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2015-05-17:  "Yay" by Avalon
2015-05-10:  "Re: Blood-Seeking Anti-Family Butterflies" by Trip
2015-05-10:  "Blood-Seeking Anti-Family Butterflies" by marithlizard
2015-05-10:  "Re: PAD&D5 write-up" by Trip
2015-05-10:  "PAD&D5 write-up" by Jeremy

25 May 2015 - Monday

Memorial Day! This weekend, Ken was at Kublacon running Dungeon World and 13th Age, but I was not cool enough, so I went to Roseville with Ayse and Jus and Nonni and Dave. Everyone else in the Bay Area wanted to go toward Sacramento too, but according to the Internets we still had a better time of it than the population of Sacramento (who all wanted to go to the Bay Area).

Without Ken, we couldn't play existing campaigns, and didn't have critical mass to start any new ones, but we tried out Dominion: Adventures (attack cards still suck) and 7 Wonders with leaders (I still suck) and ate grilled food and Chinese food and sought the lost art of conversation and swam. Also, kidshriekens.

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17 May 2015 - Sunday

Weekly summary time!

My boss was understanding about the thing taking forever to debug, and the customer will do a stop-gap thing until it is ready.

13th Age went okay, although the players may be confused more by the incoherence of my backstory than by any legitimate mystery. They only got as far as the Giant Pit of Bottomless Doom, so we'll have to conclude next week.

No anime, because Ken is sick and Marith cannot afford to risk illness at any time she is working for her current employers.

No D&D5, because Earl is sick.

I have been reading MCA Hogarth books, which I kind of like even though I'm not sure anyone else would. They have definite flaws as SF, but lots of angst. Also, catgirls.

I reread Three Parts Dead (Max Gladstone), and it is still awesome, although knowing the twist ahead of time does detract a little. It seems much more over-the-top than the later ones, almost as though the author had to clean up the worldbuilding a bit, but maybe I am misremembering. There is only one way to find out!

I have not been spending quite as much time sitting in my bedroom watching Crunchyroll, but I have been watching Re-Kan!, which is mostly comedy, about a girl who can see spirits. It's not clear if it will turn out to be yuri, although some of the secondary characters have clearly formed opinions already.

Yay by Avalon (Mon May 25 19:10:15 2015)


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13 May 2015 - Wednesday

I ran 13th Age again, and still did not kill all the PCs to open the Wednesday night slot for a Changeling campaign. This should not be taken to mean that I ran well, of course. The fights were boring, and the mystery did not eat enough people. We should finish next week, which gives me time to tune up the remaining monsters and traps for a TPK.

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10 May 2015 - Sunday

I don't seem to be keeping up with this when it's supposed to be daily. Maybe a weekly summary will succeed.

Did some work. Ended up having to do some work on Saturday, but I was saved by needing the help of my colleagues, who were not working on Saturday. I was glad at the time, but it would be nice to be done with this stupid thing.

At work, I have been listening to a Pandora station seeded from Lindsey Stirling, which produces some interesting things, like "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This" covered by a string quartet.

Today was Earl's PAD&D5 game. The PCs managed to talk to the three Fairy Godmothers and escape with their lives and souls, but were not able to persuade them to stop either meddling in mortal affairs or replacing the forest with mechanisms. Ella's impassioned speech in favor of organic nature got her seven blood-seeking antifamily butterflies as recompense for the forest already replaced, which would be useful if she wanted to collect the FGs' bounty on princes. Further upstream (after an enounter with ettercaps and a dead prince at the burned hunting lodge where everything started), they found the place where the river had jumped its banks and was busy eroding a deposit of moon rock, and littered with bones for some reason. Legwork among the local squirrels revealed that the stretch of river was now carnivorous, ever since the lady with a cow's head visited it. Since cows are sacred to Hera, this seemed like it might tie in with the queen, but in fact it was just an Equalist hero with a horned helmet and some mooks who wanted to arrest the "White Dragon".

Things I have read recently:

Nekropolis, Dead Streets, and Dark War (Tim Waggoner) are kind of like Simon Green's "Nightside" books, but less hyperbolic and I think funnier. The zombie PI is really a zombie (requires regular maintenance to not decay, no sense of touch or smell, etc) and the city of horror really contains only monsters (who fled Earth when humanity started getting too obnoxious with their flamethrowers and global communications and stuff).

Rolling in the Deep is as awesome as Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) usually is, and another example of why horror writers should read lots of biology. Oh, the doom.

The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep (Brenda Cooper) are about a singer/songwriter repeatedly saving the crew of her starship, sometimes from themselves. The second one reminds me a lot of Mike's Earthdawn character, as people from a small closed society are thrust into cutthroat capitalism.

The Croning and The Light is the Darkness (Laird Barron) are not particularly related, except that they both show how getting mixed up in the Mythos is a bad bad thing. One is about a hapless academic who marries into the wrong family, the other is about a mutated scion of a wrong family, but neither mental nor physical stats help.

"Gods and Monsters" is a modern fantasy duology by two authors, composed of Unclean Spirits (Chuck Wendig) and Mythbreaker (Stephen Blackmoore). The second introduces some interesting concepts beyond the gods coming down to mess with people, but I found the ending anticlimactic. Once the hero got his mojo, he didn't have to struggle much.

I can't tell exactly what time period is The Midnight Queen (Sylvia Izzo Hunter) is supposed to be set in the cognate of — 18th century? early 19th? definitely not Victorian — but it's nice historical intrigue and romance in a magic-based alternate Britain.

PAD&D5 write-up by Jeremy (Wed May 13 21:06:39 2015)

Here, I'll help out with content. When last we visited our heroes, The Frederick totally rocked, and the other characters did other stuff involving talking and thinking and casting spells. There was less sword dancing than usual. ...That more or less covers it, yah?

Re: PAD&D5 write-up by Trip (Thu May 14 09:31:53 2015)

I have to mention the Blood-Seeking Anti-Family Butterflies, even though they haven't been used on The Frederick yet.

Blood-Seeking Anti-Family Butterflies by marithlizard (Thu May 14 10:12:14 2015)

Wow! I can imagine it now: each one as big as my hand, some with rainbow-tinted wings, some splotched with pink triangles, some with overlapping circles and arrows and crosses, and here and there one with pure white or black wings. They flutter menacingly as they home in on Antonin Scalia's jugular...

Re: Blood-Seeking Anti-Family Butterflies by Trip (Thu May 14 10:17:47 2015)

And then, having tasted his blood, they can hunt down his kin to the Nth degree!

(Actually the butterflies themselves don't do any damage, they just whisper advice on where to hit people to let the blood out.)

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6 May 2015 - Wednesday

This week, I took over running 13th Age again. The PCs are now in a ruined temple of a forgotten (or at least severely neglected) goddess that surfaced in the Queen's Wood and sent death-crazed mutant kobolds rampaging around. Now that they are in the mysteries, I need to come up with appropriate solutions, which is always the hard part.

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29 April 2015 - Wednesday

This week in 13th Age, we see that I am far too stupid to play a political intrigue game like Ken wants. (Also Anwë is doomed, but that's not really new.) Ken took pity on us and gave us a quest to find a temple that had mysteriously appeared somewhere in the woods. We didn't get there, but the mutant murder kobolds showed us we were on the right track.

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