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He was born with a gift for laughter, and a sense that the world was mad.

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July 29th, 2009

Repurposed

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This journal will soon be the home of my serial writing.

November 17th, 2008

What a Wookie

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Diane,

Everything is going well.  I am currently a bit under the weather, but we are closing in on a house!

Over the weekend I had a chance to watch the Clone Wars animated film and play with Wii Lightsaber duels game.  I also didn't get a chance to play my BSG board game, but that's a story for another time.

The film wasn't as awful as I had feared. Big Gay Capote the Hutt was the major misstep,both because it took the Alien Sterotype to a whole nother level, and because his plot was completely unnecessary to the rest.

As Plucky Sidekicks go, Ahsoka had some moments of Being Too Cute, but motuhing off to Anakin won her some points as well.  And I'll be damded, but I thought the Huttlet was kind of cute.

The video game, I'm sad to say, is not the Lightsaber Wii game anyone signed up for.  It's a big waggle fest and while I like the cut scence and quick time events that break up a very pedestrian fighter, I prefered the lightsaber fights of TFU.  On the plus side, it's not as bad as Teras Kasi.

I also should know how much of the next project I'll have.  I'm excited because it looks like there will be a bt more creativity involved in thisone, instead of summrizing Wookiepedia and attaching stats afterwards.
 


November 2nd, 2008

The Victims Have Been Bled

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According to the Vampire Name Generator (via xbeyondinsanex ) -


The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Claudius Shakespeare
Known in some parts of the world as:
Master of Seducers
The Great Archives Record:
Beautiful and alluring - hiding great power, great danger.





October 28th, 2008

I know what my next Star Wars gig will be.

No, I'm not telling you.  But I've already given you a clue.

October 13th, 2008

Get Up Off that Wall

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Diane,

Details are forthcoming, but I am hopeful I will have another gig forthcoming from a galaxy far, far away.

I also pitched something to that rival Angsty Company...and got shot down. 0 for 2 there, but I'm okay with it.

I recieved a tip on a freelance copywriting gig.  We shall have to see about that one.

And I finally got my main characters in line for Indigo.

October 5th, 2008

Dreaming My Life Away

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Diane,

It's been an interesting weekend.

Friday was Changeling, which started off with a last minute cancellation.  The game was riddled with some focus problems, but I think the last scene brought things back on track. I also never thought I'd run a WoD game that primarily took place inside a Jimmy Buffet restaurant.

Saturday was my cousin's wedding.  In the evening some folks got together to celebrate Bounty Hunter's birthday.  My plan was to originally cut out a bit early to head over there for a few hours, but instead I cut out early because I felt like hell and didn't want to throw up all over my family.  I spent most of Saturday drinking fluids and sleeping under linbtl 's watchful eye.  I only wish I could have stayed up to watch psychic detectives with her. Instead I watched the Sea Hawk and The Spanish Main, two great pirate movies starring actors from Casablanca. The perfect choice to keep me excited about pirates and my upcoming 7th Sea game. I also got a pretty sweet deal on some pirate 'treasure' that I'll be using for Drama Dice this time around.

I feel better today, though still a little off. I'm taking it easy and planning on watching some more movies until the finale of Money Sluts is on tonight. I also have to write Hughes High penultimate game, which will be an action packed romp into Roldavia. I may also be tinkering with the sea battle rules so that they'll make more sense.

September 27th, 2008

Diane,

Work has improved somewhat.  I'm still swamped, but I have a goal and some guidelines in motion that seem to be working.  There's a temp add-on that supposedly coming, and chances are it will be one of my fellow temps from my days at Uncle Herb's Cubicle Farm. 

I finally came to a decision about gaming.  Gaming will be on Fridays.  I told the monday group that I would be shutting it down after Hughes High ends in a couple weeks. I game them priority slots on Friday, but nobody took them.  It was sad, really, but something had to give.  The deal maker was the time I has at the premiere of Changeling - good drama, good time with friends, and a yummy dinner. I'm sure someday I'll get a game together with the crew from Monday nights again, but for now, the end is near.

Last night was a lovely evening at No Disassemble and Fortinbras' place. It was a large nerd gathering that watchd the debates with bits of snarky commentary here or there.  Neither guy delivered a Knockout Blow, but debates are usually Rorschach tests to begin with. Afterwards, Rovcket Boots came by and taught us how to play  Mafia aka Are You A Werewolf? It's a fun little game of accusations, treason, and betrayal. We played it for the rest of the night, changing each time to a different theme (Witches, 1950's Communists, Arkham Migo Cultists, etc.) I think a game of Cylons would go over great at the next Bunny Thing, xbeyondinsanex . It was fun enough that I didn't even mind that the big tub of games I brought went unplayed.

September 13th, 2008

Absolute Horror

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Diane,

While at lunch with Rocket Boots and Tarantula today, I ran into someone from high school.  Or, to be more specific, he walked past the table and said hi. 

This person was, in high school, the example of the Dingy Gamer Stereotype, known by the wags on RPG.net as "the Cat-Piss Man". He was a haze of oily unkempt long hair, faded heavy metal t-shirt, and bad vibes.  Whenever he would approach, we would flee or have a nervous, awkward conversation.  Even during the years when Gen Con was still in Milwaukee during college, when he approached, we fled. As if he stood close enough to us, we would lose our minimal amount of cool and staying air guitaring "Master of Puppets" while talking about our Werewolf character. He was so well-known for these traits that I'm pretty sure that those readers that knew me 9in high school know exactly who I'm talking about without the clever use of a pseudonym.

Still, he was good for a few things.  Gold Piece came over to our group of friends hanging out after school one day because he had fallen in with a game they were running and asked us if he could play with us.  And he has been one of our good friends for 15 years or so.  And, its sad to say, this guy was an easy punchline to how you or I might be a geek, but at least we're not bad as him.

Today he was much less intimidating.  Most of his long hair had migrated to a ZZ-Top-style beard and he was wearing.  We shared a few moments. I'll bet he works in an IT department somewhere.

When I say I didn’t go to my 10-year reunion because I stayed in tough with most of the people I wanted to, that's the truth.  But there are still those corner cases that I wonder about.

It also got me to thinking about the Things I Learned in High School.  I thought about grudges I still held. I thought about friends lost.  I thought about that waiter in Paris..what was his name......Jean-Luc!!!

I thought about how some people I know still aren't talking to each other after ten+ years under the bridge.  How I still refer to some of my Old Girlfriends by juvenile, spite-filled names.


And, of course, how I'm on this same path with EP. Rocket Boots said he called him and got a call back, which kind of stung.    Rocket said "You get the silent teatment for being a good friend, but he calls me because he's guilty of what he said after the breakup."  I'm not sure if that is correct or not.  I don't think he thinks I was a good friend, which is too bad,  because I don't know what I could have done differently.





PS. And I won’t mention how Rocket Boots still tried to flee the scene. 







PPS. Whoops.


September 3rd, 2008

Work:

SWSE: Revisions returned and awaiting the next pass.

Indigo: Outlining the first five chapters.  Starting on chapter 1 this week.

Play:

Changeling - Season Two starts September 12th.
Hughes High has four episodes left!

Here are some more wikis for your enjoyment -

New World of Darkness - Includes my Vampire, Mage, and Changeling games.
Houses of the Blooded

Strange:

Mark Rein*Hagen, creator of Vampire: the Masquerade, is a refugee from Georgia

August 18th, 2008

The Point of No Return

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The Big Gig is done.  I should hear back in a week or so what they think and if I will be asked to return.

Two Big Drama Points are affecting two good friends right now.  So pray to whomever they get sorted out soon.
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