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Dec. 9th, 2004

07:25 am - Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday deramani! I'm hoping to see your mug sometime soon!

John

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

Jul. 29th, 2004

07:43 am - A Long Overdue Update

Over the past few days…

…I ran Call of Cthulhu. It was one of those ephemeral games where everything clicked. It all started off with some decidedly appropriate atmosphere. I had some old candelabras that I filled. I had them arranged in strategic areas, along with some other props (scrolls of eldritch lore, a statuette of an otherworldly being). When we dimmed the lights, the feel of the gaming lair put us all in the right frame of mind.

The group arrived in a patchwork fashion. Some were early, some were late, but we got started fairly quickly once everyone made their entrances. Table-talk was relatively low; it seemed that everyone had a desire to get right down to business.

We started the game, and everyone immediately engaged their characters. The plot started with the mundane, as most horror stories do, but quickly veered off the course of everyday events. What I find humorous and somehow satisfying is an aspect of horror games, and Call of Cthulhu in particular, that often generates surprises on both sides of the Keeper’s screen. The first situation arose that was due to have a violent outcome. It was not the burly warrior that dealt a crushing death-blow to a slavering enemy. It was a botanist…with a trowel…who was in the process of pulling up his pants. We’re still laughing.

Following were many dangerous, creepy, and terrifying situations. Everyone survived, mainly because they made good choices. The game may or may not make its way to another session, but I think its got legs. We’ll see.

…Abby’s about ready to pop out her litter. A very pregnant miniature dachshund is a funny and a pitiful sight. She groans with nearly every step, and her belly almost drags the floor. I think this will probably be her last set of pups. Meri enjoys raising them, but Abby’s done her bit for King and Country.

…I’ve been thinking about the rapidly approaching ragweed season. I’ve got a prescription for Clarinex that I need to get filled.

…we’ve been given unseasonably cool weather. It suits me. I’m not a summer person. Well, not Missouri summers, anyway. I’m sure that Alaskan or Pacific Northwest summers would be great!

…we started watching Rescue Me. It may be my new favorite show. I’ve always liked Mr. Leary.

…I started re-reading R.E. Howard. I’ve always enjoyed the simplicity and directness of Conan’s Hyboria.

That’s enough for now…meanwhile, back to the drudgery.

John

Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Current Music: The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News

Jul. 28th, 2004

06:35 am - Welcome...

...to grilnog! There goes the neighborhood! :grins:

-John

Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: The office vacuum

Apr. 9th, 2004

09:40 am - Book Lemming!

Actually, the closest book to me right now is an e-book.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"That leaves you just ten minutes. You will have to run," said Gandalf.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Journey

Mar. 22nd, 2004

07:47 pm - This Evening

With a nod to deramani

Blaze of sky fire burns.
Orange leads blue in calling
an indigo dream.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Phil Collins - Easy Lover

07:22 am - This Morning

Golden light appears.
Darkened land in long shadows,
under brilliant blue.

Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful

Feb. 23rd, 2004

09:25 am - Peter Pan Syndrome

I have a hard time being grown up.

Current Mood: crappycrappy

Oct. 10th, 2003

10:00 am - Rokugan

Tonight's the first night of my new Legend of the Five Rings d20 campaign. I say campaign...hopefully it takes off. I played the game at Archon, and it hit me like an iron tetsubo! Everyone seems psyched. I think its due to the "newness" of the Rokugan setting.

I've created a minor fief in Crane lands called Miniama Kawa (South River). The players will be retainers of Lord Daidoji Togama, who rules a small port town with connections to the Crane-Mantis trade routes. Lord Daidoji's court is made up of some interesting characters, including a Dragon Clan Shugenja, who may have the interests of the Imperial Court as her top priority...

Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Soundtrack

Oct. 7th, 2003

07:36 am - My Next Campaign

After many different temptations, I've finally settled on what RPG will be my next to run...

On Friday, The Thistledown Gamers Guild sails for Rokugan!

Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Soundtrack

Sep. 11th, 2003

08:05 am - Remembering the day...

"Alas, poor world, what treasure hast thou lost!"
Venus & Adonis

Current Mood: thankfulthankful

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