I think five days of totally unstructured time sort of bent my head a bit. I was sick for the first day and a little screwed up the last two as well… but a lot of good things came out of the weird little vacation too.
Saturday was an anime party! Huzzah. These tend to be a bit more low key than movie parties, since generally the locals are not bigtime fans of anime and love everything they see — but also want to watch new anime, so it tends to be an experimental outing each time with mixed results. This weekend’s new flicks stayed the course in that respect (Mezzo Forte: Eh, Castle of Cogliostro: Nice, Vampire Hunter D: Okay).
And all throughout the weekend I’ve been obsessively working on Dewey’s Decimal, module #2 in the Penultima campaign. I mean OBSESSIVELY. You think I’m ranting in my journal? That’s peanuts compared to how I’m hacking at this thing day and night. It’s occupying my thoughts. Every time I think ‘Okay, I’ll take a break now’ invariably I swerve right back to work two minutes later. You ever had a story that was clawing at you, trying to get out, wanting to be REALIZED? This is like that. Years of game design pent up frustration oozing to the surface.
And I think you’re gonna like the results. Module #2 is more scripted, more interactive, better laid out, and HELLA MORE BALANCED than #1 ever was. #1 was like a movie trailer in comparison. And it’ll just get bigger and better from here, as I expand my skillz as I go… but… I think after the Penultima campaign I may give NWN a rest. Forcibly. Because I DO want to finish UE sometime in my lifetime.
Alright, alright, now talk about something other than NWN… *concentrates* I’m back to work now. Structured living, which I think I really needed. Of course, I have a PILE of work that’s a wee bit disorganized since I had training two weeks ago, then vacation days, then sick leave, etc. Not sure where various assignments stand. Gotta talk to the boss about it. Ugh. But… I survive until 3:50 (got an early start this morning) and it’s back to NWN! Whee! Oh, god, I need therapy.