…co-starring her Aunt Hortense
Damn…August already! The time, she is flying by!
I’m nearly finished reading most of the Solar Pons mystery series. I don’t have book #7 or #9, but I do have the rest and am halfway through book 10. I shall post an overview when I’m finished.
Waiting in the wings to be read are The Chinese Parrot (a Charlie Chan story), The Bishop Murder Case (a Philo Vance mystery) and a couple of Fu Manchu novels.
As for television viewing, it sucks. This is mostly due to the Recent Financial Troubles, which has us getting only the most basic Dish Network service. So, no Shark Week, no Eureka, no Mythbusters, no Middleman…not much of anything good. However, this will change rapidly once I get the jop at Round Table.
In gaming news, things are coming together quite smoothly for the Fall Fantasy series. I’ll be creating the groups PC’s (based upon input and die rolls made by the players) this weekend and the map of their home region is coming along nicely. The rather short spell list is nearly done, too.
One fun thing about deconstructing a typical fantasy world is that you get to redo monsters and fantasy creatures. For example, at this point in time, dragons are seldom more than 10 feet long and have no breath weapons. Their intelligence is on a par with a smart dog and they are more gliders than flyers. However, each new generation is a bit larger and a bit more dangerous. In a couple of centuries or so, dragons will look more like what we expect them to.
As for fantasy races, well, I’m having fun there, too. The Dwarves that live 400 miles north of Cantapor (the PC’s home base) are modeled after the Spanish colonists here in California, minus the heavy hand of the Catholic church. These Dwarves live above ground and are ranchers, farmers, traders, sailors, scholars and adventurers. They are quite sophisticated and well mannered. Oh, and they create some truly great wines.
And now, I’m off to run errands and take dogs to parks.