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Back from GenCon, having gamed much and worked little. All work was condensed into Wednesday, though it meant I missed my chance to catch up with a friend from out of town and was even late to dinner. On the good side, after that day I really was able to treat the rest of the convention as actual honest-to-God vacation.

I played Descent and World of Warcraft, both from Fantasy Flight Games. Descent is basically a dungeon crawl adventure in a board game. Surprise surprise, the character I played was a minotaur warrior. Actually I'd been hoping for an archer type or magician but wasn't terribly picky in a group where only 1 had ever played before (and that wasn't me).
I played True Dungeon, the dungeon crawl in a hotel ballroom. There is no home version. =) We got through to the end, but lost three characters and were only able to bring one back. The other two walked through most of the rest of the dungeon as ghosts. Not terribly cool since it wasn't even in a "fight" per se. Just a bad roll and death. For a very expensive and hyped game, that was not a great turn of events. The puzzles were fun. The ones we figured out were worth the ones we didn't, and in the last room I got sucked into a gem by failing a puzzle that I figured out only moments later.
I played Legend of the Five Rings, the RPG not the CCG, and went through two adventures with a fresh Unicorn scout character. It was very fun. One group has a living campaign of sorts, and it got me thinking about how long it's been since I've played other pen and paper RPGs.
I played Call of Cthulhu with two very prepared GMs (twice, even). In one I was working for Child Protective Services and had to rescue a child from being involved in some snake-handling religious types ... and things were not quite what they seemed. In the second, I had to take a break partway through to check-out, so I got an extra. I got the nagging housewife of a fireman (a player) and it turned out he had hired a thug (another player) to quietly "take care of" me during this trip west. But I horribly failed a luck roll and died in the plane crash, so I took the chance to check out of my hotel before returning to play bit parts in the rest of the adventure.
And I caught Video Games Live. Awesome concert. I'll write up more on that later.

Thursday is Ravens vs. Eagles, the first football game I'll be attending for the new season. And I was also reminded that next Saturday is the first day of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Boy, I really need to get my calendar up to date, now that I'm through most of the vacation-y weirdness. And post a few pictures or something one of these days.

- Pookah

PS: Spoken quote of the week: "Dave, with you, any role-playing game is a little bit of a LARP."

PSS: Written quote of the week (from someone else): "Last week's vacation cast into sharp relief the degree to which my daily routine lacks a beach."


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Aug. 17th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
Hi Dave,

You don't know me and have no reason to, my name is Nikki and I live in Laurel, Maryland. I was poking around your LJ today because I keep getting your spam mail and it's pissing me the hoot off. I realize there is nothing you can do about this but I'm here none the less. Yes, my spam mail keeps coming addressed to pookah@livejournal.com - not FROM - TO.

Be glad you aren't getting your spam, I'm receiving upwards of 65 emails a day telling me all about the lasted stock quotes, cheap prescriptions, the latest pump to enlarge my penis, how to gamble online, and finally how to lose 30 pounds in 30 days.

I now consider myself well-rounded.

Good luck to you and may you never recieve your own spam again.


Aug. 17th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
A Message From Black Crown Enterprises Services
See, Pookah has a Black Crown Enterprises E-taxi spam DEFLECTOR, not a simple spam filter. It's a brilliant design really. See, we at Black Crown have a theory on conservation of e-materia. Instead of tossing the spam he gets into a bit heap where it will go unappreciated and wasted, we set up a program to REDISTRIBUTE the so-called "unwanted" email to various people within our client's own local geographical region so that he isn't even wasting much e-petrol to get it where it needs to be!

We're glad that you are learning from the splendiferous spam that is assaulting your inbox via this marvel of modern technology, and we here at Black Crown thank you for your feedback and look forward to bouncing even more emails your way in the future!

Aug. 18th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: A Message From Black Crown Enterprises Services
Attn: BCE R&D

Public knowledge of Project Spram-poline in advance of the market announcement may hinder our company's agenda and stock prices vis-a-vis the early identification of "bounce points" used in the beta test. Negative feedback from "indirect customers" as word-of-mouth may compromise profits and result in the CEO's golden parachute becoming a golden shower. We at Black Crown pride ourselves on avoiding "GS events" and have already relocated company assets to off-off-shore accounts for executive aggrandizement and hoopla. Take heart, for your upcoming retirement account statement will reflect an increasing reduction in your future opulence! Your assistance in the creation and deployment of Project Spam-poline has been duly noted. Your company thanks you for your service and the appropriate authorities have been notified. Do not be concerned, company taxis are already en route to help your reach your final destination that much faster.

- Pookah

Aug. 18th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Even though I'm not directly associated with it, I apologize for the randomness of the bitbucket's spam delivery service. If you auto-delete any mail you receive that is addressed to me, you won't be losing anything I may have even had a slight interest in. Feel free to dump all the stock tips, pumps, discount prescriptions, rapid weight loss tricks and chain letters, and spare yourself the agony of getting my share of excessive e-junkmail. I just hope your mail service lets you set up rules like that.

Throwing in the random factor, it's odd that you are in MD like I am. Odder still that you seem familiar somehow, but hell if I could put my finger on why. Assuming my name doesn't give you spam nightmares, feel free to keep poking around.

- Pookah

PS: I swear I'm not signing up for crap!
Aug. 18th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I saw you mentioned a con - don't suppose you've ever done Horrorfind? If yes, it is indeed possible you know me.

I was able to block all mail coming addressed to you but now I've also had to block mail TO 4 other LJ users. Odd because my email and user name are nowhere in the headers to the mails.
Aug. 19th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Your inbox is becoming a black LJ-spam hole
Haven't been to Horrorfind, but I'd bet my friend Nathan has. Stocky guy, huge black beard. No matter. I'm probably mistaken though I'm always worse with names than faces.

- Pookah
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