The Holiday Geek…I mean Week

Today Rob and I sat around and played Battle Lore while Janaki and Zorro napped on the couch. We got through the first two scenarios and we’re hungry for more. More Battle, more Lore…

This evening we went to the Burning Wheel game, the last session of this chapter, wherein we captured a Southron Princess and my Bastard Wizard dropped a hurricane on her father’s ship before he could return to the southern kingdoms and gather an army. My storm was met by the Sultan’s own wizard and my storm and his Efreet did battle in the sky.

My storm won, the ship’s crew were boiled alive in the arcane ruckus.

Bob’s knight finally got our rival’s son to challenge him to a duel, a duel that will kick off the first session of our second chapter, some months from now.

After the game we basked in the afterglow and then launched into our next game, Exalted, that I will hopefully record on my new iRiver.

Last night Josh, Janaki and Rob all made BW characters, along with a smidge of setting creation, so that we could show Josh how BW worked. He had read the books and was curious. It was more of a half-game but it was fun times. We also ate this divine meal with lovely red wine and delicious deserts at Madeline’s who now have a GLUTEN FREE MENU! My stomach

The night before that we playtested Rob’s game in development, Misspent Youth: A Game of Juvenile Delinquency and Being Awesome. It is going to be damned nifty. My character, Stingray Jackson, was a 15 year old who drove around in his father’s antique gas guzzling Corvette. We were rebelling against the Daedalus Corporation, who controlled all solar power with an iron grip and let the poor folk outside of their domed communities suffer as gas runs out.

It is a week that is easy like a Sunday morning, filled with Battlestar Galactica discussions, walking Zorro in the winter sun, sleeping in and geeking out.

Last Day of Work in Aught-Six

The library was locked up tight and that is that. Phew.

Read Janaki a bunch of the story of The 47 Ronins from Tales of Old Japan, a book of Japanese myths and legends and a smidgen of history told by a British dude whose stiff upper lip just comes off the page. It is terribly fun to read, the language very much like the hoity toity people on Deadwood. She fell asleep just after the ronin beheaded the bad guy. We’ll finish it tomorrow.

I’m listening to the Harping Monkey’s Side Dish, in which they make characters for their Spirit of the Century game. I’m really enjoying it.

I picked up an iRiver so I can begin recording more AP. We’ve got all three sessions of our Cold City mini-campaign and the latest newspaper headline session of SotC.

I really want to do more John Madden type actual play recordings with the players listening to and commenting on the game after play is over, commenting on the session from some distance. It’d be time consuming but I think it would be rewarding and interesting.

And on the seventh day…

I didn’t have to open a library this morning. What a different that makes to my day. I woke up, met Storn for breakfast at ABC where I had the most mediocre of their guacamole and cheddar omelets yet, but it was still damned good.

We walked about town and talked shit, running into J.J. and planning for Dreamation. I bought Battle Lore from Odyssey and collected my ogre figure that came with pre-ordering.

Then it was off to Jeff’s for today’s early afternoon Spirit of the Century Game which we recorded and was as low key as our pulp games get, which is to say there was time travel galore, a giant robot looking for forgiveness (or WAS he!?) and a lawyer under the sway of a Martian shape-shifter (who got away again) and the Tyrian Mind Tyrants.

We did some Sons of Kryos brainstorming and recorded a new intro and a funky promo for Paul Tevis.

Got home in time for my soccer match, which was a fun 6-2 victory over a solid team. Janaki and Zorro came to watch, though the Z-man didn’t like it as much as the outdoor games because he had trouble seeing over the indoor wall. He liked it when people crashed against the wall, though.

My stomach feels like shit but other than that, a lovely day that is easing its way to a lovely night.

Done and Done

This afternoon I handed in the last bit of work due for this semester’s class. I think I did alright. That feels good, especially after the debacle that was last semester. I also visited Boynton Middle School’s librarian and chatted with her about the gig which really re-charged my batteries for working as a public school librarian.

Yesterday we played Spirit of the Century, which was quite fun. Thread here.

After the game I put on shorts and went right to my indoor soccer match. I am playing on a really solid team for the holiday season. The match was kinda boring. Its indoor with walls keeping the ball in play but the other team just couldn’t put it together. We won 8-2 and looking over the two remaining games, it doesn’t look like the other teams will be any more challenging. Bummer.

I wanted to play a bit more and waited around to see if any other teams needed extra players but none did. Feeling in a bit of a funk, I went home and took a brutally deep nap.