Testing out new software

Hello? Is this thing still on?

Hello, The Management here. One of the things that’s been keeping me from updating this blog (apart from my crippling laziness) is that Windows Live Writer is dodgy and writing via WordPress’s interface is a clunky resource hog.

I’ve got a macbook now, since apparently I need one to be a Creative. So hello new mac-based software for blogging. Hopefully this posts clean and clear, so I can get back to writing. Just a pity that actual text-editing with a mac isn’t as easy…

Things that should be up in the future:

  • The prelim work I’m doing on my Powered By The Apocalypse game, The Red Gate: Tokyo Twilight. Can you say monster-hunting biker gang?
  • Things I’ve been messing around with Fate in, including curses inspired by Maleficent (almost a year too late to be relevant).

See you in less than a year. Probably. Breakfast Cult and Killing Floor 2 are out, so all bets are off.


Resuming Normal Service

Hi all,

The Management here, just letting you all know that I’m back to blogging. It’ll almost exclusively be about Fate Core and other RPGs, so no need to worry about boring things like real life getting in the way.

Currently trying out new desktop blogging software, because literally anything is better than manually entering posts via WordPress’ interface. Zing. Might have to go back to Windows Live Writer if it doesn’t work out.

Is this a success? We’ll see when it lands fresh in my posting list.

In other news: Got a lot of stuff planned for Stockings & Steam, my Fate-Core-powered steampunk noir horror setting. This is Unofficial Elf Week, so I’ll be posting literally everything I have about the elvan and their place within the modern Anglean Empire. It won’t be pretty, and it really won’t be sparkly.

Today’s Lesson: It is never too late to return.


Weren’t We Here Before?

So, NaNoWriMo 2012 is rapidly vanishing in our rear-view mirror as we race head-on to the end of the world like a scene out of Mad Max. I participated again this year,  of course, and last year’s effort was one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place.

My life has changed a lot since then, so I’ll use this post to reminisce and plot the path ahead.

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Cobwebs and Sunrises

Hello all, you may have noticed I haven’t been updating this blog for a while. There are a couple of important reasons for that, let me give you a guided tour through them.

First off, my grandfather died. This hit me especially hard, as he was the last good grandparent I had left, but it is over with and I’m moving on with my life. The funeral was nice, you should have been there. Short but sweet, and really moving.

I’ve also got a job now. Had the interview the week after the funeral, and got straight in with both feet. Disability Works really came through for me on that one, and I’m grateful for everybody who supported me on the long lonely 2 year journey through the wasteland of unemployment. With the death and now this, really feels like a new chapter in my life. Guess that means I’m an adult now. Had to grow up at some point, eh?

I won’t give too many details, but I now work in an office and have to look after 4 floors of people. They’re good people, but need things to keep working, and that’s where I come in. Less said about it the better, really.

What this has done, however, is cut deeply into my time. I now get home around 6pm each day, and so have precious few hours to commit to my usual wastes of game playing, game designing, writing, and roleplaying. Bluagh. Just means what I do do ends up more focused, leaner, better, faster, stronger, etc.

Roleplaying wise, I’ve got 3 going on. First is Return To Daylight, the Pathfinder campaign that just refuses to stop. Recently we added in a fifth player, Starsong the elven pirate (yeah…), and he’s doing his best to earn the scorn and ire of the rest of the group. Always knew he had it in him.

Then there’s the unisystem game, where a ragtag bunch of random people are employed to hunt down supernatural problems and ‘solve’ them. The party is: A cop, a nurse, a gypsy, a monster hunter, a PI, and a werewolf bouncer. I’m the nurse (!), a chain-smoking and snarky woman who is a deeply devout member of her spiritualist church. Faith has its rewards, as she can heal with her hands and is looking into binding spirits and performing exorcisms.

Lastly is the weird one, the still-in-beta magical girl anime game Magical Burst. Beautifully stupid fun, as our gaggle of underage witches deals with youma, love, and domestic abuse (!). Last session I got to do a typical Sailor Moon speech to convince a little boy to help us, and it worked way too well to be healthy for his psyche.

And then there has been the numerous projects I’m still undertaking. Heaven Smiles, the whirlwind tour-de-farce that I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year, is still going to be edited and updated, just not posted here. Awww.  It’s going to be so much better too, as my mind is full of changes to make from the small (tighten up the dialogue here or there) to the drastic (adding another story arc to the second half). I’ll still be posting FATE stats for everything when I finish revising that part, so look forward to running your own games of HS at home.

In addition, I’m working on my own FATE sourcebook for the Final Fantasy games, truly a bad idea if ever I heard one! Expect that to never be spoken of again.

That about it? Yeah, seems that way. Everything else is still ticking along nicely, just thought I should give you all a heads-up now that I’m resuming regular updates. Come back in less than 48 hours to see what else I’ve come up with in these past few months.

Today’s Lesson: Life moves fast, so aim for the ankles.

Never fear!

‘Merry’ Housekeeping

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged for a few days. That’s partially because Christmas, but there are a couple other reasons.

My grandfather is dying. Not dead, but he won’t be with us within a month, let alone a week. Something about his kidneys failing hard, and since he’s already got a pacemaker and had bladder cancer he’s pretty much already gone.

So, yeah, I had some good news to share with you guys, but fuck it. I’m melancholy and morose, give me a few days to get my shit together.

Today’s Lesson: Everybody dies, especially the good ones.


A NaNight to Remember

Tonight I went out to celebrate winning NaNoWriMo 2011. The AdelNaNo group, or at least those of us within Adelaide, had a (noisily) quiet meetup and dinner at The Original Pancake Kitchen.

We laughed, we cried, we learned valuable lessons about maple syrup, and most of all we stuffed our faces with everything we could.

I was wedged, usually literally, between various combinations of Crashworth, Vague_Hit, and Swift. And had to keep standing up when one of them wanted to fuck around with the jukebox or order more food and drinks. My arthritic knee got lots of love, heh.

I, at least, supped on Dutch Chocolate Pancakes and Banana Split for dessert. Painfully delicious. Also, more Coke Zero than is legally allowed. Think I drank about 12 cans of the stuff and am now diabetic or something. (Apologies to all the awesome diabetics out there, especially Diabetus and dshban)

In between talking about everything Deep Purple and seeing the original master tapes of Bohemian Rhapsody, Vague_hit introduced us to some crazy dessert mashups. Firstly: Apple to a banana split, amazingly. Secondly:  Especially chai late. Seriously, one teaspoon per cup and you create liquid pleasure. Also, Crash nearly crashed into the table at one point, so that was fun. And Vague, bless him, was looking out over the kitchen when his banana split arrived. Oh glorious night, this shit was hilarious.

Only negative side to the night was waiting for my second (eighteenth?) Coke Zero, but they were incredibly busy and literally packed with people.

So happy I went along, and I look forward to spending more time with the AdelNanites.

Today’s Lesson: Alone in the city at 8:30pm armed only with a Coke Zero is seriously the best way to be.

Never fear!