Monday, June 17, 2019

Silver Lake, Star Wars, & Where I've Been

This post will probably take a lot of time to write... My gaming this year has been fairly limited. The one consistent thing I've been doing, however, is running The Silver Lake Chronicle, a Vampire: The Masquerade campaign (running on the Introductory Kit rules) that just had its "season finale" a little over a week ago. I've been writing the session summaries and posting them on the blog whenever I have the time and energy; go ahead and take a look if you're interested.

Running this "game" (really almost entirely RP-focused, as one might find in a MUD) has been interesting in a few ways. First, every session after the second has been entirely online, using Discord's text chat and a very nice dice-rolling bot called Dice Maiden. The disadvantages to this are the greater difficulty in conveying tone, and the amount of time that is eaten up just with writing responses (even with my reasonably fast typing speed); the advantages are the greater ease of "assembling" everyone (no transportation or parking issues), and the ability to fiddle with my descriptions and dialogue until they're just right.

Since the season finale, I've been planning two separate games: an online D&D game using For Gold & Glory (the AD&D 2nd Edition retroclone), and a face-to-face Star Wars game using the original West End Games rules... along with some nice vintage Wizards of the Coast prepainted miniatures that can range to absurdly low prices here. Apologies for the low quality of my cell phone camera, but here are the minis I've gotten so far (the only one I already had was the Wookiee soldier).

So darn cute! :3

Finally, I've applied for graduate school (library science!), I'm planning to move in with my girlfriends sometime in the next year, and I've tried to become more active in spiritual and political spaces; the latter two are somewhat outside the scope of this blog, so I won't go into detail about them here. What I will mention is that I've grown increasingly uncomfortable with how much control G**gle has over my data, so don't be surprised if I make a post sometime before moving explaining my plans for future blogging and journaling. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment if you need to get in touch with me. That's all for now!