innocent_man: (devil)
So, yesterday I ran Dresden for the first time in two months. Wanna see? )
innocent_man: (calvin)
Which happens in about 25 mintues. Yiii. Read more... )
innocent_man: (bender)
OK! Running Dresden in a few hours, then Changeling tomorrow, then Promethean on Monday. All of these need notes, but I'm pressed for time (and there SO GODDAMN MANY PEOPLE IN MY HOUSE) so I'm just gonna do Dresden now.

Dresden! )
innocent_man: (dragolescu)
OK! So! Just ran Dresden, and am running Changeling in an hour and some change.

(Monthly games, see. August is rough, what with GenCon, and we couldn't find another day to play Dresden, so we played earlier today. Oddly, there's no overlap between players except for Michelle, and she'd be here anyway.)

Recall that Alice and Bo had left Leroy's ranch, while the other characters were scoping horses. Rusty and Opal went to the car to wait for Lou and Clive to finish up their card game and for Lou to assess the Lucredi Family's horse.

They did, all breaking even, and Lou noted that the jockey on the White Court horse (named "Veni, Vidi, Vici" - the horse, not the jockey) was Marlo Viconti, the jockey who had won a Derby a few years back. The Lucredi were going all-out for their jockey, at least. Lou used the Sight on the horse (not the jockey), and they left.

Alice texted Rusty and asked him to meet her at the library. She wanted to talk with Fitch, the gargoyle. They met up, bringing Bo (Lou needed to assess him, too). Lou, Rusty and Opal went to somewhere secluded and Lou spoke the incantation that changed Bo into a horse, and then used the Sight.

Meanwhile, Clive and Alice went up into the library, where Clive introduced her to Fitch and then let them speak alone. Alice, as it happened, wants to be pregnant and isn't above making a deal to force the issue. Fitch told her that she could make a deal with the Fae - putting the desire to procreate into an unsuspecting human (Bo) isn't by any means beyond them, but he wasn't sure what they would want. As a second option, he mentioned that there was a couple, a pair of thieves, who had come into a number of artifacts, one of which was a perfume bottle containing a love potion. A drop on a target's lips, and he would love the next person he kissed. The Valentines, the gargoyle said, was the couple, and if Alice wanted to find them, she could ask around. She ran in the same circles they did.

The characters reunited and went to get some dinner. Alice talked with Lou (when Bo wasn't around) and asked about the Valentines vs. faeries. Lou was pretty firm that the Valentines were a better bet - they wouldn't try to enslave anyone.

Lou needed to find Ian Blake's horse, and Opal (as the Keeper of the Race) concentrated for a moment and knew where it was - a little farm outside of town. She, Rusty and Lou went there, while Alice went home to Bo and Clive went to the movies.

The farm, according to the mailbox, belonged to the Berrymans. They knocked, and a slimy-looking dude with a bad combover answered. His accent was anything but Kentucky, and he introduced himself as "John." He showed the characters around to the stables, and Rusty, sniffing the air, smelled blood. Unable to let this go, he sneaked away and smelled death coming from the basement (I Can Smell Your Sins). He searched the house, and found a stack of mail by the front door - about three weeks' worth.

Meanwhile, Opal told John that she needed to talk to Ian Blake. John promised to pass along the message. Lou used the Sight on the horse ("Strigoi"), and murmured, "Well, that's disconcerting."

They left, and Rusty figured that the owners of the house were dead, probably in the basement. Lou promised that after the Race, they could burn the place.

Clive, walking out of the movie, felt a nudge from Phobos. He saw a woman, obviously afraid, walking toward a dumpster, but obviously unwillingly. He approached, and Blake stepped out of the shadows. The woman ran, and Blake snarled that Clive had cost him his lunch. Clive pointed out that he had plenty of blood, and maybe Blake should come get some?

They found. Blake slashed up Clive's chest with his claws, and Clive beat the vampire's face in. Lou, driving back from dropping Opal off at home (en route from a bar; Rusty was pretty drunk), stalled his car in front of the alleyway (Guide My Hand, basically). He came upon the scene and separated them. He told Blake to go feed elsewhere, and Blake disappeared into mist.

Lou took Clive to a doctor he knew. Alice, meanwhile, couldn't sleep, and texted Lou for the Valentines' number. She called, and got Georgina Valentine. She arranged to come see her (they were at an engagement at a restaurant, and would be there for a while yet). She asked Lou and Opal to come with her, but Opal decided that enabling her was a bad idea (You Can't Always Get What you Want) and Lou needed to clean Clive's blood of his seat. Clive, however, agreed to go.

He wasn't allowed into the reserved room at the restaurant (Very Scary). Alice talked with Tom Valentine, who sold her on the idea of the perfume (and beat her in social combat like whoa). She agreed to meet them, and to bring money.

And that's where we left that!

OK, then Changeling notes. )
innocent_man: (coffee)
Flippity-floppity.

Anyway, I'm two game write-ups behind. What else I gotta do today? I gotta do notes for tonight's Spirit of the Century game, and I gotta do art notes for Left-Hand Path. And I should respond to some logo emails, but I'm wary of getting bogged down with too much in one day (which has been the bane of my freaking existence all summer and is why I'm still feeling overwhelmed and why I've only made a couple of characters. Although I am at least keeping up with my movie project).

Right, so, Deadlands. )

And then Saturday was Dresden:


Radishes, pork chops, couscous, smoked ale.


Actually pretty happy with this one. Coated the pork chops in a mix of bread crumbs and Parmesan, broiled. Made a sauce out of Parmesan, the beer, some veggie stock and some assorted spices, for the couscous. Cooked the couscous in the broth, too. Candied the radishes the way I normally do carrots (milk and brown sugar), and left the greens raw as a side (with the sauce it was really good).

As for the game: )
innocent_man: (abyssal)
I don't always meme, but when I do, I do it far the fuck away from Memebase.

Anyway, I find myself with a bit of time (not thyme) so maybe I should do some updates on the games I'm running.

Promethean: The Created - The 7th Angel. On hiatus at the moment. Michelle is running Game of Thrones until early July, so we'll pick Promethean back up...let's see...geez, not until 7/23. OK, got a while to worry about this, then. I know the throng is headed to Roswell, anyway, and I have some ideas, but I don't want to get them cooking yet because I'll burn the sugar. (What?)

Changeling: The Lost - Snowblind. OK, I've gotta get my head back in this one. Head: In. )

Spirit of the Century - Armies of Mars. They've rescued Justin and are now escaping the city. Oooh, exciting! )

Dresden Files RPG - Let it Ride. I find myself somewhat hampered by the fact that I haven't finished the Dresden novels, and because the World of Darkness is similar but different on enough fundamental points that I worry about making the world feel too much like WoD. That said, I personally think turning Bo into a horse was a stroke of brilliance on my part (based on the players' reactions, it had the desired effect). So now they're in the Nevernever, which means I need to read up on that shit. Reading up. )

Geist: The Sin-Eaters - Johnny's Banjo. Let's just go straight to cut for this one. )
innocent_man: (cookbook)
Actually, it's been a pretty productive day and it's only 10AM. I've added the character examples from the backers to the curse the darkness drafts (those that have answered the question - looking at you [personal profile] digitalraven), I've uploaded the picture from foodstuff yesterday, and here you go:



Lamb kidneys, asparagus, dried chiles, wild rice, red onion.


Never made kidney before. Hmm.

Rice/chiles: Cooked in veggie broth, then added the chiles (chopped, seeds removed). Result: Lovely. Nice earthy rice with a touch of heat from the chiles, but they weren't hot enough to make it hurt.

Asparagus: Roasted in the oven with garlic and olive oil. Simple. Result: Yummy, but I make asparagus like this all the time.

Kidneys/onion: Soaked the kidneys in milk. Chopped the onion and sauteed them in a pan with olive oil. Coated the kidneys in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, which didn't stick, but mixed with the juices and made a nice gravy-like sauce. Result: I really liked them, actually. I'm totally gonna have to try to make steak and kidney pie. Offal is cheap, too, so I might experiment with other kinds. Sadly, Michelle and I might be the only ones who eat it.

And then the Dresden game. )
innocent_man: (calvin)
I'm in a weird mood.

Yesterday was our first actual session of Dresden Files. Let's watch, shall we? )
innocent_man: (Default)
Well, I've been around. I've been working pretty steadily on curse the darkness, trying to get the Kickstarter ready to go live (there are several little things that need finished before we can do that, including the video). But then there's ongoing stuff, like my day job and the desire to see my wife and my kids and so on. Today I'm running Dresden, though, and so I need some prep because this is not a game I can just wing. So. Under the cut we go. )
innocent_man: (geist)
Razzumfrazzum webfilter. I would love to find a workaround, but maybe this is good. Keep me productive and shit. (Can you hear how hard I'm rolling my eyes?)

Anyway. It's a chargen kind of month! We finished characters last weekend for Dresden, before the plague set in, and we're making them tonight for Geist and Monday for Promethean. This is exciting. Howzabout first we do write-ups for the Dresden characters and then I do some work on the other games, just for brainstorming purposes?

Dresden Files: Let it Ride. )

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