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November 24th, 2010
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I'm still alive here, though winter is kinda kicking my ass. We just passed through a week of snow, rain, and hail (in that order), and this morning it was so cold that there was a layer of ice on the inside of my windshield. This is a maddeningly frustrating experience, more so if you never grew up in a state that froze.

Broadly, I've been pulling back from socializing, but roleplaying has been a useful lifeline. The RPG I wrote, Egregore, didn't make the finals of Game Chef, but it was a useful exercise on a number of different levels. Egregore needs editing to refocus the game on its purpose - confronting and conquering the dreamworld on an emotional and narrative level - but I'm going to set it aside for a while, because I'd like to play a few of the finalists first. Thanksgiving weekend might be a nice opportunity for that.

Meanwhile, my ongoing Fireborn campaign has had enough concentrated moments of awesome that I've started posting the game quotes to rpg_quotes: Permission to Conquer; Death and Cockroaches. We're heading into what hopefully is the home stretch of the campaign - the PCs just averted World War III, and there are a few power-ups to collect and end-bosses to confront. I'm already starting to think about the next campaign I want to GM, and I'm increasingly of the opinion that I'm going to run a brief arc of Dogs In The Vineyard, as much for its collaborative play as for its narrativist appeal; trying to plot anything on the heels of my current campaign's intricate machinations would be a huge anticlimax, and a big burnout risk.

So I need to pick up a copy of the rulebook, which reminds me, I had a few requests to put up a Baxil Winter Holiday Gift Idea List, because I'm a damn hard person to shop for. (This isn't meant as any sort of hint - if you didn't ask me for this, it's not aimed at you.) I don't really need a lot of Stuff, and my luxury items are pretty cerebral, so when it came time to brainstorm it basically popped out as a list of "games I want to play/read/own."

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Indie RPGs:
(All games would be preferred as physical books, where possible. PDFs are nice for consultation purposes, but there's nothing like a hard copy when sitting around a table with gaming buddies.)


Two-Player RPGs
  • S/lay w/ Me - Old-school fantasy, in the hero/princess/monster sense. Page also has a great list of links to other good two-player RPGs.
  • Mars Colony - Political sci-fi.


Board/Card Games
  • Expansions for Arkham Horror (Fantasy Flight Games) - Should be very easy to find in most gaming stores. I already own the base set.
  • Expansions for Race For The Galaxy (omg guys why didn't you force this game down my throat YEARS ago). I already own the base set.
  • Once Upon A Time - likely out of print. Or any other similar (newer?) game that can serve as a gateway drug to storytelling RPGs. (Handled. See comments.)
  • Settlers of Cataan (Probably available even at the mall. But it's neat and I don't own a copy)


Miscellaneous Gaming Stuff
  • Craft storage boxes (like for beading and stuff) ... good for dice and minis
  • Random pre-painted gaming minis (such as the clearance lots at trollandtoad.com)
  • A low-end or used laser printer (our inkjet is increasingly insufficient for my and Kady's purposes) - (Bought. Cyber Monday made me an offer I couldn't refuse.)

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From:firestrike
Date:November 25th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
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There's a reason that need to periodically post lists like this.*

I've got Once Upon A Time and an expansion pack. One of my housemates also has those sets, so mine are surplus to our collective needs. I will most happily pass them along to you.


*Though I don't do it either, so I have no stones to load into this particular metaphorical trebuchet.
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From:baxil
Date:November 26th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
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♥♥♥

I will have to do something nice for you in return (any games/books you're looking for?), but I will also try to give you some immediate karmic payback by actually putting the game to use. I've wanted to push OUAT on my gaming group for a while.

BTW, I'm about halfway through Human Beware! and finished the other two (I have a break from Dresden since A. hasn't given me the next book yet). Thanks again for the loan!
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From:baxil
Date:January 21st, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Incidentally, I took Once Upon A Time to Furcon this year and got into a few horribly amusing pickup games. The best of which was a story about a Hansel-and-Gretel-style child-eating witch, and the orphan she befriended. The game ended with a surprise twist of her eating the kid, with the moral "So her sorrow ended and her joy began." XD
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From:firestrike
Date:January 21st, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I'm glad you're getting use (and enjoyment) out of them.
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From:tangyabominy
Date:November 25th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
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Woo, Bax! Consider this a good-to-hear-from-you-and-holiday-wishes-specific-to-your-cultural preference driveby. *nod* :)
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From:baxil
Date:November 26th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :) Happy (early, or late) holiday-of-choice to you as well!
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