Monday, November 30, 2009

More things in heaven and earth

Than are dreamt of in my philosophy, anyhow.

How am I ever going to play all these games?

I'm studying up on Twilight Imperium. I hear you have to do your homework before you play that one. It has common DNA with the games I have hated most so there's a good chance I'll want to set it on fire, but I'm going to tough it out. It looks like a ripping good way to spend 10 or 12 hours in a stinky room with 7 other guys.

I want to play both the Serenity and BSG RPGS from Margaret Weis Productions. They run on the Cortex System, right?

And I have all these frakking HackMaster books. And now they're out-of-date.

I've never played a sci-fi RPG (I was a very fantasy-centric kid). What's best--Star Frontiers, Gamma World, classic Traveller, Mutant Future, Metamorphosis Alpha, Star Ace? I've got 'em all.

I ran Dangerous Journeys for a year or two in the 9-tays. I still have the tattered old books. Maybe I ought to give the rules-lite Mythus Prime version a shot. I thought it was an dumbed-down embarrassment back in the day, but now it's just the way I wanna play.

And GDW also made all these Space: 1889 books that I still think are about the coolest concept ever.

Gah, I've never even played GURPS.

I have print versions of Cartoon Action Hour and its supplements, but the Season Two version seems more up my rules-fearing alley.

Star Wars D6. Or BESM?

Swords & Wizardry or Labyrinth Lord. But I have books for all the versions of actual D&D!

And I'm pretty excited about Shadow, Sword, and Spell.

That's it. I'm going to have to give up sleeping and leaving the warm circle of honeyed light from my reading lamp. You can't make me!

Oh, I'm going to need some players. Drat!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Let's Get the Band Back Together

First, a piece of personal communication that has no place in a stately public forum such as this blog: Alan (our first first violist and first second side drummer) told me last night at band practice that he read MY WHOLE BLOG.

I want to apologize for having wasted his time--or, worse than wasting it--like, actively abusing his time, like a cheese-grater of the mind's eye or something.

Anyway, I placed an order for Swords & Wizardry from my friendly local game store (All About Games in Boise) today. I hope you'll do the same. I hear that kind of thing is good for the hobby. I'll just have to take their word for it.

I guess this means I should play some S&W. Hear that Tommy? Maybe you can get some use out of the lovely rules booklet that you had so painstakingly spiral-bound!

Pretty soon I'll have me a copy of Raggi's The Grinding Gear. I wonder, is there a connection here? That title sounds like this adventure might be something of a meat grinder, which might just suit the kind of gaming groups I've experienced: abortive fits and starts.

Fine. I hereby assemble a gaming group and purpose to run them and dozens of their hapless 3x5-sized S&W characters through PITS OF RUTHLESS CRUSH.

Also, we'll graft on the soap opera rules from Amagi Games.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In loving memory of an opinion. . .


I'm finally coming around to an appreciation of Obituary's 1990 record Cause of Death. (I was prompted to revisit it by the chapter on it in the new collection of Decibel magazine's Hall of Fame features, Precious Metal).

It's practically musical in one or two places--and downright groovy in plenty of others, a welcome change from the dull pummeling of most early death metal reocrds.

Plus, the vocals remind me of Blaine Fart (of my favorite-band-in-high-school, The Accused) and that's always a good thing.


And one more capper: the first Lovecraft paperback I ever bought had that same Michael Whelan painting on the cover.

Looks like I'll have to hit up the corner record shop for The End Complete next.