January 15th, 2004


berin Notwithstanding, Today's Bit of Forgotten English

Peg's Night
Local legend says that Peg O'Nell was a servant at Waddow Hall [in Lancashire], whose mistress drowned her by witchcraft when she was crossing Bungerly Stepping Stones, near which Henry VI was betrayed in circumstances of gross treachery. After her death, she haunted the neighborhood, and every drowning or untoward happening was put down to her.
--Christina Hole's English Folklore, 1940

When Peg's night came round, unless a bird, a cat, or a dog was drowned in the stream, some human was certain to fall a victim there.
--William Henderson's Folk-lore of the Northern Counties of England, 1879

Feast Day of St. Maurus
As a lad, this sixth-century monk-to-be purportedly walked on water to rescue a boy from drowning in an ice-cold lake. Thereafter, his aid was sought for relief from head colds.

I dunno, walking on water isn't really all that miraculous when it's frozen.

-The Gneech

PS: Happy birthday, Dr. King. :)
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Boromir battle

Promises, Promises

From the Code Monkey Publishing Friday Update...

D&D v3.5 Core Data Sets
We still think things look good for a February release. Everything that could possibly go wrong with them seems to have, but we're still crawling our way back (our Head Data Monkey just had a massive hard drive failure so we spent the entire day trying to recover the sets, once we stopped hyperventilating). Once we get the sets off to WotC for review I'll be sure to include it in the Friday Update... it'll mean we should be down to the final few weeks of countdown once we hit that milestone.

Well, here's hoping.

-The Gneech
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Boromir battle

Willing Suspension of Disinterest

Last night I picked up Morrowind: Game of the Year Edition, which basically consisted of Morrowind and its two expansions all as one set. I figured that since I will soon (I hope) reach the end of Temple of Elemental Evil, it'd be good to do something a little more adventure-gamey, and a little less tactical-simulationey.

The selling point of Morrowind is its large scale immersiveness ... your custom-made character is dropped in town and you have the whole world to wander around and play in as you see fit. You can be brave and heroic, evil and devious, or scholarly and pacifistic, whatever floats your boat. There are plots to get involved in if you wish, but you don't have to. For that matter, you could walk from one end of the world to the other and never talk to anybody. (You'd probably have to fight off some monsters, but that's another story.)

It sounds really cool on paper, and on an intellectual level, it is. But after an evening of getting my bearings, I found myself reminded of the "U-View" from Mystery Science Theater 3000: a TV invented by the mad scientists that showed you what you would be out doing if you weren't at home watching TV.

(Frank: "Wow, I'm playing tennis with Christina Aguilera! She's giving me a great big kiss! My life is GREAT!")

After all the complaining I do about how I don't have time to write my own stories, do I really want to spend the precious few hours I do have wandering around in somebody else's fantasy world? Books, movies, heck even more convential CRPG's cut out the hours and hours of nonproductive time between scenes because, really, that time is wasted.

For that matter, do I want to bother spending the time needed for my barbarian to practice with his axe, when I could actually spend that time practicing real, live kung fu?

I dunno ... there was a time when I would have thought Morrowind was the bee's knees. Now, I'm not sure that my time isn't more precious.

-The Gneech
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Wow, Is That Ugly... 0.o

I have been resisting the idea of getting a "Talk About Comics" forum for Suburban Jungle, but the new Keenspot forums are so heavy-duty ugly, that I may not have a choice.

Wow, when this decision made? I must have slept through that meeting. Great googily-moogily!

-The Gneech
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