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03 December 2016 @ 07:40 am
blep leapard
blep lion
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blep tiger
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
01 December 2016 @ 10:13 am
An enjoyable bit of Harry Potter-dom.  The magical creatures were the best part not surprisingly.  Also not a surprise, the villain reveal.  And the Shaw family stuff felt fairly pointless.  Honestly the movie probably would have been tighter and a better story if it jettisoned all the excess plot and just concentrated on the whole fantastic beasts.  Just Scarmander and his new muggle buddy running around New York trying to retreve escaped magical creatures before they or the humans were hurt.  But still,not a bad movie.
Current Mood: okayokay
27 November 2016 @ 07:25 am
Ron Glass dead at 71
Current Mood: sadsad
26 November 2016 @ 07:38 am
cotton opossumdik dik

echidnahappy quokka

Current Mood: tiredtired
25 November 2016 @ 04:06 pm
With Aaron off again, Bill took over his halfling ghost-rider cavalier.  Much of the first half of game was spent getting back to town with our prisoner, followed by some rest and recuperation.  Then after selling our loot (including finding a buyer for the dimunitive faerie gear) general shopping (mostly for spell writing inks) and info gathering.  Where Bill taunted us with magic items owned by people willing to sell but WAAAAAAAAY out of our 1st level price range.  Yes, we know BIll.  We're NOT playing evil murder hobos who'd just slaughter the townsfolk for the good stuff.  Stop pointing out the ring of force owned by the general store owner.

Then it was back to the frozen woods and eventually a cabin that looks to be the base for a group of bandit/mercenaries.  Likely the low-end fodder for the kidnapping that started us off.  We got some scouting in and then a first strike on one of the bandits who was distracted by a moose (Stomper) chased by an undead wolf (Gnawbones).  And after a round of getting into position, we stopped for the night before the battle could really get going.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
22 November 2016 @ 02:01 pm
My original plan for last week's session was:

  1. Scene 1 - Reaching the docks and heading to sea.

  2. Scene 2 - Naval encounter

  3. Scene 3 - 1st port of call

Instead, first we had to establish some details of Bryon's "Married to the Sea" advantage.  What kind of boat did his character have access to?  What was her access?  Who owned the boat?  What was the crew like?  So that led to some group activity as the players worked out names and positions for the dozen-ish crew of the schooner, the Salty Eel.  Then in the actual scene the captain (Bryon's witch) would go around gathering up said crew, while Brendan & Aaron's bodyguards used their left-over Wealth to put some cargo on the ship.  Which meant leaving the "cargo" aka the 12-year old girl/plot point under the care of some of Aaron's local not-Russian relatives.  They were all shocked when the, again TWELVE YEAR OLD, decided that she didn't want to be shipped off to northern not-Germany and instead bolted to go back home.

So Scene 1 is now "Find the Girl, Get Her to the Ship".  Eventually they managed to catch up to the runaway 12-year old, just ahead of the hired Goons of another intrested party.  NOT the Daughters or the not-French church sorceror.  Mad acrobatics, feats of strength and daring cross-field riding then ensued.  Leaving the Goons defeated and the girl returned to their custody.  Also they didn't manage to learn who the 3rd intrested party was.

Now Scene 2 is "Sailing Across the Gulf and Trying to Convince the GIrl to Go Along With This Whole Travel to the North For Totally Unknown Reasons".  Part of that led to various internet searches to figure out vaguely how fast IS a 17th century schooner anyway?  And what kind of guns does it have?  Seriously, the crunchy rules section on boats in a game with a nautical title is pretty bare bones.  I'm betting that kind of info is in one of the many 1st edition .pdfs I got as part of the Kickstarter.

Anyway, each player attempted to charm and befriend the girl (whose name I don't want to go look up).  Brendan's not-German managed fail spectacularly and leave her convinced he was a Walking Nightmare of Hate and Doom.  Aaron had better results, leaving the girl to think of Yule the farm lad/whaler/shaved bear as something of a kind, big brother figure.  Meaning she wouldn't attempt to swim away in the night or run off the instant they stopped at a port.  And finally Bryon's character used her performance skills to convince the girl to at least consider the whole thing a Big Exciting Adventure with the power of storys.  I also dropped the info on the players that the girl has nightmares and that was part of what led the Daughters to "acquire" her.

We ended the session with the ship reaching its first stop, a decent city on the coast of not-Spain.  There the players pooled their slim cargo profits and remaining Wealth into a Big Expensive Cargo instead of more Reliable Common Cargos.  Which means next session, in addition to the Sea Monster I didn't get to they will also have the opportunity to deal with Pirates Who've Heard of a Big Score.
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Current Mood: goodgood
20 November 2016 @ 04:23 pm
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14: Written by Ryan North, Art by Erica Henderson, Color art by Rico Renzi & Lettering and production by VC's Travis Lanham with VC's Clayton Cowles.  Squirrel Girl victorious thanks to the help of friends and Scott Lang and also non-selfish version of super-powered ex-wrestler they're battling to stop from taking over the world.  Also knowledge of the Gallileo's Square-Cube Law.

Southern Cross #9: Story & cover Becky Cloonan, Art Andy Belanger, Colours Lee Loughridge & Letters Serge LaPointe.  Don't be messing with no pistol-packing old lady ex-cops son.
Invincible #131: Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler & inker Cory Walker, Colorist Nathan Fairbairn  & Letterer Rus Wooton.  Ollie, Ollie, Ollie.  You done choose wrong.

Resident Alien: The Man With No Name #3: Script Peter Hogan & Art Steve Parkhouse.  Harry the Alien has a sit-down with Asta's dad about the whole alien castaway thing.  And we get to see what brought Harry to Earth in the first place.
Dark Horse Presents #28: Editor-in-chief Mike Richardson.  Continuing Kaare Andrews & Troy Nixey's "The Black Sinister", Fracesco Francavilla's "The Black Beetle", Paul Levitz & Tim Hamilton's "Brooklyn Blood", James Andrew Clark & Enzo Pertile's "Winter's Apprentice", Emma T. Caps "The Chapel Chronicles", JOhn Nadeau & Dan Jolley's "Murder Society" and Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Aaron Campbell's "Rubber Guns".
Current Mood: awakeawake
19 November 2016 @ 07:35 am
bitey pupbull pup 3bull pup 1bull pup 2

bull pup 4
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
16 November 2016 @ 10:20 pm
Part way into this I started thinking about the Schlock Mercenary webcomic. In that I was thinking to myself "Army dude, you're trying to blow up aliens who can manipulate gravity with some cases of C4. Thats not going to work." But aside from the lack of psych evaluator as part of the U.S. translation/contact team, I quite enjoyed it. Clever and well-acted.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
13 November 2016 @ 06:25 pm
Thanks to a Diamond shipping shortage a light week.  Only three titles, starting with Doom Patrol #3: Writer Gerard Way, Artist Nick Derington, Colorist Tamra Bonvillain & Letterer Todd Klein.  Expanding bakc stories for the Negative Man and Casey the EMT, plus the villainous Vectra group.
Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #6: Written by Chynna Clugston Flores, Pencils Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Inks Jenna Ayoub, Colors Whitney Cogar & Letters by Warren Montgomery.  I know I keep saying this, but this should really have been at most 4-issues.  Maybe even just three.  Still, all returns to the status quo, likely never to influence either title again.

Knights of the Dinner Table #237: E-I-C Jolly Blackburn with assistance from Barbara Blackburn, Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer & Brian Jelke.  The Knights engage in some B&E while trying to reach out to Brian.  And the Black Hands latest party make-up struggles as always with the players self-centerdness.  Though Newt is once again working hard to be Just The Worst to play with.  And finally a chance encounter lets Sarah try to bring Brian back to the "family".
Current Mood: tiredtired
12 November 2016 @ 07:44 am
bandi swarmbunny swarm

cat swarmed by peeps 1cat swarmed by peeps 2

service dog with ducklings
Current Mood: tiredtired
11 November 2016 @ 04:44 pm
Despite the distraction of the election results the game continued.  The party even made significant progress along the frozen trail.  Dealing with an atomie sprite and its charmed elk, a frozen stream crossing with snow man trap and small ice elementals.  And then finally taking down a trio of archers.  We even managed to capture one as a prisoner.  Group is soooo close to hitting that first level up.  All of which still didn't change how fucking depressing the drive home was where I had to finally just turn off NPR for my own sanity.
Current Mood: sadsad
09 November 2016 @ 09:59 pm
The fx were pretty great (even going to a non 3D showing).  Cumberbatch was pretty good, he does jerk genius who is still kind of likeable well as always.  Mikkelson was about average for a Marvel villain, which is an admittadly low bar.  Rest of the cast was good.  I'd say a B- for a MCU movie and a C+ as just a movie.  I did like the solution for defeating Dormammamuamamamamu.
Current Mood: tiredtired
08 November 2016 @ 11:55 pm
Fuck.  Just.

Current Mood: depresseddepressed
06 November 2016 @ 04:33 pm
the Wicked & the Divine #23: Art Kevin Wada, Articles Leigh Alexander, Dorian Lynskey, Laurie Penny, Mary HK Choi & Ezekiel Kweku & Colors Matthew Wilson.  This one is done in a magazine style so I'm kind of veeeeeery slowly reading the articles.
Bitch Planet #9: Script Kelly Sue deConnick, Art Valentine De Landro, Colors Kelly Fitzpatrick & Letters Clayton Cowles. Grief-stricken father opens all the cells.  Violence happens.
Prophet: Earth War #6: Story Brandon Graham & Simon Roy, Art Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, Grim Wilkins & Brandon Graham, Colors Joseph Bergin III, Brandon Graham & Lin Visel & Letters Ed Brisson.  Four years in and all done.
Southern Bastards #15: Writer Jason Aaron, Art & color Jason Latour & Letters Jared K. Fletcher.  Coach Boss is looking at a losing season on the field and Roberta Tubb is following him like an angry shadow.

ROM #4: Plot & script Christos Gage & Chris Ryall, Pencils & Colors David Messina, Inks Michele Pasta, Color assist Alessandra Alexakis & Letters Shawn Lee.  ROM's capture leads to more Wraiths getting exposed to non-infected and then killed.  Plus more Space-Knights in the future?

Giant Days #20: Created & written John Allison, Pencils Max Sarin, Inks Liz Fleming, Colors Whiney Cogar & Letters Jim Campbell.  The girls spend a day at IKEA furnishing their new apartment.  The lads have a pleasant day before the arrival of the terrible return of Dean Thompson, garbage roomie.

The Flintstones #5: Writer Mark Russell, Artist Steve Pugh, Colorist Chris Chuckry & Letterer Dave Sharpe.  Elections!  For the town and the school.  And flashbacks to the Tree People War.
Current Mood: awakeawake
05 November 2016 @ 07:44 am
big bill duckyfairy owlcrow birb

melon boidprotective mom
Current Mood: goodgood
03 November 2016 @ 12:02 pm
Learned yesterday that my maternal grandmother passed away over the weekend.  Grandma Root (1922-2016) was sadly the grandparent I barely knew.  We'd met a few times when she came down to see my aunt (father's sister) who lived locally.  And, until her health started failing and she moved into a senior center up in Sasketchewan, I got Christmas cards.  But I just knew her as a nice older lady.  But she will be loved and missed.
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Current Mood: sadsad
01 November 2016 @ 08:12 am
Happy birthday to ellakite
Current Mood: soresore
31 October 2016 @ 05:22 pm
Short FictionAliette de Bodard's "Lullaby For a Lost World", Douglas F Warrick's "Sic Semper, Sic Semper", Justina Ireland's "Aisle 13", Gretchen McNeil's "By the Star-Dogged Moon", Chris McKitterick's "Waking the Predator", Mari Mansusi's "the Princess Can Save Herself", Ninu Allen's "the Art of Space Travel" and Sarn Raasch's "Seven Lifetimes"

New Reads:
Ferret Steinmitz' Flex: An interesting magic-system and world building for his urban fantasy series.  But while pretty good overall, the book didn't really grab me enough to continue on with the series it starts.
Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric & the Shaman:  Continuing on with the Penric stories in her "Chalion" series.
Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue: I think this is the first Chabon book I just didn't like.  Not sure why.
Cecil Castellucci's Stars in the Sky:  Sequel to Castellucci's YA sci-fi/western Tin Star.  Lots of neat "alien" aliens and the space station setting goes from near Ghost Town to Boom Town.
KJ Parker's the Last Witness:  1st person tale of revenge from a very unreliable narrator.
Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves:  Down in the streets with the scum style fantasy.

Alan Dean Foster's Into the Out Of:  I was pretty sure this was one of Foster's books I'd read when first bingeing on him back in high school.  But I honestly couldn't recall any of it until the end and the thing with the eyes.
Tamora Pierce's Rebekah Cooper: Terrier & Bloodhund:  Didn't reread the third book because the ending makes me sad.  And in a depressed kind of way.
Harry Turtledove's the Misplaced Legion & Empoeror for the Legion:  If I recall Amazon had the ebook omnibus edition of these two on sale.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
Kate Leth, Brittany L. Williams & Natasha Allegri's Patsy Walker aka Hellcat vol.1: Hooked on a Feline
David Wills' Dumbing of Age vol.5: Hey, Guess What, I'm a Lesbian

Total: 14

Short Fiction:  Annie Cardi's "the Ones Who Survive", Bethany Hagen's "Hearth Stone Rain", Seanan McGuire's "Full of Briars" & "Velveteen vs. Going Home Again", Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling's "Totem Poles" & Dhonielle Clayton's "the Things Our Mothers Tell Us".

New Reads:
Kerryn Offord & RIck Boatwright's 1636: the Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz.  Collecting and expanding the various short pieces into a full novel.  Plus Tom Stone gets yelled at for a being a dick in that one Mercedes Lackey short story which makes me happy.
Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu's the 3-Body Problem
Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword
RJ Ross' Super Villain Grandpa:  More "Cape High" fluffy junk food.
David Weber/Timothy Zahn/Tom Pope's A Call to Arms:  More "Honor-verse".  Also, I've mentioned a few times before in places that I seem to only really like Zahn when he's playing in someone elses' toybox.
Django Wexler's the Guns of the Empire:  Well that was a nasy twist for "the Shadow Campaigns" series.
A. Lee Martinez' the Last Adventure of Constance Verity:  Trying to retire from a fate-given heroism and adventure.
Johnathan L. Howard's Goon Squad (issues #8-#12):  Sadly the last for awhile until Howard can find a way to make them financially workable.

Harry Turtledove's the Legion of Videssos & Swords of the Legion
Seanan McGuire's Rosemary & Rue
David Weber's A Rising Thunder & Shadow of Freedom

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
Various writers & artists on the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers.  In addtion to all the fun GLA stuff, has the original Squirrel Girl story where she saves Tony Stark from Dr. Doom.  And canonically kicks Von Doom's metal keister.
David Petersen & various on Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard vol.3
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's Captain America: the Winter Soldier vol.1 & 2
Jess Fink's Chester 5000 XYV vol. 1 & 2:  Steampunk sexy time comics.
Gurihiru (mostly) & Marc Sumerak, Alex Zalben & Fred Van Lente's Power Pack: Reread my various Power Pack mini-tpbs.  Thor & the Warriors Four, Avengers/Power Pack: Assemble, Power Pack Day One, Power Pack: Pack Attack!, Fantastic Four/Power Pack: Favorite Son, Spider-Man/Power Pack: Big-City Super Heroes & Hulk/Power Pack: Pack Smash! (the only one not drawn by Gurihru, instead having David Williams, Gary Martin and Andy Kuhn).

Total: 20

Short Fiction:   No free standing short stories.

New Reads:
Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God:  Urban fantasy/horror in the Silent Film era of Hollywood
Walt Boyes & Bjorn Hasseler (ed) Grantville Gazette vol. 65-67
Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Complex:  Millenial-age social media exploiting supers.
Adrian Tchaivosky's Spoils of War: A "Shadows of the Apt" short story collection.
Michelle West's the Uncrowned King & the Shining Court:  Books two and three of her "Sun Sword" series.
Seanan McGuire's Once Broken Faith:  Latest "Tobey McGuire", with October having to be diplomatic. Again.
Kai Ashante Wilson's the Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
Ian Thomas Healy's the Neighborhood Watch:  YA entry into Healy's "Just Cause" supers series.
Ilona Andrews' Magic Binds:  Lastest "Kate Daniels", where Kate and her chosen family have to push forward on confronting her ancient super-villain dad.
V.E. Schwab's Viscious.  Supers-style revenge with blurring of villain vs. hero.

David Weber's Shadows of Victory

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
Stan Lee & Steve Ditko's the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Masterworks vol.1
Pathfinder's Rise of the Runelords: Anniversary Edition
Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda's Monstress: Awakening vol.1

Total: 15
Current Mood: hungryhungry
30 October 2016 @ 03:27 pm
Saga #39: Art by Fiona Staples, Writer Brian K. Vaughn & Lettering & design Fonografiks.  With the closing down of the Freelancers Guild (fat) the Will becomes just (fat) William.
Savage Dragon #217:   Writer/creator Erik Larsen, Letters Erik Wooton, Colors Nikos Kovtsis & Flats Mike Toris.  While Max struggles with super-powered child care with the help of Angel and Kevin, Malcolm is on a road-trip to deal with a dangerous super-villain with the ability to gift others with enhancements.  Leading to a white writer having three black characters (one a 2nd generation cop) (Spawn, Ant and Malcom Dragon) discussing #BLM and police misconduct.

Future Quest #6: Story Jeff Parker, Art Evan "Doc" Shaner & Ron Randall, Colors Veronica Gandini & Letters ALW Stuios' Dave Lanphear.  Back-up story Jeff Parker, Art Craig Rousseau, Colors Jeremy Lawson & Letters Lanphear.  No new introductions this time, but we do see what Space Ghost has been up to.  And the back-up has the Impossibles graduate from tv capes to actual villain battling heroes.

Lumberjanes #31Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Carey Pietsch, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  More 'Janes vs. Petrification Birds with help from Diane/Artemis and Ligo the Gorgon.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
29 October 2016 @ 07:42 am
komachi is lionpajama pup

safety dogserious business lady cat

teddy cat
Current Mood: goodgood
28 October 2016 @ 06:04 pm
This week we began our 7th Sea campaign.  Somewhat in the center of the group story is Bryon's Vodacce(Italian) Fate Witch/Smuggler captain.  Violetta Vipora is a militant feminist and a member of the Sophia's Daughters' society.  Frazer is Yule, a young former farm lad and whaler from Ussura (Russia) looking to build renown and wealth in order to be able to court the land owners' daughter from his home.  And the roommate is Karl Breughal, a former Essen (German) soldier turned mercenary looking eventually get revenge on the man responsible for the death of his family and theft of their home.

So for their starting Story, Violetta is tasked by the Daughters to transport a young girl named Angelina from Mondavi on the gulf coast of Vodacce to a safe house in Wische, a town on the north-western coast of Essen.  Karl (who hates witches and all sorcery) and Yule have been hired as the girl's bodyguards.  As Violetta collects the others at a dockside tavern they are interupted by a Brute Squad led by a Montaigne priest named Father Joseph.

Karl intimidates the priest into not getting involved in the brawl, while Yule's vast strength takes out the first group with a table turned battering ram (with some assistance from Violetta).  Then as a second Brute Squad pours in, Karl holds them at the door, while Yule smashes thru a back window and Violetta escorts their charge from the scene.  And we ended our first session there, since much of the night was spent finallizing characters and their indiviual stories and backgrounds.
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25 October 2016 @ 07:30 am
Dark Horse Presents #27: EiC Mike  Richardson.  More McNeil "Finder", Andrews/Nixey "the Black Sinister", Levitz/Hamilton "Brooklyn Blood", Gordon/Hampton "Once & Future Tarzan" and more.

Jem & the Holograms #20: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Meredith McClaren, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee.  Look, Jerrica, I know Riot of the Stingers is a pretty pretty lad.  But he is a jerk.  So do not have Jem date him.  Plus Rio.  You are not actually two people Jerrica!  BAD JERRICA!

Astro City #40: Writer Kurt Busiek, Guest artist Carmen Carnero, Lettering & Design John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft & Color art Peter Pantazis.  Lawyerly negotiations and contract law for the super-natural super-hero set.

Howard the Duck #11: Writer Chip Zdarsky, Penciler Joe Quinones, Inkers Joe Rivera & Marc Deering with Joe Quinones, Colorists Jordon Gibson with Joe Quinones & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Wait, is this the end?  I thought it was going to twelve?  Huh, I guess that is the end.  For now...
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Enigmo's Take-Over!  The Abduction of Ant-Man!  Squirrel-Girl Reconnects to the Internets!  Canada Bashing!