January 29th, 2009

The Distant Future

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Just a funny occurance:

My character has been tracking down the location of an ancient artifact piece, and his search leads him to an ancient ruined palace filled with monsters, traps, and things of wonder. He encounters the palace's guardian, a Baelnorn (sp? I'm talking about those good-aligned elven Liches), who inquires what he seeks.

Hero: "I'm seeking an ancient artifact that is a piece to the Arm of the Sildarine."

Guardian: "Yes, it is here. But if you wish to claim it, you must pass... the test."

Hero: "Very well, I'm ready."
The hero steels himself for combat. He puts himself mentally on guard for illusions and mental attacks. To his surprise, the Baelnorn hands him a parchment.

Guardian: "That's your test. It has 25 multiple choice questions, ten true or false, and one essay. Write on your own paper. You may begin."

Diversity in gaming.

I just was sitting looking at a picture of my gaming table with all of us sitting around the table and it sort of struck me what a hugely diverse group we have. There are 6 people at the table and among them there are 1 Muslim, 1 Hindu, 1 Catholic, 1 Atheist, 1 Paganish individual (their words), 1 Agnostic/Humanist. There are men and 2 women. There are educational levels from high school graduate through doctoral candidate. The is a biochemist, a tech support individual, an economics professor, a librarian, and two senior IT developers. There are political views ranging from far left to the far right.

I know I have an unusual group of gamers. But I don't think we're truly too far from the norm of the hobby. Truthfully I think the hobby has a tremendous amount of diversity in it and that struck me as really amazing.

Wilderness of Mirrors

So, I bought a copy of John Wick's espionage game, <i>A Wilderness of Mirrors</i>.  I'm impressed.  I don't think it's as generally applicable as Wick describes in the text (it seems better adapted for Mission Impossible than James Bond), but that said, it's a great game for what it does.

I have a question, though:

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