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And another screwball night terror. I was woken up today about noon by building maintenance coming to fix and outlet in the roomie's room. I'd called it in, so that wasn't a big deal, but I couldn't get back to sleep after. So I got up for a while, watched an art stream that had to abort due to a pet-emergency, and played some Diablo III. With food and a beer, I finally felt like I could sleep at about 3 pm, and crashed.

I slept til about 9 PM, so that was good.

What was NOT good was waking up screaming. I really, really hate that, especially since as soon as I was awake, the fear was utterly, totally gone, replaced with annoyance and a mild headache.

The was particularly odd in that it guest-starred an artist friend of mine (Haligren/Teknicolortiger) and her character in the Silver & Bonr RP group, Hayden. It also guest starred, in a bizarre side-plot, a hockey team that looked suspiciously like the old Minnesota North Stars.

In the dream, she and I were talking about Hayden wanting to kill himself for whatever reason, and for some reason I proposed Vasily (my beefy Russian ex-Vory werewolf) helping. When the agreement was in-character struck, Vas didn't give him a chance to think, and shot 'em in the head with a silver bullet, then decapitated him.

THAT wasn't the scary part.

The scary part (and all of this was weirdly mixed in with some kind of heroic 'last miracle shot' hockey story), was for some reason I was at my folks, sleeping, and something horrible was crawling up my sleeping body, and it was /hungry/.

I have fucking weird dreams. I have no idea where the stu[id hockey subplot came from, and I still can't really sort if I was the 'hero' in that bit, or if for some screwy reason it was Hayden.

Hayden, fyi, is a serial-killer werewolf, an NPC Elder of one of the clans, and the LEAST likely person I can imagine getting into a hockey game. :P
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These are the posts that would have been made in-game from just after the release of the Vanguard compound to the night of the gathering at the Darken Hollow. I'll repost these if we actually start the Vanguard: Synthesis group here. :)

Also: Jackrabbit! http://www.furaffinity.net/view/8605223/

Jackrabbit's Posts )
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Was interesting. I got home from work to find that the cable box was acting up. I called Comcast and tried what they told me to do (what the robot told me anyway) and went to bed. I didn't sleep well, but that wasn't unexpected- I'm certain the current source of my sleep issues is allergies, especially since I had a scratchy throat from drainage all day yesterday. I got up, and like I've been sort of expecting for a while now, the cable box was dead. In fact, it totally died while I talked to Comcast. The only real annoying part of this is that we lost all the stuff we had recorded on it, so I decided to just get the new box when I did the running for the day.

As I was planning on making dinner for the group while character creation went, I decided to pick up a new box whilst out. Me and [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii headed out about 3:30, planning to pick up [livejournal.com profile] foeclan was also ready, and using two vehicles we headed over to Cub. Groceries went quick, and I started cooking as soon as we got there. While I made the marinera-and-chicken sauce, [livejournal.com profile] phineas made garlic-cheese bread. Food was devoured and we went to character creation for the Anuris campaign.

At the moment I have five players, four of whom have mostly-completed characters. I'll edit this later to add names if people come up with 'em today.

[livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii is playing a Sarind (lizard man) Barbarian/Rogue.

[livejournal.com profile] foeclan is a Dwarven Bear Shaman Druid. He DID have a name, but I can't recall it at the moment. :P

[livejournal.com profile] phineas is a Locin (wolfguys) Cleric of Ah-Hur.

[livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn is a Human Fighter.

It was a fun night, and people finally headed off to their homes or bed at about 12:30. I was planning to stay up as usual, but that's when the fatigue said 'fuck you!' and my brain failed at about 1:30 to 2:30 somewhere. I slept like a stone, and I woke about 10:30. The start of the campaign looks to be about 2 weeks off, and my last player, [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, will get together with me on Monday or next week sometime to get his character ready. All in all, a good day.
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Okay, tonight is going to be character setup for at least some of the characters in my coming Pathfinder campaign. I've done a little bit of cleaning, and I'll be making chicken-spaghetti for the meal, with good crusty bread. Woo!

In other news, I've gotten all my windows covered over with cardboard, so my room is now DARK. I'm hoping that this, plus the cleaning of the bedding and a few other things will finally get my sleeping back on schedule. The only bit I can't control is allergies- that seems to be the bugaboo that caused all the problems, and its something from outside. So, that bit I have to live with.

Other than that, my check will come today with some overtime on it, and my NEXT check will have more overtime and holiday pay to boot- this ought to finish any and all catchup that I need to do. Yay!
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Okay. Yesterday was my birthday, and a bunch of people were nice enough to throw me a nice little party. We had sirloin steak on the grill, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli for the meal, and I got some beer for myself because dammit, its my birthday and I wanted a beer or two. :)

[livejournal.com profile] joshuwain was the prime mover behind the party, with [livejournal.com profile] foeclan, [livejournal.com profile] phineus and our friend Todd supplying food and labor. [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn were also in attendance. Thanks to you all!

A few more details about my campaign were hammered out, and the creation of characters has begun. Some of the players and I will be getting together on Friday, and whomever is left I'll work with on (probably) Monday to get things squared. Mostly it will be me approving builds and back-stories. Once I have all that information, I'll go back into the adventure and tailor some of the bits, and I'll also distribute the goodies to the characters- additional cash and the ever-popular magic items.

As once again I didn't sleep well yesterday, I've taken a couple of cold-caps to make certain I get at least some sleep today. I'll finish covering my windows later this week, when I can get together with the folks and get the black foamboard and brads (teeny nails) to put it up with. The lack of light will definitely help. I'm also stripping my bed and remaking it before I crash this morning with fresh bedding and such. That sometimes helps as well.
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First, I still think the best Charlie Daniel's Band song is 'Uneasy Rider'. ;)

On to other things. Tomorrow we return to the Horror Campaign, and the terrors and travails of Our Heroes. I'm WAY behind on writeups, but at least I'm only back one for Horror. I'll be loaning my Dresden Files gamebooks to Scotty so he can look 'em over, and I suspect that we might get a game-shift out of this- time will tell.

As to my OWN game, work continues. I've gotten the basics down for the adventure, and all of the city NPC's that I needed roughed out. I should have a vague map of the city, but I can fake that. In the adventure I've started the sorting out of what monsters are where and what they all have, as well as getting the experience listings set. I need a printer badly, soon.

Other than that, life continues. I cheated today for sleep, taking a couple of cold caps- I DID sleep, but I dislike the aftereffects- muzziness and waking even slower than I usually do. But I did sleep. Woot!

Now all that remains is actually finding my way to Scotty's new place in Eagan. ;)


May. 20th, 2011 08:31 pm
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Went out today with [livejournal.com profile] foeclan, [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn, [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn and [livejournal.com profile] phineus to the Source, followed by Mac's (A little fish & chips place) and Cub (grocery store for those who don't know). I got a GM screen for Pathfinder... And I'm impressed. Its set up like a GOOD hardbound book-cover, solid and glossy, with good hingepoints and four panels of tables and data. Me likee! And [livejournal.com profile] foeclan got me the Bestiary 2 for my birthday! Thank you!

And this means more work on the game awaits. :)
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I realized sometime yesterday that I had a HUGE flaw in my first adventure- why the frak is this crap happening in the first place? There has to be a reason, after all, and 'just because' ain't gonna cut it. So last night at work I sat down and tried to puzzle it out, and viola, I kan haz backstory! I know what happened why and where, who to and what came out of it now, and I also know more about exactly what my PC's will be facing. Woot!

I've also thought a bit more on magic and treasure- I think I know how I'll deal with the initial magic the PC's will have (starting out at 3rd level they WILL have some stuff), and I think I know who three of my PC's are for sure. I have to get answers from some others, but we'll see what comes of my plan for a mixed Saturday Group / Sunday Group party.

In other news, I made spaghetti and meatballs for me and [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain yesterday, and I have a snack-level amount left for later today. We yakked about the game some, and that is partly what got me thinking on some of this stuff.

Also, I'm getting a shift of overtime this week, which will appear on my next check (next Friday), which will help finish off some bills. I also got my birthday gift from the folks- my train fare to Midwest Furfest is paid, so I'll get the tickets later today. They're also covering the taxi fare from and to Union Station.

I may also get more overtime next week- there's a hole in the schedule that needs filling.

What's left for the game? finishing the roughs for the encounters, getting the monsters charted out, doing the same for the loot and experience, and some polish work on the world and city. Oh, and I suppose I really ought to stat out the major NPC's as well


May. 13th, 2011 10:28 pm
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Despite my sleep schedule being utterly borked, I've made progress on the Anuris campaign. I've gotten most of the city NPC's that I'll absolutely need written up as far as I need them (personality and appearance, ballpark level and alignment, etc), and I've got a growing idea what the area is like geographically. Its on a western coastline, and the city itself was built next to a large bay. Over time, the bay was partially closed with stone fill and cement to make a defensible safe harbor, and significant piers and anchorages were built. The settlement is more than 200 years old, and has had a succession of rulers. The current leader is Baron Carti, who has ruled for the last decade.

Choras is an important place, being a port city and is defended as such. Impressive shoreside defenses include strong city walls and other fortifications, while to the seaside the harbor is defended with massive watchtowers and a dwarven-forged chain gate that can be raised across the harbor inlet, right at keel-tearing depth.

Also, I've gotten the first 10 pages of the starting adventure written. Woot! At this pace I should be ready to start right about when I want, at the end of the month. Maybe earlier!


May. 13th, 2011 09:03 am
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I'm up to 9 pages of NPC's, and this is just for the city. I have about a paragraph for each, as well as their alignment, class(es) and level(s). Ugh. I still have a bunch to go, then I can get into trying to map the city, harbor and local area, and really get going on the adventure itself. Ugh.

It'll be nice once the city is done. Its probably the hardest part of starting a game, making the 'home city' area. Oh- the city is called Choras (pronounced Kore-Az), and is a moderate-sized city with a large harbor; centuries back this harbor was created artificially with stony fill to partly close the originally much-wider mouth of the bay. Two huge towers rise on either side of the entrance, and massive chains can be winched into place, just under the water to close off the passage if invaders approach. It is a trade city, and a destination for merchant caravans wishing to move their wares across the sea.

I think I'm done for the morning. I'll do more tonight.
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Here is the basic rules for character generation for the Anuris campaign, as well as the divinities of the Civilized Races. Obviously, there will be more to come. :)

Edit: Added the clerical Domains to the Deities section.

Character Generation Rules )

Gods And Religions of Anuris )


May. 10th, 2011 09:53 pm
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Check the previous entry out- I added a lot of detail and fixed a few things.

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Okay, here's a goodly chunk of character creation. PLEASE give comments- I don't think these are overpowered in any particular way, but I might miss things and comments are always useful. Edit- I added some more details and fixed a few things on 05/10/11!

Anuris: History and Races )
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Like I said, I'm contemplating running a Pathfinder game. Its moved past the idea stage, and I've started worldbuilding. The world is named Anuris, and is a world where recorded Civilization has existed for at least 20,000 years. There were going to be five races playable as PC's plus some halfbreed options, but I've decided on a sixth. The races are, in order of their appearance through the history of the world:

Akim- Winged lion people, once the greatest masters of Empire.

Dwarves- Dour drinkers of ale and builders of mountain fortresses.

Elves- Second oldest of the Five Civilized Races, and least populous of them all; a dying people.

Humans- Versatile conquerors of all but time.

Locin- Canid tricksters, the youngest of the Five Races.

The other playable race is the Sarind- Reptilian dwellers on the edges of civilized lands, their age as a race could be as great as the Akim.

The available halfbreeds are:

Half-Elves, a blending of Human and Elven blood.

Half-Orcs, the offspring of violent intercourse (usually) between humans and the bestial Orcs.

Half-Celestials, those blessed with the blood of the divine or their servants.

Half-Infernals, the offspring of mortal and demonaic matings.

The last two are created as per the normal rules as members of one of the other races, and will gain special abilities (and perhaps frailties as well) later in the game. Only Humans and Elves (and Humans and Orcs) can interbreed without magical assistance. In a later post I'll put up more on each race and the world itself. :)

Oh- and I picked up the Bestiary and the Game Mastery Guide today- I dipped into my MFF money as I thought it was a worthy thing to do. Also, I should be at Convergence this year! I've put in for the time off (as I didn't get my birthday off), and I'll be preregistering with the money I had left after getting the gamebooks.
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I'm seriously thinking about running a Pathfinder campaign. I had an idea last night, and I jotted a bunch of things down already. I'm thinking 4 or 5 players, and I know who I wanna ask initially already. It'll start with everyone being 3rd level, and it's going to be a fairly cinematic game... I hope.

Twenty thousand years is how long Civilization has held sway upon Anuris; twenty thousand years where Men and Others strove against each other and the darkness within and without. Heroes lived and died, and the common folk led their lives with the hope that they would never see the adventures of such beings.

In those long eons, civilizations of many races rose and fell; Civilization as a concept though lasted throughout. And now... After so very long a time, there is the sense that change is coming- whether the End Times of the world are upon us, or simply a new Age, is unknown. But the Seers are uneasy, and the rulers of the Five Races have no calm rest.

Now is the time for heroes once again, and we watch and wait for what shall come...

That there is the intro. Not quite the Hyperborean Chronicles, but good enough. :)
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Okay, so my weekend actually is Friday and Saturday nights, but still. On Thursday I had a CEU class for work instead of my normal shift, so I was up all day at that instead of asleep. I crashed when I got home, getting up about four hours later. I ended up crashing early again that night (for me), around 4 AM or so. Friday was quiet, til the evening when I, [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, [livejournal.com profile] foeclan and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn all did a little shopping run to two of the Half Price Books stores, Best Buy and a little used DVD place. I struck out on what I was after (the True Blood first two seasons sets), but I did get 'Cronkite Remembers', which is a autobiographical series by Unka Walt himself. It was ten bucks, so hey. I already have my folks wanting to borrow it! Oh- I DID find what I wanted online after, for the price I was limiting myself to- woot.

Also that night we ate at a little hole in the wall called 'Jimbos'. Its an ancient little dive restaurant off highway 10 in Blaine, that I always saw while I grew up. Never ate there before now, but I liked it- good, if not five-star food. The marinera was too sweet for me, but it was cheap and filling.

After all that, groceries were purchased and people headed for home. I once again crashed early, forgetting to make the Swedish meatballs for the game on Saturday. Fortunately, I woke with plenty of time to get 'em done. three pounds of meatballs went over well and were gone save for two!

The game, a Dresden Files short (test?) run, was a blast, It was the last run of the limited run, so the Saturday group is now going back to the Skylands campaign, which I'm not in.

Sunday was for the most part quiet, save that whilst I was holding Spaz, he freaked out for some reason and ripped my face pretty nastily. Its not actually that bad, but it looks like I was in a fight. I think he's gonna go to the vet to see about kitty-Ritalin or something else- he's WAY too strung, all the time, and I'm tired of his chasing Lady.

And now, I'm off to work. Bleah.
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Okay, here's the second run. Finally! I don't think it's my best work, but at least its done.

Dresden Riles 02- Ancient Histironics )

Hokay Den!

Apr. 11th, 2011 02:25 pm
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Well, now that the funds fully cleared into my bank account I've made the monster payment to Discover, which was just under a grand. Ouch. Regardless, I needed to do it. I've indulged myself with some books and such as well, and I've got a goodly chunk of cash set aside for my trip to MFF in November- part of that gets here in August I think, with the property tax return. I'm still waiting on whether or not I have the right stop for Amtrak or not- if they don't get back to me tonight I'll send a couple more emails out and recheck the site. I vaguely recall last year they had the info posted.

This Friday is payday, and of course more bills. The mortgage payment goes out then, as well as the electric bill and cable- I'm essentially all caught up. Woot!

Thursday, in other news, I'm doing required training for work- as a security guard I have to get at least 6 hours of training every year (Oh so onerous, I know!) I just wish it wouldn't fark up my schedule. Training is dayside, of course, and they won't let me work the night before anymore- which is stupid, cos I'll be up anyway to try and keep my sleep schedule at least partly straight. I hate stupid people.

Saturday will likely be the last run of the temporary Dresden game. Whether it is or not things are set up that if [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain wants to continue he can, as can any other player that decides to run the city we came up with. I really hope the world continues on either way- its a blast. :)

Today and the next few days I plan to try and get caught up on the damned game writeups. First up will be the two Dresden runs, then the most recent Buffy Horror for the Sunday Group (even though the next run is a month from now- Easter intervenes), and finally the two Western Campaign runs. Somewhere in there I'll also finish the stories I wrote for the Dresden game and also try to work on the other short stories I've started. Agh!

And that's about it, I think. Now all I need is a lottery win!
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And here's the most recent run. Woot, I caught up!

Horror 37- Reality, Or Something Like )
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FINALLY I got this done. I hope to get #37 done today as well. Anyway, enjoy. Ignore the tense-switches in the text- I wanted to get it down, and wasn't as worried about perfection. :)

Horror 36- Dark Awakenings )


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