Gaming

Flaming Cupcakes

I have a Tiefling Warlock that I play in a D&D campaign. In our plans to get together and game today, I agreed to bring the snacks, keeping in theme with my character, who deals a lot of flame-based damage. I’m hoping that my chili chocolate flaming cupcakes actually taste decent!

Flaming Spicy Cupcakes

Flaming Spicy Cupcakes

A Day with John H + A Day with D&D

Flowers from John

John arrived in Saint John on Saturday with this lovely bouquet in hand. Great call with the combo of snapdragons and exotic flowers! Thanks again – they are wonderful! (Added bonus: the cats have not pulled the vase over yet.)

We decided to go for a walk at the Irving Nature Park since the weather was still good. Then after our walk, John cooked a delicious Matsuman curry and we hung out and watched “The Nines”.

Sunday was a chance to return to our D&D campaign, even if we were missing one player. We spent the afternoon working through a big boss fight and resolved that portion of our quest …

D&D L-R: Stew, Jay, Lisa

D&D L-R: Stew, Jay, Lisa

Elder Sign… of Confusion

Jay & Lisa & I decided to try out a new game that they’d gotten. It sure looked pretty, but there were a TON of rules and it was rather confusing. Of course, I didn’t give Jay enough time to pre-read all of the rules either.

D&D Tiefling Warlock miniature

I‘ve been invited to play in another D&D group – they’ve been playing for a couple of years and were looking for a ranged striker. I created a fun character – a Tiefling Warlock named Trichinosis Carcenogina Hyacinth (although she prefers to be called Trixie). She was raised by Halflings so she seems oddly friendly and cutesy, but she’s got a temper and can deal out boatloads of (mostly fire-based) damage.

The group that I’m joining plays with minis, so I went on the hunt for one that would aptly represent my character. The illustratons in the official D&D books show some pretty cool rams horns:

but the mini’s that are available looked a little odd:

So I picked up the Arcane Heroes 2 package and took the main body of the female Eladrin Scorceror and the forearms of the male Half-elven Warlock, and glued them together, then added some Fimo horns and painted it all…

It’s as if I’d planned it

My gaming dice were well coordinated with my coffee…

Revisiting Dragon Age

When Dragon Age: Origins was first released, I picked it up for my xBox 360. I played through each of the origin stories, and played through the entire game as a human noble warrior and tried my best to be the good guy and help everyone. The game was enjoyable & interesting, even if the load screens seemed to take forever.

I then went back in to play it again, this time as a human mage who was a jerk. It certainly wasn’t as easy, and I didn’t get far. Mostly, I didn’t get far, because I got bored with the same dialogues & scenarios that I’d recently played. So I put it down.

Recently, a friend of mine lent me his PS3 version of the game, and I thought I’d revisit it. I’ve created an elven mage character and I’m once again trying to be the nice buy, but I’m also trying to do a better job befriending my team mates than I did on my first go around. I still find myself a little bored with the conversations, and have skipped through a lot of them, and I still find the load screens to be long (but now I keep knitting handy so I can do a few stitches while waiting), but it turns out that there are a few things I’d either forgotten about or missed since my first go at the game. The PS3 version seems to be very buggy compared to the xbox one. Lots of weird camera things where characters don’t show up or have glitches, and lots of times where I wind up waiting for the game to notice that I’ve completed a scenario so taht I can move on, where I wind up having the initiating conversation over again – to much frustration. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll continue playing. Perhaps it’s time to go back and finish Read Dead Redemption or Arkane Asylum instead.

Reading, LEGO gaming, Marco Polo Auditions

I finally finished “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. What a great read. It was our book club pick from a couple of months ago and I had left things to late to read it before we met up. It’s worth picking up and reading – a well written story that was quite interesting and entertaining. It even made me laugh out loud a few times. I guess they are making a movie based on the book – starring Robert Pattison and Reese Witherspoon. I hope they do a good job of it.

I also picked up and read our latest book club pick, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larson. It took a bit to get into, with all of the Swedish names and places, but it turned out to be a real page-turner. I burned through it in a few short evenings and it’s a pretty sizable read. I guess they have made a movie about it that was released on DVD this week. I know they are also planning on filming another version of it starring Daniel Craig that’s set for release in 2012. I’ll likely watch both versions. Now if you’ve read this book, then I highly recommend checking out Nora Ephron’s hilarous spoof in The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2010/07/05/100705sh_shouts_ephron.

I haven’t been knitting much lately. Instead, I got sucked into playing LEGO Harry Potter on the Xbox 360, among a variety of other games. As for what knitting I have been doing, I’ve ever so slowly been picking away at a variety of unfinished projects. Slowly but surely… tonight I did get a few rows of knitting done while I helped to facilitate the auditions for “Marco Polo – The Musical” (which will be at Harbour Station in October). I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well. Hopefully we’ll get a decent turnout despite the possibly rainy weather.

WoW

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve found a console RPG game that I’ve enjoyed. I liked Fable 2 a lot and played that through tot he end, but I did not enjoy Fallout 3, and I’m not really interested in any of the other war-themed games, like Call of Duty, etc. So I decided to give World of Warcraft a try, and it’s just what I was looking for in a game. Plus, I get the added bonus of being able to game with Sue again. :-)

My first character is a Night Elf that is a Rogue. So far I’ve been solo-ing. I’m just trying to get a handle on how to use the game itself.

WoW Night Elf

WoW Night Elf

Oddly enough, the next character I created, a Human Paladin, looks like me…

The Busy Weekend

Friday I rushed home from work to clean my apartment as much as I could before 6:30. Then I hopped in the shower and washed my hair and got ready to head out to a dinner gathering at Kristi and Anthony’s. It was a lot of fun – great food & company & drank a bit much.

Saturday I got up early to do a bit more tidying, and then go tape out the set design in the rehearsal space. I finished at 12:45 and had to be back for 1:45 so I ran and got groceries and dropped them back off at home in that “free” hour. We had our first blocking rehearsal that afternoon. It went well, but we didn’t get out of there until about 5:30. I headed home, made, ate and tidied up from supper, and then sat down to work on some stage manager things – emailing, schedule, etc. I finished at 12:30 AM.

Sunday morning I got to enjoy a couple of hours to myself. I watched the first two episodes of season 1 of The House of Elliot and I managed to finish knitting a scarf for myself. At noon, I picked up Anthony, headed out to the mall & bulk barn for a couple of things and then we headed to Jay & Lisa’s for D&D. The game went well and I started a fun blue/pink cotton chenille scarf for Lisa. I managed to get about 7″ done. We finished playing at 6:15, so I rushed to get home and drop off my gaming stuff, pick up my script, feed the cats, grab an apple, and head to rehearsal at 7PM. That session of blocking went quite well. We managed to finish by 9:15 and I headed home and took care of a few more stage manager items until about 10:30, at which point I watched another episode of The House of Elliot and tried to figure out where I’d made a mistake in the sweater that I’m trying to knit for myself.

Needless to say, it was a verrry busy weekend. It’s a good thing I enjoy all of my hobbies!

Books, Games and Knitting… so what else is new?

I spent the first day of the new year alternately reading and napping. I started and finished reading The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, our current book club pick. It was interesting, and thankfully a fairly quick and easy read.

The remainder of my Christmas holidays were spent playing a fun eye-camera xbox game at Jay & Lisa’s where you play a bunch of cheesy games and then it makes a fun & cheesy trailer, playing a much-needed game of D&D, hanging out a bit more with Jay & Lisa, and working on my knitting. I managed to finished my blue argyle lace hat just before heading to book club earlier this evening. Now, it’s on to the sweater-coat I’ve been itching to make…