Don’t even think it!
A part of my history is now gone. The Zavvi store on Princes Street is now closed. When it was a Virgin Megastore (Zavvi now own the retail chain), it used to have a gaming section. Most recently, it only had computer games, but it used to have a lot of miniatures and other gaming stuff. Ah, well. Time passes and places change. Still I’ve fond memories of the place before it got the horrible remodelling that turned it into yet another chromed chain store.
I ran my eBranch: New Forest game on Saturday at ORC. It didn’t go quite so well this time – eBranch are now chasing a Wamphyri Mossad agent! Still – Hunter’s Moon is running this Saturday, and I’ve set it in Rome (the next eBranch adventure). I’ve a few ideas, but it’ll be kinda interesting to see how things transpire.
Things are going well, and that makes me a little nervous. Things have a nasty habit of blowing up in my face when I don’t expect it. I’ve been pretty busy what with one thing and the other, hence the delay in blogging. My illness the other week means that I’m behind on a number of things, but at least there’s no long-term effects. I meant to get a haircut, but it was too busy on Saturday – although I may try tomorrow – the barber I favour seems to be open later these days.
I’ve decided that Tesco is no longer an option for my local shopping. The two Scotmids near me have a better range and stock local produce, for roughly the same price. The only downside is that they can be quite busy – but the Easter road one has a very quick turnaround and you don’t have to wait long. Scotmid is less ethically questionable too.
I’ve decided against running my eBranch game. Although it was well-received, there’s been no commitment to play. So, rather than waste my time I decided to cancel it. To be honest, I’m starting to get a little irritated by the somewhat lackadaisical approach that players at ORC take to games. GMs (including me) spend a lot of time and energy preparing these games. The least people could think about doing is the following:
- say whether or not they’re going to play
- turn up on time
- actually create a character in advance!
It doesn’t help now that the New World shared campaign has officially ceased – mainly ‘cos the other GMs couldn’t get their fingers out. I’m pretty het up about that considering the amount of time and work I invested in it. Instead, I’m going to convert it to 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons and use it as my own setting. Anyway, that aside I’m also running Babylon 5 and Marvel Superheroes games soon. Whether or not, I get sufficient interest remains to be seen.
Ran the repeat Necroscope/eBranch game today. It was a total blast – I had as much fun as last time running it. Although the use of a flame-thrower to torch a National Express coach wasn’t part of the original plan, everyone had fun playing it.
Most of my day off yesterday was spent watching DVDs. I watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Transformers. Both are pretty good, and I was pleasantly surprised. However, there is one small niggle, well two actually: one is Doctor Doom. He’s just not quite as arrogant as he is in the comics – he has his own sense of somewhat twisted honour and I think casting Julian McMahon in the role was a mistake. The other is Galactus as a cloud. Admittedly the Silver Surfer movie is coming soon with the Destroyer in his full teapot-headed glory. I did feel a little short-changed. Cool cloud effect though. Transformers is also rather good – definitely enjoyed it. Great movie for a no-brainer evening in.