Yearly Archives: 2004

Exploring the USS Hornet

While Glenn and Michele were visiting this past weekend, we decided to go check out the USS Hornet, on permanent display in Alameda.  Click through for the gallery of pictures:


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Halloween at FileMaker

Click through for a gallery of images from the Halloween festivities at FileMaker this year:


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Double Halloween Birthday Celebration

Lots of costumes on another double birthday Halloween celebration for Kathie and Patty – with Dave, Clay, Buck, Gina, Keith, Troy and the Grinch.  (Most of the pictures are from Dave.)


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Yay, Fan Mail!

— On 9/15/04 11:31 AM, space aliens may have forced Gordon to write:

 Hi Chris!

Just wanted to thank you for the great game and the memories that went along with it…my friends and I loved this game.

Just out of curiosity…why did you never make any other games? Your game albeit looking somewhat like Ultima very original in many ways (animated characters and other touches).  Have you made any shareware or hobby games since then?

Thanks in advance!


Hi Gordon,

Thanks for writing and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

I never wrote another game because I’ve been doing other software engineering full time since college (on FileMaker Pro 1.0-7.0) and I’m just not motivated to spend that much more time on the computer than I already do outside of work!  (As you can see, I can’t even keep up on my personal email!)

The only shareware I did was a module for Now Software’s “Now Fun!” title, but what I did was just a utility to customize the colors on the old Macintosh System 8 — I think, or was it 7?!  Anyway, that’s all.  FileMaker keeps me pretty busy!

Thanks again,


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Burning Man

Pictures from my first Burning Man experience! 

So what is Burning Man? Oh geez.  Well… it’s this massive yearly gathering in the high desert north of Reno, Nevada. It’s a festival of art and creativity, of community and self-expression. It’s a temporary city where commerce is not permitted, giving is widespread and people meet each other through their participation in the event.  It’s definitely an experience.

The event runs a full week but FileMaker’s Developer Conference always seems to coincide with it. So this year I decided to at least taste a few days of it. Bonnie and the rest of her burning clan were kind enough to let me join them at their camp, “Heaven a la Cart”.

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Exploring Southcentral Alaska

This is a collection of images from a three week trip to the southcentral portion of Alaska.  The first six days were booked with Alaska Wildland Adventures to explore the Kenai Pennisula and involved a series of separate guided day excursions while staying at a couple of lodges. (This flexibility was helpful since a different outfitter cancelled a week-long group trip at the last minute.) The middle ten days were arranged through REI Adventures and handled by Alaska Alpine Adventures. This guided group trip passed through Prince William Sound, visited McCarthy/Kennicott, traveled the Denali Highway, and included three days visiting Denali National Park. The final three days (and a couple of intermediate days) were on my own.

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Rafting/Camping on South Fork American River

Click through for a gallery of pictures from a weekend of rafting and camping on the South Fork of the American River with my brother Glenn and his wife Michele, her brother Matt and his son Tyler:


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Scale Model Air Show

Click through for a gallery of pictures from a visit to a show at the Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark with the Krull family:


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“So I finally found the creator”

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2004 6:08 PM
Subject: So I finally found the creator of The Wrath of Denethenor :)

Mr. Crim,

Hello!  As a young boy I remember your game for the Apple II.  My best

friend and I grew up on roleplaying games like Ultima and were QUITE intimidated by your game.  Anyhow, I just wanted to write you tell you what a wonderful game it was.  In addition, I see that you are missing from credit list.   You should take some time and fill out the credit for the game (they are quite helpful if their website is confusing).

Just thought I would pass on a note and express my gratitude!  Now that I have been in the game industry for a couple of years, I at least owe a note of thanks to those who helped influence my path.

Thanks again!


Hi Matt,

Thanks for writing.  It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the Wrath.  I hope you’re enjoying your involvement in the game industry — not a direction I went in, but I do enjoy the gems that come out… like the new Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and of course my friends and I are all eagerly awaiting Halo 2.

Good luck to you and thanks again!


Thanks for writing back!  We are also looking forward to the games you mentioned (when we actually feel like playing games… it’s like working in a pizza joint, after a while you REALLY don’t want to eat pizza ;) ).

I hope you don’t mind if I ask you a question here and there about your development of TWoD – you see, modern game development has really lost touch with its roots, IMHO.

Thanks!!!  And keep Filemaker Pro running – we use it QUITE a lot here!


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Crucible Fire Arts Festival

Click through for pictures and video clips from enjoying the Crucible Fire Arts Festival (July 10th, 2004) in Oakland with Bonnie and her friend:



Rafting/Camping on Cache Creek

A gallery of pictures from a weekend of rafting and camping on Cache Creek in Northern California:


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Buck’s Birthday Cruise

Click through for a gallery of pictures from Mike’s (aka, Buck’s) 40th birthday party and cruise aboard the “Hawaiian Chieftain” in the San Francisco Bay:


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