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Date:2009-11-03 23:12
Subject:CU Gamers on Facebook

There is now a group on Facebook. Just do a search for "Champaign Urbana Gamers"

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Date:2009-07-30 07:45
Subject:Stuff for Sale

Selling a few things.

I do not have a car so you must be able to pick up in Champaign.

MP5 Battery Powered Airsoft Gun, Battery, Charger and 1,000 BB Rounds. $50 in great working condition. Looks realistic except for Orange Tip on Silencer.

DVDs $4 Each

Nightmare on Elm Street
American Psycho
Nightwatch (Russian Action/Horror Movie)
The Story of O

RPG Books all Mint or good Condition

Wraith the Oblivion 2nd Ed Hardcover Autographed by Artists and Writers $50.00 Rare Collectors Item Includes Free Storytellers Screen.
End of Empire (Wraith) $20
Guildbook: Artificers $15

Abberant Sold as Set $40
Abberant Main Guide
Terragen Guide
Project Utopia Guide
Elites Guide

If interested anything please e-mail masterhemlocke at yahoo dot com or comment here.

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Date:2009-03-09 21:39
Subject:I won a Dark Angels Battleforce!

Hi All,

I won a Dark Angels Battleforce at a raffle. It's the one that's no longer in production. I don't play Space Marines so I put it up on ebay. If anyone is interested in purchasing it, the link is HERE.

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Date:2008-06-06 13:24
Subject:Cugaming.com gone for now... cu-games forum is up...

The CUgaming forums (http://www.cugaming.com) got hacked and the guy who runs them is way too busy with work right now to take the time to manually secure the code or switch to a new forums system so he's put them on ice for now.

In the meantime John from The Dragon's Table has set up the CU Games forum for the public to use.

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Date:2008-04-02 16:19
Subject:D&D 4th Ed. Pre-Order Sale

Hello all. I just wanted to let anyone who is interested in D&D 4th Edition know about Leisure Time's pre-order sale and prize drawing.

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Thanks and hope everyone has a nice day. : )

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Date:2008-03-04 15:53
Subject:Gary Gygax passed away today

The RPG world has lost one of it's greats.


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Date:2008-01-23 14:06
Subject:Volition is looking for playtesters

Volition, a video game developer located in downtown Champaign Illinois, needs YOU to help us make better games. Enroll in our PlayTest/BetaTest program, and you could be playing games as they are being developed.

Previous participants have PlayTested games like Saints Row and The Punisher before they were released.

Our game studies range from on-line surveys requiring only a few minutes, lengthy Usability or PlayTests that can take 2-3 hours, to week long BetaTests, always scheduled at your convenience. And if you are selected - you will be appropriately compensated for your time and your help. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

To be considered for future studies and enroll in our PlayTest program, please complete this short survey:


Volition collects this information for the sole purpose of matching you with an appropriate study. All information is kept confidential and will not be distributed outside of Volition. For more details read our privacy policy. (http://thq.com/legal/privacy.php)

Note: This PlayTest program is different than the QA Testing Group who test console games to find bugs and problems. If you are interested in a full-time job - the QA Test program may be for you. http://www.volition-inc.com/Jobs/QATesters

Any question about this process can be sent to: game_survey@volition-inc.com.

Volition, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of THQ Inc. (http://thq.com ) Publisher of Summoner and Red Faction for the PC/Mac and PlayStation 2, The Punisher for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC, and Saints Row for the Xbox360.


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Date:2007-10-09 17:27
Subject:Have Your Say About The Banning Of Manhunt 2 In Britain!

I'm sure that lots of people have been disappointed by the BBFC's decision to ban manhunt 2 from being sold in Britain.

Anyone that has been affected by this decision, or is simply annoyed by this, have your say by emailing the BBFC. I received a quick reply from them, so don't hesitate to contact them addressing your concerns.

You will hopefully email them if you don't like being treated like a baby, and think that adults should have the right ot make their own decisions. I emphasised this point in my emails to them.

The email address is: contact_the_bbfc@bbfc.co.uk

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Date:2007-08-23 02:03
Subject:Elysium on the Prairie - Imagination... with a bite!


Attention anyone with an interest in role-playing games, history, improv, Joss Whedon TV shows or just socializing with other enthusiastic geeks!

Elysium on the Prairie is a Live Action Role Playing group based out of Champaign-Urbana and is a registered student organization of the University of Illinois. Our current group uses White Wolf's Vampire: the Requiem rule set and the current game has been running continuously since Fall of 2005. The group, itself, has been around much longer than that and is comprised of student, faculty and alumni members representing a wide age range and thoroughly diverse backgrounds.

The first game of this semester begins this Friday the 24th at 7pm at Gregory Hall (West Side of the 2nd Floor) with future games occurring on...

August 31
September 7
September 14
September 28

After that our games will occur on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month with minor deviations around University holidays.

Please come and join us! Whether you're young or old, a seasoned gamer or have never roleplayed before... all are welcome!

Further information is available on our (admittedly outdated) webpage, the eotp Live Journal community and also on our Facebook group.

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Date:2007-06-27 09:24
Subject:Has Anyone Tried Either of the New WW Board Games?

As I recall from previous entries, this community isn't too heavy on White Wolf games.  However, I wanted to see if anyone had an opportunity to try out either Exalted: War for the Throne or Monster Mayhem.  The concept of both games sounded like fun, but I wanted to get some input and perhaps give them a try before I invested monetarily in either.

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Date:2007-06-27 03:18
Subject:Selling a Wii

I am selling my Nintendo Wii, which is only a month old, don't really want to but having a bit of a crisis and need the money.


Wii console w/ original WiiMote and Nunchuck
Wii Sports
1 Classic Controller
3 downloaded Classic games Super Mario Bros, PunchOut!, and Super Mario 64
a One year warranty with original receipts.

I am asking $300.00 OBO

please contact masterhemlocke at yahoo dot com


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Date:2007-06-24 22:01
Subject:board games anyone?

Hi there!  I just moved back to Champaign after being away for 11 years, and am looking for new friends who like to play strategy board games.  Favorites currently in my possession include Puerto Rico, Caylus, Settlers/Seafarers of Catan, St. Petersburg, Bohnanza, and Shadows Over Camelot; the rest of my collection is still in storage with the moving company.  :)

Any existing gaming groups open to adding new members?  Any other individual gamers potentially interested in starting a group?  Let me know!

I'm also a big fan of trick-taking card games like bridge and hearts (not so much into poker, though).

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Date:2007-06-11 10:28
Subject:Avast ye landlubbers!

A friend and I have started playing the Pirates Online collectible strategy game. http://piratesonline.station.sony.com/index.vm

You can download the client and play the tutorial and practice games for free to try it out.

There's no charge for the game itself, but if you want to build your own fleet you have to buy game packs that give you random ships and crew.

My friend and I have the idea that we each buy a registration pack, which cost $14.99 and includes 3 regular ships, 2 limited edition ships and 2 game packs. Each game pack comes with 2 ships and 1 crew randomly distributed. Then every month we'll each pick up 1 additional game pack ($3.99) so that we're getting an influx of new ships and crew into the game, but without having to spend a lot of money. We'll run it like a league meeting weekly and only playing against other league members during the weekly meeting. It's fine to play outside of the league any other times though.

We'll be starting a guild so we can set up guild only games. We're both in Champaign and are largely looking to get local people playing, so the guild will probably be named something along the lines of "Pirates of the Prairie" or "Prairie Dogs of War" or something like that. Since we'll be playing against each other we'll be competetive without a big cash outlay and over time can be competetive with the player population at large.

We're meeting online Wednesday Nights from 9pm til 10 or 10:30 pm and playing there. If you want to join up just download the game (about 150 MB download), play the tutorial and some practice games to see if you like it. Then pick up a registration pack (and nothing else at this time) and meet us Wednesday night at 9pm in the "Deserted Isles" room in the Casual Games area. My name in the game is Wulfgyr.

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Date:2007-05-22 08:22
Subject:zelda music orchestra


basically, it's music from most of the games!

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Date:2007-04-24 10:18
Subject:How many World of Warcraft Players do we have on here?

Just out of curiousity how many people here play World of Warcraft?

I play on the Blackwater Raiders server (RP). My Horde chars on there are Joshu and Illuminus. I have a couple Alliance chars too, but lately I've mostly been playing Horde.

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Date:2007-04-17 13:37
Subject:Support the troops gamers!
Mood: cheerful

Zigguratcon! What is probably the very first gaming convention held in an active warzone will be June 9th at Camp Adder/Tallil Airbase in Iraq. But as you can imagine, gaming supplies are somewhat hard to come by out there. There are some gaming companies providing materials, but they said the con attendees will have to share dice and other materials. So if you have dice or other gaming materials (books, etc...) to spare, or are feeling particularly generous and grateful to our armed forces, you can send these goods to the contact at the bottom of the following article.


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Date:2007-03-05 13:45
Subject:New Member

Hello everyone. I don't know if this community gets a lot of activity or not, but it's a lot more than I've seen in the past three years of not looking at all.

My name is JD Simmons and I am a local gamer who has not had a legitimate chance to do anything other than video games for the past 4 or so years. This is because I have been here in C-U for school, and simply have not met any other gamers.

Currently I am dying to play White Wolf's Exalted and am curious as to whether any games are being run in the area that might be seeking a player. Though I am a highly experienced roleplayer, I am extraordinarily inexperienced with Exalted (though I've been following it literally since Day 1) because of its coincidence with the aforementioned time down here at school.

I'm also into D20 (especially Eberron), and both new and old WoDarkness games.

I am deeply involved with the Raw Deal ccg, and am interested in getting into the WoW ccg.

Talks at me, please.

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Date:2007-02-27 11:04
Subject:cugaming.com temporarily down

For those of you who are also on the www.cugaming.com forums, just to let you know what's going on. Doug, who hosts the forums on his office server, moved offices over the weekend. His ISP had a bunch of screwy procedures they had to follow which resulted in them moving his phone line over, but not his DSL line, even though the technicians were there and had all the equipment to do so, they didn't have the order processed and for some beaurocratic reason couldn't process the order the same day.

In a nutshell, he hopes to have the DSL line active in his new office on Wednesday sometime, so hopefully by Wednesday evening the CUgaming forums will be back online.

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Date:2007-01-03 12:42
Subject:MMORPG social networking...

This site is interesting:


It's like MySpace for gamers, not only do you create a profile for yourself, but you create sub-profiles for your characters (from various servers and games). Like a MMORPG social network.

Also, any World of Warcraft players in the CU area? What server/s are you on?

If you're on "Blackwater Raiders" look me up ingame, you can usually find me playing my characters Darkmouse or Wulfgyr around 9pm til midnight a few nights a week.

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Date:2006-09-07 00:27
Subject:wii preorder

i have been waiting and waiting. i have tried in two states and three urban areas (detroit, michigan, mt. pleasant, michigan, and champaign-urbana, illinois). i have not been able to find a place that is taking wii system preorders. i have heard randomly that people had preordered in the us, but i have not been able to find a place that is taking preorders near me. does anyone know for sure of a place that is taking preorders/reservations on the wii? thanx ^_^

x-posted to several places.

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