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After leaving Team San Jose for a consulting project with Stanford University and mobile hospitality app developer NugoUgo, I have also began consulting for a medical device startup, Miramar Labs, in Sunnyvale. I'm also writing for MMOSite and Examiner.
From the financial end I've managed to get my wife and I out of debt, then of course picked up a second car for her and finally am hoping to start chopping away at our mortgage. Unfortunately I feel like a zombie most days.
Since I can never remember to update my
My Personal Blog: http://www.michaelghurston.com
My PDF Hobby: http://www.morbidgames.com
My LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mghurston
Iâ(TM)ve recently been hired as the Online Content Producer for Team San Jose who is currently working on the revamping their website, www.sanjose.org As part of my responsibilities I have been asked to see what level of interest the online community has with allowing for the inclusion of syndicated bay area blog content and general user generated content, such as the uploading of photos by site visitors and the submission of venue reviews.
Keeping in mind our ultimate goal is to generate an online community that responds to events that happen within the city of San Jose and create an accurate picture of the city. To better help others facilitate this, what features would you find most desirable to have offered from our site?
An additional inquiry Iâ(TM)d appreciate feedback on is how you view the city of San Jose as a destination, and not just another city on the map. Many people consider San Jose to be the heart of Silicon Valley with its history with companies such as IBM, however, how do you feel towards San Jose as a place of tourism and fun? While its location allows for a plethora of adventures 30 to 90 minutes in any direction, what venues, services and hot spots, that are not business related, bring you to San Jose? If business has been your only interest within the city, what places have you considered to be the most favorable and the least enjoyable?
Since 1999 I have been working in the creative services industry, specializing in developing and implementing high-impact marketing collateral and facilitating advertising campaigns for individual, small and corporate businesses. I have an in-depth experience applying design fundamentals to produce both innovative print and web pieces.
I've worked on projects including corporate identity, logos, brochures, direct mail campaigns, magazine advertisements, trade-show graphics, extensive offering memorandums, photo manipulation and touch up, story boards, event planning, property signage, presentations, websites, SEO/SEM, newsletters and reports. I have a long-term vision and continually strive to exceed client expectations to ensure that the relationship between them and their target audience is strengthened and grows from a direct result of my creations.
I would like an opportunity to visit with you and receive your insight and suggestions on where my skills and abilities would be of the greatest value to your company. My salary requirement is in the $80,000 - $90,000 range.
Michael G. Hurston
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Lore: Forgotten Mythos is a collection of stories, places, monsters and people within the world of Ave Molech, written by aspiring authors and fans of the game. Each of these additions is designed to flesh out the world and will continue to help GM's and players of Ave Molech with ideas for their own campaigns.
While the book can be read without having extensive knowledge of the world of Ave Molech, it does assume some familiarity with the campaign setting. Key words of places, beings and technology are used, though the average reader may be able to grasp their meaning or influence.
While these stories take place in the world of Ave Molech, they were written by fans of the world and some elements in them may vary from what is found within the Ave Molech Campaign Setting.
Available for $2.00 at:
Ave Molech: History & World is a 37-page version of our Second Edition Campaign Setting. This condensed setting removes the game mechanics, classes, occupations and most artwork to give prospective GM's and players a look into the actual world, races and organizations within Ave Molech. In addition, this product should help those who may not want or be able to print out larger sized PDF's or find shorter PDF's easier to manage.
Important: If you own Ave Molech Second Edition you have all of this information.
MORBIDGAMES is looking for writers of all backgrounds to contribute to Ave Molech Lore: Forgotten Mythos, the second book in the Lore Series due out this summer.
Ave Molech Lore: Forgotten Mythos is a compilation of extended backgrounds on the races, organizations, classes, places, and characters in the world of Ave Molech. It will also feature additional campaign ideas and possibly some fan fiction.
Not only is this a great opportunity for fledgling writers to get their work out in the public and start to build their writing portfolios, but it's a way for some of the more seasoned writers who enjoy the world of Ave Molech to help expand on one of their favorite games.
Guidelines for submissions can be found at www.morbidgames.com
Writers will receive a copy of the PDF's produced as well as additional Ave Molech items for free.
I started a small online PDF publishing company in 2006 with just 1 game that I wrote and did the artwork for myself. Over the last couple years I have continued to write for this world as well as have been able to pull in various other artists and writers to contribute to my world with no cost. The company now has had just over 1,000 downloads since the first release and I would like to expand this company to grow and become profitable.
What will you do if you win $10,000 for this idea?
I've never been able to put any money into this company of my own, although it has generated a small amount of sales, approximately $1,000 per year gross. Unfortunately my biggest draw back is that I have to find the time to do everything as a one-man show. I create/maintain the website, write, send and maintain the marketing emails and lists, I do the actual writing for the game, I seek out distributors to carry the game and I do my best to promote the game via various social networking sites, but this is too much for one person to continue to do. With enough funding I would be able to actually afford to hire someone or at least have a means to focus on this as a full time position.
Morbidgames, RPGBomb and YourGamesNow are partnering up for a cross promotion of epic proportions. Morbidgames through YourGamesNow will be offering up its five volume Journals series for FREE to all existing and new subscribers of RPGBomb. In addition new subscribers will be able to purchase the 162-page Ave Molech Second Edition Campaign Setting for only $5.
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It has definitely taken quite some time (5 months) but we've finally been given the notice that Ave Molech Second Edition has hit the online stores in both the US Europe. For a list of online retailers carrying the publication, you can click here to view the growing list. We've also submitted the full pdf to Amazon's "Search Inside" program which will hopefully begin the process of populating the cover image to other sites sometime next week.
New & Upcoming Projects
Well here is one of the new projects I have in the works, all about the pills that make us smaller and larger, although technically it's a lot more than pills, pretty much anything you can stick in your mouth and swallow...be it cake, pebbles turned into cakes, random vials of liquid or just a handful of mushroom stalk can all make for an interesting time. As for journals, yes we do plan on releasing a Volume 5 one soon.
We are still looking for writers for our Journal Series as well as any Ave Molech based pieces. If anyone is interested in helping out with Alice Wonderland or DijiniTech as well you can email me with any questions of visit our writer's page.
A big thanks to all of the people and customers who have helped this project over the last two years. We've come a long way since October 2006 and hopefully things will continue to go well from here on out. Thanks again for all your support.
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So four years later and I finally decide to make a post on here. I guess I should mention my book Ave Molech (Second Edition) that came out. I'm still waiting for it to hit the Amazon and BnB/Borders shelves later this year, but it is available in PDF format from RPGNow.com and Drivethrurpg.com currently.
While I'm working on more stuff for the world of Ave Molech I am doing some writing on a side project called Alice Wonderland and the Abyssal Rabbit Hole to the Perditious Netherland.
More info can be found at my website morbidgames
So I got banned from posting on slashdot even though I have excellent Karma. Guess I should have posted my I HATE YOU FUCKING TIMOTHY YOU ARE A COCK JOCKEY FLAIMBAIT ARTICLE POSTING FAGATRON as anonymous.
Oh well guess it's time to just make a new account, say some creative yet ambiguous references to gimp being great on linux, os-x being a lesser evil compared to ms, and replace the S in MS with a $. Get some good karma and be back in no time posting I HATE YOU SLAHSDOT FUCKERS again.
I'm such a php noob - I was running 4.2.1 and wondering why my scripts wouldn't work on a 4.2.3 server - LOL
Just bought a 2000 BMW Z3 Roadster (2.8) for 24k....
"Only in San Jose can a 24 year old nerd drive a better car than his parents ever had" - Girlfriend after riding in the car.
Today I awoke to what I had previously known to be true but never thought about until now.
I had been wondering why so many people who played my hork game were offended byt the dialogue and evil actions of the main character - and then it hit me....
Bioware makes good games. But games that are designed for your character to follow the good, rightious, paladin path not the evil mage of enlightenment path. Tthey don't find humor in having your chacter kill innocent women and children or use the word FUCK over and over again - whereas the people at Troika (who worked for blackisle as well) have much more liberal vews and are probably a lot of fun to hang out with.
With this in mind - it shouldn;t shock me that many people,players,and web sites who tried my game Hork and run Bioware fan-sites found my mod offensive.
Just cause you gotta kill Jesus?
I'm loving and using my Zaurus constantly but I just saw the new model the SL-7000 which looks DOPE AS FUCK and tho I wish I had the means/funds to sell off mine and get the 7000, my GF who bought me the Zaurus would be pissed and turn into a she devil and eat me more than likely.
Today I had the greatest epiphany - why not rob graves for a living - not the kind you have to dig up (I don't like getting dirty) but what about the people who are burried above ground in thier little rock homes who probably had a lot of money and probably were vein enough to have there jewlry burried with them - if only I could break in and steal it - I could pon it (or give it as gifts) to those who could actually use it - instead of wasting it on the dead.
I just recently (as in monday) got my Zaurus SL-5500 and I must say this thing is fucking sexy - I installed Wyvern so I can start rebuilding the Hork world into the Wyvern world - if all goes well.
I've also found that a Zaurus + Kismet + a Wireless Prism2 card = very sexy internet access if your in a downtown/metro area.
Oh - did I mention I just installed Quake and Nethack on it
Today I am at work. It is 4:16 pm and I have 44 minutes until I can get on with my life. This weekend will be spent pampering the girl friend and waiting until the banshee has been laid to rest then quietly sneaking away to my dark hole to play with DNS numbers, hosting bitches, and occassionally Crazy Taxi on my DC.