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[Feb. 26th, 2008|06:29 pm]
Playing catch-up:

On Friday I went over to Keith's for some gaming preliminaries and ended up making a character. He's running a D&D 4e playtest (whee!) and I wanted to make sure that the stuff I enjoy doing in games would be a good match both for system and for what Keith wants to get out of running it, because I am a Responsible Gamer™. Of course I'm NDA'd eight ways from Sunday and can't say anything about it, but I'm looking forward to it.

Saturday Jerry & I took the Wii and the Xbox-360 and a bunch of other games over to Neal's for a gaming birthday party. (Greg stayed home, as he was all sick and stuff.) Many hours of, well, party and gaming ensued. I managed to win at 15-person Apples To Apples. Among our crowd, the judges will often go for the least appropriate card, rather than the most, but I realized on the way home that that doesn't actually make it any easier, since you have to go for actively inappropriate cards, not ones that merely don't match in an orthogonal kind of way.

And then last night I waw my Mom & Larry over at my brother's place on their way from Tucson back to Nebraska. My brother, who is a taxidermist, is getting 5000 flesh-eating beetles for cleaning off bones and stuff, so that's pretty cool.

[User Picture]From: joebehrsandiego
2008-02-27 03:47 am (UTC)
Flesh-eating beetles and a taxidermy client?

I sooo want to see a YouTube clip from this!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-02-27 03:55 am (UTC)
Well, I'm sure it's terribly boring to watch unless you can do time-lapse: put bones with yuck on them in with beetles, wait several days, take out clean bones.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2008-02-27 04:09 am (UTC)
Looking back on it, I realize that in a 15-or-so player game, I didn't just go for the inappropriate, but for the pretty-much-random. (Granted, I just judged twice.) Which might actually break the game... in as much as it can be broken... which isn't much.

Oh, and beetle story = awesome.
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From: tolkiencub
2008-02-27 05:14 am (UTC)

I find it HIGHLY ironic...

...as well as mildly IRRITATING (not directed at you - no, my eye-daggers are aimed much closer to home)...

...that you are NDA'd for 4E playtesting, and I - the former webmaster at wizards.com, personally acquainted with 3 of the developers of 3.5, etc. etc. etc....- *I* get to wait to see 4E until the summer.

Oh, but no - this isn't jealousy. No no no. Never that.


(I'm SO ENVIOUS I'm squeeing in frustration. Hee. :)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-02-27 05:28 am (UTC)

Re: I find it HIGHLY ironic...

Dude, I would totally dish details for you if I could.

Um, take comfort in knowing that I still know very little, and it's all going to be weirdly Eberron-centric?
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From: toosuto
2008-02-27 05:41 am (UTC)
Should I be really irritated that I just got around to buying Eberron 3.5 (or whatever)?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-02-27 05:50 am (UTC)
Naw, it'll still be a while before 4e Eberron comes out, I imagine.

And it's not like the Gaming Police are going to come and make you stop playing 3.5 if you still want to.
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From: toosuto
2008-02-27 05:54 am (UTC)
It's the consumerism that gets me I guess. I mean I hated 2nd Ed and wasn't sad to see it go. But then I didn't own 30 bajillion books either. I'll wait to make sure I don't suck as a DM before I really start complaining I suppose though (first time at the helm since Denver this Sunday).
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-02-27 08:03 am (UTC)
A couple weeks ago, I was at a gaming store with the_infamous_j and saw some 1st-edition AD+D books. I felt very old when I had to explain that I actually had owned D+D books from more than one older version.
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2008-02-28 05:29 pm (UTC)
I want flesh-eating beetles!
Can your brother recommend any good books for pelt preservation? Preferably old-school methods.
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