Trip's Life (Recent episodes)
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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
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
(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.
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
No anime, because Ken is sick and Marith cannot afford to risk
illness at any time she is working for her current employers.
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
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
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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