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I'm just getting warmed up.



Carrots, pork chops, spaeztle, spam, acorn squash.


Acorn squash takes forever in a lot of preparations, so I chopped it up and boiled it in stock, and then made a puree with goat's milk, salt, herbs, and some butter.

Pork chops I braised in some stock with salt, pepper, onions, ginger, small hit of chili powder.

Carrots I grilled with some salt, and in retrospect I should have used maple sugar or something, but they were good.

The spam (which isn't as horrific as I'd thought, it's actually kind of tasty) I chopped up and fried with the spaetzle.

And then, Vampire! As a reminder, here's the letter that started this story:

Dear Bartholomew,

Following the fall of 2006, Prince Martin Rossini moved to cement his power. Rivals vanished, but their childer or sires received gifts and condolences. Mortals who had grown too inquisitive became victims of "mob hits." The city became violent for a time, but far from putting the tourists off, the violence merely increased the mystique of Las Vegas. And this, in turn, brought vampires, following the mortal herds like scavenging wolves.

October 26, 2006 was the 125th anniversary of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Following an article published in the Las Vegas Sun stating that, of late, Sin City had become "like the Old West," a businessman and Western enthusiast named Henry McCarthy (he claimed to be named for Billy the Kid, though his mother denies it) opened a casino called "Aces & Eights." It sponsored a poker tournament in honor of this dubious anniversary. Criticism that the famous gunfight had nothing to do with gambling and took place nearly 500 miles away fell on deaf ears.

The tournament began on Wednesday, October 26 amidst much hoopla an semi-authentic costumes. More than 100 people paid the entry fee. Among them: Professional gamblers, idle millionaires, a few celebrities playing for charity, several vampires, and one ill-fated spellcaster who called himself St. Peter.

On the third night of the tournament, St. Peter got to meet his namesake. And it only got worse from there...

...within a week, a half-dozen people in the tournament were dead and dismembered. One of the vampires who became intimately involved in the tournament had diablerized another, and the city had descended into blood, death and fire. But at the end of this chaos, a new sun rose. And Heath Newman had taken the next step in cementing his power.

But more on that, my friend, in my next letter.

Yours Truly,
M.

How did we get here? Read on. )
innocent_man: (Default)
Almost didn't wind up being a Chopped dinner, since no one actually coordinated about ingredients, but three of the players wound up at my house early, one was in phone contact and the other never picks an ingredient anyway (he prefers to let someone with more experience with food do it and just contribute money). So what we wound up with was this:



Tilapia, couscous, sugar snap peas, black cherry soda, capers.


Couscous is easy; just cooked it normally with some butter. I made a batter with the soda and some flour and deep-fried the fish, boiled the peapods and then sauteed them in some bacon fat with the capers. Good stuff, simple, and then on to Vampire! )
innocent_man: (dragolescu)
OK, running Requiem in a couple of hours, and must leave to go pick up players. Fastnotesgo! Cut! )
innocent_man: (ptc)
Like, we're still playing tonight, but I gotta take some notes and then get back to work on this Vampire project.

Vampire and Poker! Whee! )

Gamez!

Jun. 5th, 2011 10:58 am
innocent_man: (hypnotoad)
First one, then t'other.

The Show Must Go On! )

So there's that. And now this! Misspent Youth. )
innocent_man: (trueblood)
Friday night, we played our first session of the third story in the Vampire chronicle set in Vegas. Previous post mentioned the change in cast (I mean, not the one directly previous, which was about food), so here we go! )
innocent_man: (carthian)
OK! Running this game in a few hours. Had some changes in personnel; one player had to drop, but I've added another. The new characters:


  • Father Morris Jensen. Lancea Sanctum enforcer, kills people that the Spear needs out of the way. Works at a night chapel hearing confession and whatnot.
  • Maria Calia, lounge singer, former thief/embezzler.
  • Christian Geist, club boy, very tall, dancer.


Rock on! )

OK, sounds good! Now, the third letter:

Dear Bartholomew,

Following the fall of 2006, Prince Martin Rossini moved to cement his power. Rivals vanished, but their childer or sires received gifts and condolences. Mortals who had grown too inquisitive became victims of "mob hits." The city became violent for a time, but far from putting the tourists off, the violence merely increased the mystique of Las Vegas. And this, in turn, brought vampires, following the mortal herds like scavenging wolves.

October 26, 2006 was the 125th anniversary of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Following an article published in the Las Vegas Sun stating that, of late, Sin City had become "like the Old West," a businessman and Western enthusiast named Henry McCarthy (he claimed to be named for Billy the Kid, though his mother denies it) opened a casino called "Aces & Eights." It sponsored a poker tournament in honor of this dubious anniversary. Criticism that the famous gunfight had nothing to do with gambling and took place nearly 500 miles away fell on deaf ears.

The tournament began on Wednesday, October 26 amidst much hoopla an semi-authentic costumes. More than 100 people paid the entry fee. Among them: Professional gamblers, idle millionaires, a few celebrities playing for charity, several vampires, and one ill-fated spellcaster who called himself St. Peter.

On the third night of the tournament, St. Peter got to meet his namesake. And it only got worse from there...
innocent_man: (coffee)
I've got three games coming up to run. Two of them are ongoing chronicles (that'd be Changeling and Vampire) and the other is a one-shot (Marvel Noir, which I'll get to). We're doing chargen for Misspent Youth next Saturday (for reals this time!), but there's not much prep I can do about that. Oh, and not this Monday but next, I'll run the Desolation game I was going to run last week only [livejournal.com profile] anaka wasn't up to fantasy, so we watched Enter the Dragon instead.

Right, let's kick this pig.

Oh, wait, hang on. One thing first (sorry, pig. Kick you in a second). I was thinking the other day that I really miss using this journal to, like, muse about stuff. I used to do general updates and rants and other such things, and I know for a few months it's been dinners, games and movies and that's about it.

Why, you might ask? Lack of free time (Assassin's Creed and Rock Band 3 do eat my time, as does writing, as do the kiddos)? Lack of inclination? Nah. It's because CMSD blocked LJ at work.

Now, it's not like I was spending hours on LJ when I should have been working. Actually, I used to jump on at lunch break, write a post, log back off and go to work. But they fucking blocked it, and now I go most of the day without any real Internet access (other than email), so when I get home, I've got too much else to do and I've already made whatever rants I need to make in person.

So if that's the problem, when school's out (FOR THE SUMMER! \mm/) I'll wind up posting more. Seriously, our cock-knocker governor should give me plenty of rant material.

Anyway, pig-kicking. Vampire: The third letter. )

More prep later. Right now, lunch.
innocent_man: (cahalith)
So, yesterday we were supposed to make characters for Misspent Youth, but sadly that didn't happen (it'll happen in April). Instead, Rob, Mike and Jess made mortal World of Darkness characters, and we played an interesting game set mostly in Tuscon (specifically at this cafe, which you should totally visit if you ever get to Tuscon).

It's like a clip show, with clips you've never seen before. )
innocent_man: (peekaboo)
So, my financial picture for summer was looking bleak. I mean, the financial picture in general ain't great, because I live in Ohio and it's a state now controlled by Republicans.

Seriously, it's getting so voting Republican is a morally indefensible position. Talk all you want about being socially liberal but fiscally conservative, but this House ain't either one. They're socially evil and fiscally evil. And the state government here ain't any better. But anyway.

The financial picture for the summer was looking bleak. I want to go to Bonnaroo with Sarah and Michelle, I want to go to Origins, and I want to go to GenCon. But all of that requires money. Not just money, but extra money - I can make my bills, but hotels are pricey.

And then yesterday, a White Wolf wanders out of the wilderness and offers me a lot of money to write some words for it.

Thanks, canis ex machina!

(Tell you more about the project later. You know, when I'm allowed to.)

Anyway, speaking of White Wolf, last night was the last session in this story of The Show Must Go On. )
innocent_man: (hunter)
I ran this game as a one-shot, but you know how it is.

So the characters started off at the diner, just where we left off. They talked about their options, and there was some discussion that maybe they should try and find the shadowy government group that deals with supernatural shit (they figured there had to be one). The end decision was - aided by Max - that really, they could walk away, but they were all empowered, skilled intelligent women and they could do something. Tory, not really buying the "vampires" bit still, did want to find Amanda Kazmercyk, so agreed to stick with it for that goal, at least.

They thought of what they knew about vampires, and then decided to split up for an hour, shower, and then regroup at the spa where Amanda had gone missing. Justine, meanwhile, called her police coworkers, and learned that Amanda had waved to the spa worker from her car, he'd turned around and gone back into the spa, and then she'd vanished. Her car door had been open when it was discovered. She'd been dragged through the woods behind the spa (and the characters verified that).

The characters also discovered, though, a secondary trail coming to "meet" the evidence of dragging from the spa. This person had left a footprint - bare, probably female, running on the balls of her feet. (Justine: "Who runs on the balls of their feet?" Tory: "If you run flat-footed, you're slow, and that's why you have such trouble doing wall runs.".)

Following the trail(s) through the woods, they found it emptied out behind a mostly-abandoned strip mall. The only store left was a liquor store, but it had closed early the day of the abduction, and the police had already grabbed the (mostly useless) video tape from the back door.

Now, the characters figured they should have a plan in place in case they did find a vampire, so they took the rest of the afternoon and taught themselves the Staking Tactic. Of course, Molly wasn't strong enough to actually help with it, but she was training for strength and fighting.

With the Tactic mostly under their belts, the women decided to scope out the area where they'd found and fought with Amanda, and where a man called Chuck Lowe had died walking his dog. They found the scene of the crime, and heard an odd whistling sound - a man calling a dog. Tory felt something horrifically cold step through her, and they heard a voice calling, "Ringo?" That was the dog's name.

Molly managed to make contact with the man, and his ghost appeared, torn to shreds and missing part of his arm, but still looking for his dog. They talked with him and managed to get him to understand his condition, whereupon he relived his death. He told the characters that he'd seen someone coming toward him, and then gotten tackled and bitten, and then bitten again and lost his arm, and then all went black. He also mentioned that his dog had a microchip, which Justine noted.

After initially thinking maybe he'd hang around and see if Ringo would find him, the women convinced him that Ringo might already be waiting for him in the Great Beyond, so Chuck passed on. (This little encounter, by the way, gave them enough Practical Experience that Molly bought up her Strength and Brawl so she could participate in the Staking Tactic.)

Justine activated the microchip, and it pinged back in the same area as the strip mall and the spa. They figured that since the strip was mostly abandoned, something might using it as crash space. They investigated and found a hole stuffed with smelly garbage. At that point, Max heard something behind them.

A naked woman, beautiful, bloody and feral, walked out of the woods, saw them, and let out a terrifying scream. They reached for their weapons (they'd brought stakes and the like), but could not bring themselves to raise them. And then Molly and Max were tackled from the side. Molly by Amanda, and Max by an EMT that Justine recalled had gone missing some weeks earlier.

The fight was on, and man, but the dice had it in for these girls. We had four dramatic failures in this scene (all from risking Willpower and failing), and most resulting in the characters hitting each other. The vampire grabbing Max bit her and drained some blood, but much of it just fell out of his mouth. Amanda-the-vampire tried to keep hold of Molly, but never quite managed it, and finally pounced on Max once the other vampire had released her and gone for Tory.

Jan, Justine and Max tried to get the Tactic going on the EMT-vampire, but the penalties they had for not practicing it enough were hurting them (not to mention that Tory couldn't get free of the grapple). Finally, Molly smashed a bottle of Black Velvet on the Amanda-vampire's head and lit her up. The fire seemed to panic the naked vampire (who hadn't done anything besides watch), and she vanished into the forest. Now with Molly's help, Tory got herself free, and Jan hammered the stake home. Not wanting to get caught, they lit the vampire on fire and he burst into eager flames, and the women left.

They came back the next day and found the vampire's lair - animal and a couple of human corpses, but no vampires. Justine called it in, and found herself on traffic duty for a few weeks afterwards. Max got a text message from her mysterious friend Cypher ("You could have asked for help, you know.").

And some time later, a couple of suits came to the precinct to meet with Justine's boss. "Who are they?" she asked a fellow officer.

"Dunno," he said. "Some agency I never heard of. VASCU?"
innocent_man: (zelani)
Last night was Vampire! Woo!

You know, I have emo shit on my mind that I could post about, but quite frankly, I don't have the time or the inclination. One of the advantages, I guess, about going through a bout of real depression is that you can recognize the minor stuff for what it is. "Yeah, this bums me out, but I'm not, like, on the couch unable to muster the energy required to cry, so I'm still doing OK enough to make scones today."

To my Vampire players: Sorry. I owe you scones. I had planned to make them yesterday and time got away from me. I did have salsa to give you, though.

Oh, and just as a shout-out: [livejournal.com profile] docelboze and [livejournal.com profile] hot493, your characters from the first season of this chronicle make cameos. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] hobbesthetiger, too.

More murder, more mayhem - hey, Aaron's in town! )
innocent_man: (dragolescu)
Running The Show Must Go On today after a hiatus caused by...um. Weather? Illness? Work schedules? Snow weasels? Don't recall. Anyway. )
innocent_man: (Default)
So this is 2011. Feels about the same.

No, really, I had a...well, really, a great year. I mean, yes, it's amazing I made it out of 2009 alive, but I did, and 2010 has been strange, but it's been awesome at the same time. I'm in imminent danger of liking myself on a consistent basis, and that's odd for me. :)

So, anyway. This is going to be a long post, but mostly it's the stuff you all read this blog for anyway (right?): A gaming write-up, a chopped dinner, a character, and some musings about life in general in the new year. Let's start with that last bit first.

I don't have any particular resolutions for the new year, other than the ones I usually make: Do right by my family, genetic and intentional. Write more (I'm hoping to really work on this one, but I gotta start slow and manageable, because I tend to either do nothing but write or do nothing except write). Run/play awesome games. Cook as much as possible.

Gotta say, if there's one thing that has really defined at least the last few months of 2010, it's probably cooking. I've really enjoyed exploring ingredients and techniques and I've really loved cooking for the people I love (my kids, of course, don't generally groove of my cooking, but every once in a while I find something that's up their alley). Now the trick is going to be staying healthy. I've put on some weight since Thanksgiving, and I'm hoping to start working out this semester. Hopefully Michelle can help.

Oh, my other project beginning this year is to watch every movie I own, alphabetically (just because it's the easiest way to keep track). But I'll post about that separately.

One more thing before the character write-up: I didn't do the traditional family party last night. Michelle, Sarah and I stayed in, ate shepherd's pie and chocolate ice cream, and watched Crank and Crank 2, which were both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable (first one's better). And it was exactly what I needed, and although I'm sure folks at the party missed our company, I'm not going to feel guilty for taking some time to be with the people I love.

I am, however, going to do something fun with my kids this week. That's a resolution.

Gaming:

So I ran a Hunter: The Vigil one-shot Thursday. As usual, it's really going to be a two-shot.

This is the cut. )
Character:

And now, a character. But which game? Hmm.

The Game: Marvel Universe Roleplaying Game
The Publisher: Marvel, I guess.
Degree of Familiarity: None. I've read it, but it doesn't really turn my crank.
Books Required: Just the core.

Yes, another superhero game! Whee! Can't have too many, really.

This reads more like a...I dunno. Board game, kinda sorta? But no board. No minis. It's a resource allocation game, where your stats are decided by where you put your stones. No dice, just shifting stats around, which is fine. It looks playable, but as I've said about other games, I have some awesome supers games (With Great Power..., Marvel Superheroes, ICONS) so why bother with one I only half-like?

Zap! )

Dinner:

So, I didn't take pictures, because I suck. But still, my ingredients were:


  • Chicken
  • Prickly pear syrup
  • Spicy mustard
  • Rotini pasta
  • Parmesan herb dip mix


What would you do? )
innocent_man: (dragolescu)
I say "perhaps" because I want to do the write-up for the Vampire game. Normally I'd do it tomorrow at work between sessions, but y'know, they're blocking LJ now, dammitall.

Anyway, if I finish the write-up in enough time, I'll do a Ganakagok character. And at some point this week, I'll want to do a post about the recently-released Vampire Translation Guide, and why I found it such a weird project.

In which someone buys the farm. Or eats the farmer. )

Sure, I got time.

The Game: Ganakagok
The Publisher: Consensus Games
Degree of Familiarity: I just ran it, in fact.
Books Required: Just the one, plus a deck of cards.

Forever have the People lived in Starlit cold... )
innocent_man: (carthian)
Running Vampire in a few hours. Need some notes. So here we are. Here is the player protection. )

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