Assignment

Dec. 9th, 2012 11:40 am
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I'll post something substancial later, but for my crafty friends -- figure out some use for the dozen Nintendo DS boxes I have lying around. They're like DVD cases, but smaller/different proportions. I already store the games in smaller cases because the games themselves are only slightly larger than a postage stamp. (Seriously, Nintendo, I'd rather you go back to the cardboard box that comes with a tiny hard plastic game case and an instruction book -- the original Game Boy/Game Boy Color method. Even if the DS boxes include storage space for a Game Boy Advance game as well.)
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This started in a roleplaying game. I was playing a character with almost supernatural levels of fearlessness*. As part of a plot, she was (slightly) transformed and lost her natural fearlessness.

Two things emerged as I played her.  )

* Not actually supernatural, though. I've played paladins in 3rd edition D&D who are supernaturally immune to fear, even magically-induced fear. IIRC, Kender in the Dragonlance books have the same ability.
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So, one of the few journal-games I'm in, [livejournal.com profile] kannagara_rpg is doing a Fourth-Wall Event over the weekend. The in-game presence is that for one IC day, the head god is away from his chair, and every other god is using it as the excuse to flood the world with people. The OOG idea is for original characters, characters from media (and alternate universe versions of same) and actual people* to play with the premise of the game.

In other words, a lot like CFUD does every day of the week -- though I suppose CFUD was limited to characters in game and actual people. No one's yet tried to flood that with Edward Elrics.

Since neither of my characters have a cast, I kind of want to promote this for fun. In hopes of luring people there. Which got me thinking about RPG casts.

Tangent! Tangents are fun! )

(Debating about whether or not I can round up the [insanejournal.com profile] sabra_la_tau & [insanejournal.com profile] the_nexus_rpg folks. Downside is it means making/digging up old LJ games. OTOH, most of the Nexus folks moved from LJ and SLT is kind of a subset of CFUD players.)

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* Hence 'fourth-wall'.
** Though part of that was that I have problems writing for Lafiel when she's not in space, and I didn't do enough work to get her out of the military officer stranded on an alien world mindset. I didn't have nearly as many problems with Harry Dresden, or when there was only Zelgadis and Xellos from Slayers.
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When I was out visiting [insanejournal.com profile] uncreativity and Cassie with [livejournal.com profile] lasafara, the topic turned to roleplaying. Perhaps not surprising, since UC and Lasa are both RP buddies of mine. And UC mentioned how she couldn't find a roleplaying game she liked with rules she could have fun in. Her great nemesis? PBs.

For those of you who don't do journal-based freeform roleplaying, a 'PB' is short for a Played By. Basically, take an actor or musician or model and say 'this is what my character looks like'. Since games using a journal/community format have icons, it helps when you can add back in the dimension of 'facial expression' as you type -- if you are happy, you use an icon of your PB smiling, and so on. A lot of people playing book characters, or original characters*, will pick up a PB to serve as their 'face'.

But some multi-fandom games use it as a way of (inadvertently) setting what kinds of characters can play. For example, a game made [livejournal.com profile] bad_rpers_suck because it required icons from the source, to the point where the mod said 'if you can't do this, the character is too minor to play' -- so any character who wasn't from a visual media (or one with a visual adaption) was SOL.

Many other games require a PB for any character not from a live-action TV or movie series -- so book, comic book, video game and animation characters. To preserve aesthetic harmony or something. So, rather than use the millions of perfectly good Excel icons she had, UC would have to find a fair-haired Japanese girl that looked like Excel and could pull off a lot of the crazy expressions Excel does.

What I didn't mention to her is that when I see these things, I have the urge to fire up Photoshop and go looking for public-domain photos. I'm not talking 'tint a pigtailed Japanese girl's hair pink to play Chibi-usa**'. I'm talking 'find photos of frogs, salamanders and catfish and photoshop them on actor-wearing-armor's head to play Frog from Chrono Trigger'. It's not that I don't (or can't) play normal humans, but it strikes me as a bias that needs to be exposed***. Or I resent being told that Spock (or, hell, Jar Jar Binks or the dragon from Eragon) could be played, but Zelgadis Gryewords or Mog couldn't.

Or I'm just a closet troll.

(It does make me want to get together a group of people playing unlikely photo-realistic characters. Pet monsters, fantasy critters more complicated than elves, aliens... I'll even do all the Photoshopping...)

* And who can't draw. Most of my originals either get my drawings or a mix of drawing and PB icons.
** I don't think I'd play Chibi-usa anyway -- my Sailor Moon is rusty, and I preferred other characters. But she is probably the most famous pink-haired character in anime.
*** Granted, a lot of these games have the assumption that you all can pass as normal humans. Which is all right, I guess, but not for me. I like it when I'm playing Tailmon and make new characters go 'talking cat...'
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So, I once explained how I view characters when writing fanfiction -- that when I read a source, I'd create projections of the characters and setting in my brain as I read, and use copies of those to write fanfiction.

Now, here's my problem. I do this with my own characters as well. So I can have three or four versions all floating around -- same background, but different events. Or... let me use a character as an example.

I played Zack in a tabletop game (0). After that, I moved him to an online cross-over game with a couple of friends (1). Several years later, a friend from the tabletop game and I started playing one-on-one online, and we revived our tabletop characters from Zack's game (2). I also created another version of him in a different universe for another private game (3).

So that's three characters -- four if I split Zack-0 from either possible continuation of him. All have the same name and backstory, but have become different versions of the same person. It doesn't bother me -- I can keep them straight. What gets troublesome is when I do things like MAX, where I give people my character bios and ask them to draw things for me. Now, for a portrait or some things, the version doesn't matter. Others... like character interaction pieces, it does matter.

Worst case comes when the versions have differences in design.

So, a way to communicate this clearly to people. Besides the old fandom standby of X!(Name).

(This does remind me I promised our RP crowd over on [insanejournal.com profile] the_nexus_rpg a wiki, just to keep track of the regular characters. The question would be to host it on my own site, or use a commercial wiki host.)
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So, the last two blog posts have been on the Dresden Files RPG*. Plus, today marks the release of the next Dresden Files novel. I'll be heading to Borders after work** to get it.

Also, in seeing the RPG and new book, I also discovered Jim Butcher's fanfiction policy. Basically, like Mercedes Lackey, he's allowed fanfiction to be posted under a Creative Commons license. So, any non-commercial derivative work based on Alera or the Dresdenverse can be posted to the 'net, as long as it is under a CC license***. (He also notes that he's still not reading fanfic, so don't ask.)

It came up because the RPG writers noted that they really can't put out the Dresden Files RPG under an Open Gaming License, except for the rules that were already under that. But that they intend to use things like the spellcasting rules as a basis for other work that is not part of a licensed property, which will let them publish under the OGL. And that since Jim Butcher allows derivative works, anything from the Dresden Files RPG is free game for non-commercial discussion -- game stories, characters, Dresden-fied settings, house rules, etc. So, for example, I can't lift the spellcasting rules and publish a FATE Dungeon Crawl, but I could probably use them to run a non-Dresden FATE game using the magic rules (and talk about it via the internet). (Would that be like a crossover?)

Anyway, good on Jim Butcher! As a shameless writer/artist/gamer who plays with derivative works, I appreciate authors who see them as signs of a healthy fanbase, rather than threats. I mean, no matter how many times people write Harry/Thomas, Harry/Marcone, Harry/Carlos†, it doesn't change that the original Harry Dresden lives in Jim's head and the rest of us are working from copies.

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* Still reading, and I already know I'm going to need to make cheat sheets for spellcasting. Probably for character gen and combat, too -- mostly because I've never run FATE before, and it's not a variant of a familiar system like True20 was. One advantage of the old-school 'DM's screen' is that you can stick all the useful cheat sheets and tables to it, so you don't have to play the 'what page was that on?' game.

** That is, if the Ithaca Borders decides it's going to stop being a prat about never having SF books on the release date, no matter how well they might sell. It could just be the computer hasn't updated yet. I really need to see if there's something other than 'Borders, Barnes and Noble, the university bookstore, and various used bookstores' in town.

*** Meaning I need to modify my Dresden Files and Codex Alera fic to show this. My fic journal has a convenient spot for a disclaimer, that I can alter, but I should also get my archived work.

† It's usually either slash or porn, or slash porn that gets authors' undergarments in knots and full of sand. Somehow 'Harry Dresden versus Edward Cullen, hidden heir to the Glitter Court†† of Vampires' doesn't offend. (At least not Jim Butcher, though Stephenie Meyer may object.)

†† Not original. Someone already wrote fanfiction with Thomas using the Meyer-pires as an excuse to meet pretty women with things for vampires. And Harry laughing his ass off at Thomas's use of body glitter.
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(I need a gaming icon, besides my default.)

So, I finally preordered my copy of the Dresden Files RPG Sourcebook. Or books, since it ended up coming out as two, rather hefty, books. (Seriously, I probably got about the same size as my D&D 4th edition boxset -- and I might have to throw in my Eberron or FR Players' Guide -- and costs more.) The books themselves aren't out yet, but pre-orders get a special preview PDF that contains all of the content (minus a special story by Jim Butcher, and probably editing/layout.art stuff that's still being worked on). (Evil Hat, the company that does this, normally offers a deal where if you buy their books in print, you get the PDF for free, which I appreciate.)

Probably should cut this )
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Hearing a lot of annoying things in politics today -- like the NPR story on the Texas Primary, about the candidate who is 'pro-life, no exceptions'. When yesterday I read about a woman in Nicaragua who is being denied life-saving cancer treatment because she's pregnant and it will kill the baby -- abortion is a death-penalty offense in Nicaragua, no exceptions. (Never mind that the cancer is doing a pretty good job of killing the mother, which will kill the baby. Did I mention she has a ten year old at home?) Earlier today, I read an article on animal-rights activists stalking scientists to the point of rapping on their home windows periodically and passing out fliers at their children's schools telling them that little Johnny/Janey's daddy kills puppies. And a friend linked an article about how more and more it seems like people treat even facts like where the president was born as subjective facts subject to their own biases. If you show them the sources, they just either deny the authenticity or move the goalposts.

More and more I get the impression that people don't think, especially outside their little bubbles. It's depressing and I want to curl up into a ball until people get smarter. (The freezing rain doesn't help. It's easier to feel good about the world when it's sunny out.)

Here, have some happy! )

Also, my birthday is on Saturday. Happy birthday to me -- I turn 26.

Stuff

Feb. 1st, 2010 08:55 pm
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I'm hoping this is just hormones, but I've felt on the edge of tears for the last couple of days. It's about the right time of month to be PMS, and that combined with the effing cold weather is not a happy combination. I need to dig out my DDR pad and get some exercise in.

It also killed my urge to write, which is a shame since I just got a reasonably long fic idea for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days -- if I finish it, I'll have to post it on Amnesty Day at the end of the month. Also killed my urge to roleplay, so if people wonder where my replies are, that's it.

That and my shoulder is starting to hurt again, which worries me since I stopped PT last week when it stopped hurting. It seems to me that when tendon pain stops, it's a good sign that stuff has healed. To have it start up again makes me think there might be deeper problems. I'll start doing the exercises my therapist assigned me again, and hope that helps bring the pain down.
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I'm nearly through with Spirit Tracks and I'm realizing that it's not as fun as it normally is, since it feels very recycled from Phantom Hourglass. Okay, one thing I like is the ability to control Zelda in some dungeons, which is a step up*. And a lot of the neat features are more polished than in PH -- the Tower of the Spirits is a lot nicer than the damn Temple of the Ocean King, in that there is no time limit and the central staircase lets you short-circuit previous go-throughs.

But the bosses are starting to feel recycled too, even if a lot of Zelda gimmicks get used a lot over and over. (I.e., the boss will always need the toy you got in the dungeon to kill it, fire and ice bosses for which you need to deflect the opposing magic, Ganon Tennis.) Maybe it's just because I have to kill another automaton in a sand dungeon by hitting it with rocks via conveniently placed trebuchets until it falls down. (Though this time I have a wand that lets me control sand, instead of a giant hammer.)

Which is a shame, since it's a cute game, and I like the fetch quests. (Seriously, I'm starting to think that I should replay Majora's Mask, since it's the Zelda game with the most interwoven sidequests.)

* In Majora's Mask, you control Kafei for a bit, and in Phantom Hourglass, you control Gongoron, but both are 'using another character to unlock things for Link' (except as part of the boss fight in Gongoron's sake). There's a bit more in Wind Waker, where you have Makar or Medlii with you and occasionally have to switch back and forth because they can do things Link can't, or when you have the Dominion Rod in Twilight Princess. But, normally the character stands idle or just follows you when you aren't controlling him/her, while Zelda you can tell her to walk and hit switches/enemies then switch back to Link and move while she does that. It's a tricky thing to do since controlling two characters at once is hard, but it hits the sweet spot right.
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I beat Twilight Princess yesterday. Oddly enough, the first stage of the boss (read: playing tennis with energy balls and swords -- that's got to be the most annoying boss tactic ever) took forever compared to the rest of the fight -- I used all the field health-refills and two Blue Potions, and didn't resort to my Bottled Fairies in the rest of the fight.

Also, Midna is awesomesauce, but you knew that.

Babble About Zelda )

Meme

Jun. 29th, 2009 10:49 am
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Comment "WORDS" to this entry and I will comment back with five words I associate with you. Then you post this in your journal elaborating.

Here's what [insanejournal.com profile] padparadscha gave me

Five Words... )

Random...

Jun. 11th, 2009 12:56 pm
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So, I got the Spirit of the Century RPG book, which uses the FATE system. (Interesting, and I might do a post on things like it that get away from some of the 'things we think we know about tabletop games'). Anyway, SotC models 'pulp' action stories -- weird science, a bit of mysticism, and a lot of action. One thing of note is that it has three combat skills -- Fists (Unarmed), (Melee/Thrown) Weapons and Guns (also used for bows and other ranged weapons). The game writer notes that all three have their advantages -- fists can't be taken away, melee weapons can be thrown or have extended reach, and guns have great range. They also have their disadvantages -- fists are limited range, guns and weapons can be taken away, and Guns cannot be used as a defensive skill. But things like damage are set by the skill roles, not by the weapon. Which works for settings where swords really do beat guns if you are awesome enough. (There are optional rules online for making Guns more deadly. You can also take stunts to make a character more of a bad-ass martial artist/brawler/weaponsmaster/gun bunny/etc. or to give them Future!Tech or a Legendary weapon or whatever, but again, those are character-specific things)

Which got me thinking about adapting SotC to handle a higher-magic setting than the default one -- Evil Hat has the rights to the Dresden Files RPG, and there are fanmade magic systems. Which got me thinking about the fantasy worlds I favor, like Avatar or Slayers, where the non-magic cast are just as bad-ass as the magic cast. Some of it in Slayers is that Gourry carried a magic sword, but against 'normal' opponents, he didn't especially need it -- the magic mostly seems to counter creatures not harmed by physical weaponry. (TRY did a bad job of handling this, but Revolution showed this well. Even when Gourry is captured, and his normal sword is removed, it took him only one 'grab for sword he didn't have' to get into 'defend Lina though unarmed stuff' and only ran into problems when a deadly swordswoman and magic-using assassin showed up. For that matter, he was able to hold his own in a swordfight against a foe with superior armor with an improvised weapon Lina made for him out of stone.) And in Avatar, characters like Mai, Ty Lee, Sokka and Suki (or, for that matter, Pian Dao) are all shown to lend their own skills to fights and hold their own against normal opponents, even benders.)

It's not quite about power, unless you consider different types of power. Pretty much, the old Justice League debate. Characters like Superman has a lot of innate superpowers. Batman has a lot of resources and contacts, and is at the high end of human ability in both smarts and brawn -- all of it is 'mundane', just exceptional -- so he can use planning plus 'stuff' to hold his own in an organization of Supers. One doesn't feel like Batman is a token member of any group of Supers he's in, or exists only to fund the group -- he gets his chances to be awesome, even if he can't punch through safes or fly.

I guess it's a fondness for a world where magic is Cool, but there are many ways to be Cool. You can be an amazing swordsman, or a deadly knife-thrower, or a martial artist able to disable with a single blow.

(For that matter, one of the Dresden File RPG development blog posts points out that Murphy might be a normal mortal, but she's got her own resources and skills that make her just as important to the plot as, say, Michael (a holy knight) or Molly (an apprentice wizard) or Thomas (an incubus) or the Alphas (weres).)

Random...

Jun. 11th, 2009 12:55 pm
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So, I got the Spirit of the Century RPG book, which uses the FATE system. (Interesting, and I might do a post on things like it that get away from some of the 'things we think we know about tabletop games'). Anyway, SotC models 'pulp' action stories -- weird science, a bit of mysticism, and a lot of action. One thing of note is that it has three combat skills -- Fists (Unarmed), (Melee/Thrown) Weapons and Guns (also used for bows and other ranged weapons). The game writer notes that all three have their advantages -- fists can't be taken away, melee weapons can be thrown or have extended reach, and guns have great range. They also have their disadvantages -- fists are limited range, guns and weapons can be taken away, and Guns cannot be used as a defensive skill. But things like damage are set by the skill roles, not by the weapon. Which works for settings where swords really do beat guns if you are awesome enough. (There are optional rules online for making Guns more deadly. You can also take stunts to make a character more of a bad-ass martial artist/brawler/weaponsmaster/gun bunny/etc. or to give them Future!Tech or a Legendary weapon or whatever, but again, those are character-specific things)

Which got me thinking about adapting SotC to handle a higher-magic setting than the default one -- Evil Hat has the rights to the Dresden Files RPG, and there are fanmade magic systems. Which got me thinking about the fantasy worlds I favor, like Avatar or Slayers, where the non-magic cast are just as bad-ass as the magic cast. Some of it in Slayers is that Gourry carried a magic sword, but against 'normal' opponents, he didn't especially need it -- the magic mostly seems to counter creatures not harmed by physical weaponry. (TRY did a bad job of handling this, but Revolution showed this well. Even when Gourry is captured, and his normal sword is removed, it took him only one 'grab for sword he didn't have' to get into 'defend Lina though unarmed stuff' and only ran into problems when a deadly swordswoman and magic-using assassin showed up. For that matter, he was able to hold his own in a swordfight against a foe with superior armor with an improvised weapon Lina made for him out of stone.) And in Avatar, characters like Mai, Ty Lee, Sokka and Suki (or, for that matter, Pian Dao) are all shown to lend their own skills to fights and hold their own against normal opponents, even benders.)

It's not quite about power, unless you consider different types of power. Pretty much, the old Justice League debate. Characters like Superman has a lot of innate superpowers. Batman has a lot of resources and contacts, and is at the high end of human ability in both smarts and brawn -- all of it is 'mundane', just exceptional -- so he can use planning plus 'stuff' to hold his own in an organization of Supers. One doesn't feel like Batman is a token member of any group of Supers he's in, or exists only to fund the group -- he gets his chances to be awesome, even if he can't punch through safes or fly.

I guess it's a fondness for a world where magic is Cool, but there are many ways to be Cool. You can be an amazing swordsman, or a deadly knife-thrower, or a martial artist able to disable with a single blow.

(For that matter, one of the Dresden File RPG development blog posts points out that Murphy might be a normal mortal, but she's got her own resources and skills that make her just as important to the plot as, say, Michael (a holy knight) or Molly (an apprentice wizard) or Thomas (an incubus) or the Alphas (weres).)
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I forgot the best part of summer -- that I can walk everywhere. No more am I limited to the bus system or rides from friends for my means of transport -- well, more likely, I'll take the bus then walk.

But, anyway, yesterday Dave was having a barbecue for Zach, a friend of ours doing a postdoc in Canada, but back in town for this weekend. Dave doesn't live on a bus route (that I know of), but I was able to catch the bus to campus, then walk to his place -- discovering Google Maps now has a walking route feature. Downside was I stayed so late that I ended up both missing anime club and sunset, meaning I had to bum a ride off of another person to get home.

But, the party was fun -- we had hamburgers and played Rock Band and board games. Dave also said he would restart the D&D game we had last summer, but the problem was that last time we were playing a pre-generated adventure (Keep on the Shadowfell). The next adventure in the series is Thunderspire Labyrinth, but Dave thought it was a bit boring in its combat -- he said 'drugar* and more drugar'. So he wants to write up something original and interesting, except work is killing him dead. I wonder if I should offer to run something so he can sit at the other side of the screen for a bit. I'm not that innovative in combat, though.

* What Drow are to Elves, Drugar are to Dwarves. Except they get less flavor text, because they aren't Pretty.

I'm regretting walking today, as man am I sore. I guess I need to start walking to work again, to get back into shape -- it's about a half hour walk, with some mild hills. Yesterday, I had to head down the slope from the University to downtown-level (about 200 feet vertically, IIRC -- it used to be the shore of a lakefront). If I had walked back, I would have probably headed south to downtown for the bus, rather than climbing the hill to west campus (and another hill to central campus for Anime Club). Every map of Ithaca should include contours in my opinion.

And today is my cleaning day. *Sigh*
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Code is running. I'm glad it works and I no longer have to deal with figuring out what the errors are, but I also get worried when it runs a long time. If it's not done in 15 minutes, I'll stop the run and spend the rest of the day testing to make sure everything runs separately.

Shopping, RPGs, Writing )
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I got some writing done this week, but not much -- about 300 words on the Firefly story, which is shaping up to be The Women of Firefly Do Stuff*. What I need to do is edit, but I've been feeling blah.

* Okay, I think Inara isn't in it, but it's looking like this is going to be Zoe, River and Kaylee's adventure, post BDM.

Other than that, the diet maintains, though my attempts to exercise were thwarted by the fact that I can find every CD, DVD, Playstation and Game Cube disk that I own except for the Dance Dance Revolution one.

My internet connection is also flaky, in that I cannot stay logged into an Instant Messenger for more than five minutes.

I continue to play games, except my rate of progression has slowed to a crawl as it takes me five attempts to beat any given boss. Currently I'm in the Dwarf Kingdom in FFIV and trying to smack Golbez. Even though I know the moron will just run off instead of letting me dead, if I know anything about game bosses. I could switch back to Chrono Trigger and the pre-Lavos sidequests, I suppose.
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I got some writing done this week, but not much -- about 300 words on the Firefly story, which is shaping up to be The Women of Firefly Do Stuff*. What I need to do is edit, but I've been feeling blah.

* Okay, I think Inara isn't in it, but it's looking like this is going to be Zoe, River and Kaylee's adventure, post BDM.

Other than that, the diet maintains, though my attempts to exercise were thwarted by the fact that I can find every CD, DVD, Playstation and Game Cube disk that I own except for the Dance Dance Revolution one.

My internet connection is also flaky, in that I cannot stay logged into an Instant Messenger for more than five minutes.

I continue to play games, except my rate of progression has slowed to a crawl as it takes me five attempts to beat any given boss. Currently I'm in the Dwarf Kingdom in FFIV and trying to smack Golbez. Even though I know the moron will just run off instead of letting me dead, if I know anything about game bosses. I could switch back to Chrono Trigger and the pre-Lavos sidequests, I suppose.
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I got The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass for Christmas. Surprisingly, I do not suck as badly as I normally do at Zelda games (I love them, but boy do I stink at them.) I think it's because I can play this one with just the stylus, so I don't even have to flail about with buttons.

I have still fallen into lava, got burned in the fire temple and drowned a couple of times. (What the heck? Can't Link swim?)

Also have Chrono Trigger, but I'm taking a break, since Magus kicked my ass.

Oh...

Dec. 20th, 2008 09:45 pm
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So, I figured out why I didn't log onto the 'net at night. The insulation in the spare room's window stinks. My fingers are freezing here.

Christmas at Dad's was all right. Sadly both Dad and I had outstanding gifts towards one another -- the coffee mug I ordered got there the day after, and Dad said one of the books he got me was lost in Outer Mongolia or whatever. Anyway, I ended up with books and games, and Mom found out from Ben later that he Really Really Wants Chrono Trigger. (I got to explain to Ben why Chrono Trigger DS was not on the Best Game of 2008 -- mostly because the original is on the Best Game of the SNES Era list)

Yes, I'm playing Chrono Trigger now. I'm already on the way to get Frog back in my party. Also trying to do it without the walkthroughs, unless I get stuck.

Also reading -- I got three books by Charles Stross, and have read two. (See this is why I only brought four books with me on the plane.)

I don't know what else to say, besides that my hands are cold, and it's spreading to my toes and nose and I want to stop typing because of it. Oh, yeah, turned in my Yuletide story.

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