July 11th, 2004

bald tongue


I've been playing warcraft 3 again in the past couple of days. I've beat the campaign in normal mode, and I can finally beat the computer in "custom" games, though not reliably, and I have to put the computer on easy mode.

I'm getting a craving to play with other people, though. I don't really want to start playing with random people on the net, though, because a) I suck, and b) most people are obnoxious. So, I'm asking my friends list for people to play crafty games with me.

I'd be interested in playing any of the following;

Warcraft 2
Starcraft w/ Broodwars

How to play?

Lan party at beta colony ( I can provide 3 machines that will play everything except wc3)
battlenet online games

If you're interested, make sure I've got instant message contact info for you. I usually won't have time for a full game on weeknights, but I often find myself wanting something to do on a weekend night that doesn't require spending two hours commuting somewhere.
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dream time

The other night, I dreamt about two young men, in a sort of dune-esque science fiction setting, minus the spice. Or possibly just Dune, but not on Arrakis.

The world itself was aristocratic; I didn't see who ruled, but there were clear social classes.

Both young men wore a lot of dark clothing. The first, Morgan, was likely influenced by the Morgan in Kathryn Kurtz' Deryni (sp?) novels. He was a tough young man with black hair. He dressed in practical rennaissance type clothes that left freedom of movement. some, but not all of his outfit was leather. He was an extrovert, everyone's buddy, and a charming guy.

The other young man was Irifel (or possibly Irifiel). He was the son of a prominent politician. The society had a slight similarity to the one in Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels trilogy, in that the society held in high regard certain "dark" or spooky things. Irifel was on the verge of completing his training to become a Dreadlord (or possibly a Darklord). This involved wearing an elaborate black hooded cloak.robe, and acquiring glowing red eyes. The Dreadlords were extremely powerful, but it was a localised power - it was useless outside the solar system. There was a scene where the young people of Morgan and Irifel's generation were filling out forms, kind of like university applications, wherein they had to choose thier paths. Becoming a Dreadlord cost 50 points, which was apparently quite costly. Clearly, this was another role-playing game waiting to be born, here.

Irifel had light, sandy coloured hair, and blue eyes, when he wasn't presenting himself asa Dreadlord. In the dream, he was just reaching the point where he could do that; he was showing unusual ability for one his age, and was frightening his teachers. His best friend Morgan took it all in stride. Irifel was introverted, and had a tendency to be cold and cruel. He wasn't evil, but he had that potential. It was made clear that he would rise to a position of political power.

There were space ships and guns in the ficton of the dream, but it was clear that these were not major artifacts in the society. Some other force was more important to the culture than technology. The woman who was conducting the entrance exams/application forms scene was from off-world, a spacer, wearing beige pants and a white shirt, and a holstered energy gun. She may have had goggles of some kind resting on her forehead. She was there on an assignment of some kind; this was not a world where she would choose to spend her time.

I keep having these vivid dreams that seem like setups for stories or role playing games. Of course, since they're in my head, it's all setting and character, and no plot. I'm great at thinking up who, and where, but lousy with why and what. This keeps me from being a better GM than I am, and keeps me from trying to be a writer; I just can't think of anything for these characters, in their settings, to actually do. I've seen writers pull off books that are largely plotless, yet still good; Poppy Z. Brite is pretty good at that style. However, she has something I lack; social ability. When I sit down with someone, I largely end up sitting around and staring at them until they start to talk. This is what my characters do; they sit there and stare at each other, waiting for someone else to provide social motion. Since this is all internal to me, though, nothing ever happens.

If I take these ideas and make a role-playing gmae out of them, I am saved from having to provide social motion, since the players do that, but I have to sacrifce having my characters be the central ones, and I have to come up with a plot.

Until I can solve one of these problems, I will just keep dreaming.
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I've been eating pretty well this weekend.

Friday night, Lizard and I went out to one of the restaurants in our neighbourhood (we live in a very posh neighborhood, on an un-posh street). The prices were high, but not excessiuvely so. We could afford to eat there maybe once a month. The food was great, of course. They were pushing sangria as a beverage instead of wine, so I had that; there was far too much melon in it for my not-melon-liking self. I had halibut with mango salsa and cous cous. It was pretty much what you'd expect from the description, and it was tasty. After dinner, we went to the independant ice cream store around the corner, and got yummy ice cream. On the way home, a wasp or hornet lit upon my hand, and I twitched to get it off, and hurled my ice cream at the ground. I picked it up, removed the parts that had touched the ground, and ran home, holding the shattered cone together until I could get it into a bowl.

Saturday night, we made cous cous with dried fruit and nuts, with vegetable stock. Ours was tastier than the restaurants had been, though I think I put oo many dried apricots into it. With that, we tried to make shish kebabs; we bought premade chicken kebabs from the grocery store, and made our own veggie ones with yellow squash, zucchini, green peppers, and mushrooms. Since our balcony BBQ is a) illegal (you can't barbeque on a balcony here), and b) potentially unsafe (it came with the appartment, and the igniter doesn't work. Every time it wooshes when I light it, Liz nearly has a heart attack.), we tried using our indoor electric grill. It put grill marks on the food, but didn't really cook it, so we had to toss the stuff into the oven. It was edible, but didn't quite work out.

Tonight, we had pepper steak, salad, and gnocchi with fresh basil/organo/garlic /olive oil dressing. The gnocchi were so good! I love have an herb garden on the balcony; it's so nice being able to go and grab a fistful of sharp, peppery basil to throw into our food. There are several tiny jalapenos out there promising to make me happy later this summer.
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We watched a couple movies this weekend.

Friday night, Lizard watched xXx while I hid in the office; once was enough for me. After that, we had planned to watch Donnie Darko, but decided that we felt more like playing video games instead.

Saturday night, we finally watched Donnie Darko. It was everything I had heard it was; creepy, spooky, and damned good. Unfortunately, the copy we had rented died four scenes before the end of the movie. So I don't know how it ends. It was very frustrating. We went over to the rental place and got a credit for our trouble. We rented Lost in Translation a our consolation prize; they only had the one DVD copy, and the VHS copy was several months over due. LiT was fairly good. Not great, not fantastic, but good.

We've got Iris (which is a Lizard movie, which I will skip), and Heavenly Creatures, both until Wednesday
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smirking half-hawk

a reminder for myself

This week, food to make;

daal with rice some night ( need to pick a recipe)

lamb stew (should pick up a new bottle of Irish whisky)
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