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2016-09-11:  "Re: Story games" by marithlizard
2016-09-11:  "Story games" by Jeremy
2016-07-26:  "Re: now you are!" by Trip
2016-07-26:  "now you are!" by marithlizard
2016-07-22:  "Re: Wine Night" by marithlizard

17 September 2016 - Saturday

HAPPY HAPPY KEN-DAY (observed)!

Boo on Ken for telling me the part was at 12:00 instead of 14:00, but Nonni was happy to have someone different to play with.

A lot of Ken's friends from Before San Jose showed up, like Brooks who is playing 13th Age and the rest of his poly family including two small creatures, and there was a lot more talking and drinking and less playing games than I hoped, but it wasn't my party! Anyway, I got to prove that I am worst at 7 Wonders, so what more do I need?

I ate very unhealthily, but it was tasty.


Sadly, Dimension W does seem to be veering into the "alternate universe" direction.

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16 September 2016 - Friday

Fix (Ferrett Steinmetz) completes the story from Flex and The Flux, about magic based on obsession and what it does to the world. It's not like the previous two books were easy on our heroic bureaucromancer and his family, but of course the climax is particularly grueling. We do get to find out what is going on with the Unimancers and the Thing That Ate Europe and other setting details, at least.

Why can I not write about the doom of feelings?

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14 September 2016 - Wednesday

I finally got the picture of my 13th Age character Anwë that I commissioned, although I haven't managed to paper it yet. I'm not sure people were properly impressed.

Then we ate cheap Chinese food and thwarted a villain by finding out that Ktang's is probably a node in the vast Lich King Network. Next week, rescuing non-sacrificial virgins from diabolists!


Like The Invisible Library, The Masked City (Genevieve Cogman) is not deep but pretty fun. It seems like there may be secrets hiding the cosmology, waiting to leap out at the poor heroine. (For example, I suspect X and Y are actually the same thing.)

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11 September 2016 - Sunday

Celebrating 15 years of fear-mongering and encroaching government shit for our own "safety"!


Hurray, it's PAD&D5! This week, we found the [SPOILER] cultists, although sadly Jeremy had them jump directly to fighting us, thus depriving us of the chance to get advantage by cruelly betraying them.

Lam definitely needs to be saving her spell slots to add 2d10 radiant damage to her melee attacks, or at least her crits (in 5th ed, all damage dice get doubled, so that would be +4d10).

I don't know why I enjoy this game more than 13th Age. Maybe it's just that we game for hours, instead of socializing for a while and then sort of gaming for a little bit and then dispersing. Or maybe I am actually not good enough to play story games and need a concrete system.


At least in volume 1, Wandering Island (Kenji Tsuruta) is about a girl, her airplane, and a mysterious floating island that only sometimes appears. It's by the same person who did Spirit of Wonder, which explains why the art style is familiar.

Story games by Jeremy (Fri Sep 23 21:06:55 2016)

Games are for fun and a break from concentrated mentation. When I want a complex, multi-layered story full of relationships, emotion, carefully considered actions, and the psychic rewards therefrom, I go back to my quotidian life. Managing the real one is hard enough. I haven't yet succeeded in simulating another in real time.

Also, I like smashing things and taking stuff, but I'm way too inhibited without a plate of cheese and a bowl of carrot sticks in front of me.

Re-ordering those paragraphs also works. :-D

Re: Story games by marithlizard (Mon Sep 26 13:28:57 2016)

Mild-mannered Jeremy lives an ordinary, non-smashing life - but little do his neighbors know that exposure to many-sided dice and snack food can transform him into BIOLOGIST HULK!

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10 September 2016 - Saturday

  • Brother, Dear Brother 38-39: The End! All the survivors are happy, although heteronormativity is rampant. (The audience is unanimous that our heroine's parents are in denial, though.)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion 24: I remembered the Kaworu stuff as taking more than a single episode, but then I also didn't remember how gay it was, which shows you what my memory is worth.
  • Nisemonogatari 5: Well, at least the naked vampire is clean. I have no idea what is up with that house, though.

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7 September 2016 - Wednesday

Everyone made it to 13th Age! Then we fought a basilisk, which resulted in no permanent PC deaths even though Ken completely nerfed my attempt to use Anwë's backgrounds to keep us from dying. I don't know that this feat was a good investment.


Stranger of Tempest (Tom Lloyd) is fairly straight-forward fantasy, with dungeons and magic guns. The main character is fat and middle-aged and about as well-liked as a German in France in the 1950s (for similar) reasons, which is something.

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5 September 2016 - Monday

Finished the first season of Alice Isn't Dead, and finally found out the narrator's name! I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be smart enough to have figured out what's Really Going On from the existing 10 episodes or not, but I look forward to the second season anyway, and will even send them some money if I remember.


Oh no! These cats have never been fed ever! Just ask them!

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4 September 2016 - Sunday

Still in Roseville! Their game store failed me because I do not play Pathfinder, but that is okay. I have the Internet for that.

We played Dungeon World but without Jason (so no Druid) and Ken changed characters (so Beguiler (no idea if that's the correct link but it looks close) instead of Barbarian). Apparently in this setting, we make city names by anacronymizing a description and adding vowels if needed. Thus, Thon, Beccs, and Sadar. After descending into the forgotten tombs under the Secret Dwarven Republic and defeating the psychic undead dwarf who gave their contact all his power and influence via evil beard transplant, the PCs successfully got power and nice things and a chance to build a quest token for an NPC. Next time I visit, they will try to deliver the token and then maybe work on the Beguiler's goal of overthrowing the tyrannical council of Beccs. Dungeons may ensue, or maybe I'll decide that a city is enough of a threat; either way, I can/should prepare.


Marith reports the cats are still adorable.


American food is so full of carbs.

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3 September 2016 - Saturday

The (rest of the) first half of (the first season of) Alice Isn't Dead didn't have any more of the gory bits that repelled Marith but is darn creepy.


Now I am in Roseville. Humans are here. Gamers are here.

In the first game of Dominion, I was betrayed by the lure of Talisman, since there were no 4-point cards that were worth getting stacks of, but when I resisted the lure, I tied for the win (with someone who also resisted but used a different strategy otherwise, meaning it was a good set of cards).

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2 September 2016 - Friday

Avalonhugs!


Marith is now briefed on how to cater to the cats while I am in Roseville and she is avoiding travel stress.

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1 September 2016 - Thursday

Hope and Red (Jon Skovron) is kind of extruded, but has creepy biomancers. The fantasy slang is only so-so, but on the other hand, it has the only female [SPOILER] and the only female [SPOILER] as PCs, and they are totally PCs.

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31 August 2016 - Wednesday

This week, we have both Mike and Kelsey for 13th Age, and also more Thai food! (The Thai food did not get a character sheet.)

This week, my major failings are that I can't roll dice and that I can't speak in character voice. But it all kind of worked out in the end, ish.


One Good Dragon Deserves Another and No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (Rachel Aaron) are the next two books in the series that started with Nice Dragons Finish Last. Julius's meme of "sociopathy is not the only route to success" is gaining some traction, despite widespread death and violence, but Marci's plotline with Ghost and high-level UN mages and the future of humanity is more interesting and also has a giant cliffhanger.

It isn't Shadowrun, but it's kind of close only with more dragons.


I have completely sucked at writing this month. Some of it was from computer issues (now resolved with the giant shiny new iMac), some of it was from brain pill issues (now resolved with a renewed prescription that should last until I can get the prescription through a more organized provider), but most of it was from just being useless. And I am starting off September with a vacation, so maybe I should just die in a pit.

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29 August 2016 - Monday

No Avalon this week, only Zuul.

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28 August 2016 - Sunday

Hurray, it's PAD&D5 time!

Since Deirdre complained about not being able to remember that my character is female, I brought a visual aid (by http://regovrso.tumblr.com/, who charges reasonable prices and does good work, unlike the first tumblr artist I commissioned).

Apparently there are [SPOILER] under the [SPOILER], where people higher-level than us lurk, but since we are almost to 3rd level, that will obviously change soon. Muahahahaha.


Hurray, it's Avalon time, because she only has to work most of the weekend! She still won't say when she will put her foot down about being overworked, though. Waiting for when there is nothing important going on is never going to work.


How can I write when I don't know anything about feelings?

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27 August 2016 - Saturday

There were threats of Waterpark II : Hydraulic Boogaloo, but they were empty. I had to do a stupid work thing in the middle of the day, which threw my usual Saturday routine out of whack anyway, but casualties were light.


Now that Marith is back, we can watch Eva again! But Ken randomly bailed on us, so we didn't watch Nisemonogatari.

  • Brother, Dear Brother 37: I think this is the opposite of a death spiral. Only two episodes to go, and Nanako is being let in on the less-dark secrets that bind the cast together.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion 22-23: Apparently there's dispute among the audience as to whether [SPOILER] was the one to [SPOILER][SPOILER]. I thought it was fairly obvious myself. And if you think Asuka is angsty now, just wait until she finds out. (But if she was raised German-speaking, is angst legitimate for her?)
  • Sailor Moon Crystal 12-13: Famous last words from just about every underboss ever. Surprisingly, we did not get to the end of the arc, although it can't be far away.

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