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2014-07-04:  "Avalon!" by Trip
2014-07-04:  "me =) " by Avalon
2014-07-02:  "Re: Only" by Trip
2014-07-02:  "Only" by Avalon
2014-06-24:  "No excuse needed!" by Trip

18 July 2014 - Friday

Boo, I'm on call again! Well, gaming has been cancelled, so I guess it's a good weekend for it. Now I just need to exert my vast psychic powers to put the customers into a coma until Monday.

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17 July 2014 - Thursday

Gaming makes me sleepy. Bah.

The Forever Watch (David Ramirez) reminds me of Eclipse Phase with the cyberware and repression and psionic powers, although it's not similar in detail. The horrendous secrets of the generation ship are indeed horrendous, but sadly I do not get the impression that anyone in the setting ever tried very hard to deal with them in any except the most obvious (and difficult, repressive, and wasteful) way. So, it's not really an idiot plot, but it doesn't make me think the humans deserved much better than they got.

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16 July 2014 - Wednesday

Today, Earthdawn.

Isidari and Kamakani got mixed up in a star-crossed secret love affair that was foundering on confusion over whether half a dead antelope left in someone's room was like a horse's head in the bed, or like half a mouse dragged in by a cat. In the end it all worked out, though, and Kamakani was able to make off with the ancestral shield of shininess (to add to its luster with further great deeds, of course). Isidari made contact with the skyship captain who Beatrice was manipulated (by dragons! dragons, I tells ya!) into encountering, so next week we can try to get a ride to Parlainth without any... Imperial entanglements.

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15 July 2014 - Tuesday

Way #923475623990 in which current Boss S is incalculable orders of magnitude better than old boss G3: she knocks before coming into my cube!

It seems like Two Serpents Rise just came out, but here is Full Fathom Five (Max Gladstone) already! This time, it's the Carribean-analog, for offshore banking with ill-gotten gods. It turns out that gods raise even more moral questions than banks. Characters from the previous two books are involved, because international finance theology is a tangled web.

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14 July 2014 - Monday

Boss S is in this office this week, instead of down in the San Diego area as is her usual habit. I'll have to try extra-hard to not burn the building down, I guess.

The heroine of The Glass Sentence (S E Grove) lives in a world that has shattered into regions from various past and future ages, so it's not surprising she can't keep track of time, but one so rarely thinks of dissociation as a superpower.

Truth and Fear (Peter Higgins) is the sequel to Wolfhound Century, set in the same cognate of early-C20 Russia with a technological revolution based on scavenging the dead shoggoths angels that fall to Earth. From about a third of the way into the book, it is clear what the epic doom of the climax is going to be, but it is so Epic there will have to be another book to hold all the fallout.

The hardcover edition of this book, being the second in a series, helpfully has the number 2 on the spine. Why do more publishers not do this? (Rhetorical question: I already know it's because the publishing industry hates me personally.)

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13 July 2014 - Sunday

This is an Immortal Empire week, so I trundled up to Palo Alto instead of down to San Jose.

Dave and I both have plots that involve anomolous geothermal activity in the capital, so we should probably come up with some way for them to fit together into one huge pile of flaming truffid-infested doom. With bunyips and catgirl ninjas on top. (But not bunyip ninjas, because that would be Silly.)

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12 July 2014 - Saturday

Sort of conscious. I guess. Vaguely. Enough to watch terrible anime.

Also, I watch good anime! And order pizza which everyone falls upon even though mere minutes ago they were saying they didn't need anything.

  • Princess Tutu 15-16: I guess it's good that Lilie is like that with everyone, not just Ahiru?
  • Slayers Evolution-R 10-11: Pokota is brave, at least.
  • Shakugan no Shana season 3 21: Subvert the dominant paradigm incantation!
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood 57: It seems oddly appropriate that someone so horrible should be nameless.

Hinterkind (Ian Edginton, Francesco Trifogli) is remarkably low-magic for a post-faerie-apocalypse setting. It's mostly post-apocalypse, although the cities are overgrown rather than blasted.

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11 July 2014 - Friday

And then my brain fell out and I spent most of the day as non-interactive cat furniture. I fail at working.

Volume 2 of UQ Holder! (Ken Akamatsu) remains shounen and mostly cheery, although the naked girl count is much lower than in Negima!.

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10 July 2014 - Thursday

I ended up staying up until after midnight doing a thing, or at least shepherding the sequelae of the thing. After gaming last night. Glurgh.

Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales (Nozomu Tamaki, Tikurakuran, Gemma, et al) is doujinshi by the original creator. It seems like there should be a word for that.

The print version of 13 True Ways won't be out for a while, but Pelgrane makes the PDF available with the pre-order (if they can send it to the printer, they can send it to gamers!). Muahahaha.

Unlike a typical supplement, this is just more of everything that is in the main books: more classes, more monsters, more magic items, more setting description. (Not more icons, though.)

The new classes are Chaos Mage (for those who thought Sorcerers were too predictable), Commander (build up command points on your turn, spend them to make your comrades more effective on their turns), Druid (more choices than you can shake a shillelagh at: spells, melee, different spells, pet, healer, shapeshifter, ...), Monk (same wire-fu and 3-round sequences as in the playtest released a while back), Necromancer (not just a spell list any more), and Occultist (the artwork has an amorphous monster, but the powers are all fate magic). Also, you can now multiclass, or technically dual-class, since you only get two classes, and are effectively a level behind in both (plus you have to split your allotment of talents and stuff between them).

New monsters include devils, which may or may not be just cleverer demons (there are 13 ways to include them in your campaign, plus 3 bonus ones), and metallic dragons (which may or may not be good, but in neither case are they sure about you, murderhobo). Several of the major cities of the Empire and associated lands are described, for them to rampage around in.

For the GM, there are seed descriptions for 13 dungeons and 13 flying realms, a somewhat more detailed description of one flying dungeon, and four NPCs contributed by Kickstarter backers.

Now I want to run 13th Age, but most of my gamers are in San Jose. Bah!

I didn't see any of the previous ones, but the fourth draft of Magical Burst is pretty swell. It has all the important elements for a game based on Puella Magi Madoka Magica, like [SPOILER] and [SPOILER] and horrible creepy [SPOILER], and also DOOOOOOM.

It's by the same person who did Dragon World, so it's not surprising that the mechanics are powered by a cousin of the apocalypse, but there are plenty of mechanics for additional magical DOOOOOOM.

I would like to be able to run this, but since every GM has to come up with the dark secrets for their own campaign, I'm not sure I would ever be able to.

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9 July 2014 - Wednesday

Look, more work. Look, less brain.

The Earthdawn PCs finally returned to civilization, which has baths and training for 6th circle and nosy reporters and baths.

Squabbling over loot is indeed not heroic.

I didn't think I remembered all the backreferences in The Apocalypse Codex, so I reread The Fuller Memorandum. Oh, the doom!

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8 July 2014 - Tuesday

Bah, work.

Finally, in volume 7, Sankarea (Mitsuru Hattori) has gotten to the Zombology Underground!

After reading The Rhesus Files, I realized I didn't remember everything that happened in The Apocalypse Codex, so I went back and reread it. Biology is so horrible. It's great.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (J L Murray) is uninspired urban fantasy, Christian mythology subspecies.

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7 July 2014 - Monday

I am so clever that I scheduled a day off to recover from my vacation. Thus, I accomplished nothing of utility.

Avalon is going to Helsinki tomorrow.

As of volume 1, Gakuen Polizi (Milk Morinaga) promises yuri-smooches but delivers nothing like sense.

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6 July 2014 - Sunday

Despite small-child drama, we left Roseville in good order and more or less on schedule. They have only driven us off temporarily, however!

All paws are still fuzzy and accounted for, thanks to Marith checking on them!

Since we got home at a reasonable time, there was enough brain to play Fading Suns! The PCs delved into the bowels of the ancient complex of terraforming mystery, which contained unexpected red-hot crystals (Vau tech?), an alarming killer robot, an easily-cowed junior priest, and a somewhat dubious but possibly well-intentioned archbishop.

Playing a smart character is really hard and I suck at it.

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5 July 2014 - Saturday

Happy happy Josh Day!!

Al and Sherilyn's house is now tuned to the Teenager Channel, with extra splashing.

Winner of History of the World: Me!

Winner of Munchkin Pathfinder: not me.

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4 July 2014 - Friday

I did not ever get around to going swimming today, but many other people did. Indoors, we played History of the World very slowly and chillaxed.

Other people probably don't pass long car rides by recounting the Iliad. This is because they are not as cool as us.

I hadn't seen fireworks in a few years. I forgot how pretty they are.

Al and Sherilyn grilled me about Avalon, but I wasn't sure at the time if it was okay to spill the beans about her being someone in a multiple system, and only 17, and stuff. But it is okay! For some definition of "okay" that probably means "arguments on the Internet".

Anyway, she is still adorable.

me =) by Avalon (Tue Jul 15 17:38:52 2014)

I am happy to be grilled or answer questions if anyone does have those things, people here have been through rounds of coming out. =)

Avalon! by Trip (Wed Jul 16 08:08:32 2014)

That is just a small part of why you are adorable.

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3 July 2014 - Thursday

Indeed, I did not go to Roseville naked, for which Ken and Dave were probably very grateful. Wearing a swimsuit was bad enough, at least in terms of radiation exposure.

Jus (fka Ja Baby) is getting quite good at swimming, although she still uses floaties.

There was grilled food after swimming, and some Dungeon World.

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2 July 2014 - Wednesday

Even when it's only virtual Friday, I spend my Friday evenings doing exciting things like laundry. But I'm pretty sure no one wants me to go to Roseville naked. Probably not even Avalon.

The Shadow Throne (Django Wexler) is the sequel to The Thousand Names, in which the maguffin of the previous book has almost no impact on a French-like urban revolution. There will probably be a lot more doom in the next book, when the streams inevitably cross.

Fifth in the "Laundry" series (Charles Stross), The Rhesus Files leaves the Earth-scouring doom of The Apocalypse Codex to fester for a bit and concentrates on people annoying Bob in the office. This goes poorly for many, as one might expect.

Only by Avalon (Sun Jul 13 17:45:26 2014)

if I am in the car. =)


Re: Only by Trip (Mon Jul 14 09:12:04 2014)

I think you may be silly.

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1 July 2014 - Tuesday

I only have one more day of work this week, which makes this Thursday, right? But the library still thinks it's Tuesday.

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30 June 2014 - Monday

It's Monday, but at least it's a short week.

I bought one of those recirculating water dishes for the cats, in the hopes that it will induce them to drink more.

Toshiro (Jai Nitz, Janusz Pawlak): mechanical samurai plus crazed American adventurer vs unearthly jellyfish!

Shaman Rises (C E Murphy) is the really pretty triumphant conclusion of the "Walker Papers" nonology. Everyone should buy it so people will pay Kit to write more books, and also because it is good!

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29 June 2014 - Sunday

Although we have a new gamer, only NPCs died! I hope we did not confuse Miriam too much by all trying to explain Fate Accelerated to her.

Dave's character has totally not become evil. We know, because he said so!

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28 June 2014 - Saturday

Lethargy, sloth, and somnolence.

  • Princess Tutu 14: Ayse is right about the Raven being [SPOILER]. Last time I saw Tutu, I was not nearly so aware.
  • Slayers Evolution-R 7-9: Sometimes, the treasure is the enemy.
  • Shakugan no Shana season 3 18: I think they could have done a better job of making both sides seem sympathetic, alas.
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood 56: IM IN MY BASE KILLIN UR D00DZ.

Up to volume 3 of Locke & Key (Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez), and it is still pretty bizarre and creepy. The art style bugs me, though.

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27 June 2014 - Friday


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26 June 2014 - Thursday


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25 June 2014 - Wednesday

Customers, why do you still explode so late in the day?

The Spirit War and Spirit's End (Rachel Aaron) conclude "The Legend of Eli Monpress", with more or less complete explanation of the cosmological doom and resolution of the immediate problems. It is pretty much a happy ending, although at very few points during the series did I expect anything else.

Black Science vol 1 (Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Dean White) is what happens when a lab-based soap opera manages to develop interdimensional travel.

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24 June 2014 - Tuesday

Customers, why do you have to explode so late in the day? I want to take things back to the library!

Oh wait, I can't take things to the library, I have to go to San Jose to play Earthdawn! Fortunately the GM went super-easy on us so the wormskull did not destroy us utterly.

The first three books of the "Legend of Eli Monpress" series, The Spirit Thief, The Spirit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater (Rachel Aaron), are pretty cool. Spirit-based magic + greatest thief ever = very many outraged mages. Despite the main character being charming and the mage sent after him being cute, though, this is one of the least romanceful fantasy series I've read since Tolkien.

By the end of the third book, it is clear that there is Cosmology going on, and not anything the PCs are going to like.

Jack Glass (Adam Roberts) is the story of three murders (one gruesome, one dubious, and one physically implausible), in a moderate-future solar system full of orbiting slums ruled over by grand and petty tyrants. The cover blurbs try to make it out to be fancy literary SF, but it's actually pretty unexceptional in terms of genre.

Silly customers. =) by Avalon (Mon Jun 30 23:37:24 2014)


This is really an excuse to comment.

No excuse needed! by Trip (Tue Jul 1 12:16:34 2014)

Comment whenever you like!

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23 June 2014 - Monday

So, Monday, we meet again! But this time, things will be different!

Things are not different.

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