, I know I did. It's crazy busy as we try to prepare for closed beta in 6 weeks time. We've written 40,000 words of back story and world bible since I started and have probably another 50-100K to go in terms of documentation etc. Still, it is fascinating to create this entire fiction that plays out as an allegory, finding creative ways to tell familiar stories and burying easter eggs in the bqack story that maybe noone will find but we know are there.

      Did I mention my official title is 'Worldbuilder'?
      Yeah, that's a kick-ass business card right there.

      In other news, I don't know if I mentioned I've also taken up fencing. The swashbuckling kind, not the home-repair / yard boundary kind.

      My son has been part of a junior fencing club for a couple of years and I went along to support him, then started helping out. My background in youth work made it easy, and while the coach is a good swordsman, he didn't have much in the way of crowd control skills. So next thing I know, I'm assistant coach and have joined the senior club and am LOVING IT. It's amazing exercise with a diverse and interesting crowd of really good people. I'm not great, but i'm starting to hold my own in Epee (my preferred weapon and the club majority choice). Under a handicap system I managed third in last year's club champs. This year I know my handicap will be seriously reduced so I don't like my chances, but who knows? Being tall, I have at least 3-5 inches extra reach on anyone else there, which is often my saving grace!

      Also, I wore my Achievement Hunter T shirt (the one Jack gave me when i dropped in to RT studios a few years back) and one of the other guys recognised it. Turns out he's a big RT / RvB fan too (though not active on the site these days, if he ever was). Small world!

      Otherwise, life marches on. Had to upgrade the car to a newer Loser Cruiser (Minivan to our American friends), still living semi-rural and enjoying it, still haven't made any progress on the novel that is percolating on my hard drive. But I'm young yet. I only just hit 40...

    • Ch-ch-ch-changes

      3 years ago

      Rev_Pleb

      So I realised that you guys are kinda my dirty little secret.
      Not that you are dirty. Most of you anyway.
      Or that secret.
      It's just that on here, there is no intersect with my real life. On facebook my boss, my family, my colleagues - pretty much everyone I know is privvy to my blathering, but here I can rant about anything and not wonder who is reading it and what they are thinking (because though I love you, I just don't care what you are thinking about me).

      Which brings me to my point: I've just accepted an offer of a new job!

      I love what I do, who I work for and the whole culture of the place. It has been a bit tight financially, working for a non-profit, but it is still a blast. So why would I change?
      Well it came right out of left field.
      I had been talking with some guys I sort-of know from a games studio. They were looking for a part-time writer to put together some character dialogue for their game, so I applied for the role. Strictly part time, I figured I could do it around work and earn a little extra.
      So when we met for a coffee and they laid out a full time role they had developed for me I was a little blown away. It seems my application had ticked a whole lot of boxes with them and they wanted me on the team.
      Long story short, they want me writing character dialogue and quest content for players, and developing marketing and media materials for the steampunk MMO they are building.

      It's a new role and another dream job, letting me do all the stuff I love with very few drawbacks. The pay is a slight increase, which is very nice, and the team are great guys (and girls). I'm pretty sad to leave the old role, and it has been really hard to break it to my friends there, but I really feel like this is a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity that is made for me. I have been given flexibility to transition out of my old job, so I will be juggling both part time for about a month in order to fulfil my responsibilities before moving on fully. I really appreciate that my new boss wants to see me 'finish well.'

      So I'm taking another step closer to being a 'real' writer (I'm looking at you, Scapino) and I get to say I'm in the gaming industry. Which I think is cool, in a geeky kinda way. If you are interested, the project is called 'The Aetherlight' and is probably still 12 months away from beta. It's aimed at 8-14 year olds, so probably isn't going to get many subscribers from hereabouts, but I think if they (we?) pull it off it should still be pretty epic.

      So thanks for letting me vent. I will slowly spill some of this as it becomes more official and immediate next month (when I get back from my final film-tour of the backwaters of Asia) so you may hear it twice. But you heard it here first.

      Just remember, you have to keep it secret, ok?

    • 3 years ago

      Rev_Pleb

      Wow. Ten months since i posted in here. Time sure flies IRL, amiright?
      Anyway, I was reminded just what a cool community this is by the activity on the Rooster Sheep FB page, so I thought I should propagate my presence here. Greetings to new friends (nice to know more kiwis on here) and thanks for the love.

      And now with absolutely no awkward segway, here's a pic of my son's cosplay from armageddon. He and I worked on it on and off for the better part of the year and I'm stoked with how it came out! (No, not the Dalek. He's 12 years old!) He got heaps of great feedback and has ambitious plans for 2014 now.
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    • Lurking

      4 years ago

      Rev_Pleb

      I do it a lot. I'm not on the forums, but there's a couple of (quiet) threads i follow. And I do read your journals. Sometimes.
      I still watch the videos, honest.
      But this was still my first 'social network' and you will always have a special place in my heart because of that. Seriously, I'll call you . Sometime.

      So who has had an awesome summer? Nick doesn't count because he got to go to Mordor.

    • 5 years ago

      Rev_Pleb

      I'm going to stop apologising for being too busy to be active on here. I am still watching RvB (voraciously!) and around the place. I'm just quieter.

      One of the reasons is my new hobby. when i get time i like to tinker with my new toys. This is the first Steampunk conversion i have undertaken, and i'm pretty stoked with how it came out. So now i'm going to do more! Hopefully they will be worth something to someone so i can recoup some of the money i splashed out on paints etc. Still, it keeps me off the streets.

      So i give you Professor Exzenter's Thermionic Slug Thrower!
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  • About Me

    Hi there. So how is the day going? Alright? Good to hear.
    If you are carrying on this conversation, you need as much help as i do.


    Friend requests, comments and general randomness is fine. But i'm old. Don't expect me to reply in kind. That said, i have been known to suffer fits of senility and silliness. Actually, i don't suffer at all. I quite enjoy them.


    This was a triumph.
    I'm making a note here - huge success.

  • Comments (117)

    • Worshiper

      6 years ago

      oooo thats really cool. So what kind of church did you pastor/youth pastor? (like what denomination and stuff?) It's really nice that you got to travel in the states with your family, that sounds like a lot of fun. What kind of work are you doing now? and what did you study after you stepped down from pastoring? lol sorry if all these questions are too personal...I'm just trying to make conversation.

    • Worshiper

      6 years ago

      Hey there! Ya, I saw you on the forum for the Christian group and thought I would add you, it's nice to have people with similar beliefs.

      Well, since you asked how things are here, I've gotta tell ya....I just game back at church (my church has been in revival for over a month with services 4 days a week) and a guy showed up in a wheelchair. We brought him to the front of the church to have the pastor, worship pastor, and guest prophet pray with him. We were all there praying, and he was able to (with help at first) stand. With help he walked across the stage, then the people helping him were able to let go. He left tonight pushing his wheelchair. It was incredible! I've always believed in things like that and they've happened before at my church many times (but I'm still relatively new) so I had never seen anything like it before. Hearing about huge miracles like that and seeing them are totally different things!

      I'm sorry about the long post, but I'm just so excited!

      Tell me about yourself, how are things going in your area?

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      To Oz, with a short pit stop in NZ. We will be shipping stuff to store at home until we settle there.
      Hopefully we have the toys we really need already

    • casmarie

      6 years ago

      Next to a playground?! O_O

    • swooper74

      6 years ago

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    • Scapino1974

      6 years ago

      I thought you might get a kick out of this:

      Our church's organist is named Beth. After services this morning, I stopped and shouted up to the balcony, "Thanks, Beth!" Isaiah overheard me. He perked up, looked around, and asked, "Bethany?"

      Apparently she made quite the impression on Isaiah. smiley8.gif

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      I had noticed a few interesting "new" songs playing, just not strictly Kiwi,(didn't manage to catch a lot of names/titles) weird how even the top 40 seems to have more variety back home. I do make use of the Edge and ZM streaming ipod touch apps, they both appear to be pretty good at backing local talent.

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      Indeed. While I think about it when we are back home is there anything that we can try and get for you and somehow get to you?

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      Looks like they might need to update their site.
      I may or may not get at chance still, *happy/sad dance (depending)*

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      Oh oh, April is going to be a problem, I'm going to be across the Pacific for most of that month.
      Bugger. I could have sworn there was at least two more.

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      Just getting the word out, if you haven't heard Christchurch has been hit again, in case you have family down that way.

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      I say so. Lol.

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      There's no progress. I decided they were too crap and never took any more.

    • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      haha! I'll have you know my mama raised me right - Kleenex..

    • m00nweasel

      6 years ago

      Thawed out yet?

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      Whoop whoop!
      I love that photo on your blog. I guess that's why they turn fountains off in NZ over winter.

    • vnflcards FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Congrats on the FU and the RT visit!

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      Who's that exceptionally awesome person on the homepage? smiley8.gifsmiley6.gif

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      6 years ago

      Happy Featured User Day! smiley13.gif

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      You are just a pocket full of awesome.

    • geoff FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Scapino1974

      6 years ago

      Pre-emptive congratulations on FU. Or, as I like to call it, alert rape day. smiley8.gif

    • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      I know I'm biased, but he's a pretty special person.

    • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      congrats on being featured user!

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      Hold my hand! We're in the featured user queue together. Lots of quality time together. NZ REPRESENT!

    • burnie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      It was great to meet you. Enjoy the rest of your travels!

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      You could have sailed.

      You could have kayaked, I wouldn't hold it against you.

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      Do you know how much that would cost in airfares? NZ is about as far away from anything as you can get.

      Far.

      Far.

      Away.

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      Well, if warm is all you want then perhaps. But definitely not interesting.

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      *hug* Hi. Don't be Homesick. New Zealand is boring. Zzzz

    • Elanesse

      6 years ago

      You aren't like minded? We can't be friends. *rifle*

    • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      where will ya'll spend Christmas?

    • AgentFlo

      7 years ago

      store.xkcd.com/

      The no raptor shirt is towards the bottom :)

    • phoenix229

      7 years ago

      Aww, no love for the returned link.

    • Pyro_Ghost FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ceoltóir

      7 years ago

      I'm in northeast Pennsylvania, about two hours north of Philly. Burnie should like the Waha Wera, he's the one that makes the jalapeno turkey. smiley0.gif

    • cheeser FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      In reply to Rev_Pleb:

      A Sith Starkiller would fall under the Sith Lord section of the group. Expanded universe characters are a plenty. Get familiar with 501st.com. A lot of great helpful people there.

    • cheeser FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      In reply to Rev_Pleb:

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Yes, the 501st is a lot of fun.

      Getting into the 501st officially takes a movie accurate costume that is approved by your local garrison's liaison. Which means e ready to spend money buying the parts you need, or be very good at creating your own pieces. The first thing to do is decide what you want to be. There are forums for that have or are buying/making/selling that particular costume. That's where I started. You could also get in contact with you local group and ask if you can help them when they troop. We always need plainclothes handlers, and it's a great way to get involved unofficially.

    • Vacant_Hope

      7 years ago

      And I am glad that you are around to make it better.

    • Vacant_Hope

      7 years ago

      Your greetings to those who have joined the site swayed me to invite you to the group.

    • LiBai

      7 years ago

      Aww yeah awesome! You should totally just bowl on up there and get snap-happy, haha

    • LiBai

      7 years ago

      Oh that's pretty neat! It's always nice to see how close you can get with people you meet on the interwebs c: Are you gonna visit the RT studios or something? haha

    • LiBai

      7 years ago

      In reply to Rev_Pleb, #2:

      np c: Pretty good thanks! It's pretty interesting, compared to the other communities I usually lurk on. This is also something like my second non-NZ based community, so it's nice to see so many other Kiwis in the same spot too :D

    • casmarie

      7 years ago

      You ever hear of an aussie moving to NZ? No.

      You ever hear of kiwis moving here? All the time

      :P

    • casmarie

      7 years ago

      We had one a couple days ago.. back to jumper today though :(

    • m00nweasel

      7 years ago

      Just here, back home last time they were surprised that I hadn't picked up any US accent, but my wife has. Strange because I am surrounded by them at work, but my wife isn't.

    • swooper74

      7 years ago

      Actually went quite well (and not just in the sense that I won, though I did) for the most part, it was well received by the congregation, and both of us got our cases presented in a way that was fair to both. It helped my case a whole lot that my opponent went full pacifist, to the Tolstoy/pacific-anarchist extent that he said he would not physically attack someone who was in the act of harming his niece, because it would not be expressing love to the person harming his niece. Absolutist positions like his are always easy to knock down with a few well-placed test cases, and his attempt to appeal to early church fathers on the matter led to . . . well, not exactly an ambush, but he clearly forgot that I took the same Christian History classes he did, and got better marks in them. I beat him to the punch, quoting nearly all the ECF's he planned on appealing to, but with quotes that supported my position that physical violence, even war, could be justified and acted out in a just manner by Christians in good conscience under certain circumstances.

    • m00nweasel

      7 years ago

      Thank you, I have passed it on.

    • m00nweasel

      7 years ago

      Can you pm me your name and expected address to use? Just so they know

    • m00nweasel

      7 years ago

      I've sent him an email to expect one from you.

    • Scapino1974

      7 years ago

      That video is . . . wow. Makes me glad I'm a more traditional guy, but I'd shudder to think what they'd do to my style of worship. LOL!

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