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Commence the whuppage

Okay, they fixed ArchVillains and Giant Monsters on CoX.
Who wants to do the last Shadow Shard TF, and when?
This weekend is very much “out” for me.

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Rudalak the Spooky TF

What? Legend of Rudalak Task Force (SS TF2)
Where? Shadow Shaaaard
When? Weekend surrounding June 10th
Why? Well, we wants it, precious, and any weekend before then isn’t going to work.
How? By hook and/or crook.
Who’s in(terested)?

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Double-plus geek

If you’re interested in staying up to date on the Game Calendar for Casa/Consortium events, and you use some kind of RSS feed-reader, point it at this address:
http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/et03k4fcfececqbbiugjsgpqbk@group.calendar.google.com/public/basic
And you’ll see everything going on.

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Random Updates

Blowing the dust (just dust, not Dust) off of the Game Calendar, since we’ve got stuff going on a bit more regularly in the near future.
Things to do:
Figure out a time to get together on character generation for the Sorcerer game. (Clicking Sands: Blood Simple)
Figure out a time (weekly or bi, mid-week-ish) to do Xian Quan via chat or IRC. I need to install AIM and look at the dice bot… and test out the ability to run multiple group-chat… things. What I want is one OOC ‘room’ for rolls and kibbitzing and one or two IC ‘rooms’ to have scenes running, concurrently… I know IRC can do it — dunno if AIM can… I’d rather run GTalk for it, but I don’t think it handles groups at all… or has a dicebot.
Note: need to take a look at WebRPG too. 😛

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XQ: IRC?

Okay, so a conversation with Kate that really shouldn’t have reminded me of this, reminded me of this: Some folks put no small effort into working up characters for Heroquest, to do Xian Quan.
Do we (and by we I mean ‘those of you that did that work’) want to try to do it anyway? Remotely, via one of the free chat-like-clients that handle chatting and dice-rolls and stuff? Maybe once a week or something?
Post: yea or nay — my feelings won’t be hurt either way.

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A look at the new Conan collection

While at the San Diego Comic-Con last week, I had a chance to chat with the folks at the Del Rey booth. One of the publishers let me take a peek (and pictures) of the advance proof of the Bloody Crown of Conan collection, including some of the interior art and the mock-up for the cover.
The fellow I spoke with is in charge of production for the book and is making a serious effort to drum up support for it’s release (hence his willingness to get pictures of the book out there) — he’s quite a fan himself and said that what he’d really like to see is everyone buying the book the week that it comes out, thus putting Robert E. Howard into the NYT Bestseller list “where he should be”.

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Schedule through February

You people make the mistake of asking me to work out a schedule, then this is what you get.
(Though I’ll note will some glee that a GREAT DEAL of this is not GMed by me, and some I’m not even playing in.)

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Updated shedule

Current schedule, through November
Oct 25, Saturday: Chrysalis C (Presuming Dave and Margie can get away in the later afternoon.)
Oct 27, Monday: Chrysalis A
Oct 31, Friday: Halloween
Nov 1, Saturday: Cry Havoc
Nov 2, Sunday: OA
Nov 3, Monday: OA
Nov 7, Friday: DnD
Nov 8, Saturday: Chrysalis C
Nov 9, OA
Nov 10, Monday: Chrysalis A
Nov 14, Friday: OA Ends (?!?)
Nov 15, Saturday: Cry Havoc
Nov 16, Sunday: Spycraft
Nov 21, Friday: DnD? (don’t know if Robert and Lori can make it. Margie can’t)
Nov 22, Saturday: Chrysalis C
Nov 24, Monday: Chrysalis A
Nov 27, Thursday: Thanksgiving

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Good grief

Just for reference, this is the game schedule for Casa del Testerman for the next two months.
It is… not to put it too bluntly… fucking insane, due mostly to an effort to wrap up several long-running campaigns in the next two months.

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Diceless con game

Something I’ve mentioned before: someone who took Nobilis and the League of Extradinary Gentlemen comic and came up with Convention game.
Nobilis: The League of Extraordinary Americans

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My weekend

Pulp Adventures all weekend:
The Tear of Ra – Saturday Morning, 9am
Keith Tatroe, Jennifer Tatroe, Jim Carsten, Chris Sneary [GM Doyce Testerman]
An Evening at the Blue Note – Saturday Morning, 9am
Dwight Reifsnyder, Dan Reifsnyder, Loren Meaux, Troy Latta, [GM Matt Parker]
Gliriform – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30pm
Matt Parker, Troy Latta, Jennifer Tatroe, Lori Hershfeldt, David Geissinger
[GM Doyce Testerman]
The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Malefaktus – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30pm
Dwight Reifsnyder, Dan Reifsnyder, Keith Tatroe, Jim Carsten, [GM James
Stepanek]
Gliriform – Saturday Night, 6:30pm
Dwight Reifsnyder, Dan Reifsnyder, Keith Tatroe, Jim Carsten, Ken Rehor,
[GM Doyce Testerman]
Gliriform – Sunday Morning, 9am
James Stepanek, Loren Meaux, Chris Sneary, Scott Gaeta, [GM Doyce Testerman]
An Evening at the Blue Note – Sunday Afternoon, 1:30pm
Scott Gaeta, Randy Trimmer, Casey McGirt, [GM Doyce Testerman]
Doyce keels over – Sunday Evening, 6:30pm
[GM Doyce Testerman]

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Pulpy Goodness

Our Next Pulp Gameday will be at Collectormania on May 31st and June 1st. We will be running all of our current modules, scheduled to match the needs of as many registrants as possible. Register here.

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Genghis 2003

Via Rey:
So, for all those wondering “where is that sexy hunk of man that goes by the name of Rey?”….
Email me here.
For those wondering where “that other guest writer is?”: I’ve been at Genghis Con, Denver’s largest gaming convention in Colorado.
Man, am I wiped out.
Nevertheless, here are some six word reviews.
Living Greyhawk: Almost died way too many times.
Living Force: Man, do they need new writers.
Serial Pulp Adventures: Serial Pulp kicks a$$! For shizzi…
Being RPG Coordinator at Tacticon: What the hell was I thinking?
As a warm-up before my stint as RPG Coordinator for Tacticon, I did (just about) all the RPG mustering, lots of packet scoring and a variety of other jobs, while still playing and judging.
As I said, wiped out.
The convention was quite a bit of fun, as always, though the experience was slightly diminished with the main group of people I hang out with at these things in another country. Which means I got to hang out with some other people. I’ve now confirmed some things I already knew:
1. Rules lawyers interrupting games suck.
2. A good judge can make a bad scenario good.
3. A bad judge can’t help but make a scenario bad.
4. Some times, the only way to get people what they want is to be an a$$hole.
5. I will never play in another Greyhawk interactive. I may help run them, but I really have no desire to play in another one.
6. I really love my wife and son.
Anyhow, I now have to prepare for the mayoral campaign of my Greyhawk character. I have so much RPG-related work to do, it’s silly.

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A scotsman, a reformed thief, a gay half-orc, halfling wizard, and two fearless warriors walk into a bar…

Rey is organizing events for the October Rebellion convention here in Denver, which is running ‘living’ games exclusively. For those not familiar with the RPGA, let me explain that living campaigns are basically like home campaigns (gain exp and gear, advance your character) except you’ve got 15000 people playing in the same setting (maximum of six to a table, please).
Most of the campaigns are good ones, and thus the judges (GMs) also like to play, so in order to get judges willing to GM tables for most living campaigns, you have to first organize “Slot Zero’s” for the judges (so named because they come before the First Slot of the convention). Judges play their own characters at the Slot Zeros, which lets them actually gain experience points and gee gaws for their characters as well as familiarizing them with the module in a way that a simple read-through rarely can. It’s a pretty good system (provided you can find someone willing to GM for the judges) and generally, when you sit down with a table full of people who are willing and able to GM for a group of strangers on a regular basis, you’ve a table full of good role-players.
Last night (Living Greyhawk) was no exception (although with the guys we had playing, we had more joking going on than actual hard-core roleplay, but still), and I had a great time, plus, this module’s a two-parter so we’re wrapping it up tonight with the same group. Good stuff.
Next week on Tuesday/Wednesday we’re Slot 0-ing the Living Force stuff (Star wars), then the week after that is more Living Greyhawk and some other fantasy thing I still need to create a character for (a much darker, intrigue-oriented thing).
Yeah, I’m playing a lot of games right now. I know. I plan to do something about it, then I think “wow, this would be a really cool campaign to run”. There just isn’t enough room in the week for everything I want to do, plus writing, plus working on the house and doing family stuff. I expect that there will be some changes pretty soon, since the current schedule has held together for about six months (or more) with no major changes… some players are getting new jobs, etc., and frankly there’s some stuff I’d like to wrap up to make room for other things.
Plus, hey, it’s coming up on the start of new seasons for my shows. That’s going to have an impact, I’m sorry. 🙂

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And I don’t even like Tacticon

An all-weekend gaming convention does not take up the whole weekend; it takes up the whole month.
Between getting modules from the con admin, running (or playing) “Slot 0’s” to prep the other GM’s that haven’t played the scenarios which you have, prepping player handouts and other tidbits to make your tables “special”…
Denver has four of these mama-jama’s going over the course of the year. Tacticon is this coming weekend. I’ll be glad when it’s wrapped up.

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Enough Talk, Time for Action!

Well, Living Pulp is in the schedule for Tacticon, now we just have to figure out if we’re going to run my next module, Rey’s, or David Stroh’s. That’s a good problem to have.
I’m psyched.

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Just a warning

No talking about the movie at the game Friday night. Some people won’t have seen it yet.

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Game tonight

DnD, takes place at the Consortium, since Dave’s out of town and Margie can’t find a sitter. It’s fine — not as though I haven’t GM’d there any number of times before.
Between working on the Pulp Heroes page, the new updates to the Star Wars page, and figuring out how to convert the L5R modules from Living Rokugan to my intermittent Oriental Adventures game, the Price of Honor pages haven’t seen a lot of attention, and haven’t gotten a lot of prep time. Ahh well — the plots are a little thing, but they’ll be a story to tell by the time I get to the end, and everyone seems to be having a decent time.
Now, I just need to figure out what I’m doing with them tonight. 😛

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Weekend plans

This Sunday, I’m coordinating my 2nd Gameday at Collectormania (which I’d provide a link to if I knew it).
The first gameday was easy — very short notice, so not too many people showed up, and all I needed was to run the same scenario twice myself and go home. Piece of cake.
People had lots of warning this time. A good thing — lots of participation.
LOTS.
3 or 4 tables for each time slot (depending on if any more people show up), which means more judges than just myself (I’m good, but not that good, people), which means organizing a “Slot 0” so the judges can play the module ahead of time and get a chance to get acquainted with it, which means finding someone to ‘eat’ the module (never get to play it)…
Much bigger deal.
Big thanks to Dave and Lori, who agreed to Slot 0 and be on call to run events. HUGE thanks to Jackie, who has never GM’d before, and not only ran the scenarios, but ran them with very little prep time, did a GREAT job, and then offered to cover any overflow at the game day.
[I think she just wants a chance to kill one of Bruce’s character’s, though — keeps muttering something about “payback” and “motherfucker”.]
So it should be a big Sunday. Friday is the Star Wars home game, which Lori is joining, and Saturday is (maybe) the beginning of Randy’s Amber game.
Another weekend full of gaming. Whee. This is why we never get laundry done.

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Ghengis Con

Ghenghis Con was very cool for me last year, because it was my first real experience stepping back into mainstream gaming, something I hadn’t been a part of since starting the on campus gaming org in college that introduced me to most of my friends.
Last year was a new experience for a lot of people — d20 was starting to catch on seriously, and Living Greyhawk was just really getting rolling (having only really run at one or two major cons prior to that point), and I had a great time. I didn’t GM, either — I just played.
This year was better. Jackie came with, we played all the Living Greyhawk stuff together, we had a great time with a lot of our favorite people to game with, I introduced my wife to a few people I knew that she didn’t, and I didn’t have to GM this time either.
The best part was that I really didn’t think we’d be able to go this year at all, and instead we got to play almost everything I was interested in playing. Very cool.
So, heydy ho to all those folks out there I saw, and all the ones I missed, and hope to run into you again soon.

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Game Tonight

Session Seven? I need to put some GM logs up for the game, but nothing today. Need to get the house cleaned up and run errands.
Robert and Dave G can’t make, so it’ll be… well, weird, not to put too fine a point on it.
Update
Actually, a couple people couldn’t make it, so Session Seven hasn’t happened yet, and we ended up running a small Oriental Adventure game that started on Saturday and sequeled into a Sunday afternoon session, so I’ve yet another intermittent game to write about.

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Mucho Gaming

We went to WiCoU this weekend. ALL of us, for once. Jackie enjoyed herself a great deal with the GM’s she had, and we got to play at the same tables, AS PLAYERS, all day — it was great.
Justin played a double slot at an all-kids table and had a great time, then got to play a couple hours of Diablo while we gamed. He even won his table for the RPGA votes, which is cool.
Still… it was… sheesh, something like 15 hours of straight DnD — that’s a lot of math. Jack and I both advanced our personal character projects and fought the good fight. No one got killed. Lots of fun.
Must go sleep now.

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Friday

Game this Friday will be the DnD campaign. Margie can’t make it, but Robert’s wife can. Normally, I’d be against adding a seventh player, but I have ulterior motives — if I can get his wife psyched about the game, then maybe we’ll be able to introduce a little flexibility in Robert’s game schedule — right now, we can only play on Friday nights, which aren’t always optimal.
Also, hey, it’s always good to meet more people.

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This week

No games this weekend. Next weekend is WiCoU, which I plan to be playing in, not running. Good for me. Getting the registrations done this weekend.
Also need to get my Ghenghis registration worked out, because Rey needs a couple Amber game slots on the board. Need to find out when my openings are.

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Rock Star (like Meatloaf)

You know that maxim that the camera adds 10 pounds?
Well apparently the internet turns you into an emaciated bookworm (at least if you let it). Curious about my logic? Read on.
So I went to AmberCon Northwest this year. This was going to be a big deal in the way of meeting people, since many of the folks involved were folks with whom I have been conversing via email, off an on, for years – literally. I believe it would have been somewhere around mid-95 when I joined the Amber mailing list (back BEFORE it was amber@logrus.org).
Bolthy, Epoch, Chris, Kristen, Simone, and of course local folks like Meera and Kingsley — like most geeks, I’ve actually met people in real life whom I’ve met first on the internet, but those were all one-on-one situations — this would be the first time I was meeting a large population of My Personal Internet ™.
The concensus. I’m a lot bigger guy than… everyone… expected. Some people found this really startling. It was starting to give me a complex.
If, like Jon said, I’m a rock star, it appears I’m someone like Elvis in the later years.

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Urg

I haven’t put an entry in here for so long that MT has removed all my other entries — too old. So here’s the Halloween update.
I’m leaving for Portland tomorrow for Amber Con North West (ACNW). The con runs 3.5 days, and while I participate in a con or gameday almost every month, this will be my first AmberCon. I’m fairly excited.
Fairly.
Jackie has been wondering why I haven’t been more psyched. Here’s a few reasons why most people might get excited and why I’m not.
– I’m going to be staying with Jon. This should be fun. Should. I haven’t seen Jon in 5 years, however, so who knows. Maybe it’ll be awkward as hell. On the right hand, I’m really glad not to be shelling out another couple hundred bucks on a hotel room, on the left, I sort of feel as though I’m missing out on some of the ambiance of the con by not rooming where everyone else is. The coordinator is local to Portland, and even she is staying out there.
– I’m going to be going to Con. Big Deal. I go to Cons all the time. I GM weekly, and when I’m not running something, I’m thinking about running something, so I don’t fit the profile for the typical Amber Gamer — most of these guys are not in regular games, and this con is one of thier big chances to hang out with people who share thier interests, and like the same game they do — ADRPG is a fringe community within a Fringe community, as such… not a big following. In Denver, with the active RPGA membership, Cons are monthy, normal, dare-I-say boring events. At least boring in the fact that they are happening. So I’m not psyched just because of the con.
– Meeting new people. That’s great, unless I don’t gel with the group of people out there. Might happen, might not. I’m not short of friends, and unlike some, I don’t think that adding to the list is something one needs to work on day in and day out for your whole likfe. I’m comfortable with my current list of friends, and I’m not counting on AmberCon to help me out in this regard.
– Get to Travel. BFD. I do that all the time. It’s not exciting, it’s just work. Ditto staying in a strange bed, eating strange food, in a strange town — all these are things that I associate with work, not play.
All that said, I am excited as much as possible, and I’m sure I’ll be even more psyched once I get there and start meeting people and playing. Here’s my schedule:
Arrive Portland, 2:40pm PCT, Thursday.
Reception — Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Slot 1 — Thursday, 7 p.m. – midnight (Castle of Crossed Destinies)
Slot 2 — Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Christmas in Amber)
Slot 3 — Friday, 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (All Cats Are Kings (Meera is using Swift to run this!))
Slot 4 — Friday, 8 p.m. – midnight (A Comfy Nights Stay at the Happy Crossroads Inn)
Saturday: nothing going on until…
Slot 6 — Saturday, 7 p.m. – midnight (Skeletons in the Closet)
Slot 7 — Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (eXcessive Force: The Tentacle Files — this is supposed to end at around 2pm instead — I need to make a character up for this one, still)
Depart Portland, 6:30am (!!) PCT, Monday
These are the times when Jackie is glad to have the 85 lbs. Great Dane/Lab roaming the house. I’ve seen him pick out intruders… it’s imposing.
The main slot on Saturday was going to be where I would run a game, but I signed up late, so I didn’t get enough people signed up, so I’m open. There’s a guy I know in Portland who wanted to get together for lunch, but other than that, I’ve got nothing going on (other than needing to write some stuff for NaNoWriMo.)
The Sunday slot usually breaks up and ends up dissolving into a socialization event at the Inn’s bar — I’m down with that, since my flight doesn’t leave til the next day.

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Weekend

This weekend is fraught with gamer peril. I’m taking part in a local con, playing Living Greyhawk on Friday night, GMing Living Force all day Saturday, and playing a 2-part Living Greyhawk on Sunday.
I am, oddly, not all the psyched about it. I’m tired of going to these things alone. I really just want my wife to come and participate with me, at least as much as she can (she still has homework to do), but the slots are all booked up, and there’s just no way to get her in unless I create a slot by not playing myself, which defeats the purpose.
The real gizzard-kicker: she WANTS to go, and believes she’ll have time — I didn’t know, so I didn’t make the appropriate reservations, and now I’m out in the cold. Rather, she is. We both are. Sucks.

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Hmmm…

I just found my free round-trip flight voucher that expires at the end of the year, and tonight is the last official deadline day to register for AmberCon Northwest.
Hmmm…
I need to rattle Simone’s cage and see if there’s still room.