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As the other father of D&D, Dave Arneson, succumbs to cancer at the age of 61. RIP, Dave.
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No comics today, which is good, cause the snowstorm made walking to and from work hard enough, would have been a pain to have to take the extra side trip.

Terminator was pretty good last night - I think it wasn't the best of the season, but there were great moments in both of the eps that I loved. Really hope the show comes back next year.

"He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn't occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once." The Gaiman quote is true. Downer events are worst of all. First, I'm still in my winter depressive season. Got the short story rejection. Had to help my Dad move all weekend (went back and helped again on the Sunday) and so didn't get any time to relax. And I think I might be getting sick. So, although a new writing cycle starts tomorrow, I think I'm going to beg off on it and make this an editing week (maybe even an editing month). Do some free writing when I'm inspired, but take the meter off, and try to get some other short stories in working shape to be sent off into the world and try to sell themselves.

Oh, and speaking of Gaiman, through the First Look Program with HarperCollins they had the graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman's Coraline, so I requested that. Hopefully I'll get it because yay, free book + Gaiman book = yay, free Gaiman book. That's math I can get behind.

In sadder news, Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons and the father of roleplaying games, died yesterday. Most of my flist already knows and have posted on it, but I wanted to post my own little reflections on how he impacted my life, cut and pasted from a comic forum I hang out at:
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So, somewhere in the next two to three weeks, the server on which X-Men: End Times was hosted will be going away. Because it is an ex-game, and not really used much as a hangout spot anymore, there's not really much point to me scrambling to find another place to host it (especially if it would cost money). As such, this is likely the end.

Any former players on my flist, if you want to come on to @decompile, grab any other useful information, do one last bout of future-set RP with those character, or even just say goodbye, do so before August 23 - it might be up for a few days after that, but I'm told it'll go down sometime between Aug 23 and one week later. I'll be attempting to get a copy of the DB, but I don't know if or when I'll be able to set it up to get into it, so don't count on it. I don't know if people'd be interested in setting up a time for one last online get together on it, but it's an option.

I've of course been holding fort on it, more out of tradition than anything else. So if anyone does want to get in contact with me, well, of course you're reading this journal, so that's easy. But if you want a live-er connection, I have IMing info in my profile, and actually am connected to them on a regular basis now.

Also much thanks to our sitewiz who was able and willing to host us for so long, even after we ceased being a game.

(Oh, and though I doubt any of you are out there on my flist, anyone who was on the old Children of the Atom, that's going too. I don't know what other games were hosted there, but presumably the same thing's happening).

XET F'TAGHN!
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Okay, I've been MUSHless for too long. And despite my earlier vow never to admin a MU* again, I've decided the only way to get the kind of MUSH I want to play in is to run one. It's just gone on too long where I see a MU* that's sort of promising but then one big thing ticks me off and I have to back off it.

I'll probably run it off XET's former site. I've not yet settled on a theme, but I've narrowed it down to a few options:
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] anomilygrace, who I've never RPed with so I couldn't respond, but I have RPed with a bunch of people on my flist and nostalgia can be fun...
Comment with an instance, a scene, a plot, a moment that you really enjoyed something my character did. It can be a bit of crack, it can be something serious, it can be pr0n then post this meme in your journal and let's share the love! Cause smiles are always good especially in relation to RP games.

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] locker_monster before I moved:
Rule: Post the explanation of where your user name came from. Then tag FIVE users whose explanations you would like to hear. If you are tagged, post your explanation to your page.

I've done it before, but just for the sake of completion... Read more... )

And here's a couple more also from [livejournal.com profile] locker_monster:

Buffy 10 Year anniversary meme:

Rules are simple: Fan of Buffy? Consider yourself tagged (but not obliged to answer. Don't want to pressure anyone here). 10 questions for 10 years. Answer them in reply and on your own journal. Feel free to add your own questions...
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Finally, a few assorted surveys stolen from [livejournal.com profile] randyandrews...
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Played our first game of Cybergeneration today.
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Oh, and I've been going a bit more nuts on the wiki front, feeling much more free to edit stuff that I see that's incorrect or incomplete, and added a new page of limited interest: The Clinic for Paranormal Research from DP7 and also added a fair bit of info to their Psi-Force page.
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First up, Dream Foo! Read more... )

Spoiler-light TV bits: Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Torchwood
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I created my very first Wikipedia page this weekend. I've done some minor edits before, but this is the first time I've created a whole page. It will no doubt interest nobody on my friends list, of course. Anyway, what happened was, while I was rereading the Grainger/Hooded Swan books, I did a wiki search for it, like I tend to do for most series I read. Only to come up empty. Not only has barely anybody I talk to heard of it, nobody'd created a page for it. So, I did. I'll probably be adding a little more to it as time goes on. It's an interesting feeling, adding to the sum total of human knowledge on the internet. And the editing was remarkably easy, I've never actually looked into how to edit a wiki before a couple weeks ago. I'll probably be doing more of it when I see something that needs doing. I'm a wikiconvert!

Speaking of writing (but from another angle), I don't think I'm going to do NaNoWriMo. Can't come up with a plot I want to use on it, and I don't want to 'waste' any of the plots I've got stored up on it (I put waste in quotes because I don't technically think it's a waste, but I fear that if I do the style of writing NaNo requires and it sucks I won't be able to write the story again. If I'm to do it, I need a plot that I can feel good using only for it). Also the time issue is a worry. I don't really feel up to writing on days that I work, so that means I'd have to extra load it on the other days, and all that in addition to doing things like my [livejournal.com profile] alternaljournal which is certainly a type of writing, but wouldn't count towards words.

Ehh. Anyway, to do my best to keep the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I'm going to resolve to do the following (whether I actually do it is another matter, but I'll resolve it here and either do it or fess up to not doing it): Read more... )

Apparently we're getting pretty close to being able to play our first Cybergeneration (tabletop) game, so that should be cool.

Now, let's see, is there anything actually new in my life, as opposed to the various ways I escape reality?... Hmmm, nope, not really that I can think of. But then, why would it? About the only chance I have to meet anyone new would be either at work or in chance encounters. And, well, why not, some social interaction to report: Read more... )
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So, on Saturday I went to a wedding. Read more... )

As mentioned above, my roommates and I have been seriously talking about getting another RPG game going. Read more... )

Prison Break, Heroes, and 4400 tonight. Woot. (No, not you [livejournal.com profile] woot, just a general woot).

This morning I've been idly considering trying NaNoWriMo 'officially' for the first time, since I don't have school or XET to worry about this November. Normally I just sort of promised to myself that I'd try to write a little more that month. Well, technically speaking I probably still wouldn't be 'official' since I loathe signing up for things, but that I'd actually be trying to do a 50,000 word novel rather than having no specific goal and just continuing to add a little here and there to my short stories or longer term projects. Of course, I still have my [livejournal.com profile] alternaljournal to keep up with and November I plan to be a 'mission month', so I'd have to be writing more of that too, to keep up, and that would take time from and not contribute to my hypothetical NaNoWriMo. Hmm. Well, I'll think about it some more.

Oh, and for anyone still wondering - that convention I went to back a month ago where I met Morena Baccarin and theoretically took her picture? Yeah, there'll be no pictures forthcoming, somehow the camera lost all of them (see, I always said my face would break any cameras!). Ah well.
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Okay, and as the last (planned) edition of the XET diaries, I’m going to do a few random plots ideas left out of the other posts and couple of my own ideas for XETized versions of other Marvel concepts. These aren't really 'plans' so much, because unless I was prepared to app the characters it was likely they'd never come to pass, and some of them would be impossible in a group RP session, even though they might be cool if XET were, say, an X-Men Alternate Universe comic series. But hey, since I was doing this big series of posts anyways, I decided I’d throw them in as a capper. Also, some of my ideas for ‘rehabilitating’ (or just doing cool things with) certain existing characters by using our One Year Gap at our rebirth.

Behind the cut… XET Runaways! Warlock! The Punisher! And More!
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And that’s it. My complete Plot Book for XET (again, barring something I remember way down the line and decide to post later). I hope at least some of you enjoyed it because, well, otherwise I did a whole lot of typing for nothing! Well, not for nothing… even if nobody cared, I wanted to have a record to look back on someday and smile.

Anyway, at this point I’d like to invite anyone else who wants to, to use this post (or the previous ones if its more relevant) to include their own memories of plots left undone, secrets known only to a few people that never made it to public knowledge, characters you almost apped for, or hell, even just random memories. You can either post them yourself as comments, or post links to posts elsewhere. I personally’d love to read them, even if I know them already.

Edit: Links to other XET-based log-entries as they come in: Read more... )
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Time for another edition of the XET Diaries. Looks like this’ll probably be the second to last, so I’m going to go even more self-indulgent than usual on this one…

Of all the plots we’ve done, I think my favorites were the Hastur related plots, based on the modified Hastur mythos in Delta Green (specifically, the sourcebook Countdown). We did a number of plots where the Columbia Branch got involved with them.
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And so now I present, for the first time anywhere, the Hastur Plot Musical Homage to ‘Once More With Feeling’, Once More With Hastur!
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Aside from the Buffy musical homage in the Hastur plot, I’ve done a bunch of other filkish songs celebrating XET over the years. The first few were done as a dubious treat for the XETty awards, or hidden in secret commands on the game as an easter egg, but a couple never made it anywhere but in my own files. So, behind the cut, the full song parodies of XET!
Magneto as the Modern Mutant General! Xavier’s private Copacabana! Under Da Sea (Cthulhu Lies Dreaming)! and more! )
Next up is our final planned entry, where I’ll just throw out a bunch of loose character concepts and plots that didn’t fit in any other entry.
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This time around, we're dealing mostly with plots surrounding various organizations. Delta Green. The Office of Metahuman Affairs. Brotherhood Splinters. Weapon X. Excelsior!
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Next time around, what’s the penultimate post (at least, in terms of planned posts… there’s always the chance that months from now I’ll remember something and decide to post it)… the remains of the Hastur Plots, and the complete Songs of XET. Yes, there is a connection between the two topics. Be afraid.
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Well, I finally finished Planescape Torment. Pretty good game overall. A little too linear at times and I would have liked to have explore more. Tiny bit buggy and annoying too. But overall good.

Specific thoughts:
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Some rambling thoughts about the Planescape setting itself and where thoughts like it takes me...:Read more... )

Oh, and while I'm on the subject, back when I was... I dunno, youngish (probably around 15?), I was running a Planescape RPG for my brother and a couple other people. It wasn't great but I did come up with what I thought was a great adventure, involving the PCs suddenly finding themselves on a Baatezu (demon) mobile fortress, on a suicide mission in the middle of the Blood War. I found the file, and since I was in the spirit of the setting, decided to clean it up a little and put it online. It's called The Charge of the Dark Brigade. Still a little rough and sketchy in parts, and there are a couple winceworthy things like names and bits of dialog, but still I think the main plot holds up remarkably well.
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It’s time for another edition of the XET Diaries. This time, the Dreamlands, and Mojo Mayhem. Plus a few other isolated plots

We had a couple different plots abrew for the Dreamlands. Some of them might have eventually combined into one big plot, of course, but we always wanted to open the Dreamlands up to more regular exploration by the player characters.

Just as a quick recap for those who don’t know, the Dreamlands are a sort of a parallel dimension that some (though not all) people can access when they dream, in Lovecraft’s work. It’s formed from the collective unconscious and typically is at a level about 500 years in the past, at least on average. More generally it’s a ‘high fantasy’ world, with monsters and gods and mysterious cities, etc.

The Dreamlands of course, is the XET-canon origin of Lockheed’s species (along with, at least in our plans, canon Shatterstar's swords metal but we never actually established that firmly), and where the portal that Weapon Xers got lost in (and that eventually got shifted to another dimension in the Rutland incident) originally lead. It’s also where Goblyn was when Laura Dean was in our world, and vice versa, and where Catseye roamed.
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In the next entry, more on XET and Delta Green and the Secret Life of Groundskeeper Willie, plus the Government and Excelsior.
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Welcome to yet another edition of The XET Diaries. This time, we’re stepping into the wayback machine… both right back to the beginning of the game, and way back into the past of XET itself. I’ll also discuss a bit of the Karotechia, and What’s Hiding in Xavier’s Brain?

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That’s enough for this post, I think. In the next one, I’ll be talking about the plots we had for the Dreamlands, and a little something I like to call Mojo Madness! Plus a few other assorted plots.
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Okay, I think it’s about time to do another edition of the XET Diaries. Last time I talked about the drug plot. Well, in the back of my mind I had a second plot that would spring off that and lead into a wacky, time-travel adventure. In this edition, I’ll be tackling that, as well as discussing some of the ideas we had for the Ultimates. So, let’s get started behind the cut.
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In the next XET Diaries post, Secrets of XET’s past! Plus, what do you get when you cross a nazi with a cannibal? And some of the longer term ongoing plots and what was going on behind them…
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For those on my friends list unfamiliar with XET (X-Men: End Times), it was an online RPG, a MUSH (rather than a message board one… sort of a text based MMORPG without stats), combining characters, plotlines, and themes from Marvel comics (particularly X-Men) starting with a new continuity, with H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos and certain Cthulhu-based RPGs.. I was involved with it for several years.

In short, it’s probably nothing you’re interested in, so you can probably skip the rest of the entry unless you’re curious:

Well, XET is gone, and this time I have no expectation it'll ever be back. (Yeah, I might as well admit it - I had the 'April Fools Joke' in mind from almost when XET closed. I didn't expect it to even work a little, but I had a slim hope and figured I owed the game one last Hail Mary Pass. And I don't regret it, I got some good scenes out of the few months we were back, I just wish we could have kept it up longer). So, since I have no hope of it returning, I'm going to post, in a few parts over the next few weeks, my master plot manifesto. One of the things I loved about XET was how we had a number of plots on a slow burn, with foreshadowing sometimes years ahead of schedule, and plenty of plots that were just waiting for the right circumstances to be used. There were also lots of things going on behind the scenes that weren't apparent. I really felt almost like I was participating in a fully-fledged universe, like the Ultimate line of Marvel, inspired by the original but different and vivid, but as textured and with a tight continuity perhaps even rivaling Marvel’s at times.

Anyway, since most of these untouched plots are heavily dependent on the unique history of XET and the combination with Lovecraftian themes, I don't expect to use them again, and so I think it'd be fun to just lay all the cards on the table. The XET Diaries, Part 1: Personal Goals and My Last Ongoing Plot )
That’s it for this post. Next XET Diaries post (probably in a week or so) will deal with Part 2 of the Drug Plot (with the Ultimate Road Trip), and Ultimate Plots.

Mmmm, KFC

Nov. 26th, 2005 06:38 pm
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So, yesterday I worked on Friday for the first time, which means extra weekly cash. Now my philosophy is, when you get a new, regular source of cash, the first thing you should do is spread it around to other people, otherwise it's bad luck. So, I sprung for KFC for dinner for me and the roommates.

(The second thing you should do in such a situation, in my philosophy, is treat yourself, which will be done in a few days when I buy a Gyro and onion rings for lunch, and then following that you try to live life as normal)

Anyway, it was pretty good. Haven't had it in a while. Mmmm, greasy.

Lessee, other news. Roleplaying's been a bit slow this month, though I did get into a Scuzz scene last night, set on Thanksgiving that wasn't bad. I'll post a link when the log's up. Basically, it was Scuzz hanging out at Eve's bar on Thanksgiving, drinking and eating hotwings with Antlerman until Toad showed up and disgusted him into leaving.

Over the last few days I've gotten kind of nostalgic and wistful and wanting to play some version of one of my favorite characters, Chris (Ghost) again somewhere, but alas, nowhere really appeals to me because I'm a picky bastard. Ah well, maybe someday someone will start The Right MUSH. Err.. that is, the Mush that is just right for me. Not a MUSH based on the anti-mutant group The Right. (Although, one set in the time frame of The Right might not be bad).

Random rambling. Done for now.
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Haven't done one of these in a while. Here's recent RPing scenes I've done on XET.

In chronological order from the last time I posted:

Helped to NPC for a scene in Eve's bar for the Nextacy plot. I NPCed Beakgirl and Fire-eater. Here's the log

As a follow-up to the Scuzz scene where he claimed to have forgotten about Frankie, is one where he talks to her again. Keeping with the song lyric theme, the log is titled We Used To Be Friends, A Long Time Ago (from Veronica Mars opening theme).

For Spidey, had a scene where he talks to Anthony who's in the hospital after the whole Ultron thing. Log is here.

NPCed as Professor Xavier in order to get Rina and Kirk involved in the Nextacy plot. Log is here.

And finally just today, a log where Kirk answers a phone call from his old flame Kitty Pryde, who's been missing almost two years. Log is here

Random Foo

Sep. 24th, 2005 04:12 pm
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I have just discovered that there's an exception to the Schmule Rule! As we all know, any arguement can be instantly refuted by repeating one key point of it, then repeating it again with the first letter replaced by 'Schm'. For example: "I think taxes are too high." "High, Schmigh." (Or, alternatively, Taxes, Schmaxes'). "Going to college is important." "College, Schmollege." There's no rebuttal to it, you've instantly won the arguement. However, you can't do it in this case (this is a textual-only loophole - you can still use the Schmule on it if you speak it out loud): "Just look at the schematics." "Schematics, Schmatics." See, it doesn't work, it looks like the same word.

I've been drowning in nostalgia a bit. All started when LJ added 'schools' to their Userinfo page, which made me try to track down my old schools. None of them (except the university) were listed yet, but I did some old searching and found ratemyteachers.com listings for some of my old schools. Some of my old teachers were still listed, with comments from other students. So I spent an hour or so looking them over, and thinking of old times. Of course a few of the ones I remember weren't listed at all, I wonder if they moved to different schools, retired, or quit teaching because of us, or something.

Had a good Scuzz scene the other day. He had to be a real jerk and pretty harsh, which doesn't come natural, but it was fun to play through anyway. The Log (entitled 'Don't You (Forget About Me)').
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Couple more X-Men: End Times scenes I've been in recently:

As part of an upcoming TP dealing with a new drug (unimaginatively called Nextacy), I created and NPCed a couple more NPCs to show up at Excelsior for Jono and Rwy. Fun hidden Firefly reference and tarnishing a corporate slogan. Here's the scene

For Spidey I have two scenes: The first is a lunch with the Ultimates, and the second takes place immediately afterwards, as evil robot ninja zombies attack the Ultimates headquarters.

Finally, another Nextacy-related scene where I NPCed a Brotherhood middle-manager talking to Rwy, here. The NPC I didn't create, but rather stole from one of my favorite sources: The comic DP7.

Soon, hopefully I'll get in a Scuzz scene or two.

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