Thinking back on 2009

That was a helluva year.  In my old livejournal account, I felt more free to write about personal stuff but this blog feels more narrow of purpose, a blog about my gaming and geekery.  But I can’t look back on the gaming without putting it into context, so here it is…

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Late/Early Friday, also, very cold

Reading: I just finished The Last Unicorn and enjoyed it quite a bit. Now I’m on to The Death of the Necromancer, a book I began a long time ago and never finished but enjoyed enough so that whenever I did a purging of my book-shelves, I always kept it around.

Planning: I have some papers to finish this weekend and some papers to start. The next ten days should be rough.

Wearing: Sweat pants and my long-sleeved blue t-shirt from youth advocacy.

Writing: I started a 1st Questy mini-game, thinking that I’d like to write a start to finish game using 1st Quest’s rules, rather than starting with the behemoth and working from there. I’ll post it up once I am done. It is about restless ghosts.

And you?

Dreamation, notes before I collapse.

I haven’t slept in a while; this isn’t something I do at cons. I’m at my mom’s, where I’ll eat and then collapse.

I think me and Jeff hashed out in a neat thing to do with some Sons of Kryos content, inspired by a breakfast with Rob Donoghue. Interactions with Rob Donoghue cause good shit, the last time we talked at length, 1st Quest happened.

Speaking of which, 1st Quest had some solid sessions. I need to entirely toss out the text I have and re-write it this summer. That doesn’t mean I will. But I need to.

Agon is a hoot. Is long-limbed broken?

It was a weekend of walking too briskly past amazing people in order to meet up with other amazing people with whom I had an appointment/game/something.

My first Dreamation happened half a decade ago. This is nuts. Time is nuts.

When disagreeing in real-life, it is much easier to bring levity with penis jokes than it is on the internets.

I need to stop repeating stories; it is obnoxious. I am not sure I can stop.

Vinny talked to us at the Indie Round Table and the long and the short of it is, we need to think creatively about our small table groups and his logistics. He has bent over backwards for the indie crew and I’m going to enjoy finding ways to solve this problem that have nothing to do with letting in overblown groups but still solves the problem.

Talking too late with Luke and Thor. Talking too late with Matt and Joshua. Up too early for Warlock Corner. Diner foods.

The first lines of 1st Quest’s new manuscript:

This is 1st Quest.

Let’s play.

Tinkering with Warlock Corner

I have been tinkering with the urban magic in Warlock Corner, thinking of bringing an Ars Magica verb + noun vibe but with a Solar System spin.

So, the verbs and nouns are bought like Secrets, 5 XP a shot.

The verbs are Destroy, Create, Heal, Talk, Change, Travel, Summon

And the Nouns are: Dead, Living, Art, Buildings, Crime, The Man, Subway, Utilities, Streets, River

There will be a touch of Mortal Coil with a price for each spell and failure will likely mean the GM get’s to choose between a heavier price, a success but with a serious wrinkle or a total arcane mess.

There’s something else in my head about being able to cast spells through City Saints, thus giving the failure some color to it. The City Saints being The Performer, The Cop, The Politician, The Hellion, Old Scratch, The Hobo as kind of Unknown Armies archetypes who see over the city’s magical going’s on.

It’ll all be congealed by Dreamation.

Thinking about Dreamation ’09

I am figuring out my blurbs, figuring out what to play.

This is where I will break my 1st Quest block and run two settings that I don’t yet have fleshed out.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

1st Quest: Honored Guests of the Sleeping Emperor

You are an Honored Guest of the Sleeping Emperor, kept hostage to make sure that your family remains true to the throne. Young, talented and on your own for the first time in your life with the amazing capital city of the Empire all around you. At night the noble kids put on masks fashioned like oni, traversing the rooftops, having adventures in Edo’s shadows. During the day, you take lessons with your tutors and text your friends.

The emperor’s nightmares are threatening to rip the empire apart. What is a young Samurai to do…

Inspirations: One part Legends of the Five Rings, one part Avatar the Last Airbender and one part High School Drama.

1st Quest: Warlock Corner

Your best friend was shot last week and no one on the street is sure if it was a cop, a warlock or something summoned from hell. Next week is the school’s first formal dance and you don’t yet have a date. There is a bad-ass troll under the bridge leading to your borough, zombies lurk in abandoned buildings and the streets are rife with magic.

It is just another winter on Warlock Corner.

Inspirations: One part Harry Potter, one part The Wire season four, one part Brick and a touch of Ars Magica

1st Quest not ready.

I thought I would write a little bit tonight and look over what I already had and when the night was over, the 1st Quest Ashcan would be in my hands but it just is not so. The text has come a long way in these past weeks but it isn’t there yet.

I’m bummed.

If you were interested in 1st Quest, drop me a comment in this post and I will add your name to an e-mail list and let you know the moment I have a text I can share and ask for playtesting and feedback on.

That said, there’s yoga in the morning and next week there’s that convention to attend. I’m going to put this text down for this week and get my con gear together.

There is one setting, what was to be the vanilla fantasy setting of the bunch that has really blossomed this week in the re-writes. Dragon Knight has changed from a kind of boring fantasy setting to this pitch:

We play the fantastic dreamworld of a little girl who just watched her DVD’s of The Wizard of Oz, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and then all three Lord of the Rings movies before eating a bowl of sugary cereal and falling asleep.

I’ll try to have that one ready for some after-hours gaming.

Late Night Thursday but really, it is Friday

I’m listening to the Canon Puncture episodes of our Star Wars Episode LV PTA, reviewing for the second episode to come at this coming Gen Con. Neat stuff I picked up Star Wars themed playing cards for the game this year..

Reading: I’m finally reading Spaceman Blues: a love song by Brian Francis Slattery. Rob gave me this book for my birthday last year and I’m finally getting around to it. I’m a quarter of the way through it and its nifty.

Wearing: Flannel pajama pants.

Planning: I plan to clean the living room up tomorrow evening before heading out to visit my lady-friend for the weekend. I’d also like to write up an AP thread for our Misspent Youth game we played last weekend.

Writing: 1st Quest Ashcan…time is a ticking.

And you?