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A Sure Sign of the Apocalypse

08.30.05 | 1 Comment

I think this is cool like heck, but surely it’s a sign of the coming apocalypse. “Afternoon Adventures With Dungeons & Dragons” in public libraries, that is. Then again, the apocalypse can easily be averted if no or few libraries actually participate.

In other news, I finally finished the last disc of Band of Brothers. It’s indeed a mighty good movie. My ignorance of history is showing through here, but I wonder if the Eagle’s Nest is still standing or if it was destroyed. Whatever they showed in the movie was mighty beautiful and if it’s still standing I’d love to see it if I ever get back over to Europe.

Still slowly reading Kavalier & Clay. It’s a good book, but life–and 12 to Midnight–is still pretty demanding. I’ve been trying to do one home-related task a day. Either unpack a box, fix the washing machine, or–like last night–take the dremmel tool to the gate latch so that it closes properly. Also ran around the driveway shooting hoops like the uncoordinated white boy that I am. But the exercise felt good. A year of commuting means that it doesn’t take much exertion to get those endorphines going. Tonight there’s supposed to be a meeting about establishing a homeowners’ association, so I guess that’ll be my task for the day. And afterward (7ish), the exciting conclusion to the adventure we began playtesting last week.

I held a surprise birthday party for Kim last week. I managed to more or less pull it off in the end. She knew it was coming, but she didn’t know when or where. There’d been some slip ups — once when she overheard one of her friends calling me and another time when she used my phone to call her friend and her name came up in my phone’s memory. I was disappointed that more of her out of town friends weren’t able to come, but what can you do? I’m just really fortunate to have such close friends. Not everyone is so lucky. I think women just don’t make lifelong friendships like men do. Women’s friendships are like one night stands. Intense at the time, but given a little distance they quickly fade away. Sure it’s a sweeping generalization, but it’s also based on my observations over the years. Note “observations”, not “direct experience”.

With the Savaged versions of Fear Effects and Brainwashed released, we’re officially in the next slump before the next release. Skinwalker is still “in development”. I need to get art going again. That’s my goal for the week. Based on our artist’s track record, there’s no question we’ll have all the art in well before Skinwalker is ready for layout. Sunday night we had our meeting to discuss our big project. This will be the biggest book we’ve ever seriously attempted, so we’ll all be sharing writing chores on it. There were a lot of good ideas passed around at the meeting, and I think it’s going to be a hot item.

Speaking of hot items, I had some new ideas for Last Rites 2. Given a couple weeks to do some research, I think I’ll finally be ready to make a push on this one. And with the lull before the Skinwalker layout, this is the perfect time to do it. While I was talking to Ed about it, I mentioned that the biggest trick will be keeping it from ballooning into something the size of Bloodlines. I’m excited about my ideas, and I think they’ll add a neat spin on the adventure. The real key is just making sure that I replicate what made Last Rites so much fun.

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Comment by Jerry
2005-08-30 21:14:33

The Eagles Nest is still there. Just go to Bertchesgarden in the summer. You cannot get up there in the winter, at least not when I was there. I could see it from the valley however.

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