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My weekend was great, although my brain is still mush. This despite class having been canceled for no good reason on Friday! I caught up on Project Runway instead on Friday and read some. I've been making more time to read and it feels great, largely due to finding a book worth curling up with. Saturday morning went as normal except that I was really tired due to being up half the night with stomach complaints. That is what I get for eating Popeye's, frankly. Had my drum lesson, shamefacedly admitted to not really practicing enough, and the main takeaway was that I need to even out my rolls (I should put that in quotes since I play them so slowly they can hardly be called rolls) - hope to accomplish this with accenting trick.

Then we had game! I have learned that at the table, and this should be no news to me, I need a good 45 minutes of warm-up before I can get really into character or anything. This is interesting given drivingblind's style being very geared toward shock-to-the-system sort of in medias res openings. If I think back to the old days of LARPing, I was the same way then - I had to be around people already being fluidly in character to make the context switch. (Also, as relates to work, I think I may strike the next person who utters the phrase "context switch", even if it is me.) I have learned that I have a role in the party: it is Unintended Sardonic One-Liner Delivery. Oh, and take many blows, although thankfully and miraculously that did not come into play in this session. I'll shut up now - because I know no one likes it when you talk about your character. :) I will say a little bit about the Fate style mechanic though. Please note that I am not a game writer, designer, frequent player. I am almost someone you might just take off the street and say "we've replaced your coffee with Folgers role playing system, what do you think?" So anything I say comes from a place of total ignorance of any "trends" or "history" or whatever about gaming mechanics. Okay anyways... I noticed that despite rolling complete shite almost universally all session, somehow we still handled the whole situation and had great moments of triumph and the only negatives were ones we delivered to ourselves. Honestly, it felt like playing Monopoly with a stack of Chance that are all "Get Out of Jail Free" cards. It felt a little bit like I was cheating. Are the Fate points too numerous, I asked myself? Well, I think the key is in my brain: I'm stuck to much outside of a "just tell a story" mindset (ironically the kind of gaming I most like) and am stuck IN a mindset of "I am playing to win and my enemy is the GM". The fate points delivered us a chance to tell the story OUR way - something I hadn't experienced much in some of the other games I have played. I mean, come on - let us admit that the bulk of my RP experience is in White Wolf - the Storyteller is called that because it's their job to tell the story. So, in short (too late) it is great and challenging to be tasked in this weird mechanical way to shape events and settings. Oh, one other thing I learned: I cannot get by on words. I need visuals. Plz draw me maps kthxbye.

Post game I went to REI to pick up some shoes I had ordered online, and had one of those moments where I had to question whether the world was aligning for me or if carefully crafted retail experiences were happening to me. Their music mix that day sounded just like they had pulled it out of my ipod when I walked in the store. They played Peter Gabriel and Split Enz and several other things I love - do they just know their demographic and I happen to be it or what? They have piles of exactly the kind of clothes, bags, and shoes (not really the outdoor gear, but the kind of stuff that outdoorsy people wear when forced to be indoors) that I want to buy. My shoes were too small but I walked out with (thanks to incredibly helpful salespeople!!) a $125 running jacket marked down to $20 and a $30 sports bra marked down to $10. Oh, and a freaking membership, because they put shopping rohipnol in the vents.

Then I went home and made Jack start up yet more new WoW characters because I wanted to see the Dranei content.

Sunday I got more coloration on the sleeve done! So it looks real now!!! EEEE!!!


TV highlights from the weekend:
- SNL - Annuale Commercial - DO NOT MISS
- And on The Soup, we were SLAIN by the clip from the Dutch Oven camp cooking show. SLAIN. So watch The Soup anytime before friday for that one.
- Project Runway: Hate Christian with a burning passion. How on earth he won viewer's whatever I do not know. All his outfits look the same: high collars and poufy sleeves. YAWN.

Antiquers! This weekend is the next DC Big Flea! I plan to meet up with my parents there saturday and browse.



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Feb. 25th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, because it looked so unreal before.

AWESOME!!! That looks so fantastic. Kudos to Jenny for great work!
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
:D She is the bomb, yo.
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
OMG the colors! So amazing.
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
It is amazing! I just wish it would be healed now so I could run my fingers over the petals!
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
shopping rohipnol

AIGH but this would explain so much.
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: also
YES. I think they pipe it into the LL Bean, as well. *shakes fist*
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yo SG, I am going to start reading your blog :)

Feb. 26th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Excellent! I am glad!
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Nice work on the tattoo there.

As to game:

Admittedly, I'm still feeling out what the characters are capable of taking. Fate tends to render characters who are extremely capable, especially with the fate points kept fairly abundant. What I do think I'm liable to do is switch over to doing a "half refresh" at the start of the game, and then a "mid-session half-refresh" if the episode runs long enough. I do think Fate Points have been a little more abundant right out the gate than they need to be, so there's a bit of tuning there. But ultimately this would just be a drop of 2 or 3 points, which I think wouldn't have actually changed anything in last session save to make it feel like things were getting pushed a little harder and closer to "the edge".

Still, your observations about the system are spot on, I think. This game's definitely being run on a "we're all telling this together" footing. Inasmuch as I represent "the enemy", it is my job to inflict difficult or impossible situations on the PCs. But it's also my job to make sure that that doesn't produce an experience that sucks all the fun out of itself, so it's more sort of a "frienemy" thing. Next session, I get to put the screws to Anders (and, perhaps, Brynna, depending on how it all works). ;)

I'll try to work a lot better on the visualization stuff. I was being a bit ... lazier, than perhaps I should, in the last session. :)
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Heh. Now I got myself in trouble. :)

Bah, lazy! You do good stuff.

Also, is there a place I can order fate dice?
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Yeah. From me. I'll happily give you a few multiples of 4, just tell me the colors you want (Evil Hat owns a ton, after all).
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Sadly, green Fudge Dice are permanently out of stock pretty much everywhere. The manufacturer doesn't have plans to create green ones for a while yet. :P
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Supposedly a few places have packs that include some green dice; rpgshop.com claims to anyways. I'm giving it a shot! I like having my own dice anyways. It's mystical and shit.
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those are the scant few remaining of the second color set.
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
How dare they call it DC when it's practically in Reston?? Grawr!
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'm loving the tat. It's making want to get new ink like woah.
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Also, why must this awesome flea market that is like...5 minutes tops from my house be on a day that I'll be up in maryland? So unfair.
Feb. 26th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
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Feb. 26th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
In the "reunion" show, why did they all say he was all talented and shit? Yes, his workmanship is great, but I kind of don't think he has imagination!

I was so mad at him about the prom dress fiasco; yes that girl was mouthy but he did her a disservice and to my mind was clearly pissed that she was not skinny.
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