Tea Time With Uncle Satan

…one lump or two?

WOOHOO! Faery’s Tale, a swell RPG that I’ve had a very small hand in developing, has been nominated for an Origins Award! The link to the list is here…


Congratulations to patricks and everyone else connected with the game.

In other news, yesterday in the garden saw me transplanting 14 bush bean seedlings (of 3 varieties) and about 200 dwarf bamboo cuttings. In a day or so, I’ll transplant the zuchinni, spinach and hugeass Hawaiian gourd seedlings. Oh, yeah, and flower seedlings.

Chapter 3: In Which Our Hero Seduces The Countess And Then Eats A Hearty Breakfast

…before outfoxing Inspector Lupin

Doc’s Day

The day (after eating breakfast and drinking tea) started with a trip to the dog park with the girls. Much romping about was done by my sweet canine cuties. Afterwards, I went to buy dogfood and pig ears while Grace and the girls enjoyed the coolness of Chez Cross (it was in the high 80’s outside today).

After returning home, I spent 3 hours in the garden pruning, watering, weeding and such before the heat and hunger drove me inside. Then, after a couple of hours resting and watching tv, it was back to the garden for some compost pile craziness. Tomorrow, there will be veggie planting and weed whacking.

Once the days labor was over, I settled in to watch “Lake Placid 2”, another Sci-Fi Channel masterpiece, and drink a few Sierra Nevada Brewing Company India Pale Ales.

And now, I’m off to bed.

A Wonderfully Mad Outlook On Life

…she said as she undressed him

Our Pulp Character Thus Far

Violet LaFlamme is a 26 year old reporter for the Daily Voice. She stands 5’10” tall. Her hair is long and red. Her eyes are emerald green. Well built and leggy, Violet’s cute “girl next door” face doesn’t quite mesh with her “hello sailor” body, but you won’t hear any man complaining. Violet typically dresses in conservative skirts and blouses, which are worn under a trenchcoat when she is out working a story. You will always find some sort of green ribbon in her hair.

Next poll: We’ll figure out Violet’s personality.

A Fine Pig’s Milk Cheese

…served with fresh durian

Time To Empty Out My Head

1: Watched Heroes on Monday night and…damn! I love that show!

2: 112 days until GenCon!

3: Speaking of GenCon, I’ve got a few ideas for games I might run for my friends. First is a pretty standard CyberPulp game, full of action and adventure and an Evil Mastermind. Then there’s an Old West/Steampulp type of advernture, very much in the flavor of the Wild Wild West tv series. Finally, there’s a Fantasy take on the above mentioned Heroes. I reckon I’ll have to decide which one to run pretty soon now. After I buy plane tickets:)

4: Congratulations to my pals at Firefly Games and Green Ronin for pooling their talents to create Faery’s Tale Deluxe Edition, for sale at the above mentioned GenCon. Even more congrats to Green Ronin for landing the RPG rights to George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice series. Expect to see the first products in that line sometime in 2008.

5: As I’ve said, oh, about 3,000,000 times over the years, I spend 95% of my RPG time being a GM. Now, I do like GMing, but every so often I just wanna be a player. Sometimes the desire to be a player gets REALLY strong. Like recently. I need a game!

6: Slowly but surely, I’m getting various groundcovers planted in my yard to choke out the weeds by acting as a living mulch. This coming weekend, it’s time to unleash the Dwarf Bamboo!

Ack! Time for work! More blogging later.

Bonky, The Cartoon Skunk

…and his wacky pals

Well, my little cheeseburgers, here is the latest character creation poll. It is, in large part, made up of your answers to the last poll…with a few bits added.

So far, we know that Violet dresses conservatively, wears a trenchcoat and always wears a green ribbon in her hair. Now let’s figure out the rest of her looks.

Dogs Cooking Dinner, Cats Mixing Drinks, Mice Playing Jazz

…it’s an animal house

Weekend Report

Saturday was mostly all about Grace heading off to American River College to work on a class project, me doing many different things in the garden and the girls mostly sleeping or playing or going walkies. In the evening, we watched tv and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on DVD.

Sunday was Game Day and the resumption of our AD&D 1st Edition game. Due to the above mentioned class project, Grace was not able to play her mage, Hermione, so I (as GM) decided to run her. After freeing a Spirit of Water from imprisonment (and therefore gaining a wish that was used to lift a death curse from Sam’s elven thief, Sunflower), the dungeon delvers headed off to the final area of the dungeon. Unfortunately, as it turned out, the final area was a humongous cavern inhabited by an equally humongous dragon. In order to leave the dungeon, the 4 adventurers were told that they must first guard the dragon’s egg and treasure.

Deciding that it was a good idea to not piss the dragon off, the thief and mage opted to guard the egg, while the two fighters went to the other side of the cavern to guard the treasure. Then the dragon left for her “first meal in 3 years”. Almost as soon as she left, treasure/egg raiders from the dungeon and from the other caverns started arriving.

The fighters spent the final hour of game time slugging it out with treasure greedy reptile men…one of which came armed with a blunderbuss. The fighters won in the end, but it was a damned close run thing.

Next session, the ladies get to square off against a lich and his undead minions. Should be fun.

After the game, I went and bought some new walking shoes, then did some laundry.

Not a wild weekend, but not bad.