COW 12/14

Apr. 20th, 2017 10:56 am
So, four weeks ago (really, already?) I was on the coach to Czocha, the denouement of COW12. The larp and its associated pre-play was one of the most enjoyable, challenging, exhilarating, emotional, painful, rewarding games I’ve ever played. It made me glad to dip my toes back into the waters of larping after a long break.

So today I’m looking at the casting questionnaire for COW14, deciding what to do. COW12 was an easy process – I was part of a group with John and Martyn and we had a very clear idea of what we wanted (and got it). This time I’m flying solo and am nervous about the choices. I have a couple of concepts, both very different to the junior I played at 12. One an outwardly proper (but really quite sketchy) sophomore/senior, the other an outwardly harsh (but actually more of a cruel to be kind motivation) professor.

I’m torn as to which to go for (so yeah, add indecisive to nervous and introverted in Chris’ personality profile - I'm sure that's a surprise to everyone :p). Which will give the best play? Which will have the best chance of building good relationships?

Decisions, decisions :)
Well, with the arrival of the svelte MacBook (see the new userpic) I suspect my iBook may soon be retired. The big decision is whether to get the MacBook before getting an iMac to replace my sick desktop PC (I know, I know. Never buy the first release, but it's sooo cute).
The next-generation formerly known as the Nintendo Revolution will now, apparently, be called the Wii (pronounced "we"). With a name like that, I think it's going to have the piss taken out if it something chronic (quite literally, given the meaning of "wee" in English). So it's going to be a three-horse race: The X-Box 360, the Playstation 3 (PS3) and the Wii.

Sorry, but I just can't take that seriously. I mean, who the hell did their Market Research ...
Wow. It's 45 years ago today that Yuri Gagarin made the first manned spaceflight, and 25 years ago today that the first shuttle boosted into orbit. According to here there are celebrations in a number of places.

I'm too young (by about eight years) to recall Gagarin's flight, but I do remember Crippen and Young's flight - we'd had classes gathered to watch the original launch date on April 10, but the postponed launch was a Sunday and I was at home. It's one of my "flash memories", one of those times you can recall where and what you were doing. Things like the death of Kenedy (for those old enough), the SAS assault on the Iranian Embassy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mandela's release, the death of the Queen Mother, etc. Sadly, hearing of Columbia's destruction on 1 February 2003 is also one of the things I recall clearly (I was walking from the Tate Modern to the Whitechapel gallery with my friend Béa).
When you see this in someone's LJ, quote Leo McGarry:

"Seventeen across. Yes. Seventeen across is wrong. You're spelling his name wrong. What's my name? My name doesn't matter. I'm just an ordinary citizen who relies on the Times crossword for stimulation. And I'm telling you, that I've met with the man twice, and I've recommended a preemptive Exocet Missile attack against his airforce. So, I think I know how to..." - Pilot
I paid a trip to Lisure Games on Saturday and picked up Exalted Second Edition. A fine looking book - I'm wondering if this means they'll be revising my contribution to that like, Exalted: The Lunars?

In other news: I'm trying my damndest to get the novel finished, but work has thrown a spanner in the works: We have one person out on family business, anothers' computer has blown up (I blane the weekend's network upgrade). That leaves yours truly to cover everything and *another* later night. ARGHH!!
This makes those new Intel Core-Duo Macs look even more appealing.


Stolen from [ profile] karohemd

Put your mp3 player on random and answer the following questions with the first 15 tracks:

1. How does the world see you?
Paranoid Android - Radiohead

2. Will I have a happy life?
A-Son-Ja-O Kodo

3. What do my friends think of me?
My imaginary friend - The Divine Comedy

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
Riverwide - Sherryl Crow

5. How can I make myself happy?
Warm wet circles - Marillion

6. What should I do with my life?
When Love Comes to Town - U2

7. Will I ever have children?
What am I to you? - Norah Jones

8. What is some good advice for me?
Oh bury me not - Johnny Cash

9. How will I be remembered?
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

10. What's my signature dancing song?
Slave to the Wage - Placebo

11. What's my current theme song?
The Shadow of the Past - Howard Shaw

12. What do others think is my current theme song?
Fistfull of Love - Antony and the Johnsons

13. What shall they play at my funeral?
Miracle Drug - U2

14. What type of women do I like?
Mercy - Sarah McLachlan

15. How's my love life?
Good Enough - Sarah McLachlan
Okay, so it may be a long way short of BattleMechs or (for those of you watching BattleStar Galactica) Cylons, but I thought these were pretty damn cool: Honda's "Run" ad for the Asimo and a public demo of the same.
Now this was just what I needed to lighten the mood this morning.
The problem with playing MMORPGs is that sometimes things go completely pear-shaped.

Several years ago I used to play Star Wars Galaxies and both my main characters were through acrimonious guild collapses. I'd thought to avoid that playing World of Warcraft since I group with people I know in real life, but after a rather disastrous adventure yesterday tempers got frayed, words were said and two if not three of the group have quit. I was a bystander to the whole thing, not involved in the rows and quitting, but have been sucked into the aftermath as a result of the guild leader (one of those involved) deciding to pass the responsibilities on to me. Others' desire for information as to what happened has lead to both sides venting on the guild mailing lists, and I'm piggy-in-the-middle. Joy. Time to keep my mouth shut and let tempers cool, I think (and pray the involved parties chill out too).

And the ironic thing: We had a guild social event to celebrate a year of the guild's existence ...
For those who are interested, Fanpro announced a new look for the Classic BattleTech line yesterday, including this flyer. More details will be forthcoming over the next few months.

As an aside, I've been working on sourcebooks and fiction rather than the new core books but I can say (without getting slapped by the boss-man) that a lot of work has gone into this and they should rock. Then again, I'm biased ...

my iLife

Feb. 3rd, 2006 02:37 pm
My copy of Apple's iLife '06 suite arrived this morning. I bought it mainly for the impriovements to iPhoto, but I've also been playing with the iWeb software to put together, at long last, a new website, the early stages of which can be found here
Apple continue to expand their retail presence, opening their seventh (I think) UK store tomorrow, their third in the London area. This time it's at Brent Cross, just round the North Circular from where I live but (thankfully) far enough that I can't pop in on impulse. I will, however, be paying it a visit tomorrow morning - I've never been to one of the opening events before.

Just stop me from buying the Duo-core iMac ...
The mythical beast did arrive yesterday and is now plugged in and running happily. I'm not going to get much chance to play on it before the weekend, but after then look for "ThomasMarik" on X-box live. I don't have much in the way of 360 software yet (Perfect Dark and the FFXI beta) but I do have a number of classic X-box games that should run fine on the new beast. Annoyingly, neither Mechassault nor Mechassault2 are compatible yet, but Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire do ...
Allegedly my Xbox-360 is arriving today. Given the palava so far (only 4 months since it was ordered, and seven weeks since the UK launch), I'll believe it when it happens but there *may* be a nice box waiting for me at home (or more likely at the local sorting office). Of course, I'm trying to finish a manuscript draft, so even if it does arrive it probably won't get much use until mid-week - a test of willpower, you might say :)

Intel Mac

Jan. 10th, 2006 06:17 pm
Six months earlier than initially planned (but widely predicted in recent weeks) say hello to the new Intel iMac

I'm glad I didn't buy one of the new i-sight models before Christmas ...

EDIT: Oh, "and one more thing": Bye bye Powerbook. Hello MacBook Pro

EDIT2: Replaced news links with ones to the relevant pages at
Almost an hour and a half into 2006, and we're in Kent playing MERP (the Middle Earth Roleplay Game, for those not familiar with RPG lingo). I'm dead already though, hence the surfing of the net as others butcher (or rather are butchered by - we're convinced the dice are rigged against us since we can't crit for toffee) the orcs we're up against.

Oh, and there's plenty of booze too - I've had the least to drink, having only been on the "pop" for the last 7 hours (though to be fair we have had a fairly substantial dinner, so the alcohol content isn't as high as it could've been ...)

Nottingham in the wintertime
Originally uploaded by Kit_Hartford.
Contrary to the usual weather for this time of year (i.e. wet and cool), Nottingham is a little snowy so I'll be staying up here a bit longer than planned. I should be heading back to "the smoke" tomorrow, giving me plenty of time to get some writing done before New Year. However, I guess the plans for the coming weekend may be impacted by all this frozen water, if it doesn't melt by then.
I'm writing this sitting on the Champs ELysee in Paris, using the McDonalds WiFi. Sod all the £X for 1 hour of Starbucks back home, this is free!

In other news 45 minutes in the office this morning ensured that I've worked 7 days out of the last 8 (not bad considering I was supposed to be on holiday all of them). Still, after leaving my colleagues in the lurch with "I have to be on a train in an hour," I'm not looking forward to Monday.

Oh, and I have a new mobile phone (no worries for those of yhou with my old Virgin number; I'll be migrating that over in the next week or two (Chrismas permitting)
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