Tag Archives: Starcraft

The day I played Starcraft while my blog automatically updated.

When I first committed to blogging daily, I had nothing planned or prepared. It was like jumping from an aircraft with a pledge to knit a parachute on the way down. I liked the idea because it was bold, daring and would force action. I thrive under pressure. Give me three years to complete a project and watch me “multitask,” confident you’ll forget. Give me three hours and be amazed. Read More →

The day I created the Portal2Cast (this was a triumph).


When Starcraft II arrived, I marveled at the culture that accompanied:  Wikis, professional players, strategy guides and live tournaments. Some of it already existed from SC2’s predecessor, StarCraft Broodwar. But I didn’t know just how vast and popular “e-sports” would become. Nobody did.

What most intrigued me were professional ‘casters — paid to comment on games. What a perfect career! They mixed geek culture, videogames, and analysis into a savory entree for my viewing pleasure. I soon wondered whether I could have such a career. Just one problem…I’m not that good at Starcraft. I enjoy watching matches but I don’t follow the pro scene or the meta game. There’s too much I don’t know. You can hardly anchor the NFL if you don’t follow the whole league year ’round. Read More →

Assembling these scattered pieces

I must become a great writer. This means investing years of time in writing.

The trouble is that I must also become a really good singer. Guitarist. Strategist. Gamer.

Even “gamer” is misleading because the teamwork skills that aid you in MMO raiding don’t translate to RTSs like Starcraft 2, which requires split-second decision-making and execution. In one game, you manage one character with 40 abilities. In the other, you manage 40 units with different statistics.

I design Portal 2 maps, and I would not rest until I became good at designing them. I stayed up late, got up early, and was working on Portal puzzles probably 40 hours a week in addition to the 50 or so at my day job.

I must also become great at my day job. I’ve earned a couple of promotions within a half decade and don’t intend to stop. Sometimes this requires staying late, working weekends or flying to Orlando to give a guest lecture.

The writers I follow don’t have 37 hobbies and 2 careers. They write in their free time. They might play guitar or sing, design portal puzzles, play competitive strategy games, study chess, edit machinima videos, paint and webdesign.

They do some of these things. But not all of them.

So that begs the question. If I intend to be a great writer, what should I give up?


First WoW-theme shirt SOLD

You may know I’ve been making a buck from turns of phrase in my preferred industry (gaming), but most sales so far have been Starcraft 2 themed apparel, specifically the “GLHF are the last four words you’ll ever hear” tshirt.

I finally decided to advertise that particular product when I made my first WoW-themed sale:

A t-shirt that says “Don’t tell my guild…I’m <AFK>”.

I don’t know if this is related to the advertising or just that my first WoW-preferred customer found the product, but either way, it was cause to celebrate.

I’m much prouder of my line of “Save a tank, hug a < Healer >” line of apparel, one says “Healer” literally, the others say, “hug a…” Shaman, Priest, Druid, etc.

Sometimes you don’t know what the customer wants until the customer shows you, though. Money talks.

Recent Projects

Though I haven’t posted much since the move, I have been extremely active in various projects; here are just a few.

  • MINDWRITERS is well underway. Scenes 1-3 have been sent to my known readers; if you did not receive them, you aren’t on that list. Send me an email to rectify: jason.r.peters@gmail.com
  • Designing Starcraft II and World of Warcraft themed tshirts on Zazzle. To my pleasant surprise, my very first SC2 design sold two shirts inside a week, which prompted me to tap additional creative juices. You can view my designs here:
  • Compiling two fan tribute videos for Starcraft II as an exercise in amateur film-making and an alternate mode of storytelling.
    • The first is a serious “teaser trailer” for the action and plot of the game, set to my favorite track of Bear McCreary’s compositions for Battlestar Galactica. The track is called “Prelude to War” and I thought it extraordinarily appropriate for Starcraft themes and images.
    • The second is a spoof on the serious nature of Starcraft II. Leaning heavily on the premise of WALL-E, I show a lonely SCV in search of love…and eventually finding it. I wanted to see how hard it would be to tell a “love story” just using music and images without dialog or even facial expressions. (Even WALL-E had facial expressions and body language.)

ASK JASON ANYTHING: How do I get a copy of your book?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer. (Read more atwww.jasonrpeters.com.)

Today’s question is cheating, since it’s one I already know the answer to. (It’s also on the wrong day.) But it is based on a real event: yesterday as I attempted to pound a Starcraft II opponent into oblivion, I received this surprising query:

How do I get a copy of your book?


Well, okay, if you insist.

For those who might follow me on RSS/Facebook/Twitter/Telepathic Emanations/Bridge Graffiti, I guess I should tell you.

There is a page on my website where you can request any manuscript I have written. You can find it here. Several short stories are included, as well as Fragile Gods. Just pick the title that interests you and submit.

Now, regarding Fragile Gods, I must again offer disclaimers: I do not think this work is up to publication standards, though I do think it is an interesting and engaging read, and I value feedback to improve it. For this reason, I am certainly not pushing it on people (‘hey, plz read my book kk”), but for the genuinely curious, it is freely available. I hope you enjoy.

The trouble with multiple passions.

Recently, a good friend from work changed jobs, which prompted the exchange of all manner of contact information. Including, naturally, my website, where I hope all friends past and present will converge in unanimous pride once I make good on my career as a writer.

This event forced me to realize the website is woefully behind.

The reasons for this are simple, but multitudinous. Speaking of work, for example, I devoted a good deal of time to applying for a position more suited to my talents; sadly I did not get it, but bucking for a promotion (even a beneficial lateral move) can be all sorts of time-consuming.

Additionally, I have begun playing guitar again. But as with any of my hobbies, it is not enough to merely do the hobby; I have to explore new outlets for the hobby. So not only am I playing guitar, but I am practicing vocals, and trying to take recordings for the purpose of eventually producing a demo album and posting on Youtube.

And if that weren’t enough, several long-awaited video game titles have occupied much of my leisure time; among them, Final Fantasy XIII and Starcraft 2. As with guitar, merely playing is not enough; I have to go Achievement hunting. In Starcraft 2, I have to compete in leagues which are unlikely for the casual player to attain.

It’s not enough for me to merely experience a thing. I have to explore the ramifications and possibilities of it. The advantage of it is that I learn lots about many things. My friends who are serious video gamers do not have hobbies like writing and music. My friends who are musicians are not gamers. My friends who are writers are normally not either one.

Trying to be all three — and many more, such as, for example, a competent chess player, or an educated film buff, or decent theologian — takes its toll on the expertise I can bring to any particular role.

One reason I created this site was to force myself to admit that though I have many passions and hobbies, writing is first and foremost the one in which I want to succeed above all others. Now and again, it does serve to remind me of that.