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October 2nd, 2004

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11:41 pm
Visit from rhysara, which means game-store crawling (and also a test-drive of a hybrid car).
So, yes, more game stores. Expedition Record, Part the First:

• First game store: The Outer Limits, Waltham. rhysaraThe Big Idea (Semi-deluxe edition). Me – nothing.

• Second game store: Danger Planet, Waltham. rhysaraStarbase Jeff, Cosmic Wimpout. Me – nothing.

• Third game store: Compleat Gamester, Waltham. rhysara – sixty leetle tiny d6s. Me – nine somewhat heftier d6s.

Then we came home and inventoried kazmat's stockpile of Cheapass Games, so we'd know what to look for in our effort to complete her collection. This was not an insignificant amount of work.  :-)

Next, the car. We drove down to Quincy to test-drive the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV, which was a cool thing even if it bothered me on all sorts of levels. (Not least of which: when it's moving at under 25 mph and running solely on the electric motor, it's so quiet that it triggers my "oh shit, it's stalling" panic reflex.) We spent a lot of time saying "Fnord Motor Company" and swiped all sorts of marketing materials for rhysara to use on her brats kids, including a significant influx of pencils for her pencil empire. (So what if they say "Ford" on them?)

Then on with the game-store crawl. Expedition Record, Part the Second:

• Fourth game store: The Compleat Strategist, Boston. rhysara – nothing (this involving a great act of will). Me – GURPS GM's Screen, Illuminati: Y2K Expansion, and five (ugh! five!) Osprey books.

• Fifth game store: Games People Play, Cambridge. rhysaraTin Soldiers, a d30 labelled with letters instead of numbers, and a d6 labelled with fractions (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/3, 1/5, 1/6). Me – a very special Cheapass Game for a very special gamer. (Er, or kazmat if you're playing along with the home game.)

• Sixth game store: Pandemonium, Cambridge. (The proprietor was wearing a "Fnord Motor Company" shirt, which just made my afternoon.) rhysara – a dragon book and a d8 labelled with compass directions (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW). Me – nothing.

• Seventh game store: The Hobby Bunker, Malden. Except they were closed, so no browsing and no buying. Sad.

Then dinner, then a stop at Krispy Kreme so I could be introduced to the wonderful thing that is the "waterfall" of glaze (insert your own Homer Simpson drooling noise here), then home to examine our loot. Loot! W00t!

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Date:October 2nd, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
Starbase Jeff at gamestore #2 was actually supposed to be for kazmat as I swore she didn't have it. However our mid-day inventory of her cheap-ass game stash reveals that I was wrong.

In combination with the free-swag compass that I got this afternoon, I think the directional!die will be brilliant. Sort of a choose your own adventure game!

Also I think it is very important that we invent a game that involves the direction!die, the alphabet!die and the fraction!die. "Go south east for 1/3 of a block, go into whatever store you find there and buy something that starts with the letter 'U'."

btw, /me demands a proper run down of each of the game stores... demands I say!
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Date:October 3rd, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun. It would be very dangerous for me to go into so many game stores. I'd end up buying all kinds of things that I don't need and can't afford.
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Date:October 3rd, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
Um, yeah, me too.  :-)
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Date:October 4th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
Ooooohhhh, which Osprey books??
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Date:October 4th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
I bought:

Pictish Warrior AD 297–841 (Warrior 50);
English Medieval Knight 1300–1400 (Warrior 58);
Roman Legionary 58 BC–AD 69 (Warrior 71);
Imperial Roman Legionary AD 161–284 (Warrior 72); and
Mongol Warrior 1200–1350 (Warrior 84).</ul>

And I'd already found Celtic Warrior 300 BC–AD 100 (Warrior 30) last week at one of the stores down around Mattapoisett. I know the Dragon Pass Orlanthi (and Sartarites in particular) are closer to being Anglo-Saxons than Celts, but check out the guy on the cover and tell me he's not at least a relative of Feirgus.  :-)

Osprey books are really far too expensive ($16.95), but at the present exchange rate, it's actually cheaper for me to buy them here in the USA than in Britain, where they're published. (The UK price is £10.99, which is $19.61 US. Not a lot of financial incentive there.)

I'm pleased to see that in addition to the ever-reliable Angus McBride (who did the cover art for the old Middle-Earth Role-Playing game supplements), they've hired Wayne Reynolds (aka "WAR", probably my favourite of the artists working for WotC on D&D v3.x) to illustrate some of the newer books, including Celtic Warrior, Pictish Warrior and Mongol Warrior from my recent batch. It's interesting to see WAR doing strict-historical art, without all the fantasy trappings. (Though yes, there are still an awful lot of people shown in battle-grimaces with their mouths open really, really wide, so it still looks like his stuff.)

...and ooooOOOOoooh: they publish a Ninja book. Keeeeeen.  :-)
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Date:October 5th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
heh. yeah, maybe that's Mordva.
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Date:October 4th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)

Just remember...

When procuring a hybrid, Lease Lease Lease!
All hybrids estimate a ~3 year battery life. Batteries cost, on average, for full replacement, $3000.
Yes, that's three THOUSAND Dollars. Three year lease. Then turn it in for a new one. This is information the dealers DO NOT volunteer.
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Date:October 4th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)

Re: Just remember...

Yeah, strangely enough, they didn't mention anything about battery replacement. Funny, that.  :-)
Date:October 4th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)
Gosh, my friends love me... You guys are great. :}
Now we just have to PLAY those games, see...
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Date:October 4th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Play them? You mean ownership isn't enough?

And here I thought it was just, "She who dies with the most Cheapass Games wins".  :-)
Date:October 4th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well, see, no... There are some things that I collect just for the sake of collecting (or at least there used to be), but I'd actually like to PLAY the games.

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