The Love Lives Of The Chowder Elves

…you may not want to eat that chowder

Fantasy World Building Poll: Part Five

It’s time to start developing the human races of our world. So far, we know that the seven human cultures most resemble: Pirates, Imperial Romans, Aztecs, Imperial Chinese, Vikings, Arthurian British, Victorian British.

Note the accent on resemble. These won’t be just transplanted cultures, there are differences…sometimes great, sometimes trivial. Maybe the racial makeup is different (Native American Vikings or a Victorian British sort of society that arose in Japan), maybe it’s just a cultural twist (no slaves in Imperial Rome or a matriarchy in any of these cultures) or maybe it’s just something about how they relate to a fantasy world (Aztecs that use their religious rituals to suppress magical abilities or Arthurian British who place wizards where they usually have knights).

You’ll be deciding all this. Now let’s start polling!

The Kosher Dill Pickle That Ate Los Angeles

…and portions of Cucamonga

Doc Update

The allergic assault upon my sinuses and other body parts has finally subsided to the Mildly Annoying level. I suspect that out recent air clearing rains helped.

My poor knee bashed left leg is still not functioning at the 100% level, so I’ll be off the treadmill for another week or so.

Other than the above, I’m in pretty good shape, healthwise.

Grace Update

Aside from her ongoing battle with the Homework Demon and dealing with nitwits at work, Grace is doing well.

Daisy & Winker Update

The girls are healthy, spoiled, alternately active/sleeping and otherwise living the good life.

Other Stuff

Now that I’m feeling better, I’ll cowboy up and get the next Fantasy World Building Poll up tonight or tomorrow. I’m thinking I might do maps of this world we are building, then post them here.

Another benefit of no longer being sick is that I can get back to writing something that will bring in some $$.

Our saving up for GenCon has reached the point where we have the room cost and about 1.5 airline tickets covered. I really must remember to go online soon and buy badges. We still have to save up for food/drink, shopping, dog boarding and house sitting (well, really mostly mail pickup and garden watering). I’m still bummed that we can’t drive to the con and take a proper vacation, but who knows, we might still win some lottery money:)

Time to go. More bloggage later.

Yeti Meat Sandwich

…with cheese

Well, children, your Old Uncle Doc is still being hammered by allergies. I got a total of about 6 hours of sleep last night…in roughly 2 hour chunks. Damn, I’ll be glad when this runs it’s course.

Yesterday’s AD&D 1st edition game went well. Since Grace had to sit the game out due to homework demons, I had the rest of Our Brave Dungeoneers searching for her character. Monsters were slain, traps disarmed, puzzles solved, deals with possessed jewelry made and finally, the young sorceress was rescued from Certain Death.

I managed, with much blowing of my nose and sneezing, to get a few things done in the garden. My Clematis now has a climbing path that will take it along the front eaves of the house. Many weeds were slain in many ways, accompanied by the maniacal laughter of Your Humble Narrator. Several neighbors stopped what they were doing when, weed whacker in hand, I shouted “Let me introduce you to my little friend!”. Watering was also done, as well as the adding of plant matter to Compost Pile ZX-421/B.

And now, I’m off to work and more allergy fun.

Robot Duck Girl Higami

…more anime that doesn’t exist

Doc Update

Once again, my weekend plans had the screws put to them by allergies. When I got home yesterday, my throat was killing me, so by 9:00 I was loaded up on Dr. Grace’s Herbs & Minerals and in bed. I slept for about 10.5 hours. Felt a bit better this morning, but decided to push the visit to my mom back to next weekend.

We did take the girls to the dog park, where they got sufficiently worn out so that they are now snoozing. I also got about 45 minutes of gardening done and will attempt more in a bit.

Gaming Thoughts

Lately, my thoughts have drifted to an interplanetary pulp game. Mostly, I’m thinking that the inner solar system has been colonized and there are a few research stations in the outer system. In true pulp style, I’m giving Mars a network of canals…Venus is a tropical jungle with very sparse temperate zones on high mountain peaks…Mercury is a deadly hot desert wasteland on one side and a frigid arctic waste on the other with a very thin temperate zone in between…and our Moon is a mix of huge cities dedicated to Science! & Progress! and small towns that have a very “independent Wild West” sort of flavor. Naturally, unearthly wildlife and native civilizations would abound.

The PC’s would be members of the Science Police, investigating all sorts of strange stuff. They would not be limited to being humans. Psychic powers would be rare, but available.

All of this would take place in an alternate 1990’s.

Will I do anything with this? Maybe…maybe not. We shall see.

And now, on to poll results

The Slime culture (hereafter known as the Gloggols) is:

Mystical (they have and use magic)
Xenophobic (they fear other cultures)
Artistic (they create beautiful sculptures, many of which serve as homes, out of pearlescent bodily excretions similar to seashell calcium)

The average Gloggol weighs about 30-50 pounds.

The Gloggols homeland is a vast expanse of lakes, wetlands, bayous, marshes and mangrove swamps/flats. The very few dry lands are covered with towering cities. The climate is generally hot & humid.

The Teddy Bear culture (hereafter known as the Broon) is:

Militaristic (mix Romans with Spartans and you’re close)
Expansionist (their empire grows larger every year)
Commercial (capitalism is rampant and unchecked…as long as the Empire gets their cut)

The average Broon weighs about 80-120 pounds, most of which is pure muscle.

The Broon Homeland is evenly divided into the Sacred Forest (half a million acres of thick primeval forest and mountains) and the environmentally ravaged Plains of Skurr (half a million acres of clear cut forests, mining operations, polluted rivers and sprawling cities). Their conquered Outlands range from sub-arctic fjordlands to rolling coastal grasslands to semitropical southern forests.

Next Poll: The Human Cultures

Screwing The Security Guard Was Worth An Extra 5%

…they all agreed that was fair

Here’s a little factoid for all of you who may bake dog treats for your pooches: If you use a bunch of high fiber grains, be prepared for extra walkies. The high fiber has not really affected Winker, but Daisy is earning a spot in the Canine Clean Colon Club.

The results for the most recent poll are interesting. If you haven’t cast your vote yet, please do. Final results will go up Friday night.

Doc’s Weekend Plans

In order to give Grace a bit of personal space (mostly so she can do taxes), I’ll be taking the girls with me when I go see my mom on Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon is all about getting the garden started. Saturday night is Netflix movie time. I believe I have a couple more episodes of Deadwood coming. Not sure what Grace has lined up.

Sunday is Game Day, then Dog Park time and will finish with more gardening. One assumes that dinner will get cooked, altho we might not be doing the cooking:)

I’m off to walk these happy hounds. More blogstuff later.

Songs For Good Dogs

…and even naughty dogs

Last night I tried my hand at baking dog biscuits for the girls. I had a bunch of partial packets of various hot whole grain cereals, so I dumped ’em in a big bowl with whole wheat flour, a couple of eggs, a bit of brown sugar, some oil and beef stock. I then poured it out on a sheet pan and baked it for about 45 minutes at 325 degrees. The resulting product smelled pretty good, but still had too high of a moisture content, so I dried it in the oven for another 90 minutes. Once cooled, I fed a bit to Winker & Daisy and they gave it their tail wags of approval. I suspect I shall do more baking for hounds soon.

Fantasy World Building Poll: Part Four

Ok, so now it is time to start describing the countries and cultures of the various human and non-human races. This will end up being a rather long and multi-part poll, so we’ll do 2-3 cultures per session. But first, let’s review…

The two non-human races are: Intelligent Slimes/Oozes/Jellies and Teddy Bearlike beings.

The seven human cultures most resemble (in order of popularity): Pirates, Imperial Romans, Aztecs, Imperial Chinese, Vikings, Arthurian British, Victorian British

We’ll start off with the non-human races.

And now, I must work. More bloggage and polls later.