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07 February 2016 @ 06:06 pm
Had various friends over yesterday from the early afternoon on for some boardgaming.  Started with Lord of the Fries with the coffee house expansion deck from the Kickstarter.  It took a couple rounds to realize that several items in the combined decks weren't listed for any order for the Ren-Faire menu.  In the end Casey won, beating out Marcus by 2 points...

Then it was Sentinels of the Multiverse, with our team of Not Batman, Not Superman, Not Thor, Not Flash and my Cold/Fire manipulator managed to take down the Egyption God villain team.  We follwed that with Codename an espionage-themed two team competitive/co-op game.  After a rocky first game loss, my team with Brendan and Bryon managed to win the next two games...

After that was a seven-person game of Smarty Party, where I managed to gain the win after some early unfortunate high scoring.  And we finished up the night with a six-player Betrayal at House on the Hilll.  There unfortunate room placement meant that Haunt #13, the Waking Nightmare managed to simply overwhelm the investigators and escape to victory...
Current Mood: geekygeeky
05 February 2016 @ 08:37 pm
i somewhat frustrating session this week.  I want to lay the blame for this entirely on Mat's drunken rogue Cognac.  His character did start out the session by randomly opening jars, one of which led to the release of hallucinatory spores that made everyone see monsters where party members were.  And later as most of the party explored one room he did go off on his own and got ambushed by a mimic.  Which led to an attack by a mummy after several of us attempted to go to his rescue.  But the bad saves I made that left my character first paralyzed and then infected with mummy rot can't really be placed on him...

So while the latest monsters were defeated, Callix will be packing up everthing onto our carts and heading back to town to find a cleric who can hit him with both a cure disease and a remove curse...
Current Mood: okayokay
04 February 2016 @ 12:58 pm
Thanks to all on the various birthday best wishes.
Current Mood: goodgood
26 January 2016 @ 03:15 am
Short Fiction: Michael Swanwick's Pyramid of Krakow, Yoon Ha Lee's Variations on an Apple, John Chu's Hold-Time Violations, Malka Older's Tear Tracks, Maria Dahvana Headley's Some Gods of El Paso & Seanan McGuire's the Way Home & Velveteen vs. a Disturbing Number of Crows

New Reads:
Marion G. Harmon's Ronin Games (supers in Japan fighting ghosts and gangsters and kaiju)
Emma Bull's Falcon
Elizabeth Bear's Steles of the Sky (finishing up the Eternal Sky trilogy)
Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis' 1635: Parcel of Rogues (back to England and Scottland and the outlaw Oliver Cromwell)
David Weber's Hell's Fondations Quiver
Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy
Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen (romantic life of the widowed Cordelia Vorksogion)
Steven Gould's Exo (the uses of personal teleportation in furthering the Earth's space programs)
K.B. Spangler's Greek Key (FINALLY KOALA)

Roger Zelazny/Jane Lindskold's Lord Demon

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Kevin Eastman/Tom Waitz/Mateus Santolouco's TMNT: Monsters, Misfits and Madmen: vol. 9
Eric Stephenson/Simon Gane/Jordie Bellaire's They're Not Like Us: Black Holes for the Young: vol.1

Total: 13

Short Fiction: Marissa K. Lingren's Point of Origin & Jenna Helland's the Freedom of Navid Leahy

New Reads:
Drew Hayes' Split the Party (more with D&D NPCs turned adventurers)
Sherwood Smith's Rondo Allegro (Austen-ish romance in the Napoleonic war era)
Patrick Weekes' the Paladin Con (I swear this trilogy could have been the D&D campaign John Rogers ran on the set of Leverage)
Amy Plum's After the End (sort of post Apoc psychic YA romance)
Chris A. Jackson's Pirate's Honor (I just recently spotted that there is a sequel to this Pathfinder novel about a pirate and his snake-lady girlfriend)
Jim Butcher's the Aeronauts' Windlass
S.J. Delos' So Not a Hero
A.M. Dellamonica's Indigo Springs
Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice (takes a bit to get going, but once it starts..wow)
Martha Wells' Between Worlds
Cherie Priest's Maplecroft (the further adventures of Lizzie Borden, CoC Investigator)

John DeChancie's Castle Perilous (this was one of those books where I couldn't remember anything about it, but with a couple pages everything came rushing back)
Martha Wells's the Death of the Necromancer (and ditto for this one)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Dwayne McDuffie/Various artists' Damage Control: Complete Collection (McDuffie, gone too soon)
Jim Zub/Steve Cummings/Ludwig Olimba/Marshall Dillon's Wayward: String Theory: vol.1 & Wayward: Ties That Bind: vol.2
E.K. Weaver's the Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal
One Yusuke Murata (John Werry translation)  One-Punch Man vol.1 (cute but didn't manage to really catch hold with me)

Total: 19

Short fiction: Kim Stanley Robinson's Oral Agreement, Michael Swanwick's the Phantom in the Maze, Brian Stavely's the Log Goblin & Sean McGuire's Fiber & Velveteen vs. Trick or Treat

New Reads: Sherwood Smith & Rachel Marija Brown's Stranger & Hostage (Bestest Gamma World campaign)
Kate Elliot's Court of Fives
Gail Carriger's Manners & Mutiny (explosively finishing up her Finishing School series)
K.J. Parker's the Folding Knife
Brandon Sanderson's Shadows of Self (more Mist-world Western adventure)
Harry Connolly's Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths (collection of short fiction, including a couple 20 Palaces related works)
Chuck Wendig's Zer0es (like if CSI: Cyber or Skorpion weren't total garbage)
R.J. Ross' Super Girls (more Cape High popcorn)
Jennifer Brozek's (ed)  Human Tales (idea is of fairy tales/urban fantasy stories being told by the monsters.  Nominally with humans as the villains.  Some good stuff in it)
Joel Burdick's No Master Plan Here
Holly Black's Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Andre Norton's the Crystal Gryphon (I scooped up a bunch of classic Norton during some e-sale last year)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Josh Ulrich's Newman vol.1 (webcomic collection the roommate picked up.  Cute and funny modern fantasy)
John Ostander/Keith Giffen/Various others' Suicide Squad: the Nightshade Odessy: vol.2

Total: 16
Current Mood: tiredtired
23 January 2016 @ 03:26 am
This session saw the arrival of the roommate's sort of new character. Which was good since Erik is out for awhile due to family obligations. Rather than start from scratch or sit out in a coma while running an NPC Brendan and Frazer came up with a work-around. Jonstafl the sorceror/rogue would burn away his magic while in the CON-drain coma and emerge as a straight up Rogue 6. Letting him rejoin the group as we ventured into Count Carnak's Museum of Monsters. A variety of taxidermied oddities and beasts. Including a semi-undead Fiji mermaid aka Evil Monkey-Fish.

We'd only explored the first two rooms of the museum when we were set upon by another flesh golem. This one was seemingly blind but was aided by a quartet of cyclopean homunculi. While the creature was tough, I was able to let Bill's Summoner know that heat & cold would slow it. So an early ray of frost stole its ability to use attacks of opportunity. Which allowed the party to position properly to give Emile lots of flanking opportunities. This, alongside some powerful precise strikes from Byron's cat let us overcome the creatures DR and bring it down.

Of course before that happened did let the EVIL Monkey-Fish out of it's jar, leading to him getting a face full of semi-undead monkey-fish humping.
Current Mood: tiredtired
17 January 2016 @ 02:38 am
Got the old computer basically working again and even salvaged most of my stuff (old writing, art, cat pictures, etc). But I can't get the computer to acknowledge my wireless receiver thingy from any port. Extra aggravating since I found I'd saved the drivers for it on a flash drive from the last time I had to reload everything. So for now to use the computer online involves having it hooked directly into the modem by a short cord. So its in the living room. And using it from the couch gives me such a crick in the neck. So while I could just go and get another wireless thinger for like thirty bucks, I don't trust the longevity of my current PC. So I'll probably be splitting the tax return between a new computer and the cat's yearly vet visit...
Current Mood: awakeawake
10 January 2016 @ 03:07 am
Missed Session 18, the final one for 2015, in order to spend more time with my brother and his family during the holidays. So I was not there as Bill & Matt premiered their new characters. A 1/2 Elf Summoner who wears his Eidolon like power armor and a Power of Drunkness Rogue respectively. Also a fight with some rust monsters in a damaged lab.

This session was further exploration of the House of Count Chocula. Leading to us finding his personal stashes of fine tobaccos, taxidermied critters and piles of money. Unfortunately those piles of money (which we didn't even take since we're still trying to find if his creepiness is still alive) had a poison needle trap that put Brendan's halfling in a CON-drain coma. Then we had to fight an erinyes demon (or devil?) on a rope bridge. Who it turned out was part of a summon trap, like the giant air elemental that killed Matt & Bill's previous characters. But it still almost killed off Matt's new character. Brendan may never forgive me for rescuing Cognac the Exceedling Loud & Obnoxius from the brink of death. Or at least he'll make me switch seats next session so Matt's bellowing in my ear...
Current Mood: awakeawake
07 January 2016 @ 03:35 pm

Thanks to installing, uninstalling win10 and then a power outage shutdown my pc is again worked .  I can sort of start it from disk and using some kind of win7  but it's lost my wireless drives.  Again.  So even lower posting rate for awhile.

05 January 2016 @ 05:24 pm
Maybe there's something in the gift shop
Current Mood: fine
05 January 2016 @ 04:43 pm
Been putting my spare time into Luxaren Allure a cute old-school rail-RPG...
Current Mood: goodgood
02 January 2016 @ 07:44 am
snow dog 2
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snow dog 5
snow dog
Current Mood: tiredtired
01 January 2016 @ 10:00 pm
monstress 001
Current Mood: tiredtired
30 December 2015 @ 10:48 pm
It was pretty good.  Compared to the previous three it was a phenomanal masterpiece.  But it had plenty of exciting actioning and the funny bits all got laughs and the new kids were all great.  Ok, maybe Nu-Vader was a bit too emo in his motivation.  And the movie did have a criminal lack of Ewoks.  Also there is one scene where Leia and Han are having a conversation and the camera just keeps quick cutting back and forth between them and that just irritated me.  I mean come one!  Its a big screen!  They'll both fit on it at the same time!

But all-around a good movie.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
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Current Mood: goodgood
26 December 2015 @ 03:08 pm
Got a check from Grandma.  Some movie passes from my sister Tina and her family.  A Harkins movie watcher thing with passes and the free popcorn shirt and such from my uncle TIm and his family.  The brother paid for this week's comics pull.  The parents got me a new watch and paid to have my transmission fluid changed out earlier in the month.  And an Amazon & Cold Stone Creamery gift card from my sister Jessica and her family.  Plus Sunless Sea on Steam from the roommate.  Oh and a Home Depot gift card from the work party...
Current Mood: hungryhungry
25 December 2015 @ 07:49 am
christmas cat family
ornament cat
santa rat
under tree christmas cat
xmas peeg
xmas pony
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
22 December 2015 @ 09:49 pm
Current Mood: tiredtired
21 December 2015 @ 06:32 pm
All X-Mas presents wrapped, just waiting on a final Amazon gift card to come in the mail tommorow and then I'm done with presents.  Gifts for the gaming group for the roommate to deliver, since I'll be missing this weeks' session.  And gifts for the many, many, many spawn of my family.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
20 December 2015 @ 05:10 pm
sejic betty 001
Current Mood: tiredtired
19 December 2015 @ 07:52 am
mom hug otter
otter 1
otter 2
otter 3
smiley otter
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17 December 2015 @ 05:00 pm
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Current Mood: tiredtired
16 December 2015 @ 08:39 pm
Adventure Time #47: Written by Christopher Hastings, illustrated by Zachary Sterling, colors by Maarta Laiho & letters by Steve Wands.  More of the mysterious Gata.  Also brain monsters.
Giant Days #9: Written by John Allison, illustrated by Max Sarin, colors by Whitney Cogar & letters by Jim Campbell.  The power of the student press!  The horrorific embarassment of premature ejaculation!  The squashing of the student press by the corrupt powers!

Gotham Academy #12 & #13: Written by Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher, pencils by Karl Kerschl/Adam Archer, inks by Karl Kerschl/Sandra Hope, colors by Serge Lapointe & letters by Msassyk/Steve Wands.  First more history of Calamity and it turns out Prof. Hugo Strange was up to no good.  Then a cross-over with the Robin War event thingy.

Slash & Burn #1 & #2: Writer Si Spencer, penciller Max Dunbar, inker Ande Parks, colorist Nick Filardi & letterer Travis Lanham.  A recovering pyro who works for a small town fire department .

We Stand On Guard #6: Writer Biran K. Vaughn, artist Steve Skroce, colorist Matt Hollingsworth & lettering & design Fonografiks.  The last stand of the Canadian Resistance.
Monstress #2: Writer Marjorie Liu, artist Sana Takeda & letters & design Rus Wooton.  Introducing the Inquisitrixes, bad ass killers and propagandists.
Current Mood: tiredtired
15 December 2015 @ 07:18 am
Best birthday wishes to frustratedpilot
Current Mood: awakeawake
14 December 2015 @ 05:20 pm
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13 December 2015 @ 05:19 pm
a mighty sphinx
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