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Had a lot of fun tonight playing an indie/alternative roleplaying game, "In a Wicked Age," which I confess I was skeptical about playing. I don't really like swords and sorcery, and I've had mixed results with the more freeform "interactive storytelling"-type games, and I was really scared about a game that encourages you to have goals that conflict with other players.

Actually, all of these elements worked really well, even the part where my goals and [livejournal.com profile] ext_4728's conflicted and we were actively working against each other. It was actually fun and rewarding instead of stressful. That's one of those things that's sometimes fun for other people in games, but never has been for me--I get a totally real adrenaline response but in a bad way. Tonight was fun, though, which was a first. (I'm sure it didn't hurt that I prevailed, but I think it would have been fun even if I hadn't. Having our goals written down and being able to fall back and focus on that was very helpful.)

Of course, it helps a lot that [livejournal.com profile] ext_4728 is so nice and easygoing.

Anyway, thanks to D. for picking out and running that even though I wasn't enthused. [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor's character was fun, too.

I'm looking forward to playing these characters again--and to the inevitable awkward conversation between Lieutenant Bellclaire (me) and Captain Trevors ([livejournal.com profile] ext_4728).

ARGHWANTTORUNGAME.

More on that later...

D. also suggested Spicy Town (yes!) for dinner, and although I had seen not-so-good Yelp reviews, it was VERY good non-Americanized spicy Sichuan stuff, and we'll be back. The lamb with cumin was awesome, and the ground pork with pickled green beans was good too. The decor is really nice as well. Do not take your sweet-and-sour-pork-eating friends here (odds are the only things they'll recognize on the menu are potstickers, mapo tofu, and maybe twice-cooked pork).

Heehee

Dec. 25th, 2008 09:04 pm
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About to test out Rhapsody, the RPG/musical DS game that [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor got me.

Of course it's Japanese.

P. S. It has a pancake attack! And a flan attack.
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is amusing because it is entirely logical, when you pass by a door in a cave and hear machinery, to yell "OH MY GOD WHAT IF HE'S BUILDING A ROBOT ARMY!" even if you have no other evidence.

Anyone have

Dec. 2nd, 2008 01:32 pm
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a specific link to a specific page or even a specific image with some mid-1920s non-flapper fashions?

My Spirit of the Century character is definitely not a flapper, but most online galleries feature flapper dresses. Bah.

Almost anything from the 20s is fine; I'd just prefer stuff from before the 30s looks kicked in. I found a few images at fashion-era.com and costumes.org, but most of their images are really small (these plates are cool, but a bit earlier than I needed). And costumersguide.com, which I love, features very few movies set in the 1920s. I'd really prefer photos, because the drawings from the time are so exaggeratedly boyish that they just make me wrinkle my nose. My character does not look like a 15-year-old guy in a dress, thanks. I've seen photos in the past, and I know that's not what most actual women looked like then, either, even the fashionable and well-off ones.

Anyway, any suggestions would be great.

(EDIT: Suggestions still very welcome, but you've sparked some ideas, like I should be googling for things like 1920s coats and 1925 traveler photo and stuff so that I don't wind up with all the flapper photos I keep getting. Also: PRETTYYYY.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (pingfen-rpggeek-me)
Got a little derailed in character creation because I was trying to do too much, but I got back on track. She's based on the one steampunk character concept I'd come up with so far, although Spirit of the Century is a pulp adventure world. Good enough. Anyway:

Lillian Paige, Lily to her friends: adventuring librarian!
Member of the secret society known only as the Library.
Raised all over the world by her diplomat parents; a bit of a tomboy and a surprisingly good fighter in a pinch, but that's well hidden beneath the ladylike facade forcibly instilled by her parents. As the only daughter in a family with four boys, she had to look sufficiently feminine at formal events ... She's a linguist, and in the wonderful world of pulp silliness, that means she can speak and read any language on Earth, and several inhuman languages as well! This is a pretty handy talent since her role with the Library is that of book rescuer: she rescues books from the wrong hands. Whether it's an arcane scroll that's been acquired by an uptown necromancer, a tome with the blueprints to a dire weapon suddenly appearing in a Chinatown market, or just a priceless volume of early Welsh poetry being used to prop a door open by a careless owner, she may decide it needs to be ... relocated.

Forcibly, if needed, but you'd be surprised by how things have a tendency to just disappear into her voluminous* skirts as she brushes by.

Because of all the arcane books that have passed through her hands, and all the bizarre temples and weird cults and such she's snuck and punched and fast-talked her way through, she also has an extensive knowledge of the occult. So I think this is going to be a really fun character to play.

The other characters we have are a soldier who ... didn't survive World War I, but was shot and then had his body possessed by the ghost of his twin who died in childbirth; a merchant/collector whose airship emporium is full of strange and wonderful things; an ex-Mafia member who has since been fighting the Mob; and ... I'm kind of unclear on [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich's character--he was the farthest away from me and I got to hear the least about him, and I'm sleepy. But I liked the way in setup we actually created a little backstory for each person, and you also were directed to have other characters have "guest starring" roles in your backstory, and you guest-starred in their story. Details were made up and written down, with corresponding attributes added to your character. So we have connections between our characters from the start now--none of this "You meet in a tavern" garbage; we can say "Oh yeah, remember when we fought the air pirates together?" Hee!

Anyway, all the characters were born on January 1, 1901, and are members of the "Century Club;" they are supposed to somehow embody the spirit of the century in a kind of literal way. Or something. I haven't bought the book yet, so feel free to correct me. :)

Now, I gather that the game play is also going to be rather different from your typical role-playing game. More collaborative and so on. I'm bracing myself ... we'll see!


*PUN INTENDED. It's pulp, after all!

(Yeah, back to work now.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (pingfen-rpggeek-me)
We watched "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising" tonight, since our friends lent it to us. It was pretty funny ("The Gamers," the original, was quite funny as well--actually, it made me more hysterical with laughter than this one did, but both are quite good if you play tabletop RPGs). And it just goes to show that gaming groups really need at least one female player. ;D

Quite quotable, as well.

Monk character: He who stumbles around in darkness with a stick is blind. But he who... sticks out in darkness... is... fluorescent!

...

DM: Lose fifty experience.

(Audience: *applause*)

Buy the DVDs here: http://www.deadgentlemen.com/

P. S. When a monster comes along, you must stab it!
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The third member of our Tuesday night RPG had to quit, for good reasons, but now we're in a bit of a pickle-- when we found out she couldn't keep coming to the game, [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor had already submitted his schedule for the semester. His semester was specifically arranged to accommodate a Tuesday game, and now that we really need to move to Monday or Wednesday or something to get other players available, we can't. If we'd found out just a few days before, it would have been OK and he could have changed his office hours or something. But that's life ...

Now I'm not sure what we're going to do. I miss gaming already. With luck we'll be able to arrange something; I just don't know what yet.
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REAL AMERICANS: Love America and don't want to be anywhere else.
D&Ders: Hate America and pretend to be in imaginary other civilizations.

REAL AMERICANS: Are Christian and go to church.
D&Ders: Are "chaotic neutral" and summon demons.

REAL AMERICANS: Vote for McCain.
D&Ders: Vote for Obama.

See? Totally logical.




(Also, raise your hand if the names in the subject line are three that you never expected to see in one sentence.)

(Edited to add the source of the quote, and also to reflect that McCain didn't write that--someone named Michael Goldfarb did.)
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I am in a pretty foul mood.

However, a cheering thing is the availability of many, many Japanese RPG MP3s at bluelaguna.net, and even moreso, the totally awesome track names. Some sound like they came from my anime title & tagline generator, and others are just made of pure awesome. Some were written in peculiar English originally, some were probably badly translated by some English-speaking fan, and some were translated just fine and actually sound just as weird in the original Japanese.

Creativity or Crack?
Relessed (Relaxed & Stressed)
Pyroxene of the Heart
Three-Man Talk With A Hidden Soul
Perpetual Unsteadiness
Comical Dungeon
Chat Hut
The DoReMi Elves
Awesome But Invisible One
Penal Colony of the Soul
On the Day the Shovel was Named Invincible








I'm Not Sure I Want To Know
Maybe I'll Even Buy a Sheep
Wriggling Premonition
Not Even a Dog Would Eat This
Roar of the Iron Clump
The Edging Away
The Posture You Do Not Despise
A Huge Eliminator
Seize the Artifact for Tallness
A Muzzle Dancing in Hatred
Happy Mushrooming
People Inside a Fence
Fun with idol!
It can waver and fight
Passing Through the Sewer, You'll Find...
BIKINI LINE

That's Actually Fairly Poetic
Song For Counting the Memories
Miraculous Little Universe
The Garden Of Violent Clouds
Questionable Century
Dream of the Shore Bordering Another World (this is one of my favorite pieces of music ever)
The City is Quietly Exhausted
The Mediocrity Sought Out By Everyone
A Flicker Which Divides Light and Darkness
Only Because It's Important, Does It Easily Break
The Flower Blooms In The Heart As Much As It Can







This Sounds Like Work
Small Workshop
Welcome To The Workshop!
Your Status
Boot Camp
Study Time
Business Prosperity
Tominaga Chiropractic
Boring Days
The Sales Start At Three O'Clock
Popo's Pleasant Money Lecture
Terrible Technology
Biotechnology Public Corporation
Working Today, Too
A Research Scholar
Why Am I Here






Just Plain Awesome
A Pumpkin Humming
Dumb Request at an Embarassing Time
No No I don't die Noooo!
Flying Warship Death Ark
The Lazy Detective Agency
What the Hell Happened
Making Mochi With the Archery God
NONONO
The Big Admirable Mysterious Sleight-of-hand Group
Will the Airplane Fall and Crash On the Ground











Bonus: Exclamation Points Make Things! More! Awesome!!
Go By Ship!
Burn! Bobonga!
Get the Fish!
I Caught a Big One!
Fish on!!
JOLLYLIFE!
Oh, Sparkling Sea! Oh, Sky! Once Again
The Average Cat Is Amazing!
Attack With Conviction!!
Fish Race!!
Yes! That's Far Enough!
Good Meal!!
I am the No. 1!
Give Me a Break You Guys!
Launch!! Space Time Train Ixion
Hey! Was That Just Real!
It's a show time!!
Yes! We Broke Through One More Barrier!
Rage! Rage! Rage!
A Hot Crash!!
BILLBOARD ATTACK!
Mecha-Robo Corps Charge!
The Land Shark is Coming!


Okay, so the important question is which of these is most awesome? Eh?

Other sections I could have made but didn't include Cultural Misappropriation and/or Blasphemy (A Time to Raise the Cross, Marduk, etc.), I Don't Think Tolkien's Estate Licensed That (Traces of the Sindar Civilization, etc.) and Oh Is It THAT Kind of Game Then? (Iris & Her Pleasant Company, Exploration at the Beach, Are They Really Twins, etc.).

If you haven't played many Japanese RPGs, you might be surprised by the number of track titles listed that are about shopping, fishing, airships, eating, gambling, labs/research facilities/libraries/observatories, sky fortresses and abandoned factories...but these are largely good things, I think. :p (See, this is why I love playing Japanese RPGs.)

Please note that if you search for any of these titles on Blue Laguna, you need to click on the game/album name and then scroll down to the song, rather than clicking on the apparent direct download from the search results. Also, they have streaming preview, so that's nice.
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[livejournal.com profile] yendi passed along the news that Gary Gygax passed away today.

He's not famous to most people, but he's responsible for a lot of my social life and hobbies: he was one of the co-creators of Dungeons and Dragons, the game that essentially created role-playing games as we know them. (Actually, I was born the same year that the Basic D&D Boxed Set was introduced.) Even though I played relatively few actual D&D games, and haven't played anything D&D-related in years, I still enjoy other RPGs (not to mention Japanese RPG video games, which were inspired by American RPG-style computer games, which were inspired by D&D).

So, a tip of the hat to Mr. Gygax.

Car talk

Aug. 15th, 2007 04:52 pm
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I'm not a car person, but the Monterey Historic at Laguna Seca looks like a damn cool race. I looked it up because I heard about it on the radio, and [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor has an RPG character in the works who is an "unusual car" junkie. Poking around other websites for better pictures, I came across this vaguely steampunkesque 1935 Delahaye T145 (scroll down or do a ctrl/cmd-F for delahaye). Nice! Plus, the T145 has an interesting history: it's the "the so called 'Million Franc Delahaye' after its victory in the Million Franc Race" against the "incredibly advanced German Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union racers of the time, which were backed by the Nazi government in a (largely successful) attempt to dominate the sport, in order to 'prove the superiority of the Aryan race.'" The T145 and its driver, René Dreyfus, wound up "doubly humiliating the Nazis by having a Jewish driver in a French car beat their vaunted, state of the art, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows." (The rest of Dreyfus' life is also pretty interesting--one of those characters that you'd hesitate to write into a novel, for lack of believability! Plus, come on, a club called the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society? Clearly fictional. ;p)

(Delahaye image link fixed, sorry--site does not allow direct linking, apparently.)

Chore Wars

Jul. 19th, 2007 09:26 pm
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http://www.chorewars.com/
Lets you turn household duties into a sort of "lite RPG." More clever than you'd think, honestly. Look, I has a character sheet! As silly as it is, this could really help out some geek households (both ones with kids and ones with roommates).

Now, we'll see if I can recruit the rest of the household into the clan--The Curry Cultists of 182.


(They can blame [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora for finding this.)
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wordweaverlynn: Caucasian Adventures, for every RPG'er who has ever winced at an overly silly pseudo-Asian RPG setting. Includes the classic Caucasian pantheon, consisting of Prometheus (god of progress), Thor (god of strength), Santa Claus (god of wealth), Venus (goddess of beauty), the Holy Ghost (god of death), and Jesus (god of the sun). Obligatory warning: May offend cranky white people. Actual warning: Some people in the comments are thinking about this Way. Too. Hard. I guess that's to be expected with gamers, though. I think it needs even more development, though. No one has discussed lending verisimilitude through moronic accents, adding atmosphere by playing classic butt rock (thanks a lot for that one, [livejournal.com profile] rikoshi), ritual greetings such as punching one's buddy on the shoulder to show one's strength coupled with peaceful intentions, appropriate game snacks such as the Caucasian dietary staples of queso with Ro-Tel or cocktail meatballs, etc. I mean, there's so much more left to add. Needs much more race!snark and gender!snark.
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[livejournal.com profile] jenniferward is taking another stab at her Jenn's Books book review blog, so if you would, go check it out. She's recently posted a review of Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill, which sounds like a heck of a ghost story.


Nymbler is a little gadget based on the same stuff as NameVoyager. Nymbler lets you put in up to 6 names and then will generate 6 male, female or mixed names that have some similarities (based on era of popularity, sound, origin, etc.). This could be a really good way to name family members of novel or RPG characters, etc. etc. Give it a whirl and see what you think (I thought it was kind of amusing that when I put in my 6 favorite female names, the first 12 results included the first names of my grandmother, my great-grandmother and niece, and a name almost identical to my dad's).


This should go in [livejournal.com profile] inventededpics, but I'm too lazy at the moment: Familes report cell-phone stalking; police are baffled and there's disagreement on whether the activities are even possible. Whether it's a hoax or an actual incident, and not to belittle the feelings of anyone involved, it would be a good hook for a role-playing game session.
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The one-day Good Omens Convention, brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich (among others). Read more about it in his LJ and the website. It'll be in Oakland on June 23rd. You can get admission for the cost of a can of food, to be donated to a good cause.

I'm hoping to go if possible. :)

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