T'was a very nice weekend with lots of good company and fun gaming. I'm still more than a little steamed about the speeding ticket, but that was the only blemish on the weekend.
’s The Fiona Affair
I can happily say I sucked us all into the plot. Granted it was totally without intention, but off we went. Who knew someone would booby-trap a trashy romance novel? I jovially informed dear Captain Babarosa that he was about to be boarded (by two people floating in the sea after he so kindly let down a ladder to us) and got to battle a creature of the Deep, a la Cathulu with dirkcjelli
’s ‘monk’ making certain that a) the Pearl could get to where we needed her to go (because I was useless for that task) and b) that what brains the creature and the caller had were sufficiently scrambled so that the crazy pirate chick swinging out over the rails with the guns could actually take shots. I thought it went splendidly and the unassuming Puritan town was successfully pillaged. Sadly, Indiana Jones was not allowed to return with us, but I am left with the still gleeful image of valkyries with Gatling guns and may yet take pencil to paper to attempt that.
In later discussion we concluded that the two people most likely to fall prey to the Commonwealth were at opposite ends of the stat spectrum and together. *That* would have been interesting.
In Night of the Lonesome October
I played a time hopping gypsy hell-bent on Closing but half-way passing herself off as an Opener. I didn’t play that quite as well as I could have; not dark enough when talking to the Egyptologist I was certain was an Opener, though I did cop to wanting sunshine and flowers when the superhero started asking question. Figured it was best not to trifle with the man of steel… He was quite the gentleman, offering to walk me home, but the others were still trying hard to figure out where the duce I lived.
But the intrigue is often tough, no one wants to give anything away because it can be very hard to recover if you misstep.
Saturday night was Riddles
which went pretty darn well though I feel a bit bad about running an hour over. 1AM is not my friend, but there was troll stomping and kitty stealing, Trumpy picture books for children, a horse that spans dimensions (as well as a clock and a shiny red jewel), a nekkid lady in a lake who promised the perfect kiss, and another daughter that hasn’t grown up.
I wish I’d given more thought to Moire’s exact back story (as well as Llewella’s) before play, because I realized at the last minute that several things I’d bullet stated for myself conflicted and it made them tough to play. Still, I’d only given the whole ‘free Moire’ thing a 50-50 shot, I’m not disappointed that she’s still in the lake, and I think I can logically use some of their inconsistencies.
I have many thoughts for next year (some of them coherent) and I mostly need to decide on the mechanics of ‘how’. Do I introduce a character who’s been mentioned, but not been on-screen (and curiously, no one has asked about or seemed to connected the dots with) or do I make do with the cast I have..? I suppose I will tweak things when I see who’s coming to play.
Quote I might never forget: “You’re a girl! Show. Him.Your. TITS!”
’s Felice to tryslora
’s Véronique who was barely able to haul her American cousin away from the naked lady).
The Con rounded out with kadath
’s In the Service of the King
for which I was generously given the perfect character -an assassin for the king who started out as a street urchin who failed to pick Random’s pocket but was allowed to live. Since she hadn’t specified a gender and the name that popped into my head is ambiguous when spoken (Riki/Ricky) I decided I didn’t need to make up my mind. It was a good thinking game since we didn’t have powers to take short-cuts with and in the end the one with the worst psyche was stepping in to take the attack because Random had realized I sucked at this psyche stuff and given me a ring to make me psychically neutral, much to the witch's consternation. Several of us promptly went stabby-stabby and with the witch in a roll of carpet for delivery to the king we merry band marched off triumphantly.
Good games, all around and I'm looking forward to next year.