July 21st, 2012

Lachwen Lightning Girl

World of WhatNow?

As a general rule, I like my fantasy played very straight; so when I'm in the mood to step into a virtual fantasy setting, my setting of choice is Lord of the Rings Online, which for the most part does a very good job of visualizing Middle Earth's "the real world (specifically Europe) in some forgotten pre-historic epoch" setting.

However, there are times when I'm in a mood for something a little more fantastical, with blasty wizards and glowy swords and blue hair and people riding around on shimmering frilled lizards. Then I play Star Wars. I created Lachwen in LotRO to fill that void, but the problem is that she's not really at home in that setting. So, since World of Warcraft is FTP up to level 20 and I knew sirfox was a WoW player, I downloaded it and created a Draenei mage, named Akijo.

Akijo under a really fancy chandelier.

She's a perty thing. :) I got her up to level 9 (I think it was) before deciding I'd had enough for the night. It was fun, pretty standard click-and-pointy stuff, and certainly very colorful. :D I can't really say if I enjoyed it enough to make it worth paying for once it stops being FTP. I have a paid lifetime account on LotRO and I don't play that as much as I used to these days. On the other hand, it was just different enough to be an enjoyable diversion. (Plus there was a pirate cook named Cookie McWeaksauce, that was good for a chuckle.)

It's definitely candy to LotRO steak, but sometimes candy is what you want. :)

-The Gneech
Lachwen Lightning Girl

'cos Everything Changes (Whu-Ooooaaooh!)

Just finished another session of jamesbarrett's Pathfinder game (in which I play my "Rarity-as-drow-bard" character Obsidian). Our current adventure is a rather mysterious intrigue affair involving peculiar events at a large agricultural complex (essentially an enormous farm run by four different families of competing houses). The previous session was mostly a collection of odd events that didn't parse, but this session we finally worked out that there are a pair of dopplegangers working some sort of scheme, and that there are some elements related to a large dark cult that we tangled with in a previous adventure which may more may not factor into the dopplegangers' scheme. It's certainly a very different sort of adventure from the kind jamesbarrett typically runs, and we're enjoying it quite a bit. It's also a type of adventure Obsidian is well suited for, having a slew of knowledge and social skills but being little more than a lead weight in combat.

When the other players got to our house, they were all mystified (or at least surprised) by our rearranging of furniture, although it's actually rather minor so far compared to what's still to come. Tomorrow I am ordering my new art-table-cum-computer-desk, and we are going to start working on making a place for it. It will replace my current OMG huge drafting table which, as much as I love it, is freakin' ginormous and takes a lot more space than it has any reason to.

(If you are somewhere in the area and have use for a 5'x3' drafting table, let me know, I am looking to sell it.)

To make room for the new arrangement, at least one old desk is going to the curb, one 6' long hutch is probably going to be mothballed (somewhere), a lot of my old gaming books are going to be eBayed or otherwise disposed of, and a lot junk needs going through, sorting out, and disposing of. So that's going to be a big project over the next few weeks, interspersed with that commission I need to finish for Foalpapers and just the general stuff of life.

Finally, going along the theme of "everything changes," I got a new haircut today of a style I've never tried. Whattya think?

Crrrsh! There goes the monitor.

-The Gneech