Actual winter precip

 It sleeted today! Okay, only for like an hour, no accumulation, but I wondered if we were going to see any this season. Mostly it turned to rain, but considering we’re still in a drought sitch, that’s fine.

I think Giuliana, my character in Scott’s Mosaic game, is going to bow out. She’s a great PC, but not suited to what the campaign’s turned out to be. My substitute PC will be an Iron Witch, from Monte Cook’s Arcana Unearthed. Don’t know yet gender or race. Our party lacks an area damage specialist, and s/he would fill that slot nicely. It’s been quite awhile since I seriously looked at AU, but it is quite cool. I thought about playing a loresong faen, although I had pooh-poohed the idea of playing a gnome.

I’ve started reading the Worlds and Monsters 4th edition book from WotC. As usual, fun and fascinating stuff. I like their attitude toward a more cohesive D&D, although I’ve always (mostly) created my own worlds.

Mosaic continues

We played another session in Scott’s Mosaic campaign. Instead of adventuring to Freeport, as I expected we would do next, we were hired to assist a scholar intent on finding his ancestors’ lost elven civilization. This translated into “slog through a jungle.” Giuliana’s not keen on jungles (although Scott reminded me that it was my idea; he’d asked for suggestions about interesting environments). She did successfully knock out a nasty dinosaur with a well-placed sleep spell. We got enough XP to level up. Mordecai is up to 2d6 now for his eldritch blast. I need to do a lot of study of Giuliana’s spells to use them well. Playing a beguiler well seems to involve clever use of spells, particularly in combinations to create believable illusions. I’m hoping I’m up to the challenge.

Hoping for a better year

Gah! Thomas and I agree that we’re glad to see the backside of 2007. Probably icky stuff happened before April (oh yeah, like Rick and Jen’s disappointment after all that time and effort), but with his quadruple bypass surgery, things went downhill. I had my yearly major sickness (vomiting and diarrhea at the same time–NOT recommended), my grandmother fell and broke her pelvis and has been in a nursing home ever since. Scott’s dad being diagnosed with emphysema in addition to his pulmonary fibrosis had its good side, in that a doctor actually discovered this when his other doctor didn’t, but being put on the lung transplant list is mighty scary stuff. On the good side, I started in February as worship minister at Mayberry following the scary-but-could-have-been-worse financial crisis and Ben’s departure. So now I’ve been leading singing (and the entire service once at Thanksgiving when Scott was out of town) for nearly a year. I really love it, but need to get back to practicing my vocal exercises; I’m getting rusty.

For this coming year, mine and Scott’s Imperial Age: Faeries should be published by Adamant, as well as his Imperial Age: Grimoire (which really should come out first, as he wrote it first). I’m really afraid the advent of D&D 4e has killed (for a time?) our d20 publishing careers. I’m really excited about 4e. I’m also hoping, on the publishing front, that I actually get paid something by Dog Soul. It’s been a year and a half now since they paid me anything! I haven’t seen a dime for my Sahasra Religion: Hinduism book (or whatever it’s called). Sigh. Guess that’s the way of independent publishing. They seem to want to fund themselves first and then pay the writers.

2002 Advancement Awards, Special Merit Award, CASE IIIGreat news is that my redesigned Samford home page won a Special Merit Award for CASE (District III). It’s the same award I won for the redesign back in 2002. Coolest certificate ever (see image), so I hope the new one is as nice.

We should resume gaming this weekend, with the next installment of Scott’s Mosaic campaign. I’ve nearly finished transcribing the tapes from the last session. (Yes, I tape the sessions. Got  a new digital voice recorder for Christmas, too, to use!) I’m anxious to see if Giuliana the bard/beguiler will get to use her talents this session. Someone whose forte is charm and illusion isn’t much good against undead, which was our primary opponent last session.

Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Test

Your
Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score
Category Your Score Average
Hacklust 80.19%
Warrior needs guts… Badly!
53.5%
Sensitive Roleplaying 68.35%
Will talk after everyone important’s been killed
54.7%
GM Experience 71.74%
Ran a module once or twice
69.3%
Systems Knowledge 89.41%
Played in a couple of campaigns
90.4%
Livin’ La Vida Dorka 59.77%
Has interesting conversations in public
63.3%
You are 75.55% pure
Average Score: 68.8%

 Dang, I’m geeky.