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June 8th, 2011

10:42 am - Good But Not Great
A Revelation as a Geeklist:


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June 6th, 2011

11:20 am - One Week To Go!
This time next week, I'll be in Disneyland!

Watch this! It is cool!

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June 2nd, 2011

10:34 am - Obscure Music Friday! Thursday!
Hi all.

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May 28th, 2011

10:14 am - The Mirror Room
This post contains major spoilers for The Mirror Room, a LARP running at Wyrd Con II in June. Please do not read this post or its comments if you are playing in The Mirror Room or plan to play in The Mirror Room.

Major spoilers under the cut. You've been warned twice now.Collapse )

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May 24th, 2011

11:49 am - Ah the Joys of Tabletop
I am about to start running a tabletop X-Files campaign and have solicited the player base1 for character ideas.

I get two responses almost immediately.

Player 1 wants to play a character who has no belief in the supernatural and will try to keep this up throughout the campaign.

Player 2 wants to play someone who can bring the dead back to life.


1We don't need any more players at the moment, but thanks anyway.
21 and 2 both read my lj, so I will disclaim. The submissions have been both simplified and exaggerated for comedic effect. I like both character ideas. It was just humorous at how diametrically opposed the world views of the two characters are and how difficult it would be to reconcile them in-game.

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May 19th, 2011

09:57 am - LARP! and VACATION!

Wrote my first character sheet for Triple Blind yesterday. It's an interesting experimental game. Each player will get three 1 page sheets with a base character, an organization or alias, and a cover identity. These are completely randomized so even the GM doesn't know who is playing whom. And yes, it may lead to someone being disguised as themselves, or their secret lover, or their worst enemy, but that's all part of the fun.

The player mindset is important. Instead of thinking, "this is stupid. I'm disguised as someone who wants to kill me," they need to think, "I'm a clever person. Why would I disguise myself as someone who wants to kill me? Maybe to infiltrate that organization...." And roll with it. Still, at 9 players and 1 hour, it should work ok.


Going to California for a week in June. We were supposed to go to LA for a weekend for a convention, but stretched it out for a week. I wanted to see Disneyland. I have a niece who lives in San Diego so we'll be visiting her too (and seeing Weird Al Yankovic perform to boot!).

So when we were planning our LA vacation, I asked i_scrib where she wanted to go, and she said Monterey. (For those of you on the east coast, this is like saying, "Hey we're going to Washington DC. Where do you want to go?" "New York City", only just a smidge farther). So the plan is:

Friday-Sunday: Wyrd Con in Orange County
Monday-Tuesday: Disneyland/DCA
Wednesday: San Diego/Weird Al
Thursday: Drive to Monterey
Friday: Monterey
Saturday: Drive to SF/Winchester House/Dinner at Fisherman's Wharf
Sunday: Fly home from SF.

Fun. If you'll be around any of those places at any of those times, we'd love to hang out with you. My WyrdCon schedule is remarkably light.

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May 18th, 2011

09:47 am - LARP News
So, there's this convention in California this summer called Wyrd Con. I'm going to it.

I was going to run Colonel Sebastian T. Rawhide's Circus of the Spectacular there. Now I am inordinately proud of Rawhide. It is put together really well with tight couplings of plot and scenes and vignettes and spotlights for all the players. All the characters are fun and weird and have their own secrets and goings on. It's great to watch a run of it because the game is all about being larger than life in a melodramatic way and the players are instructed to chew the scenery as much as possible.

Now I knew this was a risk. My get feeling from Wyrd Con is that they have this "LARP is serious business" mentality about them and are only interested in serious experimental larps (or boffer medieval fantasy). And they don't know me there. Believe it or not folks, if people have never heard of me, they tend to not sign up for my LARPs. And as the convention time approached, I started to worry because nobody had signed up for the event.

Now the thing for Colonel Rawhide's is, well, I have all these props and set pieces for it. I have strange mechanical equipment. I have snakes and animal masks. I have a goddamned big top and circus wagon, both pretty portable actually. My plan was to ship them all to Wyrd Con and then ship them home afterwards.

Well, we got to less than a month before the con and still nobody had signed up. Well, I didn't want to spend the expense of shipping all that stuff to California and back for nothing. Soooooo.

I contacted the convention runners and dropped the game. It is being replaced with The Road Not Taken (original version) followed by Tempus Frangit, two smaller, award winning LARPs that (a) I know will do well and (b) are nearly 100% less prop intensive (Tempus Frangit requires a book and a clipboard).

But I still had this kick, this drive to run Colonel Rawhide's. I considered my options. IMA was local and made transportation easy. BUT I had already bid two games there and I knew the schedule and there were lots of things I wanted to play.

I could run it on my own, but blek.

So I have bid to run Colonel Rawhide's at Intercon L where I am 90% sure it will fill. It's a good game with a good track record and people know me.

I, er, could use a couple of runtime GMs though, preferably ones who have played the game. I can get you into the convention for free....

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May 13th, 2011

09:56 am - Happy Founders Day!
Free omelettes for all!

(I work at the best company evar!)

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May 6th, 2011

10:26 am - Musical Quiz
OK, I've been trying to get a trinity of songs on my mp3 player for a while, and I finally succeeded.

Here are the first lines of the three songs. Can you name the titles, the artists and the leitmotif?

It's probably pretty easy.

1. He walks over to the window and without a hesitation he goes out.
2. [spoken] Alright. This is a nursery rhyme polka.
3. Life was fun. Life was great. Until I made my big mistake. Oh no. It never happened to me.

Have a good Friday!

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April 26th, 2011

09:30 am - Dear Internet, I need your advice.
Hi Internet. How is it going? Long time no talk to.

Anyways, I have a dilemma and I need your advice. I have been invited to be LARP/RPG coordinator for a steampunk conference next January.

However, the conference will be held in Los Angeles. For reference, I live in Virginia, on the completely opposite side of the country.

However, it will specifically be held in the Queen Mary Hotel. How cool is that?

Also, they are willing to pay my hotel and subsidize my airfare. Again, way cool.

But I do not believe I'll be able to convince many people from the East Coast to come run LARPs in LA, especially since I don't know what perks I can offer them.

BUT, I have some contacts in LA and I'll be going out there this summer for Wyrd Con 2. In theory, I am running a game at Wyrd Con 2, but in practice nobody has signed up. :(

So the upshot is: should I go for it? I figure I can run Mary Celeste, and the 100 person murder mystery (which will involve 10 cast characters and everyone else can just show up playing whomever they please. I'm no fool), and I have ideas for a couple other events as well. And I mean, I know of lots of games out there that would work for the con, and you could run them on a real fucking ship/hotel!

What do you think Internet? Should I do it? Would you be willing to run an event at the con? Speak to me and advise me well.


Thank you.

Sincerely Yours,


Update: Thanks for the advice, I agreed to do the job.

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