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[May. 21st, 2007|10:23 pm]
Beemer
Yesterday I helped Mike K. playtest the D&D module that Thomas & I contributed to ages and ages ago. It was fun; I got to play the were-tiger. Played with people I didn't know, which is pretty unusual. We usually game within our group, which makes us spoiled because we don't have any 'problem' players. Not that anyone there was trouble -- quite the contrary. But it was different to game with folks I didn't know already.

Watched All About Eve for Movie Night last night. What a great movie! Bette Davis is a really spectacular actress. There were a number of scenes where volumes were conveyed, effortlessly, with a particular pause or a gesture. I wish that more movies were able to do that. It's packed with great witty and catty dialogue, and then when characters start to get downright evil... man. Good stuff.

Tonight we watched Eddie Izzard, who is a funny funny bloke. In a dress. There were only a couple lines that escaped me on account of British accent, but I had to listen pretty closely.

It's been pretty warm lately, but there were thundershowers today and it's cooling off considerably tomorrow. I'm taking the car in for service again, now that the part is in. Hopefully I won't pop another tire.

It's hard to figure out what to work on during weeks when I have a bunch of things scheduled. I don't want to waste a lot of spin-up time loading all the details of a project into the active memory part of my brain if I'll just be losing it all to the distractions of dentist appointments and meetings in a day. Today I ended up reconfiguring my fetchmail setup and sorting several hundred messages into storage.

I find that reading books can be like that, too; I've been holding off on the end of Rainbows End because it's starting to get complicated and I don't want to read it in little bits and pieces that'll cause me to lose track of what's going on and miss subtle clues about who's doing what and why and what the point of the whole thing is. Hopefully tomorrow at the auto dealership I'll have time to finish it.
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[User Picture]From: sunsmogseahorse
2007-05-22 06:03 am (UTC)
"I'm an executive transvestite!"
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-05-22 06:35 am (UTC)
"Ba ra ra, go back to Russia!"
Unrepeatable, that's which one it was.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2007-05-22 08:16 am (UTC)
Eddie, courtesy of thingo kept me company when I was covered with spots back in the winter. He helped.
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[User Picture]From: goobermunch
2007-05-22 01:32 pm (UTC)
How did the play test go? Were there any major design failures?

How'd Hamish work out?

--G
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-05-22 02:18 pm (UTC)
It went well. Stunningly, we actually finished the scenario in the time alloted! We sorta bypassed a number of encounters, but that was fine. I think for these events it's more about picking the right approach than making sure you don't take too much damage anyway.

Hamish worked well. All he did was talk to his lucky pig's foot and the players were pretty well convinced he couldn't do much until we got to the wall and he stone shaped a tunnel through it, at which point the div-blooded did a total 180 and became a believer. We did decide to make all his abilities no saving throw, both because they're gifts from the gods and because that way his dropping primary caster stat (whatever it is) doesn't matter.

The only major points of revision were ditching the siege engines outside the city (because they weren't really anti-personnel type machinery, so why would they be there?) and brainstorming ways to make the final countdown to detonation more dramatic.

And the tiger-blood rocks in combat. Hamish used his "your next round of attacks are auto-crits" on me and I did 104 points of damage in a single attack on the Wise One just before Hamish blew. Claw/claw/bite/rake/rake, ow.
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[User Picture]From: earthling177
2007-06-01 08:52 am (UTC)
"Cake or Death?"
"I'll have the cake too, please!"
"We're gonna run out of cake at this rate..."
...
"Cake or Death?"
"Cake, please!"
"Sorry, we run out of cake."
"So, my choice is 'or Death'?!?"

:-P
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