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Friday, July 29, 2016

Ship Breaker

This war is like a tidal wave, spinning out of control.
Caught us out of position, all alone on patrol.
You're the right kind of captain, to release my inner warrior beast.
The invincible winner, and you know what you were born to be.
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
They don't mess around with you!
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
You don't mess around - NO NO NO!

Mistakes have set your ship on fire, burnin' out of control.
You made a reckless attack, now its takin' its toll.
You're the right kind of captain, to release my inner warrior beast.
The invincible winner, and you know what you were born to be.
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
They don't mess around with you!
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
You don't mess around - NO NO NO!

You're the right kind of captain, to release my inner warrior beast.
The invincible winner, and you know what you were born to be.
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
They don't mess around with you!
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
They don't mess around with you!
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
They don't mess around with you!
You're a Ship Breaker, Death Maker, Life Taker.
You don't mess around - NO NO NO!
Apologies to Pat Benatar (Heartbreaker).

(c) by Stephen V. Cole and ADB, Inc.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Foodie and Grumpy Season Two (c) 2016 ADB, Inc.

EPISODE #1 (Part 2)
 

F: Taking our lives in our hands, let's check the refrigerator. You have milk which has gone bad, beer, soft drinks, half a pack of sandwich ham that expired last week, half a jar of pickles, some mayonnaise and mustard, some of those plastic-wrapped yellow slices that you think are cheese, two cans of fruit cocktail, and two Tupperware boxes of ... something moldy.
 

G: Yeah, I gotta dump that stuff so I can take boxes back to Mom. They were some leftovers she sent me home with after Sunday dinner last week.
 

F: More like last month.
 

G: Last week, I swear!

F: Do I need to call her and ask?
 

G: Not really. Let me scrape those into the trash and put them into the dishwasher.
 

F: Now, what's missing from your refrigerator?
 

G: A decent bottle of wine for when I have a lady friend over. I got a bargain on something from Oklahoma.
 

F: Red or white?
 

G: Sort of pink, I think.
 

F: We'll discuss wine another day, except to mention that you're doing it all wrong. Now, what else is missing?
 

G: I think I have everything I need except a roll of ready-mixed chocolate-chip cookie dough.
 

F: You bake cookies?
 

G: No, I eat the raw cookie dough as a snack.
 

F: Never mind that for now, but please do not do it again. Even the package says not to do that. One more time, tell me what's missing.
 

G: Well, I guess I might need another can of fruit cocktail?
 

F: How about anything fresh? Anything in the vegetable crisper?
 

G: More beer.
 

F: [Sigh.] How about some fresh vegetables?
 

G: They go bad before I can eat a whole package of anything. I get by with salad bars in restaurants.
 

F: How about eggs? You eat eggs, don't you?
 

G: I have been known to scramble them, but that makes a lot of mess and I end up buying a new frying pan.
 

F: You could just hard boil them.
 

G: Too complicated. I'd have to buy a self-timing cooker.
 

F: Boil them in a pan of water for 20 minutes.
 

G: Too complicated. I'd have to listen for the timer to ding which means I can't wear the headphones for my video games.
 

F: Maybe your mother could boil them for you. Anyway. Let's check the freezer. Two TV dinners and ... something that might have been meat a year or two ago. What is it?
 

G: I think it's some hamburger I didn't have time to cook. The last time I grilled burgers for a lady friend, there was meat left over and she didn't want to take it to her dog.
 

F: Lucky dog. In future, you need to label things you put into the freezer with the month -- and in your case the year -- you put it there. If it has a birthday, throw it out.
 

G: Sounds like work, but okay.
 

 END OF PART TWO

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Got Any Marketing Ideas?

ADB, Inc., is always interested in great marketing ideas, ways and places to sell our products, as well as new products to sell. Our page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amarillo-Design-Bureau-Inc/231728653279?ref=mf) exists to put our products in front of other groups of potential customers. You will find us on Twitter as ADBInc_Amarillo. We also are releasing YouTube videos that show what you'll find in "the box" and our latest releases. You can catch our videos on our channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/starfleetgames.

We tried a lot of things that didn't work (Google Pay per Click, full-color ads in trade journals) and a lot of things that did work (banners on gamer websites, Star Fleet Alerts) and are always looking for new ideas. If you have any, send them to us at Marketing@StarFleetGames.com and we'll think them over.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Update on the Dog

This is Steven Petrick posting.

I will admit that Jean's dog is surprisingly intelligent. Given his small size compared to most of the dogs I have known in my life, he packs an awful lot of dogness into pretty small skull.

When his hair is not quite so long, I will generally admit he looks like his name, but I find it somewhat uncomfortable to call him by his given name. Still, he has learned that if I call "puppy" that I mean him and he will come running if not otherwise occupied. This despite the fact that he knows the only reward I am going to give him is petting.

I tend to be a little firmer with him, and pretty consistently demand that he sit and stay before going out the door to the office, or back in. Jean has announced that he wants him to learn to stay in the car until she has gotten out, and I have begun training the dog that when he rides in my car, he must wait to get out until I tell him he can. He does display an ability to understand that this is something he has to do, but he has not learned to do it automatically as yet.

He does not get a lot of amusement when I have to walk him, as I almost always go exactly the same route. The only difference is if there is a time crunch that forces a shorter walk. He has learned that I, at least, do not like him pulling on the leash, and while he tries to keep all of the slack out of the leash, he no longer tries to pull me.

There is a point on the route where two terriers live, and he has learned not to bark back at him because I express disapproval of his doing so, but he does still "mutter under his breath" and try to mark something in their yard.

We are currently having a disagreement when I walk him in that he wants to start fights with larger dogs who are behind fences. Not all of them, but some new ones, and I am again expressing my displeasure (not hurting him) at his doing so.

Still, he has learned not to make messes in the office. He has learned that if he barks or whines at me I will ignore him, but if he touches me quietly (putting his paws on my leg) I will give him some attention.

For his size, he is a very bright dog. I have known dogs with a lot more room in their skulls for brains who were not half as bright.

Monday, July 25, 2016

This Week at ADB, Inc., 17-23 July 2016

Steve Cole reports:

This was the week we scheduled for AMA-Con, a local convention with anime, cosplay, games, science fiction, and other stuff. We spent some of the week prepping for the show and then the weekend at it. We met a lot of people, sold a bunch of stuff, and did a lot of demos. The weather this week was hot, always in the 90Fs and often 100F. We did take a couple of hours to go as a group to see Independence Day II.

         


Steve Cole worked on Federation Admiral and AMA-Con, did a few ships for the Romulan Master Starship Book, and other things.
     

Steven Petrick worked on the Romulan Master Starship Book, the Star Fleet Battles Module C2 update, and ran Federation Commander demos at AMA-Con.
    

Leanna kept orders and accounting up to date and helped Jean run the booth at AMA-Con.
   

Mike kept orders going out and rebuilt the inventory and ran Star Fleet Battle Force demos at
AMA-Con.
         
Simone did website updates and some graphics and helped run Star Fleet Battle Force demos at AMA-Con.
    

Jean worked on AMA-Con, managed our page on Facebook (which is up to 3,160 friends), managed our Twitter feed (193 followers), commanded the Rangers, dealt with the continuing spam assault on the BBS, managed the blog feed, proofread Star Fleet Battles Module C2, took care of customers, and did some marketing.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

ADB, Inc.’s page on Facebook is now up and running, and we’re finding a lot of new faces who haven’t been around the BBS or Forum. We have pictures up of ADB, Inc. staff, links to many of our videos, snippets of information, and interaction with our fans. Jean Sexton is the main voice you will hear on our page on Facebook. If she doesn’t know an answer, she’ll ask one of the Steves and ferry the answer back.

All that is left is for you to "like" the page for Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. if you haven’t done so already. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amarillo-Design-Bureau-Inc/231728653279?ref=mf.

Many people on our page on Facebook have not been on our BBS, so perhaps our new outpost on Facebook will become the place for those who want to keep up with current events without the intense atmosphere (and flood of information) found on the BBS. If you are very busy on a given day, checking our page on Facebook would tell you quickly if something important has been announced. The page also has its own art galleries, plus a place where you can post a review of our products. It also has discussions where you can link up with fellow gamers.

We've also added a Twitter feed which you can follow at https://twitter.com/ADBInc_Amarillo.
 Be sure to follow us for a quick look at what is going on!

We hope to see you there! For Facebook users, be sure to add us to an interest group to see all of our posts.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Foodie and Grumpy Season Two (c) 2016 ADB Inc.

EPISODE #1 (Part 1)
 

F: This season, we're going to focus on "Bachelor Cooking," that is to say, men who live alone -- or who temporarily find themselves alone -- and have to cook for themselves. We have built a typical bachelor apartment kitchen here in our studio, and my partner Grumpy will play the role of someone decades younger and not yet married.
 

G: Instead of my constantly talking about my allergies, we'll just assume that anyone with food allergies will simply leave out any ingredients we mention which are toxic to them. Some of what you will see here comes from my pre-marriage experience and from times when my wife skipped supper and I had to fend for myself.
 

F: Our goal is to show you men that cooking is not that hard, not that scary, and that you can prepare delicious and healthy meals for yourselves without calling your mother for instructions.
 

G: There are three things that cause us men to simplify whatever cooking we do: we don't know how to cook, we don't want to clean up the mess, and we don't plan ahead what we might want to cook so we don't have the ingredients for anything not in one can. All of that combines to reduce bachelor cooking to opening a can of ravioli, dumping it into a paper bowl, microwaving it, and eating it with a plastic spoon. After that, we throw away the bowl, the can, and the spoon.
 

F: I've been to your place when your wife was out of town and you were three days behind throwing away the cans and dishes. That's where I got the idea for this whole season.
 

G: Look, it works, okay, we don't exactly starve. We eat our main meal at lunchtime in a restaurant.
 

F: You mean in a fast-food joint where the three food groups are grease, salt, and carbs. That's okay some of the time, but what you fix at home needs to fill out the rest of what your body needs, like fruits and vegetables.
 

G: What are those?
 

F: I know you're joking, but seriously, looking at what you eat, I could almost believe you don't know what they are. And you never season anything.
 

G. I have a salt shaker next to my recliner.
 

F: Fine. Let's start with a review of the typical bachelor pantry, including the refrigerator. In this case, it's easy because you dug out the cans from the pantry shelves and put them on the cabinet for me.
 

G: Actually, I just put the cans on the cabinet when I bring them home from the store and use the pantry to store my hobby stuff. I throw the cans away as I use them.
 

F: Your life will be so much better if you just put stuff up. Anyway, let's look at what you have. I see, we have... ravioli, spaghetti, pork & beans, Vienna sausages, and chicken noodle soup. You also have Styrofoam cups of ramen noodles, mac & cheese, and corn flakes. You have half a loaf of bread that is stale but at least it's not moldy, a bag of chips held closed with a ballpoint pen, and a store-bought brownie that is a week past its sell-by date. I see no cans of vegetables.
 

G: Pork & beans are vegetables!
 

F: No, they're carbs. Vegetables are green beans, corn, carrots, and things like that.
 

G: Oh, wait, I have a can of black-eyed peas under the sink that I save for New Year's Day.
 

F: Those aren't vegetables. I'm not really sure what they are, but they aren't even food.
 

G: Somebody's prejudice is showing!
 

END OF PART ONE