03 February 2009 @ 12:30 pm
So, let's see. While the rest of the country was watching the Super Bowl this weekend, I was working on Project OCO (Order into Chaos into Order). This entails taking all 300+ DVDs off Shelf Unit 1, moving them from their cases into a two huge wallets, moving all the videotapes from Shelf Unit 2 to Shelf Unit 1, filling Shelf Unit 2 with all my gaming books, and then figuring out what to do with over 300 empty DVD cases.

The moving is done, for the most part. Still some odds and ends to move with the gaming stuff, and I gotta do something with all these cases, but I think I know where they'll end up. Gotta clean up, too. Back is sore, but glad it's been done, I miss having my gaming stuff at hand. It does, though, remind me that an entire box of books and supplemental stuff disappeared in one of the moves. I think it's in New York, when half my stuff went there between when I moved to Seattle and when Alice brought it out to me. My own fault, really, but I know for a fact that the missing box had all my On The Edge stuff, my copy of World of Synnibar and several other obscure things. It's probably with the sword that never made it here, either. C'est la guerre.

Gaming-wise, I gave 4th edition D&D a fair chance, and just didn't enjoy it. The rest of Friday Night Group 2 agreed, so we've scrapped what we were doing and gone back to 2nd edition, which everyone likes best. Meanwhile, Friday Night Group 1 is still slogging through some Call of Cthulhu stuff, and things are getting mighty hairy. Past that, I dunno yet, there are possibilities in the works, all smoke and mirrors at the moment, but we'll see what I can arrange.

Erik is pretty much bored at his Dad's place. I guess he finally got them to stop storing stuff in his room, but there's still issues. He's also getting a bit miffed with his Grandmother, since she treats him like a little kid. I'm sorry he has to go through this crap, but at the same time, it makes us the cool house, so I'm not complaining. We all talk, have fun, and we don't talk down to him, and he's starting to be old enough to recognize it and appreciate it...just as I said he would. It's fun to be right.

Dianna's still doing crochet, and has started sewing again. Nifty keen...it makes her happy, helps with her carpal tunnel, and creates useful things, what's not to be happy about?

Me? Same ol' same ol'. No worries, I'm always around, and I'll probably never change. For good or ill, for better or for worse, I'm just me. Now, excuse me, I have some Bacon Vodka to get prepped for this weekend.
Current Music: Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan
Casey the Gnomeandrogenie on February 3rd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
is there anything specifically that you don't like about 4e? I play 3.5, and while I'm in no danger of having a game up and switch, I'd like to hear people's experience.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Gaming Is A Way Of Lifearchmage on February 3rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind it, troo much, but in the end, it was just a little too...cartoony for my tastes. Just like 3rd ed., they seem to have glossed over the actual role-play of the whole thing, but where 3rd ed. ignored it in favor of micromanaging the rules, 4th ignored it in favor of MMO/video-game style additions, like the Healing Surges and comically-named attack maneuvers that you get every couple of levels (ignoring the ability to simply "attack").

2nd ed. has it's weak points, too, of course, but it felt, to me, like it was serious about the actual role-play being half the game, not like something you tacked on to the end in a "here's all the rules...oh, and you could actually role-play" kind of way. *shrug*
rifkinite on February 4th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
4e is designed to play like a really complicated boardgame. It's really the major downfall. Most every D&D game I've ever ran, second ed, third, 3.5 or even Pathfinder, basically just grinds down to hack and slash at some point. Role playing, to me anyway, isn't D&D strong point. If I want a game with an actual story I'll tend to go for the bare bones D20, True 20. Seems like the more fighty rules a game has the less other stuff it works for.
Casey the Gnomeandrogenie on February 4th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
fair enough. Some day I want to give 2e a roll....but I'm at three games on top of my MMO, so it's not going to be any time soon. I'd rather try 2e than 4e actually.
suicidal4vida on February 3rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
"then figuring out what to do with over 300 empty DVD cases."

If you find out please share. I 500+ empty dvd cases that for some reason, I cannot simply throw away.

God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 3rd, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I ended up packing them in some boxes I had around and stacking in the back of some storage space. They're out of the way, and that's fine. Yeah, I',m the same way, can't bring myself to get rid of them, might need them some day.
joroq on February 4th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
If you can find a recycling place to take them, consider it.

We did the same thing last year, and ended up with 4 tall kitchen bags full of cases to the bursting point. Unfortunately, the Houston area SUCKS for recycling (you either have to pay someone to come pick it up, or drive 30 minutes minimum to find a place that isn't just a run-down truck in an empty lot) so we ended up putting them out with the trash. Hated to do that, but we don't have the space to store them until a more convenient time.
cobie on February 3rd, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
you really should get around to scanning in our epic kill mister snowman, save mister snowman showdown. i might even be able to provide commentary.

Edited at 2009-02-03 09:07 pm (UTC)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whatever happened to that, sadly. I'll have to check with Erik, see if it's still around.

Edited at 2009-02-03 10:36 pm (UTC)
celticcross13celticcross13 on February 3rd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
oh, please DO elaborate on this bacon vodka... *arches an eyebrow curiously*
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Archmage Drinkingarchmage on February 3rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
I did a batch a while ago and it made a fabulous Bloody Mary, so this time, I'm doing a full fifth. Pound o'bacon, fried up and placed in a fifth of vodka, left to infuse for about 3 weeks. Filter, strain and enjoy.
circle23circle23 on February 3rd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
ya know i now can come across the creek and bug you in the weekdays!!??
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Fhtagn!archmage on February 3rd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: re
That's very true, and I'm usually home. ;)
Elli Mayhemellimayhem on February 3rd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Ha! I thought I was the only one who was doing that while everyone else watched the Super Bore. Project OCO - I like this name. I may be ganking it for my personal use.

I must try this bacon vodka I keep hearing about.
rifkinite on February 4th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh, and bacon vodka? You have to point me at a link man, or just tell me how you do it.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Bacon is Meat Candyarchmage on February 4th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Cook up bacon, put in vodka, put in cool dark place for 3 weeks. Take bacon out, put vodka in freezer for a couple hours to help solidify the fats, then strain/filter. I did a pound of bacon for a fifth of vodka.
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones: gone bezerkpolarbear on February 4th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Heh, and you said you liked to be able to look at all the boxes when I suggested a month or two ago that you "wallet" your DVDs.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 4th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I do like it. However, I like having my books out, too. Besides, I found a great deal on a 330+ carrying dealie.