June 20th, 2008


Things I'm Doing That Aren't About Work

Trying to overcome group inertia and get a Champions game going.  Admittedly, my own inertia on this front is pretty substantial, but I'm at a point where I could, in theory, run a game on a few hours' notice, if the players had their characters done.  Which they don't.  I need to send out an email or maybe rattle most (if not all) of their cages at a party tomorrow night.

Trying to play old Gamecube games.  Well, not extremely old.  A while back, since C-Monster now has a Wii, we hooked up his old Gamecube in my "Cave."  For Father's Day, he and Jane gave me a selection of used games that might appeal to me more than "Spongebob's Soggy Adventure." 

The only problem with used games is that they don't always have their documentation.  Such is the case with FIFA 2003.  Which makes it a bit of a challenge.  I think I've maybe managed to score a single goal so far.

(And I've looked online for the docs.  No joy.  Nintendo is great about putting up PDFs of old game instructions.  EA Sports, not so much.)

Looking at D&D alternatives.  The fact is, a steady dose of fantasy gaming keeps me in the mood to run something.  But I'm not masochistic enough to run 3.5, and 4th edition isn't setting off any creative firestorms in my head so far.  Maybe after I play it some more.  Anyway, as this cycle always plays out, I'm now looking at other games on both ends of the complexity extreme. On one hand, I'm considering teaching C-Monster how to play Tunnels & Trolls, and on the other, I'm thinking impure thoughts about Fantasy Hero.  I'm also hoping to get out to Midnight Comics tomorrow for "Free RPG Day" to see if they have the preview package for the new game coming based on A Song of Ice and Fire.  It's supposed to have its own system, and I'm interested in seeing what it's going to look like.  Gamer ADD, thy name is Theron.

Re-reading Gardens of the Moon.  I don't normally re-read novels within a year of finishing them the first time, but I'm fully caught up on the series and the next volume is months away in hardback and I needed a fix.  It's actually much better this time around because I know what's going to happen, and as such, I can focus less on the plot and more on the revealed setting in bits that seemed sort of throwaway at the time, but really are handy for pulling the greater story together.  Erickson got better at such things as he progressed, so it's still a bit rough, but at least I know there's a payoff waiting.
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