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2019-09-17:  "Full games" by marithlizard
2019-06-18:  "Re: The Mummy" by marithlizard
2019-02-28:  "frittata" by marithlizard
2019-02-11:  "Re: computer woes" by Trip
2019-02-11:  "Re: computer woes" by marithlizard

13 October 2019 - Sunday

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12 October 2019 - Saturday

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4 October 2019 - Friday

This time next week I will have run Dungeon World for people I don't know, augh!


Watched:

  • The Good Place 4.2: The sad thing is, that's not even the bottom of the barrel.

Read:

  • The Housing Crisis (Kate McLay): Catholic girl moves to the big city and learns that compulsory heterosexuality cannot compel her. Cute.
  • Magic in Her Touch (Kate McLay): Lesbian paranormal romance, teaming up against an asshole. Probably the first written of these because it's not nearly as good.

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3 October 2019 - Thursday

Back to Thursday doom this week.


Read:

  • A Book of Beasts and Freebooters on the Frontier (Jason Lutes): Third-party Dungeon World supplements, probably not directly useful for the games I have to run for strangers, but good for my brain to chew on.
  • The Bluff (Kate McLay): Part of a series (or parallel?) of lesbian romances that all take place at a horror con in Las Vegas. This one is by one of my pocket fronds, and is about an actress and her hot bodyguard. I think there is a total of one named male character.

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2 October 2019 - Wednesday

Because Ken is having fun without us in Portland, we played 13th Age Glorantha at Mike's place in Palo Alto. It was easier to get to gaming for everyone except Dave, and easier to get home for everyone except Dave and I, but it is not compatible with Ken putting Jus and Nonny to bed, so it's not going to happen regularly.

Kelsey had trouble finding the place, so we did like half a round of the Away Team fighting the Broos of the Mad Sultanate before we found out we could play the Home Team after all. They only had a huge rock full of ghosts, a raven that still wasn't letting go of their kite, and a bunch of scrubs and a hero from a rival clan who wanted to steal their treasure.

Susan brought us Afghan food because she is awesome.


Read:

  • We Never Learn vol 5 (Taishi Tsutsui):
  • Grave Importance (Vivian Shaw): The premise of this series appears to be "a doctor who treats supernatural creatures", which sets up a certain kind of story, but actually it's "a doctor to the supernatural who lives through world-shaking events", which is weirdly different. But although Greta doesn't have as much power as what's going on, she is a good person, and that makes a difference.
  • Angel Mage (Garth Nix): Musketeers + angelic magic + huge disaster + copious bi smooches!

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1 October 2019 - Tuesday

HAPPY HAPPY JUS-DAY!!

Double digits, wow!


I sort of did a work, I guess.


My todo list for the BBC games is getting longer, not shorter, but at least today I managed to find out where an Office Despot is, so I can probably get most of the physical bits I need.


Watched:

  • Cannon Busters 1-2: Okay, this is pretty charming. Marith says the energy is a combination of Cowboy Bebop and Slayers. It is the SF Western genre, but at least this time there is civilization for it to be be lawless frontier of, instead of just all West all the time. Kind of gory.

Read:

  • We Never Learn vol 4 (Taishi Tsutsui): Another girl for the harem, but reasonably organically. And the hot young teacher is getting more page space.

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30 September 2019 - Monday

I ran into one of my coworkers from my previous job on the train. He has a new job and is not dead, so that's good.


There are so many things I should be doing to prep for running at Big Bad Con, and yet I am doing none of them, even though Marith is too bleah to watch TV.


Read:

  • Demons of the Past: Revelation (Ryk E Spoor): Space adventure + Atlantis + demons. Possibly related to Princess Holy Aura, but probably not.
  • We Never Learn vol 3 (Taishi Tsutsui): More fanservice, more misunderstandings, more awkwardness.

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29 September 2019 - Sunday

I slept in until 34895640 o'clock and then did nothing useful all day.

Watched:

  • Elementary 3.4: I can see Sherlock being a biochauvinist, but otherwise their foray into AI philosophy was not amazing. Not as bad as magnets, though.

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28 September 2019 - Saturday

Ken and Ayse and Jus and Nonny have all flown away to Portland to have fun and waffles!

Marith wanted to go over anyway, which seems fair because it is the only time she ever sees other people, so we ate pizza and watched anime with Dave.

Nigh-weekly anime:

  • RWBY 4.3-10, 4.6.5, 4.9.5: Look, it's season four! Plus Schnee Dust Co and the Great War. (Okay, it's not all of season four, we have like two episodes left.)

Read:

  • Rando Splicer (Joel Shepherd): The party having been split in the last book, each part gets through their own battles and finally rejoin after blowing up a bunch of unpleasant aliens. Apparently they have to go even further, into more danger, before they can save humanity. Also, poor Skah.

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27 September 2019 - Friday

Oh, now it's Friday. But that means we can watch The Good Place!

And here we see that the demons are a poor metaphor for Republicans, since they experience consequences for their shenanigans.

My mouth is getting better, so that's something.


Read:

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur vol 4-5 (Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain): Moon Girl vs Girl Moon! Moon Girl and the Fantastic Three vs the end of the world!
  • Uncrowned (Will Wight): Every martial arts epic has to have a tournament arc, right? Although in this case it's going to take at least two books. At least the main characters have begun to consider the possibility that they like like each other. After seven books.

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26 September 2019 - Thursday

I didn't have to stay at work late tonight! But I've gotten home late two nights in a row, which means this is Friday, right? Right?

My mouth still hurts when I try to do silly things like chew or swallow.

Watched:

  • Elementary 3.3: Sherlock might not be 100% terrible, but that doesn't mean you can just go around thinking he knows what friendship is.

Huh, all the games at Big Bad Con are full. Maybe I shouldn't have spaced so long on the third round of signups. Well, a couple of slots free for Games on Demand or resting or dying in a pit isn't bad.


Read:

  • The Book of Betrayal (Melissa McShane): Fifth in the series about the random lady who ends up in charge of a magic bookstore. The external conflict is escalating apparently without limit, but the internal conflicts are sort of being resolved. With smooches.
  • Die vol 1 (Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, Clayton Cowles): I read #1-4 as individual isssues, but this collection includes #5 and its horrifying revelation. Apparently the RPG wasn't released until after #5, so I guess it's not a spoiler for the game.

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25 September 2019 - Wednesday

My mouth still hurt this morning, so I blew off work and went to urgent care. The doctor thinks I have a blocked parotid duct, and all I can do is wait it out (and suck on lemon drops). Great.


Dave was busy in San Francisco today, Kelsey was as usual not available, and Brooks was meh, so instead of 13G to go with our tacos, Mike and Ken and I had Gloomhaven. We got a few more cultists for Mike's character's retirement goal, and some money, so that was good. The new 5th level murder rat card is pretty sweet, but it's a multiattack, so it didn't help with my scenario goal of taking an enemy to -4 health. Bah!


Read:

  • The Girl From The Other Side vol 7 (Nagabe): This seems like a monotonically increasing doom!
  • Chilling Effect (Valerie Valdes): Space adventure with WOC protagonist. Reminds me a little of A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet, with the spaceship crew as found family and the enthusiastic interspecies romance. Way more landspeeder chases and explosions, though.

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24 September 2019 - Tuesday

I swapped with Coworker T, so I stayed late tonight. It was about the same as usual, except I am even grouchier because the inside of my mouth hurts and eating is a pain.


Read:

  • The Girl From The Other Side vol 6 (Nagabe): I can tell that this is enormous doom, but I don't know where it's going. I might be able to figure it out if I could keep track of the details from five volumes ago.
  • Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle (Charles Gilman): Middle Schoolers vs alarming, somewhat Mythos-related goings-on at school. The middle schoolers are not, themselves, Mythos-related. Mostly.
  • Gate Quest (Lindsay Buroker): Fifth book in the series, has a middle-book feel. But one of the potential couples did an affection!
  • Castaway Odyssey (Eric Flint, Ryk E Spoor): I liked the previous book in the series okay, but the explaining in this one was too much. Also, for the first three quarters of the book, there is a total of one (1) female character and she is in a coma. This is so there can be more heteronormativity when they meet up with the cast of the previous book, which was almost all women, but still gross.

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23 September 2019 - Monday

Watched:

  • Elementary 3.2: No, you can't do that, and it wouldn't work that way. Even if you got the thing to happen, the requirements and side effects would be unmistakeable, not mysterious. Just, no.

Read:

  • Sankarea vol 10-11 (Mitsuru Hattori): All is explained! The end! It is pretty dark, although not quite as bad as I thought it might be.
  • Defying Destiny (Andrew Rowe): Last of the trilogy that started with Forging Divinity, leads right into Six Sacred Swords (which in turn is a story being told by someone in On The Shoulders of Titans).
  • Paper Girls vol 6 (Brian K Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Jared K Fletcher): The end! It is not an unusual or inappropriate ending for a time-travel story, especially with the way their time travel works, but I still found it a little unsatisfying. Oh well.

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22 September 2019 - Sunday

First full session of Dave's Sentinel Comics RPG campaign! As threatened, the entire adventure was built around a single play on words, in this case "drain the swamp". After forming a team, we started with a mayoral campaign and ended up saving the city from a shambling swamp. But we did save it!

I suck, so I didn't have a new character sheet, but my old one was good enough. Mostly I just suck, though.


Watched:

  • Carol & Tuesday 3: No. This is not doing anything that couldn't be done in New York in 2010, and it wouldn't be interesting then.
  • Elementary 3.1: Huh, new character. Wonder if she'll die horribly before the midpoint of the season?

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21 September 2019 - Saturday

The cleaners were extra-early today, blargh. Then Marith was dead, so we didn't go shopping until the afternoon, and then she was dead some more. Since Ken and Jus and Nonny are all sick, we cancelled anime, but I went over for a little while to deliver chocolate donuts and cinnamon bun spread, and appreciate the bread that Ayse and Jus made from scratch. It was good!

I spent the evening trying to rewrite my character for tomorrow's game, because I didn't do that at any point during the preceding two weeks, because I suck.


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20 September 2019 - Friday

I skipped out of work early to go to the climate strike, in a probably futile effort to show The Yout' Of Today that some old farts don't want to murder them. Anyway we walked from the train station to city hall and there was really bad singing and some speeches and it was 98346923° out and the mayor of San Jose seems okay but the guy who is trying to displace Pelosi by talking about the "Criminal Intelligence Agency" seems unlikely to get anywhere.

I sound unenthused because it was too hot (...wonder why?) but actually I was glad to see the young people being motivated.


We tried watching Carol & Tuesday because the Internet says it's the best thing since forever, but at least the first two episodes really aren't. The dub is so-so, the plot is uninspired, and there is no visible reason to put it on Mars or in the future.


Read:

  • Sankarea vol 3-8 (Mitsuru Hattori): This is as far as I got last time. Am I a bad person for being more upset about the cats who were harmed in the making of this zombie love story than any of the humans?
  • Sankarea vol 9 (Mitsuru Hattori): New material! The present doom is intensifying, and it looks like we might find out about historical doom.
  • Underlord (Will Wight): Finally the main character and his friend have made it beyond the levels that he knew existed at the beginning, which means they're at the bottom of the next tier of powers in the world. Also the higher-level plot that we see in glimpses is heating up.

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19 September 2019 - Thursday

Boo, Thursday.


Read:

  • Ghostwater (Will Wight): Dungeon crawl, where the treasure is more powerful martial arts, and the monsters are other martial artists.

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18 September 2019 - Wednesday

Grey morning again, but no rain and not particularly cool, so I didn't feel more than the usual urge to go back to bed.


I carpooled with Ken again. I still don't know how to talk to people in cars, but we made it to San Jose without dying or starting a revolution.

Kelsey is off amazing and astounding her colleagues at a conference, so we played the "away team" of Mike's 13th Age Glorantha again, still trying to get out of the Lunar Empire. We disgusted some Yelmalians, avoided having villagers try to rob us, and then stumbled into the Mad Sultanate. Where by "mad" we mean "Chaos". At least we had Indian food.


Read:

  • Blackflame, Skysworn (Will Wight): Next two books in the series. Our Hero is discovering that what his people thought was the pinnacle of martial arts power, attained only by legendary masters, is considered the basic level for any adult in the wider world. There are hints that the even wider world is even more levels ahead, too. But at least he has a mentor willing to torment him into learning forbidden arts, and a best friend who he might be aware is a girl.

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17 September 2019 - Tuesday

I tried to switch to a slightly less terrible phone carrier, but they won't do business with me because Equifax (yes, them) says mean things about me. They won't say what the mean things were, apparently only one bit actually gets transmitted, but sometime in the next three weeks I should be getting a better explanation from the credit oligopoly. Then at least I'll know why I'm stuck with AT&T.


Both my games at Big Bad Con are full, so I can disappoint Liralen, Jet, and eight more people all in one weekend!


Grand finale of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance! Huh, that wrapped up less than we expected. But the credits did say S1, so I guess they're hoping for two more seasons from Netflix? Maybe by then the gelflings can develop some sort of martial skillz, because they sure don't have any now.


Read:

  • Sankarea vol 1-2 (Mitsuru Hattori): Been sitting on my shelf for ages since I finished collecting all 11(?) volumes, but now I am reading it because I have Too Much Commute. So zombie. Very fan service. Wow. But the main characters do have some kind of personality.
  • Unsouled, Soulsmith (Will Wight): Young is born deficient in the magical martial arts power that is all-important to his people, has to make his way up through the enumerated ranks to get unprecedented power through gumption and cunning. First two of a series.

Words: FAIL.

Full games by marithlizard (Thu Sep 19 00:45:30 2019)

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16 September 2019 - Monday

When I got up, it was cloudy and cool and raining a bit, which is perfect going-back-to-bed weather, but it's Monday. Boo!


Read:

  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes vol 4 (Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court, Kohei Horikoshi): The showdown between Knuckle Geezer and Bee Girl! Also, the Band Episode!
  • The Legendary Inge (Kate Stradling): What if the person who killed Grendel was a young commoner girl? Not exactly, there are castles and standing armies and such, but close enough. There are a lot of revelations over the course of the book that make it more plausible that she did it, which might be over the top. Het romance, but he's sarcastic and cool.
  • A Boy Called Hawk (Kate Stradling): Dystopian near future, mysterious government schools, children with Mighty Brains, protagonist tries to be nice with mixed results.

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15 September 2019 - Sunday

I meant to get up and do things, but instead I slept in until 23956923 o'clock, and then when I tried to get up, I accidentally stopped moving which threw me into some kind of sitting doze with more dreams about work (not my actual job, but a combination of several jobs and surreality), and then I read terrible manga and went to lunch. Ayse said she would text me if there was an expedition to their local art and wine festival, but that never happened (kids, probably) so I spent all afternoon staring blankly at Tumblr.

The Kickstarter union-busting story is spreading. I am happy that I recognize so many of the names on the list. I did tell one company that I wouldn't be able to back their upcoming campaign because no scabs, but no response yet.

The creators on that list aren't asking for a boycott yet, so I don't feel a need to cancel my current pledges today.


The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance continues to get more doomed, although the good guys might finally be getting their act together. They surprised a prophet, anyway. Only two episodes to go!


Read:

  • Interspecies Reviewers vol 2 (Amahara, masha): Still no redeeming social value, but about three panels of plot. This volume: golems, amateur egg-laying shows, real succubi, and magical clones. Don't read this.

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14 September 2019 - Saturday

I meant to do things today, but no.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 177: Uh oh! Someone is making moves on Usagi while Mamoru is out of town!
  • RWBY 4.1-2, 3.5, 4.5: This is why normal people don't walk anywhere! Also, faunus genetics is weird. 4.4.5:
  • Fruits Basket (2019) 23-24: Finally, Kyo's horrific backstory and traumatic revelation!

Read:

  • Yuri Life (Kurukuruhime): One-page slice-of-life comics about lesbian couples, a dozen or so per couple, all young and cute and happy. Each set ends with "And they lived happily ever after!". So, not much plot or drama or even a whole lot of characterization, but there are definitely people out there who need this representation.

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13 September 2019 - Friday

I should be coming up with a letter to Kickstarter, but I have no brain, so I watched The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance with Marith instead. Yikes! That is not okay!


Read:

  • Silver Spoon vol 9-10 (Hiromu Arakawa): Now definitely past the anime, but Hachiken is still very much a Hachiken. Maybe he can say no sometimes, though?
  • Stealing Sorcery (Andrew Rowe): Sequel to Forging Divinity. Slightly less annoying demigods, murder mystery, more conspiracies and betrayals, some flirting but still no actual romance.
  • Eye for an Eye (Erik Scott de Bie): Prose supers but would probably work well in comics form. Maybe related to other series but I couldn't tell and didn't need to know.

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