caudelac: (hope.)
It is 1 month til my due date. You know. Prop bet time.

Also, Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone went live today.

If it gets enough cash, I am writing an edition for the WaRP system as a stretch goal. Yeah buddy!

Oof, baby is grumpy and settly, and the things that might be contractions? are long and oofy. I somehow don't think we'll be waiting much longer. :P
caudelac: (catharsis)
To say something here for some days.


Do I feel better? I feel a little better. I'm reading The Girl Who Flew Over Fairyland And Cut the Moon In Two by [ profile] cmvalente and also Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone at the moment, when I have enough brain to read. Usually, I am playing games of varying degrees of silliness. The newest of which is Flight Rising, since [ profile] haikujaguar tipped us off they were taking sign-ups earlier this week. I want to write a post on my gaming blog about player economy in browser games, but. Like so many things.

And there's Dust to Dust in a couple of weeks, and me with props to build.
caudelac: (Goodwitch)
So! I got a marvellous Echo Bazzar fic, How To Be Silent in Five Fallen Cities, wherein the Quiet Deviless is Delicious and performing Abstractions, which is really all I wanted, and does it with style. Really, I have to be impressed with most of the Echo Bazaar fics that are out there... I'm not really about Fandom these days, but if I were, I'd be seriously tempted, especially if most of the people write stuff as cool as my [ profile] yuletide gift!

Speaking of Echo Bazaar, I ran a Nobilis game set at the Bazaar for Speaks and Tara & their eldest (And Angie, B, and Jen M.) last night, which seems to have gone over well. It accomplished many goals, like me actually running something in which B could play, getting to run Nobilis at all, running something that was not D&D, and being a present for Speaks. So that was awesome.

Am at B's parents' place in the ATL, and there will be People Here for Family Things in about an hour and a half. Have offered Helping Out, but unsurprisingly, being out of the way is the best way of helping. So we're doing that.

Hope you all had a merry Hanukahmas, and a lovely Yule.
caudelac: (story: that way)
I finished a King in Yellow story for an anthology, and now I am failing utterly at boiling red and blue pigments, so I can make glair paints and egg tempura later. Yesterday, we went to the Ren Faire in Charlotte, and procured many hats. B wrote a good deal on his own story for the same Anthology (which is quite good), beat Arkham City, and is playing the New Game Plus. Arkham City is super awesome, much like its predecessor, though really quite hard, from watching.

Finishing stories is nearly as terrible as not finishing them. I am elated when they're done, but unless they're part of some bigger, ongoing thing, I feel terribly... emptied. Like anything else is impossible, and I'll never have any ideas again. Silly, but the way it goes. Feh.

Nu, I have a beer and a quarter of pomegranate. It's been a very good weekend. I still haven't decided if I am going to do [ profile] yuletide or not. After last year, I may well be done with it and fanfic for good.

Well, we'll see, won't we!
caudelac: (12 sided die-- geekness)
So, I am considering running something semi-regular in addition to my 4e game, in part because I've never run anything non-d&d, and because I want to run something that [ profile] shieldhaven can play in. I haven't ever run a tabletop game that wasn't some edition of D&D though, and the sorts of things I might run... well, let's have a look, shall we?

In no particular order:

1) Nobilis-- B's had this book for some time, and lent it me back in the day because of the Pritty. And man, is it Pritty. Also, Samhaine's Opinions Matter.

2) Changeling: The Lost-- set in the universe of the novel I am writing about a lass named Timothina and many Thousands of Kingdoms. There are fey in the story, and it might map pretty nicely, and be deeply interesting to me.

3) A 4th Age Middle Earth Game-- I am not sure what system I'd use for this, but the idea is that the PCs are Orcs, Southron, or Halflings just after the end of the War of the Ring. Based on the premise that Orcs are twisted mutations of Elves, Ulmo or Illuvitar or someone has wakened the Elvish soul in some of them, those where that part lay sleeping only lightly. This turns them from brutish beasts incapable of order without the control of a tyrant into real, thinking creatures with consciences, interested in getting redemption from themselves, and gaining some form of acceptance in the lands of Middle Earth. There's a bunch of challenges in even setting this up that I'm likely to address more in depth in my gaming blog.

4) Something else that I just haven't thought of, if there's anything that my peeps might wish to play.

Also, I still mean to run my Dawning Star short-run horror game, but [ profile] shieldhaven will be helping me write and run that, rather than playing in it, which defeats some little of the purpose.

Anyway. Poll!

[Poll #1712498]

Cross posting to my gaming blog, but I cannot poll there.
caudelac: (wide awake.)

There's no better revenge for one's upstairs neighbors fighting half the evening than to play some DDR Universe 3 at 3AM. Now curiously, although it's been months since I last played DDR and I have been feeling slow, out of shape, and trying to avoid illness, I think that was the best round of DDR I've ever done. I'm a little speechless. High Scores for days and days on rediculously hard songs.

One of which was called 'Return of the Machines'.

Which makes up (a little) for the fact that my oatmeal cookies didn't turn out. I think the baking powder had given up the ghost. Le sigh.

Ahhh, Eclipse Floon. There you are.

It's about fuckin' time.
caudelac: (story: that way)
I got rather a lot of writing done today, and cleaning too.

The writing being a little different from the norm for me, as I get to be on the Campaign Committee for the Dust to Dust LARP, which makes me very happy.

That said, I am up to chapter 15 in That Long Story, and partway into 16, and I need to update the setting log from my D&D game last Friday, and the Chessenta game Monday was /really/ good-- it is not easy to run my Shaman just clean out of healing, and Eclipse this weekend, and, and...

And whew, but that's a run on.

And I should sleep now.
caudelac: (Amazing!)
I had a really amazing day today.

Boy is amazing. Game and Gamer Girls are amazing. Lady Grace is amazing. Dancing at the Pinhook is amazing. The Whole World... well, you get the idea.

I...really have nothing else to say. There are things that could be better for me. There are so, so many things that could be worse. But right now, right this moment, I am feelin' good.

caudelac: (wide awake.)
Last night was Chessenta, which was awesome, if full of snakes. I mean, there was a temple. To the Snake God. And it was full of snakes. And Draconians. Which might be bullshit. And Salt-Pillars full of poison gas, which are definitely bullshit, but that wasn't actually their fault. That was the rogue's fault. And the fault of some magic gem-lasers.

Also, Big, Powerful, Disguised Red Dragons are apparently prejudiced against Plant People. Or maybe Shamans. Or maybe Shamans in creepy Shaman masks who are also plant people.

Err... anyway.

Apart from that, my wireless router decided to behave in all ways contrary to a wireless router last night, having all the lights on, but nothing doing. A very unnatural sort of all lights on. I am befuddled, and well... just plugged the modem directly into the computer, which was annoying, but I wanted to see the piccys from the DtD shoot! And they are loverly.

And now, Time To Focus.
caudelac: (philosophy!rant)
This weekend was extremely awesome, and the DtD photo shoot went well. I am sort of giddy about seeing the pictures, when they are done! And as I mentioned before, I ran my D&D game on friday, which I need to muse about a bit more. In the interim, more blather from me about 3rd & 4e stuffage.

So, Instead of the post I was going to originally make, which was a run-down of my problems with 2e and 3.x D&D, I am going to sum those up, and get to a topic about which I actually care a good deal more. To wit, earlier editions do not have 4e's barriers to player entry, obtuse and overwhelming character creation system, or near-necessary online program that pisses you off when you realise you need it after having spent a ton of cash on books. 4e does not have the huge vagaries and limitations of role that previous editions do, and adds economy of action to many different things, healing in particular-- plus you realise from the outset when you've built a character badly, instead of only figuring it out 6 levels later, after you've been convincing yourself this whole time that one day, you'd be awesome, really. Proponents of both systems argue that it is the other one which is actually limiting and frustrating-- I know that I do. So, I have come to the conclusion that it is a matter of A) what one is used to, and what sorts of limitations you are willing to accept in presentation, and b) What tools help you, personally, become immersed in the game. I would like to think that there are ways for those who love the old editions to share their preferred format with those (i.e.-- me) who have become spoiled by 4e, and for those who are skeptical or downright hostile to 4e come into it in such a way that they'll enjoy the new things that are coming out for the system.

And now that I have pissed /everyone/ off: Multi-Edition Maunderings! )

Enough in the way of Disjointed Maunderings for the afternoon. I have Chessenta tonight! But at some point, maybe I'll get into freedom and limitations in each, and getting around them maybe? And also Economy of Action, yet again. Maybe. Dunno. And write up the game I ran Friday, because I am still really excited about it.
caudelac: (royal rainbow!)
I started a follow up post to yesterday's commentary on 4e and what it doesn't do well-- for yeah, while I love my baby, that doesn't mean I'm blind to its flaws. But I just finished running the first session of my all-girl game, and I am way, way too exhausted to finish said post. Tomorrow is the DtD photo shoot, and we've got a ton of folks coming in from out of town, and yes. Awesomeness is afoot. Geeky, Wonderful, Awesomeness.

Also, the game went well. There is no amount of baked goods which is too much baked goods for a given session, even if we don't eat all of them. I have a headache, but it is a happy headache. Now I am going to eat watermelon and read Mira Grant's Feed or work on this going-better re-write and wait for people to get here.
caudelac: (12 sided die-- geekness)
So one morning the Rabbit woke from uneasy dreams to find that she had become a giant power gamer. Unlike Mr. Samsa, however, she is not of the opinion that power gaming-- and here I am speaking specifically of tabletop gaming, and more specifically of D&D 4e-- is not the vile cockroach of play, incompatible with Good, Proper RP. In 4e, it's actually very much the opposite, that I have found. And I further have come to suggest a theory, which has a lot to do with why, I think, that 4e turns some players so completely off.

And this is the part where I'm pretty sure I'll get long-winded. )

So, I am running the first session of my game tomorrow, and considering what encounters are going to be like and all. This'll be very different from any game I have ever run or played at this point, but I don't think in a bad way. This one will be very rp oriented from the outset, and I have never seen 4e run as a straight dungeon crawl before, so that'll be fun! There's a lot of stuff from my old setup that just doesn't convert-- rods & wands are implements, not Things What Contain A Spell, and while there are some that give a specific power bonuses, the ones I've got won't work quite for that... but oddly enough, some of the 4e item rules make my old items a lot cooler than they were before.

But that's a topic for not right now.
caudelac: (*facepalm*)
Oh In Nomine sourcebook, you have served me well. Your abilities as a fly-swatter, assisting me in destroying the unholy hordes of ginormous green-black bastards invading my sanctum this previous eve has earned you great renown within my realm-- as such, I do solemnly swear that I shall devote at least a portion of my day to reading your rules, instead of just bashing you against the insidious plagues of horrible insects like a blaster in Galaga.

It is the least I can do.
caudelac: (Amazing!)
This weekend was Planescape, which was really awesome-- I feel like I am finally getting a handle on playing a Psion, and the whole power points mechanic. On which I should really post soon, because it /is/ odd, and I don't think a lot of people have much of a handle on it. Though I adore psionic source characters as a matter of course.

The plan this week is to edit the magic items and terrain features of my Dungeon for the new campaign (I don't really like any of the names that spring to mind for the game itself), finish up custom background feats and Pantheon details, /maybe/ look at more possibilities for the Dawning Star Campaign (The Truth in Yellow, or To Catch the Conscience of the King), and get a chapter or two more done of the Heap Big Thing I am writing. Now, that one is probably going to wind up being called the Thousand Thousand Kingdoms, but I dunno.

If one has suggestions for names for a story about a little girl who can get to various magical kingdoms by going outside and screaming, I might be interested to hear them!

Now, I am looking forward to the frontline with which I have assaulted the kittehs having killed off the evil flea creatures, and my apt being a much more tolerable place. Also, I am looking forward to Eberron tomorrow.

And maybe also a nap.

Mmmm... nap.
caudelac: (12 sided die-- geekness)
So, had our first introduction to Paragon tier 4e D&D last night. As I had hoped, [ profile] colinmcl did an excellent write up of it here, and I've some reflections about this aussi, as well as D20 in general, just at the moment.

Move, Minor. Standards. )

So anyway, I'm going to be spending (hopefully) much of this evening looking at stat blocks and the Other Side of the Fence on 4e gaming, which should be interesting. There's a lot to convert, but also a lot of ways to make things like magic items way more useful than they were before. At the risk of making them too useful.

And now that I have weighed my brain down way too far with disorganized maunderings, well, we'll see what happens.
caudelac: (smooch.)
Weekend was every kind of win. Two splendid D&D games-- Chessenta yesterday and B's game on Sat, as yesterday we had the day off. B seemed to enjoy his birthdayness, and there was much hanging out with peoples at the Hibernian after the game. The 4th was spent being somehow both useful and lazy at the same time, and also involved watching 1776, as per appropriate media.

I am nominally playing Prototype, though B has usurped it for a bit with my blessing. It is wonderous cathartic, it is-- like someone made a cross between Asassin's Creed & Arkham Asylum, went 20% more over-the-top, Douchefied the protag, and left all the dev cheats on. Oh yes, and set it in Manhattan. With TANKS.

Of course this appeals to me. How could it help but do?

In the realm of media commentary, saw The Karate Kid yesterday afternoon. Was amused at how fully it's endorsed by the Chinese tourism board (or whatnot), but okay. It was neither awful or amazing, but solidly watchable. Perhaps a letdown after the last movies I have seen in the theatre being The A-Team (Which was SO MUCH FUN and I don't care what anyone says, I loved it) and Toy Story 3, but okay.

Continuing to be delighted with how much healing a 4e Bear Shaman generates. Also, haz a tele-bear. All is happiness with a tele-bear, esp. a tele-bear what laughs when the bad guys make it stand in fire.

Further, now have the conundrum of picking a Paragon Path for my Revenant Assassin in B's game. Too many good options. Many worse problems to have. Like finding time to clean apt some more, to work on Dawning Star Game & Other Game, and also to paint minis, and yes.

Apropos of nothing, I think it is possible that I am almost halfway through a Heap Big Proper Novelish-Thing. Juvenile fiction, belike. But is fun.

And! And the best of all! This weekend, B and I are going up to the Philly to see my best good [ profile] shellefly and the [ profile] roughhouser and the FANG! I dance!

It is good to dance, though the co-wukrs look at me oddly.
caudelac: (Combat  Advantage.)
B & I are in Marietta, and I have a new LJ icon. Courtesy of Something Positive.

Signing off, with thunkage.
caudelac: (wistful)
This is a signal-thing. Whereby I am saying that I have not dropped off of the face of the earth,
That they seem to have mostly-fixed the leak in my ceiling,
That work is going reasonably well (though adjusting to perma 10-hour days 4 days a week is slow. Half-day on Fridays helps),
And that I am not sure what to talk about, when I am staring into this box. It's as though there is all too much, and then nothing at all.

What am I doing? What aren't I doing! I am going to ATL this weekend for a game, and playing in four 4e D&D games here in Durham, and they are all unbelievably awesome. I am playing, in no particular order:

A 10th level Revenant Asassin in [ profile] shieldhaven's game.
A 4th level Aasimar Psion in Planescape,
A 4th level Tiefling Artificer in Eberron,
And a 4th level Wilden Shaman in Chessenta.

I have come to really, /really/ love 4e D&D. I have probably babbled some about how much, but it bears repeating. The game I am playing this weekend is Arcana Evolved, which is fun in its own way-- largely because I am playing a 10th level Magister with an ungodly high INT, which means that the PH is pretty much my spellbook, and I do unholy buckets of damage. UNHOLY. BUCKETS. OF DAMAGE.

Anyway, I have been painting minis and working on other projects and collecting dunnys and seeing really awesome theatre movies and generally keeping myself occupied.

I have many opinions on various topics. If you ask me for some, I might even give them to you.
caudelac: (12 sided die-- geekness)
The ability to have a long-running argument about whether or not Batman can breathe in space.

Also, Song of Ice and Fire game tonight. I expect [ profile] shellefly and [ profile] yagathai to be extremely amused by this. I play a Bravossi Water Dancer for hire. It is kind of awesome.
caudelac: (Karlbox)
*sniff* It's so beautiful...

I think I might cry. Now that's an MMO that deserves cake.

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