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:

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.

Happy New Years!

It’s a pleasantly quiet start to 2010. I don’t know where the last decade went though. It seems like it just flew by.

I stage managed Crimes of the Heart, and went directly from that to acting in One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest, had a foggy summer that somehow flew by, and then Stage Managed Jekyll & Hyde. I need a bit of a break from theatre now. I think I got a little burnt out after the last show. Its not easy doing the full-time day job and stage managing.

In 2009 I also gave World of Warcraft a try, and through it I was able to reconnect with a couple of friends who have moved away who play. I also made my wayy through a handfull of games for the xbox360, most recently DragonAge and Assassin’s Creed 2.

I have been doing a lot of knitting. No doubt that will continue in the new year. There are a lot of projects that I want to get done.

Oh yeah – my community garden plot! That was a fun new project last summer. I’ve renewed the lease to my plot and am already thinking about what I’ll plant in it next year. The radishes, snap peas, beets, lettuce and catnip were very successful so no doubt they’ll be back. I’m not sure if I’ll try tomatoes again, although I might give spaghetti squash another go. I love the smell of the freshly-tilled earth. Only 4 more months of cold weather to get through first.

I didn’t get as much hiking done as I would have liked to this year. It’s tough when you can only really do big hikes on the weekends, and I think we had rain almost every weekend last summer. At least I managed to get out for regular runs at the Irving Nature Park. What better way to get a little exercise than going for a jog along a trail on a cliff next to the ocean (with a high chance of seeing deer/fox/porcuipines)?

Anyway, here’s to hoping 2010 will be a fantastic year for everyone!

Belated 2008 Christmas gifts for Jay & Lisa Miller

Finally. I finally finished and will give these to Jay and Lisa tonight. I painted portraits of their Dungeons and Dragons characters for them. This is Galen Huntsridge and Caerdhwyn…


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…