October 27th, 2008

New Week, and a Video to Enjoy

The start of another work week...

I am still in considerable pain with my foot and toe, but the weekend was good, enabling me to get a bit of rest with the toe. I will be posting a gaming report or two later today, as it was a good rpging weekend.

In the meantime, I'm sure that most of the folks who read this blog know that I am a fan of Jethro Tull, and their flamboyant front-man, Ian Anderson. One of my favourite Tull tracks of all time is "My God", Anderson's poke and dig at religion. Here is one of the magnificent videos of the band performing the song at the Isle of Wight show in 1970. Anderson at his best, and his most flamboyant, with a neat bit of improv added to the song. (Oh, and be warned, the track is about 9m 30s or so. Enjoy!)

Friday's Gaming Session

As promised, here is the first of the gaming session reports for the weekend.

On Friday night, SteveB, Kathy, Nick, Tom, and Joanne got together to play the game session for the week. The gaming group on Friday night has gotten back into their The Edge of Midnight fantasy noir (for lack of a better term) campaign. The characters are, to say the least, an interesting bunch, as befits the noir genre itself.

Kathy is playing Katherine "Katie" Lane, a somewhat magically inclined cat burglar with a bit of a reckless streak. SteveB is playing Harry Vincent, a former attorney now turned private investigator, who has several shady dealings on the side. Nick is playing Richard "Ricky" Sharp, a former bank employed come embezzler and con man. Tom is playing William Greene, a bartender and tough street type who makes his living doing jobs for the mob on the side. Finally, Joanne is playing Angela ("Smoky") Freemont, a singer and something of a femme fatale at the Sandy Viper club. She has a few other secrets as well, and is a somewhat shy personality. Like I said, an interesting mix of characters.

The session started with Harry Vincent getting a packet in the mail from an anonymous source that gave him a lead about a series of recent thefts from the wealthier people in the city of Gateway. Rick Sharp came up with a plan to bilk a rich, somewhat vain former actress of her shares of a lucrative business deal. This brought him into conflict with William Greene, who is moonlighting as a bodyguard to the actress in question, who found his services in the previous scenario during a foiled attack on her. Meanwhile, Smoky Freemont was approached by a couple of shady types intent on blackmailing her concerning one of her secrets, and claim to be working for someone that she already knows. Katie Lane found that a "little job of purloining" turned out to be a bit more complicated than she was expecting, and things got a bit messy with a body and all.

So far, a very disjointed seeming game, with the player characters appearing to have nothing in common on the surface, as the players commented to me afterwards, although they all had a terrific time of it. They want to start watching some film noir movies again as a bit of "educational flavour" for the game, and I see no reason not to do that, so they can expect to start off with this again next week or the week after. Overall, a highly enjoyable way to spend a Friday night, and a lovely, somewhat surreal gaming experience (as all good noir experiences tend to be).

Looking forward to next Friday night. :)

Tonight's DwtS Thoughts

Have just finished watching tonight's episode of Dancing with the Stars, and have got to say that it was interesting to see stuff tonight.

1) Michael Flatley did an adequate job of replacing Len Goodman temporarily on the Judges podium, although you could see that he felt a bit out of context with the whole judging process. He's very soft-spoken compared to Len, and that made him an interesting contrast to watch.

2) I thought that Brooke Burke and her partner deserved a higher score for their dance last night then they got, but I noticed that Bruno Tonioli (sp??) seemed to be taking Len's place on the podium, being quite harsh with his critiques and his scores. Good for him! :)

3) Cloris Leachman has got to go. That was one of the worst dances I've *ever* seen on DwtS to be honest. And Carrie Ann's comments to her about having a fine dancer like Toni Braxton eliminated the week before so we could watch Cloris dance that dance were spot on, even if brutally honest. Cloris has got to go!

4) The group hip hop dance was...entertaining, but for me, it was more the costumes than the actual dance itself. Mind you, the fact that no one collided with any of the others amazed me, given how...disorganized it seemed to be at times. Ymmv.

Overall, a good episode of the show. But Cloris has got to go...

Anyway, off to bed.