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Mechanical Breakdown

Mechanical Breakdown

I approach any new game with considerable caution, even the simplest ones. I have this habit of deconstructing mechanics without even taking the time to try them out. This might be a good thing. Given my desire for crunch, it might be bad as well. I do what I can to stop this, but given my own predisposition to not actually play anything, I have difficulty getting over it. Perhaps having a regular gaming group will help. I may have…

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Stupid House

Stupid House

I’ve been watching a lot of House. Both my wife and me have been working througgh some cheaply acquired box sets. Up to Season 3, we watched them without prior viewing; but now, we’ve started into the territory that overlaps the programmes on TV we’ve seen over the last couple of years. Sometimes, I’ve forgotten what happens or a detail has slipped, but other times the memory of the episode remains so fresh I can’t really justify watching it again….

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Improbable Leaping Flames

Improbable Leaping Flames

I watched “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” last night and a bunch of the Special Features, and while I can’t rate the film much beyond Disney eye-candy with paper thin characters, dumbed down plotting, and far too much pointless expositional mumbo-jumbo about aspects of magic, I did enjoy some bits. One moment that stands out for me happens near the beginning of the movie when two sorcerers battle it out. One sorcerer throws a plasma ball at his opponent, who responds by…

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Planning and Passing

Planning and Passing

I have been tackling my editing duties with a determination of purpose rarely seen round my way. As I planned to have writing done by the end of December, I now have editing targeted for the close of play this weekend. Assuming all goes well with the publishers, we might have a green light for layout, art, release, etc., so there really isn’t any more time to ‘fanny about’, as they say. While I’ve reserved evenings for editing, I have…

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Reasonable Resolution

Reasonable Resolution

The new year swings around and I had a wee dram o’ whiskey, so no need to worry about a hangover or anything this morning. Mind, a week off work has gone me out of my routine, which likely won’t make this week any easier. I’m relieved I managed to meet my deadline of a draft of my Maelstrom supplement for the end of the year. I sort of cheated, by sketching some of the content with the intention of…

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Beggars – Day Fifteen

Beggars – Day Fifteen

If I consider my working velocity as 1,400 words a day, it might work. In 10 days time, I’ll have 17,800 words done – and I’m thinking that’ll hit the mark as a ‘shitty’ first draft. I had high hopes two weeks ago. Two weeks later, my velocity has slipped from a less than ideal 1,400 words a day to a feeble looking 715 words a day. Yes, I have managed to write 10,003 words (as of yesterday evening). However,…

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Beggars – Day Eight

Beggars – Day Eight

I gritted my teeth for much of the weekend, as despite the best of plans I failed to write a single letter for my game supplement. Of course, I didn’t waste the time either. I did a lot of family-related stuff, like helping with the Christmas Tree (hefting the box from the attic and unpacking/hanging the decorations) and attending a presentation on Saturday afternoon (for the benefit of my personal education, and entirely unavoidable). I also managed to help with…

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