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This past Saturday was our regular gaming run, currently Pathfinder, and the story is 'Rise of the Runelords'. As was the first run of this campaign, it was a lot of fun... Aside from my damn near falling asleep during it. I was beat, not having slept well beforehand. I wasn't alone though, two other players were ALSO falling-down tired apparently. Regardless, I'm having a good time with Arath, my barbarian catfolk, and really look forward to what comes next!

We were down one player, Dave, who is our regular GM- Rise of the Runelords is 'filler' while he gets his next campaign set to run. Its giving him the opportunity to actually PLAY in a game, rather than having to run.

Our Story Continues! )
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Ah, another update!

This last week the prep for selling the house started to seriously get into gear. I've been sealing stains on the ceilings in preparation for painting, chipping bubbled paint in the kitchen and doing plasterwork to fix some damage (nail-holes, etc.) in the front room. Today we'll be doing the actual painting of the front and back rooms, the front hall and my bedroom. Once that's done, I'll be continue to cull possessions and such, and during the next few weeks I'll be painting the walls. There's a lot of prepwork to do, still, but once the painting is done we'll have a realtor over to see what we'll get as a price, and whether or not doing the carpet and kitchen floor will be worth it.

Other than all that, work continues to be work, with little new on that front. In the remaining news, I've gotten new (and REAL OLD) art up on my FA (FurAffinity: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sorien/) site, and a new book- Frostbite. Well, I'm still waiting for it to get here, actually. More new books will be coming over the next few months, and I'm looking forward. I've also gotten a bunch more movies, all from Half Price Books or Pawn America- Captain America and Iron Man 2 being two of them. :)

And that's about it. I'm going to try to get the most recent Horror run typed up sometime today, and maybe try to get the as-yet unfinished writeups for Traveller and the Western Campaign done. Also, watch this space for future writeups for the Vanguard game that is upcoming!
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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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This is the first writeup of the Dresden Files Campaign titled ‘Changing Seasons’, GM’d by Dave Rust. The game is (obviously) set in the Dresden universe, in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. These two cities are caught in a disturbing flux; St. Paul is a representative of stasis and decay with corruption riding the halls of leadership. Minneapolis in contrast is an exemplification of change for the better and progress, but has its own dark underpinnings. On top of all of this, the shattered remains of the Spring and Autumn Courts have made the area their last stronghold against Summer and WInter, clinging tenaciously to existence against the far more powerful forces of their rivals. Relative to the Dresden books, our stories begin during or just after the events in Turn Coat.

Into this come our characters, the possible heroes of the coming tales.

Eric Morgan- A former thief and current private investigator, Eric was once human; now however, due to the magics of a mysterious belt he is now a humanoid coyote. His human appearance is only a mask of magic. He is known to the supernatural community, but has no significant reputation or legacy as of yet. He has been employed by the firm of Eldridge, Vickers & Nous for about three years now.

Alex Carlson/Marcus Raith- A scion of the Raith line of White Court Vampires, Alex has yet to come into his full inheritance as an emotional vampire. He is a skilled speaker and lives the life of a dilletante, dividing his time between work and play. He is the grandson of Curt Carlson, after all, and money is part of his life. Most people find him charming and well spoken, and few are counted as enemies.

‘Ghost’- A young woman of mixed Asian/Occidental heritage, Ghost has made her home here in the Twin Cities after her father’s death and mother’s apparent abandonment. Mysteries surround her, and it doesn’t help that she appears much younger than her actual age of 18. She is gifted with magic, a talent that she continues to develop as time goes on.

Hunter Strong (GM’s character)- Hunter is a young man possessed of a magical artifact that grants him strength and other physical gifts; he was given this by his grandfather, who died at the hands of the local criminal element. He decided that it was his duty (or burden) to strike out against the gangs of St. Paul, and has made it his quest to rid that city of one gang in particular, the Frogtown Gobs.

Reggie Valentine- Reggie is a young Changeling, currently associated with the Summer Court in less-than-apparent ways. He is kin to the Gruffs, a type of goatlike Fey who hold high position within Summer. Reggie is also a thief, a very good one; he is off-and-on used by Summer to ‘obtain’ items of interest for the Court. Though he has no significant differences from the bulk of humanity, that will likely not last...

Theresa Camble- A shapeshifter, Theresa can assume the deadly form of a jaguar at will. She works as a nurse at HCMC, and has kept a relatively low profile in the supernatural community. She currently resides in the same building as Reggie Valentine.

Piotr Rabinovich- Piotr is a third-generation American whose family originated in Russia. He is a werebear, able to take the form of a disturbingly large and powerful ursine at will. He acts as a protector in his neighborhood, patrolling nightly to discourage the less-desirable elements of society from causing harm. This area includes the Como Park area as well as the site of the State Fair. His protective desires developed after his grandfather died in a robbery at the family bakery. Leaving his city of birth behind after this, he settled in the Twin Cities and established a new life.

Opening Salvos )
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Okay. First, I'm working on yet another story. This one is an attempt to emulate the rough style of Jim Butcher's Dresden stories without duplicating his actual style. The story is called 'Enjoy Chicago!' and stars my Dresden character Eric Morgan. So far, poor Eric remains up to his eyeballs in trouble, and victory will be getting out of the situation with a whole skin... The story takes place in his first year as a PI.

I also had another idea, this time a horror story that has no game connections whatsoever- The working title is 'The Cloth Man' but that could change because... Owhattagiveaway. ;)

On other subjects, last night I made breaded boneless chicken thighs for dinner, with store-bought marinera sauce and spaghetti noodles. The chicken was perfect, and the sauce was very good after very little doctoring (some onion powder, salt and black pepper was all it needed). Today for dinner I'll be making my chicken stuff, which is diced chicken with stir-fried red and green peppers in egg noodles with either chicken or turkey gravy.

Lastly, I took a nap last night and had another of my fucked-up, wake-up-screaming dreams. I recall essentially nothing of what was apparently so terrifying about it, but what I do recall is this- at the time I became scared and started screaming, dream-me was in a gaming store, and someone else that I knew was buying dice for the Dresden game. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was The Source, but the counter for sales was in the wrong spot. O.o

Weirdweirdweird. I got right back to sleep, but still. At least it wasn't one of the ones where I stay creeped-the-fuck-out for hours after.
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This was both an eventful and uneventful period. I probably should have posted a few times in there, but one of the things I'll mention here really ruined my desire to do so. The 21st was a Monday, and marked the start of a bit of drama with a friend. That's been totally worked out to my knowledge, and the matter is settled. However, Monday the 21st was ALSO the start of my latest bout of insomnia. It was one of my longer bouts, and it finally 'broke' yesterday. 14 days of getting 2 to 4 hours of fitful sleep really, really sucks.

The 27th was supposed to be the next Sunday Group meeting, but one of the players was sick so we elected to skip rather than spread the plague.

On the 1st, my dad went into the hospital. He had an intestinal blockage, and was having some pretty severe pain. They checked him out thoroughly, and he went into surgery on the third. It went very well, and while it had been scheduled to last three to four hours he was out in less than one. As it turns out, the blockage was a sort-of skin flap- damage left from when he had a burst appendix as a little kid. So this problem has been around for more than sixty years, and just finally became dangerous.

However, despite the surgery itself going well, the recovery was NOT so good. He had a fairly severe reaction to some of the drugs used, and was disoriented and hallucinating to the point of violence. Now my dad is in his late seventies, but he's STILL a big guy- it took multiple orderlies to restrain him. To make it worse, he couldn't wear his C-Pap machine, so he basically wasn't sleeping for days on end. Fortunately, by Saturday the 5th he was fine, though wobbly. He actually looks better than he has for some time. I expect he'll be released in the next few days.

Saturday was the second run of the Dresden game, and that went well. I think it'll be a fun game, even though I have to agree that the rules at times are overwritten and are badly organized. His comment was that 'they read like stereo instructions!' For the food, I made from-scratch pancakes which were actually pretty good, other than the fact that I made easily twice as much batter as I needed. I think I still have one meal's worth left.

Sunday I saw Dad again in the morning, and other than getting REAL sick of the hospital he was fine. The insomnia finally broke, and I slept pretty well after I got home. Of course, it was also the anniversary of my losing Luna; never a good day for me.

I've got a bunch of writing for the various games to do- two Old West runs and the Horror run for the Sunday Group, and I'm going to try and turn my notes from the Dresden game into something readable as well. On top of that I've started a new series of short stories called 'The Believers'. They're urban fantasy effectively, and I think I might have something publishable in these. :)

That's about it for recent events.
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... That the game did yesterday was recharge my creative batteries. After a goodly time I'm in the mood to write again! I've started on a short story based on the backstory info we have to develop for our characters, so far titled 'Mad As A Wet... Cat?' and I wrote three little faux-myth stories for possible origins of the belt that (maybe, maybe not) cursed my character. Any or none of these could be true, or even all of them. Who says there's only ONE belt? Anyway, here are the three myths. They're done following what I recall of the styles of actual Native American tales.

Three Myths )
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Today I return, likely temporarily, to the Saturday Gaming Group. The game will be a short-run of the Dresden Files RPG, with an indefinite number of actual meets. I'm both looking forward to this and feeling some trepidation, if not paranoia. I'm hoping that I've changed enough for things to work out, but I'm afraid that I'm going to be treated differently than everyone else. I expect added scrutiny, but part of me worries that it'll be an 'if I blink I'll fail' kind of thing. Most of this is paranoia. I hope. But time will tell. It doesn't help that I couldn't sleep worth crap.

On a happier note, I watched the entire first season of True Blood over the last few days- I like it enough that I want my own copy of the season collection, and I want to watch the second and successive seasons. It is NOT exactly like the original, which is disappointing, but its STILL a very good series. I definitely question some of the changes (Tara being black and an almost rabidly outspoken 'wild girl'), some of the alterations to what the vampires are like (they're being portrayed as more evil and nasty overall culturally which IS a problem), and a few other little problems. I LOVE the casting of Sookie, Bill and Jason. Lafayette was PERFECT (tho they made changes to him that I dislike), and both Sam and Eric were VERY close to what I was hoping for. I'm definitely looking forward to the further episodes.

Less happy is my monetary situation. I'm VERY tight right now. I'm probably going to stoop to talking to the folks for some petty cash and help with some medical stuff (pay a small bill and get a new inhaler- it might be months before I can afford it, depending). I hate doing it, but I've little recourse. Fortunately, I'm not in any kind of danger financially, its just uncomfortable. And I'll be flat broke til my next paycheck, and immediately after too. And my debts don't rise to the level of being terrifying, just really, really annoying.

I think that's enough rambling. I don't really feel comfortable posting all this, but I'm thinking that by actually doing so some of the stress might be lessened.
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Today was the final run of the Vanguard campaign. We started it up just over 4 years ago, but it rounds out to be about 4 years given a 4 month break in there somewhere. I'm going to miss playing Goblin, as she's been a lot of fun to play...

I Wanna be in another Supers game. :P

So for at least 6 months I've got Saturdays open. Fooey.

In other news, I've set the date for the Xmas party- It'll be Friday, January 2, 2009. It'll start as usual at around 5 PM and go til whenever. I'm going to go potluck again- the main course is to be breaded boneless chicken thighs and mashed potatoes, with most of the rest being brought in. I'll talk to people about finding out what they want to bring, if anything, before the actual day, and I'll also send out email invites/notifications.

Also, I have almost all of the shopping done, and all but one of the gifts so far collected have been wrapped- that last is waiting for an additional component. ;)

There are several things coming in the mail, and they'll all arrive before Thursday next week. One item is going to be picked up for me (to be paid back) and one, for my mom, I have to drive out to Anoka- I'm getting her a gift certificate to the Vineyard resturant.

Tomorrow is the next installment of the Buffy Horror Campaign, which will be the 23rd I'll have written up. See the post previous to this on for writeup #22! Right now I'm at work- Bleh.


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