Monday, April 20, 2009

Another blog?

The Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign got into full gear today. Pieces of a dreadful puzzle are starting to fall into place, hinting at the horror that befell the Carlyle expedition and is starting to engulf the player characters. 
The idea of another character journal crept up upon me while reviewing notes and player handouts earlier tonight. A Masks blog seems like a good idea for various reasons. First, it's another way of flexing my creative muscles a bit and improving my fluctuating writing skills. Secondly, I think other Cthulhu players and keepers may be interested in our group's interpretation of the campaign.  
A journal fits with my character quite nicely because he is a parapsychologist who has been published before the events of the campaign. His motivation (or drive in ToC speak) to stick his nose were it doesn't belong is a book he's working on. 
I would start a new blog for it because I don't want posts to get mixed with the other stuff I feel compelled to discuss here from time to time. The out of character ramblings about the campaign can still go here.My idea for the blog is to recreate Jack Van Buren's notebook online; with all the pictures, random notes, clues, and anxieties that he will pick up in his journey into the Cthulhu Mythos

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dungeoneering Xbox Style


Bored out of my mind some time yesterday afternoon I popped Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes into my xbox 360. It's 8:30 am right now. I spent all night playing the son of a bitch. Heroes is a simple dungeoncrawler in the vein of Champions of Norrath (the best of it's kind) and Diablo. The game oozes old school D&D: gods-awful clitched storyline, endless dungeons populated with random monsters, and clitched characters. 
Admittedly I didn't play it under the best circumstances. This game should be played in a darkned cellar with 3 other players and 80's metal blasting out of a boom box. 
My character's name is Aledrin (as if it mattered). He's a 22th Level fighter with enough kick ass to take on an army single handedly. 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rest in Peace


It could be easy to forget Keith "Doc" Herber while whislt remembering Dave Arnson. We'll miss you Doc. 

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Gamer Girlfriend?


My Girlfriend hates gaming and everything related to it. She's only played once. It was a Dark Heresy one-shot I ran a while back. She played a Psyker named Novia. (That's spanish for girlfriend) It was a straight forward action adventure where the players followed the trail of a cult that fronted as a worker's union. It was a fast paced investigation that concluded in a deadly shootout.
The other two players, experienced rpgers, liked it a lot; Katie, on the other hand, detested it.
Every once in a while I wonder what it would be like to be in a relationship with another gamer. Always having a player available for your upcoming campaign; to avoid yawns and eye rolling as reponses to your endless discussions about geeky stuff; reading the same books; watching the same movies. Essentially, spending time with a female version of you. 
Would I like a gamer girlfriend? 
NO.
Katie balances me out. Being the undisciplined mess that I man, I need her to be there to tell me to get off my ass and put that stupid book away. I need her to tell me that she (and 99 percent of the world's population) doesn't care that 4th Edition D&D sucks balls in comparison to 3rd edition. 
She reminds me that gaming is a hobby and not a way of life. Thank you baby! 

P.S. Btw, she gets scared really easy; I'm sure that playing Call of Cthulhu with her would have been an unforgettable experience. Can't win then all! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gotta admit I don't really care about "PDFgate," but...

I'm disappointed with most Publishers when it comes to PDF distribution.For a publisher to "get it right" they would have to adapt their products to work well within the medium they are being published. There are many books that have elaborate backgrounds that slows down older computers and are very cost in-effective to print out. Companies should consider this when making their books available as pdfs. I buy pdfs from RPGnow with the intent to use them on the gaming table. My old, Walmart labtop can't handle being on a gaming table surrounded by drinks for 6 hours. 
Just sayin...