Looney Tunas and Merry Maladies

…I really need a vacation

Gaming Stuff

1: I am 75% done with my CC3 map of Hogwarts and the surrounding countryside. It is very much like the official version, but with a few minor adjustments. I think my players will have fun exploring it.

2: I realy need to play in more games at DunDraCon this year. Most years, I play in maybe 1 RPG, but I’m really jonesing to be get out from under the GM hat for awhile. Looking over the submitted games on the DDC website, I see a few that appeal to me, so I’m hopeful that I can get 3 or 4 in while I’m at the con in February.

3: After hearing that Google Wave has online gaming potential, I got an invitation and I’m gonna check it out. On a similar interwebs gaming theme, I’m thinking that my website idea may well mutate into a lot more than just a single website. I can see a linking of LJ/website/Facebook/Dog knows what else. Gotta keep up with the New Hotness, ya know.

And now, chamomile tea. More blogging later.

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Orange Parrots Playing In The Trees

…squawk!

Enhanced cross-postings from Facebook

Just submitted my game proposal for DunDraCon. It’s titled “Kill The Wabbit!” It’ll be all about hilarious homicide in February, kids!

Man, these hounds of mine are some watermelon loving girls! They are scarfing it down as fast as I can slice pieces off for them. Winker has had at least 8 pieces about the size of a dog biscuit, while Lucy has had about 6 that were even larger. Well, at least it’s healthy for them.

Six Million Pounds Of Duck Fat

…they were some fuckin’ huge ducks

Stuff, California Style

1: Yo, members of the gaming tribe…only 12 days until the DunDraCon website goes live for you GMs to submit your games for consideration.

2: Speaking of the above mentioned Coolest Game Con In North America, they have scans of old DunDraCon program books from about #4 on at the website. It’s pretty cool to look through them.

3: Final DunDraCon note…I’ve just about decided that my 21st annual Toon game will be “Hairy Pupper and the Sorcerous Bone”.

4: In chatting with a certain Young Jedi In Exile, the subject came up of how people would react if godlike aliens forced all of us back to a rural agrarian lifestyle…or just took away all of our technology. We decided thay most teenagers and folks in their 20’s would just about go catatonic if they were deprived of cell phones (and landlines), computers, cars, shopping malls, music players, tv, radio, etc. Your opinions?

Must go eat. More blogging later.

Of Crawdads, Rain And Battling Bovines

…and exploding elevators

So, I got home from Dundracon today around 3:30 pm. We left the con around noon, being tired, sore and in my case, nearly voiceless.

Despite leaving 2.5 hours later than normal, Arn and I made excellent time and got to the con at about 6 pm on Friday. I managed to get into a Creeks & Crawdads game titled “The Starfish Are…What?”. It was a CoC riff on the whole crawdad experience, with Lolcats and bucketless walruses subbing for Lovecraftian horrors. It was great fun, especially since everyone remembered to play their crawdads as stupid/hungry/sleepy, which pretty much sums up a crawdads life. We did manage to invent a new Crawdad Philosophy of Life: “Food Lies!”. And then we fell asleep and forgot it.

Saturday night, I ran my 20th anniversary TOON game for 14 players. It was big fun and full of much mayhem, including the big fight between Clarice and Berniece Cow in an elevator full of toxic and flammable insect spray. There was an explosion:)

After the game, a bunch of us sat around talking about games for a while, until I started riffing on…stupid things men and boys do…stupid things women do…why I’m surprised mothers don’t kill their kids at some point…snoring…farting…dogs & cats…why men are like dogs…camping and many other subjects. There was much laughter.

All I bought at the con was about $5.00 worth of dice and a copy of Creeks & Crawdads for $4.00. Oh, damn you, shitty economy!

I did other stuff…talk to folks…watch anime…go to a seminar…etc, etc, etc.

So, anyway, next year, I’ll be running Dungeons & Toons…or maybe Toon Munchkin…in my usual Friday night 8 pm time slot.

And now, I’m gonna eat & sleep.

What Happens In Ravenloft Stays In Ravenloft

…usually because it’s dead

Preview of my Dundracon Toon game

Ok, we left of last time with…

Frank “The Cat Slapper” Rigatoni…who is a much feared legbreaker for Da Mob. Frank is big, strong, tough talking and terrified of monsters, ghosts, aliens, etc. He keeps his fears secret from everyone, including his still much feared 4th grade teacher…

Mrs. Wangdoodle…who put fear and loathing into the hearts of countless kids during her teaching years. She is retired now, and after Frank because he is the only kid to ever successfully steal his squirtgun back from her desk drawer. She means to get that squirtgun back, one way or another. She may or may not get help in her mission from her granddaughter…

Mostly Purple Patty…who is one of the most adventurous and fearless 10 year old girls in the world. Patty loves monster hunting, ghostbusting and other dangerous stuff. Luckily, she is always accompanied on adventures by her favorite pet…

Ace, The Wonder Yak…who is totally devoted to Patty. He is also pretty devoted to eating pastry and drinking lemonade. Fortunately, he will be able to find plenty of both being served to him by…

The Kreep Family…Reggie, Loona, Auntie Madder and Little Stanley (among others). This would be because almost all the action in this adventure takes place on Swamp Island, site of the hopefully soon to be famous Kreep Family Resort & Spa.

So there you have it, amigos y amigas, most, if not all of the characters in my Toon game. I hope to see some of y’all at the con next weekend. The rest of you will have to wait for the con report on here or in the pages of A&E.

And no, I’m off to bed.

Junior Muskrat Goes On A Zeppelin Ride

…and it’s not a Led one, either

Preview of my Dundracon Toon game

Well, a preview of some of the characters I’ll be providing for the 10-12 players.

Clarice Cow…is totally insane. She is obssessed with finding a boyfriend, regardless of his being interested in her. This year, she also has a twin sister, Berniece, whom she hates. Formerly, Clarice was advised by her Hannibal Lecterish imaginary friend…

Mr. Eyeball…who is now a real PC, instead of an imaginary NPC only Clarice could see and hear. Still, he can turn invisible at will, so few other characters will see him. One notable exception is…

Robot DeNiro…who is a very conflicted fellow indeed. See, Robot has several conflicting Prime Directives. First, he is programmed to identify “dangerous aliens, monsters and strange stuff”. Alas, there is no programming to tell him what to DO once he identifies them. Then there is his basic programming to keep things clean and tidy. Finally, he must protect and serve as a gentlemans gentleman to…

Professor Amos Wandering…who is obssessed with investigating strange stuff, including aliens and monsters. The Professor is completely oblivious to anything dangerous, which keeps Robot DeNiro busy. The Professor has an assistant named…

Berniece Cow…and she is smart, friendly, efficient and filled with a burning hatred for her sister, Clarice. She also tends to ignore danger and thinks Robot DeNiro “worries too much”. In her spare time, Berniece likes to steal valuable jewelry, which is why she is being shadowed by…

Spade Marlowe, P.I.…who is your typical tough talking world weary private investigator. Spade plays the sap for nobody. Unfortunately, Spade is not the smartest guy on the block. Still, he’s WAY smarter than…

Ted and Ned Noodleman…two would be ladies men who are as dumb as a bag full of doorknobs. And egotistical. And vain. And easily confused. And they owe money to…

Frank “The Cat Slapper” Rigatoni…who is a much feared legbreaker for Da Mob. Frank is big, strong, tough talking and terrified of monsters, ghosts, aliens, etc. He keeps his fears secret from everyone, including his still much feared 4th grade teacher…

To Be Continued…

Spider And His Crew Scored A Grand Slam

…it was all in the planning, really

Doc Update

1: Less than two weeks until Dundracon! Need to finish characters and some other stuff for the game! Aaiiieeee!!!

2: They say we have rain coming this week. I’ll believe it when I see it.

3: I am going to have to do one of my periodic slimming of my Friends List. Please do not be offended if I remove you. There are just too many of you to read every day.

4: So, my little chums, should I plant some of the Gigantic Hawaiian Gourds this year? They go apeshit in this climate, with some vines reaching over 60 feet long. On the other hand, seeing those basketball sized gourds stops sidewalk traffic cold.

5: We have been getting a whole lot of skunk activity in the neighborhood lately. Haven’t actually seen any yet, but man oh man, you can smell ’em.

6: Speaking skunks, a recent episode of “Nature” on PBS was all about them. It also featured my home town, Marysville, California, quite prominently. Apparently, Marysville has both large skunk and feral cat populations and the skunks are chowing down on food left out for the cats.

7: Another Cryptic Message To My Friend In Exile: Discussion forum is now set up and secure. As for the other thing, I’d say 75% or better. Not good, I know, but if you have no other options…

8: Everything here at The Cross Family Resort For One Eyed Basset Hounds goes ok. Health is good, finances suck, work is work, weather is excellent (but very dry) and the above mentioned hound is both sweet and spoiled.

9: Going sorta back up to point 1 on this list…Who among you will be at Dundracon?

Time to walk Winker, eat lunch, then head out to work. More bloggage later.