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( May. 2nd, 2009 09:06 am)
Posting from Dreamwidth. This is mostly a test of this thing, but I will say that it's lovely to wake up in a cool bedroom, with the sound of the birds and not much else outside your window.
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( Apr. 30th, 2009 03:02 pm)
A happy post, for once.

Today, there was a very confused goose of the Canadian variety who landed squarely in the middle of the road. Luckily, we have a turning lane in front of the school. But the goose, its head outstretched, just waddled up and down the middle of the road, honking and looking piteous. Sad goose on pavement.

Eventually, of course, people notice. Which means that our resource officer got out there, along with a passerby, and two (TWO) police patrol cars, which stopped traffic in both directions as the designated herders moved the goose out of the road and onto the school grounds. It was easily herded. It could even fly, apparently. Just not for long distances. But it waddled into safety.

Thus ends our excitement for the day.
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( Apr. 28th, 2009 03:25 pm)
I will not blog about work.

I will not use dirty words about work.

I will not blog dirty words about work.

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( Apr. 27th, 2009 01:49 pm)
Back at work.

Also, I haz sunburn. It was very nice outside, and I bought a new lounge chair, so I figured that I'd go out and, y'know, lounge for a bit. Now, thanks to the sun being slightly off to the side, I've got two red stripes down my legs. One isn't bad, but the other one is bright bright red. I also have a kind of 'mask burn' on my face. 3/4s of my face is kinda rosy (not so bad, though), with one pale cheek and jaw. It's somewhat amusing. But also owie.
Just returned from Spring Break.

Oddly enough, despite having VACATION, I spent most of the time in a dark blue funk. Ended up mindlessly playing games for most of the day, then running my CoC one-shot (which ended up being a solo campaign, but that is working /much/ better than I'd thought) in the evenings. Having vague thoughts about writing it up more formally, and either running it at con, or submitting it somewhere.

I am just below 10K words in my newest writing project. It is utter fluff, but it is original, non-game-related fluff, so I'm pretty happy with myself about it...except for the fact that I probably could have gotten up to 20K if I'd put the time in that I'd planned to.

Sadly, I'm just...disaffected with life in general, right now. I know this cycle; it's the chrysalis stage of Development Of A Pyrephox. Essentially, I've already made a major life decision, I just haven't emotionally admitted that I have to myself, so I am both unhappy about current circumstances, and fretting about the future, but will not look forward emotionally, because I insist on questioning the decisions I've already made. It's weird like that.

Eventually, I'll jump feet first into whatever I've planned to do, and I'll be immensely relieved and happy that I did so. But that time is not now. Not least of which because I /can't/ do it now; so I'm in a limbo not entirely of my own making.

But that's okay. I just have to get through six more weeks, and then life will get better. Yes.
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( Apr. 10th, 2009 09:26 am)
I am thinking about running a Modern CoC one-shot over my Spring Break. Or at least starting one, because heaven knows that one-shots tend to be a lot more than one session online. I am looking for three to four people who /will/ be available Tuesday evening, from about seven PM Eastern until at least 10 PM Eastern. Character generation will be done outside of the session.

Interested? Read on. )
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( Apr. 5th, 2009 04:45 pm)
Have returned home from delightful wedding of two of my best friends. It was beautiful. :)
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( Apr. 1st, 2009 09:09 am)
I like April Fool's Day. It's fun, and I love hunting through to find all the little easter eggs across the web.


Also, this week at work has been filled with suck.
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( Mar. 30th, 2009 12:27 am)
I glutted myself on Kin'iro no Chord, which is a /lovely/ little reverse harem anime series. It's about a young woman at a music academy who, because she can see a particular fairy, gets entered into a school-wide music competition with the best performers in the school.

Did I mention that she doesn't play anything?

It's a romantic anime which actually ends up being more about the romance between a performer and their music than any particular pairing. The characters are all engaging and fun to watch, and there are numerous supporting female characters who are nifty. (It also passes the Conversation Test with flying colors...there is more than one female character, they /do/ talk, and it's often about something other than guys).

Also, really pretty classical music. I highly recommend it, and you can find it at if you're interested.
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( Mar. 27th, 2009 08:08 pm)

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( Mar. 24th, 2009 11:21 am)
From [ profile] cpip:
1) Comment here, and I'll list five things I associate with you.
2) Post this header in your own journal, and elaborate on the five things I mention.

Cpip's Words for Me )

Words from QS )

From the Sia! )
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( Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:09 am)
Spent most of Saturday in the company of good friends. Our original plan was to go to the zoo, but as there was a metric frak-ton of people with the /same/ idea, and an hour's drive garnered us no parking, we ended up retreating to play boardgames, eat out at a wonderful restaurant, and watch Wall-E on a home projection device.

Wall-E is so incredibly fun. :D

Sunday was a day of rest. I made myself a meal that would serve for breakfast and lunch, and then hunkered down to play more Rune Factory. I have not yet found the monsters that will water my fields for me, so my course to world farm DOMINATION has hit a minor snag. On the bright side, Frontier has monsters who will clear your fields of both stones and wood, so once I figure out which ones water the fields, I can set up a farm process that will be almost fully automated (I'll just have to plant the seeds as needed, scythe the fodder, and harvest the stuff I need for gifts and crafting), which will give me the time needed to both fully explore the dungeons (I NEED to find a reliable source of silver), and to play with Runey distribution. As it is, I need to thin the food chain of its top predators, since we had a week and a half straight of rain, which means that we've got way too many Water Runeys running around, eating all of the Stone Runeys.

The progression of character bonds is slower than in previous games, but I'm not sure if that's because it's actually slower, or if it's because I've got so many other things to do that I'm not being as rigorous in talking/gifting as I was before. Minor annoyance: previous games have always had characters walking to wherever it is they go at various times. In Factory, some of them warp one place or the other, so you can't set up shop at a crossroads and hit people as they go by; you actually have to run around. /If/ you can find them (Cinnamon, I'm looking at you, chica).
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( Mar. 20th, 2009 08:19 am)
Very strange dreams.

Involving Michael Jackson.

VERY strange dreams.

Also, I haz a hammer! And now that I have a hammer, I've started being able to upgrade my tools to happy times. (Watering becomes /so/ much easier once you have the first upgrade. Plus, I love the fact that your character gets all acrobatic about it.)

The giiiiirls. It's Fantasy Harvest Moon, so of course you have several maidens that you can woo. This time, you actually have 12! And, amazement of amazement, a chubby girl is actually among them. She's overweight, and she doesn't mind! She is, however, the hardcore homemaker of the troupe, so not my first choice for wooing. Right now, I am enamored of Selphy. Selphy lives in the library. She took down most of the books and stacked them in messy piles all over the place according to her own arcane system of management. She loves books, possibly in wrong ways. I adore Selphy.

Others are the nun-in-training, if that's your thing. The flaky and mystical girl next door (who is cheerfully mercenary when it comes to using you). The emo girl genius. The disturbingly young warrior girl and her spirit companion. The bath-house witch girl. And the merchant girl who is running the slacker store out of business. There are more I've not met yet, of course, but these are quite enough trouble!
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( Mar. 19th, 2009 03:45 pm)
Have urge to run D&D 4E one-shot in the Eisengen setting. Worse, have urge to run /city-based/, /intrigue/ adventure in the largest city, Apolda. Think fantasy spies.

And by 'have urge to', I mean 'have already written out full premise and half a dozen NPCs lacking nothing but stats'.


It is excellent, exactly how I'd hope it would be. The graphics are lovely, of course, and the game has kept what worked, and expanded it. The only somewhat sad thing is the necessity to hunt down the tools: I've got them all but the hammer, and there are ROCKS IN MY FIELD. I require them to begone!

Also, combat is a little weird, but it always has been for RF. It usually takes me several hours of adventuring to get into the groove of attack, dodge, taunt, attack. So, I expect it.

The little cutscenes are adorable. My favorite so far:

MC: *finds girl almost passed out on his doorstep* OMG WTF! (Not a direct transcription!)
Girl: ...water...please, water...
MC: Of course! *pulls out watering can.../waters the girl/*
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( Mar. 16th, 2009 06:19 pm)
Ha! Finally finished writing up the last of my pre-generated D&D 4E party, Duke the Rogue. I've actually had the work done for a few days, now, but I just haven't gone ahead and posted it. Bad Amber.

Now, of course, I find myself wanting to do world-building and game making. But, gah, I wanna PLAY.

ETA: OH OH OH! Tomorrow is the release date of 'Rune Factory: Frontier', which is the Rune Factory game for the Wii. I am totally there.

In other Wii news, Japan has got a release called 'Fragile', which is an adventure/rpg game. Post apocalyptic, character drama, with anime character designs. Where the Wiimote is your flashlight as you explore.

WAAAAAAAAAANT. WANT SO BAD. It'd better come over, damn it.
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( Mar. 16th, 2009 09:09 am)
Have gotten beyond the awkward niceties stage and the "What's your favorite..." stage, and now we're on to the slightly giddy flirting and double entendre stage. Pictures have been exchanged, so that's one hurdle cleared, as well as the required comparison of the pet peeves and bad habits we're willing to admit to.

I think I might actually have an internet-based relationship worth, tentatively, dubbing with the actual word 'relationship'. Not really comfortable with the title 'dating' until I've spent at least a couple of hours in his actual presence to establish that we don't have the urge to strangle each other in person. If only he were not a four hour drive away. (How fair is that? Not fair at all, darn it.)

If so, then eHarmony was not a complete waste of time.
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( Mar. 13th, 2009 06:10 pm)
Inspired by the quiz running around, I wandered over to to get my D&D geeking on. And was promptly reminded of why I avoid any threads about 4th Edition, because they drive me insaaaaaane. Much like the alignment wars of old, the 'boardgamy'-ness of D&D 4e seems to be the new oh-how-I-hate-it's-rollplaying-not-roleplaying aggravation.

However! I have channeled my wrath away from People Being Wrong On the Internet, and to creativity. For the record, I think 4e is awesome. It's fun, it's flavorful, it makes great characters. So, I'm making a pregenerated party, based on a very simple premise and idea (because I don't want it to be too much of a pain for me). I'm even using the Standard Array method for characters, instead of the rolling that I love, just so that the characters are very standard. World is original, because all my worlds are, but I've tried to keep the races in line with the standard archetypes.

Premise is: The kingdom of Eisengen is at war against an incursion from the Faewild which has turned their western border into someplace /terribly/ unfriendly to the mixed human and dragonborn majority. Most of the forces of the nation have shifted to that fight, leaving the other borders unguarded. To counter this lack, the Dragon King has put Army officers in charge of mercenary squads as troubleshooters and border scouts. This is one such troop.

Party is:

Lieutenant Agranar Torinn, Dragonborn Warlord
Derrick Starshadow, Human Warlock
Alita di Trellin, Human Fighter
Kess Suntouched, Dwarven Cleric
Duke (Dusenache), Tiefling Rogue

Abbreviated Sheets follow:

Agranar Torinn )

Derrick Starshadow )

Alita di Trellin )

Kess Suntouched )

Dusenache )

There. That's five decent, effective characters with personalities that are not just allowed by the mechanics, but /facilitated/ by them. Moreover, each of them is competent not only in battle, but their skills allow them to contribute meaningfully in non-combat situations as well.