So there were two awesome roleplaying games being run this weekend, one of which I was near enough to hear: WIIIITTTTNEEEESSS – the game of theological debate in the form of Mad Max, which was run by Weasel and seemed to feature epic quantities of post apocalyptic death cults.
The other was Mish’s JDT game featuring post rapture animal care charity workers, I wasn’t so close to this one but me and Lee heard it going on, because we were curled up in chairs reading when suddenly there was wolf howling coming out of the room :)
So yeah, I took along the nice chess set that is Mish’s and actually me and Lee on a Saturday night curled up in a couple of chairs and played a game of chess. It was a bit all over the place, neither of us had really played in a decade and neither of us was anything more than very casual players but it was fun. I lost due to my normal issues of being unable to shift from opening to midgame properly and being bad at working out what to sacrifice and how.
But all the same I did enjoy it :) I managed to surprise him a couple of times :)
Okay, so I’ve just returned from a weekend of Wasdale flavoured goodness, where Ni got a bunch of us together to head out into the countryside and in the same way we rent big houses for LARPs then chillout afterwards this was sort of a “do the chillout thing but all weekend” which was pretty cool.
The house itself was just beautiful, people had clearly restored it in an effort to head towards its original feel and while they could have just made it plain, neutral and cheap they seemed to really put the effort in. The lounge and dining room in particular were just stunning, wood panels, tall bookshelves and fireplaces, the whole nine yards.
Anyway, I’m going to cheekily break up things into little rambles to try and hit my 30 posts for #NaBloPoMo :)
(a) I did some today which was fun and also (b) I need to do more. The season is a creeping in.
Also I’m super tired, super super tired and not sure I’m going to hit the 30 posts for NaBloPoMo, which … I’m not sure if I’m concerned about or not, I may be more in the morning when I’ve slept.
Heard this as a suggestion on working on compassion at a Buddhist talk, to try and love the people you’re with. Also don’t separate yourself out from others, you’re always with yourself, try and love and be compassionate for yourself.
Reminds me of similar things I’ve heard from some Wiccans over the years, that some people are sent as lessons in understanding from the Goddess :)
So today I was talking to Weasel about an idea he has for running a game, its taking what he considers the essential ideas and mechanics behind a system (in this case Unknown Armies), distilling them out, and fitting them to a new system and new background to shake new life into the old ideas.
It sounds kind of interesting, but got me thinking about things. Like for example what is the original concepts and drives and flavours behind stuff like R. Talsorians Cyberpunk 2020 (dystopia, what is humanity with tech , style before substance – maybe something else but these seem core) and what is the setting (Urban) and who are the factions that really matter (corps, edgerunners, – I kind of want to say criminals perhaps? Or futurist-techno-types? I always liked putting in the downtrodden and oppressed as contrast, but they’re not really core they’re flavour and background). So ask yourself, if you wanted to start with a clean sheet and run a game based on those flavours, that setting, those factions would it matter that none of it was in Night City? Would it matter that no one mentioned the Blood Razors? That Arasaka weren’t there?
I doubt it, it may be fun to try and shake it up and see what comes out.
So today I was very nearly fabulous … I sort of had a “oooh I should put a skirt on and some nice boots and swish” but basically I almost managed it then just couldn’t quite get things working. I’ve got about 2 good skirts that go with everything, one I’d just thrown in the wash, the other I didn’t want to risk getting nuked by weather. My two awesome patchwork skirts are a bit tight and I’m trying to make the elastic a bit less nuclear so I sort of had a last sort of older velvetty option and was like … nah, a bit too scruffy and not right for the office.
Almost, one day I’ll get better at this whole lark, I then sort of phased through thinking about trousers and boots and things and basically yeah, I need to get some comfy more knee or calf length things to wear with exciting and warm leggings and socks. Working on it.
Still better I think to have thought about it and bailed calmly to my backup plan outfit than flap about it. However reading this back I also feel like its being written by a 15 year old. Oh well :)
On the upside wrote something supportive to a trans person of indeterminate gender and cheered their day up. So yay!