September 13th, 2004

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Five Questions from the Bartender

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1. Of the games you've run, what's your favorite and why?

Always a difficult question... And open to interpretation. Favorite game session? Favorite game story? Favorite game system? Here's my answer. My favorite complete game story is one called "Glass" from a Vampire Chronicle I ran called "Something Cloudy, Something Clear". In essence, the story was this: the characters were neonates aligned with Clan Toreador, and asked by the Elder of the clan to look into a missing artist (an artist she had given her patronage to). As the story unfolded, we discovered that the artist was a thief of art, having stolen the work of another artist (who had the patronage of the same Toreador) just five years earlier. The story was a mystery, a character piece and a horror tale, complete with flashbacks, etc. It ended with the revelation that the hate, anger and misery the original artist (the one whose work was stolen) had driven her to make a pact with Darkness to become a flesh eating monster. This flesh eater had kidnapped the source of her misery and was slowly torturing him (peeling and eating) to death. The characters were then posed with a difficult decision: let her kill this miserable excuse for a sentient being, or return the poseur to his patron? The culmination of the story was Perfect, the decision was a difficult one, and when it was made (return the thief to the Elder, thus depriving Laura of her well deserved revenge), none of the players felt clean with it. It was a filthy decision, and they took it out of the game, to heart. Even I, as Storyteller, can only marvel at what unfolded over the course of 8 chapters, in 5 weeks. I knew it would be a good game, but I never anticipated it would be one of my favorites. It still resonates for me.

2. Why dark_towhead?

Two reasons: Mundane and Not.

Mundane: I was a towhead when I was a kid (for those in the dark: a towhead is a blonde). Bleach could not have made my hair any lighter. As I've grown up, I've gotten darker.

Not: in a game I ran some time ago, using the Over the Edge system (currently, the only game system I've ranked on Amazon.com) where the Devil-figure was called the Dark Towhead.

3. You have a normal Nethack scroll of genocide, what do you wipe out? (If you're not familiar with Nethack, look it up!)

MUSHes/MOOs/MUCKs/MOTTs/MOFFs in general, except Grand Moff Tarkin, since Peter Cushing rules.

4. You are famous and dying, you have the opportunity to say a few cryptic words on your deathbed. What are they? (not Rosebud)

Come home my children for the sun has gone down, and the dews of night arise. Your spring and your day are wasted in play, and your winter and night in disguise.

5. Wassup?
Yo, home-biscuit, I tell it like this. I'm hoooongray like a maffa! An it be two maffa OWAS to maffa LUNCH, maaaaan. And the maffakin DIET, man, I don't get no BRED nohow, man. An I tell you wha'es's'sup. I be slavin to the man, hopin to score a crib of my own. The Man, he don't bounced out the whip, and I ain't got no stuper-super-fukin-VISION! So, I'm chilling, not illin, and hopin I ain't turning into no fool. Otherwise, 'scool.

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ANOTHER hour of my life lost.

I'm a TV Watcher:

Well, the second ep of Medical Investigation was bad. Maybe not as bad as the first, it'd take a miracle to meet that level of awfulness. Yes, I watched ep 2. WHY? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY???? Because I'm an idiot?

Six Feet Under season one disc one: excellent. Brilliant show.

Dead Like Me: season one, episode one. I would have cried if Trista hadn't cried first. Thank you for saving me the emotional breakdown, hun. At first I thought it would be a Wraith: The Oblivion riff, but it finally came into its own. Boy is it a sunny show for its subject matter.

The Shield Season Two ep one: just plain cool.

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Gamed with Trista last night. Picked up the strands of the Tomb of Abyssthor game, originally started with Bob, Tater and Trista, then dropped to Trista and Tater, and now just Trista. Enjoyed ourselves immensely.

I'm wondering if I should have gone to Friday night gaming in the Wedge... Wondering what Adam's up to these days.

Looks like a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer game might be on this Thursday. I have a setting, I have adventure ideas. Undoubtedly, the time will all be spent making characters, but, whatever.

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A week from this Friday, I will be going to Florida (with Trista and meeting up with my parents). Ivan's going to wreck my vacation, I just know it. Or else Ivan will MAKE my vacation...

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I am now the proud owner of Paranoia XP, a revision of one of my fav games from the past. I can now write adventures and things for it, instead of general pieces (like the one I did for Signs and Portents, who still have not told me when it will appear... Nervous now.)

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I bought Johnny Cash's last album, American 4, and gave it a listen. I don't think it's a work of genius, but it deserves a couple of listens. First response, interesting but not quite the level of genius I was expecting. Then again, I know most of the original versions of the songs he covers, and my enjoyment of those originals probably colors my response to the covers.

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Sunday we went to Claytime, and I painted up a small pumpkin dish. I then started work on a big jack o lantern jar. I'm highy amused.

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Today, strangely enough, I miss my parents.

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Talked to Lori and Al this weekend. I can't say it was a good call. Al's been diagnosed with diabetes. Lori is depressed and obviously on medication (conversation was a little on the tricky side).

Trista and I have talked about going to see them for Thanksgiving.
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