...gonna kick the darkness 'till it bleeds daylight... musings of a hungarian in texas

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Got Rain?

We got about 1/2 inch early Saturday morning, and maybe the same amount Saturday night. Yippee. Houston got drenched in 6 inches in 75 minutes yesterday morning, by the afternoon they topped 10 inches, and more is on its way today. I wish they could send some our way.
However, I wished for rain for my birthday and I got it...that was good. It was a nice and quiet birthday spent at home with friends and with The Husband at dinner at our favorite sushi bar, Hanasho in Irving (funny how we always end up there). Their rolls are the best, so we indulged ourselves in some old standbys (unagi, anyone?) and tried a few new ones (the crunchy calamari rolls looked surreal but tasted almost perfect; the daily special, a 'salmon torch roll' was tender and tasty. We got surprisingly full, but I guess sushi rice and good quality fish and veggies do that to you. I wish we could do it more often: it is such a good way of having your doses of fish and vegetables with some fun starch...:-)
Eh bien, back to the salt mines of daily labor, which is quiet this week, as almost all of our floor is at a yearly sales forum in vegas. The poor things... I think thre are maybe six-seven people are on our floor, all admins (go figure). The plan is to get filing and computer backups done by Thursday. Oh joy.

Me, naturally, also doing some writing on the side. Pulled up some old stuff today: amazing just how much my English sucked six years ago when it came to translating from Hungarian. This was one of my old short stories about Lancelot of Arthurian fame, and it was WAY overdue for heavy re-writing. I did the first pass, and it's not bad, but together with the rest of the snippets I have from that cycle it needs to be scraped up, kneaded well and re-shaped like a misshapen piece of bread dough. That, and I learned that the Pendragon role-playing game's fifth edition is out since December 2005. Oh, and the rights went to White Wolf in 2004. Where did I live, under a rock? Now I wanna run a campaign again...it was such fun. I even made music tapes for the stories I GM'd, and since I played with my fellow archeology students back in Budapest, our campaigns were actually fairly realistic from a medieval standpoint, down to our yearly "we are sitting under the oak tree and judging our manor's legal matters...WHAT did Father Emryn did again? Whose wife? I am going to the bishop... Next!"

The there was the other group that asked me to run a campaign for them, buddies from the game store I hung out in (yes, this Bunny was and to a certain extent IS a role-playing geek...so what?) and I still remember the store clerk guy who wanted to run a wizard with some fairly offensive magic and ability to shapeshift to a lion. I said..."well, you CAN do that but magic has a VERY different feel in Pendragon", explained the rules, set the character up, and then he says: 'just so that I know, suppose I want to kill King Arthur'...I looked at him, noticed the gleam in his eyes and the fact that there were at least five munchkins (aka teenage first time gamer boys) in the store around us, openly listening in, and I said: "Well, suppose you can get through the ten Round Table knights guarding him, apart from the ordinary palace guards or escorts, and maybe Sir Gawain and Lancelot are away on quests, so hmmm..."I had Arthur's stats in the back of my rulebook because I never cheat, and this was not the first time... "I also give you first attack, as he obviously never would expect, and well, you are a magician, so you go first. Declare and roll."
So he turned into his lion form and attacked. I think he actually broke his claw on Arthur's shield. I told him then that he cannot do magic in lion form, he did not have his amulet on his neck that he stored an offensive spell or two either (not that he'd have been able to use it, but he did not declare ahead of time it was out of the pouch he normally kept it) then I said: "So, now it's the King's turn...with Excalibur, naturally." I used everything strictly by the rules, applied all the modifiers to both the lion and Arthur, rolled, etc....
I think there was not enough pelt left to make a mitten out of it for Guinevere. The munchkins scattered, Viktor stared at his stats for a while and said slowly: "I guess we start with a simpler quest, yes?"


At 11:06 AM, Blogger kat said...

I'm so glad to hear you're working on your stories! :D


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