Roaches, dragons, starships

Games, games, games… Don’t I do anything else? I feel vaguely sheepish that my main topic to report on is usually game-related. I will have a separate post later to talk about family, health, etc.

We recently started beta playtest on a new game; we’ve collected a lot of comments and it’s quite interesting for me to see what everyone in the game group homes in on, what perspectives they bring to the table. I hope our comments will be perceived as constructive, as they are meant to be — and not the ramblings of a bunch of power gamers bent on breaking the system!

Last Monday we had a flooding all over town, including the club’s parking lot (but not our building); we ended up with eight people and no game, looking for a new location (ended up at Third Place Commons) and an impromptu game for that many people. That gave us a chance to try The Shab-al-hiri Roach, a hilarious lampooning of academia I had just given Edmund at Thanksgiving. We had fun, things really got in gear when Edmund’s character attempted to kill the Chancellor of Pemberton College… His role-playing is so much fun, I love to watch him go! ^_^

Saturday we had a Dragonflight staff meeting, then lunch at La Casa del Mojito, yum! Then Edmund ran a live-action role-playing game (LARP) set in the Fading Suns universe. The setup was an Avestite ship leaving Criticorum for Pyre with a complement of sinners (prisoners), which sustained a suspicious explosion in Engineering as we were headed for the Jumpgate. Drifting between the stars, the remaining crew and escaped prisoners struggle for control and fend off demons. We had fun. Taylor had made her own Avestite costume and it was simply stunning. Edmund took some photos, I’ll post them later.

Sunday started with a dusting of snow; everything was white, but it didn’t last. We went to my company’s holiday party, a brunch at the Space Needle (Skyline restaurant). The food was quite good, and several of my co-workers had brought their children who squealed in delight. It was rather cute. Then in the evening we had our celebration dinner for the crew of Emerald City Gamefest, which was a lot of fun. We were very good, we didn’t talk business except in the last few minutes of the evening.

Tonight we finally kick off our Full Light, Full Steam campaign, a combination of online with a few tabletop sessions like tonight’s. I’m very much looking forward to it!

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