Okay so this weekend I participated in a funky one off weekend game called Ghosts in Public: The Echoing Green, this was a game run for Mish’s Birthday up at Eskmeals, so it was cold and wintery and also cosy inside with the fires, which was handy because since we were all playing ghosts we couldn’t really leave the house that much :) Continue reading
(mirrored from a long facebook comment)
So apparently the done thing is Hots and Nots for Empire, so here’s a short list of things… I may add more later.
+ Okay Anvil was kind of impressive, even coming over the hill exhausted and travel sick looking out over the sea of tents made me realise the scale of the thing. Also GOD were lovely about me rolling up and being like “Hey I just paid money on the gate what do?”
+ Friendliness of people and willingness of people to talk to me. I showed up to chase down information and rumours about last seasons plot line and got involved in talking to priests, warriors, generals, wise women, cardinals, and the magistrate involved. And pretty much everyone was willing to take as much time as they could between whatever else they were up to to engage in roleplaying with me, although some of those were walking meetings where I was frantically scribbling notes (I still have names to tick off my list).
+ The various camps were super interesting to wander into and kind of chat to people, although I don’t think I made it up to Dawn, let alone into Navarr. Also the Hospital seemed a friendly bunch, I wandered in to hassle them as part of a plot I was chasing up for my own amusement and they were helpful and took time out of their shit to come donate roleplaying to help build my game (shout out to Magdalena and several others who’s names I didn’t catch, oh and Medea Ruth who had a super disturbing dog and I later debated theology with). Also watching them deal with injuries post major battle was pretty cool Lastly the Orcs were all just wonderfully sliiiiiightly inhuman but all *on message* as Orcs, do you lot teach Orc 101 classes to new people who are joining? (getting thrown out of the Orc camp twice and also chatting to some of you with the Kallavesi egregore was fascinating).
+ Fierce religious/legal debate, again with people who were clearly up to their ears in plot (I even went and talked to Yael about things and we had a few minutes walk and talk) willing to hash out arguments with me or just have their well reasoned and passionate debates in front of witnesses to put their points across, also arguing with others and even changing other priests minds about various motions, and the debating that occurred at the seemingly random Crow meets at (I think) Sherard’s opposite the Artisans Arms (was there a pattern to these things? I just seemed to wander into camp sometimes and we’d kind of clump up). I really quite enjoyed watching the Yael plot bubble up and the heresy trail and execution that I think will have repercussions for a while yet.
+ I finally got to bump into a friend of mine again after a shit load of time, like literally 15 years.
– Environmental factors: I suffered pretty badly from travelling down there, and additionally the long term rain on Friday, and Saturday nights was pretty dampening to the spirits.
– I think I managed to have basically no clue about when official shit was going on, I managed to miss my virtue assembly (my own fault for not checking the times), I had basically no idea when Wintermark was doing moots and Crow meetings. I think this is pretty much all my fault, but I’m half tempted to suggest a scheduling blackboard of “Next X occurs at Y, location Z” outside the Artisans Arms.
– There definitely needed to be some self motivation to find game and I think if I hadn’t been lucky to be going with an existing group and having a silly idea for getting started I could fall back on I could wind up sitting about in camp watching a flurry of activity go by and have basically no idea how to get involved in it.
So last night I was at the LURPS panel discussion for mature themes, and super appreciated the input from the lovely panel (seriously I have notes that may get typed up at some point and got some chewy ideas to ponder). Anyway one of the questions was on torture scenes, and various ideas came forward and I offered some thoughts and examples, but thinking about it I kind of wanted to write something to set my ideas out. Continue reading
Okay so with the upcoming snoopers charter thingy (by which I mean the Investigatory Powers Act) going on in the UK a few people have asked for some thoughts on security and the net. Now I’m a sysadmin, I’m not a security expert, I’ve got a working knowledge of things so I can give an overview but may wind up wrong on some points. Continue reading
Yeah so basically I was expecting to be writing more about things I’d been preparing for the upcoming Room 13 game Secure Facility Seven at the minute but … yeah, well due to the epic weather that descended upon Lancaster that kind of fell by the wayside.
It was probably an interesting time to use the phrase. The centre of town took water levels pretty high, and a lot of Cumbria got pretty badly devastated, a lot of us were without power for a while, and even the phone network was down for parts of it, but it was heartening to see locals pulling together to check in on each other and keep supplies and news flowing by landline, by snatches of internet, by biking, driving, and walking to each others houses to hang out and chat.
Today is TDOR, the only really widespread and regularly reoccurring event in the calender of trans folk. Sure we like pride weeks, and we like Halloween (which is suggested by some to basically be trans Christmas for the amount of excuse for gender play it gives a lot of us before we even work out whats up), and a bunch of us seem to have more local things, but sadly the one thing that unites us on a wide scale is remembering how many of us have been murdered the previous year.
The bulk of us who fall victim to violent deaths are at the intersection of being trans, often in poverty, and usually people of colour, it’s a sort of combination that adds up, each one making things a little less safe for that person in Western society, and it occurs at rates and with such brutality that I often find it hard to grasp and get a handle on the events.
I don’t really have a point or a direction of this, but I felt I needed to talk about it.
My life at the minute has a handful of small exciting spreadsheets in, organising christmas, wet room renovations, seasonal things (argh) and of course … upcoming surgical adventures.
Work currently doesn’t really have any spreadsheets in. I can’t help but feel this is the right way around to do things.