marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Last night Racky discovered a grey cat making an entrance to the house through the kitchen window (it's a bit easier to get up there given the woodpile now stacked underneath. There was a hiss and a brief scrap on the bench (one broken plate) before the interloper retreated with Racky in pursuit.

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Yesterday morning/afternoon accompanied [livejournal.com profile] slothphil and others to Orana park. Took some photos which I haven't looked at yet. The morning was quite pleasant, there was a picnic lunch but then the wind got up a bit.

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Gaming last night was quite pleasant, mostly due to it's blandness. We beat up the module boss, got our boat ungrounded and completed the sea voyage. Nothing controversial (that came to light, the new PC sneaking off and going on a looting spree notwithstanding).

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Today I have been going through this workbook for the redundancy workshops. I've completed the work histories, writing up my current job as two and including SAGA committeee as another. Haven't completed the Over self evaluation or Personal Assessment of Accomplishments - the latter of which requires me to formulate statements that might have come out of Dilbert.

I detest marketese/managementese.

The Career Drivers profile was more interesting though. Apparently my primary driver is Expertise (19/24) followed by Autonomy (17/24) then Material Rewards, Meaning, and Security (all coming in at 15/24). Brining up the rear are Afilliation and Status (each 8/24), Power/Influence (6/24) and Creativity (5/24).

No real surprises, although just looking ant the categories I might have ranked Security higher and Material Rewards lower they pretty much mean the same to me.I might have rated Creativity higher but when I think about it, I want to make something that works, not necessarily something unique.

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I think I shall find something a little more mindless to do for the evening.
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
Can anyone think of a reason Lazakus (my unwilling Mohj character, Tuesday game) would want to continue to travel with a party consisting of one character who has been annoying from the beginning (even though R. seems to have improved as a player somewhat) and two who serve by their presence and appearance to remind 'him' that 'he' is no longer human, now that the only human who he was really friends with has died and the other character he felt close to has left?

And who seem perfectly happy to attack rather than negotiate past obstacles, unless the plot obviously states "this is a talking encounter".

There aren't even the bonds of the Guild that were the rationale for having the original party be together.

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I need to buy a new printer. The crappy Lexmark Z12 I have is fine for home use but it doesn't turn out the professional look I'm going to need.

Some online browsing has me looking at this model (a colour laser just won't fit in the budget), anyone have other suggestions?
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
The first half of my work week was relatively busy. This was good.

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Gaming on Tuesday was mostly somnolence inducing despite my best effort to form some direction. Not helped by the Draka apparently not having an opinion, the Faen not having a clue (tho' did remember an old unresolved plot) and the Litorian;s plater having been absent for so long that we're considering shelving the (admittedly useful) character rather than dragging him around as an NPC.

Need to come up with a money-making scheme which doesn't involve finding and looting yet another old ruin, pr running a safe errand for the guild (I don't think we could successfully and discreetly pull off any of the dodgy missions.)
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In other news the builder started the patio work yesterday. Photos when it's finished.

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In other other news I am afflicted by a tremendous hunger. I think the weekend's activity kicked my metabolism in the throttle.

I'm also sleeping erratically, with wierd-ass dreams. Tuesday night it was about losing my job - not this one but some employment scheme I was on in the future (by implication I had lost this one). It was working in some sort of appliance store in Ashburton, [livejournal.com profile] redchristoph was also there under similar circumstances. Last night it was being chased by/beating on a GE&R regular, with possibly some sort of coastal natural disaster going on in the background.

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In other other [twack] [wibble] I keep seeing the toys I want on special at really cheap prices - camera at $570 from $900, decent tablet at $3k from $5k. I really want the renovation bills / any sort of salary evaluation (unlikely but possible) / a few other little money matters sorted out so I know how much spare I have in this year's budget before the sales end.

I know it's just trying to prove to myself that I am in fact successful by some materialistic yardstick of modern society, but years of financial responsibility have to pay off sooner or later don't they? There's no point in saving for the good things in life (the ones money can buy, anyway) if you never get around to acquiring them.

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* "What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere?
>> 'Hold my purse.'"
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The updated list - 750 things Mr. Welch can no longer do in a RPG

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My nana had her operation on Sunday and is being transferred back to ash. hospital today. My granddad OTOH is being a grumpy old (senile) man, and causing no end of stress for the family.

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Gaming on Sunday resulted in the party splitting up, and then after the SHTF remaining that way. Specifics are classified because I've managed to keep the (in)appropriate information on where the other group is from the players so far :)

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It looks like they've started demolition of the Bordello :(

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Started getting new quotes for the driveway. Hope to actually have some by the end of next week. It's really the wrong time of year, all the companies are busy, that's why I started 3 months ago. [grumble]

Still haven't recieved a bill for the work that company did do before stalling - will have to chase that up.

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Gaming last night was an interesting episode of Hide and Seek - we won, eventually. Hopefully R2 will be back with us next week after having missed three sessions studying for exams (piker).

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I have been discovering interesting things about staff use of our company website. I've also been recieving some compliments. This makes me happy and a little embarrassed :D

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I have a little bit of work to do. I should go and do it.

Updates

Oct. 19th, 2005 09:23 am
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Reverse chronological order
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One player away last night slowed things down a bit. Still we got some stuff. Also had one of the most unnecessary fights ever thanks to the bloody Faen (R1). I completely failed to do anything useful in the fight, beyond getting the heavy fighter there by levitating him and towing him at my running speed rather than his.

Earlier in the session Lazakus got to revisit a traumatic event from his past in eidetic-memory detail, and then get trashed on some very strong "cleaning" alcohol (as our hosts don't drink alcoholic beverages).

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Racky is slowly regaining use of his leg. Still counts as crippled at the moment.

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No sign of work starting on the driveway.

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Gaming on sunday - I had an NPC party which should have been a challenge. None of them managed to roll above a 5 on the initiative dice and the PCs didn't break a sweat controlling the fight and almost wiping them out.

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Was stood up (or possibly lain down on) for the Home Show so I didn't get along in the end {grumpy}. Instead looked after Duncan for the afternoon to let [livejournal.com profile] doth try and get some much needed sleep prior to gaming.
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
[Lazakus]
In the past several months I have encountered death a number of times. I have seen my companions dish it out, and even struck killing blows in defence of myself or others a rare few times. I have come within a breath of passing from this mortal realm myself, a sensation I am in no hurry to repeat, although it does make one view the world with new clarity.

Today for the first time one of our group fell in battle and healing could not rouse him. Ricard, our stalwart if conscience challenged mageblade, faced a great opponent and lost.

We had tracked the beast, sight unseen, from where it's victim lay to it's lair, entered to discover a bear of Dire proportions with cub, and successfully left. Thank any fates that it was asleep or more of us would doubtless have perished in that hole. Invisibility to sight and scent allowed our Faen to enter and take such pieces of treasure were in a side nook, and we could then have left the richer. But Ricard had not had a decent fight in months, as he had been frequently reminding us, and wanted to claim the glory. However, he was not so foolish as to tackle it alone, and we agreed to help.

Norva softened it up with a couple of explosions, killing the cub, and when it charged out of the cave wounded and full of fight we unloaded everything we had at it. Ragnor bore the brunt of the charge, having opted to set my spear (runed) directly in front. He tumbled away and the bear turned on the next closest person. A blur of teeth and claws and Ricard was torn asunder.

It was the bear's last act, as an arrow from Ragnor immediatly following was enough to take the wounded beast down. I rushed to apply healing aid to Ricard, but it was too late. I used his sword to finish off the unconscious beast. Ragnor went .. a little crazy for a few minutes, hewing into the bear's corpse with his sword.

In accordance with his wishes, as discussed the first time we really had bodies to dispose of, we distributed Ricard's possessions amoung ourselves and burnt his remains. Ragnor included the bear's heart on the pyre, something about providing a servant in the afterlife. Given the poor luck Ricard had fighting bears in general, I'm not sure he'll rest very easily with one following him around in the next world. I carry his sword, although the natural enchantment it bore has faded, and shall care for his horse until we can find a suitable owner. Ragnor has most of his magical items, as they seemed most suited to his use. Norva has taken custody of everything else of value, to be divided up at a later date.

I know the others feel as bad as I about the loss. Any of us could have done more - Norva could have used another earth burst first up, if Ragnor had been able to shoot fractionally sooner, if I could have hit with my crossbow shot as the bear emerged or my rune-summoned wolf had penetrated it's hide or even if I had not delayed my followup attack in favour of moving up cautiously the felling blow might have struck that much sooner.

However, he knew the risks and accepted them, and we still have a mission to complete against which this was but a costly side-trek. When we return to Khorl I shall make sure something is done to honour his name. He sought recognition in his own way, but I think he'd appreciate that.
[/Lazakus]
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I'm developing a bad habit of sleeping in, but I lack any motivation to get to work on time. And bed has been so cosy and warm these past couple of days.

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Gaming last night kept on track surprisingly well, although we actually did very little. I had one snappy moment at R1. So, so close to levelling ... it's a feat level, and the feat will have to wait. We're off to delve into another ancient ruin. I think, after this, it will be time to look at actually setting up a power base in one of these places.

It's nice to be dealing with a recurring NPC who actually approaches our power level. I got told off for not imposing further on the uberpowerful NPC who was with us to keep a portal open longer, but I don't like 'solving' problems that way.

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Having put the hose on the front garden on Saturday, I looked out the window to see a thrush enjoying the shower.

The spring blossoms along Springs Rd looked lovely on the way out to work this morning.

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Gaming last night was amusing. Once again we managed to talk our way around a major fight. I (almost) had to pity the poor EHP, who has had the premise of his 'faith' stripped from under him.

I was very impressed with R1., who against his usual tendancies actually looked for and came up with a way to verbally build on my lead and recover the situation from a failed bluff check on my part, rather than following his usual course of throwing an offensive spell at the situation.

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This is one of my favorite songs. What does this tell you? )
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On the face of it I have plenty to do at work at the moment, but when I look ... you guessed it ... waiting on other people again. Most are legitimately busy, it's not the usual suspects.

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Lets see ... there was party on Saturday. It went much as expected. I accomplished my specific goal for the evening and was gone before midnight. Indications are that I didn't miss anything I would consider interesting, which makes a change. Or maybe not.

My headspace wasn't in the right place for Sunday's game, characterised by my constant searching through my notes and "quick" reference sheets. The players didn't seem particularly interested either, there was no real sense of direction or ... urgency. I admt to enjoying seeing the characters get beaten down a bit, and the knowledge that it only gets tougher.

The stump grinder is supposed to show for another go on Friday. The builder is supposed to show to take down the side fence on Monday and Tuesday, which presumably means the new one will be up by the end of next week.

Gaming last night also lacked direction. I threw out as many ideas as I could, but I seemed to be the only one trying. While dropping him home I corrected R1's assumption that since he's trying to play a wilderness character who is out of his element in the city that he couldn't legitimately come up with useful suggestions.

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They arrested a 14 yr old kid for dropping the fatal brick on the motorway. 14 is a heck of an age to be throwing the rest of your life (and someone else's) life away. Then ... I was only 15 when I almost did an equivalent. The only difference is I struck in anger while he deliberately created a hazard. Is either more acceptable tho'?

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Politics [spits]. I get nothing or next to nothing from either of the big bribes, so my strategic 3rd party vote doesn't change, and wouldn't even if I did.

Over on GE&R there is a thread titled "Oh shit! You mean, when I don't vote, other people make the decisions?". It's about the constitutional referendum in Iraq and how the Sunni's, who mostly boycotted the previous round are signing up to vote in droves because they've realised how they crippled their cause. Which is all well and good for a refendum, but for a general eloection one poster summed up my feelings reasonably well:

"With an electoral system in place instead of a true democracy, the result is the same. I can vote or I can not vote, and in 10 out of 10 Presidential elections my vote doesn't mean shit and it doesn't help my candidate one bit. We have the illusion of choice in America and nothing more. The party machines choose the candidates, not the American people. They choose which ones to back with cash and which ones to denigrate in the press. We are left with exactly what they want us to have. Our voting system is like a candy vending machine with 50 different choices, but only 2 of the choices work when you pull the knob. The rest of the items are sold out. Sold out by a system put in place to maintain power and eliminate most of what our government is supposed to represent; freedom, democracy, choice, representation. Debates limited to "the big two", campaign finance law that stifles third parties, party manipulation of candidates, the elctoral college. All of it maintains power for the powerful and presents us with the illusion of choice."

Substitute the appropriate NZ terms, except we do have it a bit better than the Americans, we do actually have smaller parties with a voice. But it's pretty much how I feel, other people make the decisions. I just want them to leave me alone.

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Buckets of Dice this weekend. I have to keep reminding myself of this - my mind slides away from it like bubbles in oil. I don't know whether it's some form of fatigue or just trying to avoid an anticipated feeling of disappointment. Can't bear to flirt with hope any more.

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though I get my kicks
it's slowly wasting me
don't try to be an artist
I try to be a man

dead stars, still burn

Dribblage

Jul. 27th, 2005 09:40 am
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The new rates bill arrived yesterday. It's goNe up, but given the change in valuation of the property not significantly.

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Activity at work, just not enough. Still, getting there.

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Gaming last night was ... tedious. It's very tempting to lay all the blame on R3, whose inability to keep his mouth shut constantly interrupted (as usual, but seemed particularly bad) and is a trait whch the new guy seems to have decided to follow (can't blame him to some extent), except that I wasn't perfectly behaved myself.

The new guy also seems to have a few problems with scale. Why would the Steward of a town of 3000 odd people want to talk to two random adventurers off the street? When he suggested we go talk to him he made it sound like he had some contacts or rank or something that would give the steward reason to give us an audience, but no.

Still, the GM deflected actually trying to talk to anyone important nicely.

Once again we pretty much ignored the mystical side-trek :)

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